Every year in the fall, the Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt in Broken Bow, Nebraska, hosts hunters from all over the country for three days of shooting competitions, hunting activities, award banquets, and social events. Sunrise to sunset, select hunters searches the sky for majestic pheasants to take flight. Equipped with ONE BOX of shells, only ONE five-member new team can share the glory of bagging the most birds.
This year, the 61st One Box Pheasant Hunt featured seven new teams and 48 past shooters. Many competitors traveled from out of state for this adventure of a lifetime and also participated in the Lynn Berggren Memorial Hunt hosted by volunteers early Thursday morning. Fundraisers, award banquets, and social events were held at the Cobblestone Hotel and One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow.
Area community members also hosted each new team to welcome the sportsmen to Custer County. The Ladies Board hosted their annual luncheon on Saturday featuring guest speaker, Rob Kugler. Sporting clays and trap shooting competitions were also on the schedule at the One Box Gun Club located southwest of Broken Bow. Local volunteers, community supporters, and many generous sponsors made this annual event a success. The challenge of lingering COVID-19 made organizing and executing a safe hunt more difficult than in years past.
Modified Friday evening cocktail parties and limited, but improved, attendance were some of the obstacles. Despite the hurdles, the event was successful, raising funds for scholarships and habitat preservation.
The Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt is proud to announce the 2021 HUNT RESULTS of the nation’s top pheasant hunt set in the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills. In the new team division, the RUN ‘N’ GUN takes first place, This team was welcomed to Custer County and graciously hosted by Bert & Bobbi Kirkpatrick and Chris & Kassi Henderson.
Captain: Chet Kirkpatrick………..Hastings, NE
Bert Kirkpatrick……………………. Broken Bow, NE
Chris Henderson…………………. Broken Bow, NE
Brent Kirkpatrick…………………. Broken Bow, NE
Jake Kirkpatrick……………………Stevensville, MT
Guides: Bob Allen & Mike Bell| Dog Handler: Phil Williams| Scorekeeper: Alex Boryca
With one box of shells, this five-member team scored 77 points shooting 15 pheasants and 1 quail to take first place. Local guides Bob Allen and Mike Bell, dog handler Phil Williams, and scorekeeper Alex Boyrca share the glory of a first-place finish with the team. The BIRD HOG TEAM came in second with 75 POINTS shooting 15 pheasants, and the VIP TEAM came in third with 50 POINTS.
Since 1961, the Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt has been dedicated to the fellowship among sportsmen and supporting the creation of wildlife habitat. The One Box corporation is composed of local residents who aim to promote the fine hunting and recreational opportunities so abundant in Central Nebraska. The group is instrumental in funding local scholarships, awarding approximately $12,500 annually to local scholars since 1981.
Funds generated by this non-profit organization also maintain the One Box Gun Club and support a successful youth shooting program with members competing in elite national competitions.