Pheasant Summit Action Plan

Hunters holding harvested birds after a successful pheasant hunt.

This plan outlines an aggressive set of short- and long-term steps to increase and improve habitat for pheasants and opportunities for hunting.

This action plan includes measurable goals for a four-year time frame, recognizing that habitat conservation will need to continue far into the future.

Actions defined are explicitly designed to increase pheasant habitat and pheasant populations. Because pheasants are dependent upon grassland habitat, they serve as indicator species for grassland conservation.

Grasslands that grow out of this plan also will provide habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, pollinators and hundreds of grassland-dependent wildlife species.
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Pheasant action items

Background: The Minnesota Pheasant Summit

Governor Mark Dayton convened the state's first-ever Minnesota Pheasant Summit in December 2014 in Marshall. This working meeting brought together about 300 hunters, farmers, conservationists, key members of the Governor's Cabinet and others. Together, they focused on strategies to increase the state's pheasant population, improve pheasant habitat and help ensure future generations of Minnesota hunters have the opportunity enjoy this popular and important species.

Summit participants identified five main points on which to focus – and led to development of the pheasant action plan. Those points were: enforcing existing laws (buffers, roadsides, easements); increasing bonding funds for Wildlife Management Area acquisition; targeting funding to specific high-quality habitat areas through state, local, and federal cost-share programs; increasing state and local funding; and creating competitive compensation for long-term/perpetual conservation practices.

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For more information on the Pheasant Summit Action Plan, contact:

Kevin Lines
Pheasant action plan coordinator

Greg Hoch
DNR prairie habitat team leader