QUWF Youth Hunt 2015

On October 12, 2014, the Jayhawk Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation sponsored a youth pheasant hunt managed by the Eckman Hunting Preserve. The morning hatched a windy, drizzly dawn, but the spirits of the young guns were not dampened. About 48 kids showed up to participate and an ample number of bird dogs were excited to show their handlers they had not forgotten proven instincts. Jon Francis took on the important safety briefing mission and live-fire sessions to get everyone familiar with the day’s activities. Mentors were assigned to just about every shooter to ensure the focus was on wise use of scatter guns, having fun and not just harvesting feathered flying targets.

Pont/Honor

Pont/Honor

The wily ringnecks proved to be worthy sport as they attempted to dodge the best attempts by the young nimrods. However, with the noble hounds and experienced guides, most of the shooters at least got to test their shotgun skills. Many gaudily clad roosters were brought to the cleaning station for a demonstration on how to dress and bag the birds.

Nice Shot!

Nice Shot!

Cooling Off

Cooling Off

Mota On The Retrieve

Mota On The Retrieve

Many youth commented that witnessing the dogs do their chores was the most exciting part of the day. A variety of canines were on hand including pointers, setters and retriever breeds as well. Few birds escaped the practiced noses of the assembled core of qualified bird dogs. It was an exhibition that all enjoyed, got some fresh air, muddied their boots and left with some stories to brag on!

Trophy Time!

Trophy Time!