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
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
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
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
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