Friday, December 2 the McPherson Area Chapter hosted our second pollinator project! We went and engaged 25 – 5th and 6th graders in the classroom, explaining pollinators and their importance. We then traveled to the Uplands where we spent an hour planting our pollinator and walking the trails. After that we celebrated another successful project over Little Caesars pizza. A huge thanks to Mrs. Gipson and her class for being great helpers!
We had our 2016 Youth Shoot on November 5. We had 8 young hunters come out for a great time ….and they left with big smiles. We started the morning with some clay pigeons and gun safety review, then headed to
field for some birds. Here are some photos from today’s activities.
A hunters education course is being hosted at the McPherson Valley Uplands on Saturday, September 24, 2016. If the class is full, additional classes are being offered in our surrounding area. For more information, click the link below.
Our first Clays Shoot was a success!! We had 48 shooters come out and enjoy our beautiful facilities. Dennis Linden set a great course that was very fun to shoot! The young and the very experienced all had a great time. Thanks to Jason Austin for organizing the event, Mike and Dick Gehring for the pulled buffalo meal, Richard Miller for mowing the path, and everyone else that helped make the day a huge success!!
Top scores (out of 100 shots) were
Scott Garrison 98
Kevin Logan 93
Dustin Daryee 91
Susan Saunders 91
This Thursday, May 19, 2016, marks the start of our summer youth instructional shoots at the McPherson Valley Uplands! Come out to the Uplands for shooting sport activities for the entire family! Hot dogs, chips, and drinks provided. Click the link below for more details. Hope to see you there!
Uplands Youth Instructional Shoot Schedule 2016
Come out to the Uplands on Saturday, May 14, 2016, for the McPherson Valley Uplands 1st Annual Sporting Clays Shoot! Click the link below for details. Hope to see you there!
Sporting Clays Shoot Flyer
The McPherson Valley Uplands hosted 120 McPherson High School biology students on Friday, May 7, 2016. McPherson High School biology instructor, Heath Gerstner, led the high school students. The students enjoyed a walking tour of the Uplands facility and seminars on rainfall, wildflowers, and beekeeping. Baron Shively discussed the importance and science of rainfall accumulation and distribution. PF Biologist, Allie Rath, explained the benefits of the prairie ecosystem and conducted a wildflower identification seminar, quiz, and hands-on demonstration. Beekeeper, John Duerksen, gave an “up close and personal” tour of the Uplands hives and allowed students to don beekeeper suits and work with the hives.
National Youth Council member, Jared Austin, rounded out the event by giving a brief history of the conservation movement in the United States.
Where: McPherson Valley Uplands Outdoor Life Center (1/4 mile North of Conway or 5.5 miles West of McPherson)
When: October 25, 2015 / 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Click the following link for more information.
Ladies Instructional Shoot
On October 17, 2015, the McPherson Valley Uplands hosted the 4th annual dog field trial. This year we had a great turn out with 26 dog runs.
Sisters Jessica and Samantha Saunders competed in the youth division. Jessica and her dog Jazmin were the class winners. Samantha was runner-up with her dog Teddy. Congratulations to Jessica and Samantha!
Russ Graber and his dog Sky won the overall amateur division. Russ’ dog found all four birds with a time of 7 minutes and 36 seconds, for a total of eight points. Brian Kynaston was his shooter with perfect shooting that also yielded them the award for the fastest time in the amateur event. David Penner and his dog Cooper won runner-up in the amateur division. Cooper was able to find four birds with a time of 9 minutes and 10 seconds and a total score of eight points. Congratulations to them both!
In the professional class, we had nine dog runs. Mike Wallace with his dog Tess won overall with a perfect run (four birds pointed, shot, fully retrieved) with a time of 9 minutes and 44 seconds. Allen Makovec ran his dog Coy who also had a perfect run with a time of 10 minutes and 6 seconds to earn runner-up in the professional division. Paula Wallace and her dog Versace won the award for first bird in hand with a time of 1 minute and 20 seconds. Our professional class hunters are heading over to Topeka for the World Dog Championship this weekend. Best of luck to them all!
Thank you to our sponsor Ken Stringer with Kansas Game Birds who supplied the chukars.
A special thank you to the McPherson Area Pheasants Forever Chapter members who facilitated the event and provided the meal.