On Saturday, October 26th Pheasants Forever Calgary hosted it’s 3rd annual Lethbridge Post-secondary First Pheasant Mentor Hunt at the venerable Enchant Hilton.  23 young adults from Lethbridge College Renewable resource program and the University of Lethbridge Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Association took part in the day of learning, work and fun.

Cornell Yarmoloy, Tanner Rosia and Petar Lazic all from the Wildrose Chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVDA) and Vince Aiello 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, Kerry Edwards and Kade and Carson McCormick supported each crew as mentors while Phil Evans and Brian Ness led a clay shooting seminar designed to help the hunters with honing their shooting skills to be successful at upland gamebird wingshooting

The crew was also treated to a seminar on pheasant, partridge and sharptailed grouse hunting and habits by Alberta Conservation’s (ACA) Doug Manzer.   The day culminated with a final seminar on cleaning game birds and one on cooking pheasants.  Host Scott Haggins made sure the crew was fat and happy by serving up some home-made now famous Hagginsburgers for lunch.  As well, everyone got a chance to taste a piece of hot pheasant hors d’oeurvres thanks to the good work of Laurette LaPlante.

Special thanks to Scott for the use of his house/shop and property and his good friend Carl Ringdahl for the exceptional service and support that they provided in ensuring the day was successful.

Thanks also to Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association (AHEIA) and NAVHDA for their support and special thanks to ACA 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.