Taber Pheasant Festival
The Taber Pheasant Festival is a week-long event, held every October since 2010. This family event is multifaceted, kicking off with a novice hunting weekend, followed by six days of hunts at 30 locations in the Municipal District of Taber. Through the week, a variety of events are held including guest speakers, demonstrations and interactive social activities. The festival is gaining momentum each year with increased recognition throughout the province by hunters and non-hunters alike, not only for the hunting opportunities, but also for the positive economic and cultural benefits it has fostered in the Taber area. In 2014 roughly 700 hunters, including 70 novice hunters, participated in this event, and we released about 4,000 male ring necked pheasants over the course of seven days. Hunters were able to pre-register well in advance for the available slots. Ninety percent of hunters were residents of Alberta, while ten percent travelled from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba or the United Sates. Organization of the 2014 event saw more input and facilitation from local participants, making the event more community driven with local ownership. Sponsorship and support for this festival has increased dramatically over the last several years.
Alberta Fish & Game Association, Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association, Cabela’s Canada, Cycle Works, Heritage Inn Taber, Landowners, Municipal District of Taber, Pheasants Forever, Taber & District Chamber of Commerce, Town of Taber, Town of Vauxhall, Vortex
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