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Private European Results New Junior Membership Marines Have Landed Only Thing Missing Is You Make Your Trip More Special A Royal Adventure for All Ages Flint Oak Bird Dog Development News from the Pro Shop Hunter Safety Calendar of Events Meet the Flint Oak Managers Individual and Corporate Membership By-Laws Major European Dates 2 3 4 5 7 8 10 13 14 15 18 21 22
Exciting New Junior Membership
To help keep the hunting tradition alive and well, we have a new Membership offering that allows Members to pass along, to the next generation of hunters, all that you have come to love about Flint Oak. The new Flint Oak Junior Membership provides younger (twenty-one to forty years of age) outdoor enthusiast the opportunity to join Flint Oak at a reduced rate of $1,000.00. What a great gift it would make for that special younger someone in your life. It is the perfect way to tell that grown-up child or relative you are proud of them, love them and want to spend time with them. It is also a great way to reward a job well done or just to say thank you. The Junior Membership requires a current Hunt Member sponsorship, renews annually and includes $900.00 of Hunt/Fish credits.
The Olympics of hunting, fishing and Sporting Clays, the Flint Oak Triathlon.
Olympics Come to Flint Oak
Attention ! Flint Oak is hosting a Triathlon during the month of September through mid October. The triathlon consists of three sports for your enjoyment in one full day of FUN. Activities include Hunting, Shooting and Fishing. Your Olympic style day starts with an early morning field hunt at 7:00 AM before it warms up. After the hunt, return to the Lodge to suit up for a late morning round of Sporting Clay. A break over the noon hour provides the time for a great Flint Oak lunch and a quick changes of clothes to get ready for your afternoon guided fishing trip on Indian Lake. We have bundled these three events together into a package available for two to enjoy for $1079 plus tax. This is a twenty percent saving over the normal pricing. Plan to come in the night before for dinner, socializing and a good night’s sleep. Turn your Triathlon into a Pentathlon with a Decathlon of fun and relaxation !
2009 Summer in Review
The recession precipitated the Accommodations Department putting on our thinking caps and formulating some terrific ways to encourage everyone to have a great “staycation” at Flint Oak. First, we sat down and created a marvelous new summer menu. The response to this menu was overwhelming and people came from everywhere to try it out. One of the best nights turned out to be the Thursday night Fried Chicken Buffet, featuring both fried and grilled chicken. Once word got around, we were averaging 100 to 120 guests on Thursday nights. Another special event was the “Weekend Get-Aways” built around our Buffet Specials. Flint Oak offered two buffet dinners, one night at the Lodge and two breakfasts all for the great price of $124.95. The summer proved that Flint Oak was once again the place for weddings, receptions, reunions and company picnics. All of the employees were on their toes throughout the summer season insuring that everything went smooth and easy for the groups hosting their events at Flint Oak. Everyone had great fun, from the C14 Marine reunion to the Ong wedding reception, along with everything in between. Keep Flint Oak in mind when planning your upcoming events. Our trained staff gladly works with each event host to assure every affair exceeds all expectations.
The Marines have landed at Flint Oak…..
… you never know what may be in store for you at Flint Oak. It was an exciting weekend when Flint Oak hosted the Charlie 1-4 Marine Corps reunion this summer. These gentlemen were all in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and over the years have reunited with one another. A couple times a year they all get together for some good laughs and some story telling. This year’s highlight was when Jeff Oakes surprised them all with a tour of the ranch in a M35A3, just like the one they rode in during Vietnam. Jeff even gave them his best “R. Lee Ermey” impression. While the men were all enjoying the tour, their ladies made a day of it with pedicures, manicures and massages. They all had such a great time, they are sure to be back. “Semper Fi”
Only Thing Missing Is YOU
By Nicole Williams Are you tired of the daily grind of the office? Why not go hunting?!! Nothing alleviates the grind of the office like an Upland Game Bird Field Hunt with one of Flint Oak’s professional guides. The summer has blessed us with substantial rainfall so the cover is thick and the food plots have flourished. The hunting dogs are in hunting shape, walking paths mowed and the guides are “itchin” to get back in the field hunting. The only thing missing is “YOU”, so get a group together and book a Field Hunt at Flint Oak today !! Keep in mind that a bad day out hunting is better than a good day at the office. All of us at Flint Oak are looking forward to another exceptional year of hunting.
Don’t Miss Out Go for the Gator
By Josh Reed Love to field hunt, or know someone who does, but is not capable of all the walking? Flint Oak can take care of you with a “Gator” hunt. A gator hunt has all the excitement and requires all the skill of field hunting, only one of these offroad buggies can make it a lot easier. The gator can transport one to three hunters on a field hunt. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see dogs working in an open field and to enjoy a classic bird hunt. Ask us today about booking a “Gator” hunt.
How much fun you will have during your Flint Oak Triathlon
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KC Strip, 16 oz.
