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Darke County Pheasants Forever - About Us Page

Darke County Pheasants Forever - About Us Page

A Local Ohio Chapter

Welcome. We are Ohio (PF), a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants and other upland bird populations in North America.

Pheasants Forever is the only national organization with a model of chapters keeping 100% of the funds they raise. While belonging to a larger national organization that has a voice on federal and state conservation policies, chapters are tasked with finding projects for their funds. Ohio takes full advantage of this model using funds raised for projects locally as well as other areas in the state of Ohio.

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Our Chapter History

Our Chapter History

The Darke County Pheasants Forever Chapter was co-founded in 2000 by local individuals who recognized a need for habitat restoration and preservation to ensure the future of all wildlife in Darke County. Many of these of individuals are still very actively involved in the chapter today.

In March of 2001, the fledgling PF chapter held its inaugural banquet drawing around 150 people. In recent years, our fall banquet has become very large with well over 450 attendees.

In the years after its inception, Darke County Pheasants Forever has become a widely recognized conservation organization in the area. We take pride in working closely with landowners on their habitat projects, put together our yearly fall banquet & various other fund raisers, and conduct yearly youth hunts along with various other projects throughout the years.

We are always looking for additional volunteers to help out. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact one of the officers through the information located on this site.

About Darke County Pheasants Forever

About Darke County Pheasants Forever

Our local chapter in Ohio was founded amongst those upland hunters and sportsmen and women in your community. Our goal is to provide those avid outdoormen and women an opportunity to assist in the protection and enhancement of pheasants and other upland bird populations around the local area.

Pheasants Forever was co-founded in 1982 by co-workers at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch, outdoor editor Dennis Anderson and national advertising director Jeff Finden. Both recognized a need for habitat restoration and preservation to ensure the future of pheasants and other wildlife.

PF's first publication entitled "Rooster Tales," published in February 1983. This became the forerunner of today's Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation. The fledgling PF held its first banquet on April 15, 1983, drawing 800 people at the inaugural banquet. In January 2007, PF's third-ever National Pheasant Fest in Des Moines, Iowa, became the largest event in PF history, drawing over 24,500 attendees over a three-day span.

Twenty-five years after its inception, Pheasants Forever has become a grassroots, nationwide upland conservation movement - a national conservation powerhouse. The organization has grown to 110,000 members with over 600 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. Nationwide, Pheasants Forever has spent $260 million on program expenditures, which have helped fund 347,000 habitat projects affecting 4.4 million acres across North America. Along the way, PF has continued to employ the same unique organizational model of empowering local chapters to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds are spent. This local control allows chapters to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities.

Our Local Habitat Projects

Our Local Habitat Projects

We actively partner with other chapters and Ohio organization of natural resources on many habitat projects.

    • Habitat field days are conducted when opportunities arise.
    • We involve young people through activities such as youth hunts and habitat projects.
    • Habitat projects and efforts to restore and preserve public lands.
    • Contribute to funding purchasing and restoration of local land throughout our community.

Our Fundraising

    • Our annual fundraising banquet, which is attended by more than 240 people, generates thousands of dollars. The banquet is held in early February each year.

Who Is Pheasants Forever?

A national organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of habitat for upland game and wildlife throughout the nation.

  • Over 145,000 grassroots members and volunteers who have developed more than 10 million acres of pheasant and other wildlife habitat since inception.
  • 600 chapters completing over 35,000 projects annually.

What Can You Do To Help?

What Can You Do To Help?

Please explore our website and discover more about the Darke County Pheasants Forever. You'll find detailed information on all our activities and upcoming events. Let us know what you think; we appreciate your feedback. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us. We welcome people interested in the Pheasants Forever mission to attend our monthly meetings, listed on our events page.

    • Become a Pheasants Forever member or sponsor
    • Volunteer your time or resources to our chapter