Welcome to the next generation in conservation and pheasant hunting enthusiasts. In efforts to help our younger generation play a larger role in our efforts to conserve and provide habitat for upland game, our chapter provides today's youth with opportunities to learn about what Pheasants Forever is truly about. Ohio provides conservation educational materials, safety of firearms and mentor youth hunts for those kids who may not have the same opportunities as most. Take a moment and read about our youth events or find out how you can become a key component of helping future Pheasants Forever Members.
2019 Camp Canopy
Darke County Pheasants Forever #675 is again offering three paid scholarships to Camp Canopy, formerly known as “The Ohio Youth Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp” and is sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association. The camp, scheduled for June 9 – 14, 2019 at F.F.A.Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio, is coeducational and is open to youth who have completed the eighth grade through 2018 High School graduates. Applicants will learn about Ohio’s forests, wildlife, conservation, tree identification, and ecology plus availing numerous recreational activities.
Applications may be obtained online at The Ohio Forestry Association’s website (ohioforest.org) or at Darke Soil & Water Conservation District office, 1117 Southtowne Court, Greenville, Ohio 45331 (937) 548-1752. Students wishing to apply for the scholarships are asked to submit two brief written statements indicating 1) what they anticipate learning by attending the camp, and 2) how attendance might impact their future career objectives. Applications may be turned in at Darke Soil & Water District or mailed to the above address.
Further information may be obtained at Ohio Forestry Association’s website (http://www.ohioforest.org/) or by contacting Daniel Francis, Darke County PF Youth Activities Coordinator, at (937) 564-3254. Historically, the camp reaches maximum enrollment early, so students are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Outdoor Classroom Grant
Darke County Pheasants Forever #675 has proposed a grant to help provide funding for Darke County schools to implement outdoor learning areas on school grounds. An outdoor classroom is an outdoor area(s) including natural features (trees, grasslands, and/or water features) on the school grounds that provide hands-on learning opportunities and allows students of all ages to utilize multi-disciplinary skills including math, science, history, geography, language arts and physical exercise in a fun and exciting environment. These areas will also enhance the teacher’s ability to teach such subjects.
For more informaion contact: John Kaiser, (419) 336-5830
Hunting Safety Guidelines
Hunting Safety Guidelines:
ANYBODY WHO DOES NOT FOLLOW THE ABOVE
GUIDELINES WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE HUNT
Let’s have a great hunt and above all… “Keep it safe!”
Annual Youth Mentor Pheasant Hunt
Darke County Pheasants Forever annually hosts a youth pheasant hunt in mid/late October. This is an excellent event for youth to participate in and enjoy a pheasant hunt, outdoor demonstrations, clay bird shooting, and many other outdoor activities.
The purpose of our Youth Pheasant Hunt is to instill in young people a lifelong enthusiasm and respect for hunting, and to teach hunter safety, hunter ethics, and the importance of wildlife habitat conservation by providing a complete and realistic upland bird hunting experience.
Any youth 12-16 years of age the day of the hunt with proof of hunter safety course completion and a valid Ohio hunting license, or in possession of an apprentice license are eligible to hunt. However, youth of all ages can attend to participate in other outdoor activities.
Youth Hunter Safety and Education
While we all like to have fun in the field and chase pheasants for miles, safety is one of the most important aspects. We promote and encourage hunter safety in the field. Through these classes and education we show both youth and adults the proper ways to hold, maneuver and proper gun care. Getting those who are not familiar with a gun, comfortable with handling their firearm so that they can enjoy their hunts successfully. For more information when or where our hunting safety classes can be found, please follow the links below.