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Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever

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.

Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever

Welcome To Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever

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!

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2020 Annual Banquet

2020 Annual Banquet

Our 2020 20th Annual Banquet was held on Saturday February 22, 2020 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Austin. 

Thank you to all our loyal Pheasant Phans & supporters who joined us this and every year for this great time.  Thank you also to our loyal and hardworking committee members and the Austin High School Clay Target team who worked so hard to make this year's event a tremendous success.

We recounted many of the events of the past 20 years reflected on what our organization has been doing to "Foster and Maintain a Legacy of Habitat Conservation and Preservation for Future Generations."  

We shared some highlights of 2020 and especially enjoyed recapping the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener.  This event shined a bright light on our city, our local PF chapter and helped us all feel so very grateful for great outdoor recreation we all enjoy living in Austin MN.

Thank you once again to all who joined us.  

If not for YOU, we could not do the good work we do.  


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2019 - 5th Annual Hunt For A Cure - Check Presentation

2019 - 5th Annual Hunt For A Cure - Check Presentation

On December 19th of 2019 we presented a check for $3,500 to the Hormel Cancer Research Center from the proceeds of our 5th Annual Hunt For A Cure Fundraising Event for the Hormel Cancer Research Center, which was held on Saturday October 19th, 2019.

We truly enjoy being able to support this "World Class" cancer research center and continue the fight to eradicate the scourge of cancer in our lifetime.

Here is a link to this year's event photos: 2019 4th Annual Hunt For a Cure Photos 

2019 - 5th Annual Hunt For A Cure

2019 - 5th Annual Hunt For A Cure

The 2019 5th Annual Hunt For A Cure was held Saturday October 19th, at Three Arrows Hunting Preserve in LeRoy. What a great day it ended up being!

We started out with a little rain but, it didn't dampen the spirits of all those who participated and helped us to raise much needed funds to support cancer research in our area. 100% of our proceeds will go directly to the Hormel Cancer Research Center.

We have so many people we want to thank:

First and foremost, Absolute Energy of Lisle MN, our corporate sponsor again for this year's event.

All of our PF Chapter members who worked so hard on this event and the Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener last week. Your dedication and cooperation is truly inspiring.

Ben Jacobson and the staff at Three Arrows Hunting Preserve. Couldn't have done this event without you all.

Paul Kirtz and Diamond Tents and Tables of Adams for the huge tent and tables and chairs the set up for us. Sure helped keep us dry in the morning with the rain.

All the media outlets who helped us promote our event.

The many donors who gave us the best silent auction we have ever had for the Hunt For A Cure.

But especially, we wanted to thank all or our participants who came out to hunt with us and support the cause. With your help we are able to donate to the Hormel Cancer Research Center in their efforts to cure cancer in our lifetime.

A few pictures are include below but if you want to see all the pics, click on this link to our website:…/1156-2019-5th-annual…/

If you left click on the thumbs, you can view in larger viewer. If you would like to have one of the imaged, "Right Click" and save to your hard drive.

Should you wish to purchase any of the Hunt For A Cure merchandise or anything from the Minnesota Governors Pheasant Hunting Opener, send us a note at our website at this link:

Thank you again to all who helped make our 2019 5th Annual Hunt For A Cure a great success.

Here is a link to KIMT's coverage of the event:

Here is a link to KTTC's coverage of the event:

Mark your calendars for the first week in October 2020 for the 6th Annual Hunt For A Cure. It will be a great tune up for you and your dogs the week before next year's pheasant opener.

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2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

Planning is underway for the ninth annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener, being held October 11-12, 2019. This year’s event is being hosted for the first time by Austin, located in the southeastern part of the state.

I thank the people of Austin for graciously offering to host the 2019 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “The Pheasant Opener has become a special Minnesota tradition, made possible by our tremendous host communities. I look forward to another fantastic opener in Austin this year.”

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Austin was selected through an application process that considered hunting land in the area, event facilities and community support. With the recent resurgence in the pheasant population in the Austin area, now is the perfect time to showcase this hunting resource. Austin’s outdoors heritage also includes the Cedar River State Water Trail, grasslands, State parks, nearby state recreational trails. Austin has 13 miles of paved bike trails in town and the over 500 acre Jay C. Hormel Nature Center consisting of restored prairie grasslands, woodlands and a new interactive interpretive center.   

 “We’re very excited to host the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener,” said Sandy Forstner, chairman of the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener committee in Austin. “This will be a great way to showcase not only the many hunting opportunities available surrounding Austin, but also the wide range of tourism opportunities in the immediate area.” 

In addition to pheasant hunting, the weekend event will include a public dedication of Murphy Lake Wildlife Management Area north of Austin, and a Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet. Information and updates will be available at

 Initiated by Governor Dayton in 2011, this annual event has become a tradition that highlights the local hunting, recreational, and tourism opportunities host communities have to offer. This is the first Pheasant Hunting Opener for Gov. Walz as Governor, however, he’s attended previous openers as an invited guest.

Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are assisting local partners in planning the event.


Follow along for social media updates using the hashtags #MNGPHO2019 and #OnlyinMN.


2019 Annual Donations

2019 Annual Donations

We are very happy to inform you that the Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever Chapter #670 has been able to show our appreciation and financial support to several local area youth organizations.  Since March 2019, we have donated $2500 to three local area shooting sports youth organizations.
The Austin High School "Clay Breakers" clay target team, the Southland High School Clay Target Team and the 4-H Shooting Sports Teams have been the beneficiaries of much needed funds our organization was able to provide.
We hope these monies will go a long way in providing the needed equipment and accessories that approximately 150 area youth on these teams need to learn proper safety and shooting skills for our this sport.
We are proud to be associated with upstanding young individuals as we strive to "Promote A Legacy of Habitat Conservation for Future Generations.

2019 Annual Scholarship Award

2019 Annual Scholarship Award

We would like to extend our CONGRATULATIONS to Kolton Arndorfer, of LeRoy, for being awarded the 2019 Mower County Habitat and Pheasants Forever's Annual Scholarship.

Kolton was picked from several other well deserving candidates in Mower County area this year, based on his involvement in community volunteer programs as well as his school academic, sports and agricultural activities.

Kolton will be attending The University of Wisconsin River-Falls in the fall pursuing an Agricultural degree.

Please join us in wishing Kolton the very best in his endeavors.

(Jamie Surdy - President of Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever Chapter #670 presents the 2019 PF Annual Scholarship Award of $1,000 to Kolton Arndorfer of LeRoy.)

2019 Banquet UPDATE

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.


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2018 Hunt For A Cure

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.

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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!

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2018 8th Annual Youth Hunt

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.  

Sponsored by mower County HABITAT & Pheasants Forever  #670

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