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McConnelsville, Ohio June 7, 2019 - The Morgan County Waterfowlers are sponsoring a Passport to Fishing Workshop for Adults who have little or no fishing experience on August 8, 2019 at Trinity UM Church from 6:30 - 8:45 PM. There will be a follow-up Fishing Day on August 10, 2019 at AEP from 9 AM - Noon. Pre-registration is required.

McConnelsville, Ohio June 7, 2019 - The Morgan County Waterfowlers donated a new 6 X 6 16' treated post to Trinity United Methodist Church to replace on their Basketball Hoop at the church parking lot.

McConnelsville, Ohio February 2019 - The Morgan County Waterfowlers have sponsored a Morgan Youth Sports Little League Team 2019 season.




McConnelsville, Ohio February 2019 - The Morgan County Waterfowlers
Committee members attended the 2018 State Awards Dinner in Worthington on February 16, 2019 and won the 2019 Shotgun of the Year for the committee. Members took home all kinds of prizes including a total of four FFL guns. See our Facebook page for more details. We also won one "State Duck Head" award receiving 9th Place in the State for "Greatest Money Increase for Dinner Event".


McConnelsville, Ohio, May 2018 -
Pre-event Raffle - Now in Progress: See a committee member for tickets.
Morgan County Waterfowlers Raffle Drawing

$5.00 Each                        Drawing: July 12, 2018                        3 for $10.00
Ducks Unlimited Pre-Event Raffle - Winchester SXP Pump Shotgun 12 GA

McConnelsville, Ohio, February 19, 2018 - The Morgan County DU chapter won five state "Duck Head" awards at the Ohio Ducks Unlimited 2017 State Awards Dinner held in Worthington, Ohio on February 17, 2018.  The Chapter won the following 2017 State Chapter Awards: "Ohio DU Bronze Excellence Award  2017, 1st Place - Canvasback Resiliency Award, 9th Place - Greatest $ Increase Dinner Event Award, 9th Place - Chairman of the Year Award, and 10th Place - Total Membership  Award.

Twelve Morgan County Waterfowlers Chapter Committee Members attended the Ohio Ducks Unlimited State Awards Dinner in Worthington, Ohio in February.
                                                   
2017 Ohio DU Bronze Excellence Award                                                1st Place - Canvasback Resiliency Award


McConnelsville, Ohio, February 20, 2017 - The Morgan County DU chapter won two state "Duck Head" awards at the Ohio Ducks Unlimited 2016 State Awards Dinner held in Wilmington, Ohio on February 18, 2017.  The photo below shows chapter representatives Jim Johnson and Todd Spence with State DU Chairman, Bill Ebert. The chapter won 7th Place - Calendar Raffle Event Award 2016, and 6th Place - GreenWing Membership Award -2016.






The Morgan County Waterfowlers are a proud sponsor of this event.  First annual Best Dam Festival at Tom Jenkins Dam, located at 23560 Tom Jenkins Dam Road, Glouster, Ohio. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and include nature bingo, Smokey the Bear, water safety and more from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Water Craft. Additional activities, including a Boat Poker Run, food trucks and other family activities will take place at other docks/ locations on Burr Oak Lake ending the day at Burr Oak Lodge. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.facebook.com/burroakalive

McConnelsville, Ohio, May 27, 2016 ----Local Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Morgan County Waterfowlers make two donations to local groups.

Archery Donation
Todd Spence, representing the Morgan County Waterfowlers gives a $100 check to Carol Wheeler for the Morgan Archery group. "Our Ducks Unlimited chapter is proud to continue our support of this endeavor and the life-long skills being taught through this program", said DU publicity chairman, Todd Spence.

FFA Donation

Todd Spence, representing the Morgan County Waterfowlers gives a $100 check to Bob Thurman, FFA advisor. "This is the 11th year that our Ducks Unlimited chapter has donated to help send someone to FFA camp”, said DU publicity chairman, Todd Spence.


McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio, February 21, 2016 - The Morgan County Waterfowlers won three state awards yesterday at the 2016 Ohio Ducks Unlimited State Convention held in Wilmington, Ohio. The chapter won the prestigious Bronze Unlimited Excellence Award - 2015,  5th Place - Calendar Raffle Event Award 2015, and 9th Place - GreenWing Membership Award -2015.


McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio, June 8, 2015— The Morgan County committee of Ducks Unlimited will host its 11th Annual Sportsmen's Dinner Banquet and Fundraising Event Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2015 at the Clarence E. Miller Ohio National Guard Armory, 4497 Hawk Drive, McConnelsville, Ohio . (Doors open 5:30 PM, 5:30-7 PM Prizes/Raffles/Silent Auctions, Steak Dinner 6:30 PM, Live Auction 7:30 PM) Please note: A Photo ID is required for all adult entry to the facility.Committee members are currently selling tickets for the banquet. You can also purchase your banquet tickets online at their website or from any committee member.  See any committee member or purchase online at www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org .
 
This is the 11th year of the event and a sold-out crowd is expected. Banquet activities will include games, auctions and raffles of wildlife and sporting art and firearms as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Proceeds from the event will go to support DU's wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation efforts in Ohio, the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Please take a look at the website for more information.

