One Box Hunt brings National Champ to town

A world-class shooter is coming to town. Bill McGuire won his first National Sporting Clay Championship this last weekend weekend in San Antonio, Texas, finishing just three targets ahead of runner-up Zachary Kienbaum. This weekend he’ll be hunting pheasants as part of the 2011 One Box Pheasant Hunt in Broken Bow. There will be eight teams competing in this year’s event for the third time in the event’s 51 years, said Thomas McCaslin, event chair. “The momentum is there. There will be lots of good shooters competing.” Bill McGuire will be joined this weekend by reknown artist D. Michael Thomas, retired All-Pro defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins Dave Butz, Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy and Jon Kruger, considered to be one of the foremost shooters in the world. Each team consists of five shooters, two guides, a judge and a dog handler. The judge scores the shots fired and keeps track of the birds. Unrecovered birds are counted as a miss. The winning team is the one who brings in the most birds. Each team is given one box of 25 shotgun shells to work with. The hunt ends when the daily bag is reached or the 25th shell has been fired, whichever comes first. In case of a tie, the victor is decided by time. “In addition to the eight teams and their families, there are 70 past shooters who are still involved,” said Thomas. “There will be over 500 people served at the Thursday dinner.” Thomas emphasized the importance of the community in everything being offered over the weekend, and pointed out that all the moneys the One Box Pheasant Hunt generates goes back into the communities. This year the Foundation will reach the $250,000 mark in moneys returned in scholarships, and community support, since the Foundation’s start in 1981. “We sure extend a thanks to the community for all of their work in hosting One Box,” he said. This is the 51st year of the One Box Pheasant Hunt. This year’s teams and their members include:Nebraska Team Team Captain Todd Anderson of Broken Bow graduated from Sandhills High School in Dunning and Kearney State College. He has been in sales most of his professional career and currently works for Cargill. Brad Schutte is from Hastings. He owns Howard Glass and enjoys all aspects of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking, skiing and motocross. Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy was appointed Lieutenant Governor by Gov. Dave Heineman and sworn in Jan. 24, 2005. Sheehy is a member of the Homeland Security Advisors Council for the National Governors Association, and since 2007 has served on the executive committee for the National Lieutenant Governors Association. Jason Anderson was born and raised in the Sandhills of Nebraska and currently lives in Lincoln where he owns Arrow Pest Control. Anderson has been a lifelong outdoorsman and has served as a guide for the Shoot N Shout Dove Hunt in the past. Doug Gallaway grew up near Bassett and currently resides in Grand Island. He has been at Eakes Office Plus for 31 years. Gallaway enjoys hunting and fishing and spends most weekends on the water. NRA Team Team Captain Bill Poole is from Fairfax, Va., and serves as the Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. Raised in a trap shooting family, clay target shooting has been the basis for his love of the shooting sports. He says he enjoys hunting with ‘anything that flies.” He is the Chairman of BSA Troop 1995s Troop Committee, and has been appointed twice to the Boy Scout’s National High Adventure Camp Inspection Team. Dr. Thomas P. Arvas of Albuquerque, N.M., is a current menber of the NRA of America Board of Directors. Taught to hunt at an early age by his father, he currently serves as Vice Chairman of NRAs Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee, and Chairman of the Shotgun and Sporting Shooting Committees. Dave Butz from Swansea, Ill., is a retired All-Pro defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins. He has played in three Super Bowls and is a member of the NRA of America Board of Directors. He is an avid shooter and lifelong hunter. He is the former host of the television show Suzuki Great Outdoors. He is a life member of the National Sporting Clays Association, member of Quail Unlimited and is the recipient of the George Allen Leadership and Achievement Award. The Honorable Clel Baudler from Greenfield, Iowa, is a member of the NRA of America Board of Directors, serving on the Legislative Policy, Law Enforcement Assistance and Action Pistol committees. He retired with 32 years in law enforcement with the Iowa State Patrol. He was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1998 and is currently serving his 5th term. Mike Krei is the Director for the NRA Competitive Shooting Division. He has 26 years of service with the NRA. The Competitive Shooting Division sanctions over 11,000 tournaments and conducts 50 National Championships annually. Krei grew up in a hunting family where his dad and granddad built duck boats and carved decoys on the northern California coast. Georgia Boys Team Captain Douglas Bridges is from Duluth, Ga. For 40 years he has been a management consultant to medical professionals and a CPA. His hobbies include watching the Braves and anything outdoors. Stephen Johnston, Sr. is the managing partner of CLR Partners, LLC. Johnston serves on the Board of Zoo Atlanta and is an active member of Business Executives for National Security. He lives in Atlanta, Ga. Bill McGuire from Charleston, Tenn. is a Professional Course Design and Shooting Instructor. McGuire is the 2011 National Sporting Clays Champion, 2009 North American Grand Prix Champion, 2009 Palmetto Cup Champion, 2008 Georgia State Champion and 2008 Texas State 5-Stand Champion. Frank (Woody) Bell, Jr. from Duluth, Ga., founded Woody’s Nursery in 1973. He is a Director of Gwinnett Community Bank in Duluth and a Director of the Duluth Historical Society. Shoot to Thrill Team Captain Brandon Johnson from Oklahoma City, Okla., has worked with Courtesy Financial Advisors since 2005. Chris Johnson of Odessa, Texas, is in business with Gene Smith as Chaparral Industries. David Bairrington of Bryan, Texas, is the general manager for ConocoPhillips. He began his career as a petroleum engineer in Odessa, Texas, working in the United States, Norway, the United Kingdom and the Ivory Coast. He has served as