NIAGARA SPRINGS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Idaho Fish and Game hosted an annual Hunter Education Program for households eager to cross the searching custom on to the subsequent era.
Saturday, the final lesson was taught, as choose college students gathered within the Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area for a controlled pheasant hunt.
“We spend time with them shooting sporting clays, or clay pigeons, we take them out in the field and let them hunt a couple of birds,” mentioned Spokesperson Terry Thompson. “Then, at the end we show them how to field dress, cook some up for them and have a bite to eat.”
While the controlled hunt permits a greater likelihood for success, spokesperson Terry Thompson tells me he hopes to indicate college students that searching is about extra than simply the kill.
“We try not to emphasize harvest as the important part,” Thompson mentioned, “it’s the experience.”
The important cause for the occasion Saturday was to indicate college students methods to deal with their firearms safely.
“This is one of those opportunities where we can get in the field with them,” Thompson mentioned, “reinforce what they learned in hunter education and reinforce that you can have a lot of fun, but you need to be safe at the same time.”
Those classes of security had been displaying indicators throughout Saturday’s hunt, like when younger Curt Weeks III missed his pheasant however determined to not take a second shot, pondering it was too dangerous.
“We both took the Hunter Safety course this year with TanaRae and she did good,” mentioned Curt Weeks who attended the occasion together with his grandson. “Obviously with him because he thought before he shot.”
Safety is essential, however Thompson tells me there are another essential classes to remove from the occasion.
“It’s the camaraderie, you go out with your family and friends,” mentioned Thompson. “But, it’s about the smiles.”
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