The Nobles County chapter of Pheasants Forever was the top-spending chapter in the nation in 2014, investing more than $1.3 million into wildlife habitat conservation projects.

 The chapter was recognized at Pheasant Forever’s annual Pheasant Fest, held last weekend in Des Moines. Since inception, the chapter has contributed $4.8 million to complete 223 wildlife habitat projects, helping to improve habitat conditions for pheasants and other wildlife on 6,877 acres.

 The non-profit group’s Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic was held in Des Moines over the weekend, and drew 22,654 people. The annual national convention and outdoor tradeshow heads to Kansas City, Mo., in 2016.

 Last year, the event, held in Milwaukee, attracted 21,000. Pheasant Fest  drew 28,855 in 2013 when it was held in Minneapolis for the group’s 30th anniversary.

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