Covered with Wild Mushrooms and Served with Flint Oak’s famous Twice Baked Potato
Flint Oak Duo
8 oz Filet and Pan Fried Quail Served with Roasted Red Potatoes
Filet and Lobster
8 oz Filet and 6 oz cold water Lobster Tail Served with Baked Idaho Potato
Grilled Elk Tenderloin
Two 4 oz medallions of Elk Tenderloin with a Blackberry Sauce Served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Prime Rib Of Beef
Served with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
Dinner Served With Chilled Salad, Chef’s Choice of Vegetable and Bread Special requests for your evening meal are welcome Please let us know in advance
THE WALTON LODGE MAKES YOUR TRIP EVEN MORE SPECIAL
Having a meeting at Flint Oak or hosting a group of friends to do some great hunting? Think about booking the Walton Lodge. To make your outing even more special, the renovated lodge boasts many amenities exclusive to it. Among the conveniences are six bedrooms with two queen size beds in each, the option of a full bar and bartender or a self-service bar, a luxurious lounge area with overstuffed leather furniture to watch the moonlight shimmer on Lodge Lake or relax around the fireplace and share stories of the day’s activities. Walton Lodge also has two poker tables and a separate relaxation area with comfortable seating and a flat, wide screen television. Yet another exclusive Walton Lodge amenity is access to the specialty menu and a Flint Oak private chef to prepare your choices. So, check out the Walton Lodge Menu and decide which irresistible entrées are for you. Book your next trip today !
The Walton Lodge has six bedrooms with two queen beds in each and fabulous views of Lodge Lake.
The luxurious lounge area also looks out over Lodge Lake.
The photo below, aptly named “Reflection”, shows Walton Lodge from the lake. Large windows and comfortable decks bring the outside inside for the Walton Lodge’s guests.
European Pheasant Hunting A Royal Adventure for All Ages
The driven pheasant shoot, reserved for Europe’s royalty and aristocracy until the mid 20th Century, has a long and rich history. The shoot begins with the Horns men. The hunting horns blow notifying the shooters to begin and the “beaters”, traditionally servants walking through the woods driving the game ahead of them, start pushing the birds towards the shooters. When the birds approach the clearing at the edge of the forest they flush high and fly very, very fast towards the waiting guns providing “missile” like targets. Traditionally, midway through the hunt, servants brought their masters food and drink and a feast at the castle followed the hunt. Flint Oak’s European shoots, in the tradition of those reserved for the kings so long ago, begins with the hunting horns. Flint Oak’s rich and diverse background provides a truly exciting pheasant shooting for both the novice and the experienced gun. As the hunters’ horns sound across the landscape, prepare for the most exhilarating pheasant shoot of your life. True to tradition, we provide food and drink halfway through the hunt, a welcome respite to the shooting. The hunters’ lunch, a prime rib feast at the lodge, rounds out the day. Start planning today for a truly exciting pheasant shooting in Flint Oak’s magnificent surroundings. Feel like a king; come to Flint Oak where you are royalty. Flint Oak offers “Open European Shoots”. The Major European, our “Grand Event”, is held virtually every other Saturday throughout Hunt Season (see schedule page 22). The pageantry of this event, the mix of participants, the weather and a myriad of other factors, make each and every shoot unique.
The Major European
Held on Saturday mornings, this is the “granddaddy” of our Europeans. It includes a huge Hunter’s breakfast, a ride on the Flint Oak Hunt Wagon, a coffee break around a toasty campfire, a prime rib “Hunters’” lunch and an equal share of the day’s harvest. The European has 39 blinds that surround the hill. Driven to flight, the pheasants fly towards the shooters. Flint Oak’s retrievers pick up the harvested pheasants even as you shoot. As each brace completes, you move to a new blind that offers new and different shooting challenges, then the fun starts all over. Shooting the European with a special friend or family member makes memories to last a lifetime. The Major European, scheduled regularly throughout hunt season, is an “open” shoot; you can book reservations from one to seventy-eight shooters!
The Mini, the first private European shoot introduced at Flint Oak, has proven to be very exciting and even sportier than we first anticipated. A twelve blind shoot, it accommodates up to twenty-four shooters. The birds are on the shooters QUICK on the west side (blinds 7 through 12), the “forest side”. The gunners need to help each other by yelling information to one another. The birds darting through tree openings verify the importance of staying alert at all times. Instinctive “snap shooting” ability is a real plus. Most of the bag comes from pass shots behind the blinds. Blinds 1 and 6 transition from the forest to the prairie side (blinds 2 through 5). Circling and turning birds provide some long lead shots with the birds in full view and really moving fast! The birds reach such speed that very few birds harvested end up in front of the blind on the prairie side. 8
The Scottie / Double Scottie
Ideal for six to eight shooters, the Scottie lies toward the east and allows smaller groups to enjoy European style shooting. -ORThe “Double Scottie” differs in the fact that the gunners rotates around the circle twice, giving more shooting opportunity and a second chance at mastering the nuances of each shooting position. A coffee break after the completion of the first rotation enables the gunners to cuss and discuss the blinds and formulate new strategies prior to the second round. The second round’s harvest percentages are usually much higher. This shoot is ideal for those small groups of friends or clients that you wish to entertain on a more personal basis.
