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Chicago DU 75th Anniversary Gala Auction Items

Saturday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m., JW Marriott Grand Ballroom
Below is a listing of some of the great items that will be auctioned during our 75th Anniversary Gala celebrating conservation for generations and the legacy of waterfowling in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. 

1. Brian Olsen Original Painting
Own an original Brian Olsen painting created in the evening's opener.
Donated in part by Brian Olsen

1a. Dinner for Ten at Chicago Q
Artisanal house-made rubs, southern quality service and a modern ambiance combine to offer you the greatest BBq in Chicago. Great BBQ is a passion, not a pastime. Before the sun rises, our chefs are smoking our signature, highest quality, Kobe brisket in our wood burning smokers to get the tender, made-from-scratch, deliciousness. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast it is sure to please all! 
Donated by Chicago Q

2. The Browning-Minnesota Ultimate Sporting Experience 

You are bidding on a Browning Cynergy sporting shotgun and a three person duck and pheasant hunt at Rice Creek Hunt Club in Little Falls, MN for two days, one night. This hunt package includes a 12 bird pheasant and duck hunt, with bird cleaning, three rounds of sporting clays, hunting guide, and all meals. Rice Creek Game Preserve is one of the upper Midwest's best. Additional birds, days, and hunters may be added at published rates.
Donated by Adam Arnold & Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitter

3. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Tribute Henry Golden Boy
In celebration and recognition of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the Henry Repeating Arms Company is pleased to present the Lincoln Bicentennial Tribute Golden Boy Rifle .22 LR. This rifle is produced in a limited run of only 2009 rifles to commemorate one of the world's most revered Americans. The Henry Rifle is an historic piece of Americana. On the right side of the receiver amidst the scroll is a cameo portrait of Abraham Lincoln and two sets of banners with the name "Abraham Lincoln" and "By the People, For the People."

4. An Original by Anthony Padgett "Opening Day"
We are proud to offer a wonderful piece of original art created by Ducks Unlimited's 2008 Artist of the Year, Anthony Padgett. "Opening Day" shows the excitement is palpable and this lab knows that it is once again time to go to work. It's the opening day of duck season. Image size is 20" x 30." Anthony's accomplishments include being the 2010 Wild Wings Best in Show, 2009 Louisiana Waterfowl Stamp winner, and 2007 Illinois Artist of the Year for Pheasants Forever. Anthony has also created a portrait of George H.W. Bush, Sr., which hangs in the Presidential Library.
Donated by Anthony Padgett

5. Abaco Lodge, Bahamas – World Class Bone Fishing
Head east to the Marls of Abaco in the Bahamas for four nights and three days fishing at Abaco Lodge, a signature property in the Nervous Waters collection of lodges. You and your travel partners will be treated to some of the finest shallow water fishing in the Caribbean. As with all Nervous Waters properties, you can expect comfortable and well appointed accommodations, world class cuisine, top-of-the-line boats operated by seasoned, expert guides and a management and staff committed to providing the utmost in service and attention to detail. Great Abaco has long been synonymous with the biggest bonefish in the Caribbean. The western side of the island is home to the 'Marls,' once considered a boating hazard and a wasteland, until anglers explored it and found a vast and unique environment that provides the perfect habitat for bonefish. For over twenty miles along the coastline, the average depth is four feet. The lodge has unrivaled access to all of the most productive flats. While it would take a lifetime to fish the entire Marls, Abaco also offers some incredible fishing on the eastern ocean side of the island as well. This fantastic package for two includes four nights lodging, three days fishing, all fishing guides, meals, accommodations, transfers to and from the Marsh Harbour airport, and beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic). Not included are airfare and tips. Trip must be taken within 12 months of purchase.
Donated by Nervous Waters Fishing

6. Colt – Long Colt Single Action Army .45
Colonel Sam Colt Sesquicentennial Special Deluxe Presentation Edition 1 of 5000. Issued in 1964. This firearm comes in a walnut presentation case. Included in the case is the book The Arms Collection of Colonel Colt by R.L. Wilson.
Donated by Mrs. Pamela M. Spence

7. Central Kansas Outfitters – Triple Crown Hunt
One successful bidder will have the ultimate experience hunting Kansas trophy whitetail, Spring turkeys, Whitefront and Canada geese. The hunts encompass the 2012 or 2013 season. The first of the three hunts is a hunt for Trophy Kansas Whitetail for six days in the 2012 or 2013 season for one hunter. The second hunt for Whitefront and Canada Geese is three days for two hunters in the 2012 or 2013 November season. The Spring turkey hunt is two days for two hunters. Central Kansas Outfitters has been featured on several episodes of the award winning, top-rated waterfowl show, the Fowl Life with Chad Belding which airs in the prime time slot every Sunday evening on the Sportsman Channel. Includes: Guide, meals and lodging. Not included: Transportation to Sylvia Kansas, license, ammo, alcohol, tags, stamps and tips.
Donated by Central Kansas Outfitters

Details: All hunts with Central Kansas Outfitters will take place near Sylvia, Kansas one hour from Wichita, Kansas, which offers daily flights from Chicago.

