November 8, 2012 at 7:39 a.m.
The 14th annual Chisago County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt was a home run again. Held at Rocky Bay Kennel and Hunt Club near Pine City, the event drew 39 eager youths ages 12-15 who had their gun safety certificates. The annual event featured a strongly worded gun safety talk before the hunt, a 25-shot round of sporting clays target shooting, a hunt for pheasants with a guide and trained pointing dog, free shotgun shells, lunch and a Youth Pheasants Forever Membership. “Everybody seemed to have a great time,” said Steve Zirkle, one of the event leaders. “We got good reviews. We had a total of 39 kids with 27 who were first-time participants at our youth hunt. We are already booked at Rocky Bay for next year’s hunt!” “We had some excited kids, especially the first timers,” added Jon Olsen event chairman. “One young fellow got his first ever pheasant, and he was jumping up and down with excitement. For those who had never cleaned a pheasant before, free instruction was offered, too” PF chapter members who helped put on the event included Jon Olsen, Tim Kane, Steve Zirkle, Jeff and Mike Egelkraut,, Bruce Gockowski, Reed Masloski, Mike Hyden, Neil Evenson and Syl Marking. Carrie Jorgenson of Pine City Dairy Queen donated the free lunch.
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