The Phoenix was a mythical bird that arose from the smoke and ashes of its own destruction ! Thus, we thought it was an appropriate name for this driven shoot because those birds just seem to keep rising and flying despite smoking shotguns ! The Phoenix, located on the westerly portion of Flint Oak, accommodates twelve to twentyfour shooters. More trees and completely different terrain than any of our other Europeans make for a unique shooting experience.
Webster defines the Mecca as “a center of activity sought as a goal by people sharing a common interest”. We at Flint Oak certainly hope that is true with our Mecca. Nestled in the upper end of a long brushy draw, sitting among some very large oaks and blackjacks with cedars and oaks in the center, this shoot produces some extremely challenging shots. It also sets astride a creek forking into a bigger creek. The area is a very pretty site. As you move around this shoot from timber to clearings, the variety of shooting opportunities will amaze you. This shoot, unlike some Europeans, is very versatile enabling groups of eight to sixteen shooters to use the shoot. With up to sixteen guns, extra birds will be a blast.
Advantages of the European Hunt
European shoots are a great way to introduce your friends or business clients to Flint Oak. They are designed for Private groups of all sizes. This type of shoot is ideal for those not able to Field Hunt. When you factor in the unpredictability of Kansas weather, even the most experienced shooter will be challenged, while the novice will have an enjoyable experience hunting with friends. The camaraderie and atmosphere of these shoots is a great tool for team building. With all this in mind, why not schedule your European Shoot soon?
To increase the fun and add more shooting pleasure, extra birds may be purchased for each of these shoots except the Major European. 9
Preserve Is Thick, Lush & Ready For You
We had a busy summer, tending this and taking care of that. The preserve is lush and thick, ready and waiting for the hunt season to begin. We began fertilizing at the end of May and started planting food plots in June. With all of the rainfall and tractor breakdowns, it took until the first week of July to finish, but they are all ready for the season. In an attempt to make the food plots thicker, we did not use any herbicide this year. (By the looks of the fields we were successful !) We built several new blinds for your convenience, as well as brush hogging roads and paths for easier access. All of us are really looking forward to hunting season, taking Members and their guest to the field and working behind some great Flint Oak dogs.
Everyone’s hard work has the kennel area looking amazing.
Flint Oak Birddog Development
By Todd Manuel The Flint Oak kennels are undergoing some changes. One of those is we are not rearing as many puppies as we have in the past. Flint Oak has decided to go with started dogs, which we will continue to train. Beginning with started dogs will insure preserve ready dogs when the hunt season rolls around. We have purchased five new dogs this year and they have been training very well. We are very excited about seeing them on the preserve and, of course, we will still have all your favorites you have hunted with before. The Flint Oak kennel staff is treating these dogs as athletes. We have recently switched to a new food and hope that it, along with their exercise program, training and overall better living conditions will translate to a better birddog in the field for you. We hope you are all in shape for the new hunt season, our cover is tall and thick and our birddogs will be ready to help you have a great field hunt !
Flint Oak employee JoAnna distributes “dinner” at the kennel. 10
Kennel A re a Gets Maj or Fa c e l i f t
By Todd Manuel The kennel area received a major facelift this summer. We totally refinished the inside of the house at the kennel with paint, trim, new cabinets and a new bathroom. We also repainted the outside with the help of Jeff Oakes’ father Don Oakes; he was the major force behind getting the house completed. Don was also a vital part of rebuilding the kennel feed room and whelping house. We also built a four-run kennel at my home here at Flint Oak. This is where my dogs stay along with Flint Oak’s puppies and any of the dogs with a health issue. Once again, Don and Jeff, with the help of Cleaver Farm & Home Supply in Chanute, got this task completed. The grounds at the kennel look amazing. We have done lots of tree trimming, landscaping and copious quantities of weed whacking. We have had a limited staff this summer, but with hard work and a positive attitude, we have been very successful. The kennel grounds look as good as they do because of our mowing machines, not the Hustler lawnmowers, but rather Brenda, Jeff, Josh and Steve. Without these folks logging many, many hours on those Hustlers we could not have gotten it done this summer. The kennel looks fantastic and the kennel staff and I are very excited about the upcoming hunt season. We hope all the members are too.
Todd with Sabre and their Master National trophy.
