Members of the Coon Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited display items that will be available in the raffle, silent auction and as a hole prize in the chapter’s 21st annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 2, at Breda Golf Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Justin Grossman, “Spring Time Chatter” by Scot Storm, silent auction; and John Pauli, DU Yeti 45-quart cooler, raffle; (back, from left) Chris Whitaker, DU tin sign, silent auction; Joe Eisenbacher, Mossberg .300 Winchester mag rifle, hole prize; and Mike Schlichte, DU sign, silent auction.
Members of the Coon Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited display items that will be available in the raffle, silent auction and as a hole prize in the chapter’s 21st annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 2, at Breda Golf Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Justin Grossman, “Spring Time Chatter” by Scot Storm, silent auction; and John Pauli, DU Yeti 45-quart cooler, raffle; (back, from left) Chris Whitaker, DU tin sign, silent auction; Joe Eisenbacher, Mossberg .300 Winchester mag rifle, hole prize; and Mike Schlichte, DU sign, silent auction.

May 22, 2018

The Coon Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its 21st annual Golf Tournament fundraiser for waterfowl habitat projects on Saturday, June 2, at Breda Golf Club in Breda.

There will also be a dinner, silent auction, games and raffles, and the event is open to any participants, DU membership is not required.

The four-player, best-shot, 18-hole tournament will tee off at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. The tournament is limited to 20 foursomes. To sign up teams or individually, contact Breda Golf Club at 712-673-4653. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team. Fee includes greens fees, cart and dinner. The dinner will begin about 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner only are $10 each.

Prizes in the raffle include: choice from a large “cast and blast” selection of guns, fishing gear and tools, first prize; Yeti Tundra 45-quart cooler, second prize; and DU edition Winchester SXP 12-gauge shotgun, third prize. Tickets are $10 each, three for $20 or 20 for $100.

The silent auction will offer DU signs, art prints, and various other items.

Last year, DU in Iowa had nine projects, conserving 1,281 acres, and more than $1.95 million was invested.

The DU website says, “Iowa is a state rich in waterfowl history battling to protect what remains of its vital waterfowl habitat.

“The state is an important transition zone from the breeding areas of the Prairie Pothole Region to the major migration areas. The northern reaches of the state are in breeding grounds rich in bird life in spring and summer. In fall, birds can be found in the southeast as they transition to wintering areas.

“But Iowa has lost nearly 90 percent of its historical wetlands to development and agriculture. Ducks Unlimited is working on two major initiatives in Iowa, the Living Lakes Initiative and the Big Rivers Initiative.”

One of the Living Lakes Initiative projects in 2018 is Kiowa Marsh Wildlife Area pothole and wetland restoration in Sac County, east of Early. Other projects are in Dickinson, Wright and Emmet counties. Big Rivers Initiative projects are in Warren, Delaware, Benton and Lucas counties.