Hunters’ appreciation feasta big success, draws crowd

By James Stewart The first-ever Heart of Texas Hunters’ Appreciation dinner was held Saturday night at the Ed Davenport Civic Center, and when it was all said and done, the crowds and participation were beyond event organizers expectations. The event drew visitors from both McCulloch and surrounding counties as well as a number of out-of-town guests visiting hunting leases over the Thanksgiving holiday. When it was all said and done, over $20,000 in prizes were handed out with the top prize of a Kawasaki Mule going to Doug Rickman of Denison. With family ties to the area, Rickman and his son were on hand to claim the prize. Other winners included a list of 18 guns that were raffled off as well as a $3,000 Monster Blind donated by Texas Wildlife Supply. The blind was won by Bob Hoops of Weatherford. A shoulder mount, donated by Damuth Taxidermy, was won by Jason Jacoby and the Ladies’ Basket valued at over $500 was won by Shana Parks. “The event was met with a lot of enthusiastic response,” said Lynn Farris, one of the organizers of the event. “We had hopes of this being successful, but the response from the community and the guests was beyond our expectations. Our biggest problem now is finding a place that actually has enough room.” Room was the biggest issue for the event as the barbecue dinner was planned for 400 people. According to Farris, the caterer stopped selling when they ran out of food following the collection of 496 dinner tickets. Plans are already underway for next year’s event. A complete list of the winners as posted on the KNEL Website is as follows: GUNS 1. Browning A-Bolt M1000 .300 Win. Mag Rifle (value $833.15) Angie King 2. Remington M700 BDL .223 Rifle (value $579.00) Jack Selby 3. Savage M93F .22 Magnum Rifle (value $172.47) ‘A.J.’ ticket 4846 4. Ruger M-77 Hawkeye .270 Rifle (value $516.24) Allen Young 5. Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker .270WSM (value $641.54) Forest Hanson 6. Marlin 1895 guide gun .45/70 Lever Action Rifle (value $423.53) Michael Schaffner 7. Ruger M-77 Varmit Stainless 204 Ruger Rifle (value $570.90) B.D. Moore 8. Browning Gold Camo 12 gauge Semi Auto Shotgun (value $751.16) Mike Sanders 9. Browning A-Bolt Stalker .25-06 rifle (value $515.00) Truman Farris 10. Ruger M-77 Hawkeye .243 Win. Rifle (value $516.24) Mathew Williams 11. Ruger M-77 Hawkeye Stainless Synthetic .22-.250 (value $516.24) Darlene Brown 12. CZ M452 Lux .22 Magnum Rifle (value $330.83) Doug Hemphill 13. Remington M700 BDL 270 Rifle (value $456.99) Cory Sloan 14. Weatherby Vanguard Sub-MOA Stainless .243 (value $655.00) Greg Jacoby 15. Marlin 983 SS 22 Magnum Rifle (value $241.39) Gary Schroeder 16. Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe 210 Win Rifle (value $657.00) Marcus Murray 17. C-Z M527 American .223 Rifle (value $474.95) Bob Kemp 18. Browning Citori Whitelightning 12 guage O/U Shotgun (value $1,232.18) Rex Ewert DOOR PRIZES 1. Remington Automatic Deer Feeder & Timer ‘Jack Andrews (Supplied by Higginbotham’s of Brady) 2. 10 Bags of Deer Corn’Gene Mathews (Supplied by Sure-Fed Feeds) 3. $50 Gift Certificate from Evridge’s Main Store’Darrel McCall 4. 1 Doe Basic (Steak and Hamburger) Processing (Supplied by Brady Co-Op Locker) ‘John Cross 5. Deep Creek Metal Art Piece’Sunny Barra 6. $50 Gift Certificate from Kieth’s Ace Hardware of Brady Gary Schroeder 7. Bushnell Binocular Set’ Larry Sawyer 8. $100 Gas Certificate from Conoco Wes-T- G0’Allen Butler 9. Spot Light from Brady Butane’Curtis Owens 10. $50.00 Gift Certificate from Evridge’s’Bo Stewart 11. 1 Buck Basic (Steak and Hamburger)Process from Brady Co-Op Locker ‘Allen Young 12. Deep Fryer’Nancy Horton 13. Remington Deer Feeder’T. Elliott 14. Daisy Red Rider BB Gun’Steve Black 15. $50 Gift Certificate from Kieth’s Ace Hardware’Robert Gass 16. Gun Master Tool Box’tkt 3025 17. Game Watcher Camera ‘Howard Coulter 18. Browning Knife Set’Kyle Gandy

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