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New Format For Ducks Unlimited Funraising Banquet

By Staff | Oct 31, 2013

by Dan Voigt

Something new is in the works for the 2013 Palo Alto Sportsman’s Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Annual Membership Fundraising Banquet. The annual event is set for this Friday, Nov. 1, at the Emmetsburg VFW Hall, with doors opening at 5 p.m., with a social hour starting at 6 p.m., with the banquet to begin at 7 p.m.

But that’s where things will be changing somewhat. The organization will still conduct a limited live auction, featuring several new and exciting Ducks Unlimited art works and merchandise, and a silent auction will also still be part of the evening’s activities.

“This year, instead of a general raffle, we will be conducting a gun bash, where we will offer attendees a chance to win a variety of 20 OR MORE GUNS!” explained Brian Garrels of the Palo Alto Sportsman’s Ducks Unlimited Chapter.

The featured firearm will be the 2013 DU Gun of the year, a Fausti 12 ga. o/u Shotgun. Additional guns offered are Winchester SXP 12 ga.; a classic DU Henry Golden Boy rifle; three Mossberg AR-style .22 rifles; a Remington 1911 Pistol; Panther AR-style RFA3-OC 5.56; a Remington 870 Express super mag, and other firearms by Stoeger, Mossberg, TriStar, Traditions, and Ruger.

A limited number of raffle tickets are still available for a 10.5′ Kayak on display at Hardware Hank in Emmetsburg, as well as for the DU Great Gun Giveaway. Winners need not be present to win these prizes.

Individual tickets will cover the annual DU membership and a scrumptious meal being catered by the Rack Shack. Couple’s tickets and Greenwing tickets, for youth 17 years and under are also available for the event at special prices.

In 2012, Ducks Unlimited and its conservation partners invested some $2.7 million in Iowa in order to protect, enhance and restore 4,562 acres of habitat. In the years since 1986, Ducks Unlimited and its partners have conserved 75,241 acres in Iowa, an investment of over $20.8 million. Locally, some of those efforts have included work at Burr Oak Lake in Emmet County, at the DU Marsh west of Ruthven in Clay County, Barringer’s Slough, Lost Island Lake, and the Dewey’s Pasture Wetland Complex in Clay and Palo Alto Counties, along with Lizard Lake in Pocahontas County.

This year’s event promises to be filled with excitement and suspense. Don’t miss your chance to win one of the 20 or more quality guns being offered. For dinner tickets please contact the following Palo Alto Sportsman’s Ducks Unlimited volunteers: Clint Young 260-7933; Ron Riha 852-3818; Grant Duhn 298-1185; Brian Garrels 298-0882, Eric Schmitz 319-743-5451, Pat Bailey 480-0612, Andy Stolley 480-5000, Kevin Christensen 641-220-4967, Chris Jensen 480-3111, Shea Hemmingsen 346-7805, Julia Rolston 260-2989, Carl Jensen 480-0241, Colton Bakken 240-2436, and Ethan Bakken 240-2518.