Pheasant Fest draws record crowds

Although temperatures were extremely balmy — in the 60s — outdoors in the Twin Cities, Pheasant Fest packed in attendees to the Minneapolis Convention Center over the weekend. (Brian Peterson photo)

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s 2017 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic presented by Federal Premium Ammunition, which ran Feb. 17-19, drew a record-setting 30,462 attendees to the Minneapolis Convention Center on an unseasonably warm weekend in the Twin Cities that saw temperatures in the 60s.

The National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is a combination national consumer show, habitat seminar series and family event with puppies, tractors, shotguns, art and more —Pheasant Fest is the country’s largest event for upland hunters, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists.

The annual national convention and outdoor trade show featured the first National Pheasant Summit — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, and Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson discussed future conservation efforts in the pheasant range.

For more on the 2017 Pheasant Fest, see this week’s issue of Minnesota Outdoor News, due out Friday, Feb. 24.

The 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is scheduled Feb. 16-18 in Sioux Falls, S.D., which will coincide with the founding organization’s 35th anniversary. It also marks the first time the event will come to South Dakota.

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