YOUTH MENTORED HUNTS

SHARING THE UPLAND TRADITION WITH FUTURE GENERATIONS

For youth throughout the country with limited opportunities or access to hunting, the mentored hunt program provides the ability to participate in a mentored, upland hunting training session.


WHAT IS A YOUTH MENTORED HUNT?

Each year, chapters of Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever host more than 2,500 youth events throughout the country connecting 194,000 participants to the outdoors. The Quail Forever Youth Mentored Hunt Program stands out among these events as a first-time hunting experience for many youth and their families, originally designed by local chapters of Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever.

The ultimate goal of youth hunts is to instill a passion for upland hunting, conservation and the outdoors.
Youth 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 individual as part of the event is paired with an adult mentor for an entire day. The goal of the program is for mentors to share some of their personal experiences and knowledge regarding hunting and being outdoors. This type of pairing promotes what the program is all about - mentoring and the sharing of experiences and knowledge in the outdoors. 


The ultimate goal of Quail Forever's Youth Mentor 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 conservationists is a major priority for Quail Forever- we continue this effort by mentoring future hunters, one youth at a time.

Safety, ethics, conservation, camaraderie and a celebration of the hunt are all aspects of chapter-led Quail Forever youth hunts.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE EVENT?

Mentored hunts typically combine several different activities into an entire day that is focused on enjoying the outdoors. The following is a list of typical, youth mentored hunt activities:
 
  • Registration for the event
  • Youth/mentor introductions
  • Breakfast/lunch for participants
  • Firearm safety / hunting safety review
  • Review of hunting laws/regulations
  • Dog handling 
  • Pheasant hunting 101
  • Outdoor activities including shooting, tracking, and use of outdoor gear
  • Mentored hunt followed by game cleaning
  • Group photos, pictures, and event surveys 


How do i get involved with the quail forever youth mentor hunt program?

The original launch and success of Quail Forever's Youth Mentor Hunt Program is credited to the chapters and volunteers of our organization who make these events possible. For more information on enrolling a youth participant, starting a youth mentored hunt, or to volunteer as a mentor with one of the many youth mentored hunts across the country, contact your local Quail Forever or Pheasants Forever chapter!