Ducks Unlimited banquet Saturday |

Ducks Unlimited banquet Saturday

by Caryn Haller
Special to The R-CDucks Unlimited committee member Chris Luciano holds up a neon sign as one of the live auction items.

Close to 300 duck enthusiasts are landing at the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday to raise money for wetland conservation.

Carson Valley Ducks Unlimited 32nd annual banquet is 5 p.m., and includes a buffet dinner, auctions, raffles and games.

“Ducks Unlimited is the nations largest wetlands restoration and preservation organization. Last year we raised $22,000,” state chairman John Larson said. “We try to reach a 5 percent increase each year.”

Carson Valley has had a chapter for more than 30 years and raises money for wetlands projects from Mexico to Canada.

“We’re on the eastern side of the Pacific flyway region. We have to have places for them to stop and rest,” Larson said. “One reason we focus on ducks is because it benefits all other animals.”

The banquet will feature live and silent auctions for fishing trips, dinners, photographs and memorabilia. There will also be raffles for guns, gift certificates and M.S. Dixie cruises.

Guests can purchase a $20 card to be entered into a drawing for a Kimber .45 pistol, or play the pluck a duck game to win raffle tickets.

Coffee cups will also be sold for people to write messages to the troops on in Afghanistan.

To become a Ducks Unlimited member and attend the banquet, visit or call Larson at 267-4222.

“We have some wetland projects here in Nevada in virtually every county,” Larson said. “It’s good to see people put back into the community and environment by supporting the water fowl.”

Tickets cost $70 per person, $110 per couple, and $40 for youth 17 and under.

They are available at, High Desert Guns in Minden or Les Schwab in Carson City. No tickets will be sold at the door.