By Lars Dalseide | November 9 2010 05:45

Country superstars and NRA President Ron Schmeits participate in the Kearney, Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt:

One Box Pheasant Hunt activities began Thursday

NRA President Ron Schmeits displaying his trophy from an August hunt.
NRA President Ron Schmeits during an August hunt.

BROKEN BOW — Hunters hit the field at sunrise today for the 50th annual Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt in Broken Bow.

Although the main hunt is today (Saturday), activities began Thursday when the shooting ranges opened for trap and skeet shooting, and new teams and past shooters were recognized at a reception.

Since 1961, the hunt has promoted fellowship among sportsmen and supported the creation of wildlife habitat. The hunt has grown to be an annual event attended by sportsmen from around the world.

Teams include five members, two guides, a judge and a dog handler. The judge scores shots fired and kills. Each team is given one box of 25 shotgun shells that can be divided among team members in any way they wish ...

This year’s celebrity participants include country music singers Lorrie Morgan and John Anderson, author Stephen Coonts, National Football League player Chris Bober, Rear Adm. Mark A. Vance and National Rifle Association President Ron Schmeits. Morgan said she was excited to be selected as a participant. “I love hunting and shooting a gun, but I’ve never hunted fowl before,” she said.

Morgan said the fact that she is a big supporter of the NRA and she’s on Schmeits’ team adds extra excitement to the adventure.

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