Chuck Martin talks with visitors to the Pheasants Forever tent at Conservation World. Photos By Chris Young.

Meet author Chuck Martin at the fair

August 10, 2013 at 08:37 AM
Like a lot of other upland bird hunters, Chuck Martin has seen pheasant and quail numbers decline, along with grassland habitat and the numbers of hunters.

He’s had a dream for years of creating his own sanctuary for grassland birds.

Martin, who currently hails from Byron, not far from Rockford, has written a book to introduce upland bird hunting to others.

"Bird Hunting Tales and Tips" is a hardcover collection of 33 stories about bird dogs, family relationships and hunting adventures.

The book costs $20.

He paid for the printing himself, and he is traveling to banquets - or anywhere hunters gather - talking and telling stories.

“I self-published the book because I think it is important to get the message out to as many people as possible that bird hunting is an exciting sport and they should take advantage of it,” he said.

Friday afternoon, he was at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair, signing books at the Pheasants Forever and National Wild Turkey Federation tent, just inside the entrance where the Director’s Tent used to be.

His work has appeared in publications of Quail Unlimited, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, and many outdoors magazines.

“My goal has been since I was young to convert farmland into a bird sanctuary for quail and pheasant,” he said. “I am going to do that, but it has taken a little longer than I was planning.”

Martin will be back at Conservation World Saturday.

If you don’t see him at the fair, you can find him on Facebook:

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Also in the tent are a variety of activities for kids, including a realistic fishing game (complete with plenty of tug on the line), a BB gun range created inside what looks like an inflatable bounce house, and a target shooting game.

PF/QF biologists also are on hand to answer questions and connect landowners with various habitat programs available.

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