Ducks Unlimited was formed to provide for the life cycle needs of North America's migratory waterfowl by protecting, restoring, enhancing and managing important wetlands and associated uplands. DU is the world's largest private sector waterfowl, wetlands and wildlife conservation organization, with one million supporters and members in the U.S. Since its inception in 1937, DU has raised nearly $2 billion and conserved nearly 11 million acres of habitat throughout North America.

All Tickets are pre-sale of the event: There will be no tickets sold at the door.
Single Ticket:
$50 (includes 1 Steak Dinner, 1 regular DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership card and decals, 1 raffle chance on the dinner gun).
Couples Ticket: $80 (includes 2 Steak Dinners, 1 regular DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership card and decals, 2 raffle chances on the dinner gun). 
Greenwing Ticket: $25 (children age 17 or younger) includes 1 Steak dinner, 1 Greenwing DU membership, Greenwing decals (age 11 and younger), Two unique DU decals (one duck head and one DU shield for ages 12-17 years), Four issues of the Puddler magazine (both print & online versions, ages 11 and younger), Six issues of Ducks Unlimited Magazine (ages 12-17 years). Chances on Greenwing raffle items.
Sponsor Ticket (Banquet Sponsor & Guest): $325 (includes 2 Steak Dinners - for sponsor and guest, 1 Framed Sponsor Print, 1 Sponsor Pin, 1 Bronze Sponsor DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, 1 raffle chance on a sponsor gun, 1 regular DU membership for guest - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership cards and decals, 2 raffle chances on the dinner gun).

This year there is an Early Flight Raffle available for those who purchase their tickets before September 1, 2015. Tickets purchased on or after September 1st, will cost: $60 Single Ticket and $100 Couples Ticket. There will be no tickets sold at the door.

For more information about Ducks Unlimited, contact Committee Chairman Chuck Price at 740- 962-4026, visit the chapter’s website: www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org,

McConnelsville, Ohio, June 8, 2015 ----Local Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Morgan County Waterfowlers make two donations to local groups.
Donation to Archery Group
Todd Spence, representing the Morgan County Waterfowlers gives a $100 check to Carol Wheeler for the Morgan Archery group. "Our Ducks Unlimited chapter is proud to continue our support of this endeavor and the life-long skills being taught through this program", said DU publicity chairman, Todd Spence.

Donation to FFA

Todd Spence, representing the Morgan County Waterfowlers gives a $100 check to Bob Thurman, FFA advisor. "This is the 10th year that our Ducks Unlimited chapter has donated to help send someone to FFA camp”, said DU publicity chairman, Todd Spence.


McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio, August 4, 2014— The Morgan County committee of Ducks Unlimited will host its 10th Annual Sportsmen's Dinner Banquet and Fundraising Event Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014 at the Clarence E. Miller Ohio National Guard Armory, 4497 Hawk Drive, McConnelsville, Ohio . (Doors open 5:30 PM, 5:30-7 PM Prizes/Raffles/Silent Auctions, Steak Dinner 6:30 PM, Live Auction 7:30 PM) Please note: A Photo ID is required for all adult entry to the facility.Committee members are currently selling tickets for the banquet. You can also purchase your banquet tickets online at their website or from any committee member.  See any committee member or purchase online at www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org .
  “We are looking forward to a great crowd at this year's banquet” said committee publicity chairman Todd Spence of McConnelsville. “This is our 10th year anniversary and we are planning bigger and better things for our attendees. Banquet activities will include games, auctions and raffles of wildlife and sporting art and firearms as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Proceeds from the event will go to support DU's wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation efforts in Ohio, the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Please take a look at our website for more information”.
Ducks Unlimited was formed to provide for the life cycle needs of North America's migratory waterfowl by protecting, restoring, enhancing and managing important wetlands and associated uplands. DU is the world's largest private sector waterfowl, wetlands and wildlife conservation organization, with one million supporters and members in the U.S. Since its inception in 1937, DU has raised nearly $2 billion and conserved nearly 11 million acres of habitat throughout North America.

Single Ticket: $50 (includes 1 Steak Dinner, 1 regular DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership card and decals, 1 raffle chance on the dinner gun).
Couples Ticket: $80 (includes 2 Steak Dinners, 1 regular DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership card and decals, 2 raffle chances on the dinner gun). 
Greenwing Ticket: $25 (children age 17 or younger) includes 1 Steak dinner, 1 Greenwing DU membership, Greenwing decals (age 11 and younger), Two unique DU decals (one duck head and one DU shield for ages 12-17 years), Four issues of the Puddler magazine (both print & online versions, ages 11 and younger), Six issues of Ducks Unlimited Magazine (ages 12-17 years). Chances on Greenwing raffle items.
Sponsor Ticket (Banquet Sponsor & Guest): $325 (includes 2 Steak Dinners - for sponsor and guest, 1 Framed Sponsor Print, 1 Sponsor Pin, 1 Bronze Sponsor DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, 1 raffle chance on a sponsor gun, 1 regular DU membership for guest - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership cards and decals, 2 raffle chances on the dinner gun).

