Taber Pheasant Festival

Recognizing the potential economic benefits and the importance of pheasant hunting as part of Alberta’s hunting heritage, ACA initiated the Taber Pheasant Festival in 2011. This festival sets up hunting opportunities by releasing male pheasants on forty pre-selected sites in the Municipal District of Taber. Every year, the Festival hosts a novice hunting weekend where new hunters, of all ages, get to try pheasant hunting for the first time. In 2018, 100 hunters attended the novice shoots. The festival helps to make a connection with local landholders to discuss potential habitat projects to enhance wildlife and pheasant habitat. This unique festival also offers the opportunity to showcase hunting from a field-to-plate perspective for the non-hunting population. We provided non-hunters with educational background on pheasants and hunting and demonstrated how to clean and utilize as much of the meat as possible with butchering demonstrations. The Game to Gourmet culinary night showcased what you can do with your pheasant meat after it is harvested. There is no registration fee for the festival, but the area sees economic benefits as the hunters spend money on travel, accommodation, food, hunting gear, etc. We host a celebration banquet to thank the landowners who allow us to hunt on their land and to raise funds for next year’s festival. We also showcase a scotch and wing night in the local community. This is the eighth year of the festival. Including the novice hunters, roughly 800 people participated in the 2018 Taber Pheasant Festival.

Partnerships

Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association, Black River Outfitters, Blue Sky Outfitters, Beretta/Benelli/Tikka/Sako, Can West Legacy Inc., Cycle Works, Heritage Inn Taber/Canadian Destinations Group, Landowners, MacFarlane Pheasants Inc., Municipal District of Taber, Taber & District Chamber of Commerce, Taber Irrigation District, Town of Taber, Taber Organizing committee, Vortex Optics, Winefred Lake Lodge

Annual Summaries

We are working hard to upload all past summaries. If there is a report you would like to see that isn't presently here, please email info@ab-conservation.com

Title Year Category
Taber Pheasant Festival 2014-2015 2
Taber Pheasant Festival 2015-2016 4
Taber Pheasant Festival 2016-2017 2
Taber Pheasant Festival 2017-2018 2
Taber Pheasant Festival 2018-2019 2