No one really knew what to expect Saturday evening for the very first Spring Banquet. We figured at the worst, we would have a lot of leftover Windsor chops to send home with people.
When all the dust settled, it was much better than expected. Compared to other sporting banquets (Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, etc) the crowd was light. But for the first NFH Spring Banquet and the Seward VFW club it was just right.
The purpose of the banquet was to raise money to start building a
defense fund to help protect our sportsman’s rights. The folks at the Seward VFW club did an outstanding job both cooking and serving the meal. The vendors stepped up and made some very good donations, and the members present stepped up and supported our cause. In the end it was a good time had by all.
Iowa members Allan Sayre of Hilltop Outdoors/Funke Trap Tags & Supplies and Craig Sweet of the Iowa Trappers Association brought in raffle items such as a dozen MB-550 traps, youth trapping kits, canine trapping kits, and copper trap tags (which Allen made and has already sent out). Also among the donations was an ICOTec Electronic Predator Call.
NFH Member and owner of Papio Creek Trapping Supply, Shane Clayes donated several land trapping packages and water trapping packages, which were jam packed with baits and lures. Shane donated a bunch of augers and diggers for the raffle as well.
Other donations included an autographed copy of Hoofbeats of a Wolfer, donated by Kevin Jones of Jones Fur buying. Lesel Reuwsaat donated a full DVD set, and Mark June donated his Coyote DVDs, volumes 1 and 2.
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters donated a 2 year membership and a Dunn Knife for the raffle as well.
There were other numerous prizes raffled off, and a few of the bigger ticket items were silent auctioned.
See more of the donations and action here in the photo gallery.
The guest speaker was Conservation Officer Stacey Lewton of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Stacey talked about being a game warden in the state and the things he runs into during the course of his work. He reminisced about growing up in Harlan
county and his trapping and wildlife adventures. He came early and stuck around till the end of the banquet visiting with the folks and answering questions. A big thanks to Stacey for coming out and supporting us trappers!
We are all looking forward to next year for the second annual spring banquet!