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2017 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic Presented by Federal Premium Ammunition

Hosted By: Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
February 17, 2017 to February 19, 2017
Daily Admission – Buy One, Get One Free!

Valid for Single Day Admission Only on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. 
** Email Confirmation after purchase is your Receipt. Purchaser must provide printed copy of this email confirmation at main ticket gate to receive admission tickets.  

2017 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic Presented by Federal Premium Ammunition
February 17-19, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN
Whatever your passion-whether it’s pheasants or quail, conservation, bird dogs, shooting, cooking wild game, or passing on our hunting heritage to the next generation, Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic has something for you!
Displays and Exhibits include:
– Product representatives from today’s leading manufacturers 
– Guides and Outfitters
– Firearms and Archery Dealers 
– Wildlife and Conservation Organizations
– Dog Trainers and Kennels
– Landowner Habitat Help Room 
– Rudy’s Youth Village
– Boats, Trucks, Trailers, RV’s, ATV’s and more! 
Don’t forget to Join us on Friday and Saturday night for an evening of live entertainment, raffles, games and prizes! 
Bird Hunter’s Friday Night Banquet (Hyatt Rgency):
Western themed for Gary West’s top-rated Johnny Cash Tribute Show.
Strap on your boots and belt buckles for this one! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with live and silent auction items, raffles, and games for prizes. 
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Saturday Night Banquet:
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with live and silent auction items, raffles, and games for prizes. More information coming soon! 

2017 Annual Banquet – April 1st – Mountain View Country Club

STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its Eighth Annual Membership Banquet on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Mountain View Country Club, 100 Elks Club Rd., Boalsburg, PA.  Doors will open at 5:30 PM with dinner at 6:30 PM.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Michelotti, Veterinarian at Centre Animal Hospital in State College.  He will talk about first aid for your hunting dog.   

Last year’s banquet was a huge success. We increased attendance by 20%, and gave away 9 firearms, 3 all-expenses paid upland bird hunts, 5 wildlife prints, and over a hundred other raffle prizes including items from Pheasants Forever and local businesses. Our goal is to make 2017’s banquet better and give away more prizes. With your help we hope to part ways with at least 10 firearms, 3 upland bird hunts, a couple Yeti coolers, several wildlife prints, raffle items such as chainsaws, Orvis hunting chaps, hunting vests, hundreds of shotgun shells, dog supplies, adult beverages, gift cards for local businesses, prizes for ladies and kids, and much, much more.

With the funds raised from the previous banquet and help from our conservation partners last year, we restored 51 acres of upland nesting cover plus 15 acres of wetlands and over 3 miles of stream habitat. We also hosted a beginner and youth pheasant hunt, and a dog training seminar with instructor Lisa Price. 

Tickets options are: 

– Individual cost $75 and include (1) dinner and (1) one-year membership in Pheasants Forever.  

– Couples Tickets $95 and include (2) dinners and (1) one-year membership in Pheasants Forever. 

– Individual Sponsor Tickets $280 and include (2) dinners, (1) one-year membership in Pheasants Forever, recognition in the program and a gift, (10) strips of raffle tickets ($200 value), (1) entry into the exclusive sponsor raffle (minimum prize valued at $150), and (1) chance to win a $300 ticket package.  

– Business or Group Sponsor $560 and include (4) dinners, (2) one-year memberships in Pheasants Forever, recognition in the program and a gift, (20) strips of raffle tickets ($400 value), (2) entries in the exclusive sponsor raffle (minimum prize valued at $150), and (2) chances to win a $300 ticket package.  

A prize will be drawn from the sponsor raffle for every 8 sponsors signed up. Last year we had 24 sponsors in the raffle and gave away three guns. 

Contact Jesse Putnam at 814-598-9789 (call or text) or Mark Thomas 814-241-8748 for more details or pay directly by using PayPal. Tickets are limited to 150. We expect to sell out.


One of the feature prizes for the 2017 Annual Banquet will be a 5 Day South African Hunting Safari, donated by one of our Sponsors, Wild Wildebeest Safaris

Check out their video. It will get anyone excited for a South African Hunt.

2016 Year End Summary

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter (855) collaborated with the Central Pennsylvania Habitat Forever Crew, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and private landowners on several projects this year.

