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December 2014
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.
Register for the 2015 Kansas PF/QF Convention in Wichita, KS
Pheasants Forever Helps Open 1,030 Acres to Public Hunting with Creation of Blue Valley Wildlife Area
“QF print of the year artist Michael Sieve joined us at the Nemeha County banquet recently.  Here is Michael displaying the POY with Brown County president Bill Vonderschmidt after Bill purchased the print during the banquet and Michael inscribed it for him”
 

Banquet Season Opens Strong

The fall banquet season is in full swing and we hope many of you have had a chance to make it out to a PF or QF banquet in your area.  This year’s branded merchandise is some of the best and most unique items we have ever offered.  Come on, who doesn’t want an eight foot tall PF or QF windmill in your garden?  On a serious note though, I wanted to take a minute to reiterate for those of you who may not know what makes PF and QF chapters so unique in the conservation world and that is our model of chapters determining where 100% of the funds they raised are spent.  That’s right, the local committees, with the assistance of the regional rep, determine where the funds they raise at their banquet are spent.  What does this mean to you, the banquet goer?  It means that when you buy merchandise via the auction, buy raffle tickets, become sponsors, etc. you are supporting habitat conservation right in your area and in your state. 

To give you an idea of where the chapters in Kansas spend their money you should know that in just the past five years alone, PF/QF chapters in our state have spent over $1 million on habitat projects and equipment and over $1 million on youth education and public awareness.  That’s right, over $400,000 is spent on average by PF/QF chapters in this state to make a direct impact on both the landscape and our youth.  One very important role our chapters play is making donations to our Kansas Habitat Fund.  This fund is comprised of state wide programs that all of our chapters support to make sure we are continuing to push Kansas forward in the battle for habitat conservation.  Many of you have met and hopefully worked with our team of Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists and our Youth Outreach Coordinator.  Our chapters play a key role in funding these positions as well, via this fund and it is only through our chapters support that we are able to keep this passionate team of biologists and educators on the ground.  This fund also allows the opportunity to step in and help purchase land, via our Build A Wildlife Area program, in key areas to conserve habitat.  We recently purchased a piece of property near the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Management Area that opened up over 1,000 acres to the public. 

Why is this important for you to know?  It is important that you know every time you raise your hand during and auction, buy another set of raffle tickets, become a sponsor of the local chapter or place one more bid on that silent auction item, you are helping to put acres, boots and kids on the ground as well.  Pat yourselves on the back, you deserve it.  There are many more banquet opportunities across the state coming up after the holidays.  We hope you will be able to join us at one or more of them and are comfortable knowing that your chapters and your state staff are constantly looking for the most impactful ways to use the dollars you spend at our banquets.

Marc Glades
South Region Field Manager
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever  |  972 11th Rd SW   |  Burlington, KS 66839 p. (620) 218.0557  |  f. (888) 767.8244   |   mglades@pheasantsforever.org
Youth Education & Outreach
Outreach Coordinator – Brian A. Schaffer 

Outreach Coordinator – Brian A. Schaffer

With October coming to an end and hunting seasons heating up, I would like to thank all of you for your efforts to share our outdoor heritage with the youth of Kansas!  In addition to the classic wingshooting clinics and upland bird hunts there were several unique events like trapping seminars, waterfowl hunts and family fishing events.  It’s great to see chapters expanding the outdoor opportunities for the kids in their areas!
 
Many of you have commented over the last few months about how great of a job the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism shooting instructors do with the kids at your events. These gentlemen are a great example of how important it is to be able to break down shooting instructions for kids and provide them an opportunity to be successful shooters.  I plan on scheduling another course for this spring or summer. If any chapter volunteers would be interested in becoming a certified NSCA Level I instructor please contact me as soon as possible.  For more information about the course please go to: (http://www.nssa-nsca.org/index.php/nsca-sporting-clays-shooting/training-information/become-an-instructor/)
 
With spring not far around the corner, I would like to remind chapters that spring turkey hunts and family fishing events offer a fantastic opportunity to get kids outdoors in a fun, safe environment! If your chapter has interest in hosting one of these for the first time please get in touch with me to discuss the many options available. 
 
Black Gold Pheasants Forever’s Family Fishing Event
 
Lastly, it is very important to report youth events! This is crucial to documenting your chapter’s hard work and dedication to furthering our mission of getting kids involved in conservation! If you have hosted any youth related events since July 1, 2014, please give me a call and we can fill out an event report form over the phone. 

Youth Outreach Coordinator Tip of the Month


If your chapter is hosting a youth event, be sure to dedicate a volunteer to be the photographer! It is a fantastic way to preserve memories and show how your chapter gives back to the community!

If your chapter needs help with any aspect of planning, hosting or reporting a youth 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! 

Crop Rotations – Good Idea for Wildlife Food Plots too?

