Something for everyone at Saturday Rendezvous
Published 3:59 pm Friday, January 20, 2006
There will be something for everyone Saturday at the Hunter's Rendezvous at the Dowagiac Conservation Club.
The ninth annual event will open its doors at noon and run until 6 p.m. at the club located on M-51 North.
The event helps raise money to support the youth programs that the Conservation Club provides.
Among them are hunters' safety and bow safety classes, Youth Fishing Day and Wildlife Encounters, a program that brings live animals into area classrooms for an educational and interactive presentation.
Among the things that outdoor enthusiasts will see on Saturday is a large display of deer, elk and other game harvested from this area - always a popular feature.
Organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever will have informational booths set up with literature about their organization's role in conservation.
Another popular feature will be the scorers from Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, who will be on hand to score trophy bucks, as well as turkey, elk and other game.
Virtual reality hunting equipment will be on display again this year for visitors to use. The Dowagiac Conservation Club recently purchased their own virtual reality equipment, which is state-of-the-art.
There will also be a chance for youngsters to sign up for the Youth Pheasant Hunt at Rolling Hills Shooting Preserve in Marcellus.
Hunters ages 12 to 14 may register for the hunt, along with their hunting mentors. The event, which is free of charge thanks to the Cass County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, is limited to the first 35 youths and 35 mentors.
There will also be a silent auction with items donated by area merchants and conservation organizations.
Admission to the event is free. There will be deer camp chili and hot dogs available for a $4 donation. For more information contact Richard Atkinson, founder and coordinator of the event, 424-5186, or Furmer Reed at 646-9839.
Nearly 1,000 people are expected for the ninth annual event.
So come early and stay for the day. It is certainly worth your time.