The 2013 Morrison County Pheasants Forever Banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls, to celebrate 11 years of service to Morrison County. The “crowing hour” starts at 5:30 p.m., with the meal at around 7:15 p.m.
The banquet will also be oriented toward non-hunters by including prizes such as a 42-inch LCD TV, a Kohl’s $500 shopping spree and jewelry from Melgram Jewelers. In addition, 30 guns, wildlife prints and the standard banquet prizes will be up for grabs, as well as a number of pheasant hunts and fishing trips for four people to Driftwood Lodge Resort on Lake Kabetogama in Northern Minnesota. In addition, many smaller prizes will appeal to everyone, not just hunters. A special section of prizes will appeal to women and non-hunters with an emphasis on items for home décor. There will also be games, raffles and a few free items.
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, from banquet proceeds. In addition, each summer our chapter sponsors young people who attend one of a number of outdoors or conservation camps. These young people have reported that their experiences were educational as well as a great deal of fun. Over 300 young people have benefitted from Pheasants Forever programs in the last 10 years. This year, the first Morrison County Pheasants Forever scholarships were awarded. Any high school senior from Morrison County who plans to pursue a career in natural resources is eligible. Information will be sent to schools in March about 2014 scholarships.
Since the start of Morrison County Pheasants Forever, this organization has also generated nearly $1 million in land purchase spending in Morrison County for about 800 acres of hunting land. In addition, further dollars have been spent on Pheasants Forever-sponsored habitat restoration projects. The majority of the organization’s funds are spent in the county, providing benefits to the residents of Morrison County.
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. Anyone interested in joining the Pheasants Forever committee, or attending the banquet, may contact any of the officers.