Pheasants Forever has announced Tom Carpenter as the organization’s new Editor for the Journal of Upland Conservation
, the signature publication of “The Habitat Organization.” The Journal is mailed five times a year to all Pheasants Forever adult members nationwide. Carpenter will also manage editorial content on PheasantsForever.org. Approaching his first full-year as an employee, Carpenter will transition from his current role of Digital Content Manager to oversee all editorial responsibilities for Pheasants Forever starting on July 1st
Carpenter becomes only the third editor in Pheasants Forever’s 36-year history following a successful foundation laid by his predecessors Dennis Anderson (1982-1997) and Mark Herwig (1998-2018). A lifelong pheasant hunter, Carpenter anxiously anticipates his 45th pheasant hunting season across the Midwest, Great Plains and western states, helping tell the local success stories of chapter volunteers through Pheasants Forever’s print and digital channels.
“Tom joined the Pheasants Forever team nine months ago and in that time, he has proven his work ethic along with an insatiable thirst to write about the organization’s habitat conservation efforts. As we bring him on as the new editor for Pheasants Forever, I’d like to give my sincere thanks to Mark Herwig for twenty years of dedication to conservation as the outgoing editor,” expressed Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever’s President and CEO.
An award-winning outdoor writer and editor for over 30 years, Carpenter joined Pheasants Forever in July of 2017. His experience includes a 14-year tenure with the North American Outdoor Group where he served as Editor-in-Chief. A well-known quantity in the world of outdoor writing, Carpenter’s work has been featured in Outdoor Life
, Field & Stream, Deer & Deer Hunting
, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer
, Pointing Dog Journal
, Retriever Journal
, Gun Dog
, Delta Waterfowl, NWTF, Turkey & Turkey Hunting
and many more. Additionally, he gained marketing experience at The Hunting and Fishing Library, Brandpoint, and Fingerhut.
“I’m thrilled to be able to tell our volunteers’ stories, and take on this challenge for ‘The Habitat Organization,’” Carpenter said. “All the devoted people who make Pheasants Forever so successful feel like my family, and the habitat mission is in my heart. It seems like my career has been one big build for this role. Not unlike a rooster pheasant, I’m already on the ground running.”
Carpenter is a native of southwestern Wisconsin and grew up hunting, fishing, and cherishing the outdoor lifestyle of the upper Midwest. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in agricultural journalism, has an MBA from the College of St. Thomas, and currently resides in Plymouth, Minnesota. He has three sons, a 14-year-old Brittany, and an Epagneul Breton (French Brittany) puppy coming this spring. Carpenter will work out of Pheasants Forever’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 140,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $784 million on 530,000 habitat projects benefiting 17 million acres nationwide.
(Top) Newly hired Editor Tom Carpenter and Rascal the Little Brittany enjoy time afield in South Dakota during the 2017 pheasant hunting season. (Bottom) Standing from left to right, Pheasants Forever editors Mark Herwig, Tom Carpenter, and Dennis Anderson display a time lapse of the Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation.