Commemorative MN Pheasant Stamp Poster
Limited edition poster celebrates 25 years of habitat enhancement
Saint Paul, Minn. - January 09 -
Be one of the first 2,500 attendees through the gate at Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest on Sunday, January 20th, 2008, and you’ll receive a special collector's poster commemorating 25 years of the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp.
All 25 Minnesota Pheasant Stamps – from 1983 through 2007 – are featured on the special collector's poster. The limited number of posters are available to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors on Sunday open at 10 AM at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
National Pheasant Fest presented by Cabela's provides a forum to celebrate Pheasants Forever's 25th Anniversary. PF's first-ever goal was passing the Minnesota Pheasant Stamp to help raise funds for pheasant habitat restoration. PF's first publication, a newsletter entitled "Rooster Tales," encouraged the then 500 PF members to push for passage of the Stamp.
The support worked, and today the Pheasant Stamp is required of all Minnesota pheasant hunters ages 18 through 64. Pheasant Stamp sales generate money for habitat enhancement efforts on both public and private lands in the pheasant range of Minnesota. In its 25 years of existence, total sales of the Minnesota Pheasant Stamp have surpassed 2.6 million, and the Stamp has raised over $14.6 million for habitat enhancement impacting over 200,000 acres of private & public habitats.
"We've come a long ways in 25 years," said Dennis Simon, wildlife chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "In 2007, pheasant hunters purchased more than 129,000 pheasant stamps generating nearly $1 million in revenue for pheasant-related efforts. We thank all pheasant hunters for their contributions and the founders of Pheasants Forever for a powerful vision."
In addition to the habitat funding the Stamp creates, it also provides an outlet for some of the nation's finest artists to showcase their work. Twenty-one artists have had their work appear on the Minnesota Pheasant Stamp, including Minnesotans such as Scott Storm, James Meger and the three Hautman brothers – James, Robert and Joseph.
For the special price of $30, a National Pheasant Fest advance ticket includes floor admission for the entire three-day weekend, as well as a one-year membership to Pheasants Forever. The PF membership includes a free PF hat (a $17 value), a subscription to the Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation (5 issues) and PF member card and decal. Purchasing advance tickets to National Pheasant Fest is a $77 value at less than half the price, a savings of over 60 percent! Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet (find links at www.NationalPheasantFest.org) or by calling (651)989-5151. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Saint Paul RiverCentre Box Office (located in the southeast lobby of Xcel Energy Center). Adult daily tickets are $10 and youth ages 6-16 are $5.Youth under 5 are free.
National Pheasant Fest 2008 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 more information about National Pheasant Fest 2008 presented by Cabela's, please contact Pheasants Forever toll free at (877)773-2070 or log onto www.NationalPheasantFest.org.
Anthony Hauck (651)209-4972
Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants, quail and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike.