“The Secure Sebelius Lake team is excited about this grant opportunity and we are proud to have great partners in the Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation,” Tara Vance, executive director of the Norton County Community Foundation and Secure Sebelius Lake Committee member, said in the news release. “This project is important to the vitality and health of our entire region, both for economic and wildlife purposes. We appreciate the support from a group that continues to support and give back to northwest Kansas in both of these areas.”
Another $10,000 was granted to Pheasants Forever to help fund to creation of a wildlife biologist position in Oberlin as part of its farm bill biologist program.
“Pheasants Forever greatly appreciates the strong partnership and shared vision that we have with the Kansas Ringneck Classic,” said Jordan Martincich, director of development for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, in the release. “Our collaboration has led to many successes for northwest Kansas wildlife habitat, northwest Kansas kids and northwest Kansas communities. The future is bright for Kansas wildlife habitat conservation and the Kansas upland hunting heritage, thanks to the Kansas Ringneck Classic.”
The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic was created by former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in 2011 and is a three-day hunting event designed to draw regional and national attention to hunting tourism in Kansas. Marty Fischer, host of “If It Flies TV” on the Pursuit Channel, will be on hand for the next Classic, which will be Nov. 15-18 in Colby. Other guest hunters on hand will be TV host and outdoor writer Julie McQueen, freelance author and photographer David Zumbaugh, sport shooter and musician Cheyenne Dalton and blogger Hank Shaw.