Alex Heeger, KS Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
In the world of agriculture, crop rotations are one of the oldest and most effective control strategies for maintaining healthy soil and quality plant growth. Some of the benefits that row crop farmers see when they rotate crops in their production fields include: more efficient nutrient use, water conservation, and better pest and disease control. Climatic conditions will also have a great effect on these benefits, but poor crop rotation will only increase the chances of disease, pest, and nutrient problems.
 
So is it a good idea to rotate plantings in a wildlife food/cover plot situation as well? The answer is yes! In my experience, the majority of landowners who implement food plots on their property often plant in the same location(s) year after year. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The issues arise when they are planting the same plant or mix of plants year after year. Some food/cover plot species used in Kansas include: milo, corn, alfalfa, clover, and brassicas (radishes, turnips, etc.) to name a few. The use of crop rotations is a very popular practice for Kansas farmers. For example, many Kansas farmers utilize a Corn/Soybean rotation. The goal here is to use a nitrogen-producing legume like soybeans to restore nitrogen followed by a crop like corn that is a high nitrogen user. The same can be said for an alfalfa or clover plot that is getting thin. Plant a nitrogen loving plant like a brassica behind it to recover the nitrogen produced by the legume. The decaying root of the legume will serve as fertilizer for the next plant. The leftover nitrogen may not be enough to sustain the next crop, but it could certainly help reduce input costs. Speaking with an agronomist on these topics can be very beneficial to understand why rotations work so well in terms of nutrient use.
 
In Western Kansas, many farmers use a wheat/corn/fallow rotation. The fallow year is intended to help build up the soil moisture profile lost throughout the year due to lower annual rainfall in the western 1/3 of the state. This helps the next crop survive drought conditions. A fallow year can prove beneficial for wildlife food/cover plots as well. Along with helping to restore soil moisture, the fallow year will allow weeds to grow in the previous year’s standing crop and it will become a tremendous brood-rearing area for upland birds. Those weeds will use some available moisture, but not nearly as much as a planted crop will.
 
Modern production agriculture can teach us a lot and will also help to benefit wildlife for the long haul. We would not be able to sustain the wildlife populations we have today if not for agriculture. If you have any questions about crop rotations give your local agronomist or wildlife biologist a shout and they will be able to point you in the right direction.
Kansas Chapter Calendar
January - 2015
 
  • 17th High Plains Roosters PF Banquet, Goodland
  • 17th Heartland Pioneer QF Banquet, Lyons
  • 17th Pawnee Valley PF Banquet, Larned
  • 17th Tailfeather Tribe PF Banquet, Tribune
  • 24th Southwest KS Ringnecks PF Banquet, Johnson
  • 24th Kansas Pioneer PF Banquet, Colby
  • 24th Republican Valley Ringnecks PF Banquet, Wakefield
  • 24th Ringneck PF Renegades Banquet, Leoti
  • 31st Route 36 QF Banquet, Smith Center
  • 31st Lyon County PF Banquet, Emporia
February - 2015
  • 6th Flint Hills Banquet, Manhattan
  • 7th Ark River Banquet, Hutchinson
  • 7th Neosho Valley QF, New Strawn
  • 21st Scott Co. Banquet, Scott City
  • 28th Smoky Hill Banquet, Hays
  • 28th McPherson Area Banquet, McPherson
  • 28th Slate Creek Valley PF, Caldwell
  • 28th K-16 QF, Hoyt
March - 2015
  • 5th Keeper of the Plains Banquet, Wichita
  • 5th Johnson County PF, Olathe
  • 7th Northfolk Tailgunners Banquet, Ulysses
  • 7th Rooster Boosters Banquet, Great Bend
  • 13th &14th Kansas PF/QF Convention, Wichita
  • 13th Cloud Co. Banquet, Concordia
  • 14th Dickinson Co. Banquet, Abilene
  • 14th Marion Co. Banquet, Marion
  • 21st Stubble Ducks Banquet, Dighton
  • 21st Osborne Co. Banquet, Downs
  • 28th Black Gold Banquet, Russell
April - 2015
  • 4th Solomon Valley Banquet, Stockton
  • 11th Smoky Hill River Banquet, Ellsworth
May - 2015

June - 2015
Kansas Field Staff Directory
2014 Team Photo (back row from left) Allie Rath, Andrew Page, Alex Thornburg, Alex Heeger, Marc Glades, Chris Blackledge, Brock Wilson, Luke Winge, Tyson Seirer, (front row from left) Zac Eddy, Holly Shutt, Steve Riley. (Not pictured Brian Schaffer)
Marc Glades - Field Manger, South Team
620.218.0557     mglades@pheasantsforever.org

Chris Blackledge - Regional Representative
620.767.2121     cblackledge@pheasantsforever.org

Jordan Martincich - Development Officer
816.560.1070     jmartincich@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 Heeger - Farm Bill Biologist (North West)
aheeger@pheasantsforever.org

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

Andrew Page - Habitat Specialist (Perry)
apage@pheasantsforever.org

Brock Wilson - Habitat Specialist (Fall River)
bwilson@pheasantsforever.org

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