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1st Annual Sandhills Ducks Unlimited Conservation Banquet

There is more in the air than just a little chill. There is an excitement that only the opening of duck season can bring. 

This year, we have an added element to amp up the fast approaching season. On November 5, 2011, Sandhills Ducks Unlimited would like to invite you to the 1st Annual Conservation Banquet held at Windy Hill Manor in Pageland. The night will begin at 6:00 pm with a buffet dinner served at 7:00 pm. A live auction will start between 8:00 and 8:30 pm. There will be a silent auction, many door prizes and raffle prizes. There will also be an all you can eat BBQ buffet and an open bar. The auction will consist of DU premium artwork, many guns, hand carved decoys, several hunts, sculptures, knives, jewelry, hunting accessories, and greenwing merchandise. Wrecking Crew Guide Service and Quack ?Em Back Duck Calls & Merchandise will also be set up as vendors at the banquet. Blake Hodge, duck and goose calling champion, will be giving a calling demonstration.  It will be an entertaining evening with family, friends, fellowship and lots of fun! 

All proceeds benefit the conservation of wetlands across America. Since 1989, DU has conserved nearly 160,000 acres across the Palmetto State, investing more than $40,000,000.00 in South Carolina projects through DU and its partners. During the past year we conserved 2,034 acres through conservation easements and habitat restoration projects on Santee National Wildlife Refuge, ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, and Botany Wildlife Management Area. 

Banquet Details:


Saturday, November 5, 2011 6:00 pm


Windy Hill Manor

158 High Point Church Road

Pageland, SC 29728


$35.00 single ticket / $65.00 couple ticket / $20.00 greenwing ticket

*Includes annual membership

Tickets may also be purchased online here.


For more information, please contact me at (843)622-4938.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Lancaster County 2011 Ducks Unlimited Banquet Post Game Report
    WeHuntSC.com - Ducks Unlimited Raffle Ticket at the Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited Chapter Banquet
Last week I went to the Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited Banquet and before I even got into the building I could tell that the chapter was putting on another great event. As I pulled into the parking lot I had to drive to the very back just to find parking space. The place was already packed and I thought I had arrived a little early. Just driving in I saw a lot of ATV?s out front on the grass lawn in front of the building plus I saw a very large, vinyl covered trailer that read ?Jo Jo?s Barbeque?. Even though I parked way in the back I was able to smell the barbeque cooking when I stepped out of my car. It was going to be a good night indeed.
I got closer to the door and saw some guys wearing Chesterfield County Ducks Unlimited shirts! It was WeHuntSC.com blogger Gavin Jackson and some other members of the newly formed Chesterfield County Ducks Unlimited Chapter. If you?re in Chesterfield County and want to be a part of it then just contact Gavin. I believe the upcoming meeting is this Saturday, but I believe Gavin is going to blog about that.
WeHuntSC.com - Robbie Boone, President Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited Chapter  
Robbie Boone, President Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited Chapter  
Inside the event there were a ton of people and you could feel the buzz in the air.  The event had DJ Justin Funderburk on hand playing country music in the beginning of the event. A couple of vendors had booths set up to the left at the back, the silent auction tables were to the right, and the live auction items were on tables to the left. At the front of the room, just in front of the speaking podium, were more prizes that would be raffled off. WinnTuck was in the house as well as Blake Hodge and the Wrecking Crew and the smell of Jo Jo?s barbeque filled the room. 
I was speaking with some fellow Pagelanders when everyone started eating. It didn?t take us long to file in line either. As we got through eating our Jo Jo?s barbeque (which was good!) the event had begun. The auctioneer was going a mile a minute as different items were auctioned off. It was really neat to see and experience the live auction. There were some great items on hand for auctioning and bidding. Every year I keep thinking I?m going to bid on those Corn-hole boards that they have?they look really good.
The items sold pretty quickly with some going at heated bids. As you would imagine the guns were hot items along with some of the paintings/prints. Half way through the evening WeHuntSC.com blogger and world champion duck & goose caller Blake Hodge gave a calling demo. You could see eyebrows raising all over the building during his demo. 
Check out the images from the evening
WeHuntSC.com - See the photo gallery from the evening
If you want to experience a top-notch Duck Unlimited banquet then be sure to check out the Lancaster chapter?s event. It?s top notch. I enjoyed the evening and look forward to going back next year. Congratulations to the chapter for putting on such a well organized event.

