10th Annual Taber Pheasant Festival:
That’s a Wrap

Our 10-year anniversary of Canada’s largest hunting festival is notable for more than just being a milestone. It marked the strong connections formed, the perpetual draw to the natural world and the lasting respect between landowners and hunters.

This year’s festival was about celebrating the people—volunteers, sponsors, organizers, landowners, and hunters. Sure, the ongoing pandemic brought many changes to the program, but that didn’t affect the cooperative efforts to forge ahead thanks to the relationships formed over the decade.

Alberta has experienced an uptick in upland game bird licence sales over the last decade, attributable at least in part to our festival raising awareness. We received Travel Alberta’s ALTO Sustainable Tourism Award in 2015 and the event’s popularity continues to grow.

The collective evidence shows the event’s original vision is reality—illuminating the relationship between conservation, sustainability, hunting, and food.

Keeping it COVID-19 safe

Our event organizers’ ability to pivot and make program changes paid off. We’re proud to say our fun and scaled-down festival met Alberta Health Services' COVID-19 event requirements to keep everyone safe. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding of the changes that took place. It was outstanding! We are also grateful for everyone who followed Alberta Health Services’ public health orders and guidelines.

Thank you for your Support!

Thanks to everyone who supported our 10th Annual Taber Pheasant Festival. It was another great festival, and you helped make it possible!

We had so many fabulous people and groups support our 10th Annual Taber Pheasant Festival. Special thanks go to the participation of our sponsors, volunteers, participants, and especially the landowners. Your contributions made it a huge success!

Landowners

Thank you to the 40 landowners who opened their gates to pheasant releases and hunters on their sites. This kindness not only supports the Taber Pheasant Festival and the local economy, but conservation in Alberta as a whole.

Sponsors

Thank you to our 29 generous sponsors! We could not have done it without your support.

Volunteers

Your enthusiasm, energy, and time do not go unnoticed. Your tremendous commitment makes the Taber Pheasant Festival fun and memorable.

Thanks to Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) for providing free shooting lessons at the Novice Shoot.

Hunters, Festival Supporters and their Friends (especially their four-legged companions)

Whether you hunted at one or more sites, or purchased a single raffle ticket online, thank you for supporting the festival.

Interesting Facts

How Big is the Festival?

Glad you asked! Here are some numbers:

  • 627 pheasant hunters
  • 188 hunting parties
  • 5,100 ring-necked pheasants released across 40 landowner sites
  • 80 first-time novice pheasant shooters
  • 5 raffles completely sold out

Want to know why we asked your age?

  • The Novice Shoot is not just for kids. The average age of the Novice Shooters was 33 years old (with our youngest being 10 and our oldest novice being 70!).
  • 52% of the hunters were over the age of 50.
  • 10% of the hunters were over the age of 70.
  • We had 3 hunters over the age of 80!

Get ready for the 11th Anniversary of Taber Pheasant Festival.
October 17–24, 2020

Online registration for the draw: June 1–12, 2021.

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