SUCCESS!! – McPherson Valley Uplands 1st Annual Sporting Clays Shoot

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

McPherson High School Biology Class Event

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.

2015 McPherson Valley Uplands Field Trial

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.

Youth Class

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!

Amateur Class

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!

Professional Class

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.

Hunters Safety Instruction

A Hunters Safety Instruction course was held at the McPherson Valley Uplands Outdoor Life Center on Saturday, October 4, 2015.

The event was conducted by Floyd Pearson. Check out these photos from the event!


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

2013 McPherson Valley Uplands Field Trial – October 26th, 2013

Our second annual Field Trial was a great success with perfect hunting weather.

Thanks to our sponsors Dick Gehring with Gehring Buffalo Meats who provided our great lunch and Ken Stringer with Kansas Game Birds who supplied the chukars.

This year we had 27 dog handlers, with 4 competing in the youth class.  Jacob Lackey who brought in 3 birds with the Labrador Hogan was the overall youth winner.

In the adult class, Tyler Gehring won the overall amateur completion with 4 birds shot and retrieved by his lab Diek with a time of 3 minutes and 45 seconds.  Tyler also won the fastest bird retrieved to hand with a time of 1 minute and 13 seconds.  Tyler donated his prize for the fastest bird back to the club.  Congratulations Tyler on some great dog work, quick shooting and your donation back to the event!

This year we added a new class, women’s amateur.  Congratulations to Susan Saunders and her dog Jazz (The Spaz) for taking the women’s class.

In the professional class Allen Makovec ran his dog Coy and brought in 4 birds in 4 minutes and 53 seconds.  Congratulations Allen.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our event a success.

Eagle Scout Projects

The Uplands has recently benefited from the work of Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Fulcher, member of McPherson Scout Troop 133.  Ryan has undertaken two separate projects to complete his Eagle Scout requirements and to benefit the Outdoor Life Center.  His first project included clean up of the debris and obstructions in the creek through the Forest Trail area of the Uplands, as well as stabilization and anti-erosion prevention near each of the bridge crossings. Ryan also completed construction of trail pamphlet enclosures and the creation of trail maps and nature guides for trail users.   Keep reading →

The Big Event – May 2, 2012

McPherson High School’s 2nd Annual “Big Event” held on May 2, 2012, included volunteer labor for the Uplands.  A crew of 19 high school students and adult supervisors completed a number of projects, including maintenance of the forest trail and clean-up of the headquarters building.  The group’s main project was to create trail bench platforms using paving stones.  The group worked from 10:00 to 2:00 and completed all of the projects in an exemplary manner.  The Uplands appreciates the work of these fine young people and hope they will use the Uplands facility in the future.  Participants included supervisors Kent Nye, Kevin Crist, Bob Hill, and Jana Bilson, and students Chase Miller, Luke Reber, Aaron Elsasser, Ciara Gonzales, Shelby Kline, Erin Finley, Hannah Mack, Amber Jennings, Aarique Anderson, Andrew Almquist, Taylor Radke, Joel Harper, Miguel Tomas, Jase Martin, Michael Gawanda, and Drew Harter.  Pictures available under the “Picture” tab.

Youth Hunt, Saturday, Nov. 5th, David Bradbury Farm, Galva, KS

Ladies Firearms and Archery Clinic – October 2011

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