Banquet Winners Announced

PFlogo4cBIGThank you to all who came out to the 2017 Lyon County Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet and all who supported our youth and habitat initiatives through our annual 20-Prize Raffle!  Together we raised $10,000 through that drawing for 5 youth shooting teams in the Lyon County area!

In total the banquet raised over $30,000 for all of the great things LCPF has done – including the $7 Million we’ve put into acquisitions and habitat in the last 34 years!  Below you’ll find a listing of all the big winners from Saturday’s event! Thanks for making LCPF the great chapter it is!


20- Prize Raffle Winners

1 Jeffrey OPieschke         SBE 12 ga

2 Steven Huntley             Remington Versa-Max 12 ga

3 Howard Martin              Legacy Pointer 12 ga

4 Amber Alger                  Colt AR15 .223

5 Patrick Jerzak                 $400

6 Cory Condon                  Browning A-Bolt 12 ga slug

7 David Callens                  Kimber Pistol 45 cal

8 Pat Prorok                       $200

9 Cory Condon                  Stevens 12 ga pump

10 Dominic Grant             $500

11 Mike Saunders            Browning A-5 12 ga

12 Rob Hill                           Mosberg Blazer 22

13 Travis Madden            ATI Calvary 12 ga ou

14 Melissa Grote              CVA Optima 50 cal

15 Scott Delvo                   $300

16 Cade Buysse                 Henry Golden Boy .22 mag

17 Jason Kainz                   Escort Semi-auto 12

18 Chad Wyffels               Browning BPS 12 ga

19 Roger Trulock               Patriot 243

20 Wade DeVlieger         $1000

Sponsor Gun

Doom and Cuypers   CZ Sharptail 12 ga side by side

MN Waterfoul   CZ Upland Sterling 12 ga o/u

Tim Moberg       CZ Winshooter Elite 12 ga o/u

High Roller       

Ron Prorok         Escort semi-auto 12 ga

Rooster Booster

Nathan Peterson             Mossberg maverick 88 12 ga

Jake Byrne – Tom Byrne               Kaltec Sub 2000 40 cal

Kevin Keefe       Century Arms Canic 9mm

Diane Wagner   Savage 17 HMR

Chris Ritter          Remington 870 Express 12 ga

Kevin Keefe       Mosberg Maverick 88 12 ga

Door Prize          

William Goblish                 CZ 712 12 ga

Live Auction

Shawn Foy          Henry Golden Boy SMSU .22

Adam Hess         Barrels and Arrows Custom AR-15 .223


Ladies   Raffle

Brooke Richards               Winchester SXP 20 ga


Silent Auction

Jean Zuehlsdorf                CZ 712 12 ga


Shawn Dieken   Stevens Pump 20 ga

Corry Condon    Stevens Pump 20 ga

Joshua Johnson    Stevens Pump 20 ga


Cory Condon      Howa 243 Rifle


Ring Toss 
Luke Olson          Remington Model 7 243


Dummy Toss   

Scott Ahlschlager       Mossberg 702      .22

Jeffrey Vanderdriesshe           Mossberg 500 12 ga


Next Gen        

Krista Loftness  Weatherby PA08 20 ga and 12 ga

LCPF Banquet is Mar. 11 at SMSU in Marshall

PFlogo4cBIGLCPF Press Release

The 34th Annual Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) Spring Banquet will be held on Sat., Mar. 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at The SMSU Convention Center in Marshall.  Tickets are immediately available for $60, which includes membership in LCPF for one year and the banquet meal. Youth “Ringneck” tickets are $30, and include a youth membership to LCPF and dinner.  Other household member dinner tickets are available for just $30, but must be purchased with a membership ticket.

“The banquet provides the bulk of our fundraising for multiple habitat and youth outdoors programs each year,” said LCPF President, Nick Simonson, “without the support of our great members, guests, sponsors and volunteers, this annual event and our projects wouldn’t be as wildly successful as they have been, and we’re looking to continue that tradition,” he continued.

The banquet helps provide free outdoors opportunities for area and visiting youth, like the annual mentor hunt.

At the 34th installment of the annual event, more than 40 guns will be up for grabs, along with over $30,000 in prizes, including prints, hunting equipment, gift certificates, and many other great items from area merchants, generous underwriters and sponsors of the event.  These items will be up for bid in both live and silent auctions, raffles and through games of skill and chance.

“We’ve got even more games than last year,” said LCPF Banquet Chair Harvey Noyes, “so hunters and fans of conservation can test their skill and luck while challenging their friends to have a great time,” he concluded.

But the banquet isn’t just about raising funds. Each year, the chapter honors its members who have put forth efforts above and beyond the call of conservation for their hard work and assistance in making the multiple events and projects successful. It is a time of recognition and honor for those who work tirelessly for wildlife and youth outdoors activities in our area. Between the prizes and the awards, the Banquet is a showcase of what the chapter’s efforts bring to the area.

More information on the banquet can be found on the LCPF website at Tickets for the event are available at Borch’s Sporting Goods gun counter in Marshall, or by contacting Ron Prorok, LCPF Treasurer at (507)401-6227.

Funds raised through the banquet and 20-prize raffle help fund four CTL teams and the Lyon County Sharpshooters program.

