Hunting & Heritage  |  12/15/2021

Podcast Ep. 147: Michigan Pheasant Hunting and Adopt-A-Game Area Program

Host Bob St.Pierre is joined by Pheasants Forever’s Michigan State Coordinator Ben Beaman for a conversation about hunting pheasants, ruffed grouse, and woodcock in the duo’s home state.  The guys also discuss Michigan’s Adopt-a-Game-Area Program and the importance of intensive habitat management in preventing grasslands from becoming woodlands void of pheasants, especially in states east of the Mississippi River.  

Episode Highlights:
  • Beaman starts the conversation talking about his college years in Wyoming which leads to an interesting tangential discussion asserting that Wyoming may be one of the most underappreciated destinations for upland and waterfowl hunters.  
  • Bob explains why he is a “Yooper” and Ben is a “troll” in Michigan parlance.
  • Ben talks about the innovative “Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative” and how it produced the Adopt-a-Game-Area program.  Likewise, Beaman explains the different types of habitat work occurring on these public areas, their importance for the state’s wild pheasant populations, and how people can help.