Sept. 17-18, 2023 – South Metro Pheasants Forever/Minority Outdoor Alliance Hunting Clinic

We jointly hosted the two-day event at Valhalla Bijou Hunt Club near Bennett, CO. Our ten participants were all either beginning shooters or hunters with no upland hunting experience. We had a very demographically diverse group all eager to explore a new sport.  

On Saturday morning, we began with basic classroom instruction about firearms and safety. Safety instruction was reinforced outside in Safety Trail exercises which practiced safe walking on rough ground, safe fields of fire while hunting in line, safe shots when dogs are used and how to pivot in line as a group.  In the afternoon, we gave instruction on pheasant hunting tactics with and without dogs. There was also instruction on dog breeds. The afternoon ended on the range with individual instruction for each shooter.  Every participant did break clays before we finished. That evening was spent in the clubhouse with a fantastic meal of elk and beef roasts being featured.  Everyone then adjourned to a nearby hotel for a good night sleep before the Sunday morning hunts. 

Early Sunday the groups were split into two groups of five hunters each.  Each hunter was assigned to a PF volunteer Field Safety Officer who carried their ammunition and ensured safe gun handling at all times. Each group was able to hunt two markedly different types of terrain. One was a milo and CRP field. The other was a river bottom with Cottonwood trees, willows and heavy vegetation.  Each hunter had several opportunities to harvest chukars and several hunters even scored on multiple birds. After lunch there was a bird cleaning demonstration by our “celebrity” co-host Durrell Smith from the Minority Outdoor Alliance in Atlanta. 

This was our second annual event and was sponsored by Pheasants Forever, the Theodore Roosevelt Foundation and the Minority Outdoor Alliance. It is sizing up to become an ongoing outreach based on the success of our first two years! We are providing a Path to the Uplands for sure.

SMPF hosts wildly successful Ladies Day event!

Organized and led by Banquet Chair Kylie Alstrup, our South Metro Chapter hosted 16 women for a wildly successful Ladies Day wingshooting clinic and live pheasant hunt at Valhalla Hunt Club and Kennels. As the number of female hunters increases, so does our support and mentorship! We’re not sure who enjoyed themselves more — the ladies, the volunteers, or the dogs?!

We extend a huge thanks to Mike Mills and the Clay Connections Foundation for hosting our group at the Warren Watson Shooting Grounds, and for his expert coaching tips! Our female shooters were able to practice their skills before the live hunt.

We had 18 mentors and six dog handlers who helped with our day-long event. Our event would not have been successful without their passion and dedication! 

May 1, 2021 – Ladies Event

Our chapter hosted 28 women at the May 1st Ladies Shotgun Clinic at Valhalla Hunt Club in Bennett, Colo. Women from all over the state joined us to learn about upland hunting, firearm safety, and wingshooting basics. After classroom instruction on safety, all of the ladies participated in shooting clays and honing their shotgun skills.

It was an energetic and fun day for all — we are looking forward to hosting more ladies events and hunting with these women in the Fall! Special thanks to Valhalla for hosting all of us!