2019 South Metro Pheasants Forever Membership Drive

Everyone who joins or renews their Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever Membership will receive a Raffle Ticket for a chance to win a 12ga Franchi Affinity Shotgun.

To Register go to www.southmetropf.org. Drawing will happen on March 9th, 2019 at the SMPF Banquet.

Need not be present to win!

2019 South Metro Pheasants Forever Signature Gun Raffle

South Metro Denver Pheasants Forever “Signature Gun Raffle”

“Benelli 12 Gauge Ultralight” – Tickets are 1 for $10.00, 3 for $20.00 or 20 for $100.00 CO Raffle Lic # 2019-14146

Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Drawing to be held at 9:30 PM on Saturday March 9th, 2019 at the South Metro Denver Pheasants Forever Banquet. DoubleTree Hotel 7801 E Orchard Rd Greenwood Village, CO. 80111 Need not be present to win!

Spring 2019 Banquet Schedule

Spring banquet season is here! Click here to see what Colorado Pheasant Forever chapters will be having their meeting this spring and see how you can join in on the banquet fun!

High Plains Pheasant Forever Chapter Banquet – February 23, 2019
Bennett VFW, 115 Palmer Ave. Bennett Co 80102
Doors open at 5 PM, Dinner at 6 PM and live auction at 7 PM
Information at http://www.hppf.org/


South Metro Denver Pheasants Forever Banquet – March 9, 2019
DoubleTree Denver Tech Center, 7801 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, Co 80111
Doors open at 5 PM
Information at http://www.southmetropf.org/banquets/


Northern Colorado Pheasants Forever Chapter Banquet
The Ellis Ranch, 2331 Ellis Ranch Lane
Loveland, CO 80538
Information at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eg07w0klf24b7d2b&llr=zqtue5iab

2019 Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic


Don’t miss 2019 Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic February 22-24, 2019 in Schaumburg Illinois. Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is a trade show that will focus on wildlife conservation, upland game bird hunting (pheasant and quail), dog training, and wildlife habitat management and restoration. In connection with the trade show, Pheasants Forever will hold seminars on habitat improvement, pheasant hunting, shooting sports, wild game cooking, dog training, and conservation and lots more!

Click here for more details https://pheasantsforever.org/Pheasant-Fest.aspx

Still Time to Get Outside for the 2018 Pheasant Season!

2018 Pheasant Forecast by Ed Gorman, Small-Game Manager for CPW and video by Jerry Neal, videographer and information specialist for CPW
Posted October 31, 2018
Colorado Outdoors

Colorado pheasant season is still in full effect. Check out the 2018 Colorado pheasant and quail hunting forecast video below. Pheasant hunting tips are also available on Colorado Outdoors Online.

NE Colorado Pheasants Forever Super Raffle

The prizes are a Remington 700 stainless ADL 30-06, a Beretta outlander 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun, a CZ Redhead 12 gauge over/under shotgun, a Benelli Montefeltro 20 gauge semi-auto shotgun, a Franchi Instinct L 28 gauge over/under shotgun, and a Kimber Custom II 1911 handgun in .45. The raffle is limited to 300 tickets, winner need not be present to win. Prizes will be choice if winner is at the banquet or winner will be assigned a prize if they are not present. NO FIREARMS WILL BE GIVEN OUT TO THE WINNERS AT THE DRAWING. Winners will receive information and a certificate stating which firearm they wish claim at our authorized FFL center in Sterling and must pass all required background checks.

Colorado Raffle License number is 2018-13677

1 ticket for $50.00 or 3 Tickets for $100.00

To buy tickets go to: https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/raffle/8444-Northeast-Colorado-Pheasant-Forever-Super-Raffle/

NE Colorado Pheasant Forever Super Raffle

Western Team Welcomes New Member: Nik Wright, Kit Carson County, CO

Nik Wright, Kit Carson CountyNik was born and raised in Lubbock, TX and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Washington in Wildlife Science. Growing up, he loved spending time outdoors and spent many days chasing quail, redfish, and any other game he could find. His experiences hunting and fishing as a child illuminated his passion for conservation and drove him to pursue a career as a wildlife biologist. For his senior thesis, Nik collaborated with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on a project involving the potential reintroduction of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse to the Methow Valley in Okanogan County, WA. Prior to joining Pheasants Forever, he was a deer behavioral analyst for the Predator Ecology Lab at the University of Washington where he studied how the recolonization of northwestern gray wolves is directly and indirectly affecting mule and white-tailed deer behavior. Nik became intimately familiar with the work of Pheasants Forever while assisting and working with landowners in Douglas County, WA on Greater sage-grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse conservation, and is excited to be a part of that positive impact. By working with landowners to develop and implement site-specific wildlife management plans, he hopes to contribute to Pheasants Forever’s mission of conservation to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities he had as a child.

Farewell to a Legend: Colorado’s Jerry Miller Turns in his Seed Mixes

Krysten Strong | Farm Bill Biologist, Pheasants Forever/USDA NRCS/ Wray, CO

Jerry MillerThis spring, after 8 years serving as the Northeastern Colorado Farm Bill Biologist, Jerry Miller hung up his biologist hat and retired to the simple life.

