The Waterfowlers Hall of Fame based in Mound City, Missouri, will be holding its annual banquet the opening day of duck hunting season next month.

Joe Laukemper, president, said the organization honors individuals who have participated in or supported the sport of waterfowl hunting and wetland conservation in Holt County.

The Waterfowlers Hall of Fame was formed in 1990 and was conceived by Dr. J. Bruce McRae, an avid waterfowl hunter, who introduced the idea of the Hall of Fame in a town meeting.

This eventually led to an annual banquet where inductees are named.

The inductees this year will be Rob Bolin, Mark Williams, Art Van Meter and Randy Patterson.

The home of the group is in the McRae Community Building in Mound City. The building offers displays on the history of waterfowl hunting and a restaurant called The Klub.

Museum exhibits include inductees who have won national duck-calling contests and lines of waterfowl memorabilia.

Laukemper said this will be the 11th year of a raffle of a firearm by Henry Repeating Arms during the banquet. The event also will include door prizes.

Last year, the Waterfowlers Hall of Fame was instrumental in collecting funds to complete a major renovation project at nearby Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, formerly called Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Funds have been secured to upgrade the water control structures and improve habitat for waterfowl.

“We are an entity that exists to honor people that have been instrumental in promoting the sport of waterfowl hunting,” Laukemper said. “It’s unique for us to raise money, but our board and our members stepped forward very generously to help make this happen.”

The annual Waterfowlers Hall of Fame dinner will start with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The banquet will be at the McRae Community Building, which is located at 1710 Nebraska St. in Mound City.

For more information, call Laukemper at 660-491-5439.

Margaret Slayton can be reached