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March 2015
Pheasants Forever Inc. and Quail Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
Another Successful Kansas PF/QF State Convention 
The State Convention kicked off with great start on Friday, March 13th. This year everything was held out at the Marriott in Wichita, Ks. The partners in conservation reception started on Friday night where hors d'oeuvres were served, and raffles were held. This was a great time so relax and socialize with a little more than 70 people attending consisting of PF/QF Chapters, KDWPT, NRCS, and landowners present.  
 
Starting on Saturday morning was a great line up of group sessions. There was highlights for PF/QF in Kansas, given by Steve Riley, the PF/QF Regional Director. Next was “Recommitting to Forever” by our very own, President and CEO, Howard Vincent. Following we had “Musings from the Flint Hills” from Richard McCabe, “Sharing a Passion for Wildlife and the Outdoors” from Theresa Vail, and “Current Status of Pheasants & Quail in KS” from Jeff Prendergast. Then Jerry Valdez shared a personal experience with youth & safety, and Jordan Martincich ended the group session with PF/QF Kansas Habitat Fund Celebration. There was a total of 79 people attending with chapters, KDWPT, NRCS and landowners.
 
In the afternoon there was breakout sessions held in groups of three, a topic on youth, wildlife/habitat, and chapter related, giving the guests to choose which topic they would like to attend. Brian Schaffer, Holly Shutt, Jared Austin and Mike Miller all talked about youth related topics of mentored hunts, youth pollinator and the fundamentals of wing shooting. Then Jeff Predergast, Dale Strickler, Dean Krehbiel, Gail Fuller, and Randy Rodgers covered habitat topics on bird management, cover crops, and wheat stubble management for nesting pheasants. Then Steve Riley, Bill Vonderschmidt, Shayne Wilson, and Brian Esslings gave talks on increasing the success of your Chapter.
 
Then to end things with a bang was the Grand banquet. Starting off was cocktails, games and a silent auction. After dinner was an award ceremony for the KS Hal of Fame, Landowner Awards and Chapter Awards, the reciprocants are listed below. Then live auction, silent auction and raffle drawings to close the night. We had a max attendance for the state convention show up to the banquet with a total of 99 participants.
 
We would like to thank our sponsors, who without them it would not be possible to host this event.

12 Gauge sponsors: Neosho Valley Quail Forever, Stubble Ducks Pheasants Forever, and Smoky Hill Pheasants Forever.

20 Gauge Sponsors:  Black Gold, Brown County, Flint Hills, K-16, Keeper of the Plains, North Central KS, Northfork Tailgunners, Pawnee Valley, and the Waconda Ringnecks. 
Gold Level Chapters Ark River PF, Brown County QF, Flint Hills PF/QF, Johnson County PF, Longspur PF, McPherson Area PF, Nemaha County PF, Neosho Valley QF, Saline County Uplanders PF/QF, Smoky Hill PF, and Stubble Ducks PF
Silver Level ChapterArk 2000 PF, Black Gold PF, Dickinson County PF, Fort Riley PF/QF, Heartland Pioneer QF, High Plains Roosters PF, Kansas Pioneer PF, Keeper of the Plains QF, Marion County QF, Meade County PF, Northfork Tailgunners PF, North Central Kansas PF, Osborne County PF, Pawnee Valley PF, Post Rock PF, Republican Valley PF, Ringneck Renegades PF, Ringneck Rustlers PF, Rooster Boosters PF, Slate Creek Valley Ringnecks PF, Smoky Hill River PF, Smoky Valley PF, Solomon Valley PF, Sunflower PF, Tailfeather Tribe PF, Waconda Ringnecks PF

Education & Outreach Report

Brian Schaffer, KSOutreach Coordinator

With the 2015 Kansas State Convention in the books, it’s my pleasure to say I saw a lot of familiar faces and met with some new ones!  In addition to the general sessions we had several breakouts regarding education and outreach efforts in Kansas.   Breakout topics included “Mentored Hunts: Thinking Outside the Box”, “Wingshooting Fundamentals” and “Hosting a Youth Pollinator Habitat Project. I would like to thank Mike Miller of KDWPT, Holly Shutt (PF/QF Farm Bill Biologist) and Jared Austin (PF/QF National Youth Leadership Council member) for assisting me with the breakout sessions. 
Additionally, I would like to congratulate the following chapters who received education and outreach awards this past year in Kansas!  

The No Child Left Indoors (NCLI) Award is provided to chapters that have shown strong support and dedication to the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s No Child Left Indoors initiative.

 Ringneck Rustlers                  
 Johnson County Pheasants Forever   
 McPherson Area Pheasants Forever 
 Waconda Ringnecks   
 Brown County Quail Forever
 Heartland Pioneer Quail Forever


The Youth Conservation Leadership Award is conferred on chapters who have a passion for education and outreach in their communities.  Their dedication helps further the mission of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Kansas.

 Black Gold Pheasants Forever                       
 Osborne County Pheasants Forever  
 Smoky Hill Pheasants Forever           
 

The Forever Shooting Sports Rookie of the Year Award is provided to a chapter that took extraordinary initiative to provide new opportunities for youth in their community to participate in the shooting sports.

 Smoky Hill River Pheasants Forever
 
If your chapter has any questions regarding the planning, hosting or reporting of an outreach event, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at bschaffer@pheasantsforever.org or by telephone at (570) 994-7197. I am eager to work with all of you to get more kids involved in Kansas’ rich sporting heritage!

 
Kansas Chapter Calendar
March - 2015
  • 28th Black Gold Banquet, Russell
April - 2015
  • 11th Solomon Valley Banquet, Stockton
  • 11th Smoky Hill River Banquet, Ellsworth
Kansas Field Staff Directory
2014 Team Photo (back row from left) Allie Rath, Andrew Page, Alex Thornburg, Marc Glades, Chris Blackledge, Luke Winge, Tyson Seirer, (front row from left) Zac Eddy, Holly Shutt, Steve Riley. (Not pictured Brian Schaffer & Hunter Baillie)
Marc Glades - Field Manger, South Team
620.218.0557     mglades@pheasantsforever.org

Chris Blackledge - Regional Representative
620.767.2121     cblackledge@pheasantsforever.org

Brian Schaffer - Youth Education Coordinator
570.994.7197     bschaffer@pheasantsforever.org

Zachary Eddy - Senior Farm Bill Biologist (South Central)
zeddy@pheasantsforever.org

Allie Rath - Farm Bill Biologist (Central)
arath@pheasantsforever.org


Anastasia Walkowiak-Esch - Farm Bill Biologist (West Central)
awalkowiak@pheasantsforever.org

Holly Shutt - Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist (North East)
hshutt@pheasantsforever.org

Tyson Seirer - Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist (North Central)
tseirer@pheasantsforever.org

Alex Thornburg - Habitat Specialist (Tuttle Creek)
athornburg@pheasantsforever.org

Luke Winge - Habitat Specialist (Cedar Bluff)
lwinge@pheasantsforever.org

Hunter Baillie - Habitat Specialist (Perry Wildlife Area)
hbaillie@pheasantsforever.org

Spencer Putman - Habitat Specialist (Grand Osage Wildlife Area)
sputman@pheasantsforever.org
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