National Pheasant Fest is this weekend

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have announced that the
organization’s premiere event, National Pheasant Fest, will be
returning to Des Moines, Iowa, in 2010. National Pheasant Fest 2010
will be held at the Iowa Events Center on February 26, 27 & 28,
2010. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever President & CEO
Howard Vincent made the announcement from National Pheasant Fest
2009 in Madison, Wis.

“We’re excited to bring National Pheasant Fest back to Iowa for
a number of reasons,” said Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever and
Quail Forever President and CEO, “Most importantly, by bringing our
signature event to the state, we will leave a conservation legacy
on the Iowa landscape,” Vincent said, “Iowa is a state that needs
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever more than ever.” Weather and
habitat are the two factors that most impact Iowa’s upland game
populations. Two harsh winters with spring flooding in between,
coupled with the recent expiration of over 280,000 Conservation
Reserve Program acres have helped to decrease Iowa pheasant and
quail populations.

“Pheasant and quail hunting in Iowa is not only a time-honored
tradition, but upland hunting has a $220 million impact on the
state’s economy,” Vincent added, “We look forward to working with
new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack,
and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Senate Ag Committee
and everyone involved with National Pheasant Fest 2010 to enhance
wildlife habitat efforts in Iowa.”

“Additionally, Iowa has always been a great supporter of
Pheasants Forever,” Vincent added, “With over 100 local Pheasants
Forever chapters – the most of any state – over 20,000 Pheasants
Forever members and over 100,000 pheasant hunters in the state
annually, there is tremendous support for Pheasants Forever’s
mission. Having National Pheasant Fest in Des Moines has the
potential to draw over 30,000 attendees, and the more people we can
connect to our organization, the easier it will be to accomplish
our conservation goals in Iowa.” National Pheasant Fest first came
to the state of Iowa and the Iowa Events Center for National
Pheasant Fest 2007, Pheasants Forever’s third such event. Despite a
heavy snowstorm on the final day of the event, Fest-goers still set
a then-record for attendance at the event, with 24,510 passing
through the gates.

“We’re proud to welcome National Pheasant Fest back home to
Greater Des Moines in 2010,” said Greg Edwards, president and CEO
of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Once
again our community will totally embrace this great event. We know
with the thousands of outdoor enthusiasts in Iowa alone, we will
have record attendance in 2010.”

National Pheasant Fest has become the nation’s largest event for
upland hunters, landowners, sport dog owners and wildlife habitat
conservationists. The unique family event offers a wide variety of
exhibits, seminars, dog training events and youth attractions.
National Pheasant Fest 2010 will combine a national consumer show,
habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies,
tractors, shotguns, and art.

Since 1985, Iowa’s 103 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
chapters have raised and spent $33,439,806 on the organization’s
wildlife habitat mission. Chapters have planted 500,495 acres of
nesting cover, 219,845 acres of food plots, 10,380,955 shrubs and
trees for winter cover, and improved 56,062 CRP acres.
Additionally, Iowa PF has restored 17,494 acres of wetlands and
contributed to 602 land acquisitions that permanently protect
73,694 acres of public wildlife habitat.

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