The Otoe County Pheasants Forever chapter had its 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, March 25, at the Kimmel Ag-Expo in Syracuse. The banquet had over 100 attendees and consisted of dinner, general raffle, silent auction and live auction. The banquet is the primary fundraiser for the Otoe County chapter. Among the giveaways were two lifetime hunting permits to two youths in attendance.
The banquet this year was the third overseen by current President Ryan McIntosh.
“Our banquet this year was an absolute success,” said McIntosh. “I am thinkful for the longstanding support of many of our local businesses that sponsor this event, and for our committee volunteers who help put the event on.”
In his time as president, McIntosh highlighted his emphasis on getting kids outdoors and supporting youth shooting sports. Over the last three years, Otoe County Pheasants Forever has partnered with MidwayUSA Foundation to raise over $10 thousand for the Nebraska City Trap Team.
Otoe County Pheasants Forever is a charter of Pheasants Forever, dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and lang management policies and programs and to supporting youth shooting sports in Otoe County. Every dollar raised at the banquet stays with the local chapter.
McIntosh said this was unique among conservation organizations. The biggest expenses for the Otoe County chapter are the Youth Mentor Hunt, held annually in October, and cost-sharing for local habitat programs.