“No, I’m Not a Pheasants Forever Member”
As we roll across the prairie into the fourth state of our five state Rooster Road Trip, we’ve encountered wild flushing birds, sunny skies, crisp winds and friendly faces throughout. However, one startling theme has shown itself in gravel roadside conversations with fellow hunters; “No, I’m not a Pheasants Forever member.”
One prime example of this happened while we were loading up our dogs next to a WIHA area in Kansas. A pair of veteran uplanders pulled upside us with a brace of English Pointers and a Brittany and proceeded with the typical hunter pleasantries.
Our conversation quickly turned to bird numbers and one of the gentlemen brought up Pheasants Forever’s Pheasant Hunting Forecast and some of the habitat work that’s taken place in the area. Naturally we asked if they were members of our organization. “No, I’m not a member or anything, I just like reading some of their stuff.” “Well, why aren’t you a member then?” I quizzically responded. The driver of the truck looked up from filing down his nails and all too quickly said “Because there’s no birds where we’re from.”
So what comes first, the chicken or the egg? One membership won’t magically make birds appear at the end of your driveway, but everyone’s collective membership does in fact make a profound difference. With nearly 90 cents out of every dollar raised going toward Pheasants Forever’s wildlife habitat mission, I’ll let you do the math for a 130,000 member organization. Finding $35 dollars (a portion of which tax deductable) to spend once a year on a membership isn’t asking too much when it comes to supporting the wild places we all know and love.
If you’ve made it this far, chances are you enjoy the entertainment value of Rooster Road Trip and the wildlife conservation work Pheasants Forever is dedicated to. So let me ask you this, “Are you a Pheasants Forever member?”
The Over/Under blog is written by Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever’s Marketing Specialist.
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