First Hunt, Dodge City - 10/18
Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors partnered with NWTF to host a First Hunt event for kids in the Dodge City, KS area.
The Dodge City High School has a Hunter Education program in the schools. We had 14 youths from this program along with 3 young men from the BBBS program join us for the afternoon hunt. Despite the unseasonably warm temps and high winds, everyone had a great time, a safe hunt and birds in the bag.
We started off the day with a safety review. In KS, the major reason for accidents while hunting is swinging on game. We focused on this, reminding the new hunters of their zone of fire and stressed this during the hunt as well.
Then we went to work on their shotgun shooting skills. We started them off with some soft in-coming targets to boost their confidence, and then had them shooting targets going away that would be similar to the shots they would have in the field.
Once they had the shooting down, they headed to the field where a mentor accompanied each hunter along with a hunt master. We provided 2 birds for each hunter, placed in bird launchers. When the dogs went on point, the hunters were coached into position and the bird was released for the shot.
After the hunt, the new hunters were shown how to field dress the birds and given suggestions on how to prepare the birds for the table.
We want to thank Coach Dave Foster for bringing kids from Dodge City High and Jenny Fisher for bringing the kids from BBBS out for the hunt. We also want to thank the NWTF volunteers for assisting with the hunt. Thanks also go out to the Ringneck Rustlers PF chapter for letting us use their shooting trailer. Special thanks go to Bud Maxfield and his wife Judith for letting us hunt their property and for taking the great photos!