Featherfest Enjoyed By Young Hunters

Beautiful March weather was the perfect setting for kids age 10-18 to experience upland game bird hunting along the pastures and hills boarding Elk River near Pineville MO. The event held by Young Outdoorsmen United on Saturday, introduced the youngsters to pheasant and chucker wing shooting. Nearly all the eager participant were first time bird hunters. “I’m glad I got to do this”, grinned 12 year old Kloe Myers (Southwest City MO), “I’ve never done this before and I enjoyed it very much.” Kloe took home a pheasant and 2 chuckers to cook up for supper. Featherfest has become an annual event on the organizations list of monthly activities. “This is our 4th year for Featherfest, and we get a multitude of applications to participate,” stated the organizations president Dan Fuller. Hunters are selected thru a random drawing, and the kids are ecstatic when they are notified. “Our volunteers enjoy seeing the excitement in the kid’s accomplishment when they shoot their first game birds. They relish the memories of the day as much as the youngsters do.” The kids were scheduled in 3 separate simultaneous hunts, with 2 youth per hunt. Each group was allowed an hour and 45 minute to harvest 3 hen pheasants, 3 roosters, and 6 chuckers. This year the hunters averaged 4 birds per group. “Look, look, I got some,” boasted 10 year old Jaden Hooper (Noel MO) as he brought his harvest of a pheasant and chucker to the check-in table. “The guide and dog found the birds, and I shot these. It was awesome!”