Nebraska -(Ammoland.com)- Family, friends and longtime colleagues gathered at Branched Oak Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lancaster County on Oct. 24 to dedicate the field trial area to Chester (Chet) A. McClain.
McClain retired from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1994 after 36 years of service as a biologist. Together, with Commission Director Jim Douglas and Jack Higgins of the Nebraska Field Trial Association, guests celebrated McClain’s leadership in the development of the field trial area.
“This is really special to me personally,” Douglas said at the dedication. “When I worked in my earlier days with the Commission, Chet McClain mentored me in many ways.” He said McClain impressed upon him the importance of field trialing and its role in the future of hunting.
The development of 880 acres of land at Branched Oak Lake as a dog trial area was authorized by the Commission in 1969. Seven sporting dog clubs formed the Nebraska Field Trial Association in 1973. McClain and the association selected and planted specific grasses to enhance habitat in …Read the Rest