HOWARD — It was cold and wet Saturday morning, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 14 young hunters participating in the annual Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt at Campbell’s Range.
Taylor Combs, 16, of Mount Vernon, said she has been deer hunting since she was about seven, but helped out at a veteran’s pheasant hunt at Freedom Lodge and thought it looked like fun.
She said the bird flushed about 10 yards in front of her and was abut 10 feet off the ground when she brought it down with her first shot.
“I want to do this again; it’s a lot of fun,” she said.
The local chapter of Pheasants Forever has been conducting the youth hunts for about 17 years. Club spokesperson Althea Dye said the hunts are by invitation, so they can control the numbers, as well as the education and safety aspects. Ages range from eight to 17.