The Habitat Organization Hires Ashley Chance as Hunting Heritage Program Director

Provide leadership, coordination and support to R3 programs at the national level

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are proud to announce the hiring of Ashley Chance as the organization’s hunting heritage program manager. In her new role, Chance will focus on leading, coordinating, and supporting national programs to recruit, retain, and reactivate (R3) hunting conservationists through strategic results-based initiatives.

“Ashley has worked in wildlife conservation for more than a decade and understands the value of a vibrant hunting community in making sure nature remains relevant in a technological society,” said Colby Kerber, director of programs at Pheasants Forever conservation education. “Her passion of hers for the highlands and America’s hunting heritage was evident throughout the interview process. I am confident that she will build on our existing Path to the Uplands initiatives to continue to elevate Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever as national leaders in the hunting heritage space.”

Prior to joining Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Chance honed her skills in the R3 realm as the Southeast Artemis Regional Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. In that role, she recruited, trained, and managed volunteers across the country to organize conservation, hunting, and angling programs for women athletes on public and private lands. She previously worked as an Agricultural Livelihoods Specialist in Ghana-West Africa with the US Peace Corps, focusing on building communities through sustainable farmlands and reinforcing native species. She has a BS in wildlife ecology research and management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an MS in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture from Mississippi State University.

Chance will manage all of Pheasant Forever and Quail Forever’s hunting heritage programs, including Learn to Hunt and Learn to Shoot events, as well as the Hunter Mentor Pledge, a partnership between Pheasants Forever and ALPS OutdoorZ that works to educate, advocate and inspire the hunters. from all walks of life to create future responsible conservation advocates. All of these programs are designed to help youth and adults interested in hunting do so responsibly. Connecting the dots of conservation, ethics and hunter engagement, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever authentic experiences provide focused opportunities for quality events with relevant results.

“My experiences as a nontraditional upland hunter, wildlife biologist, and program coordinator give me a unique understanding of the barriers that exist for people wanting to start or return to hunting,” Chance said. “I look forward to working with the talented team at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to remove those barriers and introduce more people to our world.”

For more information on Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Path to the Uplands initiatives, contact Ashley Chance at [email protected] or (952) 300-1975.

About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up 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 determine how 100 percent of their 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 575,000 habitat projects benefiting 24 million acres.