A proposal for a Wild Pheasant Recovery Area in the Northwest Region will be the centerpiece topic at Pheasants Forever Chapter 728’s sixth annual membership banquet March 26.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 285, 102 W. Fourth St., Waterford. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Region 1 Game Commissioner Ralph Martone, of New Castle, will speak about establishing a recovery area that could see wild birds released as soon as 2013.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Ring-necked Pheasant Management Plan calls for creation of four recovery areas in the state by 2015 as part of a plan to re-establish wild pheasant populations. Wild-trapped pheasants are released into these areas, with a goal of achieving a density of 10 hen pheasants per square mile.
Martone will be joined by state Sen. Robert D. Robbins, of Greenville, R-50th Dist., and Dave Putnam, Game Commission secretary.
The banquet will feature a buffet-style dinner, legal beverages and chances to win outdoor equipment, firearms, wildlife art and home and dog items.
Cost for membership and dinner is $50 per person, $20 per guest. Youth membership and dinner is $20 per person. Those who took part in youth hunts in October may attend the dinner for $10 each.
Make checks payable to Pheasants Forever 728 and mail to Ed Moss, 9992 Wildman Road, North East, PA 16428. The banquet is open to the public.
Preregistration is encouraged; limited tickets are expected to be available at the door.
For information or a registration form, visit www.nwpapf.org.
Pheasants Forever is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvement and conservation. Chapter 728, formed in Warren County, covers all of northwestern Pennsylvania. The chapter has 230 members who have developed more than 1,200 acres of habitat and given instruction to more than 120 youth hunters.