RGS Allegheny Chapter Offering New Hunter Mentor Program

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – March 11, 2020 – Upland Bird Hunting is a sport like no other – unexpected flushes, the whirr of wings, the heart-stopping moment when the bird just clears the treetops… no matter your age – an older hunter wanting to learn a new critter to hunt or a first time hunter wanting to learn about upland bird hunting – the Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) wants to help you learn the ins and outs of hunting upland birds!  This local RGS Chapter is looking for a few hunters (class size is capped at ten) who want to learn about grouse, woodcock, quail, and pheasant hunting.  You will be paired with an experienced mentor that has been a successful upland bird hunter for years.  Sign up with Rich Elliott at crawld11@gmail.com or with Christine Haibach at christine_haibach@hotmail.com..

“This is the only training offered in NC Pennsylvania where an experienced, successful mentor helps you on a one-on-one basis from starting at the patterning board checking for gun fit, to learning about habitat, to learning about bird dogs, to finally going on a mentored hunt for upland birds,” says Rich Elliott, Co-Leader of the New Hunter Mentor Program for the Allegheny Chapter of the RGS.

Rich and Christine are currently taking applications for the 2020 class.  “We are interested in old hunters wanting to learn a new trick, young or first time hunters, and female hunters,” says Rich.

The training is FREE to all participants.  The only requirement is your time to spend with another experienced bird hunter to learn the ropes.  You must be able to qualify to purchase a Pennsylvania Hunting License OR be able to participate in a PGC Mentored Hunter category.  Bring a bag lunch.

The following training will be offered before the mentored hunters go on an upland bird hunt with their mentor on Saturday, October 17:

Saturday, 4/25, at 9:00 a.m., Shotgun Safety, Habitat and Navigation will take place at the Rolfe Beagle Club in Johnsonburg, Elk County, at 1016 Long Level Road.

Sunday, September 20, at 9:00 a.m., Hunting Dogs and First Aid in the Field will take place at the Rolfe Beagle Club in Johnsonburg, Elk County, at 1016 Long Level Road.  Enrollees will learn about bird hunting breeds of dogs, pointers versus flushers, and how to properly administer first aid in the field.  Students will then be given the opportunity to shoot over dogs to prepare for the hunt day on October 17.

Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 a.m.  THE HUNT in nearby grouse woods!

Rich comments, “Space is limited; we have only three slots left, so sign up now at crawld11@gmail.com or christine_haibach@hotmail.com.“

The RGS Allegheny Chapter welcomes any donations to support the New Hunter Mentor Program.  If you are interested in donating funds, clay pigeons, or shells to support new hunters to the upland bird life, then please contact Christine Haibach at christine_haibach@hotmail.com.

The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.