March 29, 2013
Biking to Your Next Pheasant Hunt
By Chad Love
I love bird hunting, shotguns, and bicycling. Man, I sure wish there was somewhere I could combine these passions. Hold on a second...there is!
From this story on bikeportland.org:
A 300 acre ranch located near a ghost town about 190 miles east of Portland is the latest sign that bicycle tourism is poised to deliver a jolt to Oregon's rural economies. Phil and Kathy Carlson founded Treo Ranches as a bird hunting destination in 1987. Since then they've built a strong business, but now they've realized there's another market worth shooting for: city slickers on bikes. A press release about Treo Bike Tours' new, all-inclusive group cycling retreat packages states that the ranch, "is reinventing itself as a vacation destination for urban cyclists who want to experience the Old West by bicycle — and maybe even shoot few rounds while they’re at it."
How cool is that? A pheasant hunting ranch turned bicycle tour destination where, if you are so inclined (and I am) you can bring along a shotgun (or, according to the story, rent one of theirs) and shoot a few rounds of trap, and maybe even hunt a pheasant. While it may sound like a sketch from Portlandia, I think it's a really smart way to increase your business, and not as wacky as it sounds. In fact, I bet a lot of you are bicyclists, too. They're fun, affordable, good for you, a great way to see the countryside, and they're surprisingly effective hunting and fishing conveyances.
It's not as silly as it sounds. Anyone else enjoy using bikes for both pleasure and utility?