2015 McPherson Valley Uplands Field Trial – October 17, 2015

Where: McPherson Valley Uplands Outdoor Life Center (1/4 mile North of Conway or 5.5 miles West of McPherson)
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015

This event is a benefit fundraiser to support and enhance youth activities in our area. Join us at our facility to learn about our past and future events for engaging area youth in the outdoors.

Schedule:
8:00 – Registration
8:45 – Rules Review
9:00 – Professional Class*
10:00 – Amateur/Hunter Class**
12:00 – Lunch (provided)
13:00 – Youth Class***

*Professional Class – Standard rules in effect. Rules will be reviewed prior to start.
**Amateur/Hunter Class – Open to all participants with a dog and hunting license.
***Youth Class – No dog necessary. Participant must have own gun and be able to shoot safely.

Pre-registration is critical to ensure enough birds are available.

For more information, please contact John Worden at 620-242-6209.
Submit registration forms to Jenna Crain by email at jcrain@bwisecounsel.com or via fax at 620-241-7962.

Model 70 Rifle Raffle

Pheasants Forever McPherson Area Chapter #510 is conducting a raffle for a Model 70 Rifle.  Only 500 of these guns are made in the U.S.A. for the youth Forever Shooting program. The retail value of the rifle is $1,400.00.

Tickets can be purchased at $20.00 each or $50.00 for THREE tickets.

The drawing will be conducted at the Uplands Dog Trial event on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

This raffle is limited to the sale of 200 tickets. To purchase tickets, contact a PF Executive Committee member or call Jenna Crain at 620-241-0554.

SKB Sporting Clays Shotgun Raffle

Pheasants Forever McPherson Area Chapter #510 is holding a raffle for a SKB Sporting Clays Shotgun, an adjustable semi-auto 12 gauge target shooting shotgun. The retail value of this shotgun is $1,000.00.

Tickets are available for purchase at $20.00 each or $50.00 for THREE tickets. This raffle is limited to the sale of 250 tickets.

The drawing will be conducted at the Uplands Dog Trial event on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

To purchase tickets, please contact a PF Executive Committee member or Jenna Crain at 620-241-0554.

Youth Instructional Shoot – July 16, 2015 and August 20, 2015

Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, Pheasants Forever and Kansas Outdoor Mentors

Location: McPherson Uplands Outdoor Life Center (1/4 mile North of Conway or 5.5 miles West of McPherson)

Dates: Thursday, July 16th and Thursday, August 2oth

Times: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Includes shotgun, bow and arrow, small caliber rifles, pellet guns and sling shots.

RSVP is NOT required. If you would like more information, please contact Joe Schieferecke at 620-242-8161 or Jason Austin at 620-755-4727.

Hope to see you there!

Bees

Students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School spent the afternoon at the Uplands learning about bees with beekeeper, Jennifer Krehbiel.

Jared Austin Selected!

Fellow Outdoor Advocates,

I am proud to announce that one of our chapter’s own youth, Jared Austin, has been selected for a prestigious honor at the national level!  He was one of just a handful of youth from across the county selected from a large applicant pool to be a representative on the National Youth Leadership Council for Pheasants Forever.  The council is a group of highly engaged youth leaders that represent the future growth and vision of Pheasants Forever.

Jared’s community service and participation in youth directed activities for outdoor engagement and education set him apart from other qualified applicants.  He has been instrumental in advocating that area youth organizations utilize the facilities we have built at the McPherson Valley Uplands and is working to complete our pollinator program that involves educating young kids in local elementary schools about habitat and wildlife sustainability.

Jared will be heading to North Dakota in July to take his position on the council and attend a 4 day meeting of leadership and conservation.  Please join me in congratulating Jared on his well-earned accomplishment and support his advocacy by going to his Facebook page and liking the McPherson Valley Uplands.