Annual Ducks Unlimited Fall Banquet Oct 27
  WeHuntSC.com - Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited

Last year I attended the Lancaster County Duck Unlimited Banquet. Robbie Boone and the Ducks Unlimited chapter over there put on a great event.  It was well organized, the food was good, the place was packed, and the auction prizes were top notch. You could feel the energy in the room and I wanted to go broke bidding on all the guns that were on hand. Luckily my wife was there to keep me from spending all my money! 
This year the DU chapter is preparing for another great event. The event details are below:
  • Doors open 6pm
  • Dinner at 7:15pm
  • Live auction, silent auction, ticket raffles and a lot of guns
  • Tickets
    • 45 for singles 
    • 65 for couples
  • For more info call 803.246.5743
Hope to see you at the event!

Lancaster County DU Banquet
  WeHuntSC.com - The Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited Banquet was packed
  The crowd at the Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited banquet

Last night the wife and I went down to the Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited banquet.  We had a really good time and hung out with fellow WeHuntSC.com blogger Gavin Jackson and his wife and some other friends from around the Pageland area.  The event was packed with waterfowl hunters and there were tons of prizes on hand being auctioned off, won, and bided on. 

We arrived to the event and walked around looking at all the items that were on display.  There were some nice paintings, decoys, a corn-hole set, clocks, mail-boxes, and a really nice shotgun too.  Everyone was mingling and looking at the items on the tables trying to figure out what they wanted to bid on during the auction.  Fellow WeHuntSC.com blogger and world champion duck caller Blake Hodge was scheduled to do some demo calling at the banquet as well. 

Around 7:15 the guy emceeing the event got on the microphone and said that it was time for Blake to do some calling for the crowd. The emcee told the crowd about all the awards that Blake?s been winning and Blake made believers out of everyone there.  He really made those calls sing!  Everyone in the room went quiet while Blake was calling and after he finished everyone gave him a big round of applause.  While Blake was calling you could see people in the audience shaking their heads and looking at each other as if to say ?I can?t believe how good he is?.  The emcee tried to lure Blake into coming hunting with him so that he could use his calling abilities to draw some birds in, but Blake gave him a quick no and the crowd laughed at his quick response.  Imagine being 14 and getting up in front of a crowd of grown-ups who?ve been hunting way longer than you and showing them how to call.  I imagine it could be a little intimidating knowing that everyone in the room was going to critique your style.  Though it didn?t faze Blake and he did really well. 

The gun of the year

WeHuntSC.com - The Gun of the Year

WeHuntSC.com - Some of the items that were up for auction  

Shortly thereafter it was time to eat and everyone munched down on some Jo Jo?s BBQ which was really good.  Then came the auction where the prizes get bided on and sold.  All of the money gets donated to Ducks Unlimited so the hunters don?t mind spending their money on the products plus it?s a tax write-off.  When the emcee got going I couldn?t believe how fast he was talking.  He was rolling his tongue and speaking faster than Bone Thugs n Harmony can rap!  It was pretty impressive to hear. 

The clock started inching toward 10 and the wife looked at me and I knew what that look meant.  We had to leave and get back to Rock Hill.  We left as the last product was being auctioned off.  It was a really neat experience and if you?ve never been to a DU banquet you should check one out.  I believe Gavin said that Chesterfield County may be having one in the future too.  The Ducks Unlimited organization runs deep and has roots everywhere so most likely there?s an event happening near you sooner than later.



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