A strong breeze chilled the morning following a heavy rain that brought snow low into the Madera foothills. Some Eastern Madera County volunteers had to use chains to get to the 14th annual mobility impaired pheasant hunt, which took place near Road 4 and Avenue 18 1⁄2 in Madera County.
Six hearty hunters of the eight who had registered braved the cold and the prospect of more rain to attend the Dec. 7 event.
Game Warden Ben Lewis, who has organized the event for the past seven years, and two other California Fish and Wildlife wardens planted 60 Chinese ring-necked pheasants in the calf-high alfalfa fields with the permission and support of farmer Case Vlot.
These elegantly plumaged birds, purchased with funding from the Madera County Fines Commission, flew low and spread out quickly, instinctively taking cover...