Pheasants Forever and its quail division, Quail Forever, hosted more than 21,064 attendees at its National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic this February in Milwaukee. The annual event is the largest in the country for wildlife habitat conservationists, bird dog owners and upland hunters.
- $1 million for youth programs. At the organization’s Saturday evening national banquet, Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners and founders of MidwayUSA, presented Pheasants Forever with a check for $950,000 to be used for the organization’s Forever Shooting Sports program. Pheasants Forever also accepted gracious checks throughout the weekend from SportDOG Brand and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for $25,000 each. All told, the $1 million in contributions will be used to further Pheasants Forever’s youth programs throughout the country.
- Recognizing conservation leaders. Pheasants Forever welcomed Rep. Paul Ryan as the keynote speaker at its national banquet. Wisconsin’s first district congressman is a former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, and he recognized eight outstanding Wisconsin conservationists for their efforts in protecting wildlife habitat in the state.
- Bird dogs steal the show. More than 500 turned out for the unique show open: a “Bird Dog Parade” that featured nearly 40 different sporting dog breeds.
- Wildlife habitat improvement. Nearly 140 landowners went through the process of obtaining a wildlife habitat management plan for their properties at the event’s “Landowner Habitat Help Room.” Nearly 30,000 acres stand to be improved for wildlife because of these plans, all of which are drawn up with a professional wildlife biologist.
We hope to see you at National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic next year. Stay tuned!