National Event Pheasant Fest is an exceptional celebration of sporting opportunities, a worthwhile travel destination and outdoes consumer or trade shows because of its dedication to habitat, education and conservation.
2017 NATIONAL PHEASANT FEST and QUAIL CLASSIC DRAWS RECORD 30,462 SUPPORTERS TO MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s 2017 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic presented by Federal Premium Ammunition concluded Sunday, February 19th, drawing a record-setting 30,462 supporters to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Planning has already commenced for the much-anticipated 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic on February 16th-18th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which will coincide with the organization’s 35th anniversary.
The annual national convention and outdoor tradeshow featured a very successful, first-ever National Pheasant Summit which hosted Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, and Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson to discuss future conservation efforts in the pheasant range. Of particular note, elected officials all voiced their support for a robust Conservation Reserve Program as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, and Peterson – the Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee – voiced his support for raising the national acreage cap from the current allotment of 24 million acres to 46 million acres.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever also hosted the “Bees, Butterflies, Birds & You” Pollinator Symposium on Friday, February 17th. The event featured eight of the nation’s top pollinator experts who highlighted new programs, strategies and research being used to provide quality habitat for a host of grassland and wildflower-dependent species, including pollinators, upland birds and other wildlife. As part of this effort, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever launched an exciting new partnership over the weekend – the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund – that is expected to become a frontrunner in the effort to restore critical habitat for bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.
In addition to providing significant economic impact for the host city and attending outdoor industry vendors, Pheasants Forever uses its National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic to recruit members for its wildlife habitat conservation mission. A total of 1,143 individuals signed up as Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever members.
The event also delivered wildlife habitat benefits specific to Midwest farmers and ranchers. The Landowner Habitat Help Room at the show serviced 131 landowners to provide conservation guidance on 18,076 acres of land in 13 different states. Accompanied by a trained Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever biologist, landowners were educated on ways they can improve their acres for wildlife and even what local, state, and federal conservation programs they qualify for enrollment.
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic combines a national consumer show, habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns, and art. In fact, Pheasant Fest is the country’s largest event for upland hunters, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists. Details for National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2018 in Sioux Falls will be released soon.
SOUTH DAKOTA TO HOST NATIONAL PHEASANT FEST and QUAIL CLASSIC FOR THE FIRST TIME
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, joined by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, today announced Sioux Falls as the 2018 host city of the nation’s largest upland hunting and conservation event. National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on February 16, 17 & 18 in 2018 with Federal Premium® Ammunition serving as the presenting sponsor. The event will also celebrate the conservation organization’s 35th anniversary and South Dakota’s 100th pheasant hunting season which will take place in the autumn of 2018.
“South Dakota is the world’s undisputed pheasant capital, so it’s fitting that our signature event be held in the state during their ‘Pheasantennial’ year. Likewise, we believe National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic can serve as a platform to elevate the habitat discussion across South Dakota to ensure it remains the world’s pheasant capital,” stated Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever.
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2018 will be the organization’s largest event ever held in South Dakota, providing significant impact for the Sioux Falls economy. In fact, Denise DeJulio, Executive Director of Convention Sales for Visit KC, estimated the event had a $5.6 million impact for the Kansas City area during the February 2016 event. Additionally, the convention will serve as a venue to bring together the state’s conservation stakeholders, policymakers, upland hunters and the general public to discuss future investments for wildlife habitat conservation efforts.
“National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is an event that draws big crowds. We’ll be welcoming lots of visitors to our state for Pheasant Fest in 2018 and South Dakotans won’t have to travel far to take advantage of the opportunities at the annual event,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “Thank you to Pheasants Forever for deciding to host Pheasant Fest right here in South Dakota.”
South Dakota represents a growing stronghold for Pheasants Forever supporters nationwide. Since the inception of "The Habitat Organization" in 1982, a combined total of 34 chapters of Pheasants Forever have contributed $5.4 million for wildlife habitat conservation efforts throughout the state. These dollars equate to over 26,164 projects impacting nearly 450,000 acres of wildlife habitat improvements.
For vendors interested in exhibiting at National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2018, contact Gerry Cliff, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s corporate sales representative, at (763) 350-7362 or email. For media inquiries, please contact Jared Wiklund, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's public relations manager, at (651) 209-4953 or email.