For Immediate Release

Shooting Teams: Attend Quail Classic, Receive $5,000

Celebrating 30 years, Pheasants Forever in partnership with MidwayUSA donating to scholastic shooting teams attending national event.

Minneapolis, Minn. - January 02 -

Quail Forever (QF), Pheasants Forever (PF), and the MidwayUSA Foundation would like to invite every shooting team (school based, club, or FFA based) in the country to not only attend National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic for free, but to also receive a $5,000 contribution to the team’s MidwayUSA Scholastic Shooting Trust just for showing up! Teams only need to register by January 15, 2013 for National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic and attend on Saturday, February 16, which is dedicated to the country’s youth shooting teams.

Participating coaches and teams will have the opportunity to attend clinics and athlete seminars to make their team more successful on the range. Additionally, top instructors from around the country and Olympic athletes will be there giving their range tips and tricks. Some of the event's featured speakers include exhibition shooter Tom Knapp of CZ USA, CZ USA sponsored shooter Dave Miller, and Xtreme Sport Shooting world record holder and television host Patrick Flanigan. In order to qualify, teams need a minimum of three athletes and one coach from each team, but there is no limit and they can bring as many teammates and coaches as they would like.

“Youth outdoor participation and education has been part of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever since the very beginning, and with the strong support of Larry and Brenda Potterfield, we have been able to offer teams an outstanding opportunity to build and grow within their community,” says John Linquist, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever shooting sports national coordinator. “The youth of today are the local volunteers tomorrow, as well as future hunters and conservationist, and this is a great opportunity for them to experience the community of shooting teams from around the country.”

National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is the country's largest event for upland hunters, sport dog owners and wildlife habitat conservationists, combining a national outdoor tradeshow, wildlife habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns and art. The 3-day upland hunting and conservation extravaganza will be held February 15, 16 and 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pheasants Forever will officially celebrate its 30th anniversary at the event.

The Scholastic Shooting Trust (SST) Fund is an endowment to provide financial support for collegiate and high school shooting programs. The SST Fund, through its website, gives alumni and other interested parties at universities, colleges and high schools the ability to financially support a school's competitive shooting program or financially assist in the start-up of a scholastic shooting program. Donations provide immediate grant potential for a school's shooting program(s) along with sustained funding from the investment earnings of the fund.

The SST Fund is owned and controlled by the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc., a 501©(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization established by Larry and Brenda Potterfield in 2007. The Potterfields began the Foundation as a result of their passion and interest in education for shooting, hunting, firearms safety and outdoor skills.

“We want to extend a special thanks to Larry and Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA,” said Linquist, “Without their support and belief in Pheasants Forever’s youth education mission, none of this would be possible. Their generosity will allow another generation of youth to carry the torch and protect our outdoor heritage.”

To register for National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic, please click here. Once registration is received, more event details including your free passes, session times & a registration confirmation will be returned to your primary contact listed above. Also included will be a Team Deposit Form for the 5,000 dollar endowment gift from the MidwayUSA Foundation & your local PF/QF Chapter.

For more information on this offer, please contact John Linquist at (712) 253-0373 or email John. For all other information, including Pheasant Fest information, please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever public relations specialist, at (651) 209-4973 or email Rehan.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 720 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

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Rehan Nana (651) 209-4973 or Email Rehan