Youth Learn to Hunt Program
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATION
All the efforts made today by Pheasants Forever have little impact without future conservation leaders taking a stand for wildlife habitat conservation. As part of this effort, our organization is dedicated to working with members, chapters and conservation partners to provide opportunities for youth and their families to share our outdoor traditions through our Learn To Hunt Program. Learn to Hunt events always energize the local community and rally individuals around a common goal of introducing more kids to outdoor activities! Our organization will continue pursuing these mentored hunts as it might be the spark needed to light the fire in a future hunter-conservationist or the simple education needed to change the awareness of a future voter.
Get kids outdoors learning firsthand about our natural resources
Foster a love for shooting sports and safe handling of firearms
Introduce young people to hunting and conservation
Develop conservation-minded citizens and leaders
Over 250 annual youth hunts reaching more than 5,000 participants each year
WHAT IS A LEARN TO HUNT EVENT
A first-time hunting exposure for many youth and their families, these mentored hunts provide a positive hunting experience for kids of all ages while teaching individuals and their families the importance of firearm safety, conservation and outdoor ethics. Each youth is paired with an adult mentor for an entire day, with the goal for mentors to share firsthand knowledge regarding hunting, wildlife and outdoor skills in a controlled setting. Chapters and staff can adapt their events based on local species opportunities, so we have pheasant, quail, deer, turkey, waterfowl and dove hunts taking place across the country.
The goal of the Learn To Hunt Program is to give participants enough knowledge and contacts to further pursue their outdoor interest beyond these one-day events. Recruitment and retention for the next generation of hunter-conservationists is a major priority for Pheasants Forever and we will continue this effort by mentoring future sportsmen and women, one youth at a time.
Learn To Hunt Events typically combine several different activities into an entire day that is focused on enjoying the outdoors. The common activities include:
Firearm & Hunting Safety Review
Hunting and Conservation Regulations
Dog Handling & Care
Upland Hunting 101
Public Access & Landowner Appreciation
Outdoor Gear & Firearm Cleaning
Live Action Mentored Hunt
Wild Game Cleaning and Cooking
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The original launch and success of Pheasant Forever's Learn To Hunt Program is credited to the chapters and volunteers of our organization who make these events possible. For more information on enrolling a participant, starting a Learn To Hunt event in your community or to volunteer at one of the many mentored hunts across the country, contact your local Pheasants Forever chapter today!