First Hunt, Wichita - 10/17
Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors partnered with the Ringneck Rustlers PF chapter to host a First Hunt event on Saturday, 10/17. The First Hunt events are designed to give those who have recently completed their Hunter Education Class an opportunity to put their newly learned skills to practice in the field.
We start off with a review of upland hunting safety topics, with a special emphasis on a hunters zone of fire. Swinging on game is the most common cause of accidents in the field in Kansas, so we spend extra time driving the zone of fire home to the new hunters.
We spend time getting the new hunters comfortable with a shotgun, learning how to load it and where the safety is located. Then we bust some clays to help them gain confidence in the skills they will use to bring down a pheasant.
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 the Ringneck Rustlers PF Chapter volunteers and all of the other volunteers who helped make this event a success. We also want to thank the Armour Foundation for allowing us to hold this event on their property.
Funding for First Hunts has been provided by the Kansas State Rifle Association, Justin Corbet Memorial Shooting Sports Foundation and Chisholm Trail Chapter of SCI.