Southern Tulare County Sportsman’s Association 

About Us

The Southern Tulare County Sportsman’s Association (STCSA) is a non-profit (501c3) organization promoting wildlife habitat and conservation since 1943, when ranchers and other sportsman gathered together to help conserve our wildlife resources.

 

Back in 1943, the the club was formed, we only had a handful of people.  The club had banquets to raise money and anyone attending was considered a member. But by the 1950’s the club’s membership quickly grew to 2,500.

 

Today the association is made up from men, women and young adults who are interested in conservation and the continued presence of wildlife and productive fisheries in our local area.  The membership record today is currently at 35.

 

Our club still hosts fundraising banquets to help fund the clubs programs and events that are focused on Continuing the Tradition for our younger generation.  The club also receives financial assistance from the Friends of the NRA.

 

COUNTDOWN TO Jr PHEASANT HUNT

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Our Programs

Club Meetings

Club Meetings 

The Southern Tulare County Sportsman’s Association meets on a monthly basis, second Tuesday of every month, to discuss the clubs activities.  Typical meetings last about an hour and follows the printed agenda.

At each club meeting, the following items are discussed and approved:

  • Previous Meeting Minutes
  • Financial Report
  • Club Roll Call
  • Public Comments
  • Activities Calendar Review
  • Pheasant Feeding Schedule
  • Club Purchases
  • New Club Activities
  • and More
 

Club Meetings

Second Tuesday of Every Month

7:00 PM

 

Meeting Address

Porterville Transit

Administration Conference Room

15 E. Thurman Ave.

Porterville, CA 93257

 

Junior Pheasant Hunt

Junior Pheasant Hunt 

2017 Junior Pheasant Hunt

2017 Junior Pheasant Hunt

Online Registration Is Closed, Please see Walk-In Information

Walk-In Registration Information

STCSA seeks to provide all junior hunters the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Jr Pheasant Hunt.  Walk-In Registration will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.  If you have not registered, please arrive 1-hour prior to any hunt to see if space is available.  STCSA will work hard to provide all Jr Hunters an opportunity, however you may be asked to come back for another hunt. 

NONLEAD AMMUNITION

NONLEAD AMMUNITION IS REQUIRED FOR THE 2017 HUNTS.

Effective July 1, 2016, nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun, except for dove, quail, snipe, and any game birds taken on licensed game bird clubs.

HUNT INFORMATION

NOVEMBER 18, 2017

SATURDAY

AM HUNT – 8:00 am to 11:00 am

PM HUNT – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 
 

*PLEASE ARRIVE 1 HOUR PRIOR TO HUNT TIME

Safety talk will start promptly 15 minutes before the hunt time.  Sign-in’s will stop when safety talk begins and resume after the safety talk. No JR Hunters will be allowed in the field prior to signing in!

DO NOT BE LATE

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2017

SUNDAY

AM HUNT – 8:00 am to 11:00 am

PM HUNT – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 
 

*PLEASE ARRIVE 1 HOUR PRIOR TO HUNT TIME

Safety talk will start promptly 15 minutes before the hunt time.  Sign-in’s will stop when safety talk begins and resume after the safety talk. No JR Hunters will be allowed in the field prior to signing in!

DO NOT BE LATE

 
 

The 2017 Jr Pheasant Hunt is almost here.   Saturday and Sunday, over 200 junior hunters will be able to participate in this one of a kind hunting experience.  1,000 pheasants will be released over the weekend, each hunter will have the chance to harvest 3 birds.

 
 

This is not a guided pheasant hunt, once you are released to hunt, each hunter is free to hunt the wildlife area at their own discretion.  Some areas are off limits and we will go over this before each hunt.

 
 

Transportation will be available to transport hunting groups to different parts of the wildlife area.  You are free to catch a ride if you choose to.

