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Chapter Habitat Information & 2019 Seed Distribution Information
Pheasants Forever Helps Develop Michigan Pheasant Recovery Initiative

Genesee County Chapter contributed $1000 toward the new Michigan pheasant recovery project.

 2019 Annual Seed Distribution                                  (DATE IS REVISED TO SAT. MAY 11, 2019)    

Because the shipment of food plot seed was delayed we are forced to delay our distrbution date to  SATURDAY MAY 11, 2019                                                        

 Don't Delay...Time to get your orders in...It's "First Come First Serve" for the seed we have ordered!

Please have your orders to us no later than 4/30/19.

 Our Seed Distribution dates are REVISED to SATURDAY MAY 11, 2019 and May 18, 2019 (dates subject to change based on the delivery of the seed) at the Montrose Orchard, 12473 Seymour Rd. Montrose, Mich. 48457.  

Be sure to check our website (geneseecountypf.com) for any changes to dates, times and locations. Our first distribution date will be for our PF members only. We want to give our Chapter members first priority for seed.

Use this Seed Oder Form to request the seed for the 2019 Spring Planting Season:


2019 GENESEE COUNTY CHAPTER OF PHEASANTS FOREVER HABITAT ORDER FORM

NAME __________________________________________                                                                      

COUNTY _________________

ADDRESS____________________________________________

CITY ______________________________.  

Zip _____________

PHONE _____________________________ MEMBERSHIP No_________________
You may request up to 10 acres of food plot seed. All seed request are subject to availability. Ten acres of food plot seed is adequate for 80-100 acres of good nesting/roosting cover. Grass seed may be available on a project basis. Genesee Chapter has been awarded a grant to improve Lapeer State Game Area for pheasant and small game habitat; therefore, the grass seed fund is allocated for this project.
ACRES OF FOOD PLOT/ MIX

CORN ___________ SOYBEANS _____________ GRAIN SORGHUM__________ MICHIGAN MIX___________

SUNFLOWERS ____________

ACRES WINTER/NESTING COVER ACRES CLOVER/TIMOTHY MIX______

Email the completed form to JayBlair@charter.net

There is a no-till drill for use to plant any of the seed listed above. There is a fee for the use of the drill, which covers drill maintenance and mileage to move the drill. CRP/SAFE seed mixes, PF grass mixes, or PF signature food plot mixes. Contact Jay. Questions and drill use can be directed to Jay at 810-635-7988  or Jayblair@charter.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

Our Chapter's Habitat Project 

PF Chapters Partner with the Flint Chapter of the Safari Club to Win a second Michigan

DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant for Lapeer State Game Area for the 2017-2018 calendar years

Genesee Chapter of Pheasants Forever partnered with the Lapeer Chapter , St. Clair Chapter and the Lapeer Conservation District, submitted a request for a Habitat Restoration Grant in 2016 from the Michigan DNR to improve and increase the pheasant habitat in the Lapeer State Game Area.

 The Michigan DNR awarded the $44189.00 grant request for 165 acres of upland game habitat improvement. The PF Chapters each committed $2500 in cash to get the $44189 grant funding (5.9:1 match).

 We began the process by building rabbit habitat structures in April, which is part of the requirements outline in the grant proposal. The small grass mix and wild flowers seed was planted at the end of August and with the recent rains we expect the seed to sprouting soon.

The new #2 LSGA Grant for 110 acre DNR $46908.00 grant to improve upland habitat at a another site in the Lapeer State Game Area was applied for and recently awarded in September 2016.  The partners for this grant are Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair Pheasants Forever Chapters each committing $2500 a year, the Lapeer Conservation District along with the Flint Chapter of the Safari Club who was a major contributor of $3450 a year towards the grant. This is a two-year grant, running from 2017 through 2018.

Our desired results, is to make a significant improvement to the pheasant and upland game habitat in an area, that is available for public hunting. 

Our Chapter's New Habitat Project 

Lapeer State Game Area (LSGA) Upland Restoration Project

We built rabbit habitat on the LSGA project, which is part of the wildlife grant requirements. We cut trees and tree limbs to build brush piles. 

