The Lake Country chapter of Whitetails Unlimited hosted a fundraiser banquet on Thursday, August 15. Monies raised will go to youth education and activities, and to process game meat to give to the needy. There were raffle items, including a table especially for kids, a silent auction, and a live auction. Game Wardens were present as well, with a display of animals acquired during busts of illegal hunters and poachers.
Most of the raffle buckets were full to overflowing by the time the night was over. Among the live auction items were various guns and crossbows, art, luggage, and wine with a label signed by Miranda Lambert. A game was played where guests bought a playing card for $20, then half of the card was held and the other half put in a bucket for a draw for a prize. The item in the live auction with the highest bid was sold for $1950.
Whitetails Unlimited was founded in 1982 and is a national non-profit conservation organization with the purpose of raising funds in support of educational programs, habitat conservation, and preservation of the hunting tradition for the direct benefit of the white-tailed deer and other wildlife. There are three goals of the organization, including developing a national educational campaign designed to address and instill in the general public, with emphasis on youth, a basic understanding of practical conservation measures. Promoting the acquisition, restoration, and management of wildlife habitat and preserving the hunting tradition for future generations are the other two goals. The organization has spent over 52.8 million dollars on WTU projects thus far, including research, wildlife agency assistance, habitat enhancement/acquisition, college scholarships, public education materials, hunter safety/education, anti-poaching measures, and cooperative projects with other conservation organizations.