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Get ready to bid on some wonderful items in the NYC DU 75th Event Auction!
The New York City DU Diamond Event Auction will include some incredible items that you don't want to miss your chance at winning! Please check back early and often as we keep this page updated. To view auction items, click the links below to view descriptions and click the photos to view larger images.

Trophy Cape Buffalo Hunt

Universally recognized as the world’s most dangerous game animal, this is truly an exceptional offer. Professional Hunter, Ricus de Villiers of White Lion Safaris, has donated a 10 day trophy Cape Buffalo hunt on their main concession in South Africa for two hunters. Ricus de Villiers will personally guide you on this incredible adventure of a lifetime.

Included are the following: $1,000 credit towards trophy fees for each hunter, transportation to and from the Kimberly, South Africa Airport and all hunting locations, fully catered luxury accommodations, meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), staff skinners, trackers, transportation of trophies to the taxidermist, hunting licenses and permits and as well all Government fees and levies.

Not Included: Trophy fees, taxidermy and shipping of trophies, gratuities and accommodations outside of the donated 10 days. We encourage you to expand your trip with additional days and hunting opportunities while you are there!

Donated by: White Lion Safaris
Value: $13,000

Maine Duck Hunt of a Lifetime

Maine Ducks Unlimited presents the hunt of a lifetime! This Maine hunt is for 4 hunters and includes 3 days of gunning the ledges off the beautiful Downeast coast of Maine. On this special trip you will be gunning for Eider, Long-Tailed, and three species of Scoter. This hunt will include boats, decoys, retrievers, all safety equipment, meals and lodging. You'll be required to provide the proper Maine Small Game hunting license, Federal Duck Stamp, transportation, shotgun and shells. The season runs from November through mid January. This hunt will be honored for the 2012-13 season. All arrangements will be made with Bill Brown, Regional Director, Maine. (wbrown@ducks.org or (207) 685-4239)

Donated by: Maine Ducks Unlimited

Argentina Freshwater Golden Dorado Fishing for Two

Cruise south to the Ibera Marshlands in Corrientes, Argentina for four days of some of the finest fishing in the world at Pira Lodge, a signature property in the Dave Denies collection of lodges. You and your travel partner will be treated to world renowned fishing and luxury accommodations in this southern hemisphere paradise while being taken care of by professional fisherman and lodge staff.

The lodge sits right on the edge of a channel providing direct access to the marsh system and to the Corrientes River, located 15 minutes south of the lodge. The Ibera Marshlands is a vast system of non-polluted crystal-clear creeks, flowing rivers, shallows and lakes. These marshlands are almost completely unexplored and uninhabited. It is home to more than 350 species of birds (parrots, southern screamers, kingfishers, ibis, herons…), 85 mammals and almost 70 reptiles, and an incredible abundance of flora. During your stay you will have a chance to see species such as capybara, river otters, Yacare (Cayman), howler monkeys and marsh deer. If you are interested in spending extra time spotting the wildlife or the unique birdlife of the Ibra, please let the head guide know on arrival.

Dave Denies is one of the premier fishing outfitters in South America and you have an opportunity to experience this trip of a lifetime which includes four days of fishing, five nights lodging, all fishing guides, meals, as well as rooming & beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Not included in this trip are airfare, tips, transfers to and from the lodge (varies depending arrival at airport and fishing licenses (approximately $100 per person). Trip dates are on a first come, first served basis and must be taken within 12 months of purchase.

Donated by: Nervous Waters Fishing

One Week in Ireland

Perfect as a guys' getaway or a couples retreat. This item is a one week stay in a lovely home in Kenmare, Ireland. It has four bedrooms and sleeps eight. This home is fully furnished with all amenities, including a living room, dining room, modern kitchen and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Ring of Kerry Golf Course, Kenmare Bay, and the Berra Mountains. Dooks, Waterville, Ballybunion and Old Head golf courses are all just a short drive away. There is good hiking and fishing in the area, and it is only a half hour drive from Shannon Airport. Airfare is not included.

Donated by: Richard and Nell Leach
Value: $10,000

1902 The Buffalo Signal Bronze Sculpture by Frederic Remington

The original Buffalo Signal bronze sculpture was created for French Devereux, a young boy who had befriended Remington during a trip out west. The Devereux family had invited Remington, a New York native, to share their private railway car with them throughout their journey. Later he gave the striking casting to the Devereux's as a gift for the boy.

The sculpture represents the moment in which an Indian Scout waves a buffalo robe, signifying the beginning of a hunt. The original as well as this reproduction were produced by the lost wax method, resulting in unmatched detail and definition.

There is only one original of this sculpture in existence, Remington symbolically broke the mold in front of the young Devereux to ensure that it would be the only one of its kind. Remington advised the family to protect the sculpture from pirates and trades of reproduction. So, therefore, the bronze was copyrighted as "Copyright 1902 French Devereux" with no foundry mark.

The family honored the wishes of Remington. This sculpture gained its authenticity in 1964 and was then exhibited at the Cummer Gallery of Art in Florida. Later it was acquired by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK where the original still resides today. Now you can own this striking reproduction for your own collection. It is of solid bronze cast by the lost wax method and features a replica of Fredrick Remington's signature in the cast.

Donated by: Anonymous DU Supporter

Alaska Adventure for Two at Crystal Creek Lodge (September 23-26, 2012)

This is a Three Day/Three Night Package at Crystal Creek Lodge for a party of 2, September 23-26, 2012. You will choose your activities from Guided River and Stream Fishing, Guided Brown Bear and Wildlife Viewing, and/or Guided Waterfowl Hunting.

