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Feld honored with PF's Long Spur Society award

By Carol Stender
cstender@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 04/04/2013 7:33 PM

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COLD SPRING, Minn. — Ralph Feld is an avid hunter and outdoorsman who shares his hobby with others.

His platform to do just that is the Stearns County Pheasants Forever chapter. With fellow members, the Cold Spring resident has worked with youth to release pheasants and demonstrate hunter safety and ethics. He's helped raise funds to establish wildlife habitat.

Feld was inducted into the chapter's Long Spur Society. Recipients are active in the chapter and demonstrate a lifelong commitment to it.

A friend, also an SCPF member, encouraged Feld to join, which he did in 1995. Feld was impressed by its youth activities. It brought back memories of his own hunting experiences with his father.

The Stearns County PF chapter offers learning opportunities for youth. They offer the Central Minnesota Big Brothers-Big Sisters program, an event where youth in the program learn about hunting safety and ethics and dog obedience. They also release pheasants into wildlife habitat.

They join the Albany Sportsman's Club to offer a youth clay shoot event.

"We see a lot of kids coming back for this event," he said. "It's very rewarding for us to work with these young kids."

Feld has also been involved with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Youth Turkey Hunt. He had the privilege recently of calling the youngster chosen to go on the turkey hunt.

"It was just a great feeling to hear the excitement of that youngster when I made that call," he said.

Feld, a past recipient of the state's Dedication Award, is involved in other facets of the organization. He's been chapter president and banquet chairman and will be heading its sponsor program.

"It's a great group of guys and gals," he said. "It's just been a lot of fun to work with this group."

He strives to follow in the footsteps of one of the chapter's charter members, Mel Roehl. Roehl has also received the Long Spur Award and is a mentor to many in the organization, Feld said.

"You see him continue to be involved in the group," Feld said of Roehl. "He is a mentor to us all. His involvement keeps us going to create more habitat for wildlife, not just for pheasants, but for all wildlife."