Pheasants Forever NE Indiana Chapter 182's members are truly passionate about creating, preserving and restoring habitat that benefits pheasants, quail and other upland wildlife. This unique model empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds will be spent.
Whether it's through improving habitat, informing the public about land management or educating future generations of hunting enthusiasts, conservation is the underlying principle in all we do at the grassroots level.
Northeast Indiana Chapter 182 Habitat
Habitat Conservation and creation has been a primary focus of Chapter 182 since its inception. The vast majority of funds raised by the Chapter are spent on habitat projects for members, non-members, and other conservation related organizations. The Northeast Indiana chapter has been the number one Chapter in Indiana in habitat projects and has ranked very high among all Chapters in the National PF organization.
In 2020 the Chapter completed 14 Warm Season Grass projects, covering 160 acres. This brings the total since 2000 to 536 projects covering over 6300 acres. There have been a total of 364 Food Plot plantings since 2008 covering about 1680 acres. In 2020 we distributed enough seed to establish 500 acres of food plots in Lagrange, Allen, Dekalb, Noble, and Steuben counties. At this time 15 habitat projects have been scheduled for 2021, with the largest being 150 acres. This represents one of the largest habitat planting in the Chapter's history.
There have also been 24 seperate tree plantings encompassing about 38,000 trees. The Chapter also provides support for controlled, prescribed burns, and did 8 burns in 2020 covering 120 acres. This brings the Chapter's support of total controlled burns to 190 over approximately 1910 acres.
Chapter 182 had it's first pollinator habitat project covering 5 acres in 2017 and two additional in 2019. We expect this to be an increasingly popular type of project in future years.
Field Days are also an important education tool for all those interested in establishing or improving their habitat projects. A total of 10 Field Days have been conducted in recent years, with attendance in excess of 300 people.
In addition to the above activities, the Chapter distributed enough seed to plant another 1200 acres of food plots!
To Schedule a project, or to find out more about our Habitat activities, call Dave Hurley, Habitat Chair, at 260-541-0400.