Todd Manuel Joins Flint Oak Staff
In 1997, Todd Manuel turned his hobby into a full time career and launched his business, Snoqualmie River Retrievers. After turning pro, Todd started competing in American Kennel Club Retriever Hunt Tests. In 2000, he purchased a puppy with exceptional bloodlines. The puppy, named Sabre, was a Super Tanker grandson. When Sabre was eight weeks old, Todd started training him. Sabre proved exceptional; he passed his first Master Hunt Test at only sixteen months of age and was a Master Hunter at twenty months. Sabre qualified and passed his first Master National in Indiana at twenty-three months making him the youngest dog to qualify at the Master Nationals. Sabre’s induction, by age five, into the Master National Hall of Fame was one of Todd’s proudest moments. Along with Sabre, Todd traveled 11 all over the country competing his own personal dogs (both Labrador retrievers and German wirehaired pointers) as well as client dogs. In 2005, Todd received an invitation to run a Top 100 Retriever Invitational event called the “World Retriever Championships”. The event, held at Flint Oak, was where he met Jeff Oakes and became passionate about Flint Oak. Todd has traveled back to Flint Oak two to three times per year since 2005 to run retrievers and participate in the European driven shoots. Todd is working hard to develop the kennel program to insure Flint Oak Members have exceptional dogs to hunt over and enjoy their partnership. Todd is enthusiastic about training hunting dogs and looks forward to meeting all of you in the near future!
The new four run kennel at Todd’s residence.
The Best from the Best
Possibilities at the Pro Shop
We have added the “Muck” line of water proof boots to our outdoor footwear, and of course, still carry the excellent Irish Setter brand of boots in both men’s and women’s sizes. In rainwear, jackets, sweaters and coats we have several brands from which to choose such as Columbia, Browning, Beretta, Rivers West, and Under Armor. For the T-shirt connoisseur we have brought in a number of T’s that could fulfill that “take home memento” need. Additionally, we carry hats in virtually every school color you might desire, all with the Flint Oak logo. Did someone mention guns? You need to check out our Beretta and Benelli selections. We are very excited to have the new Benelli Vinci in stock. It is available in camouflage and synthetic. The new technology on this gun is awesome ! If you have not seen how it works, stop in the Pro Shop for a demonstration. Flint Oak is in the process of receiving all our new fall hunting clothes. It is just like Christmas opening all these boxes. We are so excited we cannot wait for our guests to see all the new items. Oh, by the way, speaking of Christmas and opening boxes, do you need a stocking stuffer or a unique gift item? We have a number of accessory items, from specialty tools and Oakley eyewear to Browning and Beretta knives, which would very nicely fill that need. Most of you are aware that Flint Oak is famous for its world class Sporting Clays course, but did you also know we have lighted Trap, Skeet and 5-Stand courses? We can provide a nighttime shooting experience, until 10:00 with advanced reservations, for you and your guests. Come see us, we will keep the light on for you.
News from the Pro Shop
Archery, Firearms or Muzzleloader?
By Steve Cornett Whether your choice is archery, muzzleloader or firearms, Flint Oak is ready for deer season. We have ten clover patches, twelve deer feeders, more than thirty deer stands and three newly constructed ground blinds ready to use on your deer hunt. The first step to get your deer hunt off to a great start is to purchase your deer tag at least one calendar day in advance. The standard Flint Oak deer hunt begins in the morning with a continental breakfast and a short safety meeting, provided by your guide, at the Lodge. Your guide will take you to your designated deer blind before sunrise. The legal time for your hunt starts one-half hour before sunrise. The guide will discuss with you all options available for your deer hunt, i.e. if you want to come in for breakfast, the fact that he will drive by and stop only if you wave him in, etcetera. All morning hunts end by noon. If you want to return for an afternoon hunt, the guide will return you to either the same stand or, if you prefer, a different one. The afternoon hunt will end one-half hour after sunset unless you request the guide pick you up earlier. Find the dates for each season, archery, muzzleloader or firearms, on the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website under hunting regulations.
27th ANNUAL HUNTER SAFETY
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, along with Flint Oak’s staff, graduated fifty-two individuals in hunter safety this year. It was another big success for the graduated students, the future hunters who will carry on the legacy of this great tradition. The course really is a great bonding time between parent and child or grandparent and grandchild. After completing ten hours of classroom, the students went to Flint Oak’s sporting clay course and practiced what they had learned. Several comments from parents stated they were very impressed with what the students learned. Next year’s date is set for August 14 and 15, 2010. Make sure to mark your calendar for next year. There is no charge for the course and we encourage everyone to take the course even if not required to.
2009 - 2010 Fall Calendar of Events
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Hunt Season OPENS at Flint Oak Labor Day Flint Oak Open Seafood Buffet
Turkey Season Open 14 Major European #1 M ajor European #2 26 Thanksgiving C LOSED
(Re-Opens at 5:00 p.m. for European Dinner & Lodging)
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Major European #4 Father and Son Shoot Major European #5 Father and Son Shoot
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Don’t miss out on your share of all the great times at Flint Oak. Make reservations, call the office at 620-658-4401 TODAY !
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Summer Activities begin at Flint Oak Social Memberships resume
Stop by the Pro Shop to see Ballistic Specialties custom painted shotguns.
