Bird Dog Parade Kicks Off National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Next Week

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Plan to arrive early on Friday, the parade starts one hour BEFORE the general showroom floor opens. You don't want to miss it!

One week from today, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s annual Bird Dog Parade will once again kickoff the 2022 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic. This annual show-stopper will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11 within the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The parade will open the three-day event which runs from Friday, March 11, to Sunday, March 13.

At 11 a.m. on Friday, a crowd will gather in the CHI Health Center to see flushers, pointers, setters, retrievers and more, led by their owners, in the grand opening of the nation’s largest upland event. The Bird Dog Parade is presented by Purina Pro Plan and South Dakota Tourism.

MeatEater’s Ryan Callaghan and his lab “Snort” will be the grand marshals of this year’s parade. Callaghan is MeatEater’s director of conservation and the host of the Cal’s Week in Review podcast.

Priding itself on showcasing the diversity that exists among our beloved sporting dog breeds, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever uses the event to pay tribute to these amazing four-legged companions. Below is a list of the breeds registered for this year.

Bird Dog Parade Breed List

American Cocker Spaniel
Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (Cesky Fousek)
Boykin Spaniel
Bracco Italiano
Braque Dar Auvergne
Brittany
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Deutsch Drathaar
Deutsch Kurzhaar
Deutsch Langhaar
Deutsch Wachtelhund
English Cocker Spaniel
English Pointer
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
Epagnuel Breton (French Brittany)
Flat Coated Retriever – Liver
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Irish Setter
Kleine Munsterlander
Labrador Retriever – Black
Labrador Retriever – British
Labrador Retriever – Chocolate
Labrador Retriever – Yellow
Large Munsterlander
Llewellin Setter
Mixed Breed (Bird Dog Rescue) – We have a Husky/Shepherd/Lab/10% Wolf mix
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Pudelpointer
Small Munsterlander
Spinone Italiano
Standard Poodle
Vizsla
Wiemaraner (Standard Coat)
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Vizsla
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Parade registration is now closed after hitting the max limit on bird dogs for 2022. The parade coordinator, Alexa, can be reached for any additional questions by phone at (612) 578-1783 or by email at apudil@pheasantsforever.org. Additional event details can be found here.

Parade check-in will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11 at the CHI Health Center. Each dog owner/walker along with their bird dog will walk the parade route, stopping on the parade stage where the owner’s name, dog’s name and breed will be announced before each group continues to the show floor. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes.


The 2022 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic will take place at CHI Health Center in Omaha on March 11-13. Tickets and more information can be found at: PheasantFest.org.