Hunting & Heritage  |  11/30/2022

Winter Journal Honors the Hunt, the Habitat and the Bird


New issue going to press soon: Join or renew by December 9 to get in on the action

By Tom Carpenter, Editor at Pheasants Forever

Ring-necked pheasants make their living at intersections. Intersections of habitat — prairie and grain, grass and cattails, brush and wetland. Intersections of biology and behavior —nest to egg to hatchling, insect-eating chick to seed-gleaning adult, innocent bystander to wary warrior. And intersections of seasons — the relief of spring to fulsome summer, and the bounty of fall to the stark realities of winter. Lon Lauber captured our cover bird, a celebration of such intersections and of the habitat mission, on a frosty-white winter day.

That’s what I wrote about the magnificent cover image for our Winter Edition of Pheasants Forever Journal. And as that picture celebrates key intersections for the birds, so this entire issue does the same for the hunter, habitat manager, heritage mentor and PF member.

Late season is when the tough keep going, and a set of three special “Fireside Reads” hunting stories will keep you deeply entertained in an armchair on a cold winter’s night. So will a browse through “Snow Birds,” a thrilling picture essay from wildlife photographer John Pennoyer: winter pheasants in their full glory.


Of course, we also present the other road coming to the PF intersection: Three important Call of the Uplands stories profiling key PF habitat and heritage efforts across the pheasant range. I think you will especially like Patrick Durkin’s deep-dive profile on Pheasants Forever’s key role in creating habitat that then enrolls into walk-in hunting programs for public access to private lands.

As usual, I get excited and maybe tell you too much about a new issue. Or maybe not, for there are many more gems to discover in it. Either way, if your membership is current, expect to see your magazine in a couple weeks. If your membership isn’t current, or you want join Pheasants Forever, do so by December 9 to make sure you get on the list to receive the Winter Issue of The Journal of Upland Conservation.

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