It isn’t anywhere near Bermuda, but several upcoming waterfowl conservation and wetland habitat fundraising events might be aptly described as the “Texoma DU Triangle.”
That’s because over the next couple of weeks, three different Ducks Unlimited gatherings will be held on the triangle of highways formed by U.S. 75, Hwy. 82, and Hwy 78. From Denison to Bonham to Durant and back, there is ample October opportunity coming up to get out and support the ducks.
First up is a “Happy Hour” gathering over in Bonham early next week as the Bois D’arc Creek Chapter reboots the North Texas quacker backer event.
At that upcoming social gathering over in Fannin County, beverages and appetizers will be provided at the Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting. Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., the “Happy Hour” DU meeting will take place at the Juba Pizza Bar located at 328 W. Sam Rayburn Drive in Bonham.
To RSVP for the event, contact Heath Strickland by phone at 469-662-6045 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Following the meet-and-greet gathering in Bonham, next up is the Texoma Chapter of Ducks Unlimited as the local group holds its annual fundraiser in Denison.
One key fact to note however is simply this: don’t plug the address that was included in a recent mail-out into your GPS unit. Otherwise you’ll find yourself up in Poteau, Okla.
“Yeah, automation doesn’t always work the way that we want it to,” laughed retired DU Senior Regional Director Jim Lillis. “The 2018 Texoma DU dinner, our 43rd in a row, will once again be held in Denison at the Ray Davis Hanger out at North Texas Regional Airport. That address — the correct one — is 4700 Airport Road.”
Tickets to the 2018 Texoma DU event are $50 in advance for singles, $60 at the door. There are also $25 Greenwing tickets available (youth 17 years of age and under) along with two sponsorship table levels. The latter includes Silver Sponsor tables ($650 each, five dinner tickets) and Gold Sponsor tables ($1,250 each, 10 tickets).
While there will be a full Texoma DU dinner preview in this space next week, please note that all tickets include a chance at winning various door prize items, the evening’s catered barbecue meal and beverages, a year’s membership in the Memphis, Tenn. based conservation organization, a DU decal and membership card, and a subscription to the award winning bi-monthly Ducks Unlimited magazine.
The usual array of national and Texas DU merchandise will also be available, including offerings from Benelli, Beretta, Browning, Drake, Kimber, Mossy Oak, and the Austin-based YETI Coolers.
In addition, Lillis said that the local quacker backer group will be auctioning off both a two-man and a four-man dove hunt in the wingshooting paradise of Argentina. What’s more, there will be the usual Texoma DU collection of sporting and collectible firearms - more than 30 this year according to Lillis - including the 2018 Ducks Unlimited Shotgun of the Year, a Browning A5 Sweet 16.
“The local group has done really well with some new sponsors this year and ticket sales are brisk,” said Lillis. “I think that this year’s attendance is going to be good, really good.”
For information on this year’s dinner, ticket sales, and table availability, contact 2018 Texoma DU chairman Kris Spiegel at 903-820-8882 or past chairman Eric Kloppers at 903-815-2229.
Finally, don’t forget the final October DU event coming up in the area, the fifth annual Durant DU fundraising dinner. This year’s Bryan County quacker backer dinner is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Choctaw Casino Event Center located at 3702 Choctaw Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m., the dinner will begin at 7 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 8 p.m.
“Our catered meal is being provided by Dining Around of Durant,” said Durant chairman Chris Dorman. “We’ve got another great banquet planned once again this year.”
That includes several great firearms, including the Browning Sweet 16 mentioned above as well as a Kimber 1911 and a Kimber 6.5 Creedmoor. Other merchandise includes Oklahoma-themed custom duck calls and cornhole boards.
Dorman said that sponsor tables are available at the Durant DU fundraiser at donation levels that include $1,000, $1,250, $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000. Regular tickets are once again available for this year’s DU event. Those prices include $50 for singles, $75 for couples, and $20 for Greenwings (youth 17 years of age and under).
For information on the Durant DU dinner, contact Dorman at 405-517-7187.