They have a spot here locally where they have 4 or 5 of these pheasant hunts each year, run by California fish and game. Usually they occur on Saturday and Sunday, both morning and afternoon sessions. They have youth hunts, ladies hunts, and family hunts.
My job is one where I used to be outdoors all the time, and the spot they had this is in my area of operations. I would go out there and watch them do these hunts. It was really cool. They would have local guys with dogs volunteer to guide these kids and ladies around. It gave them a chance to work their dogs.
The best part though was that they had "clean-up hunts" after the other ones were done. Anyone with a license was allowed to go out into the fields and see if they could shoot up the stragglers. Got my first ever pheasant that way one year.
As you said, it's a great opportunity for the young hunters to get out there. We need to get as many people involved as we possibly can.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...