Nearly 30 sportsmen's clubs across the state will offer mentored youth pheasant hunts on Saturdays, Oct. 11 and 18, which also are the first and last days of this year's youth-only pheasant hunting season. Registration, which can be done only through the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, must be done by Wednesday, Sept. 17.
The action-packed hunts are held under tightly controlled conditions, providing the young hunters with an exciting taste of hunting with high degrees of success and safety.
The hunts all are held on lands open to public hunting, and the Game Commission will provide about 3,000 pheasants to be split among 28 conservation groups to stock for the hunts. The commission stocks another 15,000 pheasants statewide ahead of the junior season, and this year plans to release more than 200,000 pheasants across Pennsylvania.
The hunts are for youngsters between the ages of 12 and 16 who have successfully completed a Hunter-Trapper Education course. Youngsters taking part are not required to purchase a license, but they must wear the necessary amount of fluorescent orange and be accompanied by an adult as required by law.
They also must adhere to Pennsylvania's long-standing daily bag limit of two pheasants. In some of the state's wildlife management units, only cock pheasants may be harvested.