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Putting the wild back into wildlife

Pheasants Forever uses benefit banquet to buy wildlife plot planting machine

January 18, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The biggest killer of wildlife during the winter months is lack of shelter and forage.

Well, the Emmet County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is doing something about it.

The chapter has purchased a Plotmaster plot planting machine that members and other landowners can use to plant wildlife habitate on their acres. The machine is available for free use by members or for a nominal fee by non members.

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Chris Thiel, Emmet County Pheasants Forever chapter president, and Bill Fettes, committee member, with the Plot master wildlife plot planting machine the chapter recently purchased. Proceeds for the machine came from past Emmet County Pheasants Forever banquets. The next banquet will be Saturday, Feb. 23.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Chris Thiel, chapter president, and committee member Bill Fettes say the machine can be used to plant native or other grasses, grains, sorghum or other wildlife forage.

Fettes said the planter is ideal for plots of two to three acres and can be towed behind an ATV or a 20-horse garden tractor. There's also a single-row planter attachment.

Money for the planter came from the last couple banquets that Emmet County PF has held.

Fettes, who serves on the Emmet County SCS Board of Directors, said landowners can plant food plots with the machine on CRP acres - a dual benefit for farmers who like to hunt.

And there's already a demand for the Plotmaster.

"We've got at least seven to 10 guys lined up already," Fettes said.

Thiel said PF wildlife biologists can show landowners the most optimum locations for planting food plats.

The next Emmet County Pheasants Forever annual banquet will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Estherville Elks Lodge. The doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner served from 5:30-7 p.m. The program and auction start at 7:15 p.m. There is a limit of 250 tickets.

Tickets for membership and dinner are $55. Pheasants Forever membership includes a membership card, window decal and five issues of PHEASANTS FOREVER Magazine. Additional tickets for spouse and children are $20 each. The youth ticket includes a Ringneck Membership.

At least 25 guns will be given away. Probably the biggest prize is a northern Minnesota fishing trip valued at $1,200. The seven-day trip for up to four people offers first-class fishing for walleye, sauger, pike, smallmouth and more. Fish 26,000 acres of pristine water at Lake Kabetogama in Voyagers National Park near International Falls, Minn. Modern housekeeping cabins are provided. The trip is available to be taken through the 2014 season.

There's an early bird prize of $200 cash. Early Bird registration must be postmarked by Feb. 9.

For tickets contact Christ Thiel at (507) 841-2946, Gary Natterstad at (712) 362-3230, Jeff Felkey at (712) 260-5077 or any board member.



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