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Ord, Neb. — U.S. Representative Tom Osborne took time on his tour of Nebraska pheasant habitat to visit a Pheasants Forever (PF) mentored youth hunt near Ord on Sept. 27.

“This program is designed for youth who might otherwise not be able to go hunting,” said Pete Berthelsen of PF, which has been partnering with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1996 to provide youth the opportunity to learn to hunt pheasants from a qualified mentor.

Osborne, who is a longtime supporter of mentoring programs said, “the youth mentored hunts in Nebraska have a remarkable track record and have proven to be successful in recruiting new hunters. The mentored youth hunts connect youth who have an interest in hunting with those who treasure hunting and have the skills and ability to safely introduce young people to hunting.”

More than 1,200 Nebraska youth will participate in mentored youth hunts this year.

The mentored youth hunt Osborne visited took place at Husker Fields Controlled Shooting Area south of Ord. The owner of Husker Fields, Larry Koelling said, “Youth are the future of hunting. With all the competing interests kids have to choose from these days, and considering the changes in family structure, its important that they have a place to learn about the sport.” He went on to say that he was proud to be a part of mentored youth hunts.

“Of course, the 52 mentored youth hunts scheduled for this year could never happen if not for the dedication of the mentors,” Berthelsen said. “Most of these folks are Pheasants Forever members and many are Game and Parks Commission employees.”

For more info on the mentored youth hunts, contact Jeff Rawlinson at NGPCs Lincoln office at 402-471-6133; or Pete Berthelsen at (308) 754-5339 or




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