Metro Denver PF / QF 816 - Youth Page
Novice Hunt for Colorado's Next Pheasant Hunters
Upon successful completion of the shotgun clinic and completion of hunter education coursework, novices will be eligible to participate in a guided upland hunt at "The Bluffs Hunt Preserve" in the fall of 2017, dates TBD. Novices will have the opportunity to practice the principles and skills learned at the shotgun clinic while participating in a live bird hunt with a guide and a dog. At the conclusion of the hunt, novices will receive instruction on proper care of their harvest. The clinics and hunts are provided free of charge.
Pheasants Forever mentored pheasant hunts are the ideal way to introduce kids and teens to hunting, as experienced volunteer hunters from Pheasants Forever coach youth on the importance of firearm safety, wildlife habitat and hunting technique.
While we all like to have fun in the field and chase pheasants for miles, safety is one of the most important aspects. We promote and encourage hunter safety in the field. Through these classes and education we show both youth and adults the proper ways to hold, maneuver and proper gun care. Getting those who are not familiar with a gun, comfortable with handling their firearm so that they can enjoy their hunts successfully. For more information when or where our hunting safety classes can be found, please follow the links below.
What exactly are they?
Ringnecks is the term used to describe youth members of Pheasants Forever. Ringnecks are youth who enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, shooting sports, archery, photography, fishing, and gun dog handling; and who believe that they can make a difference in habitat conservation through educating other youth.
In addition, Ringneck members of Pheasants Forever serve as role models in their communities by promoting leadership, helping other youth to establish a connection with nature, and by educating their friends and families about the importance of habitat conservation.
If I become a Ringnecks member, what do I get to do?
The Pheasants Forever Ringnecks Program is dedicated to introducing youth to hunting, shooting sports and other outdoor activities as described above. As a Ringneck, you will be invited to participate in a host of activities including:
Upland Game Bird Hunts for Youth and Novices only - A hunt designed for youth only where you actually get to hunt live upland game birds such as quail, chukar and pheasant!
These hunts include:
Hunter Safety Courses - Designed especially for youth and first time hunters. These are and offered several times throughout the year.
Hunting dog demo - A chance to meet the different types of gun dogs used during upland game bird hunts, to learn about the commands used to control the dogs during a hunt, and a chance to actually watch the dogs working in the fields during an actual hunt.
Sporting clays - Learn all about shooting sporting clays including safety, proper hand grips, how to sight the target correctly and a chance to shoot on some of the best courses in the state.
Pheasant Meet and Greet - Learn all about pheasants including their habitat, natural predators and lifecycle.
State fish and wildlife agencies across the nation have reported significant declines in the number of youth hunters. This negative trend is a real concern for the state's natural resources managers. Fish and wildlife management and research programs, in addition to law enforcement activities, are largely funded through hunting and fishing license sales. Therefore, declines in the number of hunters and anglers could result in reductions in fish and wildlife-based programs and services.
Become involved with our chapter. Contact any of our chapter officers or check out our events and get started.