“Shelter Belt Pheasants” is Pheasants Forever’s Print of the Year. Banquet committee member Joe Weiss of Imperial said it will be one of 25 items in Saturday’s live auction at the Southwestern Nebraska chapter’s annual banquet in Imperial. (Johnson Publications photo)

Pheasants Forever chapter gearing up for annual banquet in Imperial

    Outdoor enthusiasts will have the chance to purchase some nice artwork, hunting gear and more at Saturday’s Southwestern Nebraska Pheasant Forever (PF) Banquet in Imperial.
    The 28th annual event will include both a live and silent auction, games for youths and adults and an update on how the banquet proceeds will be used, said committee member Joe Weiss of Imperial.
    The banquet will be in a different venue this year, Weiss said, at the new expo building on the Chase County Fairgrounds.
    Events Saturday start at 5:30 p.m. with the social hour. The meal will be served at 7 p.m.
    Between 5:30 and 7 p.m., both youths and adults will have some games in which to take part. Adults can also begin bidding on the silent auction items.
    The live auction, which will be conducted by Auctioneer Bert Maxfield, formerly of Wauneta, will follow the meal.
    Pheasants Forever’s Print of the Year, “Shelter Belt Pheasants,” by artist Jim Hautman will be one of 25 items in the live auction, Weiss said.
    Other live auction items will include more prints, guns, entry fees in the Bauman Memorial Golf Tournament and more, Weiss noted.
    Silent auction items will include additional framed prints, signs, Yeti insulated cups, a sportsman’s bag, a Pheasants Forever knife, woman’s items and more.
    Colby Kerber of North Platte will serve as the evening’s emcee. The organization’s Senior Western Regional Representative/Biologist will also update the attendees on Pheasants Forever news and more, Weiss said.
    All tickets can be purchased at the door. Youths who attended Chase County’s Youth Mentor Hunt in October will be admitted free with their hat and vest, and be entered in drawings for prizes, one of which will be a 20 gauge youth shotgun.
     Funds raised from the annual banquet will be used for habitat development and upkeep of the PF Memorial Park site west of Champion.

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