For Immediate Release

10,000 New Neb. Youth Hunters

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Nebraska Pheasants Forever Readies for 2012 Youth Mentor Hunts

Lincoln, Nebraska - September 20 -

In preparing for this year’s youth mentor hunts, Nebraska Pheasants Forever (PF)and Quail Forever are pleased to announce totals indicate more than 10,000 youth hunters have participated in its “Youth Mentor Hunt Program” since 1996. This year, over sixty Pheasants Forever-led youth mentor hunts are scheduled across Nebraska for the entire 2012-2013 hunting season and will add an expected 800 new hunters. The goal of these youth mentor hunts is to introduce youth, who otherwise would not have an opportunity, to hunting in a safe environment.

In 1996, Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission developed a program allowing boys and girls ages 12 to 15 who’ve recently completed a Hunter Safety Education class to attend a youth mentor hunt. Youth enrolling in this program are given instruction on various hunting related topics such as dog training, reloading shot shells, hunter safety, blue rock shooting, how to ask a landowner for permission to hunt, etc., all in a one day, mentored setting. Youth mentor hunts conclude with an actual pheasant hunt under the supervision of a mentor and dog handler.

"This milestone represents Nebraska’s aspiration to continue its longstanding outdoor heritage by introducing a new generation of conservationists to the outdoors," says Drew Larsen, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Regional Wildlife Biologist in Western Nebraska, "It would not have been possible to reach this goal without the help of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and our local Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters, who dedicate their time and resources to make all the events possible." Each youth mentor hunt participant receives a Pheasants Forever-logoed blaze orange safety hat, as well as a safety vest provided by the Nebraska Game and Parks.

Nebraska Pheasants Forever’s calendar of events has youth mentor hunt events across the state listed. Nebraska’s general pheasant season occurs October 30, 2012 through January 31, 2013. For more information on Pheasants Forever’s Youth Mentor Hunt Program in Nebraska, contact Pheasants Forever’s Drew Larsen at (308) 534-2807 / Email Drew.

Nebraska is home to 64 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters and more than 10,000 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members. For more info on "The Habitat Organization" in Nebraska, visit Nebraska Pheasants Forever’s website.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

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Rehan Nana (651) 209-4973 o Email Rehan