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Kansan Makes $1 Million Pledge to Pheasants Forever

Second Kansan to make significant donation to Pheasants Forever's Grassroots Conservation Campaign 

Lake Quivira, Kans. - June 2, 2009 - Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) announce a $1 million pledge from Duayne Madl, 59, of Lake Quivira, Kansas to PF's Grassroots Conservation Campaign . A Patron Member of PF and a QF member, Madl made the significant financial commitment because of his strong belief in the wildlife habitat conservation mission of PF/QF.

A lifelong Kansan, Madl grew up on a dairy farm outside of Lawrence. He still remembers shooting his first quail with a single barrel .410 shotgun, and his early adventures in the outdoors grew into a lifelong passion for upland and waterfowl hunting. "As the years have passed, the more I've realized bird hunting was my real love," Madl said. Much of that is attributed to his love of bird dogs. Even his beloved lab Jess has a PF Life Membership as a memorial. "I love to hunt, but if you don't have the habitat, you don't have the hunting, and consequently you don't have places for the dogs to work."

Having grown up in an agricultural family and a farmer himself, Madl is acutely aware of finding a balance between conservation and agricultural production. "I've seen what happens when conservation is thrown out the window," said Madl, now a Financial Advisor, who specializes in Estate and Succession Planning, "But I've also seen what happens when the two exist in harmony." A few years back, one of Madl's hunting buddies, David Schaffer, consulted with a PF Farm Bill Biologist about his South Dakota property where the pair hunt. Being there for the consultation, Madl says PF is on the right track with the Farm Bill Biologist program and delivering conservation programs on a one-on-one basis. Madl's belief in the Farm Bill Biologist program has lead to his involvement in the Kansas Grassroots Conservation Campaign. In fact, Madl currently serves as the Eastern Kansas Co-Chairman of the Kansas Grassroots Conservation Leadership Team.

Madl sees a great deal of potential for the delivery of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's wildlife habitat mission in his home state, which currently boasts 41 PF chapters, eight QF chapters and over 6,100 PF/QF members. Madl is pledging $1 million to PF/QF through the organization's first-ever national fundraising effort, the Grassroots Conservation Campaign. Madl is also the second Kansan in less than six months to make a significant contribution to PF/QF through the Campaign.
At the end of last year, Wallace Weber, 65, of Russell County, Kansas, made the single largest donation in the organization's history by donating 1,700 acres of land, along with a stewardship fund.

"I'm a lifelong and true Kansan, and I want to see land used the right way," Madl said, "There are great opportunities for wildlife habitat improvement in this state for pheasants, quail and all other wildlife, and I'm convinced Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever can help capitalize on those opportunities."

"Duayne Madl's commitment to the mission of Pheasants Forever is truly remarkable," said David Bue, PF/QF's Vice President of Development, "As Duayne and I worked together through the donation process, it became clear

that leaving a legacy through Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is extremely important to him. At the same time, he's also serving as a conservation leader in the hope that others will follow."

To learn more about making a charitable donation to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, please contact PF/QF's Vice President of Development, David Bue at (218) 340-5519 or via email at dbue@pheasantsforever.org <mailto:dbue@pheasantsforever.org> .

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 130,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

If you'd like a photo of Mr. Madl, please send a photo request to ahauck@pheasantsforever.org <mailto:ahauck@pheasantsforever.org> .

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