Novice Shoot (October 16 – 17, 2021)

The Taber Pheasant Festival Novice Shoot is an opportunity for new hunters of all ages to try pheasant hunting for the first time. On October 16 and 17, 2021, Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association (AHEIA) volunteers host this fun-filled weekend event:

  • safety and educational talk on hunting and pheasants
  • clay and pheasant shooting
  • demonstrations on bird cleaning and butchering to utilize most of the meat
  • discussion on how to transport meat legally
Registration for the Novice Shoot is SOLD OUT

Need to Have:

  • If you are a first-time hunter and want to get your licence to hunt in the Novice Shoot, you must first complete the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Training Program. Visit for more information.
  • Once your training is complete, participants MUST have the following four items: a WIN card, wildlife certificate, a valid upland game bird licence, plus 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 attached for identification. For more information visit:
  • You will be asked to show us your pheasant hunting licence. Please have it available.

Need to Know:

  • When registering, please use an email address you check frequently. We will be contacting you with important information.
  • You do not need to own a shotgun or ammunition to participate. Several sizes of shotguns and all necessary ammunition will be available for use.
  • 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 and guide you through the appropriate techniques to clean your 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.
  • There are 25 morning spots and 25 afternoon spots each Novice Shoot day. Once spots are full, registration will close. Please notify us if you can no longer attend so we can offer your spot to another novice hunter (contact information in red box above).
  • 1 to 2 weeks prior to the Novice Shoot, we will email your confirmed date and event information such as location, time to arrive, what to bring, and what not to bring. Please note, our emails could be redirected, check your email’s spam or junk folders regularly for messages from us.