Inaugural Lethbridge College Mentor Hunt


an amazing first-time event we had this past September.  Thanks to funding from Mike Perkins and Bob Merkley, Pheasants Forever Calgary was able to host a hunter/mentor experience for 11 first-time upland hunters.  Not just any first-time hunters either, rather future leaders in the conservation field. PF Calgary partnered with Lethbridge College, Renewable Resource Program, to offer an opportunity to experience a pheasant hunt.

Thanks to board director Scott Haggins, owner of the “Enchant Hilton” property and his crew for providing muffins and coffee upon our arrival, as well as cooking and serving a delicious lunch of burgers. Scott graciously opened his home and property to allow this event to occur and it was greatly appreciated!

Thanks to Kris and Sarah Marthaller of Mosquito Creek Kennels and Gamebirds and Randy Blanchard of Blackfoot Kennels for providing first-class dogs and handling.

Thanks also to Phil Evans, level 1 National Sporting Clay Instructor, who spent the day honing the shooting skills of all the first-time shotgunners.  Thanks to Bob Gruszecki of Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association for donating the shells and clays for the event.

18 Mentees and Mentors harvested 21 Pheasants and had a great day in the outdoors.

Other highlights included a hunting upland bird seminar, a pheasant cleaning workshop and a cooking demonstration along with a pheasant tasting event to close the day off.

Lastly thanks to our mentors Brent Miller, Kade McCormick, Brandon Gorham, David Streith, Derek Hallgrimson, Jalen Hulit and instructor Kerry Edwards for helping out in a Mentoring capacity.