Below are items that will be on auction at the Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited chapter's First Annual Great Swamp Shoot on September 28, 2013, in Dover Plains, New York. Click here
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Quaker Valley Farm Duck Hunt for Two, Pawling, NY
Win a truly remarkable duck hunt for two on private property within the Great Swamp in Pawling, New York. This premier offering includes dinner and lodging the evening before in a guesthouse on Quaker Valley Farm, which is a 90-minute drive from Mid-town Manhattan.
Bidders must have a NYS Hunting License/Small Game, a Federal Duck Stamp and a HIP written on the Duck Stamp. Schedule any time during the legal duck season providing it does not interfere with family and guests. Expires 2013.
Donated by Quaker Valley Farm
Donated by Beretta
Raptor Hunting with James Eyring
Accompany Master Falconer Jim Eyring on a two-hour live hunt with his birds of prey. Learn about the natural history of falconry, native raptors, habits and adaptations of these remarkable birds that depend on the conservation of open space for their survival.
For two, at mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by James Eyring
"Fly Fishing in the Adirondacks," Landscape Painting by George van Hook
Own this moment in time on the Saranac River. Painting from life, George van Hook took as a model a fly fisherman in this scenic location just below Franklin Falls Lake. Van Hook recently won First Place in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition held June 5-9 in Canandaigua, NY. Oil on Linen. Approximately 20x24" as framed, approximately 26x30".
Donated by the Artist
Day of Sport at Tamarack Preserve, Millbrook, NY
The day of sport at Tamarack will begin with a clays warm-up on the five stand. For the walkup hunt, you will be provided with a guide and dog. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the clubhouse.
Ammunition is included. Please call Tamarack for scheduling during the 2013-2014 season.
Donated By Tim Bontecou
South Africa Photo Safari for Two
Take an exciting, intriguing, breath-takingly beautiful trip though the Zulu Nyala Game Preserve in South Africa. You will enjoy two Game-viewing activities per day in the preserve, the filming location of "I Dreamed of Africa," starring Kim Basinger. This Photo Safari Package includes three meals per day, prepared by the finest international chefs - with an African flavor, of course.
Trip is for two people for 6 days and 6 nights in luxury accommodations. Does not include airfare, transfers, side trips, personal beverages or phone calls. It is valid for two years from the date of the event and can be booked any period of the year. Nontransferable and nonrefundable.
Donated by Trevor Shaw, Zulu Nyala Game Lodge
Tour the Wingdale Mountain Granite Mine – from the inside!
Put on your hardhat as you and three adventuresome friends prepare to travel underground in a van to see how granite is mined from the inside by "stoping," a process of extracting the ore and leaving behind an open space known as a stope.
Peckham Industries operates 15 large pieces of equipment specially designed for underground excavation. The primary equipment, double boom drills, low profile loaders and excavators are built only in Europe and Australia; they are big and they are expensive. Peckham is developing the mine very similar to the way the sandhogs in New York City build water tunnels underneath the city. They mine horizontally for the most part, but do have "levels" of mined area. Most New York granite mines are aboveground, but Peckham Industries' Wingdale mine in Dutchess County is underground, and supplies crushed granite for roads and other construction needs. In 2007, the company finished moving its rock crushers belowground; this decreased the mine's noise and visual impacts, and increased aboveground storage space for materials. In 2009, there were 23 granite mines operating mostly in the Adirondack and Taconic regions. Washington County, with 9 mines, has the highest concentration of this type of mine in New York State. Some of the large granite mines in New York State also produce crushed stone for construction use. The number of permitted granite mines in the State has more than doubled since 2003. Some of this growth occurred as sand and gravel mine operators decided to dig deeper and switch to mining the granite bedrock underneath. Since 2003, former sand and gravel mines in four Adirondack counties, and two mines in Dutchess County have started producing granite.
- NYS DEC, Division of Mineral Resources. 2009 Fact Sheets, Products of New York State Mines
"Remember, if it can't be grown, it has to be mined"
Group of four, mutually convenient time, expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Peckham Industries
Value: You decide.
Shooting Lesson with Anthony Matarese at Dover Furnace, Dover Plains, NY
Break more clays or bad habits under the expert guidance of world medalist Anthony Matarese. By the time Anthony was six years old he had a shotgun in his hand, and at age 10 he started shooting competitive sporting clays. His list of accomplishments is long, impressive and still growing. Recognized as one of the top competitors in the U.S. and the world, Anthony has earned his way onto 16 All-American teams in 18 years of competing. Anthony began teaching at the young age of 14 and many of his students have gone on to have great success at the national and international level. Anthony teaches all experience levels from beginners to world-class shooters.
