Kansas promotes hunting at Governor's Ringneck Classic
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hosted the second annual Kansas Governor's Ringneck Classic Nov. 16 to 18. The city of Oakley and the surrounding areas were the gathering spots for the event, which included 70 hunters and the governor.
"This weekend was a great weekend for hunting and for promoting Northwest Kansas," said Brownback. "Thank you to the city of Oakley for hosting us, along with the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and everyone who planned and helped make this event possible."
Brownback said promoting hunting is one way Kansas can promote agritourism and grow the state's economy. Hunting in Kansas brings in more than $400 million annually and accounts for nearly 6,000 jobs in the state.
"Pheasant hunting is part of the heritage of Northwest Kansas," Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison said. "Western Kansas has some of the best pheasant hunting in the country, unfortunately many people don't know about it. 'The Classic' has brought and will continue to bring more notoriety to great hunting in Kansas. The hunt also showcases the many tourism opportunities already present in northwest Kansas."
Hunters taking part in the second annual hunt included State Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, State Rep. Ward Cassidy and State Rep.-elect Travis Coture-Lovelady as well as former KC Chief Bill Maas, National Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever President and CEO Howard Vincent, and freelance outdoor photographer Larry Kruckenberg.
This year's Classic benefited four worthy non-profit organizations:
--NW Kansas Classic Conservation Foundation;
--The Logan County Health Care Foundation;
--The Buffalo Bill Cultural Center; and
The weekend included a community BBQ dinner and silent auction on Nov. 16 with a performance by Nashville recording duo Joey+Rory. On Nov. 17, after hunting, the group had an awards dinner with a musical performance by Rivers Rutherford. A bonus hunt capped off the weekend on Nov. 18.
Kansans can view pictures from the Classic at http://www.flickr.com/photos/govsambrownback.