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Douglas County Pheasants Forever will be holding event January 15

By Doris Elmore 
The Upland Sports Social of the Douglas County Pheasants Forever will be held on Saturday, January 15, at Michael’s Tavern, downtown Atwood, from 3-7 p.m.

Longest and shortest tail feather contest will be held with prizes for each category. 

A raffle drawing will be held on March 17 for a 12 Ga O/U Legacy Pointer Shotgun. 

Come to Michael’s and enjoy an afternoon/evening with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase and also from your chapter committee members. 

Please contact Ryan Bowles (217-578-2816) if you have questions.

The Pheasants Forever Annual Chapter Youth Hunt is planned for Saturday, February 26, at Buck Valley Hunting Preserve, 7598 N. 1540th St, Marshall, IL.

Scheduling hunts will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 12 noon. 

Call Ryan Bowles, Youth Advocate, to schedule your child’s hunt at number listed above.

Watch for more news on an upcoming warm weather event.

Pheasants Forever is a habitat and educational organization that has a focus on conservation of the habitat for wildlife. It was started in 1983 and has since merged with Quail Forever to form a nationwide habitat organization.

The fundraising that the local chapter does provides funding in this area for habitat projects, college scholarships to you in our communities, as well as youth hunting and educational efforts in the area. 

In recent years the local organization has been hosting an annual youth hunt in the late winter at a game preserve with chapter volunteers providing guide services with bird dogs and mentoring.

Annually, the group has been providing (2) $500 scholarships to youth from the areas with ties to the chapter and activities. 

Normally the chapter has been hosting an annual fundraising banquet, but this year they are trying a few new ways to engage the members and communities in the chapter footprint. 

Anyone interested is invited to attend and have a great time participating in the raffle or contest; and socialize with fellow upland enthusiasts as their Illinois upland hunting season comes to an end. 

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