In 2010, Jerry was hired on as Eastern Colorado’s first Farm Bill Biologist with Pheasants Forever. A former forester, Jerry is a native of Northeastern Colorado, who’s family are well known farmers and outdoorsmen in Logan County.

During his 8-year tenure with Pheasants Forever, Jerry changed both the conservation and physical landscape in Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Logan Counties of Northeastern Colorado. Even before his time with Pheasants Forever, Jerry had made it his mission to provide on the ground habitat while protecting the local water and soil resources through tree plantings along Northeast Colorado’s rural waterways. Jerry continued this mission through Pheasants Forever and Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program (PHIP).

As new programs became available locally, Jerry was quick in taking action. As a fellow biologist, you knew you had to step up quick because there was no question that, left to his devices, Jerry would have no trouble in filling any and all available acres.

In his latter years with Pheasants Forever, Jerry took the state and national pollinator initiative to heart, planting thousands of acres of pollinator and monarch habitat through EQIP.

In addition to his on-the-ground habitat implementation, his outreach efforts enabled him to make a more permanent impact on habitat. Each year, Jerry would take part in a number of youth programs, set up a habitat display at every local event he could squeeze in, provided landowner workshops, and assisted in providing conservation training to producers, biologists, and future generations of conservationists.

Jerry’s presence will be missed by the Colorado PF Team, as well as many others. We wish him all the best in his retirement, as no one could deserve it more. After all, there aren’t many people who can say that their legacy has made such an impact on local habitat that it can be viewed from Google Earth!

2018 Banquet Schedule

Friday, November 2nd 2018
Southern Wyoming QF Banquet
Bryon Brockel
Email

Friday, November 9th 2018
NE Colorado PF Banquet
Doors will open at 6:00PM with a “Prime Rib” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Northeastern Junior College-Ballroom
100 College Ave, Sterling, CO 80751
Trent Verquer, Banquet Chair
Ph: 970-556-5784
Click here for more details

Saturday, November 10th 2018
Phillips County PF Banquet
Doors will open at 5:00PM with “Rocky Mountain Oysters” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Phillips County Fairground in Holyoke
Scott Murry and Riley Dubbert, Banquet Chairs
Ph: 970-520-4207
Ph: 970-520-1785

Saturday, November 10th 2018
Yuma County PF Banquet
Doors will open at 5:00PM with “Rocky Mountain Oysters” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Yuma County Ag Building 1 mile north of town on Hwy 59
Matt Hardesty – President
Ph: 970-630-0250

Saturday, November 10th 2018
SE Colorado PF Banquet Doors will open at 5:30PM with a “Chicken Fried Steak” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Eagles Lodge 1220 S Main St Lamar, CO.
Kevin Swanson – President
Ph: 719-688-9866
Lee Lirley – Treasurer
Ph: 719-688-9050

Beer-Can Pheasant

Beer-Can Pheasant
Try this simple recipe courtesy “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” author Hank Shaw, and we swear you will never skin another bird.

Beer can chicken is one of the best ways I know to roast a chicken, especially in summertime, when you can do this recipe on the grill. But, while you can jam a regular beer can into a pheasant, the birds are generally too small. But a Red Bull can will fit. Fill it halfway with beer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 empty Red Bull cans
  • Enough beer to fill half the cans (use any beer you want)
  • 2 whole pheasants
  • 1/4 cup olive oil to coat birds
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Instructions:

  1. Take the pheasants out and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Bring the beer out, too, as you don’t want cold beer in the can.
  2. Prepare your grill for indirect heat. If you are using charcoal, put the coals on one side of the grill, leaving another side free of coals. If you are using a gas grill, fire up only half of the burners.
  3. Rub the pheasants all over with olive oil. Mix the salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl and sprinkle it over the pheasant.
  4. Fill the Red Bull can halfway with beer; it doesn’t matter what kind. Drink the rest of the beer. Put the can inside the pheasants’ cavity and place the pheasants on the cool side of the grill. The legs and the can will act like a tripod to keep the pheasant upright.
  5. Cover the grill and come back in 40 minutes. After that time, check the pheasants and add more coals if needed. Stick a thermometer into the thickest part of the pheasant’s thigh — you want it to read 160 degrees. If it’s not there, close the grill lid and come back in 15 minutes. Keep checking this way until the pheasant is done. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, poke the spot between the leg and breast with a knife and look for the juices to run clear, not pink.
  6. Carefully move the pheasants to a pan. Let them rest for 10 minutes. Carefully lift it off the can and carve up into serving pieces.

Consider brining your pheasants first, especially if it was a wild bird. Mix 1/4 cup of kosher salt with 4 cups of water and add some seasonings: I like bay leaves, rosemary and cracked black pepper. Submerge the pheasant in this brine for 4 to 8 hours, then drain and let sit in the fridge uncovered the next day — this helps you get a crispy skin. After that, you can do this like a regular beer can chicken.

This great recipe, and many others for your upland birds, can be found in small game cookbook “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” by hunter, angler, gardener, cook Hank Shaw.

The book is available through Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever at special chapter pricing. It makes for a great sponsor gift or addition to any cooking package at your next fund raising event.

More info at www.honest-food.net