2018 Hunter Ed Pheasant Hunt
This years 2018 Hunter Ed Pheasant Hunt was held on February 17th at the Limits Game Farm. There were 22 hunter ed students present this year. The first group, 10 students, 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 were paired up with mentors and dog handlers and preceded to their hunting location. At this time the wind was blowing a little bit and was raining. The second group of students, 12 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. After the clinic everybody met in the main building and an awesome lunch was provided by Limits Game Farm and Pheasants Forever (PF). A total of 92 people were fed. The chicken, Tri Tip, and all the fixings were attacked and nobody left the dining hall hungry. After lunch the second group of students were paired up with mentors and dog handlers and preceded to their hunt. By the afternoon the rain had subsided and the wind started to blow very hard making for a very challenging hunt for the afternoon hunters. By 4:00 pm the afternoon hunters were back at Limits Game Farm with their harvest of birds. A total of 102 rooster pheasant were released for the two hunting groups and 18 out of the 22 students shot and harvested birds. That’s over a 80% success rate. Officer Paul Hill of the Franklin County Sherriff’s office came by and met the first group of students and spoke to them about hunting and being safe. WDFW enforcement officer Brandon Baldwin out of the Moses Lake office spent the day with us answering question and supporting the hunting activities.
Special thanks goes out to several of the sponsors of this year’s hunter ed pheasant hunt: McCary Meats for supplyingTri 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, Richland Rod and Gun Club for coordination and providing guns to those students that didn’t have one, Griggs Department Store in Pasco for the hunting ammunition and clay birds, Rick and Angie Conant for all the behind the scene help and providing the eye and ear protections, over 20 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 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!