(Posted Oct. 30, 2019)
The Darby Plains chapter of Pheasants Forever held its annual youth hunt on Oct. 26 at the Madison County Fish & Game Club at Madison Lake State Park in London.
“Despite the rainy weather, turnout was good and it was a great event,” said Rob Slane, chapter president. Tony Xenikis serves as the youth chairman.
The event was open to youths 18 years old and younger. Seventeen youths participated, along with seven Darby Plains chapter members and two Fish & Game Club members.
At the start of the day, Ohio Wildlife Officer Matt Teders gave a hunting and firearms safety talk. Chapter members passed out free hunter orange vests, safety glasses, ear protection, and shotgun shells to participants who needed them. A free raffle for a youth shotgun was a highlight of the event.
The Fish & Game Club provided participants with a free practice round of trap shooting, after which the youths hunted in fields with guides over trained pointing dogs.
The Darby Plains chapter supports Clark, Champaign and Madison counties. Pheasants Forever is dedicated to conserving pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.