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Controlled Pheasant Hunts begin with two hours of gun safety training and clay pigeon shooting. For first time hunters, single released pheasants are used to acclimate the hunters to a flying target and trained hunting dogs. Then the first-time hunters are assigned an experienced volunteer to shepherd them during a managed field hunt. For hunters with experience, for example a veteran, supervisors are assigned to watch for any potential safety issues. The participants and volunteers break for lunch. After lunch, the hunters have a continental (European) hunt on the property. This year every lady and youth hunter harvested a pheasant, even those who had never touched a gun before!
Youth Waterfowl Clinics begin with gun safety, a dog training and retrieval session, followed by a duck call training. Instruction is given on shooting, shotgun patterning and clay-target instruction to each participant. Every youth participant is invited (scheduled) for a fully guided duck hunt with an experienced duck hunter on the DuckHorn Lodge properties.
Waterfowl Hunts for the youth waterfowl attendees, their parent(s) and other constituents always includes a DuckHorn Outdoors Adventures member as a guide/consultant. Also, the hunt always includes a refresher on safety. These events may include setting up decoys, calling ducks, help camouflage the blind, etc.