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Otter Tail County Pheasants Forever - Habitat Page

Otter Tail County Pheasants Forever - Habitat Page

Local Habitat Efforts

Otter Tail County Pheasants Forever's members are truly passionate about creating, preserving and restoring habitat that benefits pheasants, quail and other upland wildlife. This unique model empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds will be spent.

Whether it's through improving habitat, informing the public about land management or educating future generations of hunting enthusiasts, conservation is the underlying principle in all we do at the grassroots level.

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Farm Bill Partnership Surpasses 17,000 acres

Farm Bill Partnership Surpasses 17,000 acres

Thanks to the local effort and partnership of Pheasants Forever, The West Otter Tail SWCD and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota's Otter Tail County has surpassed 17,000 acres enrolled in conservation programs, since starting the partnership in 2008. To reach this 17,000 acre milestone, this partnership involved more than 3,500 landowner contacts and utilized a variety of conservation programs ranging from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM), Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Minnesota Land Trust easements, and MNDOT’s Living Snowfence program. 

Pheasants Forever's efforts are part of an overriding Minnesota Farm Bill Assistance Partnership that includes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the local SWCD’s.

“Every farm has conservation opportunities, and this partnership makes sure that West Otter Tail County landowners know their options and can make sound decisions for their business and the land,” stated Brad Mergens, WOT SWCD District Manager, “The success of this initiative is due to landowners taking time to understand and participate in conservation programs. The goal of the partnership positions is to reach more people and implement more conservation, to provide cleaner water, protect vulnerable soils and create more wildlife on our working farmlands.”

If you are interested in being a part of the next milestone, please call Jake Nelson at 218-998-5300

$5,000,000 Spent on Local Habitat Projects

Members attended the Minnesota State Convention this year in Wilmar, MN. As part of the awards ceremony, the Otter Tail County Chapter was awarded the $5,000,000 milestone. These leveraged dollars have provided over 4,600 acres of local public hunting and habitat. Recent Activities include:

  • Acquisition of 156 ac in Orwell Township to be added to the Ridgeway WPA
  • Pheasants Forever Youth Mentor Hunt at Viking Valley Hunt Club
  • Supported the PF Farm Bill biologist position in Otter Tail County
  • Acquisition of 57 ac in Tumuli Township to be added to the Nicholson WPA
  • Youth Trap shoot event at the Lakes Area Shooting Center
  • Provided PF Ringneck memberships for loacal graduates of Firearm Saftey
  • Supported PF's efforts to promote CRP and conservation impacts of the Farm Bill.

Art Hawkins & Chuck Vukonich WPA Dedications in Grant County, MN

Art Hawkins & Chuck Vukonich WPA Dedications in Grant County, MN

A pair of new Waterfowl Production Area projects that permanently conserve 530 acres of wildlife habitat were offically dedicated on September 12, 2015. The new areas honor Minnesota conservation legends Art Hawkins and Chuck Vukonich, respectively.

  • Art Hawkins WPA Dedication – The Art Hawkins Waterfowl Production Area permanently protects 370 acres of wildlife habitat in western Minnesota while providing ample public hunting and recreation opportunities. The dedication celebrates one of the giants of waterfowl & wildlife conservation, the late Art Hawkins (1913-2006), and his contributions as a researcher, biologist, and mentor. This WPA was made possible, in part, by Pheasants Forever's Build a Wildlife Area program in Minnesota. 
  • Chuck Vukonich WPA Dedication – The Vukonich Waterfowl Production Area will provide 160 acres of additional hunting and public access in Grant County, Minnesota. The dedication celebrates the career accomplishments of Chuck Vukonich and his commitment to the prairie and wetlands of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District. 

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Preserving our Natural Resources

Preserving our Natural Resources

Creating, restoring, and maintaining habitat is a constant battle. We invite you to join the Otter Tail County Chapter of Pheasants Forever in its quest to ensure a country rich in natural resources and long on people willing to work to preserve them. After all, natural resources - pheasants, quail, and other wildlife, plus the land, air, and water on which they live - are our greatest resources.

Local Chapter Projects

Local Chapter Projects

Every year the Ottertail County Chapter has on going projects throughout the community. With our proceeds from fundraising and donations from community leaders, we are fortunate enough to give back, putting all our money in the ground to preserve habitat throughout our region.  If you know of a project or would like to learn more about how to help in the effort to preserve your local habitats, please feel free to contact us with any questions.