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Pheasant Fest coming to Milwaukee's Wisconsin Center Feb. 14-16

Posted on February 3, 2014

Kristen MonroePheasant Fest is just around the corner and things are heating up as the event heads to Milwaukee. Gun collectors and hunters have the opportunity to bid for a one-of-a-kind 20-gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth shotgun restored by Turnbull for Pheasants Forever.  Bidding will begin Feb. 15 on-site at Pheasant Fest. The Pheasant Forever Fox Sterlingworth’s new home will be with the highest bidder, whether that person is at Pheasant Fest, or the winning bid comes in over “the world wide web.” Of course, attending  Pheasant Fest to place the winning bid would be the most fun.

If you can’t make it to Pheasant Fest, bidding has already started online at gunbroker.com.  Link to bid: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=387072304.

Fine gun restoration work isn’t restricted to Turnbull – other companies do a fine job of restoring shotguns and some of their work will be on display at Pheasant Fest. The Badger State is lucky to have Mark’s Born Again Bird Guns attending Pheasant Fest. Mark Beasland, of Mosinee, has been a member of Pheasants Forever for years.

Some people have a misconception about gun restoration. After talking to Mark, he quickly cleared up the mystery. “It depends. If a gun is collected for historical purposes it’s best to keep it in it’s original form. But in most case, if restored properly, it can increase the value,” said Beasland.

If the gun is going to be used, of course value is added by restoring it. It is very important to find a reputable person to do the work. There is a big difference between a poor refinishing job and proper restoration. A poor refinishing job can depreciate the value of a gun. Also, there are several ways a gun can be restored. Some gun owners just bring the gun in to improve the functionality and the rest of the firearms remains “as is.” No job is the same, and the labor involved in restoring a varies depending on the gun’s condition and the level to which its owner wants the gun restored.

Beasland has a video about gun restoration posted on his web site at www.mbabllc.com.

Shotguns are not only tools that hold monetary value, but they also hold memories and sentimental value. Like the old Browning in my family that was won in a card game years ago. It was Grandpa Eli’s gun, and I shot my first pheasant with it.

If I had the means, I would bid for the Pheasants Forever Fox Sterlingworth to show my support for this great organization. Some individual will take the pristine Sterlingworth home after Pheasant Fest ends. Lucky for them.

Custom engraving work on the gun includes tastefully done fleur de lis with quail and pheasant on either side with the Pheasants Forever 2014 logo on the bottom of the receiver.Here are the details on the A.H. Fox Sterlingworth that has been upgraded for Pheasants Forever:

• 20 gauge

• 28-inch barrels

• Double trigger

• Extractor

• Choked IC/full

• Custom restocked with feather crotch English walnut, tear drop panels and custom checkering

• Fitted with a .600-inch black decelerator pad for a LOP of 143⁄8 inches.

• Semi beavertail forend with a slight Schnabel tip

• Pistol Grip

• Custom engraving includes tastefully done fleur de lis with quail and pheasant on either side with the Pheasants Forever 2014 logo on the bottom of the receiver.

• Color case hardening, charcoal blue and rust blue finishes by Turnbull.

The National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic Hunting Expo will run Feb. 14-16 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Event coordinators are Lacey Anderson and Brad Heidel. Contact them at landerson@pheasansforever.org and bheidel@pheasantsforever.org. Show hours are: Friday, Feb. 14, 1-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.