Thursday, March 2, 2023


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (USDA- FSA) has announced a new general signup period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) running from Feb. 27-April 7, 2023. CRP has long been the nation’s most important tool for targeting environmentally sensitive lands with conservation practices that produce wildlife habitat, cleaner waters, healthier soils and a more resilient climate. Landowners should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to learn more about general CRP eligibility. 

“CRP has always been a key tool for American farmers, ranchers and landowners,” said Jim Inglis, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s director of government affairs. “CRP enables producers to enroll difficult-to-farm acres in the program to improve wildlife habitat, soil health, water quality and climate resiliency, and is a key part of the economic safety net for rural communities. As the country looks to improve its ecological impacts and economic standing, CRP should be celebrated as a method for bolstering both sides of the equation.” 

The Conservation Reserve Program has supported wildlife populations and rural communities since President Ronald Reagan signed CRP into law on December 23, 1985. There are currently 23 million acres enrolled with a 27-million-acre cap set for fiscal year 2023. Additionally, producers and landowners can enroll acres under the continuous signup, including sought after practices such as the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative. 

The Farm Service Agency will also announce the dates for a Grassland CRP signup in the coming weeks. Grassland CRP is a working lands program helping landowners and operators protect grasslands, including rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as working grazing lands.


“The Conservation Reserve Program is one of the largest private lands conservation programs in the United States, offering a range of options to farmers, ranchers and landowners,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “CRP has and continues to be a great fit for farmers with less productive or marginal cropland, helping them reestablish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and support wildlife habitat. Under this administration, we have made several updates to the program to increase producer interest and enrollment, strengthen the climate benefits of the program and help ensure underserved producers can find a pathway to entry into CRP.” 

The welcomed news also comes as The Habitat Organization readies for National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic 2023, the annual celebration of upland conservation that will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. on February 17-19. The event, including a Landowner Workshop and Habitat Help Desk, is a great opportunity for landowners to learn more about CRP and begin the signup process with the help of a professional wildlife biologist. 

To locate one of the more than 325+ Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever biologists throughout the United States and begin mapping out a conservation plan, visit our biologist locator to search by zip code.

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 the protection of our uplands 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 that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 575,000+ habitat projects benefiting 24 million acres. 

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Only 8 Days before the 36th Annual St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Banquet

 The 36th annual St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Banquet is Saturday, March 11, 2023.  The banquet will be held at the Perch Point Conservation Club on Meisner Road.  The doors will open at 3:00 P.M. with dinner being served at 5:30 P.M.

This year's banquet is offering some outstanding prizes.  Our live auction will feature the auctioneering talents of John Tomaschko and Cal Mericle of J.R.T. Thumb Auctioneers.  Some of the items that will be auctioned off during the evening are the 2021-2022 PF Print of the Year Final Flight by Ryan Kirby and the 2022-2023 PF Print of the Year Grassy Haven by Scot Storm.  Along with these two prints we will also be auctioning off unique pieces of art and tools created by local artisans and craftsmen.  There will be exclusive PF items also available in the live auction.   Besides at the live auction there will be a silent auction and special raffles throughout the night.

There are only 10 tickets left to gain admittance to this year's banquet. Purchase yours today before they are sold out! The remaining tickets can be purchased at VF Sports.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Last Chance to get a Banquet Ticket

 St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Chapter #74 is only 20 days away from hosting their 36th Annual Banquet.  You still have time to get a ticket to the banquet.  Tickets can be purchased at VF Sports 4136 Lapeer Rd., Port Huron, MI.  You may also call 906-362-9472 for ticket availability.  

A Champion 2000w Inverter Generator, a Beretta 4 gun package, Yeti coolers, 2021-2022 PF Print of the Year "Final Flight", 2022-2023 PF Print of the Year "Grassy Haven, PF Gun of the Year, Pheasants hunts, and over 2 dozen firearms are just a few of the items that will be raffled or auctioned off at the banquet.  

Please join us for a great event that is sure to have something for everyone.

National Pheasants Forever Advocacy Award Presented to the Capital City Chapter (Capital City, Mich.)

The core group of volunteers who previously made the Ingham County chapter so successful in years past are now making a big difference with the Capital City Chapter. Combined, the chapter has contributed $226,500 to the Legislative Action Fund (LAF) - the most in organizational history. Capital City conducts
a national sweepstakes twice a year, with the sole purpose of raising funds for priority Pheasants Forever state and national programs. In their very first year, Capital City fundraised more than $40,000, with $30K supporting the LAF. 

Capital City volunteers see the big picture of national policy for habitat programs - pooling their funds with other chapters results in more national and state policies for habitat, benefitting Michigan and the entire upland bird range of the United States. 

Woodcock Walk at the Port Huron State Game Area

Last Chance to get a Banquet Ticket

St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Chapter #74 is only 20 days away from hosting their 36th Annual Banquet.  You still have time to get a ticket to the banquet.  Tickets can be purchased at VF Sports 4136 Lapeer Rd., Port Huron, MI.  You may also call 906-362-9472 for ticket availability.  

