I typically get pretty excited about perusing black bears in the spring. If you want to get some firsthand knowledge on black bear behaviour just go and sit at a bait site for a couple of evenings and observe. This year, the weather in the Edmonton area was ‘trying’ to say the least, with everything being at least 3 weeks late. Apparently recovery was good and bear activity for the most part improved nicely with some quality bears being harvested. If you were not successful for the spring hunt don’t despair as you can get after those bruins again this fall. Any tag you did not use in the spring can be used for the fall hunt in the same calendar year. If you would like to increase your bear knowledge, I would highly recommend that you take our online Bear Essentials course. You will not be disappointed. Best of luck with your hunts.

Our ever-popular Youth Hunter Education Camps are once again sold out. If you have youngsters who you would like to have attend our 2020 camps simply email us at edmontoninfo@aheia.com and we will add you to our notification list. Registration packages are typically available for download on our website www.aheia.com in December. Participants will receive training on the Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education course as well as the Canadian Firearms Safety course. These camps are a fun learning experience that will be treasured and remembered for many years to come.

Our 2019 Outdoor Youth Seminar will run August 23-25, 2019 and will once again be held at our Alford Lake Conservation Education Center for Excellence, west of Caroline. What a beautiful and remarkable facility we have. Registration forms are available from any of our facilities or can be downloaded from our website www.aheia.com. From the opening page ‘click’ on ‘Programs and Events’ then ‘click’ on the OYS tab to access the registration form. This event is the perfect opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your kids or grandchildren. Included is also the very popular whole pig roast to look forward to for supper on the Saturday night. Come on, you know you want seconds.

We continue to look for volunteer assistance at our camps. If you would like to lend a hand it is a very simple process. Simply give me a call and we can discuss the details. We also never cease to need help at our numerous other events such as sports shows and other in-store promotions. Help is also needed at the office with our regular daily routines. If you, or any of your friends, have some spare time and wish to become part of something bigger please let us know. Paying it forward has great personal rewards. Give me a call if you are able to assist and I will get you going.

By the time you read this our 6th Annual Spring Fling Banquet will be in the books. If you have never attended one you should really consider doing so. Keep an eye open for a report on this event in our Fall issue.

Mark your calendars for September 21. We will once again be holding a Provincial Hunting Day event at our Alford Lake facility. We typically fill up quickly so don’t delay. Be placed on our notification list by emailing us at edmontoninfo@aheia.com.

Thanks to everyone who continues to help out by volunteering. Your continued commitment is very much appreciated. Volunteers continue to be the life-blood of everything we do.

Until next time.

Take care and enjoy the Great Outdoors.


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