Plans are now underway for the 16th Annual Cherokee County Pheasants Forever Banquet, according to Mark Perrin, Chapter President.
The fund raising event will take place at the Western Iowa Tech Conference Center on Saturday, March 23.
"We're expecting lots of people at this year's banquet," said Perrin. "We'll have a wide range of prizes and auction items - from guns to limited edition art. It will be a great time, and the result will be increased funding to assist Cherokee County wildlife projects."
Price of banquet tickets are $40, which includes a $30 PF membership. A spouses's or kid's meal will cost an additional $10 each. All members receive the bi-monthly Pheasants Forever magazine - an informative journal covering hunting, dogs, wildlife art, wildlife management, pertinent political issues and more.
Cherokee County PF offers many ways to involve the young sportsman. Cherokee County PF chapter will pay a one year membership for all youth that attend our banquet, ages 15 and under, to Ringnecks magazine. Ringnecks magazine is distributed by PF, and has many articles geared towards involving youth in habitat and conservation projects.
The local chapter also sends kids to the Hunting and Conservation Camp for boys, and the Outdoor Journey for girls, sponsored by Pheasants Forever and the Iowa DNR. These 3-day outdoor skills workshops are a wonderful opportunity for kids, and the Cherokee County chapters pays the $75 workshop fee for every kid in the county that would like to attend.
An additional raffle will be on hand for this year's banquet, due to partnerships with the Northland Ford dealers. A raffle for a 2002 Ford 150 SuperCrew 4x4 pickup, in conjunction with all Northland Ford dealers will be held May 31. Tickets cost $10 each, with all of the money raised on this raffle staying in Cherokee County to benefit habitat projects.
Pheasants Forever is a tax-exempt, non-profit conservation organization whose goal is to improve upland wildlife habitat and populations.
Pheasants Forever establishes local chapters which raise funds through banquets. With the exception of membership dues, all proceeds remain at the local chapter level to develop habitat projects locally for upland wildlife. Winter cover, nesting cover, and food plots form the foundation of these projects, which take place on both private and public lands.
For further information about Pheasants Forever or the banquet, contact: Mark Perrin, 5918 Hwy 59, Cherokee, Iowa 51012 or please call 225-5435.