Pheasants Forever Youth Council Experiences Hunting in Winner Area

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Four students who are members of the national youth leadership council for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever spent two days pheasant hunting in the Winner area.

There are 20 youths on the council and these four represented various regions of the United States. Enjoying a hunt in the local area were: Nate Shafer, Tallahassee, Fla.; Kayla Gadeken, Seward, Neb.; Lanier Forster, Social Circle, Ga. and Austin Winter, Dallas Center, Iowa.

Also on the trip was Rich Wissink, Merrill, Wis., director of youth activities for the national office of Pheasants Forever.

The local Pheasants Forever chapter hosted a dinner for the group on Dec. 9 at T Bone’s Treehouse where the group stayed.

There are two youths from South Dakota who serve on the national council.

1st place team in sharpshooter

 Teams Place in Sharpshooter Classic

The first place team in the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce 4th annual Sharpshooter Classic was called 4th Place Finishers. The team was made up of Kurt Arganbright, Kyle Arganbright, Chris Huddle, Jeremy Stec, Riley Wrage and Quinten Connelly.

The second place team was Rooster Strokers made up of James Mathis, Steve Kerr, Kirby Kartak, Dick Jeffers, Kurt Swensen and Cody Osborn.

The third place team was the Cock Blockers made up of Steve Nelson, Tyler Carson, Jerald Finnegan, Troy Reiser, Mark Mahoney and Dan Krugman.

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 Patriot Hunts Allows Soldiers to Enjoy South Dakota Outdoors

Five soldiers, some retired and others on active duty, enjoyed the thrill of shooting a pheasant during a Patriot Hunt this weekend in Colome.

The group were the guests of Triple H Hunting Service owned by Marlin “Pete” and Marilyn Haukaas.

Saturday night the group enjoyed a supper at the Colome American Legion.

Patriot Hunts was founded by Ken and Pam Bernard, both military brats and huge supporters  of the military. The organization was founded in 2007.

Patriot Hunts is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences for wounded warriors.

“With all of us sportsmen and patriots working together we can make a difference in the life of a solider who has chosen to lay his life at the altar of freedom on our behalf,” said Bernard.

This is the third time Patriot Hunts has been at Triple H. Of the five soldiers who participated, four are retired and one is still in active duty.

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