The release of the agenda for the NAGA Hunting Club Conference made it crystal clear that the second annual event is the place to be for hunting preserve owners, operators and their employees. But another aspect of the conference brings something perhaps of even greater value; the chance to meet and interact with others who confront the same business challenges every year in the operation of a hunt club.
These types of unscheduled opportunities often pay off in times of crisis. Put a name with a face, or even get the cell number of someone who’s dealt with a bird supply chain breakdown, an ammo shortage, or an avian flu outbreak. These relationships are often cultivated during downtimes at conferences such as dinners and breaks.
“Knowing who to call, or even having already gained the friendship of a colleague in this industry, has been a great help and provided an incredible peace of mind this past year,” said Hunting Club Conference Chairman and NAGA Vice President Mike Martz, who operates Martz’s Gap View Hunting Preserve. “Knowing there’s a whole community of friends pulling for you can really make a difference. That’s why we deliberately built downtime into this conference to allow people to get to know fellow attendees, sponsors and our vendors a bit better.”
Each day of the conference includes a morning and afternoon break. Unlike many conferences that only provide enough time to grab a drink or make a trip to the facilities, breaks at the NAGA Hunting Club Conference are 30 minutes, providing ample time to discuss the previous presentation, visit with an exhibitor or thank a sponsor.
- Monday, July 17: 3 p.m. break, Sponsored by Martz’s Game Farm
- Tuesday, July 18: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. breaks, Sponsored by Wild Wings of Oneka
- Wednesday, July 19: 10 a.m. break (sponsorship still available)
Registration for the NAGA Hunting Club Conference includes lunches and dinners, each providing the opportunity to meet new friends in the gamebird business.
- Monday welcome dinner: 6 p.m., Sponsored by Romeo Bravo Software
- Tuesday lunch: Noon, Sponsored by Elkhorn Farms and Hatchery
- Tuesday banquet: 6 p.m. (sponsorship still available)
- Wednesday lunch and facilitated session: Noon, Sponsored by Flying B Ranch
Hospitality in the President’s Suite
After a full day of presentations, NAGA Hunting Club Conference attendees will gather in the Bluemont Hotel President’s Suite to unwind, share some laughs and network. Dan Barngrover of Longtail Farms will host hospitality in the President’s Suite, which will feature refreshments of the adult and all age variety.
- Monday evening hospitality, Sponsored by Beavers Game Farm
- Tuesday evening hospitality, Sponsored by MacFarlane Pheasants Inc.
“The design of the Hunting Club Conference is meant to encourage strong relationships between all of us who know the obstacles that can arise in this business,” explained NAGA President Peg Ballou. “It’s not all speeches and presentations. Our goal is to leave Kansas, a stronger family than we had when we arrived.”
Registration is open for the Hunting Club Conference and can be found at northamericangamebird.com, along with the full agenda and lodging information.