Hunters and landowners attending the 2016 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic are encouraged to visit the Landowner Habitat Help Desk, sponsored by Polaris RANGER, to receive expert guidance for habitat projects impacting pheasant, quail, and other wildlife. This year’s Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is being held at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th St., Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 19 – 21. Show hours are 1 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the Landowner Habitat Help Desk, the show features booths, seminars and other attractions and entertainment for anyone interested in upland bird hunting, habitat and conservation.
Leading biologists from Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be available throughout the weekend to provide one-on-one guidance for landowners seeking to improve wildlife habitat. During the 2015 event in Des Moines, Iowa, Landowner Habitat Help Room biologists worked with 151 landowners, providing conservation guidance on 23,500 acres of private land. With numerous state and federal conservation programs offering great incentives for producers, including the Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up which ends February 26, this is a great one-stop-shopping opportunity for landowners.
Interested landowners should bring the legal description of their property (township, range, and section) or the ability to pinpoint that property’s exact location on a map, and an idea of desired management goals for the property. Biologists will develop a basic wildlife habitat management plan for each property and provide the contacts to help make it happen.
The Landowner Habitat Help Desk is presented in part by Polaris RANGER, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, MDC, and KDWPT.