president, Russia and Caspian, and has worked on the development of ConocoPhillips Canadian old sands. Mark Bairrington of Moore, Okla., has worked for Ivy Funds since 2006. Winston Kenworthy is president of Kenworthy Tank Rental, Inc. He has served on the boards of several organizations including the YMCA, the Big Brother/Big Sister Program and the United Way of Odessa. VIP Team Team Captain George Land is a Transportation Director and Chief Pilot for Valley Hope Association in Norton, Kan. Land has participated in the SE Colorado Two-Shot Celebrity Goose Hunt, One Box Shoot N Shout, Colorado Invitational Dove Hunt and has served as a One Box Pheasant Hunt Score Keeper. Colonel Sankey was commissioned as an officer with the Nebraska State Patrol Dec. 11, 1987. During his 24 years with the agency, he has had the opportunity to attend a number of law enforcement and command development courses that helped shape his career. He was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman as Superintendent March 1, 2011. D. Michael Thomas has been sculpting for over 30 years. A native of Wyoming, he grew to love the west and its rich history while growing up working on a cattle ranch. Since 1993, he was worked as an artist full-time. He has stayed busy the last few years sculpting three monuments, including one of his friend Chris Ledoux on the bronc Stormy Weather which was dedicated June 2010 in Kaycee, Wyo. Patrick H. Sullivan grew up in Tecumseh where he was introduced to trap shooting by his dad. He’s been participating in competitive clay target shooting ever since. He is the VP of Dealer Affairs for the Nebraska New Car and Truck Dealers Association in Lincoln. He participates in four to five big game hunts each season. Bob Puette is an engineering graduate of Northwestern University where he attended on a football scholarship. His business career included 24 years at Hewlett-Packard where he started the HP Personal Computer Business. He left HP to become the President of Apple Computer, then was the CEO of two technology companies that he sold. Today Puette is the CEO of Puette Capital Management, Inc. and on the boards of several technology companies. He has been an avid hunter all of his life. He is a Benefactor Member of the NRA Ring of Freedom and a Life Member of the NRA for 45 years. A lot of his time is taken as the Grand Prior of the United States for the International Order of St. Hubertus (the oldest hunting organiztion in the world) where he serves as Secretary of the worldwide organization. Plains Equipment Group Team Captian Kent Kirchoff of Lincoln, is a Director of Marketing for Plains Equipment Group. Kirchoff was raised on a farm in south central Nebraska and prior to his position with Plains Equipment Group, he worked for John Deere Company for 12 years. Eric Semin of O’Neill is the Location Leader for Plains Equipment Group at their O’Neill location. Semin is an avid upland bird hunter and a former participant in the One Box Gun Club sporting clay, skeet and trap leagues. He has participated as a scorekeeper in the One Box Hunt as well as the Shoot N Shout. Sam O’Toole from McCook is the Location Leader for the Plains Equipment Group McCook, NE. and Oberlin, KS. locations. He has been with Plains Equipment Group for 12 years. He says he has always been an avid sportsman. He is an NRA certified Instructor for pistol adn rifle. Tom Joyce from Seward is the East Region Manager for Plains Equipment Group. Joyce says he feels fortunate to participate in this year’s One Box event and hopes his teammates can carry him through the competition. Chris Davison from Urbandale, Iowa, is the Global Manager of Customer and Product Support for John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. He is responsible for the worldwide planning and product support organizations located in North America, Germany, Brazil and Australia. BD Rooster Busters Team Captain Elmo Anderson, Quality Assurance Manager for the BD Holdrege facility, is an avid upland bird, waterfowl and big game hunter. Al Hohlfeld was born in Broken Bow, but he did not reside there until much later in life. He is an avid hunter, and enjoys hunting waterfowl and game birds, especially the turkeys around Broken Bow. Hohlfeld actively shot at the One Box Shooting Complex while in the Broken Bow area and currently shoots at the Holdrege Gun Club. James J. Sanyi, III comes from Charleston, S.C. He is employed by the public accounting firm of Webster Rogers. Sanyi is an devoted outdoorsman who enjoys fresh and saltwater fishing. He is an avid hunter, often going for deer, hog, turkey and quail. John Wilson was born at Fort Benning, Ga., but grew up in a variety of locations from Georgia to Germany. He currently resides in Kearney. Wilson is a U.S. Army Veteran with tours of duty in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. He is the Plant Manager for the Becton Dickinson facility in Holdrege. W. Scott Gardner is a member of the Great Plains Chapter of Pheasants Forever in Holdrege. Gardner enjoys trap shooting and participating as a Mentor for the Annual Youth Pheasant Hunt. Ramblin Roosters Team Captain Paul Ulmer moved to Broken Bow in 1991. He is the manager of Trotter Fertilizer in Broken Bow and has been with Trotters since 1999. Ulmer is a board member for the One Box Foundation. Allen Strong hails from Broken Bow, but currently calls Holyoke, Colo., home. He owns and operates a crop consulting business. In the fall he guides deer and waterfowl hunters in southwest Nebraska and northeast Colorado. Stong has been a guide for the One Box Hunt since 1995. Jon Kruger is from Franktown, Colo. For over 20 years, Kruger has been an integral part of the game of sporting clays in the United States. He is considered one of the foremost shooters in the world. He is an eight-time NSCA US Open Champion and First Team All-American for 20 consecutive years. He was on Team USA Sporting Clays and FIT ASC International and received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Craig Bohannan from Yutan grew up on and around a trap range, where he developed his love for shooting and hunting. He works for the Omaha Public Power District. Jeremy Dierks is from Holyoke, Colo., where he is the Area Manager for Pioneer Hi-Bred for Colorado, western Nebraska and northwest Kansas. He enjoys spending his free time hunting, working on a family farm and volunteering as a youth wrestling coach.