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Buchanan County Wildlife Club Hosts 45th Annual Wild Game Feed

Thayne Muthler

The 45th annual Banquet of the Buchanan County Wildlife Association, held on March 2nd at the Buchanan County fairgrounds, was a resounding success, drawing a large and enthusiastic crowd.

John Kortenkamp, the longstanding President, unfortunately couldn't attend due to health reasons. In his absence, Vice-President Bill Isham stepped up to serve as the evening's emcee. The festivities commenced with a vibrant social hour, followed by a delectable prime rib meal expertly prepared by Fat Chefs of Winthrop.

An exciting highlight of the evening was the distribution of several youth guns to young attendees accompanied by their parents, spearheaded by Mike Adams. The anticipation heightened with drawings for handguns, over-under shotguns, and a coveted Henry Rifle.

The winners of the silent auction were announced, showcasing an array of prints and special creations generously contributed by supporters. The energy soared as a lively auction unfolded, featuring unique items up for grabs.

As the evening wound down, various items were raffled off, culminating in one lucky attendee taking home a grill as a door prize.

It's important to recognize that the annual banquet serves as the primary fundraising event for the Wildlife Association. The funds raised play a pivotal role in sponsoring and supporting a range of youth and conservation programs within the local community. These initiatives include providing scholarships for conservation to high school seniors, supporting Fish Iowa, Hunter Safety, local archery programs, youth trap shooting teams, and the Eleventh Hour Program for veterans. None of these endeavors would be achievable without the generous support of donors and the unwavering dedication of association members, who tirelessly organize and execute these events.