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Lee Wahlgren

Some global warming would be nice

Brrrrrr!  It’s cold. The thermometer is not doing us any favors right now. It would be nice if we could get a little global warming right now. I guess we have to take what we get since this is Illinois.

Well, January and February do bring us some good outdoor shows so I’ll try to pass those dates on to you. While you’re waiting, go out and get some coyotes.

One date I would like for you to write on your calendar is Jan. 25. This is the 2014 Bureau Creek Gobblers Annual Banquet. It is the 17th Annual National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet and it will be held at the Bureau County Metro Center.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. to allow participants plenty of time to look over all the prizes and raffle items. This year’s menu will feature rib eye and chicken. It sure was great last year.

I got to see a brochure that featured all the items in this year’s auction. There is really some nice items to make an outdoorsman happy.

There will be eight NWTF guns including the Gun of the Year, a Browning Silver 12-gauge automatic. There will be 11 framed prints and two sculptures.

The committee is offering a pre-banquet gun raffle. It’s a good one. This gun is a Remington 887 Nitro Mag 12 gauge with 3 and 1/2 chamber. It is a 28-inch solid rib barrel with HiViz Sight and is Max 4 Camo Synthetic Only 125 tickets will be sold for this gun.

The committee would really like for you to call and reserve your tickets as soon as possible. It helps us prepare for the meal.

Here are the committee members that you can call and reserve tickets: Kurt and Ginger Freeberg at 815-875-4089,  Chris Wilson at 815-878-8572, Mark Hall at 815-872-6012, Bill Clark at 815-872-0096, and Ed Foley at 815-228-6584.

Hope to see a lot of outdoorsmen at this banquet’ This organization gives back a lot to Bureau County.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com