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The Pheasants Forever Chapter in Mitchell, South Dakota will host its annual landowner habitat event this February. This will be the thirtieth year of the event and this year, it will be held at the Moose Lodge in Mitchell.

The educational event includes a buffet of roast beef and chicken, prizes donated by local businesses, a raffle and a silent auction. The biggest prize on offer will be the national Pheasants Forever 2015 Ford pickup truck.

A local Pheasants Forever volunteer and the habitat Chairman, Mike Kuchera, has been instrumental in arranging the annual event that focuses on educating attendees about the importance of habitat conservation.

"Over the past 30 years, I estimate approximately 400 landowners have been involved with Pheasant Country/Pheasants Forever habitat programs," Mike Kuchera recently stated. "It's just great to have landowner participation that believe in outdoor recreation for habitat for 30 years."

During the proceedings, attendees will learn more about local wildlife habitat programs from guest speakers. The topics being discussed during the 30th annual event will include conserving outdoor recreation in South Dakota.

One of the guest speakers at this year’s event will be Pheasants Forever Regional Vice President Dave Nomsen. The Vice President is based out of the Pheasants Forever Brookings office.

Other speakers at the event will be Jeff Zimprich, a state conservationist with the UDSA in Huron, and Mike Blaalid, who is a Pheasants Forever farm bill biologist based in Mitchell. Mike Blaalid will talk about a new South Dakota Pollinator program.

Events like this help to protect the local habitat and the future of pheasant hunting in South Dakota. The sport provides the state’s economy with approximately $200 million every year.

Tickets for the event are from $35 and it is expected that approximately 160 people will attend this year’s event.

Will you be attending this year’s event? Have you attended a previous event?

Let us know in the comments below.

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