The Sixth Annual San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt will be held on Sunday, March 15, on land provided by My Country Club near Santa Ysabel.
This is an opportunity for 65 junior hunters who have finished their hunter safety course to experience the hunting heritage Americans enjoy. The day will start at 7 a.m. and includes a rifle range, a trap range, an archery range, trapping seminar, predator calling, and an opportunity to hunt two planted pheasants over a trained pointer. This year proper bird cleaning and pheasant cooking recipes will be added to complete the hunting experience.
Following the completion of the events, a lunch will be served along with a drawing for door prizes. The San Diego Chapter of Safari Club International is the kickoff donor for this event along with My Country Club providing the land, insurance, and many provisions.
Many donors help provide the ammunition, targets, food, hats, and more. A valid California hunting license is required.
Doug Streed, a Ramona resident, is a California Hunting Safety Instructor and co-chairman of this event. He has 10-hour classes scheduled at the Project 2000 Range in El Cajon on Jan 24 and Feb 28, and is planning a local class at Ranger Doug’s in Ramona on Feb 23 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Students must attend both four-hour classes.
The junior pheasant hunt is also sponsored by approximately 50 San Diego County hunters and dog handlers who volunteer their time to introduce novice hunters to a safe hunting experience. This is a free event for all participants. Co-chairing with Streed is Zeke Awbrey, California game warden, and Jim Connors, owner of Willow Creek Archery in Escondido.
The event is limited to 65 junior hunters, so those interested in participating are encouraged to complete an application as soon as possible. Applicants can apply prior to completing the hunter safety course.
To receive an application or to find out more about a Hunter Safety Course, call or e-mail Streed at 760-803-4750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.