A Champion 2000w Inverter Generator, a Beretta 4 gun package, Yeti coolers, 2021-2022 PF Print of the Year "Final Flight", 2022-2023 PF Print of the Year "Grassy Haven, PF Gun of the Year, Pheasants hunts, and over 2 dozen firearms are just a few of the items that will be raffled or auctioned off at the banquet.  

Please join us for a great event that is sure to have something for everyone.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Dog Life Member Blitz Day Tuesday, January 24, 2023



As bird hunting seasons across the country come to a close, we look back on those memories that were made this season and those of seasons past. These memories afield with our bird dogs last a lifetime. From the first bird to the final walk, these moments we cherish forever. 

Unfortunately, the same places where these memories are made are being threatened every day. In fact, within the span of a dog’s life - just ten short years - we’ve lost over 50 million acres of grassland habitat.

We owe it to our loyal four-legged best friends to do better. And that’s why we’re inviting you to answer the call by adding “Bird Dog Life Member” to the list of your pup’s accomplishments. 

All Dog Life Member contributions will support our wildlife habitat conservation mission, because “good bird habitat is good bird dog habitat.” Please consider honoring your bird dogs, both past and present, because each membership leaves an impact that lasts forever: creating more habitat and serving as a beautiful tribute to our hardest working companions.

Sign up for a Pheasants Forever Dog Life Membership today:

Tuesday, January 10, 2023


 HUNTING & HERITAGE  |  01/09/2023




Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors has selected Marilyn Vetter as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. She brings twenty-five years of strategic leadership, business management, and volunteer experience to the position. Vetter has served as a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors since 2015, most recently as vice chair, and will succeed longtime President & CEO Howard Vincent upon his retirement later this year.

“Marilyn rose to the top following a comprehensive nationwide search that attracted interest from an impressive and diverse slate of candidates,” said Matt Kucharski, chair of PF & QF’s National Board of Directors. “She brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and vision and has a firm grasp of the organization’s strengths and future opportunities. Her history as a dedicated volunteer, a lifelong bird dog lover, and a wingshooter who is passionate about our habitat mission and long-term success will resonate with members, donors, conservation partners and staff in pheasant and quail country.”

Vetter’s professional background has been focused on strategic management, government affairs, marketing, and communications. She has served in leadership positions at Horizon Therapeutics, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Organon, Inc. and holds a communications degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Vetter was born and raised in a hunting and farming family in Anamoose, North Dakota. Her professional career brought her to the Chicago area for three years. She now calls New Richmond, Wisconsin home where she and her husband Clyde own and operate Sharp Shooter’s Kennel. In addition to serving on PF & QF’s National Board of Directors, she also served on the Executive Council of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association for more than two decades and the Board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

“Working alongside the stellar employees, dedicated volunteers and chapter members, and committed partners and sponsors is an honor few leaders get to experience,” exclaimed Vetter. “Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are extraordinarily healthy organizations with a strong established vision. I’m eager to continue the critical work of the organization and am thrilled to be part of its dynamic future.”

Vetter becomes the third CEO during the organization’s 40-year history. Jeff Finden served in that role from the organization’s formation in 1982 until Vincent succeeded him in 2000. During Vincent’s tenure, Pheasants Forever has grown into one of the most respected wildlife conservation organizations in the country dedicated to habitat development, education, and advocacy. The organization, which includes both Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, has more than 425 employees and 400,000 members, supporters, and partners. In its history, “The Habitat Organization” has been responsible for delivering more than 22 million acres of upland habitat benefiting pheasants, quail and other wildlife.

“Working alongside the stellar employees, dedicated volunteers and chapter members, and committed partners and sponsors is an honor few leaders get to experience”

“Howard’s leadership has transformed Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever into the premier upland habitat organization in the country. His enthusiasm and commitment to the mission and to the organization’s employees and members is exemplary of his character. I am lucky to be able to learn from him these next few months before he departs for his well-earned retirement,” commented Vetter.

“I am thrilled with the Board’s selection of Marilyn as our next CEO. Our volunteers, members, partners, and employees will find her to be a passionate conservationist, collaborative leader, and dynamic personality,” added Vincent. “I have tremendous confidence that our mission is in capable hands.”

Vetter, who will join February 1, will participate as the incoming CEO at the 2023 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Minneapolis on February 17-19. She is slated to talk with PF & QF chapter volunteers during a National Convention Luncheon on Saturday, February 18th and will also be participating on the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Main Stage at noon on Sunday, February 19th for a “State of Conservation Panel” that will also include Vincent and the CEOs from Ruffed Grouse SocietyBackcountry Hunters & AnglersTheodore Roosevelt Conservation PartnershipWildlife Management Institute, among others. Find more information about the event at

St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Chapter #74 welcomes Tim Vargo back to the Board of Directors

St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Chapter #74 welcomes back Tim Vargo to the Board of Directors and to the position of Habitat Chairman.  Tim served on the board previously and was the Habitat Chairman for several years before personal responsibilities forced him to take some time off from Pheasant Forever duties.  Tim has updated the habitat guidelines and agreement forms for  2023.   Habitat requests must be received by Tim no later than March 11, 2023.  


All seed distribution will be 100% chapter funded for all cooperators. For those who attend the banquet, the fertilizer will be funded at 50%. The cooperator will be required to fund the other 50%. A minimum amount of fertilizer is required for proper growth.
Due to the increasing cost and demand, fertilizer will 
not be cost covered by the chapter for non-attendees for 2023 at this time.

To obtain seed for PF habitat projects in the spring of 2023, you are required to submit your order no later than March 11th, 2023. (Forms are now available at and will be available at the banquet 3-11-23). Requests received after this date may not be honored. Late requests will be placed on a waiting list and subject to availability. You will need to mail the completed order form to the following address: Tim Vargo, 5920 Arnold Rd., Cottrellville , MI 48039 or email it to .  Your order confirmation will be mailed or e-mailed back to you indicating your order number and the week you can pick up your seed. Distribution will be broken down over a 2 week period in mid to late April. ln order to plant as many projects as possible, we are limiting food plot size per landowner to 5 acres (in any combination of food plot seeds) and we will have 4 types of food plot seed available. Corn, soybeans, sorghum and a winter blend food plot mix consisting of soybean, black oil sunflower, buckwheat and tall sorghum seed (this blended winter food plot mix must be broadcast). Nesting habitat (pasture mix) is limited to 10 acres per project.

Round-up ready corn and soybeans are available at extra cost

Seed will continue to be distributed from the Adair Elevator, 3536 PaIms Rd., Casco, Township, MI 48064. The telephone numbers are 810 329-2658 or 586 727-1598. The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30-5:00, Thursday 12:00 -5:00, and Saturday 8:30-12:30. Extra seed and fertilizer may also be purchased at the PF bulk rate.

A wildflower /Pollinator seed mix is available through the State council at-

Any requests for special projects exceeding these guideline limits need to be considered by the Board. A request for an expanded special project must be submitted (with specifics) to the Board for consideration.

Food plots are required to be left undisturbed until April 1st of the following year. We will offer a high quality pasture mix for nesting cover projects that will require a 3-year contract. Spraying, tillage and mowing will be allowed as needed to improve and manage habitat and to control weeds. Mowing to restore healthy vigor is restricted to August 1-20. Proper soil conditions are very important to your projects success. Consider a soil test before planting.

No haying or grazing is permitted.

Seed is available for chapter members only. Private land projects funded by PF must be planted in St. Clair or southern edge of Sanilac County. If you would like to purchase additional seed and/or fertilizer (at chapter bulk rate) for habitat projects outside of these counties or in amounts above the guideline limits, please specify that on the order form. The chapter will contact you to confirm the order.

Pheasants Forever retains the right to randomly check habitat projects. Habitat cooperators must agree to repay Pheasants Forever the cost for seed if the habitat project is destroyed prior to the term of project or the terms of the agreement are not otherwise met. Your signature on the seed request form indicates your agreement to these terms.

Seed is to be planted for wildlife food and cover only and is not for commercial use, livestock feed, and not for sale or trade.
Habitat cooperators are not required to open their land for hunting.

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The chapter would like to thank Russell Golm for his contributions to our chapter as our previous  Habitat Chair.  We wish Russell the best of luck in his new job.

Friday, January 6, 2023

36th Annual St. Clair County Pheasant Forever Chapter #74 Banquet (Saturday, March 11, 2023) Tickets Available

Tickets to the 36th Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet hosted by the St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Chapter #74 are now available.  The banquet will be on Saturday, March 11, 2023.  It will be held at Perch Point Conservation Club.  The doors will open at 3:00 P.M.  Dinner will be at 5:30 P.M.  The Board of Directors were able to maintain last year's prices for this year's banquet.  An Associate Member Ticket will be $70 and includes a PF membership and dinner.  A spouse ticket will cost $35 and include dinner only.  Student Tickets (Ages 25 and younger) are available for $55 and  includes a PF membership and dinner.  Ringneck tickets (Ages 18 and younger) are $20 and includes a subscription to PF's youth journal Forever Outdoors and dinner.

Tickets can be purchased from Board members, at VF Sports, or by calling 906/362-9472.  Tickets will also be available on-line.  An individual may go to the national PF website and click on Find an Event.  Follow the directions for purchasing a ticket(s) once at the site.  You may also scan the QR code below and it will take you directly to the site for purchasing tickets.

The 36th Annual Banquet is going to be an awesome banquet and we do expect it to sell out quickly, so don't delay and wait to buy your tickets, BUY ASAP.

Early Bird Incentive:  Tickets paid for and stubs turned in by February 13, 2023, will be in a special early bird raffle where one lucky winner will win a $250 cash prize.

We hope to see you there!