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    Who all is attending the 2020 Pheaseant Fest in Minneapolis next week?
    https://www.pheasantsforever.org/Pheasant-Fest.aspx

    I have not attended it before, but certainly hope to this year. It is just over an hour from home and right now the family has a clear schedule that weekend.
    Is it more of a vendor show selling products, tourism promoting their areas, lodges,etc., education and seminars? I am curious if there are any good deals by vendors on products, similar to how the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show is? Specifically looking maybe for an upgraded dog kennel (Ruff Land or Gunner, and see they are both exhibitors) or vest/pants/apparel.
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    Jack rabbit...I don't think you will be disappointed in the show. You've generally outlined the show content in your question - it's all of the above and more. Would assume there's a web site that describes the show and lists the exhibitors.

    You can even purchase a dog at the show!

    Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackrabbit View Post
    Who all is attending the 2020 Pheaseant Fest in Minneapolis next week?
    https://www.pheasantsforever.org/Pheasant-Fest.aspx

    I have not attended it before, but certainly hope to this year. It is just over an hour from home and right now the family has a clear schedule that weekend.
    Is it more of a vendor show selling products, tourism promoting their areas, lodges,etc., education and seminars? I am curious if there are any good deals by vendors on products, similar to how the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show is? Specifically looking maybe for an upgraded dog kennel (Ruff Land or Gunner, and see they are both exhibitors) or vest/pants/apparel.
    Jackrabbit...by all means, go. It's fun to do....once. But make sure you get "free" admission. I think usually they do a "bring your 2019-2020 license & get in free" sort of a deal. It's NOT worth the normal price of admission. And don't get your hopes up for good deals. In general, it's a marketing expo, & I'd say not aimed at the average pheasant hunter. Take in the dog clinics & such. See all the people. And cross it off your bucket list. I don't want to be a huge downer, but I've been twice. It's not what I wanted it to be.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Quote Originally Posted by A5 Sweet 16 View Post
    Jackrabbit...by all means, go. It's fun to do....once. But make sure you get "free" admission. I think usually they do a "bring your 2019-2020 license & get in free" sort of a deal. It's NOT worth the normal price of admission. And don't get your hopes up for good deals. In general, it's a marketing expo, & I'd say not aimed at the average pheasant hunter. Take in the dog clinics & such. See all the people. And cross it off your bucket list. I don't want to be a huge downer, but I've been twice. It's not what I wanted it to be.
    Thanks for the replies. I do have a few free admission tickets already, which is a big reason why I may attend. Otherwise I figured it really isn't worth the admission of a few tickets for the family, plus parking, plus driving into the city. With it being close and free tickets, I think I'll try to attend just to see what it's like once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyB View Post
    Jack rabbit...I don't think you will be disappointed in the show. You've generally outlined the show content in your question - it's all of the above and more. Would assume there's a web site that describes the show and lists the exhibitors.

    You can even purchase a dog at the show!

    Enjoy.
    Yeah there is a website I linked with the original question. Was a little bit curious on vendor deals. At the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show you can get some crazy good deals on a few things, work the vendors against each other, and generally bundle a few things to get even better discounts. Was curious if this was the same or not. For instance I'm not really interested in spending $700 for a Gunner Kennel or $300 for a Ruff Land Kennel, but would consider it if it is on a very good sale at the show.

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    Well worth the full price of admission. If you are into bird hunting and habitat, you will have a great time. Heck, I even got leads on places to shoot prairie dogs when it was in Sioux Falls a couple years ago...and almost bought a dog. I will be at it anytime it comes to Sioux Falls or Omaha and maybe Des Moines. Great place to get leads for dog breeders for whatever breed your are interested in or putting your hands on a expensive/hard to find shotgun before purchasing. A place with several thousand like minded people to mingle with. The coolest thing we got at the Sioux Falls show, was a 2'x3' satellite view of a quarter section farm that we had recently put into CRP....that booth was also one of the busiest of the show. Go and have fun, I am not sure if you can take it all in over just a single day.

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    It is largely because the show is held during the month of February that makes it worth attending. I have attended three and may just end up wandering around a 4th show.

    If you are a freelance hunter, the amount of G&O operations there will disenfranchise you a bit.

    Some of the MN DNR guys are friendly enough and I stopped by and thanked them for the Walk in program and told them to go all in.

    Some of the dog breeders and especially the dog trainers are worth a look and listen. I train my own dogs, but I try to be open to new ideas.

    If you like high end hunting gear, I have not seen much discounts - but you can take a closer look at the products. Inspect them with your hands.

    PF has been running a 2:1 ticket sale on their website. Not sure when it ends.

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    Been to a couple of them. Luckily my brother lives in Minneapolis so I can visit with him and stay at his place to keep the cost down. Last time I went it got a little expensive due to the CZ booth. Handled a 20 gauge Sharptail and had to have one. Oh well that happens sometimes. Besides it’s February in midwest. Dave

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    I will be there and would love to meet any of the people on this forum. When is everyone planning to attend?

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    Joel I will be in the GMHTA booth Friday. If I’m not there I will be in the Kinetic booth. Please stop and say hi. I might bring the 2020 MN Pheasant Open Winner with me.
    "We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." M.Facklam

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