Organizers are hoping to attract at least 60 young hunters each day when they hold the annual youth pheasant hunt at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Saturday and Sept. 22.
The Western Washington Pheasant Release Volunteers, Pheasant Forever members and base staffers will host the annual hunt, releasing about 350 birds during the two-day event.
“We hope to interest as many young people as possible in the sport of pheasant hunting,” said Ken Welsh, Pheasant Forever Chapter 257 youth director. “This is a great opportunity for young people to learn about hunting safety and good sportsmanship.
The hunt is open to all licensed hunters younger than 16 years old.
The hunt is regulated by the volunteers to ensure the safety of the participants and to teach the children sportsmanship.
For those who don’t have a trained hunting dog, the volunteers will provide one. Pheasants Forever will also be providing free lunch.
All participating youth will need a valid Washington hunting license and westside pheasant harvest card.
In addition, all hunters must be registered with the base hunter-registration program run by the Northwest Adventure Center.
For information on registration requirements, call the center at 253-967-8260. For more information, contact Bill Ostrander at 253-847-3979.