Become A Better Shooter with Ballistic Specialities
At Flint Oak, when we sell a shotgun, we strongly recommend sending the gun to Ballistic Specialties of Arkansas. We make this recommendation to assure that your gun’s performance is “the best it can be”. Angle Porting by Ballistic Specialties is the longtime leader in creating innovative shotgun products and accessories. Whether you shoot sporting clays or are a hunter, Angle Porting has a full line of products to make you a better shooter. Angle Porting offers a complete line of custom services such as angle porting, forcing cone lengthening, custom trigger work, action polishing, custom painting, and much more. We also offer custom Beretta gun packages that feature our quality products and services. Ballistic Specialties uses their patented angle porting process to electrically discharge machine (EDM) the barrel of a firearm. The result of this process includes reduced felt recoil and less muzzle jump. This process leaves absolutely smooth edges that will not interfere with the path of the projectile. The ports near the muzzle end of the barrel direct a small amount of the burning gases of the shot in a manner to counteract the action of recoil. As the projectile passes the Angle Porting, the force exerted against the firearm cancels most of the lifting action. Angle porting is great for shooters in either hunting situations or competition taking multiple shots. Angle porting also allows quicker follow-up second and third shots by eliminating barrel deflection. The forcing cone is the area in a shotgun barrel just in front of the chamber that directs the shot load into the bore. In most production shotguns, this forcing cone is short and at a steep angle. Ballistic Specialties lengthens the forcing cone to three inches and mirror polishes it. By lengthening the forcing cone and mirror polishing the surface, several good things happen. Reducing the sudden friction encountered with a short forcing cone increases the velocity. The reduced friction also allows the shot load to enter the shotgun bore smoothly reducing felt recoil. It eliminates the shock of suddenly constricting the shot load and dramatically reduces pellet deformation. Reduced pellet deformation produces a denser, more even pattern. By reworking the trigger group on most popular auto loading and pump action shotguns the shooter experi16
ences an increased sense of confidence. Eliminating the creep, or travel, before the trigger releases gains the shooter control over the timing of a shot. In addition, it removes the anticipation and resulting flinch from the shooter’s technique. Whether in competition or hunting this advantage will make shooting a much more pleasant experience. To increase reliability, smoothness and longevity of an autoloaders action, Ballistic Specialties disassembles and polishes the internal parts. This process also makes cleaning the action much easier; powder residue and dirt has fewer places to collect. Additionally, operating in a cleaner environment reduces friction and wear. Most popular models of shotguns readily accept this modification and will malfunction far less often. Last but not least, Ballistic Specialties offers a wide array of custom painted gun styles. Several standard designs are available as well as highly customized designs specified by the customer. Using automotive finishes and techniques there is no limit to the possibilities. Resolve to become a better shooter this year. Call (620-658-4401) or stop by the Pro Shop for more information about sending your new shotgun or a favorite old one to Ballistic Specialties.
From camouflage to rainbows, Ballistic Specialties custom painted stocks.
Mark Your Calendar August 14 & 15, 2010 Flint Oak’s 28th Annual Hunter Safety Class
Everyone Appreciates Shooting Lessons
By Josh Reed Do you want to learn something new, or improve on what you already know? Whether you are an individual member here with a friend or a corporate member here with a hundred coworkers, if you know someone who would enjoy some extra instruction, let us know. Everyone, from the guest who only knows which end of the gun fits the shoulder to the expert shooter who wants to improve his sporting clay score, will appreciate our shooting lessons. Flint Oak has three certified instructors available and we can accommodate individuals or groups of up to three. We get beginners started off safely and have them hitting birds in the field; we improve the skill of experienced shooters. Shooting lesson participants can bring their own gun or we can set them up with a rental gun. So give us a call and become more confident in the field.
Meet The Flint
Jeff Oakes, General Manager
Meet Jeff Oakes, Flint Oak’s General Manager. Jeff joined Flint Oak in 1994 as the Shooting Sports Manager and during the past fifteen years has worked his way up through the organization. Jeff, the first graduate of the Southeastern Illinois School of Preserve Management, worked on two other Preserves in Oregon prior to joining the Flint Oak team. Jeff and his wife Dona have two children. Their son Dillon is currently attending Pittsburg State University and their daughter Taylor is a junior at Fredonia High School. His hobbies include anything that has to do with the outdoors.
Josh Reed, Shooting Sports Manager
Meet Josh, a relatively recent graduate from Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg, IL. He was born in Effingham, Illinois and has two brothers. His degree is in Game Preserve and Shooting Complex Management. Josh served his year of internship at Flint Oak from May 2006 through April 2007. Upon completion of the internship, he accepted the position of the Shooting Sports Manager. Josh enjoys the Flint Oak field hunts with his dogs Jim and Ann. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Nicole Williams, Office Manager
Nicky was born in Emporia, Kansas and raised on a ranch outside of Moline, Kansas. She graduated from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas in May of 2001 with a BA degree in accounting. After graduation, her first job was General Leger Accountant for the City of Ponca City, Oklahoma. She worked as assistant cashier at Home Bank & Trust in Eureka and then accepted the Head Veterinary Technician position at Performance Equine Associates in Whitesboro, Texas. Immediately prior to coming to work at Flint Oak, Nicky was Assistant Ranch Manager with Westfall Brothers in Elk City, KS. Nicole accepted the Office Manager position at Flint Oak in October of 2008. Nicole enjoys ranching and has recently purchased cattle with her brother Reed. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and especially her dachshund Sam.
