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October 07, 1957
No group of pheasant hunters in the U.S. can come up with a one-and-a-half-day bag of 1,450 pheasants as did Ambassador Briggs and his party in Czechoslovakia. For along with the bag limit it is an unhappy fact of outdoor life that, while the number of hunters is ever increasing, pheasant habitat is diminishing. As a result, time-pressed sportsmen are turning to the public shooting preserve. Here pheasants and other game birds are raised to be released in natural cover. At an average of $5 a bird, the hunter may shoot as many birds as local regulations permit. Most preserves guarantee a certain number of fair shots. Some guarantee the bag. Nearly all offer guides, dogs, shells, and even guns for the unequipped. Their seasons are long. Consequently, preserves are booming; today there are more than 500 preserves in the United States. They have their critics, those who believe that the only true sport is hunting wild birds, but, undeniably, public preserves are helping to fulfill many a man's deep desire for the thrill of hunting. Herewith, for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED readers, is a list of excellent preserves accessible to some of our major urban areas, where anybody with the price can shoot his limit. Others can be located through the Sportsmen's Service Bureau, 250 E. 43 Street, New York 17.
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October 07, 1957

Shooting In The U.s.

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OMAHA. Calhoun Game Farms, Inc., Fort Calhoun, Neb. 18 miles from Omaha. Phone: Fort Calhoun 4913.120 acres. Open Oct. 1 to Feb. 1. No dogs or guides. $15 for five fair shots, with a bag limit of three.

DENVER. Gunners' Mark Game Preserve. 15 miles north of Denver and 2 miles south of Henderson on Route 85. David Howe, Alex D. Thomson, owners. Phone: Atlas 8-1928. 450 acres. Dogs and guides. Will open for pheasants about Oct. 1, and will be open until Feb. 28. Regular Colorado preserve season is Sept. 1 to Feb. 28. A state license is required. Three pheasants guaranteed on an $18 minimum fee, extra birds $5.50 each.

RENO. Fort Churchill Game Ranch, Fort Churchill, Nev. 50 miles from Reno. Best arrangements can be made through Holiday Hotel in Reno (Glenn Spuller, sports director). Phone: Fairview 9-0411. 4,500 acres. Open Sept. 1 to March 31. Dogs, guides and guns. $6.50 a pheasant, but the cost diminishes after the first three birds.

DALLAS. Snug Harbor Farm Shooting Resort, Carrollton, Texas. 12 miles from Dallas. Ray D. Barrett, owner. Phone: Chapel 7-3066. 741 acres. Open Oct. 1 to April 1, and a state license is required. Dogs and guides. $25 a day minimum for five pheasants.

SAN FRANCISCO. Peninsula Licensed Game Bird Club, 3601 Bayshore Highway, Palo Alto, Calif. 35 miles south of San Francisco. Phone: Yorkshire 8-1865. 640 acres. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dogs and guides. $15 for two pheasants, extra birds $6 each, daily limit six birds. Membership fee of $290 entitles sportsman to 40 pheasants, and business firms and other groups may join at $610 for 100 birds.

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