October 31, 2002

NEMO Pheasants Forever Chapter To Host 6th Annual Dinner/Auction

The Northeast Missouri Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its sixth annual banquet Saturday, November 2 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.

The auction list for the event is nearly 40 items strong featuring framed artwork by famous artists the likes of Rosemary Millette, James Meger and Greg Bordignon. Other auction items will include an oak clock, a bird dog pup, an afghan and other PF memorabilia.

In addition to the regular auction, the event will feature a silent auction table with numerous items for viewers to vie for with written bids. This table will feature several unframed pieces of artwork, a wooden duck decoy, habitat packages and collectors figurines.

And if that was not enough, the group will feature several special raffles throughout the evening. Topping the list of prizes are a Browning Hunting Gold 3 " Automatic shotgun, a Remington 700ADL .243 rifle and a muzzleloader. If that doesn't fit your needs, how about the $1,000 shopping spree to go to one lucky winner.

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. There will also be a special prizes and auction items for youth only.

The organization is hoping the bountiful agenda for the banquet will help the club raise additional funds to pursue habitat projects. Over the past five years the group has made significant contributions to local projects. Over its years in existing, the local PF chapter has distributed several tons of food plot seed. The organization also has purchased equipment for use by local farmers such as a tree planter and a controlled burn system.

PF also has sponsored local high school students to attend environmental and conservation

education events. 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.

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