Guthrie County Pheasants Forever Chapter holds annual banquet
The Guthrie County Chapter of Pheasants Forever held its annual banquet at the Lake Panorama Conference Center on Saturday, April 14. The event gave hunting enthusiasts the chance to spend a fun night out with delicious food, excellent prizes and exciting games.
The evening kicked off with social hour, where guests had the chance to bid on silent auction items, enter raffles and play games like darts, punch out and pheasant pluck. A buffet-style dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, bread and salad was served by the conference center.
“The conference center does a great job for us. They make us a heck of a deal on this room, and they do a great job with the meal,” said Pheasants Forever committee member Andrew Hellman. “We really appreciate their donation and their time.”
Following dinner, Mike Christensen of West Central Sales Auction called the auction, which featured 20 items such as a grill package, painting prints, corn hole games and a quilt made by Connie Baker. The hottest items were two certificates for a custom-made scope by Quigley-Ford. Each certificate sold for $800. The live auction alone raised $6,360 for Pheasants Forever.
Bidders also had the chance to buy one of nine gun cases. Of the nine bidders, the highest three were entered into a drawing to win a gun.
Throughout the night, dozens of prizes were given away through raffles and games. Guests had the chance to win prizes during a game of reverse bingo and a round of half-playing card.
“All the money that we raise tonight is spent by our Guthrie County committee,” Hellman explained, noting that much of the money will go to support habitat and food plot programs as well as youth outdoor and shooting programs.
Outdoor Journey for Girls representative Sarah Nizzi spoke briefly about a three-day workshop for girls ages 12-15. The camp, which runs from August 1-3 at Clover Woods Camp and Retreat in Madrid, teaches young girls about water safety, hunting and fishing. While parents are responsible for registering their daughters, Pheasants Forever will reimburse families for the cost of this camp. Those interested are encouraged to visit http://www.iwinr.com to fill out a registration form.
The Guthrie County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is also a large supporter of the 4-H SESS Shooting Program. Last year, Pheasants Forever donated $1,500-2,000 worth of items to the program. This included the purchase of three shotguns.
“The SESS Club wants to thank Pheasants Forever for the support that they have provided throughout the years,” said Pheasants Forever Youth Chairman Jeff Derry. “It is very much appreciated, and it keeps us going.”
Previous Pheasants Forever projects in Guthrie County have included establishing food plots, native grass seedings, winter and nesting cover and assistance in the purchase of public wildlife areas.