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East Lansing, Mich. – May 5, 2009 – Starting in August 2009, the Ingham County (Michigan) Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF) will be giving away 52 guns – one per week for an entire year – in an effort to increase funding for the chapter’s upland habitat work. Tickets for the raffle are on sale now for $52 each. A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold, or one gun for every 19 tickets sold, and only 250 tickets remain!

The impressive gun list includes firearms by Weatherby, Benelli, Browning, Beretta, Remington, Ruger, Winchester and more. Winning ticket numbers will be placed back into the pool of tickets, so by purchasing just one ticket, you’ll have a chance to win every week! Winning tickets will be determined by the Michigan “Wednesday Evening” Daily 3 Game starting August 5, 2009. You can purchase tickets directly over the phone by calling (800) 974-2650 or visit www.PF467.org for complete 52-gun raffle details and to purchase tickets.

“For the cost of one dollar per week, you can have a chance at winning some firearms that make great additions to any collection,” said Kent Ballard, vice president of Ingham County PF, “Most importantly, this gives our chapter the opportunity to raise funds that stand to benefit upland birds and wildlife right here in Ingham County.”

PF empowers local and county chapters 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. As a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy. In 2008, the Ingham County Pheasants Forever planted over 1,700 acres of habitat in Ingham County, and in two years had planted a total of 3,800 acres in the county – all work made possible by unique fundraising methods such as the 52-gun raffle.

Michigan’s 38 PF chapters consist of over 8,800 PF members. Those chapters have spent $6.2 million to improve Michigan wildlife habitat, completing 57,000 habitat projects benefitting over 393,000 acres for wildlife. For more information about Pheasants Forever in Michigan, to start or join an existing chapter, contact Mike Parker, PF Regional Wildlife Biologist, at (517) 896-4178 or via email at mparker@pheasantsforever.org.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 130,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

For additional information about Pheasants Forever, please visit www.PheasantsForever.org