posted on January 03, 2014 11:25
Every once in a while a hunting story comes along that just needs to be shared.
As we all know, hunting is a family tradition. It gives fathers an opportunity to connect with their sons. It brings together grandparents, distant cousins and those aunts and uncles you only see every once in a while. Kansas pheasant hunting wouldn’t be pheasant hunting without family.
Kansas pheasant hunter, Rob Peterson, knows this all too well. Three years ago, Peterson’s father was on his deathbed, and in an effort to salvage the many hunting memories they shared, Peterson pledged to use his inheritance money to create what he called “a pheasant paradise.”
“The outdoors always meant a lot to him,” says Peterson. “He loved to hunt and fish, and he passed on that love to me.”
When a 640-acre piece of land was made available for sale in Southwest, Kansas, Peterson took the opportunity. Later, he and his long time friend would buy another 640 acres only a couple of miles away.
He put the land, which looked more like a desert than a field, in the Conservation Reserve Program, a federal program that compensates farmers for cultivating good pheasant habitat. Eventually, the cover exploded.
Peterson would donate the land to the Pheasants Forever’s legacy program, enabling him to use the land for the rest of his life. Upon his death, the land would be used by Pheasants Forever to continue to provide opportunities for local hunters.
While Peterson’s land wasn’t exempt from the poor pheasant production that plagued the rest of the state this year, he’s hopeful that things will turn around and grateful for the memories he has already created.
The full story is available at the Kansas City Star.
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