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Chapter News - July 27, 2013

2013 Banquet and PGC Tour

2013 Banquet and PGC Tour

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pheasants Forever Tours PGC Game Lands Before the Annual Banquet

PGC Games Lands Tour 2013

Pictured left to right are Biologist, Mark Jackling, PF Habitat Coordinator, Jared Kuleck, PA Game Commission President, Robert Schlemmer, PA Game Commissioner, Ralph Martone and Game Lands Manager, John Dzymean, visiting PA Game Lands #44 in Elk County. Game Lands #44 is a cooperative project between the PA Game Commission & Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 of North Central PA.

The day’s event began with Habitat Director’s Jared Kuleck and Chris Yeager and Pa. Game Commission Land Manager John Dzymean, escorting members of the PGC on a tour of Game Lands #44, allowing them to see firsthand the cooperative project of wildlife habitat development between the PA Game Commission & Pheasants Forever Chapter 630. Game Lands # 44 is 6,000 acres which was previously stripped mined and void of wildlife habitat.

The Chapter’s annual fundraising banquet followed, at Aiello’s Café in Ridgway, with approximately 250 sportsman, youth, and local businesses attending. A highlight of the evening was the attendance of PGC Commissioners Bob Schlemmer, Ralph Martone, David Puttman, and Dave Carlini, of the North Central Regional Office. Recognition was given to Pheasant Forever National Sponsors, the chapter’s local sponsors as well as, the youth involved in last year’s special youth hunt.

Everyone in attendance enjoyed an evening of fellowship, games, raffles and auctions raising funds throughout the night.

The evening’s auctioneer was Col. Bob Britton of New Breed Auctions. The 30th Anniversary Pheasants Forever Banquet Gun, Browning Silver Hunter Limited Edition topped the auction and was bought by Robert Beimel of J.I.T. Tool & Die, in the live auction. This gun was made possible by St. Marys Insurance Agency, Inc.

Funds raised through the chapter’s fundraising efforts remain in North Central Pa. (Elk County) and are used to improve wildlife habitat, youth education and conservation.