Tickets purchased after September 12th, will have an additional cost, so get you tickets early. At the door, or after September 12th sales: $60 Single Ticket and $100 Couples Ticket.

For more information about Ducks Unlimited, contact Committee Chairman Chuck Price at 740- 962-4026, visit the chapter’s website: www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org, or contact DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., at (901) 758-DUCK (3825). 


McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio, June 16, 2013— The Morgan County committee of Ducks Unlimited will host its 9th Annual Sportsmen's Dinner Banquet and Fundraising Event Saturday, Sept. 21st, 2013 at the Clarence E. Miller Ohio National Guard Armory, 4497 Hawk Drive, McConnelsville, Ohio . (Doors open 5:30 PM, 5:30-7 PM Prizes/Raffles/Silent Auctions, Steak Dinner 6:30 PM, Live Auction 7:30 PM) Please note: A Photo ID is required for all adult entry to the facility.Committee members are currently selling Pre-event raffle tickets for a $500 Cash Prize. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any committee member. The committee members also are selling tickets for the banquet. You can also purchase your banquet tickets online at their website or from any committee member.  www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org .
See any committee member or purchase online at “We are looking forward to a great crowd at this year's banquet” said committee publicity chairman Todd Spence of McConnelsville. “This year we are introducing DU's Great Gun Giveaway. Each winner will have their choice of 30 different guns. Other activities include games, auctions and raffles of wildlife and sporting art and firearms as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Proceeds from the event will go to support DU's wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation efforts in Ohio, the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Please take a look at our website for more information”.
Ducks Unlimited was formed to provide for the life cycle needs of North America's migratory waterfowl by protecting, restoring, enhancing and managing important wetlands and associated uplands. DU is the world's largest private sector waterfowl, wetlands and wildlife conservation organization, with one million supporters and members in the U.S. Since its inception in 1937, DU has raised nearly $2 billion and conserved nearly 11 million acres of habitat throughout North America.

Single Ticket: $50 (includes 1 Steak Dinner, 1 regular DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership card and decals, 1 raffle chance on the dinner gun).
Couples Ticket: $80 (includes 2 Steak Dinners, 1 regular DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership card and decals, 2 raffle chances on the dinner gun). 
Greenwing Ticket: $20 (children age 17 or younger) includes 1 Steak dinner, 1 Greenwing DU membership, Greenwing decals (age 11 and younger), Two unique DU decals (one duck head and one DU shield for ages 12-17 years), Four issues of the Puddler magazine (both print & online versions, ages 11 and younger), Six issues of Ducks Unlimited Magazine (ages 12-17 years). Chances on Greenwing raffle items.
Sponsor Ticket (Banquet Sponsor & Guest): $325 (includes 2 Steak Dinners - for sponsor and guest, 1 Framed Sponsor Print, 1 Sponsor Pin, 1 Bronze Sponsor DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, 1 raffle chance on a sponsor gun, 1 regular DU membership for guest - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership cards and decals, 2 raffle chances on the dinner gun).

For more information about Ducks Unlimited, contact Committee Chairman Chuck Price at 740- 962-4026, visit the chapter’s website: www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org, or contact DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., at (901) 758-DUCK (3825). 


May 30, 2013: Committee Meeting held at Spence's Landing Screenhouse. Present: Chuck P., Carlos B., Don P., and Todd S. We have 1-2 guns at FFl dealer. Pre-event tickets were distributed by Carlos. See him if you have questions. Discussion: Will do a $50 Goose Band for the three DU guns of the year at banquet. Will get choice. Do two Yeti coolers (Deck of Cards). Need more people to attend and participate. Todd will order guns. Check placing National Order. Passed out and priced Underwriting materials.

May 2013: Morgan County Waterfowlers recently were recognized at the FFA banquet at Morgan High School for donating a FFA camp membership to a FFA member. This is the EIGHTH year that the Ducks Unlimited chapter has paid for a student to attend FFA camp.

8/29/11: The Morgan County Waterfowlers Ducks Unlimited Committee is preparing for their 7th Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet to raise money for Wetlands Habitation. The local Ducks Unlimited chapter, Morgan County Waterfowlers, is preparing for their 7th Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet to raise money for Wetlands Habitation. The banquet will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Clarence E. Miller National Guard Armory near McConnelsville.Committee members are currently selling Pre-event raffle tickets for a $500 Visa Gift Card Raffle tickets can be purchased from any committee member. The committee members also are selling tickets for the banquet. You can also purchase your tickets online at their website or from any committee member.  See any committee member or purchase online at www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org


6/23/08: On June 21, 2008 the Morgan County Waterfowlers held an event for children ages 17 and under at the Morgan County Gun Club, McConnelsville, Ohio. This was the first event specifically held by the DU chapter for children. The children had the opportunity to learn about gun safety, to shoot .22 cal rifles on the rifle range,  and to shoot 20 ga. shotguns on the trap range. They also shot archery targets with the help of the students and staff from the Morgan Local School's "National Archery in the Schools" program. Other activities were seeing a dog retriever demonstration, learning about waterfowl identification, and gaining information about outdoor conservation.
        Each participant received a Morgan County Waterfowlers t-shirt, a Greenwing membership in Ducks Unlimited (which includes a magazine subscription and various other things from Ducks Unlimited), a waterfowl identification poster, and a book about waterfowling. Food, drinks, and a chance to win various gifts through a raffle drawing, were provided as the participants enjoyed a beautiful sunny day outdoors.
        Greenwings are younger Ducks Unlimited members.  By joining DU, they can participate in the conservation, restoration and management of wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. There are more than 60,000 young people affiliated with Ducks Unlimited through the Greenwing Program who love the outdoors and care about protecting wetlands across North America. Click here for pictures of the event.


