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Kids take a shot at pheasant hunting

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This weekend, a group of kids got a chance to experience the thrill of the hunt. Volunteers from Pheasants Forever helped guide a few dozen youngsters in their fourth annual Youth Mentor Hunt.

"This is probably one of our best days. We just really enjoy this," said Jim Bosier, a long-time member of the Black Hawk County Pheasants Forever Chapter.

"We do the hunt to get kids exposed to the sport, to get them excited about pheasant hunting," said Pheasants Forever Youth Director Chad Homewood. "Hunting, in general, is a great tool for kids to get outdoors. Get some experience, get them out of the house so they're not playing video games."

Twelve year old Dakota Hoeppner was one of the kids participating in the event. He's been a member of PF since the age of six, and started hunting at just four years old.

"You'll just get used to the kick, It won't hurt you!" he joked.

But even though he considers himself a pro, the mentors say even Hoeppner can learn from the adults.

"We're trying to teach them what it's about. Hopefully, once they get back home, hopefully they'll get the opportunity to go out in the field again and participate in it," said Bosier.

"We definitely need to bring up the next generation of hunters. Get them excited about the sport so they can carry on the traditions and teach their kids about it," said Homewood.

Homewood adds, the best part is seeing the smiles on the kids faces when they hit their first clay pigeon, or even bag their first bird.

"It's very rewarding. It makes the hard work worth it. It just puts a smile on your face," he said.

This event was free for all the kids involved, thanks to donations from local businesses and hunters. For more information on the Black Hawk County Pheasants Forever Chapter, click here.

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