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Delta Waterfowl Whistling Wings Chapter

Duck season in Arkansas is just around the corner and during the time surrounding hunting season there are many waterfowl banquets for one to be a part of.  One of the largest in Northwest Arkansas is the Delta Waterfowl Banquet put together by the Whistling Wings Chapter.  I have had the privilege of being a member for a couple of years now and it always amazes me how many people around me share the same passion.  Not only does this event provide a space for local hunters to network, but it also helps raise money for Delta Waterfowl operations.  Some of these operations include hen houses, predator management, hunter advocacy, and working with land owners to conserve habitats.  

When I arrived to the event there were not many there yet, and I was able to set up a table at the rear entrance.  Not long after a few other product vendors showed up to showcase products.  By 5:30pm there was a line out the door with people ready to make their way in.  With new auction items coming every year it’s no wonder why everyone is ready to get in early and start bidding.  One of the items that interested me was a hand carved duck decoy.  It was said to be made by a local guy who creates a new one every year for the banquet.  This item went for a very high amount and it was nice to see the hard work someone put into creating this knowing what it would bring to the Delta Waterfowl fund.  I was also privileged to bring a Mountain Khakis hat and gift card to help with the efforts. 

All in all, the event was a fun time had by all and by the end everyone was bouncing from table to table meeting people they didn’t know.  It always puts a smile on my face seeing people from all careers and backgrounds being brought together by a shared passion.  That passion being duck hunting and wildlife conservation.  There is an old Alabama song that says “it’s only ours to borrow, let’s save some for tomorrow”, which could not be more true.  Without the repeat efforts of a great organization like Delta Waterfowl, we would not have the abundance of waterfowl habitats that we do.  Everyone involved in the program whether they donate or physically help with the efforts makes the decision to help make a difference.  I am definitely a huge supporter of everything this great organization does and hope that we can continue to have great waterfowl hunting for generations to come.