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. Iowa 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.
The Henry County Pheasants Forever 2018 scholarship is now available. This year will be the 2nd year of the HCPF scholarship and we couldn't be more excited. The recipient of this year’s scholarship will be awarded $1,000 in August to the educational institution of choice upon proof of enrollment. Students may use their scholarship for tuition, books, fees, and housing at an accredited institution of higher education.
Henry County Pheasants Forever has had a tradition of supporting the youth through financial contributions to the Mt. Pleasant trap team and 4-H shooting sports, as well as local youth hunts. Feeling we could do more, 2017 marked the inaugural year for the Henry County Pheasants Forever college scholarship. The board was excited to give a $1,000 scholarship to an area high school senior who had demonstrated a passion for wildlife conservation/habitat. After reviewing the applications, the committee was so impressed with the great things the youth have accomplished and hope to accomplish in habitat conservation that we decided give two (2) $1,000 scholarships. Henry County Pheasants Forever would like to congratulate Jack Pieper of Donnellson and Erin Williams of Columbus Junction.
Erin Williams is a senior at Winfield-Mt. Union High School with plans on attending Kirkwood Community College to major in Natural Resources. Among other accomplishments, Erin was selected for receiving the Silver Presidential Seal Award for both freshman and sophomore years for academic achievement. From a letter of recommendation we noted: “Erin is a wonderful student and athlete. She is very caring to others and would do anything to help someone in need.”
Additionally, the PF Chapter took special note of her service with the US Department of the Interior through her work with the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge and her essay statement “I have always had a love for the outdoors and farming and it was summer employment with the Louisa Wildlife Refuge that made me realize working for the DNR was the career path I wanted to pursue”.
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. If you know of an upcoming local high school graduate, please let them know of our scholarship. Rules and Regulations can be found below, along with the scholarship form.
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.
Annual Youth Mentor Pheasant Hunt
Pictured above are Henry County PF/QF Board members: Tim Bolin, Bob Miller, Mike Vens, and Keith Gehling along with 4 local youth hunters.
Pheasants Forever mentored pheasant hunts are the ideal way to introduce kids and teens to hunting, as experienced volunteer hunters from Pheasants Forever coach youth on the importance of firearm safety, wildlife habitat and hunting technique.