Posts Tagged ‘pheasants forever’

Dog of the Day: “Gunner”

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Gunner

“Gunner” is Jacob Case’s 8-week-old English pointer. “The day we got him, he was pointing to his toy!”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

PF Sets Up Shop in South Dakota with New Regional HQ

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Last month, Pheasants Forever announced plans to open a regional headquarters in South Dakota. Today, we’re proud to announce we’ve got a new address at the South Dakota Innovation Center located in the Research Park at South Dakota State University (SDSU).

Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever’s long-time Vice President of Government Affairs, has moved to Brookings, South Dakota and is excited about the Innovation Center. “When you think about opening up a brand new office, things like copy machines and coffee makers aren’t items at the forefront of your mind. In the Innovation Center, we’ve found the perfect setting for meetings with our partners and an environment conducive to our success. This facility has all the amenities necessary to get our operations off the ground in a hurry, so Pheasants Forever can stay focused on the real problem of turning the tide for habitat,” explained Nomsen.

“The Growth Partnership is excited to provide the space to facilitate collaboration between Pheasants Forever, SDSU, the region and the state of South Dakota,” said Dwaine Chapel, Executive Director of the Innovation Center. “Pheasants Forever will provide enhanced opportunity to connect with campus research associated with biosciences. Research partnerships provide solid connectivity between faculty while providing intern and career opportunities to students. The Research Park concept is designed to encourage these relationships. It is great to be a part of the first regional headquarters for Pheasants Forever.”

Contact Pheasants Forever’s South Dakota Regional Office:
2301 Research Park Way
Suite 152
Brookings, SD 57006

Dave Nomsen
(605) 864-8138
Email

Field Notes are compiled by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.

Bird Dogs, Baseball and Bucks with Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Pheasants Forever, the Minnesota Twins and Brian Dozier announced a fun partnership to raise money for upland habitat this summer.  The Twins have set aside 500 tickets to the game on Friday, August 15th in “Dozier’s Deck” that include a camouflage jersey t-shirt featuring Dozier’s name and number in blaze orange.  A portion of each ticket sold will then be donated to Pheasants Forever’s wildlife habitat conservation mission.

Dozier DeckShirtDozier is more than just an emerging cornerstone slugging second baseman (he recently competed in the MLB All Star Game Home run Derby), he’s an avid outdoorsman. “It’s my favorite hobby…my wife says I do it more than I should,” he says of his passion for hunting. The Mississippi native grew up pursuing deer (harvesting his first when he was 6-years-old) and divvies his outdoor pursuits between bowhunting whitetails, wingshooting for doves and ducks and calling in turkeys.

Like most hunters who have invested countless hours outdoors, Dozier has an appreciation for the land and spends time on the habitat side of the ledger at his family’s property, including planting food plots and brush management. It’s work that’s led to the creation of a couple honey holes. “When hunting with my nephew or with kids, we’re always guaranteed to see something,” Dozier says.

The lengthy 162-game schedule cuts into the early part of autumn – see, there’s a downside to being a big leaguer – a time when many hunters are first heading afield. But on both his Twins ball club and many opposing teams, Dozier finds the company of those who share his love of the outdoors. “Like when we play the White Sox, Gordon Beckham (Chicago’s second baseman) will be texting me his trail cam pics. It’s like that around the league.” Dozier says outfielder Josh Willingham and pitchers Brian Duensing, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins are his outdoor-oriented teammates on the Twins roster.

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (middle) is an avid bow hunter and wingshooter.

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (middle) is an avid bow hunter and wingshooter.

Last offseason, a new 12 gauge Benelli found its way into Dozier’s collection – shh, his wife doesn’t know yet – and he has plans to finally add pheasants to his list of species hunted in the coming offseason. And he knows one thing will inevitably lead to another. “In the next couple years I’m looking at getting a dog,” Dozier says. This interest has been spurred by hunting with his father-in-law’s pair of competition-trained Labs. “I’ve really loved hunting with them, they’re excellent retrievers and really good at blood tracking.”

