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Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management Program

This four-year university program is the first Bachelors of Science (BS) Degree to be created to train professional operational managers for hunting/shooting preserves and resorts, gamebird production companies, fishing resorts and outdoor experience companies (i.e., trailriding, nature study, bird watching, back country hiking/camping, etc.).

While our students take courses in wildlife and fisheries management, this program is not a traditional wildlife and fisheries biology program of study.  To create professional managers, this program incorporates a series of business, hospitality management, natural resources, wildlife and fisheries management courses with "in-the-field" outdoor skills courses. This program was designed with input from working professionals from across the United States.

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WOEM Team CamoCats
The first Place Winners of the Collegiate Outdoors Hunt Series Challenge was "Team CamoCats."  Team members are Chris Barnhart, Shane King, Brady Burks and Jonathan Owens. They submitted three videos for this competition. Cash prizes range from $600 - $1,000 per team member.

K-State students combine their passions for shooting game and filming hunts
When all his buddies were buying trucks to drive in high school, Brady Burks, a student in Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management, was purchasing his first Canon XA10 camcorder. Burks grew up in Wathena, Kansas; hunting dove, quail and pheasant with his dad. He also enjoyed watching hunters on the Outdoors Channel travel the world shooting different game. These experiences led to the idea of filming his friends' hunts by borrowing his parents' camcorder.  Read full story....

Young Writers Award
The North American Gamebird Association, in conjunction with Dr. Peg McBee of Kansas State's Wildlife and Outdoor Management program, held a competition for students in which articles on various subjects pertinent to the gamebird industry were selected for publication in editions of the NAGA News from May 2015 to January 2016.
Five finalists were selected, awarded a $100 prize, and an Associate Membership to the North American Gamebird Association.  Finalists are (front row in picture): Brady Waldeier "Chukar Hunting,"Noah Parsons "Professionalism," Joseph Prud'homme, III "Passionate Perceptions & Perspectives" Back row: Brady Burks "Women and Hunting,"  Elliot Matyac "Predator Management." Congratulations to these Young Writers!  Check out HFRR's Awards and Honors page.

NAGA (North American Gamebird Association) has invited our Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management students the opportunity to publish their personal gamebird hunting experiences.

The students are provided different topics in which to contribute.  Topics include: Getting Started, Financial Foundation, The Hunt-Field and European, and Taking on Technology.   If their article is accepted they receive a one year membership packet to NAGA, $100, and the opportunity to apply for the John Mullin Scholarship (4, $1,000).  Dr. Peg Althoff's advisee, Dustin Kriley, submitted an article for the May/June issue and it was accepted. (posted 06/21/13)  Read full NAGA article