MeatEater’s Steven Rinella to Keynote 2019 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Banquet in Chicagoland

Quail Forever is excited to announce Steven Rinella, host of MeatEater television and podcast, will be a featured guest and keynote speaker at the 2019 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic banquet on Saturday, February 23rd at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center Hotel. Rinella keynoted the organization’s signature banquet last year in Sioux Falls in front of a sellout crowd of more than 1,300 attendees.
“Steven Rinella has become the voice of a new generation of hunters and we’re thrilled to enlist his talents to help us connect our habitat conservation message to that new audience,” explained Bob St.Pierre, Quail Forever’s Vice President Marketing & Communications. 
Host of the popular MeatEater television show, podcast and digital platform, Steven Rinella is an avid outdoorsman, writer, television host and public lands advocate.  He is the author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine, American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter, and the upcoming The Meateater: Fish and Game Cookbook slated for release later this month.  Rinella's writing has also appeared in many publications, including Outside, Field and Stream, the New Yorker, Glamour, the New York Times, Men's Journal,, and O the Oprah Magazine. 
 “Upland habitat accounts for some of the most threatened ecosystems in America. Those prairies, grasslands, and forests are critical to diverse populations of birds, mammals, insects and plants, while also being cherished public lands for hunters,” explained Rinella. “Quail Forever members recognize that habitat conservation is the responsibility of every hunter and they put their blood, sweat, and dollars into the organization’s mission. I am genuinely looking forward to sharing the weekend with the dedicated members of ‘The Habitat Organization’ in Illinois.”
Purchase tickets now to hear Steve Rinella’s keynote speech at the 2019 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Banquet. Member and non-member ticket options available include full weekend passes, the Friday Night Pheasant Fest Party, and National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic Banquet. With more than half of the Saturday night banquet’s tickets already sold, this exclusive event will sell out at 1,600 tickets. Ticket options are available at or contact Haley at / (651) 209-4937. 
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2019, presented by Federal Premium® Ammunition, will be the nation’s largest tradeshow and convention for upland hunters, landowners, bird dog enthusiasts, and wildlife habitat conservationists. Purchase your Saturday night banquet (2/23) tickets now for a chance to hear Steven Rinella and take part in the nation’s largest event for upland hunters: Early Bird Registration now available through November 30th.
About Quail Forever

Quail Forever is a leading organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation efforts for the United States’ native quail species. Since its creation in 2005, Quail Forever has conducted more than 13,000 habitat projects across the nation benefitting quail and other wildlife. Along with its affiliate organization Pheasants Forever, it has committed more than $784 million to improve more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat. Quail Forever has more than 16,000 members and 170 local chapters across the country. Both Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever are part of Pheasants Forever, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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