He looks to finish the baseball season just as he started it – on a tear. He currently leads the Twins in home runs and runs batted in, and has been among the league leaders in runs scored all season. Then it’s on with deer hunting plans in Mississippi, a return trip to Illinois’ famed Pike County for a bow hunt and that first pheasant hunt; Dozier lives a life of two seasons – the regular season and hunting season.

There will also be the task of performing on his promotional night against the Kansas City Royals, one Dozier is looking forward to. “They got a lot of city boys on that team,” Dozier said with his southern accent and a big grin.

Pheasants Forever would sincerely like to thank Brian Dozier and the Minnesota Twins for helping raise awareness for our wildlife habitat conservation mission. Pheasants, ducks, grouse, quail, deer, turkeys, water quality, pollinators and every person in Twins Territory benefit from the wildlife habitat we create. Hope to see you at the game.

Minnesota Twins Ticket Information

Game Info: Friday, August 15th.  7:10PM game versus the Kansas City Royals at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis

Special Pheasants Forever Promotion: Skyline Deck Ticket + Dozier Camo Jersey T-shirt:  $35.  Order online at www.twinsbaseball.com/dozierdeck

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Call 800-33-TWINS (hit “0” for attendant) by Friday, August 8th.  Phone lines are open during business hours and most evenings and weekends during Twins games. Be sure to reference Dozier’s Deck ticket offer. Seats are available on a first come, first served base, and demand for these tickets will likely go very fast!

Photos courtesy of the Minnesota Twins

Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.

Dog of the Day: “Dandy”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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“Without fail, every day when I telework, my 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer Yankee Doodle ‘Dandy’ stops by my office to remember last year’s hunt,” says Ted Hagert of Antioch, Ill., “Hopefully, this fall will be the year we finally complete the double and take home two roosters from one flush.”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Minnesota: Apply Now for Mentored Upland Bird Hunts

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Families and youth can apply now for an opportunity to hunt with experienced upland bird hunters on Saturday, Oct. 18.

The mentored hunts are being offered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Pheasants Forever and the Ruffed Grouse Society. The application deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 2.

“Those new to bird hunting can learn techniques, equipment needs and the skills to be safe and successful in the outdoors,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator.

In the youth hunt, youth must be 12-17 years old as of Oct. 18, have earned a firearms safety certificate and possess a small game license if required. Youth must have a parent, guardian or adult authorized by a parent or guardian accompany them as a mentor, without a firearm. The adult must also go with the youth during the pre-hunt orientation.

In the family hunt, all participants can hunt, but they need to be 12 and older, have little to no pheasant hunting experience, and have the appropriate safety certificate, stamp and license.

Applications and more details about the hunt are available online at www.mndnr.gov/discover or by contacting Kurre at 651-259-5193 or michael.kurre@state.mn.us. Successful applicants will be notified via mail or email by the end of September.

Field Notes are compiled by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.

Dog of the Day: “Alley”

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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“Alley,” affectionately known as Alleygirl, was the best pheasant hunting dog Kerry Pettit ever had. “She never lost a bird,” Kerry says of Alley, who passed away last year at the age of 13. Pictured with Kerry (above) are his sons, Gaige and Zander.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Nadeleine”

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Mountain Star Nadeleine, shown here at a training session, is Sandy Klein’s Irish red and white setter.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Reed”

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Drew Murphy has been working on retrieving drills with his new golden retriever pup, “Reed.”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Stella”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Garrett Mikrut and his 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer, “Stella,” found these ruffed grouse last season. “She pointed one bird 100 yards in the woods. When I approached, the grouse flushed and Stella retrieved the bird.  On the way back to the trail, Stella pointed the second grouse and she retrieved that one as well,” Mikrut says.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Max”

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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“Max” was Donald Armstrong’s 7-year-old German shorthaired pointer. Unfortunately, Max passed away following a car accident earlier this year. “He was a great pheasant dog and good duck dog in the blind,” Armstrong says.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.