MNDNR Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program (PHIP)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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Program Purpose: To provide cost-sharing to landowners for management practices that improve pheasant habitat.

Eligible Projects:

  • The development, restoration, and maintenance of suitable habitat for ring-necked pheasants, which includes the establishment of food plots (primarily corn or sorghum), nesting cover, woody cover and wetland restoration.

This program was established in 1983 to reverse the long term trend of declining pheasant numbers in Minnesota. It is funded through Minnesota pheasant stamp hunting fees.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who may apply: Public and private landowners in 64 counties in southern, western and central Minnesota.
  • Level of Assistance: Up to 75% of total eligible costs.


  • This program establishes funding priorities by county through a system of ranking criteria which include but are not limited to:
    • the amount of public land,
    • number of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program,
    • land use patterns,
    • pheasant populations, and
    • the involvement of pheasant management organizations.