Howitzer,Ahhh now I'm a socialist, says the guy who promotes an organization that spends gazillions of taxpayer money to support his "hunt". Enjoy your 25% of the revenue for habitat projects because your cherished PF is going to be in its death throes due to the government not giving them any money.
And calling me a dump n hunt, that's laughable, you guys make the worst assumptions and believe anything PF pours down your throat. The fact of the matter is I stuck with MPHI and the stamp like I did out of spite for PF, I hunt primarily in Montana and have 4 trips this year so far and have one more elk hunt next month. I am telling you this because I have plenty of money and time to hunt wherever I want and I don't need an organization to show or tell me what and where I should hunt.
Now if you want to see conservation, go to Montana. They make your cherished SD look like Michigan in comparison for upland game.
Whether the seed was already here or not its asinine to plant more of it.
Some thoughts and questions:
1. What, specifically, do you have against PF's focus on habitat in support of WILD bird populations? Everything I've experienced (in Michigan, Iowa, and South Dakota) demonstrates PF is very effective in partnership with landowners and state DNR's in getting not only habitat but the right habitat into the ground. Benefits not only accrue to upland wildlife, but many other game/non-game species and water quality.
2. For hunters like myself that truly enjoy pursuing WILD birds, what other conservation group has done more for pheasants and pheasant hunting than PF? If there is one, please let me know so I can donate to them as well.
3. Finally, I've never experienced upland hunting on Montana. What exactly does Montana do differently than other states that results in better upland hunting? I'll bet your response will revolve around habitat.
Closer to home. I've been very impressed with the work done by MPRI and the management of public lands for pheasant. After overcoming a serious health issue, I've been fortunate enough to get back into this with my dog and my hat's off to the DNR/PF and other local organizations that foster habitat improvement. I've seen birds every single time I've hunted managed public land. Have I bagged birds consistently, of course not - it's wild bird hunting. But we've had alot of contacts that otherwise would not have been possible without the aforementioned habitat work. Is PF perfect? No, but the good they do FAR outweighs the (perceived) bad.
Just my opinion.