Safari Club International Utah Chapter
 

Youth 2013 Pheasant Hunt

Posted by admin on 11/25/2013


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  In combination with the annual Safari Club International Salt Lake City-Utah banquet and fundraiser, our chapter also held drawings at two local 2013 sporting shows. These drawings resulted in a selection of 16 lucky Youth hunters for our annual Youth Pheasant Hunt. On November 16th 2013, the SCI Salt Lake City-Utah chapter hosted another impressive Youth Pheasant hunt coordinated with Utah’s Premier hunting location for upland game, Wasatch Wing & Clay. We were able to provide a hunt for these 16 youth hunters ages 10-16, including their accompanying family members. To make this event even more exciting and visible to the general public, Channel-5 and the local Outdoors Show camera crew joined us to video this entire event. Not to mention, the co-host is also an employee of the Utah Division Wildlife Resources, and recreational wildlife coordinator.  

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    Ironically, the week before this hunt was beautiful and unseasonable warm weather. But as fate would have it, as the day got closer the weather became more of a worry and concern. The day of the hunt was very cold and snowy. Impressing enough, every single hunter and family made no hesitation and showed up in their hunting gear, ready to go. And honestly, it seemed that the parents were more excited about this hunt since a good majority of these kids had not hunted upland game before this event. Our list of hunters not only came from local Salt Lake surroundings but also ranged from locations as far as Kemmerer Wyoming, Vernal and Tremonton Utah which are considerable distances from the hunting venue. As well, we had a considerable mix of both male and female hunters, beginners and experienced. Every youth hunter was presented the opportunity to harvest several birds, while hunting with their supporting family members, an SCI board member and professional guide/dog handler. The event included a great BBQ lunch afterwards, definitely where many stories where exchanged amongst the hunters and proud family members.    

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  We are very excited to offer this rewarding event and continuing the same program each following year. This event certainly solidifies the Utah SCI Chapter’s commitment and support for our Youth. These young hunters are our future, and we recognize the importance of continuing the heritage and enthusiam for the outdoors. With the increasing number of anti-hunters at our heels, the future of any hunting and preservation of wildlife lies within our youth; the new generation of hunters. With support from all our chapter members, we are able to continue with these efforts and similar events to promote youth retention and keep them interested in the outdoors.    

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