|Pheasants Forever banquet Saturday|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 26 February 2016 18:26|
The public is invited to the 26th Annual Southwestern Nebraska Chapter of Pheasants Forever banquet Saturday night in Imperial.
The evening will begin at 5:30 at the Imperial City Gym, with a smoked pork chop dinner at 7 p.m. and a fundraising auction following.
Along with both live and silent auctions, the chapter will be conducting a number of different raffles for adults and children of all ages.
Admission is $35 per person for membership and $15 per meal.
All money raised at this event will help fund local habitat projects and youth outdoor education in the Chase and Dundy County areas.
Since forming in 1990, the Southwestern Nebraska chapter has completed 30,050 acres of habitat improvement and contributed over $53,546 in the local area.
Along with providing wildlife food plot seed and grass seeding mixes, the chapter also helps local farmers and ranchers by promoting and funding projects like planting wildflowers for pollinator habitat.
The chapter also helps fund state programs that have a large impact on the local landscape, including Corners for Wildlife, Open Fields and Waters and Farm Bill Biologist.
Along with the chapter’s habitat programs, the chapter conducts an annual Youth Mentor Hunt for local boys and girls every year.
Since 2001 the chapter has been participating in a program with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission that allows youth ages 12-15 who have recently completed a Hunter Safety Education class to attend a Youth Mentor Hunt.
Youth enrolling in this program are given instruction on various hunting topics such as dog training, hunter safety, wildlife habitat, blue rock shooting, how to ask a landowner for permission and much more.
The Southwestern Nebraska Chapter has conducted 14 Youth Mentor Hunts for 212 local boys and girls.
For information, tickets and gun raffle tickets, contact Heather Francis at 308-520-0139.