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2009 National Convention Auction Items


2009 DU National Convention Auction Items

10 Year Pin Collection / 2000 - 2009 – To start this year's auction you have an opportunity to own a ten-year collection of convention pins with no trading or stepping into the hospitality room. Imagine the man-hours that went into this one!

Donated by Carroll and Ruth Dolson of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rollie Stick – Here is one more opportunity to own an authentic Rollie Stick handcrafted by Papa Duck himself. Rollie's perennial pilgrimage to DU's Annual Conventions was always highlighted by the generous gift of his “sticks” to DU's leadership and his ever-present Razorback chant. Soueee Pig! This particular Rollie Stick was donated to the Governor of Delaware several years ago and upon Rollie's passing was given to DU for use tonight.

DU 50th Anniversary Gun of the Year – Own a piece of DU history; the 50th anniversary Browning A-5 12-gauge. This American classic was selected for use as DU's “dinner gun” in 1987. This gun is in mint condition and has never been fired.

Donated by Mary Kinderman of Bird Island, Oklahoma in memory of her husband Bill.

Nilo Farms Hunt for Two & Filson Luggage – You and a guest are invited on a two day hunt at Winchester 's private hunting preserve, Nilo Farms in Brighton, IL. Fill your limit of mallards, pheasant and chukar while hunting with some of the best trained dogs in the country. You are also invited to bust as many clay targets as you can stand during your stay! In addition to Nilo's legendary hunting, you will also be treated to a traditional sportsman's lunch each day by Nilo cooks.

This trip includes licenses, shooting fees, ammunition, lodging and the use of loaner firearms if desired. This hunt must be taken during the 2010 season and dates will be determined by Winchester. 

In addition, tonight's winning bidder will also take home a set of Filson luggage. The extra large wheeled duffle and small duffle bag are a must for the sporting traveler. You might as well have the best!

Donated by Winchester and Filson.

Les Kouba Original Art – This handsome original canvas is by internationally known wildlife artist, Les Kouba. Kouba was featured as the 1976 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year and his artwork has raised over 2 million dollars for the ducks. Bills Visit Long Point showcases a flock of bluebills in the sights of hunters in the blind. Image size is 35 ½" x 23 ½".

Framing donated by Jerry Brocato with The Sporting World

Mexico Dove & Duck Hunt for Two – Travel to Ciudad Obregon for three days (four nights) of premier duck and dove hunting on Mexico 's western coast. Your destination is Wingshooters Lodge, host of four DUTV show episodes and featured twice in the DU magazine.

Wingshooters Lodge is located in the 700,000-acre Yaqui Valley at the heart of some of Mexico 's richest farming country. Vast fields of corn, sorghum and sesame, plus water holes create a natural habitat for big white wing and flight after flight of mourning dove. Wingshooters also has exclusive rights to a 20-mile stretch of the Bahia del Tobari, an estuary where you'll be amazed at absolutely some of the best duck hunting in the world.

This trip includes:

• 3 duck hunts and 3 dove hunts (6 total hunts)

• Guides for all hunts plus personal bird retrievers on dove hunts

• Lodging and meals

• Transfers to hunting areas

• Loaner guns (if desired)

• Gun cleaning after each hunt

• Cleaning, packing and freezing of all birds

Not included are airfare, airport transfer to and from lodge, alcoholic beverages, shells, licenses, and gun permits. This trip is for the 2009-2010 hunting season.

Donated by Wingshooters Lodge.

John E. Walker Tribute Bronze – Entitled Sunrise at Johnny's, this beautiful bronze by
Texas sculptor Ronnie Wells honors our late past President from the great state of Texas. Limited to an edition of only ten pieces, this is Number 5 in the series. One will be auctioned at each successive national convention auction through 2014, at which time the edition of ten will be fully sold out to a very select group of Johnny's friends and fellow conservationists. There are also two artist's proofs. The first was presented to past First Lady of DU, Mrs. Susan Benson. The second is permanently and proudly on display at Ducks Unlimited's National Headquarters, beneath a special plaque upon which will be engraved the names of each successive buyer of the ten limited edition pieces. The title is engraved on the polished half-circle, which represents the rising sun, and the Hunter's Prayer, written by Wells, is engraved on the black granite base, atop the custom walnut foundation.

Donated by Ronnie and Patricia Wells.

Ladies Duck Head Necklace & Diamond Bracelet – Gentlemen, treat the lady in your life to something special! Be sure to bid on this stunning set of jewelry. This slender, feminine 18kt white gold bracelet contains 24 individual sparkling diamonds that total 1.12 carats. And it is a perfect complement to the one-of-a-kind Mother of Pearl Duck Head Pendant in 18kt white gold outlined with ten black diamonds hanging from a sparkling 14kt white gold diamond-cut rope chain.

