Pheasants Forever Calgary and the Alberta Hunter Education Instructor’s Association (AHEIA) hosted a sold-out event at the Calgary Firearms Centre on Saturday September 25, 2021 – on and in celebration of Provincial Hunting Day.
100 people of all sizes shapes and ages attended the event on a gorgeous day that is sure to be a memorable one for all attendees. After a muffin or two and a short safety talk, attendees were free to wander the grounds to try – well what ever they wanted to. Mentors were stationed throughout the facility and folks could simply come and go as they desire to try or watch whatever interested them. Shotguns and ammunition were all provided. Many neophytes started with a lesson on the trap course, some moved onto “doubles” as confidence was gained. Others went on to try Skeet and 5 stand sporting clays. Others went over to learn how to set up decoys and blinds for a simulated field 2waterfowl hunt where participants sat in a blind and shot at incoming clay targets, led by long time outfitter Claude Boiteau. Sarah Marthaller led the archery range where folks shot at balloons on targets.
The morning ended with a dog demonstration led by Hanah Marthaller and her trusty pointer. Attendees got to witness the duck hunt and point and flush some planted game birds.
The morning ended with barbecued burgers for all as the group got to use the new traveling BBQ for its first job.
Congratulations to Bob Gruszecki and his staff and faithful volunteers for executing another excellent mentor event.