As wave after wave of young hunters took to the field chasing pheasant and learning the joys of hunting, Big Horn Basin Pheasants Forever organizers beamed. The group has been holding the annual Bob Messier Youth Hunt for 19 years, watching the number of kids involved grow nearly tenfold since the first year, when a half dozen kids came out. Dozens of young hunters and their parents first stopped at the Cody Shooting Complex for safety and shooting skills training. Then they hit the sagebrush-covered hills of Monster Lake, moving through hunt stations with instructors, trainers and their bird dogs during the Saturday event. “It’s important to bring young people into the sport. Without them we could lose what we’ve worked so hard for,” said Ken...
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Youth hunt top priority for group’s outreach program