Mel Belich, Randy Blanchard, Doug Buckle & Travis Peckham
enjoying the second course at the Little Bow Pheasant Ranch. The hunt has been bought by the same crew of gents for the past 3 years. One hundred roosters are released over 2 days. The hunt has been executed over professionally trained pointing dogs from Blackfoot Kennels.
Ryan & Tom Spoletini from Spolumbo’s Deli prepared the Italian feast after a day of pheasant hunting in the beautiful Little Bow Valley just south of High River.
Lucy backing up Louie as Mel Belich attempts to get the bird up. Lucy is a “DK” German shorthaired pointer direct from Germany and Louie is a Breton Espanuel.
BIG CHIEF MOUNTAIN HUNT
Pat Powell, Bob Merkley, Neil McKenzie, Craig Stewart, Perry McCormick & Cam Clark pose for a pic after a successful morning of hunting roosters along the St. Mary’s river in the shadow of Big Chief Mountain. The crew is treated with exceptional 5-star service in about as nice a setting that exists in southern Alberta. The lodge is first class with private accommodations for each hunter. The hunt crew consists of the 6 hunters and 2 dog handlers, which as in most cases, steal the show. PF Director Tom Bratrud uses his fleet of champion Springer Spaniels and lodge dog “Danny”, a British Lab is handled by ranch hand.
Tom Bratrud, Bob Merkley, Craig Stewart follow hunt master Neil McKenzie
BOARD HABITAT TOUR
Treasurer Mike Mannas, President Bob Merkley and Managing Director Perry McCormick each hold up a wild rooster they harvested after a half day of previewing some property for potential purchase in the Brooks area.
STAVELY PHEASANT DERBY
The Paradise Hills Farms team is pictured here after a successful day of pheasant hunting up on the Double Dot Ranch west of Nanton in the Porcupine Hills.
Pheasants Forever Calgary is proud sponsors of the Stavely Pheasant Derby, this being the 16th Annual. The Derby is sold out every year, with 38 teams of 6 people and waiting list in the 20’s. Each year, the organizers, the Stavely Elks, donate one team entry to Pheasants Forever Calgary which can be purchased on the auction at the annual spring dinner. Calgary PF co-sponsored the event with Spolumbo’s Fine Foods and Paradise Hill Farm of Nanton.