Hendricks, Minn. – Pheasant hunters and conservationists have formed a new Pheasants Forever chapter in Hendricks, Minnesota. Known as the Hendricks Chapter of Pheasants Forever, the new group has identified supporting Minnesota’s Build a Wildlife Area campaign as its top priority, and looks to create new public hunting and outdoor recreation areas in Lincoln County.
“We formed as a group of friends and fellow sportsmen and women to improve wildlife habitat,” said Jason Markkula, the chapter’s president, “With the current decline of Conservation Reserve Program acres, we felt the need to take action to support the wildlife habitat around Hendricks.”
As a Pheasants Forever chapter, the Hendricks group will decide how 100 percent of their fundraising dollars are spent. Pheasants Forever is unique among national conservation organizations in that its chapters operate through this truly grassroots structure. This financial model puts local chapters in complete control of how to allocate their funds, allowing them to see the benefits of their conservation leadership in their own communities while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy.
“This chapter is located in the heart of pheasant country and there is a ton of good work that can be done,” explained Scott Roemhildt, Regional Representative for Pheasants Forever in southern Minnesota, “The chapter leaders and volunteers of the Hendricks group have a great passion for the conservation cause and they really believe in the mission of Pheasants Forever. Their enthusiasm to increase public awareness and to expand the access to quality public hunting lands means these individuals will truly make a positive impact for this community that will last for generations to come.”
The Hendricks Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its first event, an open house and gun raffle, on Saturday, August 29th from 5 PM – 8 PM at the Bank Inn Hunting Lodge. The Hendricks Chapter of Pheasants Forever has also elected Alden Olsen of Hendricks as habitat chair; Aaron Morseth of Hendricks as youth/education chair; Travis Olsen of Hendricks as treasurer; and Keith Johnson as banquet chairman. The chapter meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Bank Inn Hunting Lodge in Hendricks. For more information about the chapter, contact Jason Markkula at (612) 309-2513 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information on Pheasants Forever in southern Minnesota, to start a chapter or join one of the state’s existing chapters, contact Scott Roemhildt, Pheasants Forever Regional Representative, at (507) 327-9785 or via email at SRoemhildt@pheasantsforever.org . Find more information online at www.MinnesotaPF.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. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 125,000 members in 750 local chapters across the continent.
For additional information about Pheasants Forever, please visit www.PheasantsForever.org .