San Diego¬†Chapter of SCI and SCI Foundation,¬†was held in the fields near Santa Ysabel,¬†California, in March.
In all, 72 excited and happy youth¬†hunters checked in at 7 a.m. to start¬†their adventure in the field. Each youth¬†was given an orange hat emblazoned with the San Diego Junior Pheasant¬†Hunt logo, a name tag with their team¬†designation number and color, and a¬†drawing ticket for their pheasant to be¬†mounted by a local taxidermist. A volunteer outfitter headed each team¬†and each held a colored flag for the¬†kids to identify as their team.
Volunteers for the day included three¬†presidents of related sporting organizations,¬†two San Diego County Fish and¬†Wildlife Commissioners, two college¬†professors, one medical doctor, one¬†California Game Warden, one veterinarian,¬†three San Diego Chapter Board¬†members, five California Hunter Safety¬†Instructors, 12 dog handlers, and 45¬†other equally important volunteers.
After a safety briefing, a solemn¬†moment to honor our military wounded¬†and fallen warriors, and the pledge of¬†allegiance, the teams moved to one of¬†eight stations.
The stations included an archery field,¬†.22 rifle range, shotgun trap range, dog¬†retrieving exhibition area by Raney¬†Ranch Retrievers, Department of¬†Agriculture Federal Trappers, a seminar¬†about turkeys and then to the fields for¬†the actual hunt for two pheasants each¬†and finally to the pheasant cleaning station¬†with their birds.
When the last team finished cleaning¬†their birds, lunch was served. Janice¬†Mendenhall and her family from My¬†Country Club were busy serving delicious¬†hamburgers and hotdogs with¬†chocolate chip cookies for dessert.¬†While the kids were eating, tickets were¬†drawn for a bow donated by Jim¬†Connors, owner of Willow Creek¬†Archery, and a 5-day hunt in South¬†Africa with Inyathi Safaris donated by¬†Andy Goudeau.
San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt¬†thanks the San Diego Chapter of Safari¬†Club International and Safari Club¬†International Foundation for their continued¬†support.