Washington County Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever Chapter #671
Washington County Pheasans Forever Quarterly Cackle
Welcome to the first addition of the Washington County Pheasants Forever Quarterly newsletter. Pardon the pun but I thought it be appropriate to somehow link our passion for the sport of pheasant hunting into the title of this newsletter, thus the Quarterly Cackle. I hope this will be the first of many updates that will showcase the efforts of individuals that are active in the Washington County chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Our goal is to make our website a go to site for pheasant enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts in Washington County. In the future we will have members sharing recipes they have perfected for wild game, and there are plans to have some fun with games and contests. Stay tuned.
Washington County Pheasants Forever Chapter has a small group of active members that meet monthly with the goal of advancing the legacy of Pheasants Forever. We do this by supporting our communities, our county, our state, and of course pheasant habitat through volunteerism and financial support. Our financial support is only possible because of the generous donations we receive through fund raising events held throughout the year, of which our annual banquet is the largest.
Were you aware that trap shooting has become the fastest growing sport for high schools in the state of Minnesota? Partnering with Pheasants Forever on their initiative of No Child Left Indoors, our chapter has donated $4,000.00 in 2014 alone to area schools to support trap teams, and the requests keep coming. Our chapter also donates money each year to the Pheasants Forever Legislative Fund which supports lobbing efforts in Washington DC. This fund helped create legislation in the most recent farm bill that was approved in the spring paving the way to support additional CRP and grass lands which has drastically dwindled in recent years. Our chapter also donates money for land acquisitions within the state. In 2014 our donations helped Pheasants Forever purchase additional land adjacent to Carlos Avery in Columbus, MN. We also donate money toward the annual Minnesota DNR mentor hunt, and we are the primary sponsor for a disabled veterans hunt. More details on these hunts are listed below.
As a chapter we are very active volunteering our time and talents to local events. Each fall, in partnership with the Minnesota DNR, we host a mentored hunt for youth and women who might not otherwise be exposed to pheasant hunting. This event takes place at Wings North in Pine City, MN. We always need volunteers to run pointing dogs for this event. If you are interested in volunteering please contact me at the number provided at the end of this newsletter.
Another rewarding volunteer opportunity is the Washington County Pheasants Forever Disabled Hunt. Each year we host a number of disabled hunters in collaboration with Whisper Emerald Ridge Game Farm in Menomonee, WI. Special off-road style electric wheelchairs allow these disabled and senior hunters an opportunity to take to the field and enjoy a day afield.
Last April we staffed a booth at the South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club for its Youth Fair. Over 400 kids visited this fair over the three day weekend to shoot competitively and socialize. Also at the South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club, in August, along with the Mississippi Longtails chapter out of Hastings we staffed a booth for a family fun day.
We are always looking for people who want to get involved and help support projects. If you are interested in becoming an active committee member, we would enjoy having you. Active members meet the second Tuesday of each month at Davonnies in Woodbury. We have several sub-committees where you can share your talents, come check us out. As an incentive, anyone who becomes an active member in Washington County Pheasants Forever, attends 6 consecutive meetings will receive a free personalized embroidered PF shirt. You can proudly wear this shirt at our banquet, when volunteering at one of our hunts, or showing it off when hunting with family and friends.
Our major source of funding comes from our annual banquet. The 2015 annual banquet has moved to a new venue, come check it out. If you cannot attend, please consider supporting the banquet with donations of any kind for general raffles and both silent and live auctions.
As mentioned, we are very excited to announce that we have moved our banquet to a new, larger venue. The 2015 banquet will be held Wednesday February 25, 2015 from 5:00 to 9:30 at Tinucci’s in Newport. Be sure to mark your calendars. We will be sending out more details regarding the banquet beginning in November, please mark your calendars.
If you’re interested in becoming a part of the chapter, please check out our website www.washingtoncountypf.org, contact Mark Hassel at 651-762-2963 or stop by and check out a meeting at Divannis’s in Woodbury the second Tuesday of each month.
Mark Hassel, President - Washington County Pheasants Forever