Hunting Works for North Dakota held its annual meeting and sporting clays shoot on Tuesday, September 11. Over 55 partners and hunting supporters attended the lunch, shoot and reception at Capital City Sporting Clays in Bismarck. HWFND Co-Chair Todd Jacobson, owner of the Sunlac Inn in Lakota, ND spoke to the group and gave a recap of the year’s activities. HWFND spokesman Rudie Martinson also spoke during the program about the benefit of hunting to his members. Partners attended including folks from the ND Associated Builders and Contractors, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, ND Chamber of Commerce, Sunlac Inn, Cannonball Companies, Pheasants Forever, KFYR-Radio, Ellendale Tourism, ND Taxpayers Association, Gerrell’s Sports Center, Dakota Country Magazine, ND Hospitality Association, Proz End of the Line Bar in Devils Lake, Rollings Plains Adventures, Capital City Sporting Clays, Expressway Inn & Suites, Fly’N Buy, and Something Wild.
Hunting Works for North Dakota was a sponsor and had a booth at the ND Travel Industry Conference, which brought together 300 travel industry professionals in the state April 24-25 in Bismarck. Many Hunting Works partners were in attendance, including co-chairman Suzie (Baisch) Kenner of the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Spokeswoman Terri Thiel of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other partners we visited with were the Convention and Visitor Bureaus of Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Bismarck-Mandan, Carrington, Fargo-Moorhead, Harvey, and McKenzie County. Other partners attending were Woodland Resort and Rolling Plains Adventures, Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota, and North Dakota Tourism Alliance Partnership. We recruited several new partners, collected video testimonials and passed out a variety of information.
Hunting Works for North Dakota was a panelist at the “Future of Hunting” Conference in Bismarck on March 30 and 31. Approximately 120 people were in attendance, along with many wildlife/conservation clubs, national conservation organizations, farm organizations, media, federal agencies, legislators and other public officials.
The KX Sports Show in Minot March 9-10 is the largest sports show in the state. Hunting Works for North Dakota had a booth to reach out to new members and the general public about hunting.
Hunting Works for North Dakota was one of many sponsors of the 30th Annual Pheasants for the Future banquet in Minot on March 9. The event was attended by over 1,200 people and the club sponsors youth programs, hunts and habitat programs. There are over 900 members and it is not affiliated with any national organizations so all funds are used locally.
Hunting Works for North Dakota held a regional meeting of partners and supporters on Monday, February 20th in Bismarck at East 40 Restaurant. Many people attended, in addition to many of our key partners including the ND Hospitality Association, ND Taxpayers Association, ND Retail Association, ND Petroleum Marketers Association, Ducks Unlimited, Congressman Rick Berg and his state director, along with several state legislators. We discussed potential upcoming outreach events for HWFND, the fall sporting shoot, the winter hunting seasons, as well as increased activity of the US Humane Society in ND with a proposed ballot initiative on livestock practices.
Approximately 50 people attended the Minot Rotary Club where coordinator Leslie Rosedahl spoke about Hunting Works for North Dakota on Monday, February 20.