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2015 Youth Pheasant Hunt

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Chalk up another wonderful, SCI Utah youth pheasant hunt.  This year, we had 16 youth chosen at random during our annual banquet and our booth at the Western Hunting Expo.  The youth came from around the state as well as a few from neighboring states.  Coordinating the youth can be a challenge and for some the timing doesn’t work but with a few alternates, we were able to fill the roster. Chazz at Wasatch Wing & Clay continues to make our event a success.  With top notch facilities, excellent guides and birds that fly, you can’t help but fall in love with the place.  Held Nov 14th and having quite warm temperatures, we were pleased to not have any snow on the ground.  Different from years past nobody was complaining.  The youth and their parents arrived at the lodge early enough to check-in and get their hats.  With Wasatch Wing and Clay guides, we send the youth out in pairs.   The two youth, their guests, guides, and dogs are each assigned a location on the property.  For most this is a first time hunting or at least their first time hunting behind well trained dogs.  For many the highlight of the day was watching the dogs work. I walked along two of the youth and their dads.  Our guide had two dogs.  A black Lab who specialized in flushing and a Springer Spaniel who pointed.  We started walking with the black Lab only.  Not wasting any time flushing birds, it wasn’t long before the youth had a few birds down.  Once, back to the truck we took a break and swapped out dogs.  When the guide told us we were going to walk through the same area, I chuckled to myself and thought this was going to be a waste of a good walk.  Well, shows how unexperienced I am.  With the pointer, we scared up more birds than we did the first time.   It was so cool to see this dog stop on a dime and point out the bird which allowed the youth to get in position before the bird flew. The two youth in our group had a great time.  For me, it was great to see their expressions as we walked and hunted.  Equally as enjoyable was seeing the father’s enjoyment and watching the two dogs.  Both dogs hunted with different styles but were equally as effective.  When we were done, we took pictures and reminisced about the hunt and the different birds and shots.  Our guide taught the boys how to clean the birds and gave their dads some good recipes. We enjoyed a BBQ lunch catered by Sean’s Smokehouse.  As, I sat eating lunch, one of the fathers came to tell me thanks for such a great event.  One of our board members said, “you know why we do this?  It’s to get youth involved in hunting because it is this youth, who will be voting soon and we need to raise our youth so that they will fight for our right to hunt and conserve our lands.   If not, when they are our age they won’t have the same opportunities that we’ve been afforded.”  I’ve thought about this many times since and not only do we need to get our youth involved in hunting and the outdoors but we need them to be involved with being spokesmen and spokeswomen.  It’s one thing to be a hunter but we need to do more, we need to take our friends and teach them what it means to be a hunter.  It doesn’t mean you just put your camo on and grab your gun.  A true hunter learns about conservation and what they can do to help the animals, so that when they want to put on their camo, grab their gun and go hunting.  There is somewhere and something to hunt.  I hope that this youth pheasant hunt teaches our youth and their parents that the enjoyment comes from being outdoors.  I also hope it plants a seed in our youth and that one day they will be the ones practicing conservation and making the effort to protect our rights for years to come.  This is event is the highlight of our year and we look forward to next year.  We hope that by putting this event on, we are spreading the joy of conservation, camaraderie, and community involvement.   Jeff Nielson ‘SCI Vice President’ 20151114_092644_resized DSC00248 DSC00249 DSC00251 IMG_0326 IMG_0329 IMG_0331 IMG_0334 IMG-20151117-WA0003 IMG-20151117-WA0004 IMG-20151117-WA0006 IMG-20151117-WA0007 IMG-20151117-WA0008 IMG-20151117-WA0009 IMG-20151117-WA0010 IMG-20151117-WA0012 IMG-20151117-WA0013

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