Webster County Establishes Conservation Area

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Young hunters will have a special opportunity thanks to the generosity of a Webster County family.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1nn6bsu) Donald Seltz and his family decided to sell 75 acres of land to the county for $1,000 per acre. That's far less than the $8,000 or more an acre the family could have earned for the land.

The conservation area has been named the Shirley Kirchner-Seltz Prairie, in honor of Donald Seltz's late wife.

Matt Cosgrove, director of Webster County Conservation, says it will be the county's first area for youth-only hunting.

Hunters age 16 and younger will be able to use the land the weekend before the regular pheasant season.

Local and statewide Pheasants Forever groups contributed money to help the county make the purchase.
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