Taber Pheasant Festival FAQs

What is the Taber Pheasant Festival?

It is a week-long festival that brings about 800 men, women and youth to Taber and area for pheasant hunting. The festival includes:

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  • Hunting at pheasant release sites randomly assigned from the festival’s draw system
  • Novice Hunt for those new to pheasant hunting
  • Pheasant Tasting culinary event
  • Scotch Tasting night
  • Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction
  • Activities in and around Taber and area
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When is the Taber Pheasant Festival?

October 21-28, 2017. The Novice Hunt is October 21 and 22. Hunting times at release sites are October 23-28.

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I want to hunt at the Taber Pheasant Festival. What do I do?

Register online between June 5-16, 2017 at taberpheasantfestival.com to:

  1. Enter the random draw to hunt at pheasant release sites. You will enter three preferred hunting times from October 23 to October 28. There is no cost to enter the random draw.
  2. Register for the Novice Hunt. The event is free; however, we do require a $20 deposit to hold your spot. This deposit is returned to you at the Novice Hunt.
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When is registration open for the random draw?

June 5-16, 2016.

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Is there a fee to register for the random draw?

No.

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When will I know if I am drawn?

On June 23, 2017, sign into your account at taberpheasantfestival.com to find your draw results. If you are drawn, you must confirm your hunting times by July 7, 2017 or the times will be returned to a pool for a second random draw.

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Can I choose the specific release sites and times I want to hunt?

No. Site and time selections are randomly generated by a computer program.

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How does the draw system work?

A computer program randomly selects names from the online registration. For instance, let’s say you chose Monday am, Tuesday am and Wednesday am as your three preferred hunting times. If your name is drawn first, you automatically get those times. The computer program continues to select names, seeing if preferred hunting times are open, and filling those times. If your name is the 100th drawn, then you may only get one of your three preferred hunting times.

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I was drawn and have confirmed my hunting times. How do I get information on my assigned sites?

This information is in your Hunter Package, available for in-person pick up at Festival Office during the festival week only. Your Hunter Package has maps of your hunting sites, permission slips that permit you access to your sites, and additional festival information. You are required to have this information with you to gain access to your hunting sites.

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I have limited mobility and hope to hunt a flat site.

If a steep site has been assigned to you, we will do our best to reassign you a flatter site; however, there is no guarantee. Our ability to reassign a site depends on the availability of sites during your hunt time.

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Can I get information on my assigned sites before the festival?

No. This information is only available at the Festival Office during the festival.

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Where is the Festival Office?

4720-50 Street, Taber Community Centre

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What are the Festival Office hours?

October 22, 3 pm-7pm*
October 23, 7 am-530 pm (closed for lunch)
October 24, 7 am-7 pm (closed for lunch)
October 25, 7 am-7 pm (closed for lunch)
October 26, 7 am-12 pm at office with registration available at the Community Hall until 3 pm only (due to the banquet)
October 27, 7 am-7 pm (closed for lunch)
October 28, 8 am-2pm

*On Sunday afternoon when the office first opens you can expect a 60- to 90-minute wait. If you see a line up out the door, please come back later when the office is less busy and we can serve you better. Your site will not be given away.

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What is the Novice Hunt?

It is an opportunity for men, women and youth new to hunting to learn shotgun safety and shooting technique, and experience a pheasant shoot with experienced hunters. Instructors from Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association provide all shotguns, ammunition, mentorship, and safety training. Experienced hunters from AHEIA, ACA and local fish and game clubs mentor you in a pheasant shoot.

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When is the Novice Hunt?

October 21, 2017, 9 am- 3 pm.
October 22, 2017, 9 am- 3 pm.

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Who can participate in the Novice Hunt?

Individuals aged 12 and up. All hunters must have all appropriate hunting licences.

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How do I register for the Novice Hunt?

Register online at taberpheasantfestival.com.

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Is there a fee for the Novice Hunt?

The event is free; however, we do require a $20 deposit to hold your spot. This deposit is returned to you at the Novice Hunt.

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Do I need previous firearms training to participate in the Novice Hunt?

No. AHEIA instructors provide firearms training at the Novice Hunt.

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Do I need to bring a shotgun to the Novice Hunt?

No. AHEIA provides all shotguns (various gauges) and ammunition for the Novice Hunt.

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Can I bring a shotgun to the Novice Hunt?

Yes, but it must remain in your vehicle until it has be approved by an AHEIA instructor. If it is approved, an AHEIA instructor will add a name tag then transport it to the firearms rack where it will be treated the same as all AHEIA shotguns. As a safety protocol, all ammunition will be provided for the Novice Hunt.

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If I register for the Novice Hunt, can I also enter the draw to hunt during the week?

Yes.

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What hunting licences do I need to hunt pheasants?

Alberta hunting licences and fees are based on where you live. Visit albertarelm.com for licence and fee information specific to you. If you are an Alberta resident, to hunt pheasant you need:

  1. WiN Card
  2. Wildlife Certificate
  3. Game Bird Licence
  4. Pheasant Licence
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What is a WiN Card?

A WiN Card is a Wildlife Identification Number. You must purchase a WiN Card in order to purchase a wildlife certificate and hunting licences. You can buy your WiN Card online at albertarelm.com or at a private licence issuer (e.g., hunting and fishing store).

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Where do I buy hunting licences?

Online at albertarelm.com or at a private licence issuer (e.g., hunting and fishing store). You need a WiN Card to purchase hunting licences.

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I am new to hunting and have never bought a licence before. Do I need to take the Hunter Education Certificate?

Yes. This is a provincial requirement for all first-time hunters in Alberta. Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) delivers the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Course online or as evening/weekend classes in Edmonton and Calgary. Do not wait until the last minute to do the course work. The online course takes time to complete and classes can fill quickly. After you complete the course, AHEIA will issue you a Hunter Education Certificate with a number. You need this number the first time you purchase a hunting licence.

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How can I support the festival?

  • Buy tickets at taberpheasantfestival.com for the Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction
  • Buy raffle tickets at taberpheasantfestival.com
  • Purchase Taber pheasant wear at the Festival Office
  • Support 4-H Pheasant Raise and Release. Text ACAHEN to 41010 and donate $10 or $20
  • Support our festival sponsors and stay awhile in Taber and area!
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Where can I stay while in Taber?

Heritage Inn is a proud sponsor of Taber Pheasant Festival. Book your room early at heritageinn.net or call Taber Heritage Inn at (403) 233-4424.

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How can I connect to the festival on social media?

Post your stories and photos on Twitter and Instagram at #taberpheasantfestival.

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