Gary “Rob” Roberts, Preserve Manager
Rob was born and raised in Gray County in Western Kansas. He lived on the family farm and attended Ingalls grade and high school and then attended one year of vo-tech at Dodge City, Kansas. He and his wife, Janis, have one son and one daughter. Rob worked for the Ingalls feed yard for eleven years, then was assistant manager of a lumberyard for eleven years before managing a hardware store for two years. He started at Flint Oak in 2006 as the Preserve Manager. Since being at Flint Oak, he has earned a Class II Water System license and a Class I in wastewater. 18
Lester Stamps, Accommodations Manager
Lester has resided in Kansas for most of his life and has worked in the restaurant industry for thirty years. His extensive background includes managing various restaurants, Manager of Country Clubs, and owning and operating his own restaurant. He joined the Flint Oak management team in 2002, as the accommodations manager. An important aspect of his life is his family; his wife (a teacher) and one daughter (having studied psychology, she has received her Ph.D) In his spare time, he enjoys camping and fishing with his family.
Brenda Edwards, Pro Shop Manager Steve Cornett, Big Game & Fish Manager
Brenda joined the Flint Oak team in July 1999 as a bartender in the old lodge, currently the Walton Lodge. In October of 2000, she transferred to the Shooting Sports Department working as both a puller and in the Pro Shop. Ray Walton offered the position of Shooting Sports Manager to Brenda in February of 2003. In June of 2007, due to the growth of Flint Oak, Shooting Sports split from the Pro Shop and Brenda became the Pro Shop Manager. Born and raised in Longton, Kansas, Brenda has two sisters and three nieces and her parents have lived in this area all of their lives. Steve started at Flint Oak twentyfour years ago and has spent a lot of time helping build Flint Oak into what it is today. Steve started out working with the horse program when Flint Oak reared Paso Finos and accepted the position of Big Game and Fish manager in spring of 2008. His duties include managing the fishing program at Flint Oak and developing the deer hunting. Steve is also a great guide during the hunting season. Steve and his wife, Katherine,have two children, a daughter,Tara, starting college this fall and their son JR, in high school, works part time at the Flint Oak bird depot.
Todd Manuel, Kennel Manager & Head Trainer
Flint Oak welcomes Todd Manuel ! Todd is the Manager and Head Trainer of the Flint Oak Dog Department. He has an extensive background in retriever training, competition and working bird dogs. Todd moved to Kansas from Washington State in April 2009. In Washington, he ran a successful business that he started in 1997, Snoqualmie River Retrievers, training hunting and competition dogs with his wife Heather. Todd grew up in southern California and worked in kennels with bird dogs throughout his high school years. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Todd was a Fitness Instructor for over fifteen years. Throughout the years, hunting, training and working with bird dogs was always part of Todd’s life.
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Resveratrol and Other Red Wine Antioxidants
One of the most studied antioxidants in red wines is resveratrol, a compound found in the seeds and skins of grapes. Red wine has a high concentration of resveratrol because the skins and seeds ferment in the grapes’ juices during the red winemaking process. This prolonged contact during fermentation produces significant levels of resveratrol in the finished red wine. White wine also contains resveratrol, but the seeds and skins are removed early in the white winemaking process, reducing the concentration of the compound in the finished white wine. Antioxidants, like resveratrol, are beneficial in preventing harmful elements in the body from attacking healthy cells. Found in red wine, peanuts, blueberries and cranberries, resveratrol is easily absorbed by the human body. The antioxidant properties of resveratrol also offer certain health benefits in the prevention of heart disease and the reduction of lung tissue inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Resveratrol is also known as a phytoestrogen. In the 1940s, scientists found that phytoestrogens in clover were responsible for certain infertility conditions in sheep that ate a diet exclusively of clover. They discovered that phytoestrogens have similar properties to estrogen, the female sex hormone. Due to this similarity, phytoestrogens are able to bind to estrogen receptors acting like the estrogen that is naturally produced in the body. Therefore, diets that include red wine may benefit certain conditions affected by a decrease in natural estrogen including menopause, breast cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Moderate amounts of red wine, such as a glass per day, may provide enough resveratrol to protect against estrogen depletion in the body. Red wine also contains other antioxidants. Researchers are finding new ways to isolate these antioxidants and study their health benefits. One of these antioxidants, a flavanoid known as catechin, is abundant in red wine
and green tea. Research indicates that, along with resveratrol, catechin plays an important role in reducing the risk of heart disease. Saponins, found in red wine, olive oil and soybeans, offer protective benefits for the heart and are easily absorbed by the body. Yet another antioxidant present in red wine, called guercetin, is being studied for its value in the prevention of lung cancer.