 BRUSH PILE BUILDING INFORMATION

  1. DIVIDE UP INTO 5 GROUPS; 1-5 AND GO TO THE GROUP NUMBER SHOWN ON MAP BELOW

  2. CUT DOWN TREES WHERE THE RIBBONS/PAINT SPOTS ARE LOCATED

  3. REMOVE THE LIMBS FROM TREE TRUNK. PLACE LARGE LIMBS IN ONE

    PILE; PLACE SMALLER LIMBS IN A SECOND PILE; CUT TREE TRUNKS IN 8

    FOOT LENGTHS.

  4. PUT THE RIBBONS ON NEAR BY TREES SO WE CAN FIND TIME IN APRIL.

  5. EVERGREENS TREES ALONG THE ROAD HAD RIBBONS PLACED WHERE

    YOU CAN SEE THEM. BUILD BRUSH PILES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE TO

    HIDE THEM FROM VIEW.

  6. LUNCH SERVED AT NOON; PORT-A-JOHN AVAILABLE AT THE GSA

    PARKING LOT; POLICE FOR TRASH BEFORE LEAVING.

  7. NEED GUIDANCE CALL JAY 810-869-1311. 

Map of location  

Why Brush Piles?....                                                                                                                                          On March 19th and April 2nd, volunteers are needed to build 40 brush piles on the project site.  This will have a two fold purpose.  The first purpose is it will provide cover for small game such a rabbits and pheasants.  The secondary purpose will provide a rooster pheasant territory site to defend and attract hen pheasants to his territory.

 


 
More about the Project ....Our PF Genesee Chapter, PF Lapeer Chapter and PF St. Clare Chapter working with the Lapeer Conservation District, applied jointly for a Michigan DNR Wildlife Grant to develop/restore pheasant and small game habitat in the Lapeer State Game Area. In October our PF partnership was selected as one of the recipients of the wildlife grant for a 6:1 match of $44189, with the PF chapter’s committing $2500 each plus volunteer labor to manage and complete the project.       

The current status of the project is: The wildflowers were inter-seeded into the established short grass prairie the week of December 12, 2015.  There is 30 acres of established short grass prairie. The inter-seeding is considered a dormant seeding.  It allows the wildflower seeds to undergo the cold process so they can sprout next spring.  The dormant inter-seeding also will allow the weather to get the seed into good soil contact so it can sprout next spring.  Montrose Orchards donated the use of their tractor, a Massey Ferguson.  The Genesee Chapter of PF provided the “No-Till” drill to do the seeding.  Jay Blair, our chapter Habitat Chairman and Secretary, spent two days operating the tractor and seed drill.

The process has begun to find contractors to fulfill the rest of the items in the contract.  The first item is to secure a contractor that will remove brush and small trees using a “Boom” type brush hog.  

 

If you have interest in this seed or questions contact our Habitat Chairman, Jay Blair at jayblair@charter.net

Note: Watch our website (geneseecountypf.com) or our facebook page (facebook.com/GeneseePheasantsForever) for chapter information. 

       Do You Need a Planter? Our chapter does have a no-till drill to rent.  It is a 6 foot Great Plains drill.  It can plant food plots, warm season grass, switch grass and nesting cover.  It cost $125 for the first ten acres and $6/acre above the ten acres.  If the ground has been tilled, this planter will still work.  The drill needs about a 50 horsepower tractor with hydraulics.  The hydraulics raises and lowers the drill to make corners and turns.  If the tractor is a 4WD with 40 hp will work.  The hydraulics is a standard ½ inch or 5/8 inch.  If you have a Kabota you may need your own ends.  We have John Deere ends and the standard is Pioneer ends. The link below has information on the 6 foot drill we have.http://www.greatplainsmfg.com/products/notill/notill.html

 

2016 Seed Order Form to order seed for

Genesee County Chapter Seed Distribution

 

  The seed distribution dates information...

Seed Distributions in April & May. The first distribution date is April 30, 2016, at Gander Mt. Store in Flint. The first date will be for PF members or those who purchase a membership. The final date will be May 15, 2016, at Gander Mt. in Flint and will be open to the public to distribute the remaining seed.

Note: These dates are predicated on the actual seed delivery and subject to change so watch for our distribution information on our website: geneseecountypf.com and  facebook.com/GeneseePheasantsForever