For two, at Dover Furnace, Dover Plains, NY, at a mutually agreeable time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Fly Fishing for Sea-run Cutthroat and Salmon in Puget Sound, WA
You will spend a day with a Master Fly Casting Instructor who built his first rod for Sage at the age of 16. Jimmy Lemert is one of 150 Federation of Fly Fisher-certified instructors in the US and owns the oldest fly shop in the Pacific Northwest. Jimmy has won the Champion Distance award at the Northwest Fly Casting Exposition twice, and has been Champion Angler four times in the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. He has led fly fishing groups from Baja to Belize, and currently fishes year-round in Puget Sound.
For two, at a mutually convenient time. Airfare not included. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Jimmy Lemert
Equestrian Eventing Lesson with Olympic Medalist Kerry Millikin
Ride your horse under the trained eye of Kerry Millikin, an outstanding equestrian competitor who attained international success as a member of the United States Equestrian Three-Day Eventing Team. Winning medals at the World Championships, Pan American Games, Badminton and Rolex, Millikin's career culminated in her joining the elite fraternity of a winner of an individual Olympic medal as a member of the United States Olympic Team.
One hour lesson for one horse and rider at a mutually convenient time and location. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Kerry Millikin
Orvis Access Fly Rod & Reel
Orvis Access fly rod 5wt., 8.5 ft., 2 piece, mid-flex & Access Mid-Arbor III Reel combo.
Package Donated by Orvis Sandanona
Donated by Remington
Private Tour of the USS Growler submarine with James B. Lebenthal, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Submarine Service
Imagine what life was like for the crew of this compact and efficient vessel as you walk through the USS Growler with Pawling resident and Submariner Jimmy Lebenthal. Hear first hand about the logistics – human and mechanical – of running and living on a submarine; learn about the technological advancements that produced the nuclear powered submarines we have today, and how they differ from the diesel powered subs like the Growler which was launched in 1958. But in the end, close quarters are close quarters.
Meet at the Intrepid Museum in NYC at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by James B. Lebenthal
Value: You decide.
Round of Golf for Four, Bull's Bridge Golf Club, Litchfield County, CT
Play 18 holes on this exclusive Tom Fazio designed course nestled in northwestern Connecticut's scenic Litchfield County. Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent purposefully meanders throughout the wooded property making virtually every hole an experience unto itself. With land conservation easements restricting residential activity, the views throughout the course will remain forever pristine. The property's rugged elevation changes are effectively incorporated into the layout, sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. The sweeping fairways, a Fazio trademark, are often framed by distinctively sculptured white sand bunkers. Wonderful New England style stone walls weave throughout the course creating charm and challenge. Of all the course's unique characteristics, the greens are quite possibly the most outstanding feature, gaining notoriety as some of the finest in the state.
Donated by Bryan McCoy
Private Shooting Lesson with an Orvis Professional Instructor
For two, at Orvis Sandanona. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Orvis Sandanona, Millbrook, NY
Peter Corbin Print
Unframed pencil drawing of Sandanona.
Donated by Orvis Sandanona
Gun Dog Training Session with Jennifer Broome, Quinebaug Kennels
AKC Field Trial and Hunt Test Competitor Jennifer Broome will work with you, a companion and your dogs - any breed of pointing, flushing or retrieving dog - to problem solve or to prepare for the opening of hunting season. Quinebaug Kennels, LLC was founded by Jennifer in 2001. Her experience extends from years of training and teaching. She is highly professional, a published author, and an expert in raising and training dogs. An avid outdoors woman and successful hunter, Jennifer simply loves spending time in the field with dogs. Clients travel from all over New England seeking Jennifer's advice and coaching as a prominent gun dog trainer. Her other passions include her artwork, fishing, shooting, and horse riding. Jennifer actively competes with her pointer and retrievers in AKC Field Trials and Hunting Tests
For two handlers and two dogs in Millbrook, NY, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Jennifer Broome
Breakfast for Two with Elizabeth J. McCormack, Philanthropic Advisor and Trail Blazer
Learn about the principles of giving wisely, or listen to a riveting first-hand account of facing a student takeover of a college as its President in the 60's. Wherever the conversation leads, you will come away much the wiser after talking to this 92 year old who still travels internationally for work. Two years ago, her biography was published: "No Ordinary Life." Indeed, to say the least. Elizabeth J. McCormack formerly directed the Rockefeller Philanthropy office and remains a philanthropic advisor to members of the Rockefeller family. She was President of Manhattanville College in New York from 1966 to 1974 and during her tenure took it from an elite Catholic women's institution to a nondenominational, coeducational institution. Ms. McCormack is currently the Chair of the Partnership for Palliative Care. She has chaired the Asian Cultural Council since 1992 and been a Trustee since 1980. Ms. McCormack currently serves on the boards of the Population Council, The Juilliard School, the Trust for Mutual Understanding and Hamilton College. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Century Association. Ms. McCormack was former vice chair of the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; a director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and a trustee of Cambridge, Spellman and Marlboro Colleges. A member of the Society of the Sacred Heart for nearly thirty years, Ms. McCormack is a graduate of Manhattanville College and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University.
