Candidate Says Pheasant Hunting Could Boost Kansas Economy

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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October 29, 2010

One man hoping to take the spot as Governor says he wants to use pheasant hunting to boost the economy in Kansas.

Republican Sam Brownback says better marketing for the state's pheasant population could help create more revenue in rural areas, but opponent Democrat Tom Holland says there are better ways to help the state's economic recovery.

"I've been gearing up for hunting season, I've got 20 pounds of butter in the freezer!" says Diana McDaniel as she puts away leftovers from breakfast.

For McDaniel, hunting is a way of life, even if she never picks up a gun.

"If I didn't have the pheasant hunting crowd, life would be a lot slower," McDaniel says laughing.

But McDaniel says she's happy to welcome the dozens of hunters who stay at her Bed and Breakfast, Prairie Crossing, each season. And boosting her business is something Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Sam Brownback says he can do.

"Kansas has a 20-year high in our pheasant population, and yet you see people going to South Dakota to hunt for pheasant. Well ours are tougher and better here than in other places," said Brownback.

Brownback is proposing a Governor Invitational Pheasant Hunt to help market pheasant in Kansas. But it's something his opponent, Democrat Tom Holland, says the Governor shouldn't be concentrating on during these economic times. Instead, Holland is proposing focusing on funding training programs for laid-off workers.

"The key here is that we need to get Kansans back to work, and running a pheasant hunt isn't going to put unemployed Kansans back to work," said Holland.

But it is keeping McDaniel busy, doing something she loves.

"Sometimes you don't ever know if you're making a difference for people. Everyday I feel like I'm making a difference for somebody," said McDaniel.

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