Our work continued in Penns Valley on the Muddy Creek and Penns Creek riparian buffers by planting shrubs along the stream. We also did maintenance mowing on a 13-acre grassland in a park near Centre Hall, PA. Near State College, volunteers worked on establishing a pollinator plot by spraying invasive poison hemlock along Slab Cabin Run and planting an oats cover. The plot will be planted in a pollinator mix in 2017. We also worked at two local schools to establish pollinator plots. Wetlands were restored and enhanced on two plots in Penns Valley as well. The chapter provided the herbicide for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for approximately 20 acres to establish grassland habitat on State Game Lands 333 in Centre County.

The Fox Gap Rod and Gun Club hosted a Youth Pheasant Hunt with the Penn State Chapter of the Wildlife Society and our chapter – eight kids and eight college-age kids participated. The chapter also hosted a site tour at a stream, riparian, young forest and grassland restoration site at a farm on Penns Creek. Lunch was provided by Woodland Ag. This was held as part of the Pennsylvania State Meeting with chapters from PA and other PF guests on hand.

Dog Training Seminar with Lisa Price – February 25th, 2017

STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever is sponsoring a “Dog Training Seminar with Lisa Price” on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Fox Gap Rod and Gun Club in Rebersburg.

Lisa Price is a pointing dog trainer who focuses on preparing dogs to hunt for their owners and/or participate in AKC Hunt Tests. She has trained dozens of dogs of various breeds to Master Hunter level and has also made a lot of gun dog owners happy with a polished companion. Price is also a writer who has been published in Cabela’s, Gun Dog, Pointing Dog Journal, and the Ruffed Grouse Society magazine. Learn tips at the seminar for training pointing dogs – including staunch pointing, steadiness to flush and shot, honoring (the point of another dog) and retrieving. Lisa will also cover intro to gun fire, birds, the e-collar, plus other topics as requested.

This is a free event for dogs and owners and will be a hands-on, in-the-field experience held rain or shine. Owners should bring their dog, dog crate and basic training gear such as a check-cord and leash. Space is limited to the first 25 participants – registration required.

Fox Gap Rod and Gun Club is located 3.5 miles east of Rebersburg on Route 192. Make a right turn onto Fox Gap Road. Take Fox Gap Road to the dead end. The driveway to the club is on the left.

To reserve a spot, or for more information, call Chip at 814-933-9555 or e-mail him at

2016 Wing Ding and Youth Pheasant Hunt

STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold a Wing Ding on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Old Fort American Legion. The chapter will also present a habitat project update. There will be all-you-can eat chicken wings, raffles and prizes.

Cost is $20 / person. Doors will open at 5:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit local habitat restoration such as the native grass planting and pollinator plot establishment in Central Pennsylvania. To make a reservation, or for more details, call or text Mark Thomas at 814-241-8748.

REBERSBURG, PA – Fox Gap Rod and Gun Club, located in Rebersburg, PA, is hosting a free pheasant hunt for junior hunters ages 12 to 16 on October 8, 2016. The Central PA Chapter of Pheasants Forever and Fox Gap Rod and Gun Club are sponsoring this hunting opportunity, with support from The Pennsylvania State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. No hunting license or prior hunting experience is required to enter. Qualified instructors will teach safe firearms handling, and provide supervised trap shooting before the hunt. Experienced bird dogs and their handlers will guide the hunters on a pheasant hunt. A mentor will accompany each junior hunter to insure safety. A spokesman from Pheasants Forever will discuss conserving and creating habitat for wildlife and hunting. Firearms, ammo, and lunch will be provided for the day.

Parents please have your child write a brief description of his/her interest in learning about hunting and conserving land for wildlife. Send your write-up by September 11, 2016 to: Gary San Julian, 562 Melissa Lane, State College, PA 16801, or: Include your telephone number. Four successful hunters will be selected and notified by phone on September 25. Parents of the junior hunters are encouraged to join their youth in the field as additional mentors.

Don’t miss this chance for a free pheasant hunt!

2015 Year End Summary

During 2015, our chapter planted and restored 36 acres of nesting cover, managed 1 prescribed burn, restored 6.75 acres of wetlands, planted 19 acres of pollinator habitat and planted 7,000 trees and 8,000 shrubs. These projects were all completed by crews and volunteers from Centre, Clinton, Snyder and Union Counties. We are also working on establishing a Wild Pheasant Restoration Area in Penns Valley, like the ones at Central Susquehanna, Pike Run, Somerset, Hegins-Gratz and Cumberland Valley.

Upcoming Events

Our Seventh Annual Membership Banquet will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Mountain View Country Club, 100 Elks Club Rd., Boalsburg, PA. Doors will open at 5:30 PM with dinner at 6:30 PM. The dinner for this year will be a buffet menu featuring a beef carving station.

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.