March 21st 2010 Pheasant Hunt for Hunter Education Students at Limits Game Farm
Twenty-four students, including two adults, were treated to a pheasant hunt for stocked pheasants north of Mesa on Saturday March 20th, 2010.
The hunt was organized by Dave Piovesan from the Limits Game Farm. The students hunted in two separate flights, one in the morning and the other after lunch. Each flight started at the Connell Gun Club where they shot at clay pigeons with their own shotguns or shotguns loaned to them from a stock of shotguns provided by Clare Cranston. One flight started at 9am and the other at 11am. After they practiced shooting at clay pigeons, the first flight participated in a safety lecture and discussion given by Dave Myers and Don Board. The students were divided into three groups and each group was assigned a pointing dog with a handler and a coach for each of the students. They then traveled to three hunt sites where three pheasants had been set out earlier for each student. They hunted until all the birds were flushed. They then returned to teh Limits Game Farm. The 11am flight had finished their clay pigeon shooting at the Connell Gun Club and traveled to the Limits Game Farm 'barn' where they, the morning flight, parents, coaches, dog handlers and other helpers were treated to a wholesome, delicious lunch consisting of barbecued chicken breasts, barbecued beef tri-tip roasts, baked beans (prepared by Pam Piovesan), potato chips, brownies (prepared by Marilyn Steele) and bottled water or soft drinks. All were able to go through the serving line until they were full. The second flight then registered and participeated in a safety lecture and discussion and traveled to the hunt sites same as the morning group and then returned to the Limits Game Farm. In the meantime, the morning group cleaned the pheasants they harvested under the direction of Bill Moulds as also the afternoon group did when they returned. Before they went home, each student received a beautiful engraved Pheasants Forever lock blade pocked knife as a memento of the hunt, courtesy of the Ringold Pheasants Forever Club and the Limits Game Farm.
*Sponsors of the Pheasant Hunt were: Limits Game Farm, Ringold Pheasants Forever and the Richland Rod and Gun Club. McCurley Chevrolet donated $400.00 that was used to purchase all the food and the Mesa Grocery donated bottled water, soda pop and ice. Dave Piovesan donated the 72 pheasants that were set out for the students.
*Hunter Education instructor Don Board was in charge of the actual hunts. Volunteers that helped were: Dave and Pam Piovesan, Clare Cranston, Eddie Manthose, Gene Van Liew, Joseph Pauly, John Prather, Mark C Kimmell, Casey Hill, Derrick Charlton, Gary Scriven, Bill Cherwin, Bob Kolowith, Tersa Frase, Rick and Angie Conant, Richard Libby and Tim J Irvin. The dog handlers with their dogs were Dale Scheilke, Dave Myers, Daniel and Joshua Evans and Don Evanson. Special recognition is again due to Clare Cranston, Don Board and Dave Piovesan who organized the event and solicited the many volunteers. Dave's wife Pam set up the serving line, serving tables and kept us supplied with coffee. Hugh McEachen, Gary Scriven, and Robert Loffler were the barbecue cooks. It is obvious from the above list of names that many volunteers are needed to run this event. They all deserve a lot of thanks from all of us. This was the first Hunter Education Students Pheasant Hunt for 2010. The next hunt will be in September.
Reprinted by Permission from Richland Rod & Gun Club
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