Pheasant Fest comes to Milwaukee this February

Milwaukee — Considering that Pheasant Fest is coming to Milwaukee in February, just what are the chances that Pheasants Forever can find a way to link sausage and beer to this major conservation event?

Turns out those chances are awfully good, and it’s going to happen on the cooking stage.

Chef Hank Shaw has come up with a pheasant sausage recipe that he will share, along with sausage-making techniques, on the Wild Game Cooking Stage. Shaw also will talk about how to pair different beer brews with wild game dishes.

Rehan Nana is the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever public relations specialist. Nana said Shaw will add an interesting twist to the 2014 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic. Shaw has been a political reporter most of his life, covering former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Shaw started hunting a number of years back as an adult.

Nana said Shaw hasn’t bought a piece of meat from a grocery store in the past five years.

Nana and Pheasants Forever Vice President of Marketing Bob St. Pierre were in Milwaukee last week to continue working with city officials in bringing the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic to Milwaukee for the first time.

“It was amazing to see the food culture and outdoor culture the city has. We just wanted to see the city and see how everything is set up. I think it will be a great fit,” Nana said.

“Madison was a great show back in 2009. We had more than 20,000 people in Madison that year at the Alliant Energy Center, so we’re looking forward to getting back to Wisconsin.”

The National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic will run Feb. 14-16, 2014, at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. It is the largest show in the country for upland hunters, bird dog owners, landowners, and habitat conservationists. The event drew 28,855 people this past February in Minneapolis.

“Pheasants Forever has a strong presence in Wisconsin and the state has a rich conservation tradition, which is why we’re excited to bring our signature event to Milwaukee,” said Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.

Vincent said Milwaukee is conveniently located near other strong Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever states – Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan – which will allow members from across the region to visit the event.

Wisconsin is home to 33 Pheasants Forever chapters. In addition to the 790,000 licensed hunters in Wisconsin, the state is second only to Minnesota in sending nonresident upland hunters to the Dakotas – the top two pheasant hunting states – and both South Dakota and North Dakota will be well-represented with exhibitors at the show.

“Milwaukee and Wisconsin are thrilled to host the 2014 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “As the largest city in a state with a history of upland hunting and habitat conservation, Milwaukee is the ideal setting for this family-friendly national event.”

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

Nana said the youth village and cooking stage have grown since the Madison show.

“This is a great way to get the whole family involved. Kids can learn about Aldo Leopold and experience the outdoors in a number of ways, including fly-casting techniques, at a pheasant event,” he said.

Landowners will be able to get immediate habitat help.

“We can pull up their property and fill out a conservation plan right there,” Nana said.

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