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Four area youths treated to bird hunt by local Pheasants Forever chapter

Hunting - Region 7

Wed Oct 11 14:16:00 MDT 2017

Maysen Fox takes aim at a bird, whose wings are visible right over the tip of her barrel.

Maysen Fox takes aim at a bird, whose wings are visible right over the tip of her barrel.


Maysen Fox, from left, Tyler Muscha, Weston Anderson and Eliana Mahan pose with shotguns and grins during their 2017 Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt.

Maysen Fox, from left, Tyler Muscha, Weston Anderson and Eliana Mahan pose with shotguns and grins during their 2017 Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt.


The kids crouch in the cornfield, ears and eyes peeled for signs of a bird.

The kids crouch in the cornfield, ears and eyes peeled for signs of a bird.


Higher vantage points sometimes help, as Tyler Muscha, Weston Anderson, Todd Anderson and Travis Muscha try to get a handle on the best habitat to pinpoint.

Higher vantage points sometimes help, as Tyler Muscha, Weston Anderson, Todd Anderson and Travis Muscha try to get a handle on the best habitat to pinpoint.


Over the weekend of September 23 and 24, several area youths were treated to a Youth Pheasant Hunt by the Miles City Chapter of Pheasants Forever. The event coincided with the statewide Youth Only Pheasant and Waterfowl Hunt that Saturday and Sunday.

Maysen Fox, Tyler Muscha, Weston Anderson and Eliana Mahan had an unforgettable day in the field, honing their skills and making memories. They were accompanied by Pheasants Forever members and mentors Miles Muscha, Travis Muscha and Todd Anderson, who are also employees of Region 7 Fish, Wildlife & Parks; and by Chad Harvey, area representative for Pheasants Forever; and parent Noah Mahan.

Three of the youths took advantage of the Apprentice Hunter Program, which allows youths under the age of 12 to apply to hunt with a mentor without taking Hunter Education. Travis Muscha mentored his son, Tyler, Todd Anderson mentored his son, Weston; and Noah Mahan mentored his daughter, Eliana.

Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt Chair Miles Muscha said the day started out perfectly but soon turned rainy and very cold, hampering their efforts a bit. But all of the kids had good opportunity to harvest a pheasant. They were aided by a German Shorthaired Pointer, an English Setter and a Labrador Retriever belonging to Anderson and both Muscha brothers. The group was hunting on the Mulligan Preserve south of Miles City, which was arranged through the Steadman, McFarland and Okerman families. Pheasants Forever provided the guns and ammunition and gave the kids hats and vests.

Prior to their hunt, the youths spent several range days at the Custer Rod & Gun Club, shooting clay pigeons and learning ethics, safety, bird identification and mapping.

Miles Muscha said the chapter hopes to instill and foster a love of the outdoors in participating youths, and much of the focus is on building confidence in the kids. He noted that parents of past participants have commented to him about the difference they see in their kids after they have taken part in the hunt. They gain skills and confidence they can apply to everyday life, even if they don’t actually harvest a bird on their first outing.