Posts Tagged ‘Pheasants Forever Journal’
Monday, July 9th, 2012
These six photos were selected as “Editor’s Picks” in Pheasants Forever’s first-ever Puppy Photo Contest. Look for these great shots, along with the Puppy Photo Contest Winners – Fan Selections, to appear in the the Pheasants Forever Journal. Special thanks to SportDOG for sponsoring PF’s first annual Puppy Photo Contest!
Editor’s Pick #1 – Michael Thomas
Editor’s Pick #2 – Kat Pippitt
Editor’s Pick #3 – Lizanne Walters Speligene
Editor’s Pick #4 – Michelle Tiedeman-Wehr
Editor’s Pick #5 – Shane Roper
Editor’s Pick Honorable Mention – Dennis Hammett
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
These five winning photos were selected based on the number of fan “Likes” in Pheasants Forever’s first-ever Puppy Photo Contest. Five additional photos from the more than 500 submissions will be selected as “Editor’s Picks” to appear in the Pheasants Forever Journal. Special thanks to SportDOG for sponsoring PF’s first annual Puppy Photo Contest!
Grand Prize Winner – Adam DeLude (receives a SportDOG TEK-V1LT (TEK GPS location+e-collar training collar)
First Prize Winner – Erin Lynes (receives a two-month supply of SportDOG Canine Athlete Nutrition Products)
Fan First Choice – Kerrie Tatarka
Fan Second Choice – Noah Bodner
Fan Third Choice – Marcella Booij
Monday, June 11th, 2012
Get ready for a fun tour of the best public spots to pheasant hunt, the nation’s top pheasant destinations, an early hunting forecast and much more!
Pheasants Forever Journal’s Pheasant Hunting Preview issue has evolved into the pheasant season’s opening shot, providing our members an exclusive heads up on the coming season.
The issue, which is unlike the year’s other four issues in that it focuses almost exclusively on pheasant hunting, opens with a forecast of nesting conditions in the nation’s top pheasant states – a portend of what you’ll see when you turn the dogs loose come October.
Then, check out gun dog columnist Tom Davis’ unique “barrel” training method to get your gun dog ready for fall, a pheasant hunt planning piece by veteran wingshooter Ron Spomer and shooting columnist John Taylor’s great stories on the truth about pheasant ammo and improving your shooting using instinct.
Next, we give you our “Top 25 Pheasant Hunting Destinations” around the country. This piece garnered a lot of attention on our website and from the cities mentioned. Then we stir things up a bit with some point/counterpoints by the experts on what gun and dog is best for pheasant hunting. (What do you think?)
As if that’s not enough to get you pumped up, we bring you color diagrams of the six best pheasant hunting approaches for two hunters. Try these techniques out at some of the best Pheasants Forever-enhanced habitats around the country detailed in the story “Publicly Speaking – PF Public Hunting Hot Spots.” To wrap it all up, we have a great story by professional chef Hank Shaw on preparing a pheasant “shore lunch” afield.
The Pheasant Hunting Preview issue includes the new Pheasants Forever MarketPlace featuring all the new upland gear for the year, and a story on all the new merchandise that will be available at PF chapter banquets around the country this fall (and by the way, it’s all “Made in the U.S.A.!”). Finally, the issue includes the new Goods & Services section for the year where you can check out private pheasant hunting lodges, hunting gear, gun dog breeders, habitat planting equipment and more. Enjoy.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
The cover for the upcoming Summer 2012 issue of the Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation is of Bill Mitchell’s dog, “Chase.” Why? South Dakota’s Mitchell rescued “Chase” from a shelter. Look for the feature about Mitchell’s hunting lodge that uses these rescue dogs for his pheasant hunting guests.
- Our Bird Dog Special Section covers gear and training, including one unique technique using a barrel. Speaking of gun dogs, Wyoming’s Chris Madson penned a great little story on human’s 30,000-year relationship with canines.
- Montana’s Don Thomas always writes a great pheasant hunting tale, but this time gives it a twist. Thomas and a young friend both needed new hunting partners and found them in each other. Fellow Montanan Dave Books zeros in on hunting small habitats – good thing given the huge loss of large-field CRP lands these days.
- You’ll enjoy reading the continuing Pheasant Country Explorer series and the good pheasant hunt I had with Minnesota’s Big Stone County PF chapter last December – and how its volunteers are working to keep it that way.
- PF and conservation partners in North Dakota are working hard to pass dedicated wildlife habitat funding by tapping into the billions being made in the state’s massive new oil fields.
Friday, December 30th, 2011
Pheasants Forever Life Member John Surma from Kountze, Texas thinks very highly of Pheasants Forever’s wildlife habitat conservation mission, enough that he’s purchased PF Life Memberships for his niece and nephews. Five-year-old Mateo, and two-year-old twins, Marco and Emilia, were gifted Life Memberships, and the trio proudly wear their Rudy the Rooster (PF’s youth mascot) stocking caps. No matter where life takes these youngsters, they’ll always receive the Pheasants Forever Journal!
For more information about Pheasants Forever Life Membership – at any age – visit www.pheasantsforever.org/join.
