The 2012 Morrison County Banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at the Falls Ballroom, where 10 years of service to Morrison County will be celebrated. It will be oriented toward hunters and non-hunters alike by including prizes such as a 42-inch LCD TV, a Kohl’s $500 shopping spree and jewelry from Melgram Jewelers.
As always, prizes will also include 30 guns, wildlife prints and the standard banquet prizes. A number of pheasant hunts and fishing trips for four people to Tall Pines Camp on Wabaskang Lake in Canada and Driftwood Lodge Resort on Lake Kabetogama in Northern Minnesota will be offered. In addition, many smaller prizes will appeal to everyone, not just hunters. A special section of prizes is offered for women and non-hunters with an emphasis on items for home décor. There will be games, raffles and a few free items. The “crowing hour” starts at 5:30 p.m. with the meal at around 7:15 p.m.
Proceeds from Morrison County Pheasants Forever banquets go mainly toward youth activities. Each year a number of young people are able to shoot clay pigeons or hunt pheasants during the Al Nornberg Youth Mentor Hunt at Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation.
Each summer the chapter also sponsors young people who attend one of a number of outdoor or conservation camps. These young people have reported that their experiences were educational as well as a great deal of fun. More than 300 young people have benefitted from these programs in the last 10 years.
Since the start of Morrison County Pheasants Forever, the organization has also generated nearly $1 million in land purchase spending in Morrison County. There are around 800 acres of hunting land that the group has purchased in Morrison County. In addition, further dollars have been spent on Pheasants Forever sponsored habitat restoration projects. Since the majority of the Morrison County Pheasants Forever’s funds are spent in the county, the group is able to provide these benefits to county residents.
Morrison County Pheasants Forever officers are President Scott Luing; Vice President Mike Olson; Treasurer Jon Vetter; Secretary Clarence Lundquist and Youth Activities Director Gary Gannon.
Those interested in joining the Pheasants Forever committee, or attending the banquet, may contact any of the above.