Members of the Central Wisconsin Fur, Fin & Feather organization recently joined other generous volunteers and donors at Little Hills Hunting Preserve in Gilman, for a fun and educational weekend of hunting activities for kids and have been doing so since 2009.
The 8th Annual event offered many young outdoor enthusiasts a safety orientation, dog training demonstration, opportunities to shoot compound bows and clay pigeons, and a chance to shoot pheasants over beautiful pointers with the help of seasoned guides.
“This type of event is right in line with our mission statement of providing hunting opportunities for kids, women and handicapped individuals wanting to get outdoors and enjoy these activities,” said Jeff Kellnhofer, CWFFF President. “Along with a donation of cash to offset the weekend’s costs, we think it’s important to be an active participant in these types of local events. It’s why we started F3 in the first place. We were honored to be invited by Dave and Amanda and their team to participate this year.”
The weekend event ran from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, with kids coming in groups of 8 about every hour. “Although set up as a youth activity, the adults seemed to enjoy themselves almost as much as the kids”, said Ron Herman, CWFFF Treasurer. “The kids were polite, eager to listen and you could see them improve and gain confidence as they picked up pointers from the adult volunteer coaches.”
The event was well organized, and the kids were taught how to clean their birds after the hunt by their guides. “The safety and the details covered in this fun event really set this apart”, said Herman. “Most of us had to learn these things the hard way when we were growing up.”
“Central Wisconsin Fur, Fin & Feather will definitely be involved in a bigger way next year, and we encourage others to support this worthwhile local outdoor sports event for kids,” said Kellnhofer.
Learn more about Little Hills Huting Preserve by visiting their website.