More Than an Event, It’s Forever, National Pheasant Fest
Iowa – -(AmmoLand.com)- Pheasants Forever has always billed its largest event, National Pheasant Fest , as more than an outdoor trade show. While the event offers more than one can expect to do in a three-day weekend, the show is really about your favorite hunting field or a nearby wildlife area. It’s about Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s mission. It’s about wildlife habitat.
Far more goes into deciding which city/state will host National Pheasant Fest than whether or not it has a sizable venue. The goal of the event is to leave a legacy in the state long after the event is gone. For example, one of Pheasants Forever’s goals in bringing its signature event to Madison, Wisconsin for the first time in 2009 was to use event fundraising to help create the first Build a Wildlife Area project in Wisconsin. With the help of Pheasants Forever and other partners, the Wisconsin Build a Wildlife Area campaign made its first land acquisition, a 204-acre parcel of restored wetlands and adjacent upland grasslands in St. Croix County. The area may be open for public hunting and outdoor recreational activities as early as this autumn!
Pheasants Forever is looking to leave the same such legacy in Iowa , a state that needs the organization’s wildlife habitat mission more than ever. Iowa is coming off one of its worst recorded pheasant hunting seasons, with 383,000 roosters harvested last year. While Iowa has unfortunately received lousy nesting weather and severe flooding in recent years, the low harvest total is also an indicator that the state is feeling the ill effects of the conversion of thousands of acres of habitat to cropland.
Ultimately, National Pheasant Fest is returning to the Iowa Events Center in February to rejuvenate interest in restoring and creating upland habitat in Iowa and beyond; to galvanize hunters to be strong stewards of the land; to give youth the sense that the outdoors and conservation can be fun and rewarding. It all comes back to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s mission.
We look forward to seeing you in Des Moines next February! Bring the family, especially the kids. Come admire and inquire about the bird dogs. Seek out advice from wildlife habitat professionals. And of course check out the great outdoor gear that will be available from all our sponsors and exhibitors. But most importantly, come ready to leave a legacy.
Countdown Until The Fest Only 212 Days until Pheasant Fest 2010!
A Special “Thank You” to Pheasant Fest Sponsors
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Pheasant Fest Phast Facts
The five previous *National Pheasant Fests* have attracted 111,000 hunters, landowners, sport dog owners and wildlife habitat conservationists! At the most recent *National Pheasant Fest*, over 1,100 in attendance joined PF as members over the course of the three-day event. Over 1,000 landowners have taken advantage of the Landowner Habitat Help Room at *National Pheasant Fest*, leading to over 65,000 habitat acres that have been evaluated for management recommendations by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever wildlife biologists.
Fest Freeze Frame
MOCK TRIAL. Rudy’s Youth Village is home to one of the more popular youth attractions at National Pheasant Fest, the mock pheasant hunt. Youngsters get the chance to sharpen their firearm handing skills, using wooden replicas, and learn the basics of safe, ethical hunting.
Bird Dog Bonanza Update
Bird Dogs Own National Pheasant Fest It should come as no surprise that sporting dogs have and continue to be the most popular attraction at National Pheasant Fest. Expect bird dogs to play their largest role yet when National Pheasant Fest 2010 hits Des Moines next February.
The Bird Dog Bonanza, an entire section of the National Pheasant Fest show floor, will again be dedicated to our four-legged outdoor companions and will be presented by Native performance dog food and SportDOG Brand electronic dog training systems. The Bird Dog Bonanza is where you can find exhibitors and information on everything bird dog related, including training, nutrition and breeds. In fact, look for upwards of 40 bird dog breeds to be a part of National Pheasant Fest 2010!
For more information contact: Brad Heidel (651) 209-4956 or [email protected]
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 125,000 members in 750 local chapters across the continent.