Pheasant hunt was something to be thankful for

I would like to thank all of the folks who worked so hard to bring an opportunity to hunt pheasant on private lands in the Stettler and

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all of the folks who worked so hard to bring an opportunity to hunt pheasant on private lands in the Stettler and surrounding areas.

Myself and four good friends assisted a group of hunters in the morning and another group in the afternoon. In both cases none of the folks had ever hunted pheasant before. Each group started with instruction regarding safe handling and use of their guns as well as some tips on shooting.

I truly enjoy the outdoors and welcomed an chance to spend a day in the field with my dog, Aspen, and to make a few new friends.

With the morning group, Kevin, Grant, and Pete, there was no shortage of enthusiasm or conversation while walking through tall grass and slough bottoms enjoying the beautiful weather and surroundings. Of course, all that walking can make a person hungry and we did work up a good appetite. We stopped for lunch at the Big Valley Hotel where the service was prompt and the food was hardy and tasty.

I would like to thank the staff at the Big Valley Hotel for their hospitality and friendly welcome.

After lunch, we returned to our property and met up with three new individuals Mary, Nathan, and Mike, repeating the wonderful experience all over again.

There is no question that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day from beginning to end. Once again I would like to say thanks to those who made this community initiative a great success and I hope you will continue in future years so that you can bring smiles and wonderful memories to both old and new outdoorsmen.

A special thanks, though, to Stacy Benjamin who was a key individual in researching and organizing this event and has done her community proud.


Dale Belbin

Pine Lake Alberta


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