The 8th Annual Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic is poised to send hunters afield in pheasant territory around the Colby area from Nov. 15 to 18. Pheasant hunters from 14 states will be participating in this special hunting weekend to bring awareness and dollars to wild pheasant hunting and conservation in Kansas. [Editor’s note: Our Babbs will be in the field at this hunt, along with TeamWON’s Julie McQueen. Follow our social media for live videos and lots of updates!]
Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer will join other hunters on Sat., Nov. 17, for a full day of walking and hunting wild pheasants. Other events included a clay shooting competition, fund-raising banquets and special music. Kansas singer and songwriter Brock Wagoner will perform at the Friday evening banquet and fundraiser.
Working media onsite includes “Setter Tales” host Wade Kisner and “Project Upland” host Chet Hervey. Along with professional competition shooters, the event welcomes representatives from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Pass It On, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Special guest Hank Shaw, author of wild game cookbook, “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail: Upland Birds and Small Game from Field to Feast,” will be making recipes from his collection for the Thursday night wild game dinner, Nov. 15, and signing his book at a meet and greet on Friday, Nov. 16. Shaw also writes the popular blog “Hunter. Angler. Gardener. Cook.”
Since 2011, the Classic has generated more than $300,000 for local beneficiaries, youth, its partners supporting conservation efforts and the Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation. The Foundation is the backbone of the yearly event.
The numbers bear the Classic’s success story so far.
“The Ringneck Classic has quickly become one of the premier upland hunting events. We’re extremely proud of our relationships and the support our foundation as provide for wildlife and habitat conservation efforts,” said Jim Millensifer, chair of the Ringneck Classic and the Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation.
About the Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation
The Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation was created by the Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic to support habitat improvement and wildlife conservation in Northwest Kansas.
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