By Kyle Jillson | October 19 2012 07:36

Funds raised at Friends of NRA events help hunting programs in every state

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt receives their NRA Foundation grants

NRA Foundation grants help a variety of programs across the nation. In addition to competitive shooting teams, money raised at Friends of NRA events also goes to preserving our hunting legacy. Here's a thank you from the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt who was helped to its feet by one such grant a few years back.

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt Thanks The NRA Foundation
by Douglas Streed & Susan Bowers

As the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt finishes its ninth year, we pause to reflect how we have grown and who has helped us along the way. The first big boost came in

2009 when the NRA Foundation gave us a generous grant that allowed us to put together the basics required for quality firearm instruction in a hunting environment.

The San Diego Chapter of Safari Club International, SCIF and others followed with grants that completed the equipment necessary for a program that promotes young hunter safe habit patterns.

We have 2 annual shotgun-only events that are free to youth 15 years and younger who have completed a Hunter Safety Course. The emphasis at these clinics is the hunter’s stance: two-hand carry, safety on, when calling for the clay pigeon.

However, our main event is our name sake, the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt. This once a year free event is limited to 72 first timer youth 15 years and younger. Applicants are selected on a first come, first served basis and they are required to have a hunting license to participate. Our focus here is to develop safe hunting and firearm habits first, rather than trying to correct bad/unsafe habits later.

Volunteers for this day include NRA rifle instructors, Presidents and other officers of like-minded sporting organizations, San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commissioners, college professors, a medical doctor, a California Game Warden, a veterinarian, San Diego Chapter, SCI Board members, California Hunter Safety Instructors, a former Olympic archery instructor, pointing dog handlers, bird planters and bird cleaners.

Read the rest of the story on the California Friends of NRA page here.

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