The Friends of Poynette Game Farm value the importance of stocking upland game birds to provide future hunting opportunities. In addition, the stocking program provides economic benefits to the State and local communities.
We appreciate the efforts of the WI Dept. of Natural Resources (WDNR) to produce high quality game birds at a reasonable cost. Over the past five years, the WDNR has released ~50,000 pheasants annually on 71 public hunting grounds across the State. For many hunters, these released game birds offer their only opportunity to harvest a pheasant. Providing the opportunity to harvest a pheasant is important for maintaining the pheasant hunting tradition in Wisconsin.
We support the stocking program by providing funds to the WDNR State Game Farm for game bird production or donating game birds to the WDNR for release on public hunting grounds. It is our hope that continued financial support will maintain or increase pheasant production numbers in the future. If you would like to support this effort, please DONATE NOW.
The Friends of Poynette Game Farm and WI Department of Natural Resources recognize the importance of a well-trained hunting dog for a positive hunting experience. We are supporting hunting dog training events and include some aspect of dog handling in Learn to Hunt programs, when appropriate. We are educating young and novice hunters about hunting dog breeds and training opportunities in their area.
The Friends of Poynette Game Farm will use Corporate Sponsorship and Donor opportunities to achieve the following goals by 2016 (5 years):
- Provide four Learn to Hunt (LTH) programs at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center annually. These programs will serve as the model for others to follow.
- Develop and train LTH program leaders that will provide youth and novice hunting events in their local community. Our goal is to support 25 events statewide by 2016.
- Provide pheasant hunting opportunities by increasing the number of pheasants released on public hunting grounds to 75,000 over the next five years. This is an increase of 21,000 pheasants over five years.
- Support capital improvements at the Poynette Game Farm to secure the long-term future of the facility and the pheasant stocking program.