posted on January 13, 2014 21:14
California isn’t typically known for having world-class pheasant hunting, but one local conservation organization is making sure upland bird hunters have a safe place to pursue ring-necked pheasants.
Since 1953, the Stockton Sportsmen’s Club has been providing the public quality hunting ground in San Joaquin County. It really is amazing what they have done. Every year they work with farmers and other property owners to arrange trespassing on more than 2,000 acres of alfalfa.
The club doesn’t stop there. They also raise about 3,500 pheasant to be released in those lands.
“Our sole motivation,” said Ken Dolphin, president of the Stockton Sportsmen’s Club, ”is to introduce the public and young hunters, in particular, to a safe experience and a good opportunity to bag ring-necked pheasants.”
Last year, the club hosted more than 1,200 local hunters.
Unfortunately, their effort to provide such a great opportunity doesn’t come without cost. Their main expenses stem from liability insurance to cover both the hunters and the volunteers. Even though their safety record is without blemish, the insurances fees are a necessary part of operating this type of business.
To cover some of the costs, adults have to pay $35 a day to hunt the lands (a season pass is $250). Junior hunters can hunt for free with an adult. Advanced reservations are not required.
"People come from all over the state to participate in these safe, affordable pheasant hunts," Dolphin said. "Our club members work year-round to provide opportunities and preserve our American hunting heritage."
For more information, you can visit the Stockton Sportsmen’s Club website.
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