Long-term support is helping Pheasants Forever establish quality pastures in SD
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has renewed its national sponsorship with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever through 2023 in support of the organization’s landscape-level habitat initiatives that support South Dakota’s status as “The Pheasant Capital of the World.” “. Through this partnership, the Department markets to the nation’s largest collection of upland hunters, while providing direct monetary support to Pheasants Forever’s habitat conservation mission.
“Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are delighted to renew our longstanding partnership with the South Dakota Department of Tourism,” said Chris Kalis, director of corporate partnerships for Pheasants Forever. “Pheasants Forever in South Dakota have exciting prospects, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have the support of the Department of Tourism as we look forward to building our extensive habitat initiatives in the Pheasant Capital.”
Estimates from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks show that pheasant hunting generated $246 million in economic impacts for the state in 2021. That revenue is the result of 54,411 resident and 75,606 non-resident pheasant hunters who purchased licenses, fuel, food and lodging during the state season. Habitat is considered the critical factor in sustaining long-term pheasant populations in the state, which are looking to rebound after a dry summer in 2021. The South Dakota Department of Tourism emphasizes the notion of the importance of habitat with its support general to Pheasants Forever – funding that impacts habitat programs at the local level, including the Community-Based Habitat Access Program, South Dakota CREP Enrollments, and other programs.
“Pheasant hunting is a critical part of the tourism economy in South Dakota. In fact, it’s a lifeline for many small businesses in our state. Our strong partnership with Pheasants Forever allows our department to reach thousands of potential hunters and share our amazing hunting and outdoor experiences with them,” said James Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “Our partnership also allows us to continue to highlight the importance of preserving and expanding habitat so that pheasant hunting can continue to be a staple of our economy and way of life for generations to come.”
In addition to advertising in Pheasant Journal Forever & Quail Diary ForeverThe South Dakota Department of Tourism will be a featured exhibitor and diamond sponsor of the South Dakota Pavilion at Pheasants Forever’s 2023 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Minneapolis on February 17, 18 and 19. Additionally, South Dakota Tourism will be the title sponsor of the event’s renowned opening day ceremony, the Bird Dog Parade.
Use the following link to purchase your 2022/2023 South Dakota Pheasant Hunting License today: https://gfp.sd.gov/hunt-fish-license/.
About pheasants forever
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters, and partners is dedicated to protecting our highlands through habitat improvement, public access, education, and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determines how 100 percent of its locally raised funds are spent – the only national conservation organization to operate through this grassroots structure. Since its inception in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres.