Lethbridge College 2nd Annual First Pheasant Mentor Hunt

 Pheasants Forever Calgary (PFC) and Alberta Hunter Education Instructor’s Assoc. (AHEIA) joined forces to host the second annual Lethbridge College First Pheasant Mentor Hunt. The program was delivered to 18 students from the Environmental Science Program.     As these folks represent future conservation leaders in the field PFC believes exposing the sport of pheasant hunting is important to provide these folks with perspective and understanding of the in and outs of pheasant hunting if they are going to be well rounded managers in the conservation arena.

Kris and Sarah Marthaller of Mosquito Creek Kennels and Gamebirds, Randy Blanchard of Blackfoot Kennels, Cornel Yarmoloy from Backcountry and Hunters Anglers (BHA) and PFC’s president Bob Merkley provided first-class dogs and handling for the students. Derek Hallgrimson, Carson and Kade McCormick from Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Brandon Gorham were mentors.

Phil Evans and Brian Ness, level 1 National Sporting Clay Instructors, ran the participants through an upland bird simulated shooting exercise. Other highlights included an upland bird seminar by Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) biologist Dr. Doug Manzer.

The day ended with a pheasant cleaning workshop and a cooking demonstration. Sarah Marthaller provided pheasant tasting event to close the day off.

Special thanks to Scott Haggins for use of the Enchant Hilton for this special event. The ranch is home of ACA’s experimental plots for optimizing upland bird populations and provides the perfect location for this educational event. Scott and his long-time hunting buddies make sure that all involved are well fed and taken care of. Thanks to Blackstone Drilling Fluids for sponsoring the meals and Kerry Edwards of Lethbridge College for organizing the mentees.

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