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MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME
A “Photo Memory” is the perfect way to preserve the legacy of the event that your clients or friends will relive every time they see it. As a host, you just can’t put a price or value on the group photo. It is designed to sit on their desk and we guarantee they will remember the experience. At each Major European and private European, a Flint Oak photographer will be at the “Coffee Break” to take a group picture. Your picture will be processed and given to the Member host before the end of lunch. If you are planning any other activities and would like photographs, you need only tell the office staff and arrangements will be made to make it happen. In our “Pursuit of Excellence”, we try to never say “NO” ! 20
Individual and Corporate Membership By-Laws
Flint Oak offers three (3) kinds of hunt memberships, Individual, Corporate (multiple) or Junior . Individual (Single designee) Individual Memberships shall be issued in the name of an individual or in the name of a business or firm. Individual Memberships are assigned to one (1) designated individual and are non-transferable. The designee of an Individual Membership will be responsible for any charges incurred by his guests. Corporate (Multiple designees) Corporate Memberships shall be issued either in the name of a company or an individual associate of a professional group. A company is understood to be any entity holding a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). Such named entity (whether a company or an individual associate) shall be designated as the Owner of the Membership, and the rights and privileges of the Membership are the property of the named Owner. The first Designee appointed by the Owner of the Membership shall be responsible for and billed for all charges incurred by designees and their guests. Corporate Memberships include membership rights and privileges for three (3) designated individuals. The first Designee shall be Flint Oak’s contact for billing purposes. All designees must be directly employed by said company or an associate of the same firm as the Owner of the Membership. Designees may be changed at no charge provided the Owner of the Membership notifies Flint Oak in writing of the substitution. Junior (Single designee) Junior Memberships require current Hunt Member sponsorship, are assigned to one (1) designated individual and are non-transferable. The designee of a Junior Membership will be responsible for any charges incurred by his guests.
will establish membership for one year from the date of acceptance. 2. All monthly charges will be due the tenth of the month following the month such charges were incurred. 3. Members will be responsible for any charges and/or damages incurred by their guests. Guests will have no billing privileges. 4. Members will be billed monthly. 5. Corporate Membership billings will be to one designated Member, and will not be broken down to individual designee charges. 6. Hunt credits and/or services included with the initial membership fee must be used during the months of membership. They do not carry over to another membership year, nor are such unused services subject to refund at the conclusion of the membership. Social Memberships receive no hunt credits. On a Corporate Membership the first Designee or his assigned should collect and forward any moneys paid in order to keep the account accurate. Flint Oak will consider the corporate membership as one account and cannot credit individuals in that account as well as assign hunt credits to individuals in that account. All monies received will be applied to earliest invoices. The Corporate Membership rate is extended due to the reduction in bookkeeping on one account rather than three individual accounts.
Your Company Flag at Flint Oak
As you enter Flint Oak’s front gate one of the first things you will see is our flagpole. Illuminated at night, it catches your eye whether you arrive during the day or after sunset. We would be more than happy to fly your company flag during the length of your stay at Flint Oak. You may bring it with you on your visit or send it to us in advance. We will also gladly store your flag at Flint Oak and use it for your future trips if you desire. Please notify the office staff when making your reservations if you want us to fly your flag. Our American and Kansas flag are 4’x6’.
Dues and Charges
1. Membership dues, regardless of Membership type, shall be paid in advance. Hunt Membership dues
2009 - 2010 Major European Dates
2639 Quail Road, Fall River, KS 67047-9515 (620) 658-4401 Fax (620) 658-4806 E-Mail: email@example.com
October 17, 2009 October 31, 2009 November 14, 2009 November 27, 2009 November 28, 2009 December 12, 2009 January 16, 2010 February 6, 2010 February 20, 2010 March 6, 2010 March 13, 2010 March 20, 2010 March 27, 2010 Ray Walton/K-State Memorial Fund Raiser Father/Son (Friday) Father/Son (Saturday)
Mark your calendar and plan to participate in the 2nd Annual Ray Walton K-State Memorial European style pheasant shoot. The event, as grand as the man whose dream became Flint Oak, is Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, 2010. The European benefits the Kansas State University “Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management” program that Ray Walton was instrumental in getting started at K-State. You will receive more information as the details are confirmed and the time draws nearer. Meanwhile, be sure to mark it on your calendar and make your reservations as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out on this great weekend.
AIRPORT PICKUP or RETURN
Airport pickup charges are listed below. Other local airport pick-ups are charged at the rate of $1.50 per mile (1 way). The closest commercial airport is Wichita (85 miles). Customers may wish to rent a car so they have their own vehicle. We do have a helicopter pad and windsock on premise.
