The Squaw Creek Chapter of Delta Waterfowl held their first annual fundraising banquet in St. Joseph last Saturday.
Jeff Schomburg, committee member, said some of the funds received during the event will be sent to the national organization and some will be kept locally. The chapter can use some of the proceeds to meet needs that may arise as part of the Big Muddy Duck Hunt for youth in Holt County or with other area programs.
“We want to help the youth programs in the area for hunting and the outdoors,” Schomburg said. “We are geared to helping the youth so they can continue the tradition of duck hunting. Duck hunting is not only a sport, there’s also comradery among friends and family.”
He said there were around 14 firearms available at the banquet. They also offered a dove hunt in Argentina, a Missouri River fishing trip and a guided duck hunt in Holt County.
In addition, items offered for auction included a hand-carved duck decoy.
Schomburg said the chapter appreciates the support from local businesses and individuals and they hope to continue to grow.
He said the goal of Delta Waterfowl is to increase duck production in the United States and Canada. They do this through predator management and the installment of Hen Houses which increases survival.
Delta has also emphasized recruitment of hunters. In 2001, Delta launched a mentored hunting initiative that morphed into the First Hunt program. First Hunt has become the largest waterfowl specific hunter recruitment program in North America.
The program provides skills, equipment and access to opportunities to hunt ducks and geese.
Schomburg said at the end of the fundraising banquet, all the youth in attendance received a free duck call. There was also a youth gun raffle held during the event that was won by Jazylyn King from St. Joseph and was bid by Randy Vangundy.
For more information on the chapter or next years event, contact Schomburg by phone at 816-387-1321. Hunters can become members of the national organization online at www.deltawaterfowl.org.