Why isn’t every pheasant hunter a member of PF?
I worked the Pheasants Forever booth at the Minnesota State Fair this week. I really enjoyed meeting and visiting with people and we signed up a fair number of new members. It was especially rewarding to have someone come by and say “I’m a life member!” It was also fun to have someone say, “I don’t know about your organization” and then give us a chance to tell him or her about our mission, our chapters and the work our volunteers do for habitat and youth. Many signed up after hearing our spiel.
What bothered me are the few who walked by the booth, made a point of saying, “I love pheasant hunting!” but had no interest in learning more about Pheasants Forever and our habitat efforts benefiting their very passion. I couldn’t help it, but when one guy was so uninterested, I called after him, “We have pheasants because of Pheasants Forever!”
Is it too much to think that people should be willing to pay $35 for a membership in an organization that makes sure they can enjoy what they love to do? I know they pay a lot more for their ammunition, hunting gear, licenses and travel to hunt pheasants. I know I’m prejudiced about the job we do to make sure the Farm Bill includes funding for conservation practices, the grants we seek for habitat projects and the work we do to bring along the next generation of conservationists. I just don’t understand why so many pheasant hunters, 2 million of them in fact, are so short sighted. I hope their vision is better when they are shooting the birds!
Are you reading this and aren’t a member yet? Here’s a hint and a special offer: http://www.pfstore.org/?main_page=product_info&products_id=1224
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