Welcome to the internet home of the Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever. A Local Pheasants Forever Chapter in Minnesota. Pheasants Forever (PF) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America. Read more about PF and our chapter.
Welcome to our website for Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever Chapter #670. Our website is designed to keep our chapter members and the public updated with the current happenings, as well provide an opportunity to those individuals who are interested in joining Pheasants Forever to do so. Our main goal is to "Promote A Legacy of Habitat Conservation for Future Generations."
We received the 2012 Minnesota State Conservation Excellence Award for putting $1,000,000 into habitat and habitat programs in Mower County. Please take a moment to explore our website and discover more about Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever. You'll find detailed information on all our activities and upcoming events. If you are interested in becoming a member,we welcome you to connect with with us. ENJOY!
Feeding wild pheasants during rough winter
Our “Harsh winter is bringing on questions about feeding wild pheasants. Remember that habitat is the effective long-term solution! The key to carrying pheasants through the winter is quality thermal habitat. While this may provide no consolation this winter, consider that resources spent on establishing high-quality winter cover will yield far greater results and the best winter survival rates down the road. The lesson to be learned from a tough winter is the need to plant more high quality thermal cover this spring.
Start your thermal habitat planning - shelter belts, wetland (think cattails) restorations and food & cover plots - now! “More than anything, feeding is reactionary to the winter, when the best thing we can do is be proactive about improving quality habitat,” says Rick Young, Pheasants Forever's Vice President of Field Operations. “Unfortunately, many well-intentioned people who provide corn and other grains as food sources actually harm pheasants more than they help them.” Why NOT to Feed Pheasants: The biggest reason to shy away from feeding pheasants is that feeders attract predators and expose pheasants to death by predation. Feeders give predators a focus point similar to a bait pile. In fact, it is rare for a pheasant to starve, but death by freezing can be common.
Poorly-placed feeders may draw the pheasants out and away from their protective winter cover and cause birds to congregate and expend energy competing for food. Instead of saving birds, this actually adds to freezing deaths.”2019 19th Annual Banquet has come once again with nice snow storm. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all our loyal Pheasant Fans & supporters who braved the elements and joined us for this great time.
2019 Banquet UPDATE
Our 2019 19th Annual Banquet has come once again with nice snow storm. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all our loyal Pheasant Fans & supporters who braved the elements and joined us for this great time.
We want to thank our Sponsors, our faithful members, and all the committee members who worked so hard to put this year's event on.
Special shout out to Landherr Labradors for their generous donation of a beautiful "Snow" Lab (fitting for this year) that put the icing on the cake for our banquet.
2018 Hunt For A Cure
Our 2018 4th Annual Hunt For A Cure Fundraiser for the Hormel Cancer Research Center was a great success this year. We presented a check to the Hormel Cancer Research Center for $6,000 on November 9, 2018. This year's event was attended by over 75 hunters, guests and PF members.
Pictured here from L-R:
David Hagen - Past President Pheasants Forever, Rick Schwarck - CEO Absolute Energy, Dr. Zigang Dong - Exec. Dir. The Hormel Institute, Davin Alan - Marketing Director Pheasants Forever, Dr. Rick Brown - Research Section Leader The Hormel Institute and Jamie Surdy - President Pheasants Forever.
Click this link to read an Austin Daily Herald article: https://www.austindailyherald.com/2018/11/photo-hunt-for-a-cure-gives-to-institute/
Through the help of our corporate sponsor Absolute Energy and your involvement and support we were able to eclipse our last years' donation amount by several thousand dollars.
Please mark your calendars for the 1st Saturday in October 2019 when to help us raise even more money for the Hormel Cancer Research Center in hopes of eradicating cancer in our lifetime.
Help us raise awareness and funds for cancer research right here in our own community!
2018 8th Annual Youth Hunt
Our 2018 8th Annual Youth Hunt is in the books. What a great time we had with our area youth in the pheasant fields. The event, held October 20, 2018 this year, had 30 youth hunter participants and a total of 75 total participants with adult guides, dog handlers and PF Staff. Big thanks to all our volunteer dog handlers and the staff at Three Arrows Game Preserve for helping to make our youth event a big success.