LCPF Press Release
Approximately 50 tickets for the Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) Spring Banquet, which will be held on Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at The Caboose in Tracy, Minn. remain available for $50, which includes membership in LCPF for one year and the banquet meal. Youth “Ringneck” tickets are $30, and include a youth membership to LCPF and dinner. Other household member dinner tickets are available for just $20, but must be purchased with a membership ticket.
“We’ve seen incredible response to this year’s banquet advertising,” said LCPF President Nick Simonson, “people are excited to be a part of this great celebration of all the great things the chapter has accomplished this year.
Among the high points are LCPF’s acquisition of two wildlife management areas; funding two CTL teams, the most successful mentor hunt in recent memory, a great spring trout fishing program and four free Young Guns shooting days throughout the summer.
“We have some incredible members and sponsors to thank for that, and the local groups with which we partner with are owed a debt of gratitude as well,” said Seth Able, LCPF Youth Coordinator, “the banquet is a great forum to do that, and have a lot of fun on the side.
Tickets for the event are available at Borch’s Sporting Goods gun counter in Marshall, or by contacting committee members including: Kelly Novotny at (507)828-9976, Ron Prorok, LCPF Treasurer at (507)401-6227 or Simonson, at (507)829-9553.
Those individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring the banquet can do so for $250; in return all Sponsors will receive a banquet ticket, be entered into a special Sponsor-only drawing for three top-end CZ shotguns, receive one year of free advertising on the chapter website and be recognized in the banquet program. All underwriters and donors of money or prizes to the event will also be recognized in the banquet program. For more information on sponsorships, underwriting or donations, contact the members listed above.
20-Prize Raffle Sold Out
For the second time in as many years, the popular 20-Prize Guns & Cash Raffle has sold out, netting the chapter $10,000 for its youth programs and habitat projects. With an array of top-end and unique firearms, this year’s ticket was a hot commodity and with help from area businesses Borch’s Sporting Goods and Running’s Farm & Fleet, the chapter sold out of tickets on Feb. 14.
“This was the best line-up of guns we’ve had in the last five years said Dane Tammeus, LCPF Gun Procurement Officer, “having firearms on the ticket that draw in all interests is key to this fundraiser,” he concluded.
20 tickets were withheld from the 1,000 to fulfill requests that come in with each year’s banquet registration, and are often sold on the night of the banquet. But according to LCPF Treasurer, that number has quickly dwindled.
“I’ve got about 8 of those left unspoken for, and I’d bet they’re gone before the banquet,” Prorok stated, “there may be a handful left at Borch’s this last week as well, but odds are, they’re gone too,” he concluded.
By Nick Simonson
One of my earliest memories is of that misty kind shrouded in the fog of early self-awareness. I am looking up to see a man sitting beside me in a boat. The lake is calm, reflecting gray skies above, his head is bent over what he holds in his hands. The boat too is gray; worn wood with paint peeling from the hull.
On the bench seat behind me, the man in the wet olive coat slips a garden worm on a golden Aberdeen hook and flings it over the side. The weight of the red and white bobber slingshots out, carrying the payload over the weedbed where the schools of hungry perch and bluegills wait to pull my bright float under the water.
I know the man’s name is Jake, though I cannot see his face, remember his smile or what color his eyes were. He was a close family friend of my grandparents who would stay with them at their cabin each summer. As soon as I was old enough to hold a spincast combo and until his death a few years later, he served as my first fishing guide.
The stories my grandmother would relate to me of how he sat with me each of those three summers, whether on the dock or in the boat, unhooking sunnies, rebaiting hooks, and helping me learn to fish, started me on the path of becoming a sportsman.
Bruce Lee once said that to achieve immortality we must first live a life worth remembering. Jake lives on, immortalized by the life he led stored within my mental book of outdoor memories, even if the only image I recall is one that appears shrouded in the gray mists of my mind. With him are dozens of others who have impacted my life and my time outdoors, not only in my youth, but throughout my life. And while they have passed on, they have left behind a legacy of love for life and all things living.
