Earlier this week, the Texoma Ducks Unlimited chapter held yet another successful banquet as the group met for its 44th annual fundraising dinner.

While final numbers and attendance figures aren’t available just yet, look for another successful report from chairman Kris Spiegel. And perhaps, more awards forthcoming for the local group in the future after several hundred attendees gathered in Denison this past Tuesday to raise money for the ducks.

If you’re a quacker backer still in need of a DU dinner fix before the autumn months end, there’s one more chance next week. That’s on Thursday, Oct. 24th when the Bryan County Ducks Unlimited Blast and Cast Dinner is held at Top Notch Turf Farms in Colbert from 6-10 p.m. The venue is located at 8686 State Hwy. 91.

Fresh off a new name change from Durant DU to Bryan County DU, as well as moving from the Choctaw Event Center to the new location, it should be a big night of waterfowl conservation fundraising success for the southern Oklahoma chapter.

With raffles, games, auctions, and door prizes, there is plenty of opportunity to win sporting arms from such makers as Benelli, Franchi, Howa and Glock. Outdoor gear will also be awarded from such companies as Falcon, Greenhead Gear, Tanglefree, Leupold and YETI Coolers.

Tickets to the event are $45 for singles, $60 for couples and $20 for Greenwing youth ages 17 and under. For ticket and table sponsorship information, please visit www.ducks.org/events/oklahoma or call chairman Chris Dorman at 405-517-7187.

Youth Hunting Seasons Approach — As the month of October progresses, it’s time for youth hunting seasons to begin on both sides of the Red River.

First up is on the north side of the border stream this weekend, where the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Deer Gun Season starts, running from Friday, Oct. 18 until Sunday, Oct. 20. The season is open to youth 17 and under who want a mid-autumn crack at Oklahoma’s superb white-tailed deer population that currently numbers upwards of 750,000 deer.

The Lone Star State’s youth gun deer season will start in the 226 counties comprising the North Zone next weekend. The 2019 youth season in the North Zone runs on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27.

Here in Grayson County, keep in mind that the during the youth season, lawful means are still restricted to lawful archery equipment and crossbow gear only, something that includes any MLDP properties in the county.

For waterfowl hunting enthusiasts, youth-only duck hunting actually took place on Oct. 5 in Oklahoma’s Zone 2 here in the Red River Valley. On the south side of the river in Texas’ North Zone, the youth-only season is still a couple of weeks away, waiting for its Nov. 2-3 run.

Knives of Alaska 25th Anniversary Giveaway — It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter century since Grayson County resident Charles Allen decided it was high time the hunting industry had a better solution when it came to knives.

The result was the formation of Knives of Alaska, a superb cutlery company headquartered in Denison at North Texas Regional Airport. With KOA knives designed and tested on the Alaskan turf near Allen’s Alaska Expedition Lodge on the Tsiu River, the one-two punch of Alaska-and-Texas manufacturing excellence has led to many accolades as the company has turned out high-end products since the mid-1990s.

While you can look for more on KOA’s Silver Anniversary in coming weeks, there’s no need to wait for your own celebration, courtesy of Allen’s local knife making company.

In an effort for the local company to say thanks to fans and customers, KOA is giving away 25 knives to 25 followers by way of a social media promotion. To enter for a chance to win, KOA says to simply share a photo of your Knives of Alaska product on your own Facebook or Instagram page with #ShowUsYourKOA @KnivesofAlaska tagging. You can also join the company’s mailing list at www.knivesofalaska.com/ShowUsYourKOA.

A company news release indicates that winners of the 25 KOA knives will be selected at random and posted on the company’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.