Pheasant habitat improvement program (PHIP)

Program Purpose: To provide cost-sharing to landowners for management practices that improve pheasant habitat.

Eligible Projects: The development, restoration, and maintenance of suitable habitat for ring-necked pheasants, which includes the establishment of food plots (primarily corn or sorghum), nesting cover, woody cover and wetland restoration.

Who May Apply: Public and private landowners in 64 counties in southern, western and central Minnesota.

Priorities: This program establishes funding priorities by county through a system of ranking criteria which include but are not limited to the amount of public land, number of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, land use patterns, pheasant populations, and the involvement of pheasant management organizations.

Level of Assistance: Up to 75% of total eligible costs.

General Information: This program was established in 1983 to reverse the long term trend of declining pheasant numbers in Minnesota. It is funded through Minnesota pheasant stamp hunting fees.

How to Apply: Contact your DNR Area Wildlife Manager.

Other Related Programs:
Conservation Partners Grant Program
Greg Anderson
USDA Farm Service Agency
Phone: 651-602-7731

Minnesota River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Tim Fredbo
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Phone: 651-296-0880, Web site:
OR contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Steve Kufrin, Program Coordinator
Phone: 612-713-5447

RIM Reserve Conservation Easement Program
Tim Fredbo, Easement Coordinator
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Phone: 651-296-0880
OR contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
Mark Oja, State Wildlife Biologist
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Phone: 651-602-7868