4/5/08: Morgan County Waterfowlers donated $50.00 to Carol Wheeler and the National Archery in the Schools Program at Morgan Local Schools. "Our DU chapter is proud to support this endeavor and the life-long skills being taught through this program", said DU publicity chairman, Todd Spence.


4/ 5/08: Morgan County Waterfowlers recently were recognized at the FFA banquet at Morgan High School for donating a FFA camp membership to FFA member Cas Maxwell . This is the second year that the Ducks Unlimited chapter has paid for a student to attend FFA camp.

3/5/08: Congratulations to Greenwing, Slade Dickson, Maysville Middle School, for 1st Place Middle School Male Division Individual Honors at the SECOND OHIO ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT. The tournament was held February 29 in Columbus in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival, spearheaded by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Congratulations to all the young athletes who participated in this year's tournament," said Kevin Dixon, shooting sports coordinator for the Division of Wildlife, which coordinates NASP in Ohio. "The Division of Wildlife is very proud to sponsor a program that teaches participants a life-long recreational skill and has helped improve their school participation and attendance."



12/5/07: Congratulations to one of our Greenwing members, Sierra "The Big Buck Slayer" Strader on her first buck! Her dad Donny writes, "Hello everyone, Here are pictures of a 8 point buck that Sierra shot today during the youth gun season at 7:25 am, she dropped him right in his tracks!!!  He weighed 190 lbs/live weight.  This is her first buck, and she is proud! (I was fortunate that I got to video the hunt and my dad was in the blind with us) She was using a Savage 20g. over and under that was my granddad's, than dad's, than mine, and now is Sierra's. 4 generations in the gun, and 3 generations of hunters on the hunt, AWESOME!"
 



12/5/07: Third Annual Morgan County Waterfowlers Ducks Unlimited Chapter Banquet Raises $11,000 for Conservation
McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio, December 5, 2007— The cause of North American wetlands and waterfowl conservation was given a boost when the Morgan County Waterfowlers Ducks Unlimited committee raised more than $11,000 at its third annual banquet held at the Deavertown Community Building on September 20th.
     Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest private sector waterfowl, wetlands, and wildlife conservation organization, with one million supporters and members in the U.S. Since its inception in 1937, DU has raised nearly $2 billion and conserved nearly 11 million acres of habitat throughout North America. Last year (2006), DU raised more than $162 million for habitat conservation and last year (2006) DU conserved more than 169,000 acres across the United States alone.
     "It’s great and exciting to see such an enthusiastic turnout for our third year’s fund-raiser," said Donny Strader, Jr., DU committee chairman. "It is also reassuring to know that 83 percent of every dollar we raise is funneled directly into DU’s wetland habitat restoration programs throughout North America."
     Strader continued, "I would like to congratulate the members of the committee who put together this event, and I would like to thank the individuals and businesses that donated their time and merchandise to make this event a success. The event just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We gave away more guns and prizes this year, thus the overall amount of money sent to DU national were down from the previous year."
      “Mark your calendars for next year’s banquet event! It will be held on September 18, 2008 at a location to be determined later”, said Todd Spence, the DU Chapter’s Publicity Chairman. Spence added, “You can check our website for updated information about other events as well.”
     For more information about Ducks Unlimited, contact Donny Strader at 740-236-1393, visit the chapter’s website: www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org, or contact DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., at (901) 758-DUCK (3825).


9/1/07 Congratulations to Tony Sines and Carlos Ballinger, two of our committee members who are featured on the back cover of the Cabela's Waterfowl 2007
catalog!



6/22/07 News Release - The Morgan County Waterfowlers Ducks Unlimited Committee is preparing for their 3rd Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet to raise money for Wetlands Habitation.