2012 or 2013 Six-day Trophy Kansas Whitetail: One Hunter
  • Rifle or Archery (Hunter's choice)
  • Dates: November or December 2012 or 2013
  • Bag limit: One whitetail
  • Non-resident tags are still available for 2012 (at time of printing of this program); the non-resident draw is conducted every April.
  • Cost of additional hunters: $4500 rifle or $3500 archery
  • Includes: Guide, meals and six nights lodging
  • Not included: Transportation to Sylvia Kansas, license, firearm, ammo, alcohol, tags and tips.
Three-day Whitefront and Canada Goose Hunt: Two Hunters
  • Dates: November 2012 or 2013
  • Bag limit: Two Whitefront / three Canada geese
  • Cost of additional hunters: $400 per day; non-hunters $100 per day
  • Includes: Guide, meals and lodging
  • Not included: Transportation to Sylvia Kansas, license, ammo, alcohol, tags, stamps and tips.
  • 2013 Two-day Kansas Spring Turkey : Two Hunters
  • Bag limit: Two toms per hunter
  • Cost of additional hunters: $900 per two-days; non-hunters: $200 per two-days
8. Winchester Model 94 30-30 Rifle & Carbine Set (matched pair)
In 1969 Winchester made available the Theodore Roosevelt Commemorative Rifle and Carbine. Authorized by the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the guns were designed in honor of the 50th anniversary of Roosevelt's death. These collector pieces feature the Winchester model 94 30-30 rifle and carbine with consecutive serial numbers. These firearms are in pristine condition with original boxes and decorative sleeve.
Donated by Mrs. Pamela M. Spence

9. Argentinean Dove Hunt for Eight
Migrate south to Cordoba, Argentina for three days of world class dove shooting at the exclusive La Dormida Lodge. La Dormida is a signature property in the David Denies collection of lodges, the premier wingshooting outfitter in South America. You and your travel partners will be treated to some of the finest dove shooting and luxury accommodations in the southern hemisphere while being taken care of by professional huntsmen and lodge staff. Cordoba is considered the dove shooting capital of the world and the 100 square mile radius around La Dormida is annually inhabited by over 40 million dove. The lodge manages 55 shooting fields all within a scenic drive through the region's rich farmland. Donated by David Denies Wingshooting
This trip includes:
  • Three nights lodging for eight hunters
  • Six total hunts
  • All field guides, meals, accommodations, transfers to and from fields and beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
  • Not included in this package is airfare, land fees, ground transfer to lodge (approximately $350 round trip per person), licenses (approximately $65 per person per day), gun rental for those not wishing to bring their own, shells and tips.
  • Valid for the 2012 or 2013 hunting seasons.
10. 75th Anniversary Fausti Boutique 12 Gauge Side by Side
Only a handful of these special commemorative shotguns were produced and are only available at select Ducks Unlimited Anniversary events. This magnificent firearm, chambered for 3" shells, has a case colored receiver with side plates, a single trigger, and automatic ejectors. It features a select walnut stock with standard checkering and a red rubber recoil pad. The semi-beavertail foreend and a Prince of Wales grip add to the beauty of this shotgun. It has 28" polished blued barrels with a white front bead sight and comes with three choke tubes (IC, M, F). This firearm is embellished with special Ducks Unlimited engraving featuring gold inlaid oak leaves, gold inlay on the barrel, and gold inlay on the bottom of the receiver with a deluxe hard case. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a gorgeous firearm.

11. African Safari
If your bucket list includes an African safari, then get ready to bid. Leon "Spyker" Joubert and his wife Ilse founded Joubert Pro Hunt in 1999 and made it one of South Africa's premier outfitters. Experience a lifelong dream with this African hunt. This five day African Plains game hunt for two hunters includes trophy fees for two Warthog, two Impala, two Blue Wildebeest, one day of bird hunting, accommodations, beverages, daily laundry, professional hunter, trackers, skinners, field prep and transportation of trophies. The hunt will take place in the Waterberg area of Limpopo Province. Additional days, game, hunters, and non-hunters may be added at the standard rates. Not included are airfares, transfers (from OR Tambo International airport to base camp), daily excursions, hotel accommodations before and after the safari, shipping of trophies and ammo.
Donated by Joubert Pro Hunt

12. Bronze Goose Sculpture – "Touchdown"
Glenn Swanson is a professional artist that works in a variety of mediums, but his specialty is realistic portrayals of birds in flight, which is depicted in this limited bronze sculpture entitled "Touchdown."
Donated by Mrs. Pamela M. Spence

13. Brian Olsen Original Painting
Own an icon of Americana history with this original Brian Olsen painting.
Donated in part by Brian Olsen

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Contact Information

To reserve tickets or for more information, please contact Rodney Schlafer at (815) 403-3597 or rschlafer@ducks.org.

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