North Dakota’s pheasant population was hard hit by the heavy snows of last winter.
The state Game and Fish Department reported a large drop in pheasant numbers in its count last summer.
That’s where efforts by groups like Pheasants For The Future can help.
The local group expects some 700 people for its annual meeting tonight in Minot.
The group spends thousands of dollars each year on habitat retention, food plots for birds, predator control, and stocking of birds around the state.
The president says it’s especially important after a year that was so hard on pheasants.
(Mike Gietzen, Pheasants for the Future President) “It was a tough year and hunters felt it, that’s for sure. And that’s why we need to make sure that people support us so we can go out there do things to make sure we have pheasants for next year.”
Gietzen says the annual banquet is the biggest fund raiser of the year for Pheasants for the Future.
He says Pheasants for the Future is a stand-alone local group that has grown to become the largest sportsmen’s group in western North Dakota.