Last year, LCPF sponsored four area Minnesota High School Clay Target League Teams at Lakeview, Minneota, Tracy and Marshall High Schools, getting 170 kids involved in safe and enjoyable shooting sports competition.  Additionally, with the help of Legacy Funding, East Medicine PF, Canby PF, Minnesota PF and a number of local partner groups, the chapter is set to dedicate the James Meger Memorial WMA next fall as part of the 2017 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener when the event returns to Marshall.

Those individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring the banquet can do so for $300; in return all Sponsors will receive a banquet ticket, be entered into a special Sponsor-only drawing for three CZ shotguns, receive one year of free advertising on the chapter website and be recognized in the banquet program.  All underwriters and donors of money or prizes to the event will also be recognized in the banquet program. For more information on sponsorships, underwriting or donations, contact the members listed above.

Additionally, tickets for the 20-prize Guns & Cash Raffle are in short supply, and are anticipated to be sold out prior to the banquet, so anyone in need of one leading up to the big drawing at the end of the event on Mar. 11 should purchase theirs now.  Some are still available at Borch’s Sporting Goods and Running’s in Marshall, or through chapter committee members. For more information on the Banquet, the Guns & Cash Raffle and other events, visit the chapter website at, like the LCPF Facebook page at, or follow the chapter on Twitter @lyoncountypf.

MHS CTL Sign Up is Jan 10 & 17

ctl-team-logoMHS CTL Press Release

Registration for the Marshall High School Clay Target League (MHS CTL) team will open on Jan. 10, 2017 on a first-come-first-served basis to all Marshall Public School System students in grades 7 through 12 who have a valid firearms safety certificate. Sign up and informational meetings for students and their parents will be held at the MHS Media Center on Tue. Jan. 10 and Tue. Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m.  At this time enrollment is guaranteed for the first 50 students, with the potential for more.  Previous participants must still attend one of the two meetings.

Thanks to fundraising efforts by local sportsmen’s groups including the Redwood River Sportsman’s Club (RRSC), Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF), Prairie Highlands Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and the Buffalo Ridge Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the cost is just $150, which includes activity fee and a family membership to RRSC.  Weekly league shoots will be held at the RRSC facility located 8 miles southeast of Marshall from Apr. 3 through May 23, and the cost of ammunition and targets for the league will be paid for through grants and other local financial support.

“We had an incredible turnout last season with our numbers jumping from 50 participants to over 70,” said coach Nick Simonson, “I am excited to build on that turnout and enthusiasm and field a team that will be a perennial contender on all three levels in the league,” he concluded.

The CTL, which began with just 30 students from three schools in 2001, is an independent provider of the trapshooting extracurricular co-ed activity and operates as a virtual competition which will include over 300 schools and 10,000 participants this spring. This format allows participants to travel a short distance to a local gun club to compete each week with hundreds of other students on similarly-sized teams. All scores are submitted online and compared against other scores from teams of similar sizes making up a school’s conference, and league points are awarded to determine season standings.

Take aim at a successful spring!  MHS CTL team info and sign-up meetings are Jan. 10 & 17 at 5:30 pm in the MHS Media Center. 

“Last year was our first year losing a number of Senior shooters, so this year’s need is to find younger shooters and develop their skills,” said Simonson, “so we’re seeking interested seventh and eighth graders and new shooters to learn from our upperclassmen and continue to continue this tradition of excellence,” he concluded.

Unlike sports such as baseball, where the tenth best player sits on the bench, each and every student athlete gets to shoot each week and measure their progress against all other athletes in their conference and contribute to their team’s success. The popularity of the CTL has grown so rapidly in part because it provides an alternative outdoor sport and boasts a flawless safety record.  Since its beginnings, there have been zero injuries in CTL practices and competitions.

“I’m proud of the community’s efforts and the support we’ve had in bringing this program together over the past four years,” said Simonson, “it shows the solidarity between our sportsmen’s organizations, Marshall Public Schools, our media and our community’s collective desire to get the next generation involved in safe and enjoyable shooting sports.”

With $9,500 in dedicated funding each year for the next two years from area sportsmen’s groups and other sources, including a MidwayUSA Foundation Grant, solid financials will continue to carry the team at no added cost to the School District.

In addition to attending the sign-up and informational meetings on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, parents can enroll their youth or learn more about the MHS CTL team by calling Simonson at (507)829-9553 or emailing him at For immediate registration, parents should email a copy of the participant’s Firearms Safety Certificate. Registration will be open until Sun., Mar. 1, which is a firm and final deadline set by the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.

Give to the Max Day (11/17) – Meger WMA

“Homesteaders” by James Meger is just one of hundreds of wildlife paintings the Lyon County-born and raised artist created during his career. 

You can help support LCPF’s James Meger Memorial WMA this week as part of Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 17, 2016.  Just click on the Donate link below and help us remember the area’s premier wildlife artist who raised millions of dollars for habitat nationwide with the simple stroke of his paintbrush!

DONATE to the Meger Memorial WMA on the Give to the Max Day website by CLICKING HERE!

Learn more about the James Meger Memorial WMA by CLICKING HERE!