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First Hunt, Kingman, KS - 1/30/16

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors hosted another First Hunt event on Saturday, 1/30 at Bluestem Hunting Preserve near Kingman, KS.

We had 15 new hunters in total, with some from Kingman and some from Wichita. The Kingman kids were mostly 7th graders who had taken hunter ed at the middle school in Kingman. The Wichita hunters had recently completed a class that Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors had helped coordinate for the FOP and their families.

Volunteers from Wichita PF, QF and NWTF chapters helped with the hunt, mentoring the new hunters as they walked the fields.

First Hunt pheasant hunts start with a review of hunter safety rules, especially as they relate to upland game hunting. We stress keeping the line of hunters straight as they walk the field, good muzzle control and gun handling safety, proper zone of fire and what to watch and look for as they walk the field. A mentor accompanies each new hunter.

Before going afield, we spend time honing the new hunters wingshooting skills, under the tutelage of certified shotgun instructors.

Once the new hunters have demonstrated they can confidently bust clays on the range, they are taken in groups of 4 hunters to the field where they are each given a chance with 2 pheasants.

Usually, the smiles on the kids faces are all the thanks we need. But sometimes, we get a nice email. Brent Garrison, Principal of the Kingman Middle School sent the following:

I can not thank you and your mentors enough for coming to Kingman for the hunt.  I was extremely excited when you approached me about this opportunity for the youth here in Kingman.  I can now say that it far exceeded my expectation.  The event was well organized and the instruction was invaluable for young hunters.  The kids that participated had an amazing time and will be talking about it for quite some time.   In my 16 years in education this ranks among one of the best opportunities provided outside the classroom.  It was a once in a lifetime experience for some of these kids and an experience some will never forget.  

We look forward to hosting many more First Hunt events, giving new hunter ed graduates their first chance to go afield and hunt!

You can check out more photos from our hunt in our photo gallery.