As I shoveled my truck out from a foot of fresh snow this morning, a smile came across my face as I remembered pitchers and catchers report to spring training this week. Yes, winter still has its icy grip on pheasant country, but not for much longer. Another clear indicator of spring's approach is the activity at your local banquet hall. February, March and April are the months of banquet season on the Pheasants Forever calendar.
Nearly two-thirds of all our members join Pheasants Forever during the spring banquet season. As a non-profit conservation organization, our entire existence flows from members. Members are the dirty fingernails that plant habitat. Members are the mentors that introduce a new generation to our hunting traditions and land ethic. And, members are the votes our elected officials pursue with conservation policy decisions. Plus, Pheasants Forever boasts the unique model in which our local chapters are empowered with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent - the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.
So what Pheasants Forever banquet will you be attending this spring? Consider this your invitation to join our conservation cause.
I'll be emceeing Scott County Pheasants Forever's 25th Anniversary Banquet this Thursday in Jordan, Minnesota. When I checked this morning, there were only 18 tickets left available. If you'd like to join the fun and buy tickets, call Stacy at 612.202.6119. Hope to see you there!
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever's Vice President of Marketing.