Find Your Own “Path to the Uplands” at Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic

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Visit this dynamic seminar stage to become, or become a better, upland bird hunter

By Colby Kerber, Hunting Heritage Program Manager for PF & QF



My deep connection to land and wildlife dates to my early years when I spent countless hours exploring the family farm that I was so deeply rooted in. But none of my childhood memories were spent fishing, hunting or camping with friends and loved ones. To many people, including those closest to me, hunting is a distant concept.

Fortunately, today I am a passionate sportsman because willing outdoor mentors empowered me to be. It all changed one frosty morning on a public Wildlife Management Area, as I was entranced by the sunrise over a spread of duck decoys. The trajectory of my life was forever changed. I am humbled by and thankful for those mentors who encouraged and taught me along the way.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are committed to saving the outdoor lifestyle by creating more hunters. Why? Because conservation is dependent on The Habitat Mission succeeding. As a national organization with local impact through our volunteer base, we continually strive to provide opportunities for chapter leaders, members and supporters to engage new audiences and impact our mission together. This is where the Path to the Uplands stage comes into play…

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Back by popular demand, this unique Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic stage presented by ALPS OutdoorZ will serve as a platform for dynamic individuals to share their passion for upland bird hunting and the wide-open spaces that is provided by upland wildlife habitat.

The dynamic Path to the Uplands stage will bring together well-known speakers from across the country with presentations from Dave Miller of CZ-USA, Durrell Smith of the Sporting Life Notebook, Eric Morris of NonTypical Outdoorsman TV, Sam Soholt of Public Tees, Travis Frank of the Flush, Tina Dokken of Tina Dokken Unleashed and Pheasants Forever editor Tom Carpenter.

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Featured organizations include NAVHDA, onX Hunt, Modern Carnivore, ALPS OutdoorZ and Minority Outdoor Alliance. As part of the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever national Women on the Wing initiative, the stage will also showcase seminars from Hannah Hayes, Holly Mauslein and Renee Tomala that focus on unique ways to inspire women and provide opportunities into upland hunting.

Recruiting, retaining, and reactivating hunter-conservationists is a team effort and it takes passionate people stepping up to the plate to preserve our outdoor lifestyle. Be bold, try something new, have fun. We’ll see you at the Path to the Uplands stage!



Friday

2:00

Women on the Wing: Geared Up!
Renee Tomala, PF & QF Senior Field Representative
 

2:30

Share a Meal - Grow the Hunt
Mark Norquist, Modern Carnivore
 

3:00

Upland 101 - Getting Started in Upland Bird Hunting
Tom Carpenter, Pheasants Forever Editor
 

3:30

Inspiring New Diverse Hunters Through Upland Bird Hunting
Eric Morris, NonTypical Outdoorsman TV
 

4:00

Experiencing the Thrill of a Well Trained Versatile Hunting Dog
North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA)
 

4:30

E-Scouting for Public Land Pheasants
Ben Brettingen, onX Hunt
 

5:00

Shot Performance from Different Chokes, Loads and Gauges
Dave Miller, CZ USA Field Sports
 

5:30

The Social Hunter: Building Community Through Hunting
Holly Mauslein, Nebraska PF & QF
 


Saturday

10:00

Falconry: Conservation in Flight
Hannah Hayes, North Dakota PF & QF
 

10:30

Women on the Wing: Geared Up!
Renee Tomala, PF & QF Senior Field Representative
 

11:00

Hunter Turned Conservation Advocate
Sam Soholt, Public Land Tees
 

11:30

Raising a Family in the Outdoors
Travis Frank, The Flush TV
 

12:00

Upland 101 - Getting Started in Upland Bird Hunting
Tom Carpenter, Pheasants Forever Editor
 

12:30

Bringing the Unlikely to the Uplands
Durrell Smith, Minority Outdoor Alliance & Sporting Life Notebook
 

1:00

Share a Meal - Grow the Hunt
Mark Norquist, Modern Carnivore
 

1:30

E-Scouting for Public Land Pheasants
Ben Brettingen, onX Hunt
 

2:00

For the Love of Dogs & Hunting
Tina Dokken, YouTube Series: Tina Dokken Unleashed
 

2:30

Inspiring New Diverse Hunters Through Upland Bird Hunting
Eric Morris, NonTypical Outdoorsman TV
 

3:00

Shot Performance from Different Chokes, Loads and Gauges
Dave Miller, CZ USA Field Sports
 

3:30

Experiencing the Thrill of a Well Trained Versatile Hunting Dog
North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA)
 

4:00

Mentoring 101 - Save the Outdoor Lifestyle
ALPS OutdoorZ
 


Sunday

10:00

Upland 101 - Getting Started in Upland Bird Hunting
Tom Carpenter, Pheasants Forever Editor
 

10:30

Mentoring 101 - Save the Outdoor Lifestyle
ALPS OutdoorZ
 

11:00

Bringing the Unlikely to the Uplands
Durrell Smith, Minority Outdoor Alliance & Sporting Life Notebook
 

11:30

For the Love of Dogs & Hunting
Tina Dokken, YouTube Series: Tina Dokken Unleashed
 

12:00

Shot Performance from Different Chokes, Loads and Gauges
Dave Miller, CZ USA Field Sports
 

12:30

E-Scouting for Public Land Pheasants
Ben Brettingen, onX Hunt
 

1:00

Inspiring New Diverse Hunters Through Upland Bird Hunting
Eric Morris, NonTypical Outdoorsman TV
 

1:30

Falconry: Conservation in Flight
Hannah Hayes, North Dakota PF & QF
 

2:00

The Social Hunter: Building Community Through Hunting
Holly Mauslein, Nebraska PF & QF

 


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.