Dear Supporter of the Central PA Chapter of Pheasants Forever,
The Chapter would like to thank you for your continuing support. This past spring banquet raised the most funds to-date. As a result, the chapter was able to continue our habitat mission and our outreach to youth hunters this fall on October 7, 2023.
The Chapter has completed the habitat work on State Game Land 333. This year, chapter volunteers removed 250 trees and shrubs and sprayed 11 acres to prepare the acreage for planting of switchgrass and pollinators on the acreage. The work was completed in April and May. We will share photos of the project with you at our banquet on March 23, 2024.
With the success of the 2023 banquet, the chapter realized that in order to grow the banquet we needed a larger venue. The Banquet Committee has decided to move the banquet to Good Shepherd Church. The facilities at Good Shepherd Church are larger and can comfortably handle 200 attendees plus the tables of prizes. The chapter has contracted with Bonfire Barbecue to serve as our caterer. We have used Bonfire Barbecue to cater our youth pheasant hunt event. The feedback on the food was exceptionable.
The move will also enable the Chapter to keep the ticket for the 2024 banquet the same as the 2023 banquet. Please mark the date of March 23, 2024 on your calendar!
Habitat Restoration on State Game Land 333
Many of you have noticed the newly planted fields and the restoration signs while hunting this fall at State Game Land 333 in Centre County. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter, along with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completed two upland restoration projects there, and anticipate improved habitat on the Game Land this year. In late May, the Chapter provided herbicide to the Game Commission who sprayed the plots. Soon after, the USFWS’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife crew and Central Pennsylvania chapter members mowed the standing dead vegetation including patches of autumn olive and Tartarian honeysuckle. The Pheasants Forever crew, including chapter volunteers, then planted 13 acres of native grasses and forbs, and another 8 acres of native wildflowers and grasses using the Service’s Truax seed drill. Following a dry summer, foxtail dominated both stands; however, we anticipate switchgrass, big bluestem and Indian grass next year, along with wildflowers including black-eyed Susans, coneflower, coreopsis and bee balm. The structure of these stands will provide excellent cover for pheasants, other upland birds, and mammals. In addition, the increased insect activity in these stands will provide abundant food, while vastly increasing pollinator habitat at the Game Land.
The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its Thirteenth Annual Membership Banquet on March 23, 2023. We will once again hold our event at the Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg.
Early Bird Mugs must be purchased March 1, 2023.
Ticket Options Are:
-Business or Group Sponsor Membership $590: includes (4) dinners, recognition in the program, (2) First Tier Ticket Mug ($200 value), (2) entries in the exclusive sponsor raffle (minimum prize valued at $300), (2) chances to win one of three Ticket Mug Giveaways and (2), one-year Pheasants Forever memberships.
-Sponsor Membership $295: includes two dinners, recognition in the program, one First Tier Ticket Mug ($100 value), one entry in the exclusive sponsor raffle (minimum prize valued at $300), one chance to win one of three Ticket Mug Giveaways, and one, one-year Pheasants Forever membership.
-Single Membership $80: includes (1) dinner ticket and a one-year Pheasants Forever membership.
-Spouse Ticket $40: includes (1) dinner ticket for your spouse
-Youth 12-18 years old $30: includes (1) dinner ticket and a one-year Ringneck membership.
-Youth Under 12 years old $15: includes (1) dinner ticket and a one-year Ringneck membership.
-Meal Ticket $40: For Life Members only.
-Table of 10: e-mail Chip Brown at email@example.com with all names by March 24, 2023
Purchase an ad in the banquet program: Full Page $100, ½ Page for $50, and ¼ Page for $25
If you wish to sign up by mail, please send a check to:
Central Pennsylvania Pheasants Forever Chapter 855
Mark Thomas, 239 Fox Gap Rd., Rebersburg, PA 16872
On October 1, 2022, eighteen youth participated in the Central Pennsylvania Chapter’s Youth Pheasant Hunt at Pointer Haven in Rebersburg. The day of fun started when the first group of six hunters arrived promptly at 7:30 AM, with safety instruction and clay bird shooting shortly after. Then off to fields of switchgrass and big bluestem they went for real birds – each group of two hunters working with a dog and a handler, plus two mentors. After the hunt, it was time for stories. There was also a presentation about the life cycle of pheasants and the importance of grassland and pollinator habitat and how to restore it. The highlight was an excellent lunch of beef brisket and pulled pork by Bonfire Old-Fashioned BBQ. The second group of hunters followed at 9:30 and the third group at 11:30. A big thank you to all the volunteers that made this happen plus the many sponsors from our spring banquet, and our donors including Big Dawg’s Plumbing and Heating, Mahogany Ridge Game Farm, Bryant and Carson Law Firm, Tom Jeffries, the Penn State Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Millheim Small Engine, and as always, our host, Pointer Haven Lodge.
Doug & Lisa Deibler
Larry John Haag
Tom and Shirley Jeffries
Terrence W. Yoder
State Game Land 333 which we have been sponsoring for the past 5 years. State Game Land 333 is located in Centre County on property previously owned by Rockview Penitentiary near Shiloh Road. The Game Commission has been managing a large portion of the Game Land for upland birds including ring-necked pheasants. The chapter has been assisting by providing labor, a tractor, a seed drill, herbicide and grass and pollinator seed.
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, Indian-grass 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.