Deer Hunters Partner Up for CRP Push


National Deer Alliance Joins Pheasants Forever in Grassroots Grassland Efforts

By Tom Carpenter

It happens every fall. All over pheasant country. 

You’re blocking on a pheasant push. Hunters and dogs are working your way. Here comes a whitetail! It passes a couple shotgun lengths away, skedaddling low to the ground and motoring for parts unknown.

Or maybe you’re walking. A partner jumps a buck and it almost runs you over! It just happened to me this season in South Dakota.

My Brittany Rascal even pointed a doe once. The little dog rolled her eyes at me sort of sheepishly as I walked in for the flush. I soon found out why.


The point is, what’s good for pheasants is also good for deer – of both the white-tailed and big-eared muley varieties. One deer organization – the emerging but effective National Deer Alliance (NDA) -- gets it. So much so that they are partnering with Pheasants Forever in the push for more Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.

In partnership with Pheasants Forever, as well as other key conservation partners that make up the CRP Works Coalition, the NDA is urging deer hunters across the country to contact their federal lawmakers and express their support of the 2018 Farm Bill.

The 2018 Farm Bill notably includes and expands the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which deer hunters and pheasant hunters alike associate with excellent habitat and hunting. Additionally, the Bill increases support for voluntary public access to private lands for outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing.

“Most deer hunters don’t recognize how important the Farm Bill is to healthy deer populations, and related quality hunting opportunities across the country," says Nick Pinizzotto, NDA president and CEO. “With more than 80% of all hunters indicating they pursue deer, we represent the largest segment of the hunting industry and have a responsibility to advocate for a Farm Bill that benefits all wildlife.”


You can learn more about the NDA here, but “the organization’s mission is clear, and simple,” says Pinizzotto. “We provide a unified voice for deer hunters of every type, everywhere. NDA serves as the guardian for wild deer conservation and our collective deer hunting heritage.”

Deer hunters – 11 million strong -- are a good group to have on uplanders’ side. Pheasants Forever members need to be doing our part too.

NDA is urging deer hunters to contact their state Representatives and Senators and let them know they support a strong CRP element in the 2018 Farm Bill. Pheasant hunters should be doing the same. And if you hunt both deer and pheasants – and many of us do – all the more reason to act now. Also, please sign the petition on the CRP Works website.

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