“Sportsman’s Night Out” this Saturday for local outdoorsmen

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By Lee Kendall

Ducks Unlimited is branching out … at least in Harrison County.

The national organization that is committed to preserving and protecting wetland areas that are the natural habitat for waterfowl, is spreading its wings and trying to appeal to all outdoorsmen.

This Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cynthiana Country Club, the Harrison County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is beginning a pioneering effort in Kentucky by attempting to bring together all local outdoorsmen for a “Sportsman’s Night Out.”

“We attended our state meeting earlier in the year and were told that a couple of states up north had a lot of success with something like this. So, we volunteered to give it a shot in Harrison County,” explained local chapter chairman James Carl Gray on Tuesday night. “Ducks Unlimited is primarily an organization for duck hunting enthusiasts, but Saturday night’s event is open to fishermen, deer hunters, turkey hunters … all outdoorsmen in Harrison County.”

Gray said it is obvious that Ducks Unlimited has, in the past, “missed a large part of our target audience.”

“There are 678,000 outdoorsmen in Kentucky, which is more than the population of Louisville, Owensboro and Bowling Green combined,” said Gray. “Our statistics show that those outdoorsmen spend $1.3 billion in Kentucky every year and pay $132 million in state and local taxes every year. It only makes sense that we try to bring all those people together since we share a common goal. We want to get other sportsmen involved in our conservation efforts.”

Gray said Saturday night’s event is not the Harrison County Duck’s Unlimited annual membership banquet, but a special event designed to bring all local outdoorsmen together for a night of fun and fellowship.

“We’ll have a good meal and then have special games and raffles that are designed for all outdoorsmen, not just duck hunters,” he explained. “We will have raffles for fishing equipment, rifles … you name it, if you’re a hunter of any kind, we’ll have things there that you will enjoy.”

As of Tuesday night, about 70 tickets for the event have been sold, with a maximum of “somewhere between 100 and 150”, constituting a full house at the Cynthiana Country Club.

“We will sell tickets at the door, if there are still seats available on Saturday night,” said Gray.

To reserve a seat for Saturday’s event, contact Gray at 588-9628.