SENECA, S.D. — Nothing stopped Jessika Bol from her trip to the R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in South Dakota last September … not Mother Nature.
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As this year’s academic contest winner of of a four-night, three-day stay at the lodge which sponsored the trip, Bol’s trek through Nevada Utah and Wyoming was hampered by a snow storm that made the trip, all told, 30 hours in length.
“It was really, really long and the storm was really, really bad. It forced us to pull over, stay the night and wait it out,” Bol said.
The Union Mine sophomore made the trip with her parents and brother, Chris, who also stayed at the resort.
“My brother’s hunted before but it was my first time, He showed me some stuff as did the people at the lodge,” Bol said. “It was a blast and a great opportunity … I’m glad I won.”
Bol, a Pleasant Valley resident, experienced great hospitality, nice weather, hearty food and a bounty of pheasants.
“We got so many, on the second day our group got 45,” Bol said. “We brought back quite a few. It’s similar to chicken … very good … and it’s the first time I’ve tried it.”
R&R provided the guns, ammo and guide.
“It was neat to try different guns. I have my own shot gun but thought ‘why should I bring my own when they have really nice and expensive ones,’” Bol said.
The return trip was quicker. On the way home Bol saw Mt. Rushmore, slept a lot and did homework.
The contest Bol won is currently underway for El Dorado County students aged 12-16 for a four-night, three-day pheasant hunt with parent/guardian at the R&R Pheasant Hunting Resort in Seneca South Dakota, one of only a few Cabela’s certified hunting destinations (r-rpheasanthunting.com).
This is the fifth year that the contest has taken place. The program’s goal is to tie together academic achievement with the enjoyment of the shooting sports, much as school sponsored sports are tied together with required grade averages for participation.
Contest entry consists of a Xerox copy of an official report card with each grade equal to or higher than ‘B’ for that reporting period. One entry is allowed for each report card grading period and the student’s phone number must appear on entry. Deadline for receipt of entries is June 11, 2014.
The hunt will take place during September 2014. Contest rules, procedures, and entry boxes are available at Big Horn Gun Shop (530-642-1892), Newtown Firearms (530-626-9945), Sierra Gun Exchange (530-672-0202, and Mosquito Creek Outfitters (530-621-4500).
Students who are unable to visit one of the entry box locations can mail their entries to Big Horn Gun Shop, 6271 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, CA 95623. Deadline for receipt of mailed entries is June 12, 2014.