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Goodland joins governor's hunt


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

OAKLEY -- The Kansas Governor's Ringneck Classic board of directors voted unanimously to add Goodland to the mix of host cities.

Previously, the sites had included Oakley, Norton and Graham counties and this year's host, Scott City and Healy.

This year's event will be Nov. 13 to 16.

"The board of directors congratulates and welcomes Goodland, and all of Sherman County to the Ringneck Classic team," said Ringneck Classic board Chairman Jim Millensifer. "Today's announcement furthers the vision of Gov. (Sam) Brownback to include all of northwest Kansas in this event."

Goodland was added after Donna Price, executive director of the Sherman County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Carol McClure-Schutte, a local business owner, submitted an application. Price has gathered the support of landowners, business owners and organizations. With the help of many in her community, McClure-Schutte will coordinate the 2015 event.

"I think this event recognizes the community's continual efforts to present its best," Price said. "The governor's hunt will highlight that in 2015."

McClure-Schutte was inspired by the 2013 event hosted by Norton and Graham counties, and made it her mission to bring the Ringneck Classic to Goodland and Sherman County.

"The planning efforts ahead will serve to highlight the best of what we have to offer," she said. "We'll celebrate with a great event and in doing so generate recognition and support for our northwest Kansas community."

Gov. Sam Brownback initiated the hunt in 2011 as a showcase for northwest Kansas as the premier destination for pheasant hunting and Goodland provides some of the best hunting opportunities in the region. With the generous addition of private land and landowners' commitment to maintain upland bird habitat, the county attracts hunters from around the country and world.

The Kansas Governor's Ringneck Classic is committed to contributing to northwest Kansas, the youth of our communities, habitat improvement and wildlife conservation. Proceeds from community events allow the host city to support local and regional programs and organizations.