November 1, 2001

Pheasants Forever To Hold Fifth Annual Banquet

The Northeast Missouri Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its fifth annual banquet Saturday, November 3 in Memphis at the V.F.W.

The fundraiser will feature an impressive list of wildlife artwork, hunting supplies and other memorabilia to be auctioned off to raise money for restoration of wildlife habitat that will benefit not only upland game birds like pheasants and quail, but all wildlife overall.

"What a great banquet we have put together this year," said chapter president Scott Brassfield. "More raffles, guns, games and auction items than any of the past years. More new sponsors and supporters came on board this year than ever before."

The auction list for the event is 40 items strong featuring framed artwork by famous artists the likes of Rosemary Millett, Michael Sieve and Greg Bordignon. Other auction items will include several guided hunting trips ranging from deer and turkey to quail and pheasants with Robinson Hunts, a camouflage dog box, a commemorative knife and other PF memorabilia.

In addition to the regular auction, the event will feature a silent auction table with more than 20 items for viewers to vie for with written bids. This table will feature a wooden duck decoy, a collector's knife, prints, hunting and fishing supplies and much more.

And if that was not enough, the group will feature several special raffles throughout the evening when a Ruger Red Label 12-gauge over and under shotgun will be given away as well as a Liberty 25-Gun Safe, a Mossberg Shotgun, a T.C. Muzzleloader, a Weatherby .270 rifle, a compound bow and a $400 Mayberry Farm Gift Certificate.

Youth have a special feature at the banquet. Anyone under the age of 15 can join Ringnecks. The club will pay $10 of the $15 membership fee. So any youngster can join the club for only $5. Once they have joined their name will go into the hat for a drawing for a .22 Savage rifle.

The organization is hoping the bountiful agenda for the banquet will help the club raise additional funds to pursue habitat projects. Over the past four years the group has made significant contributions to local projects.

"Again this year we attempted to keep our habitat enhancement moneys and projects on a local level," Brassfield said. "We purchased 3,000 lbs. of food plot seed, which was distributed free of charge to interested landowners."

He also noted that the chapter sponsored Scotland County high school students to the Missouri Enviroton held in Hannibal and also contributed funds for its promotion. Funds were contributed toward a local 4-H project to construct a shooting range, and also purchased ammunition for the kids to use.

The chapter partnered with the Scotland County and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Missouri Department of Conservation in an effort to promote Conservation Buffers along streams for water quality improvement as well as wildlife habitat development. This was done by hiring Conservation Consultants to visit one-on-one with interested landowners and promote sign ups in this popular program.

"Our tree planter was loaned to eight individuals and planted more than 7,000 trees," Brassfield said. "Our burn equipment assisted three landowners burning some 300 acres."

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