John Worden, President, McPherson Area Pheasants Forever Chapter

Youth Instructional Shoot

Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, Pheasants Forever and Kansas Outdoor Mentors

Location: McPherson Uplands Outdoor Learning Center (1/4 mile North of Conway or 5.5 miles West of McPherson)

Dates: Thursday June 19th, Thursday July 17th and Thursday August 21st

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

  • All materials are provided – Just bring a kid or the whole family!
  • Clay Shooting Range for all kids old/strong enough to shoot a 20 or 12 gauge shotgun.
  • Archery range will also be open for instruction.
  • Air Soft Pellet Range and Sling Shot Range will be open for the little kids.
  • Recommended ages: 4-18, but all are welcome!
  • Hunters Safety Certificate is NOT required.

RSVP is NOT required.  If you would like more information please call:  Joe Schieferecke 620-242-8161 or Jason Austin 620-755-4727.

“Big Event” = Big Effort

The Uplands hosted 21 McPherson High School students for the “Big Event” on Wednesday, April 23rd.

The freshman through senior group split into platoons under the guidance of sponsors Don Willits and Chris Walline.  Uplands representative Jason Austin spearheaded the workday and helped students with the assigned projects.

All of the Uplands existing signs were removed, reset, re-leveled and tamped in place.  The signs were damaged in last year’s wind storm and required repair.  In addition to the sign renovations, the group canvased the campground, education and shooting areas and removed broken limbs, brush and debris.  These efforts created a huge brush pile which will be burnt when weather permits.  The “Big Event” clean-up put the finishing touches on our recent mowing and improvement projects.

After a barbeque lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs at the fire-pit area, the students completed their “Big Event” workday by moving the observation bleachers to a permanent spot by the headquarters building.

The following high school students participated in the event:  Rilynn Anderson, Cody Armstrong, Riley Burghart, Kaylee Eberhardt, James Fish, Eric Gaeddert, Amanda Handlin, Olivia Hansen, Casey Higgins, Morgan Howard, Lucas Koehn, Cole Kretzer, Taylor Kulbeth, Moliann Metheny, Ethan Nadeau, Ember Nelson, Sarah Newberry, Jaden Nigh, Crystal Nutter, Chayce Pontious and Tyler Wheat.

April 19th Workday

Our Saturday workday at the Uplands was a rousing success!  All of the trails, campgrounds, education and shooting areas were mowed, trimmed and made ready for the season.  In addition, the forest trail was cleaned up by a crew with chainsaws and the trail was made ready by weed-eating and mowing.

A team led by Greg Smith made repairs to the shooting area roof which is now ready for installation of new tin to repair last year’s wind damage.  Youth coordinator, Joe Schieferecke worked with the group to plan the new trap house and .22 rifle range.  PF Biologist Allie Rath, assisted by Troy Shippy, staked out four pollinator areas for future development by McPherson area classroom students.  Those areas were mowed by Dale Schmidt who also did yeoman work throughout the facility with his tractor and mower.

The following volunteers assisted on Saturday: Jared Austin, Jason Austin, Blake Druecker, Craig Druecker, Logan Druecker, Rich Miller, Judah Neff, Torrance Parkins, Brett Reber, Allie Rath, Travis Rose, Joe Schieferecke, Dale Schmidt, Troy Shippy, Baron Shively, and John Worden.

Many thanks to those who participated! A special thanks to Neal Beam for the use of his tractor and mower and also to Joe Pavlovsky for the use of his mower to prepare for new sign placements.

The Uplands is in great shape for the many youth and hunter safety events this summer and we look forward to another great season of educating area youth.

Workday – April 19th

Please join us on Saturday April 19th at 8:00 am for a workday at the Uplands.  Our goal is to start work on the new trap house, make repairs to the shooting area roof, spray weeds and mow.  We have a number of hunter safety courses, youth classes and school events on the schedule so we need to have the facility in perfect shape for the coming year. We will try to be finished by noon, so hope you can volunteer some of your valuable time!


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