Ever Seen a Bird Dog Parade or Strolled Down Bird Dog Alley?

If you love dogs, you need to put this event on the calendar! For the first time, the nation's biggest event for pheasant and quail hunters and bird dog enthusiasts is coming to Kansas City. Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will be held Feb. 17-19, 2012, at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The annual convention, outdoor tradeshow and dog showcase hosted by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, National Pheasant Fest, has topped the 20,000 attendance mark each of the last six events. The Quail Classic portion of the 2012 event will be a first as well, representing the strong tradition of bobwhite quail hunting and conservation found in Kansas, Missouri and across the Great Plains and Southeast United States. Both the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation will be participating in the event.

Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever, Inc.'s National President and CEO, says it's time to bring the organization's premiere event to Kansas City. "Kansas is one of the elite states for pheasant hunting and wildlife habitat conservation, and Missouri has positioned itself as a clear leader in efforts to restore bobwhite quail populations," Vincent said. "Kansas City is the perfect meeting place to have fun celebrating both great game birds."

All things bird dog-related have been the biggest attractions at previous National Pheasant Fest events, and that's expected to be the case at the inaugural appearance in Kansas City. Upwards of 40 different sporting dog breeds will be represented, dog training seminars will occur throughout the three-day weekend and attendees will have the opportunity to meet face to face with breeders, trainers and dog kennel and club representatives. A "Youth Village" is another popular show attraction, where kids and teens can participate in archery and air rifle ranges, a casting booth, Laser Shot and more.

For additional information regarding National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2012 see the link at the bottom of the blog page.

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