Contributed photo / George Fisher
A group photo of the 2018 hunter ed all-stars, who were selected to participate in the annual youth bird hunt put on by Idaho Fish & Game at the Flying B Ranch, which was held March 31.
As of Wednesday, April 4, 2018
From the roughly 150 who graduate hunters ed each year, instructors choose about 20 to participate in the annual bird hunt put on by volunteers and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
— Teddy Roosevelt, “The Strenuous Life,” 1899
After practicing shotgun skills, they go on a live bird hunt featuring a 1-to-1 student-instructor ratio. The 2018 “all stars” took about 25 pheasants — a record, IDFG district conservation officer George Fischer told the Free Press Monday, April 2. “At the end, we have a little pheasant cookout.”
Fischer thanked the Flying B Ranch for providing the birds, the use of their grounds, their hospitality and their guides, and thanked the National Wild Turkey Federation and local hunter education program for providing ammo. “And a real ‘atta girl’ and ‘atta boy’ to the kids — we’ve got some awesome kids here,” he said. “In the state of liability and politics and everything going on, it’d be easy to go ‘ah, we’re done.’ But the quote of the day is that Teddy Roosevelt quote. Sometimes you’ve got to do what’s right and hope you win. And safety first. There was nothing close to any kind of an oops, because it’s so well-supervised, and we have such good support and great equipment.”