(McConnelsville, Ohio, June 22, 2007) - The local Ducks Unlimited chapter, Morgan County Waterfowlers, is preparing for their 3rd Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet to raise money for Wetlands Habitation. The banquet will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at the Deavertown Community Building.
 Committee members are currently selling Pre-event raffle tickets for a Beretta A391 Xtrema2 Semi-Automatic Max-4 Camo Waterfowl Edition in 12 GA with a 3 1/2 inch chamber. The new Beretta Xtrema2 is known as the "do it all" shotgun, designed from the outset to work hard for you. This shotgun features soft shooting gas operation, a 28" vent ribbed Optima-bore (overbored) barrel, with TruGlo fiber optic sight, the new Kick-off recoil reduction with Gel-Tek recoil pad, and Aqua technology for extreme environmental protection. The stock and forearm are in Max-4 camo with enlarged rubber inserts to allow for greater grip-surface and minimize transmission of vibrations. The standard matte receiver is grooved for scope mounting and has "Ducks Unlimited" and the duckhead in black on the right side of the receiver. Provided with a hard shell "take-down" style case. Gun lock is included. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any committee member and cost $10 each and only 300 tickets will be sold.  Gun Drawing to be held on September 20, 2007 at the DU Fall Banquet. Need not be present to win.
 The Morgan Co. Waterfowlers Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is made up of volunteers from Morgan & Muskingum Counties. We are asking for individuals and
businesses to donate items (by underwritting the cost) to offset our costs and maximize our profits for conservation. These items will be auctioned or raffled off at the DU banquet on September 20, 2007 to raise money for developing, preserving, restoring and maintaining waterfowl habitat on the North American continent.  The money derived from this event will provide valuable funding for wetland conservation. We appreciate your consideration to donate for our second annual Morgan Co. Waterfowlers Chapter of Ducks Unlimited banquet event. Contributions can be large or small and you may donate or sponsor one or more items. Your contribution of merchandise will be converted to conservation dollars and we will see that you get proper recognition during the event. We are a bona fide 501-C3, non-profit corporation and we depend largely upon donors like you to maintain our important habitat improvement programs. For information on how to underwrite any of the items, please email: info@morgancountywaterfowlers.org or visit or website: www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org for more information.
 The committee members also are selling tickets for the banquet. Information is as follows: The 3rd Annual DU Chapter Sportsmen's Banquet - Thursday, September 20, 2007 (Doors open 5:30 PM, 5:30-7:00 Raffles/Silent Auctions, Dinner 7 PM, Auction 8 PM) at Deavertown Community Building (old school).
 Cost: for a Single $50.00 (includes 1 Meal - Steak Dinner, 1 year DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine, Membership card and decals, 1
raffle chance on Benelli Nova Shotgun).
 Cost for a Couple $70.00 (includes 2 Meals - Steak Dinners, 1 year DU couple membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine - one magazine subscription per household, Membership cards and decals, 1 raffle chance on Benelli Nova Shotgun).
 Cost for Children - (Greenwing membership is for children ages 17 or younger) - $15.00 each (includes 1 Meal - Steak Dinner or Pizza, 1 year DU Greenwings membership -  one-year subscription to Puddler or Ducks Unlimited magazine (depending upon member's age), Greenwing membership card, Greenwing decal, invitations to local Greenwing events.
 Cost for a Sponsor & Guest $325.00 (includes 2 Steak Dinners - for sponsor and guest, 1 Framed Sponsor Print, 1 Sponsor Pin, 1 Bronze Sponsor DU membership - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine for the sponsor, 1 raffle chance on a Benelli Nova Sponsor Shotgun - sponsor only drawing, 1 regular DU membership for guest - 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited magazine for the guest, Membership cards and decals, 2 raffle chances on Benelli Nova Shotgun). See any committee member or email: info@morgancountywaterfowlers to purchase your tickets.
 DU Chapter Committee members are Donny Strader, Jr., Chuck Price, Todd Spence, Chet Pifer, Tara Strader, Ron Foreman, Tony Sines, Carlos Ballinger, Carrie Price, Terry Clark, Eric Smith, Dan Dickson, Don Strader Sr., Jerry Juniper, Flo Neff, Don Ferguson, Brooke Smith, Don Bell, and Mike Ferguson.


6/21/07 - Results of Committee Sporting Clay Shoot @ Briar Rabbit
Eight committee members and one guest met at Briar Rabbit on Wednesday, June 20th and shot a round of sporting clays. The results were as follows (Great shooting Terry!) Terry - 40/50, Eric - 38/50, Carlos - 37/50, Dan - 33/50, Chuck - 30/50, Tony - 29/50, Aaron - 28/50, Todd 23/50, Donny 0/50. Terry won the prize - two tickets to the NHL Draft at Nationwide Arena being held in Columbus on June 25th and 26th. These were donated by Todd Spence. After shooting, a meeting was held in the shelter house to discuss the upcoming banquet and other DU issues. Aaron Dynes, DU State Southern Regional Director discussed several issues relating to Ducks Unlimited. He commented that he has used the Morgan County Waterfowlers Chapter as an example numerous times with other groups as to what the chapter has accomplished. He also said that DU and he appreciates all that our committeee has done and continues to do to preserve wetlands habitat. The next meeting will be at Spence's Landing see "Upcoming Meetings and Events" link on the chapter website for date and time.


4/16/07 - Morgan County Watefowlers donate to local FFA chapter at Morgan High School by paying for a sponsorhip for a student to attend FFA camp. "We like to give back to the community whenever we can and this is one way we can do that", said Donny Strader, Jr. DU Chapter Chairman. The student will attend camp beginning June 16th.

GREENWING Chloe Sines recently competed in the first state wide NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) competition in Columbus. She shot a 239 and finished 4th  (one pt. from 3rd) and qualified for the National Tournament in Kentucky on June 9th. 


