Ringneck Ranch - September 22 - September 26, 2017

university students

This workshop is for university students selected by their Academic Adviser to attend a CLfT Workshop

You will be staying at the Ringneck Ranch, near Tipton, Kansas. All meals are provided.

Please bring the following, important items:

  1. comfortable, outdoor field clothing--not too bulky
  2. toiletries
  3. cap or headband for ear protection from the sun;
  4. waterproof, hiking boots and rain gear

The outdoor field exercises will be conducted even if it is hot, cold, raining or snowing, so come prepared for those possibilities. We recommend that you check the Tipton, KS area weather prior to arrival.

Ringneck Ranch

Ringneck Ranch sign

Ringneck Ranch is located on land homesteaded in 1872, a time when the Cheyenne and herds of buffalo still roamed central Kansas.  The ranch sits isolated in a pristine prairie valley looking out on the Blue Hills range.

Travel instructions

From Beloit, Kansas Airport
Left: 1/2 mile
Left: North on Hwy 14, 1 mile
Left: West on Hwy 24 to Cawker City, home of the World’s Largest Ball of Twine.
Left: South on Lake Drive, across Waconda Lake
causeway to the end of the southbound Hwy.
Right: West on the blacktop road, which turns south
to TiptonThrough: Tipton, then south 3 miles to Houghton Ranch sign & Ringneck Ranch sign
Left: East 1 mile to Ringneck Ranch.

From Salina, Kansas and all points east (like Kansas City)
West on 1-70 to the Sylvan Grove
Exit #209 (or if time permits, take Exit #206 to drive by the scenic Wilson Lake.)
Right: North on Hwy 181 through Sylvan Grove to Hunter.
Left: West on Hwy 181 four miles which turns…
Right: North on Hwy 181 four miles…
when you make the “S” curve across the creek on Hwy 181, it will be 3/4 mile to the Houghton Ranch sign & Ringneck Ranch sign,
Right: East at the Houghton Ranch sign, 1 mile to Ringneck Ranch.

655 Solomon Lane
Tipton, KS 67485
Hunter Education Coordinator
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tim is a 23-year employee of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. Tim’s duties are the coordination of the department’s hunter education program. This program has expanded over the years to include many new and engaging educational programs such as Indiana’s - National Archery in the Schools Program. Tim was appointed the State Coordinator for this program in December of 2005. He is also the National Range Manager for the national archery tournaments hosted the National Archery in the Schools Program across the country. During Tim’s career, his involvement in the shooting sports and hunting has strengthened his abilities to lead the department’s outdoor education programs to a new level. With over 39 years of volunteering and working to promote outdoor activities. In 2018 Tim was inducted into the International Hunter Education Association – USA, Professional Hall of Fame Award while also receiving the Jim and Nancy Mahoney Hunter Education Heritage Award from the Indiana Hunter Education Association. Tim holds numerous training certifications from various organizations that promote and encourage the use of our great natural resources.
North Texas Hunter Education Specialist
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Grant Writer
Helen Hands is a grant writer for her local public radio and TV stations, after a 20-year career with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. She was the biologist for Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and the statewide biologist for mourning doves, sandhill cranes, snipe, and rails. Her work at the Bottoms focused on evaluating the effectiveness of habitat-management techniques and on shorebirds. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago with non-hunting parents, she didn’t have an opportunity to hunt, but somehow developed an interest in wildlife biology. She pursued that interest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. Biological Aspects of Conservation) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife). Finally, in her early 30s her husband (retired Upland Game Bird Biologist for KDWP) trained her and their dog how to hunt. Now she avidly hunts pheasants, quail, and doves with her husband and black lab, Ernie. She keeps her hand in the wildlife management field by helping her husband conduct numerous prescribed burns on their land each year. Her other interests include reading, running, biking, backpacking, gardening, and following major league baseball.
Associate Professor
South Dakota State Univeristy
I am a hunter, fisherman, birder, photographer, husband, dad and grandpa! I am a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University; I teach Upland Game Management, Waterfowl Management, Wildlife Management and Ornithology. I've been fortunate to be able to work in my home state, where I grew up on a small family farm milking cows and hunting/fishing whenever I got a chance! Hunting and fishing as a youth have largely shaped my life and livlihood as an adult. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work in the CLfT family that offers me the opportunity to share my passion for our hunting traditions and their importance in conserving our natural resources.
Program Director and Instructor
University of Missouri
Thirty year career with Missouri Department of Conservation as researcher, administrator and outreach programs chief.

Outreach Programs Chief, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 2004-December 2009
Wildlife Research Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 1999-December 2004
Wildlife Research Biologist (wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, forest ecology, agricultural systems), Missouri Department of Conservation, August 1985-December 1998
Wildlife Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 1979-July 1985
As a Wildlife Research Biologist Mr. Kurzejeski has significant experience in designing and conducting research, often working closely with collaborators at the University of Missouri. His research included work on population dynamics of galliforms; impacts of Federal Farm programs on plant and animal species; influences of forest management on terrestrial and aquatic systems; and measuring the attitudes and preferences of resource user groups. During his career with the Department of Conservation his work involved both the biological and social sides of natural resource management. He led many agency-wide communication efforts aimed at gleaning public input from Missouri citizens. He supervised staff responsible for the development of hunting regulations and worked closely with all aspects of regulatory process.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Jim has been a wildlife professional since 1965, with experience as a forester, wildlife biologist, educator, and administrator. Retired after 33 years of federal service, 23 in D.C., he then came to MSU in 2001 and continues as Professor Emeritus after retiring in 2005. Jim is a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) since 1963, served as state President for two Chapters, as SE Section Representative to TWS Council, and as President of TWS in 1998-99. He has received numerous professional awards, e.g. two Secretary of Agriculture Honor Awards; the CW Watson Award from the SE Association; Mississippi Wildlife Federation Governors Conservationist of the Year Award; and from TWS, Honorary Member Award, and the professions most prestigious, the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award in 2007. Jim has been an inveterate hunter for over 70 years, spring gobbler hunting being his favorite since 1958. Hunting in multiple states annually he enjoys guiding family members, friends, colleagues, youngsters, and novice hunters. Married to the same considerate wife Doris, since 1962 they have two sons and one grandson. Jim is a Charter Instructor for CLfT from the initial workshop in 2005, and continues actively serving the profession as consultant, motivational speaker, and volunteer.
Prior to coming to CLfT, David was a Captain with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division where he served for 27 1/2 years in a variety of positions including Field Officer, Environmental Investigator, Homeland Security Coordinator, Training Administrator and the Education and Training Section Commander. David holds a number of instructor certifications and specialties that includes: ILETB Master Instructor, Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle), 4H Shooting Sports Shotgun Instructor, Muzzleloading Rifle, Range Safety Officer, Indiana and Illinois Hunter Education Instructor and Indiana Trapper Education Instructor. David is a 1980 graduate of Vincennes University with an Associate of Science degree in Conservation Law Enforcement and a graduate of the 191st Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a three-term president of the Association of Natural Resource Enforcement Trainers (ANRET)(now a subcommittee of NAWEOA). David served as Secretary of the International Hunter Education Association, IHEA from 2009 to 2011.