They are people like my grandma Alice, now recently departed, with her list of birds in the Audubon’s guide by the window sill at her home on the Western North Dakota Prairie, and my friend Matt and his love of all wildlife, countless stories and the fields of wildflowers that bloom on his land, secured forever in a conservation easement.
Each one of them, whether they spent months with me throughout my life, or maybe just a total of a few days, impacted me in my pursuit of fish and game, and in how I live. Their passion for the outdoors fueled mine, and while I can no longer reach out to them to talk about the eagle I saw on a drive back from the lake, or the clutch of hatched pheasant eggs I discovered on a walk through the grass, they remain with me. They are immortalized through their teachings, through the good lives they led and their investment in my life, in others like me and the natural world around all of us.
It is because of them that I give of my knowledge – some of which originates from each one of them – to others I take into the outdoors.
They are the reason I teach the art of fly tying to the next generation along with the other outdoor skills that were taught to me by friends, grandparents and other relatives. Through my efforts and sharing of information, those who have come before me live on in the smile of a young person trying ice fishing for the first time as it was for me this weekend. His smile and laughter at a crappie coming up through the ice hole, and his pride carrying it around for his family to see were evidence enough of a multi-generational gift of immortality for those who have passed.
This year, let’s decide to live forever. More importantly, let us assure the immortality of all those who took us into the outdoors and taught us something. By sharing what we know with others and with the next generation, whether it’s bass fishing, trapping, lure making, ice fishing, pheasant hunting or one of a hundred other pursuits taught to us by those who came before; they live on and we live on in the memories we make for the next generation and generations to come, whether it’s at the vise, in the blind, on the ice or between the benches of an old wooden boat…in our outdoors.
Nick Simonson is a syndicated outdoors journalist from Marshall, Minn. where he serves as President of Lyon County Pheasants Forever.
National PF Press Release
In 2014, Pheasants Forever, Inc. completed 15,190 wildlife habitat projects and improved habitat for pheasants, quail and other wildlife on 1.4 million acres. In spending $69.2 million on wildlife habitat conservation, public awareness and conservation education efforts - a record by the nonprofit - Pheasants Forever, including its quail division, Quail Forever, maintained a high level of efficiency, spending 90.42 cents of every dollar raised directly on its habitat conservation mission.
Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever President and CEO, says the organization’s grassroots model continues to be the driving force behind these upland habitat successes. “Membership, volunteerism and chapter involvement continue to lay the groundwork for successful upland habitat projects. Even as our impact grows, we remain true to accomplishing these projects with as little overhead as possible.” Due to its efficiency, Pheasants Forever continues to be recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the U.S.
Wildlife Habitat Projects
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapter projects - nesting cover, upland & wetland restoration, food & cover plots and land acquisition projects - accounted for 436,768 acres of improved wildlife habitat in 2014. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Farm Bill wildlife biologists – who help landowners enroll in conservation programs – made 31,074 landowner contacts in 2014, improving more than 1 million acres for wildlife.
Wildlife Habitat Protection
Because of 41 land acquisitions in 2014, 5,862 acres of wildlife habitat have been permanently conserved by Pheasants Forever. All these properties have or will be turned over to state/federal natural resource agencies and opened to outdoor recreation, including hunting.
Youth & Public Awareness
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters held 1,115 youth events in 2014, which attracted 65,000 youth participants, a new organizational record. Chapters hosted youth hunts, sponsored shooting teams, helped with youth pollinator projects and held family field days in their communities.
Land Management Programs
A new federal Farm Bill was finally passed in 2014, and its conservation title addressed some of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s top wildlife habitat priorities, including a regional “Sodsaver” provision, reauthorization of the Conservation Reserve Program, crop insurance linked to conservation compliance and a new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.
New Regional Headquarters
Pheasants Forever opened its first regional headquarters in Brookings, South Dakota, headed by Dave Nomsen, the organization’s longtime vice president of government affairs. The new office will allow Pheasants Forever to better combat ongoing, substantial upland habitat loss in the Dakotas. For more, visit www.pheasantsforever.org.
Last Updated ( Monday, 16 February 2015 09:22 )