Montana Waterfowl and Fun Weekend hosted by Marc & Sherrie Pierce – This wonderful weekend has been arranged for 2 people – either 2 hunters or a couple. The time of year is to be determined based upon buyer's selection of hunting/fishing choices.

The trip includes:

• Airfare*

• 2 of 3 options: duck hunting, pheasant hunting, or fly-fishing

• 3 days of activities of your choice

• Four nights lodging accommodations at the Pierces

• Meals, beer, wine

• Ammo & equipment

• Vehicle to drive

• Sculptures from Big Sky Carvers

Buyer is responsible for cost of licenses.

Donated by Marc and Sherrie Pierce.

Remington Premier Competition STS – Developed using input from professional shooters worldwide, this 12-gauge is quickly making its way to the top of the competitive scene. Superbly balanced with a sleek, low-profile receiver and built rock-solid, it's a serious competitor's dream.

Every facet is optimized to excel in high-speed, high-volume shooting sports arenas. The barrels are overbored (0.735") with lengthened forcing cones to enhance pattern consistency and lessen felt recoil. A coin-nickel-plated receiver makes for ultra-smooth operation and long-term protection from heat and wear. A set of five ProBore™ choke tubes with knurled extensions helps you quickly adapt to changing conditions and courses.

For added comfort, there's a right-hand palm swell, and the lustrous satin wood finish is complemented by a gold trigger and engraved receiver. Other features include a target-Schnabeled fore-end and premium hard case.

This unique piece has the DU logo engraved on the stock and comes with 28" barrels.

Donated by Remington Outdoor Foundation.

2009 DU Golfers Package – Wow, this really is three items in one! This package starts out with a full set of limited edition Ducks Unlimited Ping clubs and bag, including 3 through 9 irons, a four wedge set, 3 wood and driver. Placed in a DU golf bag, these are sure to bring your handicap down at least 5 strokes, and make you the envy of all your golfing friends.

Also included in this package is Big Sky Carver's golfer's Den Package from their Fairways Traditions line. These three beautiful pieces will accent your home with the class and style that all Big Sky items bring. Included is a coffee table, end table, and hallway mirror.

Completing this exceptional offering is a round for 2 foursomes (8 people) at Sanctuary, one of the most exquisite courses in America. Voted the Best New Private Golf Course in 1997 by Golf Digest and constantly considered one of the best of the Top 100 courses in the US, Sanctuary is a pristine, breathtaking and exclusive course and clubhouse nestled carefully in a fragile and beautiful mountain ecosystem just south of Denver. Designed by renowned course architect Jim Engh, the course protects a private oasis of 220 acres from residential development, effectively complementing 12,400 surrounding acres of dedicated open space. The course's irrigated area comprises 85 acres. There are 24 acres of fairways, and 164,665 square feet of greens, both covered with bentgrass. Evidence of Sanctuary's elk population is often visible – reminders that this was their home first, and we are simply guests. Gary McCord, CBS Golf Analyst and Senior PGA Tour Professional, described Sanctuary as, “Simply the most spectacular golf course I have ever seen.”

Donated by Dave Liniger, Sanctuary and Big Sky Carvers.

Scot Storm Original Art – We are proud to offer a fantastic piece of original art created by Ducks Unlimited's 2005 International Artist of the Year, Scot Storm. On a String features Mason premier decoys with setting canvasbacks. In addition to his ‘05 Artist of the Year achievement, Storm has a list of accolades on his resume, including winning the ‘04 Federal duck stamp, ‘04 Minnesota duck stamp, ‘04 Oklahoma duck stamp, ‘06 Arkansas duck stamp, ‘08 North Carolina stamp, and ‘09 Minnesota & Texas duck stamps. On a String image size is 20" x 40".

Donated by Scot Storm.

Vail Snow Skiing Trip for Two – Vail, Colorado has gone from humble beginnings to become one of the leading ski destinations in the world. With 5,200 acres of amazing mountain terrain and the surrounding villages of Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead, East Vail and Avon, Vail is truly the epicenter of Colorado snow skiing. This trip for two includes four days skiing and three nights lodging at the beautiful Lodge at Vail, lift tickets, ski rentals and transportation to and from the Eagle Vail airport.

Donated by Budweiser.


Champion Gun Safe with Two Mystery Guns – We'll tell you all about the safe... but the two guns inside will remain a mystery until it's sold! Ducks Unlimited has joined forces with Champion Safe to create a special edition DU safe to protect what you treasure. A 12 gauge outer shell and 1 inch thick door edge can protect up to 24 guns in a Velour interior. It has a LaGard e-lock and Phoenix fire rating.

