Youth Pheasant Hunt - Putnam Sentinel
With adult supervision, a group of county youths step out to the hunt. (Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)

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KALIDA — Early this past Saturday morning, 85 youngsters from around Putnam County did not turn on the television to watch morning cartoons. They also did not pick-up a game controller. Nor did they log into any social media network for any significant length of time, or visit any other part of the internet.

Instead, they bundled up and went outside.

This, according to Adam Anspach, President of the Black Swamp Chapter of Pheasants Forever, is part of the point of the Annual Youth Pheasant Hunt sponsored by his organization and hosted every year by the Kalida Fish and Game Club.

The event is also meant to introduce area youth to the sport of hunting. Nationally, the number of hunters has declined significantly in recent years according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are approximately two million less hunters in America than there were 10 years ago, even as the population of the United States has increased.

This trend does not appear to be followed here in Putnam County. Anspach reported that the 85 youth participating last Saturday was the organizations best turnout in its history, increasing from the 76 youth who participated in 2016. And, according to Anspach, the number could have reached 100 if the event had not conflicted with area school events scheduled on the same day.

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