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New Albany, Ohio. (October 17, 2020) – As the time of restricted social activities has stretched far longer than anyone expected, one thing has become clear – people are looking for safe ways to have fun. This trend has been reflected in record purchases of boats, RV’s and even increases in hunting and fishing licenses. Fortunately, there is one place hunters can go for a day of family fun with a delicious reward at the end. That place is an upland gamebird hunting preserve, or hunt club as they are sometimes called.

There is a network of bird hunting preserves across the entire country, and they are tailor made for social distancing. Pheasant, quail and partridge hunters are already accustomed to walking much further than six feet apart. And with an increasing number of hunt clubs offering remote control sporting clays, a group can also easily and safely shoot a round of clay birds before heading out into the field for a hunt. Earlier this year the North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) recommended pandemic protocols for hunting preserves. In response, clubs have greatly decreased touch points by providing digital check-in and payment options, frequent clubhouse disinfecting and, where available, socially distanced dining. The hunting public has already taken notice as NAGA member hunt clubs are reporting increases in customers over 2019.

“Hunting preserves provide a turnkey operation to families looking for an enjoyable day in the field,” explained NAGA President Brian Beavers. “We are able to provide newcomer instruction, guides, pointing and retrieving dogs, shotguns, ammunition, and even shooting supplies and apparel, in addition to challenging bird hunting.”

Local hunting preserves can be located through the NAGA website, www.northamericangamebird.com.

“Fresh air, good exercise, walking with dogs, shooting shotguns and healthy food as a reward … hunting preserves are ready to serve sportsmen and women who are tired of being cooped up and ready to have a fun day while still being safe,” said Beavers.

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