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. Minnesota 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.
Greenleaf Pollinator Plot
On May 22, 2018, Meeker PF and the Litchfield 5th grade class seeded two acres of the Greenleaf Waterfowl Production Area into a very diverse pollinator seed mix. The kids planted over 600 live plants and 140 blazingstar corms on the two acres.
The kids also spent 20 minutes at each of the following stations:
Thank you again for supporting this event. We now have 100 fifth graders in Litchfield with bright orange PF shirts and pollinator seed.
Butternut WMA Pollinator Plot
This is a joint collaboration effort between Meeker PF, MN DNR Wildlife office out of Spicer, and Meeker 4H Shooting Sports Team. We are transforming 1 acre of existing grass into a 1 acre pollinator oasis on the Butternut WMA 4 miles south of Grove City. The youth will be involved in the tree removal work, the seeding, the planting of seedlings, and they will assist in the future management of the project. The DNR will aid in the spraying of herbicide, burning the brush pile, and the future management of the site. Meeker PF will assist in the financial contribution of the project and in the project management of the restoration.
Eden Valley Watkins High School Trap Team
Each year the chapter makes a cash contribution to the Eden Valley-Watkings Youth High School Clay Target Team to help puchase shells, targets, and transportation for their events. This is a great sport that gets kids outside and excited about firearm safety and the sport of shooting. In return, the youth come to the banquet to help run a fundraising game and tell their story of shooting.
Each year, chapter volunteers help teach 40 youth the ethics and basics of hunter safety in the Eden Valley / Watkins area. This course is pivitol in getting our youth ready for a lifetime of hunting success and stories.
If you are interested in registering for the August 2020 course or would like more local information, please contact Gary Duncomb (320) 453-7465.
Below is a link to the DNR webstie for more information on Hunter Safety and other programs offered by the DNR.
Litchfield Clay Target Team
The Minnesota High School Clay Target League started in 2009 with Litchfield and Eden Valley forming their first teams in the spring of 2013. The two teams combined have around 30 shooters per year. The league lasts 8 weeks which consists of 2 practice weeks, 1 reserve week (scores shot this week are used in case of inclement weather), and 5 competition weeks. A shooter will shoot 2 rounds of trap each week for a total of 10 scores used for competition scoring. A state championship is held in early June in Alexandria where every shooter across the state is eligible to participate. They are expecting more than 7,000 shooters over 8 days in 2016. The top teams and individual shooters from the state championship qualify for the MSHSL sanctioned tournament held the following week at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.
Team members and coaches for the Litchfield team in the picture:
Back (L-R): Coach Tom Pollock, Coach Derek Penk, Coach Chuck Schoolmeesters, Jennah Anderson, Logan Forsberg, Coach Brett Asleben, and Coach Matt Foley
Middle (L-R): Ethan Stubson, Bryce Penk, Taylor Kargas, Cale Asleben, Hunter Doty, and David Panning
Front (L-R): Zach Dorn, Logan Peterson, Connor Hoff