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28th Annual Stearns County Pheasants Forever Banquet



The Stearns County Pheasant Forever Chapter knows how important their annual banquet is to accomplishing their goal for increased wildlife habitat. This year's banquet will be Saturday, March 12, at the Gorecki Center in St. Joseph. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the traditional "Crowing Hour," with dinner and prizes starting at 7:30 p.m. To get your tickets go to www.stearnspf.org, and click on "Get Your Tickets Now." Cost is $55 which includes a one-year membership to Pheasants Forever and dinner. Bring a guest for only an additional $35 or a Ringneck membership for only $20. Walk-ins are also welcome! Last year approximately 350 outdoor enthusiasts attended the annual banquet.

"Guns are back again this year", says Chris Denn, SCPF President. Banquet attendees will have the opportunity to win more than 20 guns during the banquet. "The banquet is a fun way to spend an evening, sharing hunting stories, eating an excellent meal, raising money for local conservation and maybe even win a gun." The banquet offers many other prizes that can be won through raffle tickets, games, silent auction and the live auction. Prizes include guns, wildlife prints and much more!

Since 1983, the Stearns County Chapter has raised more than

$2.7 Million for conservation and wildlife habitat projects. Denn says "one of the great things about the Pheasants Forever organization is that the money raised locally is used for local conservation projects." The Stearns Chapter has used many of these locally raised funds to leverage state and federal funds to help purchase 30 Wildlife Management Areas, encompassing over 3,500 acres. Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are part of Minnesota's outdoor recreation system and are established to protect those lands and waters that have a high potential for wildlife production, public hunting, trapping, fishing, and other compatible recreational uses. The Stearns Chapter is also very involved with youth outdoor education, habitat restoration and Farm Bill conservation program promotion.

Denn summarizes "If you are interested in protecting, restoring, and enhancing wildlife habitat in Stearns County, we hope to see you at our Pheasant Forever annual banquet." Additional information for the Stearns County Pheasants Forever Chapter banquet is available on the web at www.stearnspf.org or on our Facebook page.

Pheasants Forever is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. The Stearns County Chapter is one of more than 600 local chapters completing more than 25,000 projects annually.