Hunter Ed students first pheasant! Straight up shot that you can't train for. His dad and him were just beaming! Mentors were Packy Lackey, Jack Pickard and Joseph Berndt
Everyone was extremely impressed when Harley had (what we thought) was a great shot and she put her safety on and called "no shot! low shot!" When only she noticed the dog was running straight up the embankment for the bird not gaining much altitude. The handler thanked her for showing such restraint when his dog was at stake.
Elijah and Todd Woollum with Elijah's first rooster.
RRGC SPONSORED PHEASANT HUNT:
This year’s 2020 Hunter Ed Pheasant Hunt was held on February 15th at the Limits Game Farm. There were 34 hunter ed students present this year. The first group, started out at the Connell Gun Club with some clay bird shooting to warm the students up for their hunt. After clay bird shooting the first group went down to Limits Game Farm and was given a safety briefing for the upcoming hunt then paired up with mentors and dog handlers and proceeded to their hunting location. This year we had a couple of different hunting areas from the past couple of years that added some interesting opportunities. The second group of students, arrived around 10 am at the Connell Gun Club and proceeded to shoot clay birds warming them up for their hunt. After the second group finished shooting clay birds, they went down to Limits Game Farm and were met by the first group of students coming back from their hunt. At that time, all the students attended a “hunting clinic” put on by Aaron Garcia of WDFW. At the end of Aaron’s presentation WDFW game enforcement officer Josh Beltz spoke to the students about his role as a game enforcement officer. After the clinic everybody met in the main building where an awesome lunch was provided by Limits Game Farm and Pheasants Forever (PF). This year we fed over 114 people. The chicken, Tri Tip, and all the fixings were attacked and nobody left the dining hall hungry. After lunch the second group of students was given a safety briefing for their upcoming hunt and paired up with mentors and dog handlers and proceeded to their hunt. Around 4:00 pm the afternoon hunters were back at Limits Game Farm with their harvest of birds. WDFW provided over 110 pheasants that were released for the two hunting groups. The weather was good except for the wind. This caused many challenges for the hunters, mentors, birds, and especially the dogs. That’s why they call it hunting not harvesting! A lot of shooting was done by all the students and a lot of ammo was expended! Special thanks goes out to several of the sponsors of this year’s hunter ed pheasant hunt: McCary Meats for supplying Tri Tip, Ringold PF Chapter for purchasing and preparing the food, Connell Gun Club for providing the facilities and clay bird thrower, WDFW for putting on the hunting clinic, providing the birds, and to Josh Beltz, enforcement officer, for his presentation, Eppich Grain for their monetary donation to PF to cover some of the food expenses, Les Schwab for their donation of drinking water, Richland Rod and Gun Club for providing guns to those students that didn’t have one, and the ammunition for the clay bird shooting, and a very nice monitory donation, and Griggs Department Store in Pasco for the hunting ammunition and clay birds. Additionally special thanks to Wade and Angie Conant for all the behind the scene help and providing the eye and ear protections, over 25 individuals who volunteered this year as either mentors or dog handlers, several PF volunteers who helped with the set up of the dining hall, did all the cooking, planted the pheasants, and showed the hunter ed students how to clean birds. And last but certainly not least a very special thanks to Dave and Pam Piovesan of Limits Game Farm for all the help, coordination, facilities, and making sure this year’s hunter ed pheasant hunt was a success. Thanks to everybody!
Hunter Ed Instructor