|An early morning fog settled into
Chino Valley and covered the vast pheasant fields of Raahauge's Pheasant Club
in Prado Basin. The event was the 14th Annual Sportsmen Helping Children Pheasant
Hunt which is hosted annually by the California Sporting Good Association. Sportsmen
showed up early for the pancake breakfast served up by volunteers from the Wild
Game Feed and there was a lot to get ready before hunters would be directed to
assigned fields. After getting registered each participant was presented with a
goodie bag loaded with hunting accessories, a box of Winchester ammo and a fine
Rivers West hunting jacket.
The logistics of getting 135
pheasant hunters all lined out and in proper position was quite a task for
hunting club owner Tony Hendy, but by 9 a.m. everyone was ready to head into
fields with guides and gun dogs pushing through knee high mixed cover in
expectation of flushing prime ringneck pheasants.
Despite the early morning fog fields
were dry and the dogs worked fine with shooters lined out in shooting lanes to
make sure that all the escape routes were covered. Hendy had released over 600
pheasant into the nearly 500 acres of excellent bird holding cover and these
birds not only were holding tight, but when a rooster flushed it got up and out
with amazing speed. Good shooting by most upland game bird shooters accounted
for a high count on birds harvested.
Western Outdoor News has been supporting Sportsmen
Helping Children for well over a decade and this hunting editor joined chukar
guides Harold and Tammie Horner and Justin Jones in a field for the morning's
hunt. Our field had been stocked about 2 hours prior with 20 pheasant and after
the first pass through of the field we accounted for 14 of the birds.
The club had a "full
house" and hunters were spread out at very safe distances to allow for
maximum dog work and safety in the field. In addition to the normal fields that
are hunted by Raahauge's day shooters and club members, Stueve Brothers Farms
of Chino allowed birds to be released and hunted over in a knee-high alfalfa
field that proved to be a test for hunters and sporting dogs.
The morning hunt ended just prior to
noon when shooters were asked to return to the club house for appetizers and a
chance to go though the amazing selection of silent auction items and raffle
items that had been donated for the event. There was a mass of volunteers that
helped out with the luncheon served up by Tulsa Rib Company and country music
supplied by Jeff Wacker made for a fun afternoon.
WON caught up with co-chairman John
McGovern, of Forde-McGovern and
Associates, to get his comment on the day and the support of the many
sportsmen, volunteers and those who donated to this very worthwhile event.
"This has been a great year for
the California Sporting Goods Association in spite of economic problems that
face us all. We have been able to say yes to almost every request that has come
our way and we will raise more money this year for these charitable groups than
ever before," said McGovern.
There were guest speakers that
talked about abused and homeless children, John Luker of the Village of Hope
spoke to the group and representing Camp Pendleton's "Camp Cody" was
Sergeant Tyler who is a "wounded warrior" having been shot in Afghanistan
just this past July and received the Purple Heart. Sergeant Tyler had been on a
pheasant hunting team last year prior to his deployment.
In addition to the many great raffle
and auction items that were gun related, there was also a special sale of GI back
packs, stuffed with items needed in war zones, that would include an American
flag that was carried on a mission on 9/11/11 in the combat zone. These five
flags were spoken for in less than 5 seconds after McGovern announced they
would be available.
Just a few of the recipients of
sporting goods items that have totaled over $1,725,000 dollars through this
organizations efforts include: Camp Laurel, C.A.S.T., The David & Margaret
Home, Fontana School District, McKinley Children's Center, Miller's Children's
Center, Camp Cody, Shoes that Fit and the Village of Hope.
Making this a fun day in the field
with lots of birds to hunt and enjoying great camaraderie with fellow hunters
are long time supporters of the event that include: Big 5 Sporting Goods,
Coleman Company, DeRevere & Associates, Forde-McGovern & Associates,
Division Six Sports, Regency Real Estate, Alan and Owen Brown & Assoc.,
Raahauge's Pheasant Club, Fred Hall and Assoc., Bolsa Gunsmithing and
Western Outdoor News.
For more information on supporting
this annual pheasant hunt either by becoming a hunter next year, putting
together your own shooting team or donating items for the raffle and auction
contact California Sporting Goods Association by calling (818) 670-7055 or e
mail the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRIME RINGNECKS — Upland game bird hunters enjoyed a
good shoot at the 14th Annual Sportsmen Helping Children Pheasant Hunt held
last week at Raahauge's Pheasant Club. There were 135 shooters who headed out
to hunt up over 600 prime ringnecks released. Pictured above with a couple of long-tailed
roosters is event supporter Ed Jarrin and his hard working black lab North. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC