Pennsylvania native and recent graduate of South Dakota State University, Brian Schaffer, is the new outreach coordinator for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Kansas. He will work with the 40 Pheasants Forever chapters and 7 Quail Forever chapters in the state, as well as other conservation organizations, to recruit and increase youth participation in upland hunting and other outdoor activities.
The position was made possible by a collective funding effort by Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Pass It On! Outdoor Mentors, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
"We are excited to add Brian to the team in Kansas. His passion for our mission and the sharing of our outdoor traditions will help build strong chapters that foster the next generation of land stewards and hunting conservationists," says Rich Wissink, Pheasants Forever national youth program manager.
Background in the outdoors
Schaffer recently completed his Masters of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries. His three-year research project focused on the investigation of adult and fawn survival rates, movements, and reproduction of white-tailed deer in North Dakota.
"At a very young age, I was introduced to the outdoors through hunting and fishing experiences with my family. As I matured, my passion for the outdoor lifestyle grew exponentially, leading me to pursue a career in wildlife management. However, it was only as an adult that I realized that not all children have the opportunity to spend significant amounts of time outdoors with close family and friends," says Schaffer. "My new position as a youth coordinator is a rare opportunity to give back and make hunting and fishing a positive experience for children who may not have the chance to otherwise."
Schaffer now makes his home in Little River and works from there.