Passing on a passion for hunting to the next generation, the Lake Region Chapter of Pheasants Forever held its Ringneck Pheasant Hunt Extravaganza on Sunday, September 30 at the Ramsey County Event Center.

Passing on a passion for hunting to the next generation, the Lake Region Chapter of Pheasants Forever held its Ringneck Pheasant Hunt Extravaganza on Sunday, September 30 at the Ramsey County Event Center.

The event is held annually for all young hunters from the area who participate in the State’s youth pheasant season. There was no charge to attend the event.

Prior to the opening of the youth pheasant hunting season, the local chapter of Pheasants Forever released 450 rooster pheasants on four different release sites in the area, all of which are open to public hunting. The pheasants were banded by the club and six of the birds were banded with gold bands. Any hunter who shot a pheasant with a gold band and who presented it at the Extravaganza had their name entered into a drawing for a new shotgun.

Two hunters turned in gold bands this year and the shotgun was won by Parker Brodina of Devils Lake.

Following the two days of hunting, twenty-three young hunters and their parents enjoyed a hamburger meal provided by Frenchie’s Catering.

All of the participating hunters’ names were entered into a drawing for three new shotguns. This year’s winners were Mason Palmer and Barrett Connor, both of Devils Lake, and Riley Weber of Tolna. The participants were also eligible to win several other prizes, and every young hunter left the event with a Pheasants Forever cap, stocking cap, t-shirt, hunting vest, or a drawstring bag. In addition to the drawings held on Sunday, any youth hunter who shoots one of the banded pheasants during the remainder of the season can bring those bands to the Pheasants Forever banquet to be held in March and get their name entered in yet another drawing for a shotgun.

Pheasants Forever is a national organization dedicated to conservation and the preservation of upland game hunting primarily through habitat preservation and enhancement projects. In addition to sponsoring youth hunting projects such as the Extravaganza, the local chapter has also participated in several habitat projects in the Lake Region area, many in cooperation with local landowners.

If you have any questions about Pheasants Forever, or if you would like to become a member, contact Tom Rost at 662-8620 or Larry Weigel at 351-4090.