October 29, 2009

Pheasants Forever Fundraiser Set For November 7th

November is the time of year for upland gamebird enthusiasts in Missouri. The hunting season opens November 1st, and in northeast Missouri, a second date on most calendars is the annual Northeast Missouri Pheasants Forever Banquet, held the first Saturday of the month.

The local PF chapter will gather Saturday, November 7th for an entertaining evening centered around the colorful birds, hunting and the great outdoors in general. Doors will open at the Memphis V.F.W. hall at 5:00 p.m. for the social hour. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the traditional auction of wildlife artwork, home décor and hunting accessories.

Throughout the evening the organizers will host a variety of raffles and games of chance with the opportunity to take home a variety of exceptional prizes, including numerous hunting rifles and shotguns.

The local chapter’s scholarship efforts will be boosted by a special raffle. Participants will purchase a PF pocket knife for $20 and will be entered into a drawing for a pair of $100 prize packages payable in Rooster bucks, currency good for participation in any of the evenings games.

Youth in attendance at the banquet will have a number of special opportunities. Ringneck members will be entered into drawings for a 870 shotgun as well as a drawing for a Marlin 915 youth .22 rifle. The Tom Coffrin Memorial gun, a Rossi combination .223 rifle / 20 gauge shotgun is to be given away to a youth.

The group also will giveaway two other youth firearms to the top scorers on the spring and fall hunter safety courses.

There will be plenty of opportunities for the adults as well. Raffle tickets are on sale for the gun of the year, a CZ-USA redhead 12 gauge over and under shotgun, as well as a Thompson Center Ikon .308 rifle with a Burrus scope. Raffle tickets, sold by the “belly stretch” also will be available to win the PF game processing prize package, which includes a dehydrator, vacuum sealer, game dressing table and more.

Auction buyers will once again have the opportunity to bump their bid. By paying the $20 bump, the winning bidders will be entered in a drawing for a Stoeger Condor 12 gauge over and under shotgun.

The Mad Hatter Auction, will sell 12 PF hats, one of which will hold the winning number for a Browning Silver 12 gauge automatic shotgun. The Mad Rose auction, will sell a dozen roses with lucky numbers offering special prizes for the ladies including an assortment of Black Hills gold jewelry.

Reverse bingo will be played for a recliner from Gerth & Baskett furniture and a pair of gift certificates from Mayberry Farms. A live pheasant will do its duty for the “Bird poop bingo” with the lucky winning number valid for a sports dog package with a variety of dog training accessories.

All of the proceeds go to benefit the chapter’s local efforts to build wildlife habitat and support conservation education activities.

For more information on the banquet contact organizers Deny and Danette Clatt at Countryside Flowers (465-8521) or Lydia Clatt at 465-2117.

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