Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announce John Linquist, formerly Pheasants Forever’s Regional Representative in western Iowa, as the organization’s new FOREVER Shooting Sports National Coordinator. This position, made possible by a generous donation from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders of MidwayUSA, is aimed at introducing young people to shooting sports and increasing youth outdoor participation.
In 2011, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever launched its FOREVER Shooting Sports Program, which was made possible by a five-year pledge from the Potterfields. The program’s intention is to develop a sustainable comprehensive shooting sports program that works closely with chapters and partners. In year one, the program doubled its initial goal and provided 17,000 youth participants the opportunity to experience the thrill of shooting sports.
Born and raised in Cherokee, Iowa, Linquist has served as Pheasants Forever’s Regional Representative in western Iowa since 2006. He’s been a shooting instructor for more than 30 years and began teaching hunter education when he was just 16 years old. “Pheasants Forever has always been a strong advocate for youth education, shooting sports and hunter retention,” said Linquist, “I am confident we can dramatically increase the number of youth who are currently involved with shooting sports and continue the outdoor heritage that makes this country unique. Forever Shooting Sports programs are designed to instill an affinity with the outdoors and keep our youth excited about conservation well into the future.”
“John’s experience with the shooting sports and his passion to get kids outdoors makes him the perfect fit for this position,” said Cheryl Riley, Pheasants Forever Vice President of Education & Outreach, “John knows our volunteers, and he will build a national network of community shooting programs supported by our chapters. We are so excited to have this opportunity to promote shooting sports as part of our No Child Left Indoors initiative.”
Besides the shooting sports, Linquist enjoys hunting upland and big game, fishing and archery. He lives in Sibley, Iowa, with his wife of 25 years, Darla, their two children Matthew and Suzanne, and Jake the Wonder Dog (his Gordon Setter). “I’m blessed to have my family’s support in my career at Pheasants Forever,” said Linquist, “Success is so much more obtainable when your family and friends are helping you reach your goals.”
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have spent more than $10 million on youth conservation education since 1982. This has allowed the organization to host 45,530 youngsters in its youth mentor hunts, 58,575 in outdoor skills events and another 10,000 in youth conservation camps across the country.
For more information regarding Pheasants Forever’s FOREVER Shooting Sports Program, please contact John Linquist, at (712) 754-3221 / Email John. For all other inquiries, please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever Public Relations Specialist at 651-209-4973 / Email Rehan.