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Chukar Club to hold fundraiser on March 4

The Carson Valley Chukar Club will host its 31st annual fundraiser March 4 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Festivities, including dinner as well as raffle and auction items, begin at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event are used to support wildlife habitat projects for outdoor hunters and wildlife enthusiasts in Nevada.

Projects funded by the club in 2016 included Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse restoration to Northeastern Nevada, Maison T. Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skill Camp, Carson Valley Ducks Unlimited youth day, Mountain Quail/Ruff Grouse research and restoration, supporting the local Kids' Fishing Derby and hunter safety education program, as well as Greater Sage-Grouse monitoring.

"After this year's fundraiser, the board of directors will again approve other great projects," fundraising chairman Ron Pierini said. "Our board members are volunteers and all monies raised are spent directly on wildlife projects."

Approximately 40 auction items will be available and at least 100 raffle prizes each worth $100 will be given away. Many of the prizes are donated or sold at discounted prices, according to Pierini.

"We want to have high standards (of prizes) so when they spend that kind of money and they do win something, they say, 'This is a really nice gift,'" he said.

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Dinner will include tri-tip, homemade beans and salad. Raffle and auction items will include rifles, shotguns, fishing equipment, wildlife artwork and more. Participants must be at least 16 years old and smoking is prohibited inside the pavilion at the fairgrounds.

Visit http://www.cvchukarclub.com for information or to purchase tickets.

WHAT: 31st annual Carson Valley Chukar Club fundraiser

WHEN: March 4, doors open 5 p.m.

WHERE: Douglas County Fairgrounds

COST: Tickets $30

WEBSITE: http://www.cvchukarclub.com

IN THE BEGINNING: “I was hunting with Lance Modispacher, who was actually the one who started all this, and John Hillenbrand. Between those two and some others, they wanted to improve the habitat and try to increase the amount of birds for wild game. We had talked about, ‘How can we improve this organization?’ We decided to start with a fundraiser and what we started with was an idea to see what we could do to raise some money to assist the Nevada Department of Wildlife and some other grants to be able to address some of the water issues dealing with guzzlers and increasing the numbers of wildlife” — Ron Pierini, fundraising chairman