By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald
MAHASKA COUNTY —
The Oskaloosa High School chapter of Pheasants Forever got a real hands-on lesson in conservation Wednesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mike Goudy, along with the Pheasants Forever student chapter he advises, ventured out to the Hull Area west of Oskaloosa to do some clean up.
Goudy explained that, as a conservation organization, part of what Pheasants Forever does is keep public hunting areas like Hull free from litter, including shell casings left by hunters.
“We thought we would come out and just clean it up,” said Goudy. “Our main focus is conservation.”
Cleaning up public hunting areas isn’t all the OHS chapter of Pheasants Forever does. Goudy noted the conservation projects students do on campus, as well.
The OHS chapter of Pheasants Forever is the first of its kind in the U.S., having formed in 2009. Goudy explained why it’s important for young people to become involved in the organization, saying that throughout the history of hunting in the U.S., it’s been the hunters themselves who’ve championed conservation. This idea can only carry on if young people get involved, he said.
Right now, the OHS Pheasants Forever chapter includes around 17 students. Goudy said he’s looking to grow the group’s numbers in the future.
There’s quite a bit of crossover between The Shooting Team and Pheasants Forever chapter at OHS, noted Goudy. He said that, this coming Wednesday, there will be a “fun, family shoot” at the Izaak Walton League. Here Goudy hopes to recruit new OHS Pheasants Forever chapter members.
A Pheasants Forever banquet is being planned, noted Goudy. The banquet will include a live auction, the money from which will help fund their activities locally.
Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.