A pheasant program for women is in the works in Central Alberta.
The Red Deer Fish and Game Association has plans to introduce an initiative similar to the organization’s popular Alberta Youth Pheasant Program, which has been a staple in the region for 20 years.
Doug Wood, Alberta Youth Pheasant Program chairman, said mothers of the participants in the pheasant program have shown interest in the program, which runs from September to December.
Details are currently being worked out. More information is expected to be released later this year.
The long-running pheasant program introduces youth between the ages of 12 to 20 to gun safety and wildlife and conservation.
“We take kids out and introduce them to firearms, instead of computers, and give them an opportunity to understand how firearms work and the safety part of it,” said Wood.
He said the program gives aspiring young hunters a chance to experience hunting, in a learning environment, with certified instructors present.
Wood said running the program costs money, like buying shells, birds, clay pigeons, and bird food, so the association is always looking for donations.
Last year, close to 90 young people took part in the program that runs east of Innisfail. Wood said, that number is usually around 100 every year.
“The program is unique,” said Wood, adding that it is available to youth from across the province, and is free for Red Deer Fish and Game members.
At the upcoming two-day Red Deer Gun Show in May, the organization will sell firearms and accept donations for its youth program. The organization is currently accepting donations of guns for the youth program.
Wood said people from all over Western Canada come to Red Deer to sell, buy or trade guns or gun parts.
The 11th annual gun show at the Westerner Park runs 10 to 5 p.m. and 10 to 3 p.m. on May 5 and 6.
For more information or to donate, contact the Red Deer Fish and Game at 403-347-7968.