Welcome to Central Pennsylvania's Pheasants Forever Chapter website. Our mission statement is as follows:
"The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever was founded in March 2008 to restore local wildlife habitat in Centre and surrounding counties. Our goal is to restore wetlands, streams, stream buffers and uplands with a focus on restoring upland bird habitat and establishing a local, huntable wild pheasant population."
Use the links to the left to learn about the National Conservation organization, our local projects, and our Chapter events. Also, new this year, check out our Pheasant Trapper, Jesse's YouTube site to see him in action! If you have additional questions, please contact one of the Officers or the webmaster. Click here to check out the National Pheasants Forever website.
Volunteers Needed! If you are interested in becoming a committee member, let one of the current Officers know or call Jesse at (814) 598-9789.. We need help planning chapter events such as our Membership Banquet, youth events, clay shoots or other fundraising events. Can you plant trees or run a tractor? We need volunteers to assist in our habitat restoration projects as well.
Our meetings take place in different places around the Centre region, typically on Thursday evenings. If you'd like to join us, please contact one of the Officers.
Completion of the State Game Lands 333 Project
The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently completed a native prairie restoration project on State Game Lands 333 in Centre County. Nearly 60 acres of upland habitat was restored adjacent to Interstate 99 near Shiloh Road. The chapter provided the grass seed which included a mixture of switchgrass, big bluestem, Indiangrass and wildflowers as well as labor to plant them. NWTF provided seed to plant cool-season buffers around the grass fields. The Game Commission provided a tractor, grass drill and labor as well. Other partners included the Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who also provided labor, a tractor and grass drill. A similar project was also completed by the partners in Clearfield County on SGL 59 where 30 acres were planted. The restoration projects will provide habitat for upland birds, mammals pollinating insects and other native wildlife.
Wing Ding and Wild Pheasant Talk: On Thursday, September 25, 2014 the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold a Wing Ding and Wild Pheasant Talk at the Old Fort American Legion. Chapter President Jesse Putnam will talk about Pennsylvania’s Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas (WPRAs). Over the last six years, Jesse has been trapping wild pheasants in South Dakota and Montana and transferring them to the four WPRAs in Pennsylvania. There will be all-you-can eat chicken wings, raffles and prizes. Cost is $15 / person. Doors will open at 5:30 PM and the Wild Pheasant Talk will begin at 6:30. Proceeds will benefit local habitat restoration such as the native grass planting on SGL 333. To make a reservation, or for more details, e-mail Jesse at email@example.com , or call him at 814-598-9789. You can also visit the website at www.centralpapheasants.org .
Youth Pheasant Hunt: The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever and the Fox Gap Rod and Gun Club will hold an upland bird Youth Hunt at the club in Rebersburg on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Interested participants must be 12 to 16 years old and write an essay on what upland bird hunting means to them. Send the essay to Central PA Pheasants Forever, P.O. Box 509, Lemont, PA 16851. Four teams of two kids each will be selected to participate in the Youth Hunt by members of Penn State’s Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The selection will take place on October 5 and winners will be notified by phone. Winners will receive a guided upland bird hunt and lunch. For details, e-mail Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.centralpapheasants.org . Registration Form
Membership Banquet: Our next Membership Banquet will be held in March 2015 at the Mountain View Country Club. More information to follow.
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