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Local National Wild Turkey Federation chapter hosts annual banquet

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If you’re an avid turkey hunter, you owe it to the species to attend the upcoming Jerry Zimmerman Memorial Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 16th Annual Hunting Heritage Superfund Membership Banquet.

The annual banquet is set for March 7 at the Econo Lodge Conference Center at Routes 22 & 309 in Allentown. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. with an all you can eat buffet dinner including several side dishes.

Patrons can also preview raffle and auction items that will include wildlife prints, sculptures, home furnishings, jewelry and collectibles.

As a tribute to the late Tom Fegely, famed outdoor writer and book author, the banquet will include a special “Tom Fegely Tribute Auction” that will include a special edition wildlife print by nationally known artist Dan Christ, plus a custom made “Mentor” turkey wing bone call designed and donated by Bob Danenhower of Bob’s Wildlife Taxidermy in Orefield.

“This wing bone call is special in that it came from a turkey I called in for Tom and that he shot on a Lehigh County spring turkey hunt I took him on,” recalls Danenhower.

Danenhower goes on to describe that memorable hunt by saying, “When daylight broke that bird was roosted 10 yards away from Tom. I continued to call to keep the birds’ attention and it finally pitched down and landed 25 yards on Tom’s left. Tom closed the deal and subsequently admitted that it was one of his most memorable spring gobbler hunts.”

The wing bone call will be displayed in a shadow box accompanied, Danenhower describes, by a carved and painted leather portrait leather portrait of Tom and a gobbler by artist James Reynolds.

Tom’s wife, Betty Lou, is donating a hardbound limited edition of his turkey-hunting book that is signed and numbered. This and a number of other cherished items from Tom will also be donated for the auction.

Said Danenhower, “Antlers from a caribou Tom shot in Quebec will be donated in addition to a large poster of the “Sleeping Hunter,” a photograph Tom took of wildlife artist and friend Rod Arbogast as he sat asleep against a tree while a gobbler stood next to him.”

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will also donate several items for auction in memory of Fegely. And for the fourth year in a row, the live auction will feature an African safari hunt in the Lompopo River Valley of South Africa that is being donated by Hunting Legends. This seven-day hunt will be for Impala, Blesbok and Blue Wildebeest.

The banquet will also feature a raffle for a Kimber 1911 or Glock 27 handgun; a Taurus Judge revolver or $200 cash; a Mossberg 801 Half-Pint, .22-bolt rifle; and a $100 Cabela’s Gift Card.

For further information and tickets contact banquet chairman Bruce Dietrich at 610-298-2424 or Scott Richards at 610-393-9761. Proceeds from the banquet go towards turkey habitat work, for the disabled Wheelin’ Sportsman program; for the chapter’s JAKES Youth Field Days and Women In the Outdoors programs in Pennsylvania.

DUCKS UNLIMITED

Not to be left out, the Lehigh Valley Ducks Unlimited Chapter is holding their annual banquet on Feb. 15 starting at 5 p.m. at Northampton Community Center Banquet Hall at 1601 Laubach Avenue in Northampton.

“Proceeds from previous banquets allowed DU to raise $29,000 towards conservation, which equals approximately 110-acres of habitat improvement,” said Todd Wismer, banquet chairman.

The DU banquet will raffle off guns from Benelli, Howa-Hogue, Panther, Beretta, Para and other items.
For more information contact Wismer at 610-746-4430.

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