Now that you've learned about Pheasants Forever, you might want to decide if membership is right for you. People's motives for joining the group vary, so let's look at some of the common reasons why members have joined.
Just as hunting has become a family tradition, PF members can enjoy camaraderie and family connections with membership in this group of outdoors enthusiasts and sportsmen. One benefit of becoming a member of PF is that if you have children, they can become part of the organization's kids club called Ringnecks and receive their own special benefits and publications.
As a member and habitat conservation advocate, you'll be linked into a federal system of conservation programs that are supported by Congress and help PF manage nearly 50 million acres (20 million hectares) of wildlife habitat. By visiting the organization's Web site, you can find a printable application for membership as well as a "renew online" link if your membership is about to expire. If membership's not for you but you'd still like to support PF causes with a one-time donation, call the toll-free number on their Web site.
The basic "associate" membership costs $30 a year, endowing you with a membership card, a window decal and a subscription to Pheasants Forever magazine [source: Pheasants Forever]. If you have a little more to spend, $250 buys you a membership at the "sponsor" level, which gives you the benefits of the associate membership plus a pin and the annual print of the year [source: Pheasants Forever]. There are levels for every budget and time commitments that fit each lifestyle.
Whether you want to help conserve pheasants or just want to enjoy the camaraderie of a group, PF might be a good place for you to start. For more information, visit the links on the on the next page.