Despite the 2021 show being canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s installment of the largest upland show in the US is shaping up to be a great time
With many hunting seasons behind us, another opening day is quickly approaching: the kick-off for Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic.
Held March 11-13 in Omaha, Neb., the 2022 installment of the event is shaping up to be an exciting one as well as a readjustment from the cancellation of the 2021 show due to COVID-19. So, after that short hiatus, what’s to expect at this year’s three-day event?
The show returns and what’s in store
With the 2021 South Dakota show canceled, hosts Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are bringing plenty to this western gateway city. The show is housed at the CHI Medical Center and will run from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with tickets starting at $7.50 for one day and capping at $185 for the full-weekend package that includes access to the entire event, including Friday’s Upland Rally and Saturday’s national banquet, as well as an annual membership to the organization.
According to PF/QF, the show is multipurpose and “will focus on wildlife conservation, upland game bird hunting (pheasant and quail), dog training, and wildlife habitat management and restoration.” Further, as noted by PF/QF President and CEO Howard Vincent, the “National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic is driven by the person-to-person interactions surrounding our partners, exhibitors, bird dogs, hunting heritage, youth, banquets, and so much more.“
Multiple seminars will be held with topics ranging from women in hunting, getting started in upland hunting, hunting behind well-trained bird dogs, falconry, mentoring, and more. Additionally, many big names in the hunting industry and conservation realm will be present, including Durrell Smith, Sam Soholt, Seth Bynum DVM, Tom and Tina Dokken, Ronnie and Rick Smith, Hank Shaw, Jack Hennessy, Bri Van Scotter, Ryan Callaghan, Christine Peterson, Land Tawney, Ben Jones, Whit Fosburgh, Doug Duren, and many more.
Other events of interest include public land happy hour on Saturday at 5 p.m., multiple cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, youth events, and more.
Vendors at Pheasant Fest
Plenty of recognizable brands and organizations will be at Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic this year, including multiple firearm manufacturers, member-supported non-profits, Project Upland, and others.
Some of the firearm and ammunition manufacturers slated to be at the show are Beretta, Benelli, BOSS Shotshells, Bio Ammo, Browning, CZ-USA, Federal Premium, Fiocchi, Hevi-Shot, Kent, Remington, and Weatherby. Joining them are organizations such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Ruffed Grouse Society, TRCP, North American Grouse Partnership, multiple breed clubs, as well as brands like MeatEater, Sage and Braker, Hunt Redi, PYKE Gear, Orvis, OnX Maps, Eukanuba, and others. A map of the show floor can be found here.
Further, Project Upland and Hunting Dog Confidential will be at booths 1714 and 1615, which are right next to each other. Our booths neighbor RGS and BHA and are close to the public lands pavilion, a new addition to the show in 2020. Stop by and say hello to our team, which will include Project Upland’s Founder and Creative Director A.J. DeRosa, our Director of Operations, Managing Editor of Hunting Dog Confidential Magazine, and Co-host of the Hunting Dog Confidential podcast Jennifer Wapenski, and Project Upland’s Managing Editor Andrew Spellman.
We will have great deals for magazine subscriptions and gear and would love to chat with you. Additionally, 10 percent of our sales will be dedicated to the Open Fields and Waters Program, a state-based conservation program created by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 2009 to “increase public access opportunities to private lands.” According to Nebraska Game and Parks, over 850 landowners take part in OFW, a success for hunting access in a state that is overwhelmingly held by private landowners (97 percent).
All in all, this year’s Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic is shaping up to be a great event. Be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible and come enjoy the weekend with like-minded individuals who care about protecting, enhancing, and creating premier upland bird habitat for generations to come.
Andrew Spellman is an award-winning photojournalist and author, as well as the editor or ProjectUpland.com and managing editor of both Project Upland and Hunting Dog Confidential Magazines. A 2017 graduate of West Virginia University's Reed College of Media, Andrew's work has appeared in multiple newspapers and magazines. He is also an avid hunter and angler who enjoys chasing varying game in his pocket of Appalachia.