2/26/07 -- NEWS RELEASE -- Ohio Ducks Unlimited Members Held Annual State Convention February 23-25, 2007 in Eastlake, Ohio. Morgan County Waterfowlers Win Two State Awards.

 (EASTLAKE, OHIO, FEBRUARY 23-25, 2007)—Members of Ducks Unlimited’s Ohio chapters recently held their annual convention here at the Radisson Inn.
 The local Ducks Unlimited chapter, Morgan County Waterfowlers, continued their winning ways at the state level by winning two state awards for 2007. They received 2nd in the state in Greenwing Memberships with 79 (88 was top). They also received a 4th place award for SBA (Sealed Bid Auctions) Prints of wildlife scenes.
 This is the second year of existence for this chapter and the first year they received four awards. (Rookie of the Year Chapter, Attendees per Event - Placed 8th in the state (219 attendees - 300 was top), Greenwing Membership - Placed 9th in the state (35 members - 62 was top), and SBA (Sealed Bid Auction) - Placed 3rd in the state.
 Ohio Ducks Unlimited's presence is almost as old as that of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Formed in 1938; Ohio Ducks Unlimited provided volunteer leadership for Ducks Unlimited in the state of Ohio for the purpose of raising funds for DU's conservation efforts. It also served as a visible presence for DU in Ohio. Ohio DU continues in those roles, as a voice for Ohio DU members and dedicated volunteers and as a conduit between the Ohio membership and the National organization.
 DU Ohio has more than 1,400 dedicated committee volunteers and more than 75 committees across the state, with more committees forming all the time. Ohio DU membership has grown to some 15,000 members across the state. Annual proceeds raised by dedicated Ohio DU volunteers have grown from $1,400 in 1938 to more than $1,000,000 for the ducks. At an average per acre cost of $250 for the habitat restoration that DU does, that latter figure represents more than 4,000 acres of additional habitat for which Ohio’s DU members are responsible annually. Ohio DU works closely with DU biologists and the Ohio Division of Wildlife in the interest of restoring wetlands to Ohio.
 For more information about how you can get involved, contact Donny Strader, Jr., local DU Chairman or go to www.morgancountywaterfowlers.org.



11/18/06 Bus Trip Event is a Success! The Morgan Co. Waterfowlers held an event is which they and 36 people went on a holiday trip to Cabela’s and Oglebay Park’s “Festival of Lights”. This was a great opportunity to finish that last minute gift shopping and to tour one of the most remarkable retail stores in the nation. They also saw what has been called THE premier light display in the United States! The bus traveled to Cabela’s for a 6 hour shopping trip and a mini-banquet where a live auction and raffle was held in Cabela's conference room. From there it was on to Oglebay to visit the gift shops and take a tour of the 6-mile long  “Festival of Lights”.  The bus had two gun raffles and other great prize items! Over $2100 was raised for the ducks!


10/18/06
Congratulations to Jeff Lloyd, winner of the PSE Nova compound bow given away at the Maysville High School National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) event on October 18th (see article below).  The bow was co-sponsored by Morgan County Ducks Unlimited and Muskingum County NWTF.  Both the ducks and the turkeys were well represented at the event. Over 35 new Greenwings and Jakes were signed up helping to ensure future generations of conservationists. 


Maysville archery program targets younger shooters
By DAVE WEIDIG
Sports Editor, Zanesville Times Recorder

ZANESVILLE - There was a lot of passion on display Wednesday (10-18-06) in the Maysville Middle School gym. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) held its kickoff event, and Maysville's nationally-ranked archery team was the center of attention. The team is an offshoot of teacher Chris Skinner's outdoor recreation class that also includes mountain biking, hunting and fishing.
     Maysville high school and elementary students heard top-notch speakers and saw impressive archery demonstrations. Among those on hand were Derry Null, Zanesville's national champion archer and a member of the Matthews Pro Team; International Bowhunters Association president Ken Watkins; Ohio NASP coordinator Kevin Dixon and outdoor skills officer Dan Perko of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Ohio Outdoor Magazine and Times Recorder outdoor writer Bob Loewendick.
    Also putting on displays were the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morgan County Ducks Unlimited chapter and T&K Guns and Archery, in association with the Southeastern Ohio Sportsmen's Club. Maysville High School principal Mark Ulbrich read a Chinese archery poem that went over well with many of the students.
    "If we had 14 of programs like this across the state, we would rule the country," Dixon said. "Maysville is well ahead of the curve, and Chris (Skinner) is a phenomenal coach, instructor, leader and teacher. "It's another avenue to keep kids in school; kids react well to it. It provides a niche for kids to believe in themselves." "They learn life skills, self esteem and discipline," Perko said. "It's all about the individual. It fills a void for those who maybe aren't athletic and not into team sports.""I'd like to think this catches kids who fall through the cracks and everyone misses," Skinner said. "If you can help even one kid, you're getting the job done."The program has definitely helped more than one at Maysville.
    Sophomores Bo Shirer and Alex Sherman were the top male and female junior archers in Ohio in 2005, and helped Maysville finish third nationally."Seeing the teams shoot inspires you," Sherman said of the kickoff event. "Everyone gets something out of it (archery). Being on the range calms me down." "It just goes to show you if I can do it, anyone can do it," said Shirer, who won the shootoff between Maysville archery team members at the end of Wednesday's festivities. "You get out of it what you put into it. "Like Derry (Null) said. It's not a sport; it's a discipline. It's competition between yourself and your mind. I've been doing it for about two years, and now I'm hooked." Senior Megan Smith, another top archer on the team, said archery has taught her a lot about herself, and life. "It's changed my attitude tremendously; it's positive with confidence, focus and discipline," she said. "It carries over into everything you do. I'm more calm now, too." Perhaps the best experience of the day was working with elementary students just being introduced to the sport, some of them no doubt future Maysville archery team members.
    "It was really fun, especially shooting with the little kids," Sherman said. "A lot of them were happy with just hitting the target." "They got a taste of it; a few of them really got into it," Shirer added. "Hopefully, they liked it just enough to get them interested and keep them coming back," Smith said. "It's all about getting that seed planted with the elementary students, getting a bow in their hands," Skinner said. "I was approached by an elementary teacher today about them starting a program."
    Morgan physical education teacher Carol Wheeler, who brought 60 of her students to the Maysville outdoor recreation program last summer, also took in the proceedings as Morgan develops its archery program. "I think more schools in the area should start archery programs," Skinner said. Smith thinks they will.
"When I come back in five years, there will probably be MVL archery competition," she said. "I hope our students saw the passion here today with Bo, Alex and the team."
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Slade bags his first deer last Saturday with a bow. His father, Dan reports, "It was from a ground blind at 25 yards. He's been shooting a compound for about 3 years now, and was extremely pumped. It was a nice sized Doe, she only went about 150 yards. It was a great shot."



