LCPF Press Release
Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) has joined with Valley Discount Liquor of rural Marshall, Minn. in a fundraiser to help local and visiting hunters celebrate this fall’s hunting seasons and raise money for the chapter’s habitat and youth programs in the Lyon County area.
Starting Friday, Oct. 11 through Nov. 16, 2013, Valley Discount Liquor will donate to LCPF fifty cents for every six pack of Brau Bros.’ Ringneck Braun Ale, and Banks Brewing Co.’s Rooster Lager; one dollar for every twelve pack of Rooster Lager and Banks Brewing Sampler – containing the popular Rooster Lager and Walleye Chop beers - and two dollars for every bottle of Bird Dog Whiskey flavored bourbon and Whitetail Whiskey sold at its store located at 2687 County Road 8, in Green Valley Township, just north of Marshall.
“LCPF is excited to partner with Valley Discount Liquors on this hunting-themed promotion,” said Nick Simonson, LCPF President, “with great local varieties like Brau Bros.’ Ringeck Braun Ale and Banks Brewing Co.’s Rooster Lager along with perennial PF sponsors in Whitetail Whiskey and Bird Dog Whiskey, we’ve got a solid wildlife-based fundraiser that helps area sportsmen celebrate in style after the hunt,” he concluded.
Brau Bros. is based out of Lucan, Minn., and has recently opened up a tap room on the east end of Marshall showcasing their popular varieties. Banks Brewing Co. is a Hendricks, Minn. brewery founded in 2008 on the idea that good beer and a great cause like wildlife conservation are a perfect match. Both companies feature brews named in honor of the area’s most-pursued upland bird – the ringneck pheasant. Bird Dog Whiskey, with its four flavored varieties of Kentucky bourbon; and Whitetail Whiskey with its smooth, warm and relaxed spirit have both been national sponsors of the Pheasants Forever organization since 2012.
“The beers are great regional brands that are linked with our area’s hunting heritage, the whiskeys have solid ties to PF, and Valley Discount Liquors is proud to sell them to our customers,” said Stan Holmberg, a member of the Valley Discount Liquors ownership group, “I can’t think of a better way for local and visiting hunters to celebrate after a successful day in the field this autumn than with these great beverages which help Valley Discount Liquors give back to a group that does so much for conservation and hunting opportunities in the Lyon County area,” he concluded.
For more information on this fundraiser, visit the LCPF Facebook Page or the Valley Discount Liquor website, and stop in at Valley Discount Liquor store located five miles north of Marshall on Highway 23 and one-quarter mile west on County Road 8 in Green Valley Township.
National PF Press Release
As waterfowl and upland hunting seasons continue to open throughout the nation, Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) demand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Congress pass the necessary measures to re-open Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), National Wildlife Refuges and other publicly purchased lands for recreational use by hunters and the general public.
“Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) are the most used publicly-owned resources by waterfowl and upland hunters, and now, after years of supporting these lands through their purchase of Federal Duck Stamps, hunters are locked-out during the brief season they are allowed to pursue their hunting passion,” says Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever vice-president of governmental affairs. The Federal Duck Stamp is the annual $15 stamp waterfowl hunters pay, of which 98 cents of every dollar is used to buy wildlife lands.
“WPAs are abundantly used by pheasant hunters, and soon, countless numbers of hunters will face an unfortunate reality when they reach their favorite public hunting spot only to find a ‘Closed Until Further Notice’ sign posted,” noted Nomsen.
Nomsen continued, “Additionally, denying access to public hunting lands is both unfair to those who sacrificed their hard-earned dollars to pay for those lands and detrimental to the rural business owners who financially depend on those hunters traveling to the towns where these WPAs and other wildlife areas are located.”
Pheasants Forever urges its members and the general public to contact their congressional member and demand that legislation to re-open public lands be passed immediately, and to voice their concern of Congress having not passed a Federal Farm Bill.
DNR Press Release
When thousands of pheasant hunters wade into cattails and grasslands for the Minnesota pheasant opener that begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, they will be contributing to the economic health of the state’s economy.
More than a half-million Minnesotans and nonresidents hunt in Minnesota each year. Collectively they spend an estimated $725 million per year, according to the 2011
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.
“Minnesota ranks ninth in the nation for resident hunter numbers,” said C.B. Bylander, outreach chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Fish and Wildlife Division. “This strong tradition of hunting has long helped fuel local economies throughout the farmland and forested portions of the state.”
According the 2011 national survey direct expenditures by hunters in Minnesota include:
Bylander said the average amount spent per hunter in 2011 was $1,412, up from $889 in 2006 when the previous survey was taken. Direct retail sales related to upland bird hunting totaled about $121 million. When combined with angling, Minnesota hunters and anglers support nearly 48,000 Minnesota jobs.
Bylander said about 84,000 people hunted pheasants in Minnesota last year.