Women on the WIng


2020 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic: Women, Wine & Wild Game Event

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Women-on-the-Wing Initiative will inspire and provide opportunities for women to become engaged, dynamic conservationists. Women-on-the-Wing will draw from our experience and passion to deliver local events designed to cultivate new sportswomen; connect women landowners, farmers and ranchers; and create a community of women dedicated to carrying on our upland traditions and the Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever mission.

Purchase tickets HERE.

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Conservation Outreach – Women Caring for the Land

ENGAGING WOMEN LANDOWNERS
There are about 1 million women farmers in the United States, owning one-third of all farmland. An additional 87 million acres are owned by non-operating women landowners. There is an opportunity to connect with women landowners and operators. Our Conservation Outreach programs engage landowners and operators through women-tailored conservation workshops and learning opportunities.

WOMEN CARING FOR THE LAND EVENTS
Pheasants Forever works with the Women’s Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) and drawing on shared experiences of providing conservation outreach. Through WFAN’s work, we know that women prefer to learn about conservation from other women in an informal “learning circle” format, and want to see themselves and their values reflected in outreach materials, expressed in non-technical language. The WFAN program serves women farmland landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation. Women Caring for the LandSM and Pheasants Forever has been working to hold these events across several states including Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and Wisconsin thus far.

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Women, Wine & Wild Game

GOING BEYOND THE BIRD
Our Women, Wine, & Wild Game events gather women that are interested in sustainable food sourcing, hunting, or who otherwise have an affinity for the outdoors. The events demonstrate the connections between land stewardship and opportunities to hunt wild game, while also fostering a greater understanding of the Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever mission. These events have been used to kick-off women’s chapters or to engage more women in the organization.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

  • Featured wild game recipes
  • “Hunters Fund Conservation” presentation
  • Personal testimonies of connections to the land and hunting
  • Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever mission
  • Encourage involvement with the organization
 
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Women-on-the-Wing Chapters

CAPITAL CITY LADYBIRDS
Located in Bismarck, the Capital City Ladybirds are North Dakota’s first women’s chapter. Started in 2018, the Ladybirds will hold women’s wingshooting clinics and help to recruit new conservation-minded sportswomen into our organization and the outdoors.

LEGENDARY LONGTAILS
One of two women’s chapters in Minnesota, the Legendary Longtails are passionate about connecting already-experienced sportswomen to one another, while helping to inspire new women to the outdoors lifestyle.

RED CEDAR WOMEN’S CHAPTER
This well-established women’s chapter is based out of Menomonie, Wisconsin. Their largest annual event is their “Ringneck Rally for Youth.” Attracting around 250 kids each year, the free event introduces kids and their families to a wide range of outdoor activities including shooting sports, fishing and outdoor safety.

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RECRUIT, RETAIN, REACTIVATE
All our women’s efforts tie back to recruiting the next generation of hunter conservationists, be it wingshooting clinics, learn-to-hunts or “upland slams,” we’re passionate about providing women opportunities to get afield while educating them on the importance of habitat conservation.

EVENTS HELD

  • Women’s Learn-to-Hunt
  • Women’s Wing-shooting Clinics
  • Outdoor Women’s Life OWL program (www.owlife.org)
  • Public lands hunting days
  • Partnering with state agencies through Becoming an Outdoors Women (BOW) programs
 
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Program Contact Information

For information on ways that you can engage and support the Women on the Wing Initiative, contact:
Marissa Jensen – Education and Outreach Program Manager
(402) 250-7146
mjensen@pheasantsforever.org

Program State Contacts

Illinois
Katie Kauzlarich – Outreach Coordinator
kkauzlarich@pheasantsforever.org

Indiana
Erin Holmes – State Coordinator
(608) 658-0969
eholmes@pheasantsforever.org

Iowa
Kelsey Fleming – Senior Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
(641) 343- 7033
kfleming@pheasantsforever.org

Maryland
Melody Smith - OWL Founder
melodys@verizon.net
www.owlife.org

Minnesota
Kristina Ringold – Legendary Longtails Chapter President
(763) 226-1569
ringold215@hotmail.com

North Dakota
Cayla Bendel – Women in Conservation Coordinator
(701) 498-2920
cbendel@pheasantsforever.org

South Dakota
Erica Yost– Regional Representative
(605) 281-9682
eyost@pheasantsforever.org

Wisconsin
Julie Peterson – Farm Bill Biologist III
(920) 615-2624
jpeterson@pheasantsforever.org