On Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct, 22, the Ashland County Pheasants Forever Chapter will be putting on its annual free youth pheasant hunt for kids 12 through 17 years old. 

The event starts with a safety and educational talk about gun handling and hunting. Then, all the participants are taken to a gun range to shoot clay pigeons on-the-fly. Next, everyone takes a cross country ride in trailers pulled by utility vehicles. After arriving at assigned hunting fields, participants will accompany two to three experienced Pheasants Forever members and their well-trained hunting dogs on a search through the prairie grasses for pheasants. This is real hunting so noone is guaranteed to get a bird, but PF members will do their best to find and flush birds.

As a bonus, there will be food and drinks for the participants and their family members who accompany them to the hunt. You will likely even find a willing PF member to help or at least show you how to clean any birds you kill to take home for a delicious meal.

This is also an opportunity to explore one of the gems of the Ashland County Park District — Cooke Family Wildlife Conservation Park, at 4774 Ohio 13, Shiloh.

This event is completely free. Each participant must have a valid hunting license or apprentice hunting license (which can be purchased up to three years even without having completed a hunter safety course). Pheasants Forever supplies all the guns, ammunition and other needed equipment. Participants are asked to wear weather-appropriate outdoor clothing.

Call the PF youth hunt director at 419-606-0739 to sign up or for more information about this event. About four hours will be needed for each youth’s portion of the hunt.