Chanute Airport (620) 431-5290 or 2200 Hard Surface 4256' x 75' Lighted Asphalt & Turf 2460' x 75' Full Service Unicom # 122.70 Car Rental (620) 431-0480 $ 70.00 Pickup Eureka Flint Hills Aviation (620) 583-7732 Hard Surface 3500' x 60' Lighted Turf Strip 2000' x 65' Unicom # 122.80 Fuel-Mechanic-Charter Service $ 50.00 Pickup Fredonia Airport (620) 378-2231 Concrete 4600' x 45' Lighted Hard Surface 2410' x 25' Lighted Taxi Unicom # 122.90 Fuel w/advance notice (620) 378-2412 $ 50.00 Pickup Tulsa International Airport (918) 838-5000 Serviced by Major Air & Commuter Lines Unicom # 122.95 Car Rentals $200.00 Pickup Coffeyville Airport (620) 251-4310 Independence Municipal Airport (620) 332-2531 Hard Surface 5500' x 100' Lighted Hard Surface 3400' x 50' Unicom # 122.70 Fuel - Car Rental (620) 331-0605 $ 95.00 Pickup Parsons Tri-City Airport (620) 336-3440 Hard Surface 5687' x 100' Lighted Hard Surface 4007' x 100' Lighted Hard Surface 4007' x 100' Fuel-Mechanic Unicom # 123.00 $100.00 Pickup Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (316) 942-4131 Serviced by Major Air & Commuter Lines Helicopter to Flint Oak available from Triangle Copter Service (316) 942-1239 Unicom # 122.95 Car Rentals-National Weather Service $150.00 Pickup Colonel James Jabara Airport (316) 636-9755 Hard Surface 6100' x 100' Lighted Full Service Unicom # 122.70 Car Rentals $150.00 Pickup
— IMPORTANT REMINDERS —
FISHING REMINDERS Fishing is April 1st through September 30th. Catch & release only for Bass & Wipers. See fishing rules. Does not include Indian Lake. During these months fishing for overnight guests and Social Members is at the Duck Pond and along the creek. During the month of September fishing lakes may be booked as long as no Europeans or Field Hunts are scheduled in the vicinity. During fishing season Flint Oak rental boats are permitted on Center Lake and West Lake. No boats are allowed on Lodge Lake or Timber Lake due to the shot fall from Sporting Clays. We are very concerned about contamination of our water, with either zebra mussels or other non-native species. Under no circumstances will boats not owned by Flint Oak be allowed on any of the lakes or the creek. No waders allowed. Artificial bait only in the lakes, barbless hooks required. GUIDED FISHING CANCELLATIONS Eight days or more - no charge 7 days or less - $125.00 per boat OFFICE HOURS The Flint Oak Office is open seven days a week (except on Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, and New Year's day when we are closed). Reservations can be made any day during Office hours by calling (620) 658-4401 HUNT SEASON HOURS (October 1st through March 31st) Office 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Breakfast 7:00 am to 8:30 am Lunch Noon to 1:30 pm Dinner 6:00 pm or 8:00 pm Once your reservation is booked, we incur the expense of whatever advance ordering and planning are required. So if you fail to come, or cancel after the expense of preparations has been incurred, what is fair? Should all guests be penalized by increased charges to cover these expenses? Most of our guests believe it is fairer to charge a cancellation fee to those who create the increased cost! HUNT CANCELLATIONS
Hunt reservations (whether Field Hunt or European driven shoots) may be cancelled at NO CHARGE forty-five (45) days or more in advance. A $100 CANCELLATION FEE per gun will be charged on all hunt reservations cancelled forty-four (44) to thirty-one (31) days in advance. Hunt cancellations received thirty (30) days or less from the hunt date WILL BE CHARGED for the full amount of the hunt(s) reserved. Room (meeting or lodging) reservations made for NON-HUNT RELATED activities require a first-day deposit to guarantee reservations. Rooms cancelled by 6:00 pm the day before arrival will be no charge. Room Cancellations received the day of arrival will be charged the amount deposited.
MEAL DEADLINES Please make reservations for meals by the following deadlines to allow us to prepare properly. Reservations will be accepted after deadline if we can do so with the staff and food preparations available. Breakfast Lunch Dinner 6:00 pm the night prior 10:00 am 3:00 pm
HUNT SEASON RESERVATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS All activities at Flint Oak require ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. We limit the reservations we accept to the personnel and facilities we have available. Unlike the airlines, WE DO NOT OVERBOOK! If we accept your reservation, we guarantee that we will have everything required for your activities (just like buying a ticket to a ball-game). We are located "deep in the country" and do not have passerby business. Our food orders and personnel schedules are made weekly and must be based on advance reservations.
Because we do not have "drop in" business. Flint Oak can seldom fill a "short notice" cancellation. The only way we can continue to provide the services you expect at realistic prices is if all guests respect and adhere to our reservation and cancellation guidelines. We have tried to structure our requirements to be fair to ALL concerned, you, other guests and Flint Oak.