Gary Clancy WMA: up to $30K

By Jared Wiklund
Pheasants Forever

As the first weekend of Game Fair drew to a close Sunday evening and I made the hike from Pheasants Forever Hill to my distant vehicle, one fact about this annual gathering of sportsmen and women was obvious – the memory of the late Gary Clancy is not just alive and well, it’s thriving.

Since announcing a Build A Wildlife Area campaign in Clancy’s honor just 10 days ago, corporate donors and Minnesota’s sporting community have pledged $30,000 of the $100,000 needed for a future Gary Clancy Wildlife Management Area in southern Minnesota. These contributions were made, in part, by the attendees who swarmed through the gates of Game Fair during its opening weekend.

Pheasants Forever is currently searching for a property to acquire that would represent Gary Clancy and the passion he had for conservation and wildlife. Pheasant hunting was one of his many outdoor pursuits, but he also held in high regard whitetails, waterfowl, and trapping.

As Game Fair enters its second weekend, there are still plenty of opportunities to contribute to the legacy of Gary Clancy while visiting the event. Additionally, the Washington County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is hosting a Gary Clancy Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 19, at Oak Marsh Golf Course in Oakdale. There are a number of different ways to contribute to the Gary Clancy Wildlife Management Area effort.

For more on the golf tournament, see Page 20 of this edition of Outdoor News. For more info about the Gary Clancy WMA effort or if you have questions about donating, contact Eran Sandquist at (763) 242-1273 or

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