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2013 Banquet Recap

On the evening of Thursday, March 7, 2013 we held our annual banquet. It is with much excitement and appreciation that we’re thrilled to announce that this was a record-setting banquet year for Johnson County Pheasants Forever.

More than 225 folks came out that night in strong support of the event. On account of the generosity of this record crowd we’re very pleased to announce that the event’s gross revenue came very close to $40,000. Thanks to the PF model in which banquet funds stay local, we’ll be reinvesting in the youth, education, shooting sports, habitat and conservation efforts both close to our Kansas City home and throughout all of the great state of Kansas.

This event would not have been possible without each person who attended, and without the strong support of our corporate and individual donors. Our sincere thanks goes out to those who support the mission of Pheasants Forever both nationally and in the state of Kansas.

Youth Target Shoot

Make plans to join us at our Johnson County, Kansas – Pheasants Forever Banquet on Thursday, March 7th 2013. If you’ve got a youngster who is interested in the shooting sports, you should also reserve a spot at our first annual Youth Shoot (free of charge) which we’ll hold on Saturday, May 4th at Powder Creek Shooting Park. Get more information on both events by clicking on the links above or by visiting the calendar of events page on our website.

Upcoming Annual Banquet

Make plans to join us at our Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet on Thursday, March 7th 2013 at the Ball Conference Center in Olathe, Kansas.

Your support furthers the organization’s efforts in the following ways: habitat projects, conservation activities and most of all for our chapter our youth education programs.

There are a number of ticket and sponsorship packages to choose from. You can find more information on our website by clicking here.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to sharing an evening of auctions, food and fellowship with you and your family.

Register to Attend Our Banquet

Click here to access our 2012 Banquet Registration form.

Shooting with John

The Johnson County PF Youth & Women’s Hunt and Family Fun Day is only 45 days away. As I was preparing the promotional materials for this year’s event I noticed with a smile that John Francis has once again agreed to give shooting instruction to our event’s attendees. If you’ve been to one of our events in the past, you may have seen John walking around, neatly clad in his brown shooting attire, Beretta cap and amber safety glasses.

Over the past few years at our event, John has mentored literally hundreds of young shooters. While there is a lot of competition for his time, John has a way of making the few minutes that you are able to spend with him have a real and substantial impact. While he’s not a miracle worker, I’d argue that watching a youngster who has never broken a single clay in her life, walk away from John’s session with a big smile on her face, having just broken five in a row, a bit of a miracle. And John cranks out smiles and broken clays like it’s his job.

With this in mind, I asked John at our last Pheasants Forever Banquet if he’d mind giving my dear old Dad a shooting lesson. My Dad grew up shooting rifles at rabbits and squirrels. He put the guns away when it came time to raise a family, and it wasn’t until a decade ago when we moved to Iowa and caught the pheasant fever that my Dad picked the gun back up in an effort to spend time afield with his boys. But my Dad has never quite been able to get comfortable with his 20 gauge.

After a few phone calls, John, Dad and I met up at Powder Creek Shooting Park for a lesson. We looked at eye dominance, gun fit, shooting stances. Under John’s expert tutelage my Dad traced targets with his finger, worked on keeping both eyes wide open, and took shots at all sorts of flying targets. And within 90 minutes, under John’s guidance, my Dad transformed from a 20% shot into an 80% shot, and on more than one occasion he allowed Powder Creek to live up to its namesake as he powdered clay pigeon after clay pigeon.

Now, my Dad is a lot older than 13, but as we drove home from our lesson he had that same look in his eye and that same smile on this face that the youngsters have at the Youth Hunt. It’s a look of confidence. It’s a look of excitement. And it’s a look that John Francis has a habit of causing.