The next stop of the #BunClubUSA tour brought us to Oakley, KS, for The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic.
Most of the events took place at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center. Yes, we purchased quite a few Western- inspired items at the gift shop. And of course we couldn’t pass up all the photo ops available. Like having our pictures taken with Fred the full size buffalo in the lobby or outside with the HUGE statue of Buffalo Bill on horseback.
A hunters’ reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres started the culinary part of the trip to Kansas. The delicious, mouthwatering appetizers consisted of fried pheasant with dipping sauce, venison skewers, smoked grouse with blackberry sauce, venison meatballs with barbecue sauce and many more. Yes, we went back for seconds and thirds.
Things got real serious when we arrived at the field for our pheasant hunt. The rolling hills, covered with grasses and corn went as far as we could see. The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club girls and me retrieved our Franchi Instinct L over-and-under shotguns from the van, finally the hunt we’ve been waiting for.
The dogs on our hunt worked hard, especially Remington, a yellow lab. We all enjoyed watching their excitement, along with their field acumen. As they proudly ran through the grasses, retrieving the pheasants for their owners it almost looked like they were jumping through waves in the ocean.
Yes, the hunting dogs are very hard workers, but they are well loved, too. I love to watch the relationships between dogs and hunters. Whether a quick drink of water from a sport bottle, or a little hug of encouragement in the field, it’s a special bond.
We had a very successful hunt, thanks to our fabulous guides and hard working dogs. For those of us on our first pheasant hunt we couldn’t have been more happy. I already have plans to do some more bird hunts within the next few months and hopefully get back to Kansas someday.
The 2016 Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic earned the right to call itself a success. Not only did everyone have a great hunt, but also, the money raised (just under $52K) went to some well deserving groups, including the following:
If you’re interested in more information on the 2017 hunt send your email to the following address. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed the first part of the #BunClubUSA tour you can read it here.
Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers. View all posts by Michelle Cerino