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
There is some great advice in the upcoming Winter Issue of the Pheasants Forever Journal (mailed Oct. 26) for the pheasant hunter, including:
- Pheasants Forever’s “Gun Dogs” writer Tom Davis, out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, penned a great piece for us on late season hunting, but his advice applies to any time of year. One simple tip: Don’t approach public areas from the parking lot like everybody else. You’ll find out the proper “how to” from Tom in a couple weeks.
- Frequent Pheasants Forever shooting contributor John Taylor will provide some good tips on coated ammo, what it’s good for and what it’s not.
- Idaho writer and outdoor celeb Ron Spomer gives a rare, detailed look at wing shooting in Argentina. (One thought: Don’t bring a .28 gauge.)
- Look for our first “Wild Game Cooking” special section. Hey, cooking is getting bigger all the time, and far be it for us to miss a fun trend. The pictures alone will have you drooling.
- On the conservation side, check out Dave Smith’s inside look at where the country’s marquee upland habitat effort, the Conservation Reserve Program, is heading.
As I do each fall, I’ll be visiting and hunting upland birds with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters in west central Minnesota, western Iowa, central Kansas, central Texas, far southwest Nebraska, eastern North Dakota and a unique Pheasants Forever project on the south end of South Dakota’s Black Hills. We’ve told you how pheasant numbers are down this year, but don’t count out our chapter’s ability to find the birds anyway. I’m hoping for a good year.
The Winter Issue of the Pheasants Forever Journal is only for current Pheasants Forever members. Expired or non-members have until October 15 to join Pheasants Forever and ensure they receive it. To check on your membership status, call Pheasants Forever toll free at (877) 773-2070.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
While spring is seemingly having a hard time “springing” in most parts of pheasant country, summer can’t be far off. In fact, the Summer 2011 issue of the Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation mails today.
The first thing readers will notice is the original cover artwork. The Brittany pup was created by Atlanta, Georgia, artist Peggy Watkins, and represents the first time since the Winter 2008 issue that art has appeared on the cover. Prior to that, artwork last appeared on the cover for the Fall 2002 issue.
Now back to the Brittany. Making its first appearance on the Pheasants Forever Journal cover in 5 years, the Brit is representing all sporting dog breeds, as this issue contains a Sporting Dog Special Section. Check it out for training tips (especially timely if you’re the lucky owner of a new pup) and new bird dog gear.
In addition to a pheasant hunting photo essay, upland hunters will also enjoy Pheasants Forever Journal Editor Mark Herwig’s entry “Woodcock Conservation” about hunting and getting to know the American Woodcock (a thicker preview can be found at Mark’s blog). There are some surprising similarities between woodcock and pheasants, which is why it makes the grade for the pheasant publication.
Finally, conservation policy wonks can dig in to “Celebrating CRP’s 25th Anniversary” and “Will WRP Survive Congressional Cuts?” These programs – the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) – do as much for pheasants and pheasant hunters as any, so if you aren’t already, this is a prime opportunity to become familiar.
The next issue of the Pheasants Forever Journal will be the highly anticipated Pheasant Hunting Preview edition slated for later this summer. Don’t miss an issue, so if it’s time to join or renew your Pheasants Forever membership, call toll free at (877) 773-2070 or do so right here at the Pheasants Forever website.
Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
In college, I ran off a streak of more than two consecutive weeks without washing my hair. It began as a bet amongst roomies, but what they didn’t know is I’d have done it without chance at a payday. I enjoy getting dirty.
Now slightly tamed by reality, the partial appeal of hunting and fishing is the chance to be a big kid, get outside and collect grime. My reprieve this summer was a one-week trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This remote, serene location helped cleanse my mind… but that was all it cleansed. While I deteriorated into the dirt bag of the trip, my uncle and two cousins stayed almost scrubbed for surgery in their Columbia Sportswear Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) shirts and pants which featured Columbia’s Omni technologies. Underneath my filth, sweat, sunscreen, mosquito bites, fish gut stains and food stains was an antiseptic mind that was jealous.
Luckily for me, Columbia and Pheasants Forever have partnered for a new addition to Pheasants Forever’s store, the blaze orange Columbia Shooting Shirt B&G Superlight. The “B&G” stands for Blood ‘N Guts, as in Columbia’s Omni-Shield Blood ‘N Guts technology that “resists guts and releases bloodstains, keeping you clean and protected in the wild.”
The one drawback to this Blood ‘N Guts science is that bird hunters wear the rag tag look with a sense of pride. Lucky hunting caps remain charmed by staying a safe distance from the wash room. Outerwear becomes so soiled and rank that panhandling doesn’t appear far off. Like a baseball player with a dirty uniform, the well worn look says “I know how to play the game.” My first trip on assignment for the Pheasants Forever Journal three years ago was to hunt with the Peaceful Valley PF chapter in northwest North Dakota. I’d just acquired a new upland wardrobe, and my biggest fear was the chapter members would take one look at my bright, shiny and blood-less attire and laugh me all the way back to the Twin Cities.
They didn’t, and we had a great time. Hey, the clothes don’t make the man. So I’ll give the new Columbia shooting shirt a try, and try harder to see if I can actually get it dirty.