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Mitchell Pheasant Coalition Fact Sheet

  Mitchell Pheasant Coalition Fact Sheet

What is it?
The Mitchell Pheasant Coalition (MPC) is a group of Mitchell businesses, the Mitchell tourist industry, sportsman clubs, spearheaded by the Northern SD Chapter of Pheasants Forever. The MPC was formed to improve the local economy by increasing the amount of excellent pheasant habitat open to public hunting locally. This in turn brings in more hunters to Mitchell providing a very strong economic benefit to our local businesses and community.

Purpose
The members of the MPC donated a total of $100,000 to be used as a onetime sign up incentive for farmers and landowners enrolling 40 acres or more into the CRP program (excellent pheasant habitat) and at the same time, enrolling these same acres into the South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks (GFP) public access program (the Walk In Program) opening these acres to public hunting (all contracts are a minimum of 10 years up to a maximum of 15 years). The MPC provides a $25/ acre sign up incentive. When coupled with the CRP sign up incentive and the GFP sign up incentive along with yearly rental payments these programs provide, this becomes a very attractive offer for farmers and landowners to enroll.  The MPC is in the process of enrolling 4000 acres into the MPC program. In addition to the $100,000 raised for the sign-up incentive an additional $7800 was raised for expenses (field signs, sign posts, and promotion of the program).

How does it work?
Pheasants Forever is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization who has held a 4 star rating by Charity Navigator for the past five years in a row. The Northern SD Chapter of Pheasants Forever has established a separate bank account from its own account where all funds for the MPC are deposited. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are provided to all donors.

A Pheasant Forever Farm Bill Biologist (FBB) or USDA personnel complete a CRP contract with a landowner. Once this contract is approved, the FBB completes a GFP walk in contract. After GFP approves the walk-in contract, a check is issued to the farmer or landowner from our PF Chapter MPC account.

Transparency
It is critical that our members are kept apprised of the success of the program. Each summer our members are provided a complete status report showing the # of contracts enrolled, the number of acres enrolled, and complete financial report- shows income, expenses, money paid to farmers and landowners, and the account balance.