Other features:

• 31" wide x 60½" tall x 25½" deep

• 26 cubic feet

• 725 lbs.

• 14 – 1" active bolts

• Up to 2" thick body

• 5-spoke handle

• 1,500°F/1-hour fire rating

• High gloss Forest Green finish

Donated by Champion Safe.

Brickyard 400 Package – The bidding is still open until the checkered flag drops, so be sure not to miss this fabulous package. Four (4) people will enjoy suite tickets across from pit row for the qualifying Busch Race on Saturday evening, July 25, 2009 as well as the Allstate Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 26, 2009. This package includes 2 hotel rooms for 3 nights at the Sheraton Keystone Crossing, transportation to and from the race, lunch Saturday in the suite and dinner Sunday at the hotel. Airfare and transportation to and from Indianapolis is not provided.

Donated by Dow AgroSciences, with support from John and Judy Tomke.


Arkansas Duck Hunt for Three – If you are going to hunt mallards, one place stands out above all others: Stuttgart, Arkansas. This is your chance to hunt in the heart of mallard country at 5 Oaks Lodge, a premier club on the Arkansas Grand Prairie. Since 1983, 5 Oaks has delivered the duck hunting experience and southern comfort amenities to please the most discerning sportsman. Located in the Mississippi flyway and nestled at the northeast corner of the world famous Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area, 5 Oaks Lodge is at the center of duck hunting in America. You will hunt from blinds located in over 10,000 acres of privately owned flooded timber and rice fields.

This trip for three includes:

• Airfare to Little Rock or Memphis *

• Two nights lodging and meals at 5 Oaks Lodge

• Guides

• All licenses, stamps and shells

Not included is ground transfer to lodge from airport.

Donated by 5 Oaks Lodge and George Dunklin, Jr.

Budweiser Edition Browning Citori 28-gauge – This elegant gun features deep relief engravings with gold highlights of flushing pheasants and flying ducks.  The “Budweiser Partners in Conservation” logo accentuates both sides on a silver nitrate finish with the Budweiser Eagle highlighted on the bottom of the receiver in gold.

Donated by Budweiser.

Argentina Duck Hunt for Four – Migrate south to Buenos Aries for four days of duck hunting at The Jacana, a signature property in the David Denies collection of lodges. Your group will be treated to some of the finest waterfowl hunting and accommodations in the southern hemisphere while being taken care of by professional huntsmen and lodge staff.
David Denies is the premier waterfowl and upland hunting outfitter in South America.

This trip of a lifetime includes:

• Four nights lodging

• Seven total hunts

• All field guides, meals, rooming, transfers to and from the fields, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Not included are airfare, ground transfer to lodge, licenses (approx. $100 per person), gun rental and shells and tips. Trip dates are on a first come, first served basis for the 2009-2010 seasons.

Donated by David Denies Wingshooting.

2009 Ducks Unlimited Special Edition Yamaha Rhino 700 – The 2009 Ducks Unlimited Special Edition Rhino 700 Automatic 4x4 sets the standard for Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles with the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, industry-exclusive Ultramatic® transmission and fully independent four-wheel suspension.

Features Include:

• Comfortable interior with automotive-type controls: steering wheel, left-side foot brake pedal/right-side foot accelerator pedal, center-mounted console shifter and parking brake lever, turn-to-start ignition switch, indicator lights and 12-volt accessory outlet.

• Decorated in Realtree All Purpose Green camouflage and comes complete with black over fenders and sun top.

• 686cc liquid-/oil-cooled, four-stroke engine and light weight add up to an excellent power-to-weight ratio and great performance.

• Industry-exclusive fully automatic Ultramatic® transmission with dual-range (Hi/Lo) drive and reverse is the most advanced drive system available. Maintaining constant belt tension reduces wear, gives great throttle response and provides industry-exclusive all-wheel downhill engine braking.

• Industry-exclusive three-position On-Command® In/Out 4WD feature lets you switch between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD and fully locked differential 4WD—all with the simple push of a button.

• Fully independent four-wheel suspension: double wishbones front and rear deliver 7.3 inches of wheel travel and 12.1 inches of ground clearance; five-way preload-adjustable shocks provide maximum tire contact and amazing comfort while navigating rough terrain.

The toughest SxS on the market, the Rhino also includes a comfortable interior, automotive-type controls and thick bucket seats for the smoothest and most dependable ride. This vehicle is designed, engineered and assembled in the USA.

Donated by Yamaha.

Ducks Unlimited Presidents' Hunts – Again this year, two people will have the unique opportunity to experience waterfowl hunting throughout North America with the three Ducks Unlimited Presidents.

