Scenes From National Pheasant Fest | Minneapolis 2013

Pheasant Feast 
is a significant, national sport and outdoor exposition hosted by:

PHEASANTS forever® and QUAIL forever®, both highly rated conservation charities, celebrated their 30th Anniversary at this year’s national gathering at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Originating in Minnesota, PHEASANTS forever’s main office is in the Twin Cities; Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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Part II
This photo story from Pheasant Fest is especially for these Bloggers who mentioned an appreciation for the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic but were not able attend:  

NC Outdoor Ramblings

Boot and Canoe

*Lightbox | Click on photographs for more detail

Kicking Bear
Still Hunting, Hub/Pop-Up Blind, Tree-Stand Archery Instruction and 3D Target Range was AWESOME

Magnetic Ice Fishing Game
Pheasants Forever's  Rudy's Youth Village 

Rudy The Rooster
Lots of different stages, demonstration areas and classrooms at Pheasant Fest

Patrick Flanigan
Patrick Flanigan presented Xtreme Sport Shooting seminars for National Pheasant Fest, mingled and signed autographs.

Visit Patrick Flanigan's website:
Pheasant Forever Cap Autographed By Patrick Flanigan

Ammo Hat Autographed by Patrick Flanigan

New Slide Actions and Autos

Collector Break Action Doubles
Parker | L.C. Smith

 Modern Break Action Doubles

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co.

Savage | Stevens Gold Wing Pheasant

Minnesota Decoy and Waterfowl Club

Flyway Customs had beautiful, hand crafted game calls on display 

Spectra Shot ammunition on display

Chef Lenny McNab has great style and was a featured guest presenter at Pheasant Fest

Pheasant and Quail Youth sold Barbeque packages that are better quality and less expensive than other brands

South Dakota had some low-tech signs and were very friendly

Featured Question for Pheasant Fest
Maine's Peter Patenaude (Boot and Canoe) asked:

     "I would like to see if there is a breed there that is well rounded and not too easily excited."

Answer courtesy of Pheasant Fest exhibitor
Three Arrows Hunting Preserve (Breeder/Pups):
      "Lewellin Setter" 

Trackchair |Trackstander
9 Models, 4 Seat Colors, 15 Frame Colors
Right and Left handed, Lots of Accessories  

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Press Release | Wrap-Up
Pheasant Forever, Minneapolis, Minn.-February 17

National Pheasant Fest Draws 28,855 at PF’s 30th Anniversary Event in Minneapolis

CRP General Sign-up announcement highlights 30th anniversary banquet

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic presented by Cabela’s concluded today, drawing 28,855 to the weekend event – and the conservation nonprofit’s 30th anniversary celebration - at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Next year, Pheasants Forever will take its signature event to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the first time, to run February 14-16, 2014 at the Delta Center.

Pheasants Forever welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to its 30th anniversary banquet Saturday night, where in front of 1,300 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members and supporters, he formally announced the country’s 45th Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Sign-up. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator Al Franken and U.S. Representative Collin Peterson joined the crowd in a standing ovation for the announcement concerning the nation’s largest and longest-standing wildlife habitat creation program.

“Once again, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members made National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic the center of the upland universe,” said Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever’s President and CEO, “Despite 30 years and 9 million acres of conservation success behind us, this event was less about our accomplishments and more about the work ahead. We have the most dedicated group of chapters and volunteers, and it was inspirational to see them – many who have been volunteers for 10, 20 or even 30 years – so energized and passionate about the cause of upland habitat conservation.”

In addition to providing an economic boost for the host city and attending outdoor industry vendors, Pheasants Forever uses its National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic to recruit members for its wildlife habitat conservation mission. Nearly 1,700 individuals signed up as Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever members.

The event also delivered wildlife habitat benefits for pheasants and quail via Pheasants Forever’s Landowner Habitat Help Room. This feature of the show serviced 276 landowners, providing conservation guidance on 46,338 acres of land, much of it located in the Upper Midwest. 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 their lands qualify for.

Next year, National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic returns to Wisconsin for the first time since 2009, when more than 20,000 visited the event at Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic is also the country's largest event for upland hunters, sport dog owners and wildlife habitat conservationists, combining a national outdoor tradeshow, wildlife habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns, and art. The event is open to the public.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

For complete details visit:
National Pheasant Feast Website



Joseph Hord said...

Thanks for sharing the National Pheasant Fest! Maybe one of these days I can make it, being able to see all those fine shotguns would be worth the trip! I actually bought one of the Savage/Stevens Gold Wings in 20 gauge a few weeks ago, mainly to carry rabbit hunting.

The Reverend Fowl ™ said...

Thanks Joseph.

Everyone at Pheasant Fest was friendly. I came away with an appreciation for break-action doubles, of which I used to sneer at, as though these were presumptuous, well-to-do, etcetera, but ordinary guys were showing and explaining these break-actions at Pheasant Fest, no one condescending, and by the end of the show I was hoping they never stop making these guns.

I'll bet your new Gold Wing is awesome, hope it stays in the family.

Peter Patenaude said...

Thank you for the tour- I am sure you could spend days there! Thank you again for all of the information Reverend!

By the way- how impressive is that track chair?!

The Reverend Fowl ™ said...

I wanted to show the Trackchair because I hunted out of a deluxe blind once and the owner of the blind explained that this blind was a specially made access/mobility blind he had bought so he could host some hunts for people with wheeled seats or chairs (this really made me think more about others).