Nelson Slough Youth and Women’s Pheasant Hunt

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The California State Chapter of the NWTF, the Butte County Strutting Rio’s, and the Sutter County Fish and Game Commission all came together to sponsor this last weekend’s apprentice pheasant hunt hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The hunt took place on the Nelson Slough Unit of the Feather River Wildlife Area, and was able to support around 35 hunters – several of which were on their very first hunt!

safety talk
CDFW Environmental Scientist, Helayna Pera, goes over the ground rules and safety precautions with all of the hunters.

The hunt overall was very successful, thanks to the dedication of volunteer dog handlers (many of which drove several hours to be here), bird planters, field safety monitors, and organizers who helped make this into a great day for these new hunters.  A big thanks to Dawnita Harwood, California State Treasurer of the NWTF and Chairperson for the Butte County Strutting Rio’s on all of her hard work to help with this event, including supplying and cooking all the food for the hunters and volunteers.

lunch time
Hunters enjoying a hot lunch and a cold drink after chasing pheasants. A big thanks to Dawnita Harwood for providing and cooking all of the food!
At ready
A hunter and chaperone combing the fields for a rooster.

The NWTF sees the valuable role that this hunt plays in the recruitment and retention of new hunters and plans to continue sponsoring this event in the years to come.

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