WASHINGTON – Pheasants Forever (PF) will host its fifth National Pheasant Fest this February 6-8, 2009 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.  Union sportsmen who attend will receive a $2 discount on admission upon showing their union membership card and could win a pheasant hunt when they join the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA).

Nearly 30,000 people attended National Pheasant Fest in the Twin Cities last January, and the event has become the nation’s largest event for upland hunters, farmers, sport dog owners and wildlife habitat conservationists.  The family-oriented trade show offers a variety of exhibits, youth attractions and seminars on pheasant hunting, habitat improvement, shooting sports, dog training, wild game cooking and more.

Pheasants Forever has a strong presence in Wisconsin, which is home to 30 PF chapters who have completed more than 15,800 habitat projects in the state.  Pheasants Forever is also one of the leading conservation groups that make up the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), a coalition of conservation groups, labor unions and individuals working to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.  In 2007, the TRCP launched the USA, a hunting and fishing club exclusively for union members, retirees and their families.

The TRCP-USA will have a booth at National Pheasant Fest to distribute information about its conservation efforts and the union-dedicated hunting and fishing club.  Union members who join the USA on-site for a $25 annual membership will be entered in a drawing at the show for a top-notch pheasant hunting trip for two in the fall of 2009.

“National Pheasant Fest is a must-see event for outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen, and Wisconsin can boast having hundreds of thousands of them, many of whom are union members,” said PF President and CEO Howard Vincent.

“The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, which has grown to nearly 8,000 members in one year, is a great way for union members to get involved with PF and other hunting and fishing organizations to help conserve and enjoy these traditional outdoor sports,” said Jim Klatt, USA regional Coordinator.

Admission to the public event is $10 for a one-day pass and $30 for a three-day pass that includes membership in Pheasants Forever and a PF hat.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.  The USA is a non-political, hunting and fishing club of the TRCP exclusively for union members, retirees and their families.

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