 

Please make sure you double-check your hunt day and time, each hunt is limited in the number of Jr Hunters.  As a reminder, here are some of the Junior Hunt Rules:

  
  1. All hunters must have their Junior Hunting License.
  2. Upland Game Stamp not required for Junior Hunters.
  3. Nonlead ammunition is required.
  4. All hunters are required to check-in before and after the hunt.  We will not start serving lunch, shotgun drawing, or raffle ticket drawings until every hunter is accounted for.
  5. All hunters and harvested birds must be checked-in, counted, and measured at the end of your hunt.
  6. The Responsible Adult may not carry a shotgun or hunt.
  7. Junior Hunters must carry their own firearm at all times.
  8. Firearms and dogs must remain at their vehicles until you have been released to hunt.
  9. Arrive 1-hour before your scheduled hunt time and check-in
  10. STCSA Hunting vests will be provided for each hunter and responsible adult.
  11. Each hunter is responsible for their own shotgun and ammunition.
  12. Lunch will be provided for all participants and start at 12:00 each day.
  13. STCSA Jr Hunt T-shirts will be available for purchase.
  14. Only 2 responsible adults may accompany each hunter (must be 18 yrs or older).

WHAT TO BRING

 

WIN A SHOTGUN

After each hunt we will raffle one (1) Remington 870 Express Shotgun to a lucky Jr Hunter.

*Must be present to win.

 

LONGEST TAIL FEATHER

At the end of the 4 hunts, the hunter with the longest tail feather will win a Custom STCSA Belt Buckle.

*Do not need to be present to win

 

HUNT LOCATION

 

The Pheasant Hunt will take place at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Area at Lake Success.  Directions are below:

 
 

Lake Success Wildlife Area

28890 Ave 176

Strathmore, CA 93267

 
 

Coming from the North, take Hwy 65 towards Porterville, turn left on Ave 196, towards Starthmore, and stay on the road until you reach the wildlife area.  Turn right into the Wildlife Area and travel on the dirt road to the middle of the Wildlife Area.

 
 

Coming from the South, take Hwy 65 towards Porterville.  Then take Hwy 190 towards Springville.  Travel past Lake Success and then turn left on Ave 176.  Stay on the road until you reach the Wildlife Area.  Turn left into the Wildlife Area and travel on the dirt road to the middle of the Wildlife Area.

Rollin' For Ringnecks

Rollin’ For Ringnecks 

2017 Rollin' For Ringnecks

The Rollin’ for Ringnecks hunt is limited to 12 hunters, each of whom will be able to shoot three of the long-tailed, ring-necked birds.  The hunt is open to people of all ages who require the use of a wheelchair. They must possess a valid California hunting license and an upland game stamp.

 

There is no cost to shoot. Hunters will be treated to lunch and given a T-shirt and a framed picture of the day’s action. The hunter who shoots the bird with the longest tail will also be given a commemorative knife.

 

At least 36 pheasants, donated by the Friends of the NRA, will be released that day. Check-in will take place at 7:30 a.m., and hunters should bring their own firearms and shells.

 

STCSA was inspired by Bill Moench’s cousin, Rich Riethmayer, who served in Vietnam and requires the use of a wheelchair, to launch the Rollin’ for Ringnecks hunt.

 

One Thanksgiving a few years ago, he and a few others took Riethmayer to the Lake Success Wildlife Area to see if the terrain would be conducive to hunters in wheelchairs.

 

It was, and the Rollin’ for Ringnecks event was born.

 

Moench’s desire was “to offer those people in wheelchairs an opportunity to hunt that they might not otherwise have had.”

 

Volunteers will again be on hand this year to assist with pushing wheelchairs and handing out water bottles if that assistance is desired.

 

To reserve a spot in this hunt, call Bill Moench, 978-0913 or (661) 548-6608, or Robbie Hill, 359-2114 or 781-8280

 

YHEC

YOUTH HUNTER EDUCATION CHALLENGE

YOUTH HUNTER EDUCATION INFORMATION

 

Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is NRA’s “graduate studies” program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters.  Open only to those who have completed hunter-safety training at the state or provincial level, the program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter’s skills.

 

From air-rifle, bow and shotgun shooting at life-sized targets, to wildlife identification, to map-and-compass orienteering and more, YHEC participants get hands-on training in eight skills areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game.

 

STCSA is proud to host the California State-level YHEC program, hosted by volunteer instructors, draw an estimated 100 youths each year.  Top ranked individuals advance to the annual NRA International Youth Hunter Education Challenge, the pinnacle of the program. Since its inception in 1985, YHEC has reached more than a million young sportsmen and women.

YHEC DIRECTOR

Cassandra Honeyman

(559) 560-6011

 

Banquet and Fundraiser

Banquet and Fundraiser 

2018 ANNUAL BANQUET & FUNDRAISER

  

The 2017 Banquet was once again a great success.  Thank you to all of you that attended, our club could not host the events we do without your support.  Thank You!!

The 2018 Banquet is already being planned and we will announce the dates as soon as they are secured. Please check back with us for updated information. 

 

Hunter Eduction

Hunter Education 

LEARN TO HUNT THE RIGHT WAY

 

ENROLL IN A HUNTING EDUCATION COURSE

 

KNOW YOUR GUN,
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES,
AND PROPER ETHICS.

 

 

CALIFORNIA HUNTER EDUCATION

In an effort to raise safety and conservation awareness, California’s first hunter education law was enacted in 1954. California requires hunter education training for those who have never held a California hunting license, who do not have a hunter education certificate, or who do not have a hunting license from another state or province issued within the past two years. Students may choose between two class format options. Classes are offered throughout the State by more than 1,000 certified volunteer instructors, all dedicated to keeping hunting safe, ethical, and available to all Californians.
 

OPTION 1: TRADITIONAL HUNTER EDUCATION COURSES

The Traditional Hunter Education Course consists of a minimum of ten hours of classroom, homework, and field instruction in the following areas: firearms safety and handling, sportsmanship and ethics, wildlife management and conservation, archery, black powder, wildlife identification, game care, first aid, and survival. After a student has successfully completed the course of instruction and passed the final examination, they are awarded a Certificate of Completion.

The Traditional Course allows for individual interaction with the instructor. The Traditional Course is most often preferred by first time hunters. See more information about the Traditional Course.

 

OPTION 2: ONLINE COURSE AND FOLLOW-UP CLASS

The online course, alone, is NOT a qualification for a hunter education certificate. Once you have completed an online course, you will still need to attend a 4-hour follow-up class with a certified Hunter Education Instructor. Access is permitted to the 4-hour follow-up class only after a student has completed the written Home Study or Online component of the class.

Step 1: Attend an Online Course. Choose a course from one of the following providers:

The courses are free, but the voucher required for your follow-up class must be purchased upon completion.

Step 2: Attend a 4-hour Follow-up Class.

 

NOTES TO PARENTS

  • If your child is under 18 years of age, they must present to the instructor at all courses a Parental Release Form signed by the child’s parent or guardian. This will allow your child to participate in the live fire exercises. Download the Parental Release Form (PDF).
  • Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend with young students, especially those younger than age 16, to help define new words or provide additional tutoring during and after class.
  • The 4 hour Follow-up Course is designed for students 12 years and older.
  • Questions regarding our program? See Frequently Asked Questions.

The Hunter Education Program, as a state mandated, federally funded program, must be made available to all persons. No one may be refused training, certification, or otherwise discriminated against because of age, race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability or national origin. Additionally, the program must be made available to all persons as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If a student needs reasonable accommodations, please contact the District Coordinator for your county. For American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services, please contact the District Coordinator at least 60 days prior to the desired class date.

 

For More Information Contact:

Bill Moench (559) 978-0913

Jim Emerson (559) 361-1654

Dwight Chaddock (559) 920-2210

Orville Hudspeth (559) 359-7911

 

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