Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz
Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

March 11, 2002

It's time to raise money for the outdoors

Every year in late winter and early spring the outdoor and conservation fundraising season hits. From banquets, to raffles, to telemarketing, many groups put out their call to raise money for wildlife, conservation and the outdoors.

Local sportsmen's clubs to huge organizations like Ducks Unlimited are all in the the mix. Throw in many more, like Pheasants Forever, The National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, and the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and you've got a slug of banquets and events to go to, work at, or donate to.

Locally, the Lester Prairie Sportsmen's Club is hosting its 23rd annual Father/Son-Daughter Banquet Friday, March 22, at the Lester Prairie City Hall. Tickets are available at several Lester Prairie Businesses or from club members.

Entertainment for all ages will be provided by the Zoo Mobile from the Minnesota Zoo.

The Winsted Sportsmen's Club will host its annual He/She Mixer at the Legion Club in Winsted Friday, April 5.

Recently, the Howard Lake Sportsmen's Club hosted its annual Fishing Derby on Howard Lake. As always, the event was a tremendous success.

In the area, there are many more events in the making, and all are good ones.

Whatever you prefer, local clubs that keep their dollars and efforts local, Pheasants Forever that spread their dollars over county chapters, or Ducks Unlimited that are focused more on a national basis, choose one and don't just go to the banquet and buy a raffle ticket.

Get involved and make a difference in the outdoors this spring.

It is the season.

Outdoor notes

­ The Winsted Sportsmen's Club will meet Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Tom's Corner Bar in Winsted. Wood duck houses and the He/She Mixer are on the agenda.

­ Don't forget to purchase your new 2002-03 fishing license. Your 2001-02 license expired Feb. 28.

­ Ducks and many Canada geese are using the open water on Winsted Lake. It's great to see all the birds, and if you love waterfowl take a drive to the area behind the Winsted Legion Club and bring your binoculars.

­ The 2002 Minnesota fishing opener is set for Saturday, May 11.

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