Two autographed copies of "No Ordinary Life" included. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Elizabeth McCormack
Value: You decide.
Case of Hooch from Millbrook Distillery
Be the first of your friends to own a case of artisanal Bourbon Whiskey produced by Millbrook Distillery, the newest entrant in the "farm to glass" agribusiness in Dutchess County. Your case will be released when NYS gives this neighborly spirit the green light. Millbrook Distillery's Dutchess Private Reserve takes its name from the historic Hudson Valley of New York. It is hand crafted in small batches using only the finest ingredients including fresh spring water from Rolling Hills Farm in Dutchess County. This process gives it a distinct taste with notes of oak, vanilla and carmel and a crisp, clean finish. Aged for a minimum of two years and cut to 90 proof, Dutchess Private Reserve is smooth and accessible with a bit of an edge to remind you it is straight bourbon whiskey. "Come celebrate America's Native Spirit with us!"
Transfer of goods at a mutually agreeable time and location.
Donated by P.J. Coughlin
Round of Sporting Clays for Two with Griffin & Howe
Donated by Griffin & Howe
Conversation with Nelson Bryant, our Generation's Preeminent Outdoorsman and Writer
Spend an hour or two with one of the country's most treasured and influential outdoors writers of our time. Be welcomed at his home in Martha's Vineyard – your visit promises to become one of the more remarkable experiences in your life. For more than thirty years, Nelson Bryant narrated his hunting and fishing experiences, mostly in New England, while setting the scene with his exquisitely beautiful descriptions and thoughtful observations of the natural world around him. Bryant's column in the New York Times, simply titled "Outdoors," was legendary. Through his writings, he took us with him into his woods and out onto his waters, on various adventures and through the changing seasons.
For two, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Nelson Bryant
Value: You decide.
Tour the highly anticipated 2014 exhibit at the Costume Institute with Curator in Charge Harold Koda
Be a part of next year's show today: invite three friends to join you on a guided tour of the 2014 exhibit with Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton create one or more special exhibitions each year. Recent thematic exhibitions have included Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years – Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (2001), guest curated by Hamish Bowles; Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed (2002), the debut exhibition of Harold Koda as Curator in Charge; Goddess (2003); Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century (2004); AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion (2006); Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2008); The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion (2009); American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (2010); Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012), and Punk: Chaos to Couture (2013). Koda is the author of 19 books including "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed."
Tour for four includes copies of the exhibit publication. Tour will be scheduled for a mutually convenient time during exhibit hours, from May-August 2014.
Donated by Harold Koda
Value: You decide.
Fly Fishing on Wappingers Creek
Enjoy catch and release trout fishing on the scenic Wappingers Creek with Don Jiskra, Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited Boardmember. Flies are included; Wader & Rod Rentals courtesy of Angler's Den, Pawling, NY.
Half-day for two at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Don Jiskra
Tour the Egyptian Collection and Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Witness the inner workings of one of the leading art conservation departments in the world. You and three friends will join Egyptian Art Conservator Ann Heywood for a tour of the Egyptian collection from a conservator's point of view, including the Tomb of Perneb, the elaborate mummies of Meir, the gold jewelry of the Three Princesses, the ceremonial burial equipment of Tutankhamun and much more. Following that, you will take a unique behind-the-scenes look at the Objects Conservation Department where you will see conservators at work on pieces from various departments. Art Conservators at the Metropolitan Museum are responsible for the preservation, restoration, and scientific study of materials and techniques of art in the Museum's collections. As part of one of the most advanced conservation departments in the world, the Conservators work with equipment and materials that one would find in chemistry and forensics labs, radiology operations and art studios.
Maximum 4 people, 1.5 hours, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Ann Heywood
Value: You decide.
Fly Fishing for Brookies and Browns in Mill Creek on Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple, Dover Plains, NY
Want to get in on a secret? Guide Craig Castioni will introduce you to a private stream he considers to be the cleanest and most under-fished trout stream in Dutchess County.
