SHERIDAN — Fifteen area youth participated in the fourth annual Kids’ Hunt at the Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site this past weekend, bagging a total of 27 pheasants.
The historic site is a registered Hunter Management Area with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and offers hunting opportunities during the year. However, the Kids’ Hunt has been particularly popular and continues to grow each year.
The hunt is offered for small groups and is managed closely, with groups scheduled for either a morning or afternoon hunt on Saturday or Sunday. Each hunting party consisted of a minimum of one youth hunter and a maximum of one adult hunter, though other non-hunting adults were encouraged to attend.
“The adults go hunting with them so they can model appropriate hunting practices,” said Misty Stoll, site superintendent, noting that safety and ethical hunting practices are a priority during the hunt.
Stoll said there is a small breeding population of pheasants on the site that she is trying to increase, but that birds from the WGFD’s Sheridan Bird Farm were released prior to the weekend. Bird Farm Coordinator Darrell Meineke said 100 rooster pheasants were released on the Friday before the hunt to ensure plenty of harvest opportunities for the hunters.
“The fort grounds are an incredibly unique place to hunt,” Stoll said. “The natural beauty of the landscape, mixed with the rich history of the area, make the Kids’ Hunt an exciting opportunity for hunters of all ages.”
As a Hunter Management Area, the site is open for hunting through the remainder of the season for youth and adult hunters. Meineke said pheasants will continue to be stocked at the site through the end of December.
Anyone wishing to hunt at the site must sign up in advance by calling 307-684-7629.