Worth a look: Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic 2013
It's still a couple of weeks off, but North America's premier upland game hunting and conservation event offers a bag limit of activities Feb. 15-17, when Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic 2013 comes to the Minneapolis Convention Center.
This year's show celebrates Pheasants Forever's 30th Anniversary. Here's a closer look at what's on tap:
• Bird dogs and dog trainers. More than 40 sporting dog breeds will be represented in a "Bird Dog Parade," dog training seminars will occur throughout the weekend and attendees will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with breeders, trainers and dog kennel and club representatives. The event will also feature the leading dog trainers and handlers in the country, including Bob West, Tom Dokken, Rick Smith, Ronnie Smith and Delmar Smith.
• Hunting and habitat. Hundreds of outdoor exhibitors, hunting how-to seminars all weekend long and a Landowner Habitat Help Room, where people can obtain a free wildlife habitat plan for their property, will be featured. This year, Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be an honored guest and is scheduled to discuss the current state and future prospects of upland conservation.
• Wild Game Cooking. Renowned outdoor chefs and authors Georgia Pellegrini and Hank Shaw will lead live cooking seminars, giving tips and tricks for preparing wild game.
Show hours are 1 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Daily admission is $10 adults and $5 ages 6 to 16; admission is free for ages 5 and younger.
-- Herald staff report