Pheasants Forever’s Rooster Road Trip — an annual pheasant hunting trip dedicated to showcasing public upland habitat and access — has added a new twist to the upcoming expedition. This year pits “Team Pointer” versus “Team Flusher” in a battle of bird dog supremacy. Follow the Pheasants Forever hunters and their bird dogs online November 3rd through November 12th to watch the friendly competition unfold as the two teams hunt only publicly accessible land in six states.
Once again, the Rooster Road Trip will visit lands Pheasants Forever has played a significant role in opening up to public access, either through land purchase, restoration, or legislation. The effort focuses on how important pheasant hunters who join Pheasants Forever as members are to creating and improving publicly accessible habitat. In fact, any follower who joins Pheasants Forever as a member online through the Rooster Road Trip webpage from the start of the trip until November 14th will receive an exclusive Browning bonus item (a different item each week) and be entered to win a new Browning Citori 725 over/under 20 gauge shotgun (in addition to the standard benefits of Pheasants Forever membership).
Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s online editor, and his English cocker spaniel, “Sprig,” along with Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever’s marketing manager, and his Labrador retriever, “Beau,” will join up with Pheasants Forever chapter members and hunt in North Dakota on November 3rd followed by South Dakota and Minnesota.
Bob St. Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s vice president of marketing, and his German shorthaired pointers, “Trammell” and “Esky,” along with Elsa Gallagher, Pheasants Forever’s state coordinator for Missouri, and her dogs “Rooster,” “Pike” and “Ginny” will hunt first in Colorado followed by Kansas and Nebraska. Team Pointer starts on Monday, Nov. 10th.
The good-natured competition will tally Team Flusher’s productive flushes against Team Pointer’s productive points. “It will be fun to stoke this age-old debate during this year’s Rooster Road Trip, but we already know the real winners – anyone who loves chasing roosters,” says Anthony Hauck, “This trip ultimately puts a spotlight on Pheasants Forever’s successful projects, just some of the more than 170,000 acres the organization has helped permanently conserve, a number we’re adding acres to every year.”
“The Rooster Road Trip is a fun way to illustrate the power of volunteer engagement in the cause of conservation,” added Vavra. “Last year’s Rooster Road Trip generated more than 500 new Pheasants Forever members and tens of thousands of sponsorship dollars for the organization’s conservation mission. We’re optimistic this year’s effort will be an even bigger success, ultimately leading to more habitat access for future generations of pheasant hunters.”
Follow Pheasants Forever’s Rooster Road Trip 2014 online at:
Rooster Road Trip 2014 Sponsors
Rooster Road Trip 2014 sponsors include Apple Autos, Browning, Federal Premium Ammunition, Garmin, Irish Setter, Leer, Zeiss, North Dakota Tourism, Explore Minnesota, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Nebraska Game and Parks, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.
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 140,000 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.