Half day of catch and release for two at a mutually convenient time. BYO Equipment. Expires September 28, 2014.
For a glimpse of Mill Creek, http://crownmaple.com/crown-maple-farm/robbs-story
Donated by Craig Castioni
Round of Golf at the Sakonnet Golf Club, Little Compton, RI
Enjoy the breathtaking view of Aquidneck Island across the Sakonnet River as you putt out on the first green and contemplate a hole in one on the upcoming Par Three. Located in Little Compton, Rhode Island, the private Sakonnet Golf Club features an 18-hole regulation golf course that hugs the coastline and features open views of the Atlantic Ocean.
A round for four, carts included.
Donated by Stancy DuHamel
Guided Section Hike the on the Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY: Cat Rocks to the AT Boardwalk over the Great Swamp
You will start your morning's hike at the Dover Oak, the oldest tree on the AT. After a short, challenging hike west you will be rewarded by the scenic view from Cat Rocks, a ledge overlooking a valley defined to the east by to Corbin Hill, along which "Wright and Beth Dykeman's eagles" soar on the early morning thermals. Return to the Dover Oak to hike eastward through the rolling hills and farmland until you are standing on the Corbin Hill ridge. From here, take a gentle footpath down through the forested uplands until you reach the Swamp River. You will step out onto the AT Boardwalk, the only place to cross above the waters of the Great Swamp on foot. Your guide is Ron Rosen, former Chair of the Dutchess-Putnam Management Council of the A.T. and an A.T. volunteer for over 30 years. He is now the NYNJTC Delegate to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
For a group of four in good physical condition. Park at Native Landscapes, 991 Route 22, Pawling, NY, and transportation will be arranged to Dover Oak. NL is home base for the newly formed Harlem Valley AT Community of Dover & Pawling. Mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Ron Rosen
Value of guided hike: You decide.
Appalachian Trail Walking Sticks donated by Gregory "Cowboy" Monacelli, Design Media Concepts Inc.
Womanswork Gift Basket and Landscape Consultation with Dorian Winslow, Pawling, NY
Womanswork is celebrating 28 years as a woman-owned business, based in Pawling, NY. Their gloves and other products are known around the world for quality and style. This Gift Basket includes an assortment of Womanswork products hand-picked by owner Dorian Winslow; Thorn stopping leather gauntlet gloves and "Digger" synthetic work gloves for women for women (Size Med.); Multi Task synthetic work gloves for men (Size Large); Tube of Arnica Muscle Rub from Womanswork Spa; Set of zinc Plant Labels and Plant Snips; Kidswork gloves (Size Large).
This package includes a focused half-hour phone consultation to address a landscape design problem. To get the most out of it, please send photos and questions in advance. Gloves can be exchanged for different sizes. Consult expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Dorian Winslow
Photography Lesson at Buttercup Sanctuary with Audubon's Larry Federman
Bring your camera and improve your plein air techniques with Larry Federman, outstanding wildlife photographer and Education Coordinator for three upstate New York Audubon preserves, including Buttercup Sanctuary. Observe, focus and "capture" the wildlife in Buttercup, a 500-acre preserve in the northeast corner of Dutchess County, just south of Pine Plains, NY. Buttercup is an area of diverse habitats with rolling, open grasslands, second growth and more mature woodlands, a former orchard and marshy, flooded woodland. There are six miles of trails throughout the sanctuary. Over 80 species of birds are possible on a good day in May. Of special interest are nesting Great Blue Herons and Wood Ducks.
Outing for two, two hours, mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Larry Federman
Birding in Dutchess County with Alan Peterson
Curious about who is migrating through or stopping to nest in your woods, fields and streams? Invite Alan Peterson, Waterman Bird Club Education Chair and 18-Year Participant in the World Series of Birding, to join you in a location of your choice in Dutchess County – your own backyard perhaps – for two hours of observation.
Maximum four people, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Alan Peterson
Sporting Clays for Two with the CT Travelers Sporting Clays Association
Accept an invitation from the CT Travelers to join them for a round of sporting clays at one of the many private shooting preserves to which they have access. Meet other shooting enthusiasts out on the course and over lunch. The seeds for the Connecticut Travelers Sporting Clays Association were sown in June of 1987, when Al Anglace and six fellow shotgun enthusiasts shot a round of Sporting Clays at Sandanona. They had such a great time that it became a monthly event and blossomed into the CT Travellers.
Two rounds for two, BYO Ammo. Lunch included.
