Position made possible by SDGFP and Sexton Family Foundation
Pheasants Forever is proud to announce the promotion of Isaac Full as the new R3/veterans outreach coordinator for the state of South Dakota. Full will lead Pheasants Forever’s education and outreach efforts in the state, with special emphasis on connecting with families and veterans of the United States military to provide increased awareness of conservation and outdoor recreational opportunities within the state.
Working directly with Pheasants Forever chapter volunteers and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, Full will coordinate, promote, and deliver community-based outdoor education and conservation projects while tracking program results to determine effective strategies for recruiting and retaining outdoorsmen and women. This includes direct communication with veteran’s organizations
“I’ve played witness to the tremendous relief the outdoors can provide a wandering and wounded mind,” Full said. “I have no doubt that creating pathways for youth, families, troubled teens and veterans to build relationships with the outdoors can not only change lives, but ultimately, save them.”
A veteran himself, Full enlisted in the Army in 2007 and trained at Oklahoma’s Fort Sill to become a Field Artillery Tactical Data System Specialist. Following basic and advanced training in his field, he was deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2008 and served one year overseas. In 2011, Full utilized the post 911 GI Bill to enroll in South Dakota State University’s Wildlife and Fisheries Science degree program and was hired by Pheasants Forever upon graduation as a Farm Bill wildlife biologist.
In addition to funding from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Full’s position was made possible by the Sexton Family Foundation – established by Joyce and Bill Sexton with the mission to provide resources for individuals and organizations that have a meaningful influence and empower people to help others – whose ties to military service members remain strong to this day.
“In conversations with Pheasants Forever regarding its historic Call of the Uplands national campaign, we wanted to provide a gift that would have a lasting impact for generations to come. It became apparent right away that this position was a great fit for the Foundation,” said Jim Sexton, Director of the Sexton Family Foundation and a Life Member of Pheasants Forever. “Our family’s goal is to help others find the outdoors and have the same opportunities and resources we did. The fact that this could help a veteran of the military discover upland hunting is that much more special. Our Uncle Dick is currently 92 years old and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. We are making this gift in his honor. We have full confidence that this position and program will help others have the same opportunity that we were so lucky to have.”
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters and partners is dedicated to the protection of our uplands through habitat improvement, public access, education and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent — the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres.