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.
2023 PF HABITAT GUIDELINES
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 http://www.pheasantsforeverstclaircounty.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.