When heading out hunting, remember that it has been a dry year in Alberta. NO SMOKING on any hunting sites during the festival.
Please take care and use respect on all sites.
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Novice Hunt (October 21-22)
IMPORTANT: You must have completed the Alberta Hunter Education Training Course and have a valid game bird licence and pheasant licence to participate.
On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Fincastle Reservoir Conservation Site. You will be asked to sign a waiver when you register. Please inform staff at that time if you would not like your photograph taken or used.
The site is located approximately 10 km east of Taber. From Taber take Hwy 3 east for approximately 10 km. Turn north (left) at Range Road 15-3 and travel approximately 500 m. You will see the conservation site on the west (left) side of the road depicted by a large conservation site sign.
For the Novice hunt, we recommend wearing layers of clothing as the morning tends to be really cold. There will be coffee available in the morning and lunch will be supplied. Please bring your own water bottle and snacks for the rest of the day. Please inform us ASAP of any serious food allergies that we may need to address for the lunches provided.
The morning will start with a safety talk and then shotgun shooting training on clay targets. Once participants are comfortable and can hit targets, they will be teamed with a mentor who will accompany them on a short pheasant hunt. All hunts will occur on the Fincastle Conservation Site. There will be room for spectators to watch from a distance, but spectators will not be allowed to walk with the novice and mentor during the hunt.
For safety reasons, we will have designated dogs that will help retrieve birds. You may bring your dog, but it will remain with you or in your vehicle. Shotguns will be supplied; however, if you have a gun that you would like to use you are welcome to bring it along.If you choose to bring your own gun, it must be safety checked by an AHEIA member at your vehicle before bringing it out. Please leave ammunition in your vehicle as it will be supplied.
Participants MUST have a valid upland game bird licence as well as a pheasant hunting licence. As this event is happening during regular pheasant hunting season, all normal hunting regulations will apply, including a two-bird limit and leaving one wing on for identification.
All participants will have an opportunity to shoot at a pheasant and while we strive to ensure everyone takes home at least one bird, there are no guarantees. If you are fortunate enough to harvest a bird, mentors will provide instruction on how to appropriately clean the bird for transport. If it looks like the weather is going to be warm, we recommend that you bring a plastic bag and a small cooler to transport your bird home in.
At the novice hunt, you will have the opportunity to purchase multiple raffle tickets, 50/50 tickets, and banquet tickets. All proceeds go to help offset the cost of the novice hunt and the festival.
From Field to Food
Join chefs Sean Cutler and Mark Ingram at the processing station where they will help you clean your pheasant. They’ll show you what parts are edible, give tips on how to transport it, and give ideas on how to cook your pheasant once you get it home.
We’ll try out one recipe at lunch with Mark Ingram’s pheasant stew. This, alone, makes it worth the trip.
Join Scott Pohorelic for fly tying demos and instruction. “You can use feathers from the top of the head to the tail, but tail feathers are, by far, the most versatile.” As an avid fly fisher, he definitely has knowledge to share.