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THE ONE-BOX HUNT IS ABOUT PEOPLE AND HUNTING

Broken Bow, Neb. -- Representative Tom Osborne, back in his home state to call attention to Nebraskas pheasants, pheasant hunting and the economic significance of pheasants in the state, congratulated the Nebraska One Box Habitat Association on the success of their efforts in Nebraska.

“The One-Box Hunt is a tremendous opportunity for area sportsmen to gather and celebrate wildlife in Central Nebraska. The funding generated by the event will benefit the surrounding communities through scholarships awarded to Central Nebraska youth,” Osborne said.

Since its beginning in 1961, the Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt, founded by Tom Varney, Jr., has become an annual event of worldwide interest. Originally a competition among friends, the hunt has grown to include participants from across the country and celebrities such as Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and astronaut Neal Armstrong. Proceeds from the event benefit the area in many ways, such as a scholarship program and community improvement and enrichment.

“The One Box Hunt has brought together a number of community leaders in our area to emphasize the importance of pheasant hunting to rural communities in Nebraska,” said Bob Allen, treasurer of the One-Box Foundation.

Unfortunately, while the One Box Hunt grew and expanded to its current status, pheasant numbers in Nebraska went into a steady decline. But, The One Box Habitat Association was determined to change that trend and formed a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and Pheasants Forever to focus on improving pheasant habitat in the region. To date volunteers from the One Box Habitat Foundation have light- disked and interseeded about 300 acres of upland habitat on private ranches near Broken Bow.

NGPC Director Rex Amack said, “This type of effort will provide long-term benefits to local communities to ensure that a segment of their economy will be stimulated by the impact of pheasant hunting each fall and winter.”

The most recent National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted in 2001 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, showed that both resident and nonresidents, spend about $36 million hunting in Nebraska.

“Revenue from hunting can significantly improve Nebraskas economy. When the number of hunting licenses decline, communities lose money that would be spent by hunters on lodging, food, transportation, and equipment,” Osborne said. He pointed to controlled shooting areas, where hunters pay to hunt pheasants, as a source for local income. “Operating under special rules with a prolonged hunting season, controlled shooting areas are an excellent way to keep revenue flows going throughout the year to boost our states economy.”

 

 

 

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