Local Ducks Unlimited group to celebrate anniversary at banquet

From staff and press reports

Mississippi has a strong waterfowl hunting heritage. Ducks Unlimited of Winston County helps to preserve that heritage through conserving wetland environments.

At Saturday’s annual dinner, Ducks Unlimited of Winston County will be celebrating the organization’s 75th anniversary.

The dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. at VFW Post 3838 at 1049 N. Kingshighway. Lake Tiak O’Khata. Activities scheduled will include dinner, games, a live auction, door prizes and more. In one part of the auction three special 75th anniversary guns will be auctioned off.

Organizers said attendees can expect “a casual, fun night.”

Attendees will receive membership into the DU organization. Money raised for the dinner will be used to support the national Ducks Unlimited organization as well as local efforts to conserve wetlands environments and waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited is a grass roots, volunteer based, not-for-profit organization. It began in the area in 1976 when a group of local hunters and sportsmen wanted to ensure the preservation of wetlands so future generations could enjoy waterfowl and duck hunting.

“We’re looking forward to a big year,” said organizer Harry Tabor.

Ducks Unlimited national organization began in 1937. The Dust Bowl drastically reduced wetland acres and waterfowl populations. Groups of sportsmen organized to preserve, restore and manage wetlands and wildlife. The organization has conserved more than 12 million acres and helped nearly 900 species of wildlife in the last 75 years.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Allen Watts at 662-773-7111, Harry Tabor at 662-803-0403, Mitch McAdory or Bradley Heard or online at www.ducks.org.