Although Pheasant Fest 2021 was canceled here is what we can expect from Pheasants Forever in the 2022 Omaha, Nebraska Show.
What do you get when you cross an upland bird hunting camp with a conservation fundraiser, a show-and-tell of all the latest and greatest upland hunting gear, plus all things bird dogs? If you guessed a really awesome party or Pheasant Fest, you guessed right!
While certainly the largest gathering of upland hunters I’ve ever participated in, Pheasants Forever has done a remarkable job growing this event while still maintaining the personal and uniquely intimate nature of the upland bird hunting and conservation niche.
When I heard Pheasant Fest would once again return to my home state (and that of Pheasants Forever) of Minnesota in 2020, I began planning right away for the Project Upland team to not only attend the event but to join in the promotion of Pheasant Fest as well as support the mission of The Habitat Organization, Pheasants Forever. As expected, the event delivered with incredible community atmosphere and social experience that left me planning the next year. Unfortunately with COVID-19 on an upward trend the 2021 date in South Dakota was canceled.
Whether you’ve attended in the past or are considering your first trip to Pheasant Fest, I can assure you the show in Omaha next year is likely to be bigger and better than ever. There will be plenty of what you’ve come to expect from Pheasant Fest along with a refreshing injection of new events, activities and exhibitors.
Let’s explore some of the details of what you can expect at Pheasant Fest 2022 and continue reading to find out how you can score free tickets to this year’s event.
What’s in Store at Pheasant Fest 2022?
The 2022 event will be held March 11th through 13th in Omaha, Nebraska. The doors open Friday at noon with show hours running through 7 p.m. that evening, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices traditional start at $15 for a day pass and rise from there based on how many days you plan to attend and in combination with other events like the Friday Night Celebration Event and Saturday’s National Banquet, but the 2022 prices are not yet posted.
According to Pheasants Forever, the “National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is driven by the person-to-person interactions surrounding our partners, exhibitors, bird dogs, hunting heritage, youth, banquets and so much more,” said Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “Similarly, the organization’s habitat conservation mission over the long-term depends on keeping people healthy and engaged. We are simply not going to put our supporters in harm’s way. Instead, we will look forward to a remarkable 2022 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Omaha.”
Self described Pheasant Fest is “the nation’s largest trade show and convention for upland hunters, landowners, bird dog lovers, wild game cooking enthusiasts and wildlife habitat conservationists.” It’s sure to be that and much more beginning with their iconic (and annual) bird dog parade that launches the event. There will also be seminars from leading bird dog professionals, lots of wild game cooking, a massive expo space with just about all of our favorite upland brands in attendance, and of course the cause that brings us all together–habitat.
The New Public Lands Pavilion at Pheasant Fest
New in 2020 was the Public Lands Pavilion, which organizers describe as “our newest stage and exhibitor area celebrating the country’s 800 million acres of prairies, forests, mountains, and public lands open to all Americans for hunting, hiking, and exploring.”
Here you will find booths from some of our favorite organizations and brands including the Ruffed Grouse Society, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Jay Dowd (@uplandlowlife) and the Hunting Dog Podcast. This is also where the Project Upland booth will be stationed and we certainly hope to see many of you there.
If you do stop by you’re likely to bump into many of the Project Upland contributors including podcast hosts, filmmakers, photographers and writers. We encourage all the people in our community to stop by and say “hi” as well as take advantage of our show specials on magazine subscriptions and merchandise.
The 2020 show included “A Public Lands State-of-the-Union” presentation featuring four of the most influential names in public lands and upland access including President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society, Ben Jones; CEO of Pheasants Forever, Howard Vincent; President of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Whit Fosburgh; and Land Tawney, President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
Other events included myself, along with Ron Boehme, Host of The Hunting Dog Podcast; Ben Jones of the Ruffed Grouse Society; and Jared Wiklund, PF & QF’s Manager of Public Relations in our panel discussion, “Great Lakes Ruffed Grouse on Public Lands.” Other seminars and panels will be presented on pheasant, quail, and planning an upland road trip.
The New Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Film Festival
The 2020 show include the first Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever film festival which featured two Project Upland Films along with other excellent work from The Flush, Orvis, and Duck Camp. This portion of the event went down the night before Pheasant Fest began at the Pourhouse Downtown and sold out weeks before the event!
General admission was $29.91 which included an associate membership to Pheasants Forever and two complimentary tickets to Pheasant Fest! VIP seating tickets were $42.73 which included a free drink, access to the VIP area, an associate membership to Pheasants Forever, two complimentary tickets to Pheasant Fest and a special gift bag.
The films we featured include the film profile of award-winning wild game chef Hank Shaw in Food and Hunting and our most recent film Never Too Late with Pheasants Forever Education and Outreach Program Manager, Marissa Jensen.
Stay Tuned for Free Tickets to Pheasant Fest 2022
As part of the Project Upland community, we normally give away free tickets to the event by following some simple steps to claim them. As more details arise come back here to get yours and learn more about what to expect in 2022!
For the most up-to-date list of event details, show schedule and accommodations, head over to pheasantsforever.org.
See You at Pheasant Fest in Omaha in 2022!
New gear, shotguns, film festival, gun dogs . . . seriously, what more could you ask for? Pheasant Fest 2022 is sure to be a great event and we hope to see you there. And remember aside from all of the fun and festivities at this year’s event, all the time and effort put into this show by Pheasants and Quail Forever is done for one reason and one reason alone–the habitat mission of the organization. If you are able, show up and show your support for one of the best conservation organizations on the planet.
Oh yeah–if you hear of any killer after-hours parties going on, let us know in the comments below!
Nick Larson is the host and creator of the Project Upland Podcast. He and his family, which includes a pair of English setters, reside in Duluth, Minnesota. Naturally, his favorite pursuit is upland bird hunting. From the northern forests of the upper great lakes to the prairies of the west, he chases adventure across the uplands wherever his bird dogs and the people he meets inspire him to go.