7/21/06  MCW Committe members attend District Meeting at Wade's Deer Sanctuary Too (www.ohiuomonsterbucks.com).
A large number of committee members attended the DU District Meeting held in Pataskla, Ohio on July 21, 2006. Aaron Dynes, Regional Director for Southern Ohio and Sid Lark, DU State Chairman both spoke about Ducks Unlimited. The focus was on four areas to improve in volunteer committees. Sid Lark called these the "BIG 4". They are 1) recruitment 2) selling event tickets 3) solicitng donations / underwriting prizes 4) working the event. Also at this meeting the MCW committee motioned, seconded, and voted on two new committee chairman positions: Recruitment Chairman, North Zone - Tony Sines and Recruitment Chair, South Zone - Mike Beam. Congratulations gentlemen! The MCW committee won the gun raffle and will receive a Benelli Nova.


7/8/06  Morgan County Waterfowlers had a booth at Muskingum RiverFest - article to come later.


5/10/06
Chapter Greenwing wins at State Level!
Chloe Sines placed third in the state with her duck stamp entry in her age group (K-3). There were 412 entries in her age group. Her picture is of a Canvasback.

Her picture is on the bottom. 
The two above are from other age groups.

Chloe and her parents at the awards ceremony.

Chloe on stage receiving her award.
CONGRATULATIONS CHLOE!


5/2/06        DU Program/Presentation at local Camera Club meeting
The Morgan County Camera Club met recently (May 2, 2006) at the Mark Rest Center in McConnelsville. The local Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Morgan County Waterfowlers, presented the program for the evening. Donny Strader and Todd Spence, local DU members, shared information about the Ducks Unlimited mission, and it’s conservation goals.


2/26/06       DU State Convention - Eastlake, OH
Several committee members attended the 2006 DU State Convention in Eastlake, Ohio on February 26, 2006. Our chapter received 4 state awards! They were:


2/4/06         National Volunteer Appreciation Day - Springfield, OH
Several committee members traveled to Springfield and participated in the first Volunteer Appreciation Day. This was held at different locations all over the country and featured a live-Internet feed from DU National.


12/22/05       Bus Trip To Cabela's and Oglebay Park
Planned a successful Bus trip to Cabela's and Oglebay for 55 people, had raffles, live auction, gave 2 guns away, and raised money for the ducks. We finished at 2845.00 after expenses!  What a good time and we raised money for the ducks as well!! Thank you for all of the help, suggestions, and following through with the plan to make this a SUCCESSFUL event!!
WE DID IT!!!!  Our chapter rocks!
Thanks, Donny


10/20/05    DU Program/Presentation at local Art Guild meeting (Click here)


10/17/05    Banquet Thank You (PDF File - Click here)


9/29/05      Press Release about DU Banquet (Click here)


8/20/05   Results of Committee Sporting Clay Shoot @ Briar Rabbit
Eight committee members and one guest met at Briar Rabbit on Saturday, August 20th and shot a round of sporting clays. The results were as follows (Great shooting Eric)! Eric - 43/50, Tony 36/50, Carlos 32/50, Terry 30/50, Kevin 27/50, Don Sr. 24/50, Donny 23/50, Mike 22/50, Todd 15/50. Everyone had a good time even though it was hot and humid.


