On Saturday, September 14 Pheasants Forever Calgary hosted it’s 2nd annual Calgary Post secondary First Pheasant Mentor Hunt at the venerable Spruce Creek Upland Club. 16 young adults from the University of Calgary Firearms Association and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Association took part in the day of learning, work and fun.
Vince Aiello, Randy Blanchard and Cornell Yarmoloy handled their pointers with precision and excellence and once again stole the show, being the most impressive aspect of the whole day for most mentees.
Nick Stanford, Mike Perkins, Brian Ness and Carson McCormick supported each crew as mentors while Dave Scott and Bryn Horne led a clay shooting seminar designed to help the hunters with honing their shooting skills to be successful at upland gamebird wing shooting.
The crew was also treated to a seminar on pheasant hunting and habits, another on cleaning game birds and one on cooking pheasants. Laurette LaPlante and Terri Bass made sure the crew was fat and happy by keeping the crew fed and watered and everyone got a chance to taste a piece of hot pheasant hors d’oeurvres.
Special thanks to Martin Lampard and Ashley Gee, for the exceptional service and support that they provided in ensuring the day was successful.
Pheasants Forever Calgary wishes to thank The Board of Directors of Spruce Creek Upland Club for the use of the Club and especially for the support given by the staff, Martin and Ashley.
Thanks also to Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association and North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association for their support and special thanks to MacFarlane Pheasants for supplying the birds and to the Alberta Conservation Association for sponsoring the event.
By all accounts it was a successful day, that saw each new hunter leave with a pheasant for the table. The new recruits are now all members of Pheasants Forever and I am quite confident that, due to the collective effort, we will have some new pheasant hunters, supporters and future conservation leaders in the years to come.