Annual Youth Hunt Day

Recurring Event Since 2003!

We had a wonderful day with 35 kids in all joining for the experience for our 2018 youth day. Thank you to all that sponsored and volunteered to make it a great day for the kids:

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Monetary donation;
  • Jerry Rutkowski - for clay launchers and the use of the hunter safety guns;
  • Our guides: Jim Lewis, Stephanie Martin, Jerry Stanley, Adam Cunningham, Nick Maragakis, Kenny Martin and Trevor Lewis for donating their time and talents;
  • Northern Chesapeake Sportsmen for kids volunteers: Barry Brown for the archery range and instruction
  • Shotgun Shooting instructors: Dan Kagle and Annette Ensor
  • Lancaster County Longrifles Association: Brad Rineholt and Terry Crawford
  • Ruffed Grouse Society – John Thereault
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Harry Yingling and 2 other RMEF members
  • Wild Turkey Federation – Jim Chitwood
  • Ducks Unlimited – Sydney (Bill) Beddow
  • Check in, pictures, set-up, pictures, bird cleaning and food: Kim Lewis, Emily Lewis, Trevor Lewis, Amber Lewis, Denise Baker, Jerry Corun, Tammi Rineholt, Daniel Thursdan

This day is only possible because of great people coming together to make it happen. THANKS!!!!


Next Youth Hunt Day

Date: September 28

Rain date:  September 29

*****If you have a conservation organization that would like to have some volunteers join this day to share your message with the kids, all are welcome. Please e-mail us or call us to let us know that you can come. Thanks!

Time: 1PM-5PM


We will provide each child with some wildlife habitat information, a gun safety lesson, Archery lesson and clay target shooting with a shooting instructors, while small groups of kids hunt with guide and dog in the open field. We will release 3 chukar per child. After the hunt we were going to have the kids come back to the pavilion and show them how to clean their birds to bag and take home. The cost will be $30 per child and we ask that we have at least one adult per every two children present. We will take at least the first 25 children and more if time allows out for the chukar hunt.

We will be meeting at the hunting preserve location.
*We are changing the date due to being fortunate enough to be able to have the Lancaster County Longrifles Association join us with creating their encampment for the kids to enjoy at the hunting preserve.  This is a gathering of 1740-1840 Reenactors and Tradesmen creating an encampment to share period attire, housing, cooking and hunting skills. There are Black powder and Archery shoots as well as Knife and Tomahawk throwing at their rendezvous and a sampling of all of this to be shared with our youth day event.  For details about this organization, please see:

Agenda for the Day

1PM-2PM: Whole group introductions, shotgun safety & group picture for sponsors

2PM-5PM: Break into small groups to rotate through the following:

1) Shotgun Instruction and clay shooting

2) Habitat and Food Plot information

3) Hunt chukar over some fine bird dogs

4) Archery instruction and target shooting

5) Retriever demonstration

6) Lancaster County Longrifles Association

6) Eat


Hunters Cook-out

Bring a dish, chips or beverage if you wish.

BBQ, hotdogs, baked beans & potato salad, dessert & Drinks will be provided

Please call if attending to give us an idea on the head count. We never want to run short on food and drinks!

Things to bring: Something of blaze orange to wear to the field to hunt, comfortable hiking shoes/ boots, bug spray, sun screen, 7 ½ shotgun shells, shotgun (if you need to borrow one, there will be a couple 20 ga. Shotguns and (1) .410 to borrow), water, hearing protection and shooting glasses if you have them (We will have some to borrow if you don’t have any at the shooting instruction table).

***Raindate: TBA