2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Banquet

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever has announced conservationist and public lands advocate, Steven Rinella, as the featured speaker for National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2018 coming to the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls on February 16, 17 & 18.

Rinella will deliver the keynote address to a crowd of more than 1,000 members and supporters at the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Banquet on Saturday evening, February 17th.

Early bird registration available now for nation’s largest upland hunting & habitat event.

Steven Rinella is an avid outdoorsman, writer, television host and staunch public lands advocate who makes a living amongst America’s national forests, grasslands, and sage flats that belong to hunters from all walks of life – the nation’s public lands system. He is the author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, and recently published, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter.

Rinella’s writing has also appeared in many publications, including Outside, Field and Stream, the New Yorker, Glamour, the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Salon.com, O the Oprah Magazine, Bowhunter, and the annual anthologies Best American Travel Writing and Best Food Writing. In 2010, Rinella hosted “The Wild Within” on Travel Channel. Currently, he is the host of “MeatEater” on Sportsman Channel.

“Upland hunters are an indispensable factor for the nation’s conservation successes and iconic grassland landscapes that remain a focal point of public lands in North America,” expressed Rinella. “Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever members recognize that conservation is not a luxury in the 21st century, but a responsibility amongst the outdoor community. I look forward to sharing the weekend in Sioux Falls with devoted conservationists and discussing the important work carried out by ‘The Habitat Organization’ which is helping to reinvigorate Aldo Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ in our country.”

National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2018, presented by Federal Premium® Ammunition, will be the nation’s largest tradeshow and convention for upland hunters, landowners, bird dog trainers, and wildlife habitat conservationists. Additionally, the event will celebrate Pheasants Forever’s 35th anniversary and conservation impacts since the organization’s inception. Purchase your Saturday night banquet (2/17) tickets now for a chance to hear Steven Rinella and take part in the nation’s largest event for upland hunters: Early Bird Registration now available through December 1st.

About Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 145,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $708 million on 517,000 habitat projects benefiting 15.8 million acres nationwide.

Harvest More Bucks & Birds

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever has partnered with South Dakota State University to offer a Precision Ag Workshop as part of the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic.

Scheduled to begin on Friday, February 16th at 10 a.m. within the Denny Sanford Premier Center, the workshop is designed specifically for farmers, precision specialists, agronomists and Ag lenders, focusing on maximizing return-on-investment (ROI) for every acre on the farm while also improving wildlife habitat. Highlighting the event is Betsy Jibben, national reporter for AgDay and SDSU alum, serving as Master of Ceremonies and moderator of a farmer panel.

The Precision Ag Workshop will help producers identify new strategies to be profitable in their operations by focusing on ROI, acre by acre, to identify field zones where implementing conservation and alternative practices actually increases whole field profitability. The workshop strives to shift a perception that profitability and conservation are competitive – this viewpoint is especially important for South Dakota, a state which is dominated by agriculture and renowned for its natural resources, including wingshooting opportunities each fall.

Dr. Bill Gibbons, Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU says, “Pheasants Forever is a great partner in helping to build strong bridges between farmers and sportsmen, thereby serving both agriculture and conservation interests. This workshop on precision agriculture will focus on how new technologies will both enhance environmental sustainability and conservation, while contributing to profitable and efficient agricultural production to feed a hungry world.”

Sign-up now available, workshop limited to first 200 registrants.

Cost: Event registration is $35 and includes a one-year Pheasants Forever membership, lunch, entry for a Henry Golden Boy Farmer Edition Rifle, and daily admission to the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic show floor.

Speakers: The event will include a panel of Midwest producers and Precision professionals, SDSU President Barry Dunn, and Howard Vincent, PF/QF President and CEO.

The 2018 Precision Ag Workshop is sponsored by Wells Fargo, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, EFC Systems Inc., AgDNA, FieldRevealTM and Certified Crop Advisor®, which will offer Continuing Education Units for workshop completion.

For more information about the event including registration, presenters, or to speak with a Precision Ag Specialist, contact Ryan Heiniger, Pheasants Forever’s Director of Agriculture & Conservation Innovations, at (319) 768-8348 or RHeiniger@PheasantsForever.Org.

About Quail Forever

Quail Forever is a leading organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation efforts for the United States’ native quail species. Since its creation in 2005, Quail Forever has conducted more than 8,500 habitat projects across the nation benefitting quail and other wildlife. Along with its affiliate organization Pheasants Forever, it has committed more than $708 million to improve more than 15.8 million acres of wildlife habitat. Quail Forever has more than 16,000 members and 165 local chapters across the country. Both Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever are part of Pheasants Forever, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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