Idaho Fish and Game hosted Youth Pheasant Hunting Clinic

GENESEE, ID - Idaho Fish and Game held it's annual Pheasant Learning Event and Hunt for Idaho's youths over the weekend.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio hits the back country of Idaho with some young hunting enthusiasts.

Kids dressed in camouflage and orange hit the great outdoors of Idaho early Saturday morning.

"Its not like big and loud like cities and it's just really nice," said Frances Haycock.

The annual pheasant clinic was open to kids ages 10 to 16.

"This gives us the opportunity to teach them the fundamentals of the shotgun and then get a chance to shoot at some clays," said IDFG habitat biologist Tiege Ulschmid.

After shooting at clays and learning all they can about the hard to hunt birds, their knowledge was put to the test.

"You get to go out, you get to hunt," said Jamie.

"I'm most excited to shoot a pheasant," said Lily.

Each kid was given the opportunity to do some pheasant hunting in the back country of Idaho and their partner was a trained bird dog.

"A lot of the fun of upland game hunting is being able to hunt with an animal that's been bred for 400 years," said Award Winning Bird Dogs owner Paul McCawley.

Historically, Idaho was a destination for pheasant hunting, but populations have declined. So in addition to the dogs, kids were given another advantage.

"Flying B donated 75 pheasants to us so we will actually release the birds," said Ulschmid.

One by one kids hiked the back country of Idaho. Ready for the dogs cue at any time.

"The dog came around and found the bird here, point the bird so the hunter can come in and flesh, and flesh in a safe direction," said IDFG youth director Bill Siebold.

"Any bird that's taken is utilized," said President of Pheasant's Forever Jay Roach.

"We'll probably eat one!" said Frances Haycock.

The local Pheasants Forever Chapter, Genesee Dog Trap Club, Snake River Upland Dog Bird Group and the Latah Wildlife Association were all involved in making the event possible.