LINCOLN, NEB.-Lonnie Shafer of Exeter, Neb., is a lifelong ring-necked pheasant hunter. Since 1956, he has hunted Nebraska’s pheasants in the thick and the thin years, developing a respect and a love for the “king of the game birds.” Shafer’s new book, “Shafer’s Nebraska Pheasant Hunting Almanac,” shares his passion for this colorful game bird, presenting readers with a wealth of information about the history of the ring-necked pheasant in Nebraska.
Shafer grew up in southeast Nebraska-quail country. In order to hunt pheasants, he, his father, his brother and other hunting friends would head for Nuckolls County on opening day, a three-hour drive from home. “It was those trips that have made me a lifelong pheasant hunter,” Shafer writes. “Dad loved quail hunting and dining on quail. I fell for the ring-necked pheasant…”
The ring-necked pheasant was introduced into the United States from Shanghai, China, in the 1880s and officially introduced to Nebraska in 1911. Shafer’s “Pheasant Hunting Almanac” celebrates the Pheasantennial this year, the 100th anniversary of ring-necked pheasants in Nebraska, with a 294-page volume of collected information-historical data, facts, statistics, hunting tips, quotes, photos-compiled by Shafer over the years, including charts for each of Nebraska’s pheasant hunting season from 1927 through the latest season in 2010 and a section devoted to young hunters. It even includes a few recipes.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Pheasants Forever both helped to bring the almanac to publication through the advice and assistance of staff and permission to use photos and other material in the book.
Published by Infusionmedia in Lincoln, Neb., “Shafer’s Nebraska Pheasant Hunting Almanac” is available in two editions, a color edition and a black-and-white edition, with only minor variations in content to adjust for the lack of color on graphs and photos in the black-and-white edition. Copies are available from the author and the publisher, and will be available from Amazon.com this spring.
The almanac will make its debut at Pheasant Fest 2011, Jan. 28-30, at the Qwest Center in Omaha. Shafer will be on hand to sell and sign copies of the almanac.
Infusionmedia has been publishing and promoting the works of Great Plains writers since 1994 and was awarded the 2010 Nebraska Book Awards Anthology Honor, in partnership with the Loren Eiseley Society, for “The Loren Eiseley Reader.” Additional information may be found at www.infusionmediapublishing.com.