Junior hunters this fall will get two shots at taking part in a special pheasant hunt just for them.
In an effort to better accommodate the busy schedules families often have, the Pennsylvania Game Commission this year is allowing the sportsmen’s clubs that host junior pheasant hunts some leeway in planning their events.
In previous years, all junior pheasant hunt events statewide were held on the same Saturday. But this year, clubs are permitted to host events on either Saturday in the junior pheasant season.
Junior pheasant hunts are for youngsters between the ages of 12 and 16 years old who have successfully completed a Hunter-Trapper Education course. The events are held on Saturdays during the one-week junior pheasant season, which this year runs from Saturday, Oct. 12, to Saturday, Oct. 19.
Junior pheasant hunts are held on lands open to public hunting, and the Game Commission provides clubs with about 3,000 pheasants 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.
Youngsters taking part in a junior pheasant hunt are not required to purchase a license, but they must wear the necessary amount of fluorescent orange and be accompanied as required by law.
Those looking to register for events can click on the Junior Pheasant Hunt button on the home page of the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). Registration can be completed online.
Information on Junior Pheasant Hunts also can be found by scrolling the cursor over “Education” in the menu bar at the top of the home page, then following this sequence: Click on “Go Hunting and Shooting,” then “Youth Programs,” then “Junior Pheasant Hunt Program.”