8/5-7/05   DU Chapter booth at the Sternwheeler Cruise-in Malta
Comments from Donny Strader, Committee Chairman

      "First of all "Thank You" to all of the people who made this work, from start to finish.  We had some rain both days, Friday, was slow due to the rain, but when it wasn't raining on Sat., the booth was hopping! We gave out balloons, stickers, Waterfowl ID posters, and workbooks to the kids. I looked down the strip we were on and there were balloons everywhere, even on boats, people at the concerts, old and young were seen carrying balloons! We had the main raffle for a Henry .22, Charles Daly shotgun and 2 wildlife prints, tickets were 1 for 10 or 3 for 20.  We had 2 silent bid prints on friday and they did so well we ran 4 on Sat.  Tony generously donated 3 decoys, we put them in the silent auction, and only the bufflehead sold. The other 2 will be returned to him at the meeting.  We had a couple from Logan, Doug and Angela Hacker, who want to help on the committee, as well as Sam Thompson, from McConn., and Terry Clark from Zanesville, he sent an email to me friday night, and he and his wife gave us a visit on Sat.,also, Sharon Milligan and her signifigant other are strongly considering helping on the committee.

NEWSFLASH!!!!!     CARRIE PRICE, the better half of Chuck (hehehe), is welcomed as a Committee Member.  She has some great idea's, and accepted the offer as a committee member!

      The Zanesville WHIZ-TV News were there, and did a interview with our chapter, and I will be picking up the tape today, so we have something to laugh at for the next meeting.  Neighbors are calling to say they saw us on the news in a interview.
      We have a guy who commited to donate a rock sandblasted with the DU logo for the event, (thanks Chuck P. for telling me about this guy, I talked to him Sunday AM and he said OK to the donation).

Dollars for the Ducks, here is what we did:
Silent Bid Prints ran at event brought:
1. 75.00
2. 60.00
3. 60.00
4. 50.00
5. 50.00
6. 75.25
50/50: 162.00 total  81. to winner +81. to the ducks
Gun / Print Raffle: 620.00
Decoy: 20.00 silent auction
Met alot of great people, gained committee members, made alot of kids happy, raised money for the ducks, and recieved media attention, I would say it was a successful event!



7/27/05     Morgan County Waterfowlers DU Chapter recently attend District Meeting
By Todd Spence, DU Chapter Publicity Chairperson

      The newly formed Morgan County Waterfowlers attended their first district meeting on July 27th at Buckeye Gun Club near Thornville, Ohio. Twelve of the 15 local committee members participated in the event.
      Before the meeting, the opportunity to shoot trap and 5-station sporting clays were enjoyed by those attending. The meeting opened with DU State Chairman Sid Lark of Toledo welcoming and thanking the attendees for their volunteerism.
     Rodney Schlafer, Southern Ohio Regional Director for Ducks Unlimited than spoke and shared a PowerPoint presentation introducing a DU Outreach Program available to chapters. He also discussed various subjects such as conservation, recruitment, and relationships with other organizations such as Pheasants Forever and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to support habitat conservation in Ohio and across the continent.
      The meeting closed with a raffle of two shotguns and various items from the 2005 National event Merchandise Package. Many members of our local chapter came home with prizes. 



7/13/05     Article appeared in Morgan County Herald - July 13, 2005



7/9/05     First Chapter Event is a Success! Morgan County Waterfowlers DU Chapter Booth at Muskingum Riverfest
A comment about the event from Donny Strader, Chapter Committee Chairperson

     "Everyone,  ...What a Day!  The event was a blast!  Many people welcomed our Chapter, and awaited our arrival. When we arrived and set our booth up, IT LOOKED GREAT! You could see it from anywhere in the RiverFest, Rodney sent the banner and the Roto Duck we brought, attracted people like it does ducks. We even had a guy stop and take a pic of the spinning wing decoy!  ...My thanks go out to all of the help, from Rodney for getting the stuff to us on short notice, to set up and help of running the booth: Todd "Duck-Tape Man" Spence, Chuck & Carrie Price, Don Sr. (came down from Grove City) and Tara Strader. You can see from the pictures Todd put up on the site the booth was a CLASS ACT!
      The chapter sold a Print in the silent auction, it brought $75.00 to the winner of Carrie Price. The Gun and Print Raffle brought in $280.00 the winner of the gun was Donny (I bought 9 tickets!)  and Debra Enke took the Eagle print home.
      It was in the upper 80's, all day and we had a great spot next to the "Birds of Prey" Show and Fly Tying booth which kept alot of attention around our booth.  Attendance was down really low this year, about 300 people came through, last year was 1500. But we made the best of it came out ahead and not in the hole, we received alot of public awareness, and gained the support of alot of people.  We won in every aspect of the event, however we would of liked to see a high attendance like last year. Joy Padgett - St. Senator stopped by bought a couples ticket to the dinner, and underwrote the Wood Duck Decoy. We were personally thanked for being at the event and what we are doing by; Amy from the Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Co. comissioners, Supervisor SE Ohio Ohio Div. of Watercraft, Joy Padgett St Senator, and John Wisse from Div. of Watercraft anounced our presence and gave a history of DU on stage. We gained alot  of support today from everyone. Gary Clark brought a piece of slate with a duck on it and donated it to our Chapter to auction off at our dinner event. Thanks again." ...Donny



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