to “come back home” prompted Mike and Beth
Hamman to return with their young family to Woodson County, Kansas to
begin a business of raising pheasants and operating a hunting preserve at
Lone Pine, and the move proved to be successful—and has been for 25 years.
Located 10 miles west of Yates Center, the hunting preserve provides many
opportunities to hunt—upland hunting for pheasant, quail, and chukar;
turkey hunting in season and deer hunting in season.
The upland season runs from Sept. 1 through March 31. There are no bag
limits, hunters pay for the birds they want to have released, and the
harvested birds are dressed and packaged free of charge. No membership
fees or any other charges. Rifle season for deer begins in December, and
turkey season is in the spring.
Mike has loved and raised bird dogs
for nearly 40 years--primarily Brittanys. He keeps about a dozen on hand for
his own use and for hunters who do not have a dog of their own. Puppies,
started dogs, and fully trained dogs are available from his proven
bloodline. The string of dogs also includes two Labrador Retrievers. They
used during our European Harvest. The
European shoot accommodates 12 to 24 shooters. The hunters are set in
a blind and pass-shoot the birds as they fly over.
A large part of the business is raising pheasants and supplying them to
other hunting preserves—about
15,000 each year.
In the spring of 1978, Mike and Beth came to a fork in the road and
decided to take the one that led “back home”. They moved back to the farm
where Beth grew up and became the 4th generation of the family to live
there. Lone Pine Farm was homesteaded by Beth’s Great Grandfather, Lewis
Klick, in the 1880’s. Mike was also raised in Yates Center and they have
deep roots in the community of family and friends. The bird farm and
family business proved a good place to raise their three great kids; all
graduated from Yates Center High and Kansas State University and have
successful careers. Rachel and her husband Scott live in Manhattan with
their children Charlotte, Mary Jane, Kenneth, and Lydia where they own and
operate 4 Olives
Wine Bar; Luther and his wife Sherry live in Wamego with their
children Kendra, Karlie, and Gavin; and Rueben and his wife Ali live in
Belton, MO with their children Corbin and Naomi.
Lone Pine offers hunters the opportunity to go out to the farm for an old
fashioned hunting experience.
COME ON OUT!!!