As flintlock season closes, sportsmen know that spring is around the corner. In the meantime, sportsmen can shake off the winter blues and come together to help raise money for local uses.
Whitetails Unlimited will hold the West Branch Whitetails Hunters Night Out on March 16, with social hour beginning at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30, at the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St.
The event will feature a two-meat buffet provided by the Genetti.
Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a wide array of auction items and prizes such as firearms, trips for exotic hunts, fishing trips, limited artwork, one-of-a-kind items, local goods and autographed merchandise.
"Funds raised (50 percent) will stay in the local area to promote the tradition of conservation, hunting and habitat," said John Hunter, field director with Whitetails Unlimited.
Money raised at previous events has helped fund archery programs in local schools, youth programs and habitat improvement equipment.
Hunter said it's a great chance to win some prizes and help the local area.
"The local chapter was started last year by a couple of individuals who wanted to support the youth archery in the schools program," Hunter said. "I was born and raised in the area before moving away, so it provides me a chance to give back to the community."
Whitetails Unlimited is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1982.
"Our mission is to raise funds in support of education, habitat enhancement and acquisition, and the preservation of the hunting tradition for the benefit of the white-tailed deer and other wildlife," Hunter said.
Tickets will be sold only in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. The event is limited to 225 attendees.
March 11 is the last day to order tickets.
For more information, call Dave "Huffy" Huffman at 772-0312 evenings or WTU national headquarters at 800-274-5471 or visit the organization's website at www.whitetailsunlimited.com.