BEATRICE - A southeast Nebraska town brought in hunters from around the midwest and the country over the weekend.

Beatrice held the annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt over the weekend, a tradition organized by Rick Clabaugh over twenty years ago.

“Over 20 years ago we started Governor’s Pheasant Hunt,” Clabaugh said. “I checked around, South Dakota had a Governors’ Pheasant Hunt, but Iowa didn’t, Kansas didn’t, s I thought why not? Why not start one in Nebraska?”

The event kicked off on Friday night with a practice shoot at the Beatrice Gun Club, followed by a banquet dinner in downtown Beatrice. Since the hunt began over 20 years ago, pheasant have become more difficult to hunt. That’s thanks in large part to habitat loss and predation from animals. Clabaugh says the event is also one that helps Beatrice’s economy as they brought in 16 different teams this year.

“We’re bringing in people to the community to stay at hotels and eat at our restaurants and enjoy what we have in this area,” Clabaugh said.

Michael Sothan of Main Street Beatrice echoes that message, but also expressed gratitude to those volunteering their land which spanned an impressive 30-mile radius, and volunteer guides.

“It certainly wouldn’t be possible without volunteers like Rick Clabaugh,” Sothan said. “A lot of the land is being donated to the event, most of the guys guiding their teams and dogs are volunteers, so we really appreciate everyone that makes this happen, it’s a group of about 160 people between the hunters and volunteers to Mae this all happen.”

Cargill and Beatrice Concrete came home as the winners on Saturday.