Pheasants Forever is a nonprofit organization formed in 1982 in response to the continuing decline of ringneck pheasants. Pheasants Forever now has over 140,000 members nationwide, with around 20,000 in Iowa.
The Mahaska County Pheasants Forever Chapter retains the funds raised at the annual banquets and uses them for local habitat work. The work includes, but is not limited to, establishment of pollinator habitat, woody cover, nesting cover, and food plots adjacent to key wintering areas, and wetland restoration. Below are Mahaska County Pheasants Forever Chapter Guidelines for assistance in the following programs:
Preserving our Natural Resources
Permanent Winter Wildlife Cover with Tree or Shrub Plantings Program:
Permanent Nesting and Winter Habitat Program:
Wildlife Food Plot Program:
Equipment: This is the available equipment that we have for rent and you may contact Ben Hoskinson at the Mahaska County Roadside Office (see below for Ben’s information) for equipment rental.
Professional Assistance: For more information regarding these Mahaska County Pheasant Forever cost sharing programs, contact the following:
Applicants for Pheasants Forever cost share assistance are required to be members of Pheasants Forever. If you are not currently a member, the $35.00 membership fee will be deducted from your cost share amount. You do not have to allow Pheasants Forever members or others to hunt unless you welcome them.
MAHASKA COUNTY BURN CREW
We are a mixed group of professional wildlife personnel and outdoor enthusiasts. When we are on the fire line we are all volunteering our time for the betterment of habitat, while raising a few dollars to fund our youth and habitat programs in Mahaska County. In each of the past 3 years our team has logged over 600 volunteer hours and over 20 people have given time.
Step 1: Contact Mahaska County Pheasants Forever to get on the list of burns to be done. It is never too early. The list fills quickly.
Step 2: Pheasants Forever will develop a burn plan for suitable conditions for the prescribe fire to be conducted.
Step 3: The landowner will need to sign the burn plan, authorization form, and cost-share agreement.
How Much Does It Cost?
Landowner billed cost per acre is $50
Pheasants Forever Members:
Pheasants Forever cost share is 50% back if bill is paid in full within 30 days
Pheasants Forever Non-members:
Pheasants Forever cost share is 50% back if bill is paid in full within 30 days Minus a $35 membership fee (membership is now required)
USDA may also cost share depending on Farm Program Enrollment. If so, just submit the original bill from us.
For more information please contact Ben Hoskinson (641-672-2897 Ext. 16) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org