This trip begins with 2 days of hunting in the prairies of Alberta during the early fall with DU Canada President Jack Hole who has graciously agreed to host his guests at his Alberta duck camp. Later in the season, you will have the opportunity to hunt wintering waterfowl for 2 days in the ACE Basin of South Carolina with DU President John Pope and DU Major Sponsor Mike McShane. Both guests will be hosted at either the Nemours Plantation or another plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Finally, to wind-up this across-the-continent experience, they will have the opportunity to hunt waterfowl for 2 days south of the border in Mexico with DUMAC President John Tomke.

This all-inclusive package includes: 

• 2 days of hunting in the prairies of Alberta

• 2 days in the ACE Basin of South Carolina

• 2 days south of the border in Mexico

• Lodging, food, airfare and airport transfer to all three hunt locations*

Truly a once in a lifetime experience! The lucky winners, however, will need to purchase their hunting license for each hunt.

Beretta Firearms – Beretta White Onyx, Over/Under Shotgun 20 & 28-Gauge Matched Pair.  Beretta's most versatile shotgun line, this set of 20 & 28-gauge over/under shotguns feature 28" barrels. The stock and forearm is made of European walnut in semi-gloss finish with classic checkering and a black recoil pad. The metal receiver is satin nickel accented with Beretta's Dura-Jewel finish. Custom 24K engraving of the Ducks Unlimited logo on the bottom of the receiver and gold-filled flying mallards on left and right sides makes this a very special set.  Each gun comes with a hard plastic take down case, three choke tubes (I/C, M, F), and trigger lock.  

Chesapeake Bay “Body Booting” Duck Hunt for Four & Decoys – Join legendary decoy carver and Chesapeake Bay waterfowl guide Charles Jobes for two days of “body booting” on the Susquehanna Flats outside of Havre de Grace, Maryland. Body booting is a hunting method in which the hunters don dry suits and hide amongst the decoys for an “in your face” experience like no other!

In addition, the purchaser of this trip will also take home a beautiful set of hand carved working decoys that include a dozen mallards, two black ducks and two Canada geese.

This two day trip for four includes lodging.

Donated by Charles and Patty Jobes.

Uruguay Duck, Dove and Perdiz Hunt for Four – Travel to beautiful Paysandú, Uruguay to experience the regal triad of South American wingshooting at the San Juan Lodge, a part of the David Denies Wingshooting collection.

Hunting and shooting at San Juan offers a variety of game that makes Uruguay a very unique destination, where hunters can enjoy the pursuit of the upland mixed bag in the same day, each and every day. Each morning, you will hunt wild partridge or perdiz in short grass pastures, and over pointers and English setters, or ducks and big wild pigeons by decoying in lagoons and ponds nearby. In the afternoons, volume dove shooting is on the shooting schedule, and normally doves are encountered, in large numbers, on a flyway en route to a roost or at a big roost that is very close to the Lodge.

This unique trip includes:

• Four nights lodging

• Seven total hunts

• All field guides, meals, rooming, transfers to and from the fields, beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)

Not included are airfare, ground transfer to lodge, licenses (approx. $100 per person), gun rental and shells and tips. Trip dates are on a first come, first served basis for the 2009-2010 seasons.

Donated by David Denies Wingshooting.

Princess Diamond Bracelet – designed with your Princess in mind! Take a long, hard look at this absolutely breathtaking piece of jewelry and imagine it on the wrist of the one you love before making your bid! This dazzling 18kt white gold bracelet has 2.47 carats of square-cut diamonds.

Peter Mathios Original Art – We are proud to offer a wonderful piece of art created by Ducks Unlimited's 2009 International Artist of the Year, Mr. Peter Mathios. Daybreak - Widgeon is a waterfowler's dream; a flock of baldpates committed in the morning mist. For the artist, the coolness of this scene brings back hunting memories of breaking ice so these birds will have open water to land. Image size is 18" X 24".

Donated by Peter Mathios.

Jack Daniels Private Reserve – Here's one for the bourbon lovers in the crowd; four signed bottles of Jack Daniels from the private collection of Jimmy Bedford, former Master Distiller of Jack Daniel's Distillery. Mr. Bedford is one of only six Master Distillers who served at Jack Daniel's Distillery since Jack Daniel registered his distillery back in 1866. Take home a piece of American history to enjoy with your closest friends.

Donated by Jimmy Bedford.

DU American Flag – This will prove to be one of the most memorable pieces ever sold in a Ducks Unlimited auction. This flag was recently donated to Ducks Unlimited from the 101st Airborne “Band of Brothers” battalion. This flag flew over Fob Sharana, Afghanistan and has been placed in a shadow box with documentation reflecting Ducks Unlimited's support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Donated by LTC Anthony DeMartino and the 101st Airborne Division.

* Please Note: Once airfare is purchased, any change and/or upgrade charges become the responsibility of the traveler.


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