Pheasant Mentored Hunt Program
One of the greatest and most rewarding events hosted by Pheasants Forever chapters across the state and nation are youth pheasant hunts. Every fall, many chapters will be found in the fields with young hunters, sharing with them our hunting heritage. A few years ago, youth hunts turned a new page, when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Pheasants Forever formed a partnership creating the Iowa Youth Mentor Hunt Program. This program does not begin and end with a trip into the uplands chasing roosters, but truly is a mentored-hunt training session.
Iowa is like many states across the US in the fact that our number of licensed hunters continues to spiral downward. While many factors contribute to this concerning trend, limited access and opportunity continually rise to the top of the list of culprits. Iowa PF and the DNR decided to take action and create a training program that actively targets youth with limited opportunity to go hunting and/or have limited access to hunting ground. Children who have reached the age of twelve years old, and have successfully completed a hunter's education course, are eligible for this program. Young hunters from single-parent families, non-hunting families or urban settings often experience the deterrents of little opportunity or access and are the basis of recruitment for these events.
Iowa Youth Mentor Hunt Program Manual
For more information visit:
Iowa Pheasants Forever
Or contact an Iowa PF Representative:
Eastern Iowa Regional Representative
1761 310th Street
Oxford, Iowa 52322
Central Iowa Regional Representative
506 SE 7th Street
Ankeny, IA 50021
Western Iowa Regional Representative
919 7th Street
Sibley, IA 51249