September 25, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 39
Hillcrest Fish and Game Mentored Hunt for students
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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The Hillcrest Fish and Game along with AHEIA are putting on a mentored hunt for students.

The Hunter Education Program has always provided Albertans the opportunity to upgrade themselves in areas such as knowledge, wildlife identification, and management principles.

This program was developed based on the concept that attitudes and the perception of hunting are influenced and permanently set by the hunter's first experience while hunting. If a positive example is provided, the new hunter will adopt that attitude and will demonstrate it through life as an acceptable behavior while hunting.

There are some main goals hoped to be achieved with this hunt as well.
• To have first-time hunters experience a supervised quality hunt, to develop hunting skills, knowledge and to adopt a positive attitude towards hunting, landowners, and the resource.

• To enhance first-time hunters skills in wildlife identification, outdoor equipment, marksmanship, field ethics, landowner relations, hunting techniques, first-aid, field techniques, firearms handling and safety, and wildlife management.

• To have local certified volunteer Instructors educate, train, and foster an acceptable behavior in first time hunters through an actual hands-on hunting experience.
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Mentors will provide the participants with a full experience from shooting practice on the Oldman River Gun Range to hunting and field dressing their animal once successful.

Dates for the shooting practices will be October 6, October 13 and October 20, with each practice beginning at 1:00pm.

The practices will be mandatory in order to ensure the students are prepared and comfortable before going on the actual hunt.

There are also mandatory dates for students and parents to attend.

On October 25 at 7:00pm a the Hillcrest Fish and Game Club, there will be a meeting to prepare for the hunt and discussions with Fish and Wildlife Officers on responsibility, respect, regulations and ethics.

The actual hunts will take place on October 26th and 27th.

All students will meet at the Hillcrest Fish and Game Club in the morning of the 26th.

If students require more time, mentors will arrange the meeting time and place for the 27th.

The one on one mentored hunt takes place in WMU 305 east of highway 22.
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A number of landowners in this area make this possible by allowing the hunt to take place on their land, without them this would not be possible!

There are also requirements for the hunters.
They must have the following completed.

• Must have completed the Alberta Hunter Education (either through class or on-line) Please call if you would like to take this and need assistance!

• Must have obtained a Wildlife Identification Number (be sure to check the eligible to hunt box on the form)

• Filled out and signed Participant Form

• Appropriate dress and footwear for all days. (Good hiking footwear or boots if snowing Camo not a necessity but encouraged if possible, we will provide all the camo that we can.)

• Lunch and water on the hunt days, we are too far out to come back for food!

All firearms and ammunition are provided no participant shall show up with any firearms unless

the parent has arranged with the coordinator.

There will also be a special guest to the hunt.

Terry Grant, the real Mantracker, will be taking part in all of the events.
The student with the most positive attitude will get the opportunity to hunt with Terry.

If people have more questions, they can contact Christy Pool at 403-563-8723 or
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