Pheasant hunters and conservationists in Wyoming have formed the state’s two newest Pheasants Forever chapters. The Wedding of the Waters Pheasants Forever chapter and the Central Wyoming Pheasants Forever chapter are committed to creating and improving habitat and giving youth opportunities to experience the outdoors.

“I am very excited to see such a dedicated group of upland enthusiasts who are so willing to dedicate their time and effort to improving Wyoming’s natural resources,” said Bob Hix, Pheasants Forever Regional Representative for Wyoming, “I am very confident that both chapters will do a outstanding job at increasing youth outdoor participation and creating wildlife habitat within their respective communities.”

Central Wyoming Pheasants Forever chapter

“If you don’t have youth to carry on a tradition, you don’t have anything,” says Steve Smith, the chapter’s newly elected president and avid hunter, “We have a lot of people in our community who want to help in our conservation efforts. Our chapter plans on using this positive momentum to give youth a fun and safe way to experience the outdoors. Eventually, we would like to have those youth spearhead the chapter and community’s conservation efforts.”

In addition to a sporting clays youth event this summer, the Central Wyoming Pheasants Forever chapter plans to work with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to improve area habitat. “I still hunt some of the areas that I grew up hunting, including Bighorn Basin, and I think it would be great if my children have the same opportunity when they are my age.”

The Central Wyoming Pheasants Forever chapter will hold its next meeting at the Casper Skeet Club on Monday, April 16th at 6:00pm. The Central Wyoming Pheasants Forever chapter meeting information can also be found HERE. For more information, please contact Steve Smith at (307) 262-2656 / Email Steve. The chapter is actively pursuing new members and volunteers.

Wedding of the Waters Pheasants Forever chapter

“Increased youth outdoor activity and habitat improvements are the two areas our chapter looks forward to furthering in Wyoming,” says Chris Pebbles, the chapter’s newly elected president, “After working closely with Pheasants Forever throughout the years, I am very familiar with what the organization is capable of and how strong our grassroots efforts can be when a community bands together.” Pebbles noted that he decided to start the Wedding of the Waters Pheasants Forever chapter after various Hot Springs County residents voiced their support for advanced conservation awareness and habitat improvement.

The chapter plans to immediately start working with their community and local gun club to teach youth trap shooting and help motivate youth to spend more time outdoors. As the chapter becomes further established, the members also plan to work with area ranchers, schools and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to implement quality upland habitat measures.

The chapter’s first meeting will be held 7:30pm on Thursday, April 26th at the Thermopolis VFW Hall. The Wedding of the Waters Pheasants Forever chapter meeting information can also be found HERE. For more information, please contact Chris Pebbles at (307) 921-0286 /Email Chris. The chapter welcomes new members and volunteers.

For more information on “The Habitat Organization” in Wyoming, please contact Bob Hix at (303) 588-1542 / Email Bob. For all other inquiries, please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Public Relations Specialist, at 651-209-4973 / Email Rehan.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Combined, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 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.

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