Jamestown, N.D. – Tapping into the nation’s growing demographic of female hunters, Pheasants Forever and its partners in North Dakota are offering a variety of upland hunting opportunities this fall for women to engage their peers in the field.
“In addition to our habitat conservation mission, Pheasants Forever remains a national leader for tackling the issues of hunter recruitment, retainment, and reactivation,” stated Rachel Bush, state coordinator for Pheasants Forever in North Dakota. “We’ve identified a percentage of women in North Dakota who wish to connect with the land and know where their food comes from; Pheasants Forever can bridge this connection by offering upland hunting opportunities for interested females.”
From 2011 to 2016, the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation indicated a steep drop in hunters nationwide from 13.7 million to 11.5 million. While these numbers are a cause for concern, one highlight of the report was the number of women hunters in the nation which remained steady at nearly 11 percent. As vital contributors to conservation, more women involved with hunting equals more license sales and future investments through the Pittman-Robertson Act, funneling 11 percent of sales tax on all firearms, ammunition, and other sporting accessories back to states for strengthening public access and wildlife populations.
“In North Dakota, Pittman-Robertson dollars are used by our state agency for its Private Lands Open To Sportsmen (PLOTS) program, Wildlife Management Areas, the development of shooting ranges, and a host of other activities designed to maintain fish and wildlife populations,” added Bush. “This is an important message to convey to women who are new in the outdoors and hunting, helping them understand that outdoorswomen are a major force for funding wildlife conservation in America. We want more women to be involved, and we’re here to help ladies with their first upland hunting experience.”
Upcoming Women-only Pheasant Hunts:
Who: Stutsman County Wildlife Federation
What: Women’s Pheasant Hunt
When: October 14th, 2018
Where: Jamestown, ND
Contact: Cathleen O’Higgins, (701) 251.8023 / firstname.lastname@example.org
More Information: www.facebook.com/stutsmancountywildlifeclub
Who: Pheasants Forever in North Dakota
What: Women’s Pheasant Hunt
When: November 4, 2018
Where: Regent, ND
Contact: Rachel Bush, (701) 403.4853 / email@example.com
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 149,000 members and 725 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $784 million on 530,000 habitat projects benefiting 17 million acres nationwide.