Donated by Dean Anglace
Eco-Tour of the Great Swamp with Scientist and Environmentalist James Utter
Leave civilization behind as your boat leaves the shore and you explore the magic of the Great Swamp, New York State's third largest freshwater wetlands right here in the Harlem Valley. Your guide through this alternate universe is Jim Utter, Chair of Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) and Associate Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies and Biology. Dr. Utter is a specialist in wetlands habitat and whose focus is the conservation of the Great Swamp, a 20-mile wetlands that runs from Dover Plains down to Brewster in Putnam County.
Tour accommodates four at a mutually convenient time. Canoes provided, or bring your new kayak with you. Plan on three to four hours. Expires September 28, 2014.
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Donated by Jim Utter
Value of guided tour: You decide
Tour for Two of "Audubon's Aviary: Part II of the Complete Flock," with Curator Roberta Olson, New York Historical Society
Take a curator-led tour of Part II of a sweeping three-part exhibition to showcase every masterpiece from this unparalleled collection of John James Audubon's preparatory watercolor models for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827–38). Curator Roberta Olson celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the New-York Historical Society's purchase of the Audubon avian watercolors with this astonishing exhibit, Audubon's Aviary: The Complete Flock (Parts I–III.) The exhibit features all 474 stunning avian watercolors by Audubon in the collection, alongside engaging state-of-the-art media installations that provide a deeper understanding of the connection between art and nature. Included in this package is a signed copy of "Audubon's Aviary: The Original Watercolors for ‘The Birds of America,'" a lavishly illustrated book published by the NYHS and Skira/Rizzoli, and winner of a 2013 NY Book Show Award.
Please schedule the tour for two at a mutually convenient time, during Museum Hours and for the duration of Part II of this exhibit.
Donated by Roberta Olson.
Value: You decide.
Book donated by Margaret Chace, Associate Publisher, Skira/Rizzoli
Canoe in Constitution Marsh on the Hudson River with this Program's Dedicated Audubon Naturalist Guide
Meander in your canoe through winding channels lined with tall, elegant marsh grasses, searching for hidden wildlife with a dedicated Audubon naturalist. Constitution Marsh's interpretive canoe programs focus on the nearshore environments of the tidal Hudson River, especially the natural history of Constitution Marsh and the surrounding Hudson Highlands. Enjoy the physical activity and beautiful scenery, and learn the secrets of the Sanctuary.
This package accommodates up to 8 people, and canoes & equipment are provided. Guided Canoe trips last approximately 3 hours and are tide dependent. Certificate is valid from April through September 2014, but call as soon as possible to schedule a date.
Donated by Stancy DuHamel
Landscape Design Consultation with Duncan Brine, GardenLarge, Pawling, NY
Invite to your home the creator of one of Forbes' top ten Garden Conservancy gardens in the nation. Duncan Brine is a principal landscape designer at GardenLarge, founded in 1984, and he teaches naturalistic landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wild Flower Society. Just across from the Great Swamp in Pawling, NY, his six acre "Brine Garden" is known for its diverse native plant collection. "The line between art and nature has never seemed so blurred as it is at the Brine Garden. ... It is a vision that is...sympathetic to plants' habits and needs, and uses them to tell the landscape story," wrote Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner in their book, Gardens of the Hudson Valley. Brine's landscape work has been widely published in the New York Times, the Litchfield County Times, and in classic garden books: Designer Plant Combinations, 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, and in a book to be published this fall, Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley. The garden is also in magazines including: Horticulture, Hudson Valley Magazine, and The American Gardener.
Two hour consultation to take place on-site, within one hour of Pawling, at a mutually convenient time. Expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Duncan Brine
Community Table, Washington, CT. Gift Certificate
Enjoy a casual atmosphere at Community Table while they prepare the highest quality locally grown and procured ingredients to serve you a memorable meal.
Donated by Lucia Walsh
Fly Fishing on the East Branch of the Croton
This section of the East Branch Croton River flows 2.4 miles from East Branch Reservoir to the Diverting Reservoir, located in the Putnam County Town of Southeast. Owing to the good growth and survival of stocked trout, and the absence of significant numbers of wild trout, the Department of Environmental Conservation implemented all year season in 1990. Since then it is not unusual to see 10 or more anglers enjoying trout fishing on a warm winter day. The stocking recommendation is for 1170 brown trout and 600 rainbow trout yearlings to be stocked in April. Trout stocked in this stream survive and grow very well under the protection of the DEC fishing Regulations. Wild trout, mostly all browns, although present, are not common.
Season - All year; Minimum length - 14 inches; Daily limit - 1: Method - Artificial lures only.
For one, rental equipment provided; mutually convenient time, expires September 28, 2014.
Donated by Tom Zarecki, Anglers Den, Pawling, NY