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Madison, Wis. – January 6, 2009 – Pheasants Forever (PF) announces special attractions highlighting Rudy’s Youth Village at National Pheasant Fest 2009 presented by Cabela’s. The event will take place February 6, 7 & 8 at Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Rudy’s Youth Village offers activities aimed at keeping families entertained, educated and enthusiastic about conservation and the outdoors, including archery and air rifle ranges, a casting booth and the immensely popular Laser Shot Booth!

Rudy’s Youth Village – named after PF’s loveable youth mascot – is one of the many great reasons for families to attend National Pheasant Fest 2009 and is going to feature an exciting mix of new activities and some familiar favorites:
•    Sharpen up your firearm handling skills while taking part in the Mock Pheasant Hunt
•    Have fun with Wisconsin DNR Conservation Officers at the Laser Shot Booth
•    Challenge friends and family to some friendly competition at the Crosman Air Rifle Range
•    Demonstrate your casting accuracy at the Casting Booth
•    Test your skills at the Archery Range

In addition to Rudy’s Youth Village, families will have the chance to explore the Ringneck Activity Center. To make sure there is something for every age group, the Ringneck Activity Center will provide opportunities to:
•    Create your own Rudy the Rooster Button and meet Rudy himself!
•    Complete an outdoor craft with the help of the PF National Youth Leadership Council members
•    Learn about dog care & training with Boomer, a real life bird dog
•    Create some wildlife art with staff from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
•    Make a plaster cast of your favorite animal track – a pheasant of course!
•    Don’t leave Rudy’s Youth Village without taking advantage of the Pheasant Fest Special Ringneck Membership Offer. For the special price of $15, you will receive a 1-year membership that includes a subscription to Upland Tales (4 issues), membership card and decal and a special gift!

The Youth Village will also showcase PF’s new No Child Left Indoors™  initiative. This initiative is part of a national movement aimed at getting youth unplugged from electronics and turned on to the outdoors, nature and wildlife. “This year’s Youth Village will truly be an amazing experience,” said Rich Wissink, PF’s Youth Program Specialist, “We have such a wide range of fun and educational activities that people are going to find it hard to leave. More importantly, the Youth Village has something for everyone, making it a must-stop destination for the entire family.”

National Pheasant Fest 2009 presented by Cabela’s will combine a national consumer show, habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns, and art. In fact, the Fest promises to be the country’s largest event for upland hunters, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists.

For the special price of $30, a National Pheasant Fest 2009 advance ticket package includes three-day weekend admission to National Pheasant Fest 2009 ($30 value), 1-year membership to Pheasants Forever ($30 value) which includes a subscription to the Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation (5 issues), membership card and decal, and a free Pheasants Forever hat ($16.95 value) which you can pick up at National Pheasant Fest. Single day tickets to the event will sell for $10 at the show, and the annual PF membership alone is $30. In other words, purchasing advance tickets to National Pheasant Fest is a $77 value at less than half the price, a savings of over 60 percent! To order tickets and for more information, log onto www.PheasantFest.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 129,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

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