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2011 North American Gamebird Association Convention

On January 23, 2011 in General by spope

Chris Theisen (our farm’s production manager) and I flew down to Charleston, South Carolina this past week to attend the NAGA convention.  The convention went well – I learned a lot.  Unfortunately the convention was not very well attended – just over 100 people registered.

From the comments I heard from the attendee’s, most were happy with the speakers and the topics – so hopefully they will go back home and brag up the convention to their friends, and more people will attend in 2012,

I went out to dinner in downtown Charleston three nights in a row.  The first night I went with John and Sharon Metzer – John is the past President of the NAGA and breeds ducks large scale in California.   The second night I went with Jeff and Donna Oakes – Jeff is the general manager and part owner of Flint Oak Ranch – the largest gamebird hunting operation in the U.S. located in Kansas, Lindsay Waddell – the chairman of the U.K. Gamekeepers Association (they have 15,000 members!!) and Pat LaBoone – a longtime friend and world renowned high end shooting instructor. The third night I went with Brian Beavers – the next generation now running Beavers Game Farm – a large commercial pheasant operation in southwestern Kansas and Russell MacClennan – the owner and manager of the Bluffs of Valhalla – a commercial hunting operation located near Denver.

The opportunities available to me in being able to talk to such successful and knowledgeable people is just incredible.  Chris and I spent three days at the convention and I came back with a list of ideas to investigate.

In addition, at the auction at the banquet on the closing night – I continued my run of winning prizes at the NAGA convention – this time winning a Ruger over/under Red Label 20 gauge shotgun.  The gun is beautifully engraved with the NAGA logo.  The auction brought in over $20,000 to the NAGA – to be used for scholarships and research.

If any of you would like to know more about the NAGA go to

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