Your home, while in Alaska, will be Crystal Creek Lodge, a beautiful 7,500 sq. ft. building made of massive scribed logs and river rock. The lodging facility is impeccably built, completely modern, warm, quaint and tastefully decorated. The Lodge is located on a bluff overlooking the Naknek River on the Alaska Peninsula in the Bristol Bay area.

This area is world famous for extraordinary river and stream fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, hiking, and scenery. The Lodge is six miles east of King Salmon, Alaska and six miles west of Katmai National Park and Preserve, one of the oldest, largest and most famous National Parks in America.

Included: Ground transportation from King Salmon to and from Crystal Creek Lodge, air transportation from the lodge on daily fly outs, three meals each day. A double occupancy room within the main lodge includes a double bed for each guest or a queen-size bed for couples and private bath and shower; daily housekeeping and mid-week laundry service.

Fishing gear to include rod/reel combinations, lures, flies, and terminal tackle and use of chest waders (limited sizes available) or hip boots. Hunting gear including guns, ammunition, hunting vest. Three days of guided activities. Not Included: Airfare between your home and King Salmon, bar and store purchases, fishing licenses and staff gratuities (which are at your discretion).

Donated by: Wetlands America Trust (WAT) Chairman of the Board, Mr. John Childs
Value: $10,200

Theodore Roosevelt Winchester Model 1876 Rifle 

This Winchester was built as an exact duplicate to the Winchester Model 1876 rifle carried by Theodore Roosevelt. This gun is derived from a 25 gun series. The Theodore Roosevelt Model 1876 rifles by Turnbull Manufacturing are a limited reproduction series with no more than 25 rifles being built. They will all feature individual serial numbers TR01-TR25 and come with custom display case. All of these exacting reproduction rifles will be engraved exactly like the original rifle, down to the smallest detail.

This specific rifle is a 1 of 1 series based on the Roosevelt and features unique additions to make this an exceptional collector's item. This rifle features a color case hardened receiver with a 28" 1/2 round, 1/2 octagon barrel with Freund rear sight and sporting front sight. It has a button magazine and comes in 45-75 caliber. It features a fancy pistol grip cheek piece stock, the stock features a steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate, H-pattern checkering and a gold inlaid stock oval. This fine firearm includes an inlet gold medallion in the base/lower side of the stock with 75th anniversary Ducks Unlimited and includes the date of the dinner and location hand engraved in the medallion. The rifle will also have a unique serial number- DU 001-75th-02/02/2012 and will be placed inside a custom wood and glass showcase. Doug Turnbull, President and CEO of Turnbull MFG will present the gun to the high bidder at the auction with a certificate of authenticity.

Donated by: Donated by Turnbull Manufacturing
Value: $30,000 (with medallion, special serial number and case)

African Safari — White Lion Safaris

Professional Hunter, Ricus de Villiers of White Lion Safaris has donated a 7 day trophy hunting safari in South Africa for 2 hunters. Included are $650 credit towards trophy fees for each hunter on animals of their choice from over 30 species available. Also included: transportation from and to the Kimberley, South Africa airport and the safari.

Licenses, luxury accommodations and all meals are included as well as daily laundry service. A professional hunter, trackers and skinners will see to it that you find and take trophies of a lifetime and that they are properly prepared. This hunting safari can and should be upgraded to add more days, more hunters, non-hunters and trophy animals. This hunt may be taken in 2012 or 2013. Not included are airfare, dip and pack, shipping of your trophies back to the USA and gratuities. (www.whitelionsafaris.com)

Master Taxidermist, Wm. Lloyd Johnson III of Master's Wildlife Service in Washington, Georgia has donated $1,000 credit towards the final taxidermy bill for the full safari with a minimum of 10 shoulder mounts between the 2 hunters. (www.masterswildlifeservice.com)

One Week Stay for Two at the Exclusive Patagonia Sur Nature Reserve Membership Club

You and your guest will experience a week of serene comfort, rustic elegance, breathtaking beauty, and boundless adventure in Chilean Patagonia. This trip features a Saturday-to-Saturday, seven-night stay at the exclusive Patagonia Sur Nature Reserve Membership Club. Patagonia Sur's network of "best of the best" properties encompasses more than 100,000 acres of extraordinary highlights that are unique in the world: pristine coastal areas, spectacular lake frontages, scenic river valleys, soaring glacier- covered volcanoes, verdant forests, and unspoiled wildlife habitats. Your stay includes double-occupancy accommodations in members-only properties, all meals and beverages, prepared by top Chilean chefs. A wide variety of adventure activities—led by world-class, bilingual guides—such as fly fishing, horseback riding, river & sea kayaking, mountain biking, nature walks and hiking, rafting and river float trips, sea safaris, bird watching, and community & conservation projects are also included.

Terms This trip is non-transferable. Trip dates to be mutually agreed upon between the winner and Patagonia Sur. Trip must be redeemed between November 5, 2012 and April 27, 2013. Subject to availability; restrictions may apply. Trip recipient and his/her guest are responsible for their own air travel to-and-from Santiago (SCL) and connecting to Puerto Montt, (PMC) Chile. All other logistics provided by Patagonia Sur.

"Tails from the Blind," an Original by Scot Storm, our New York City Conservation Artist of the Year

This is a rare opportunity to own an original work by Scot Storm. "Tails from the Blind" captures that exciting moment when the majestic pintail comes to the blind. "Over the years, I've spent many trips to the Dakotas to hunt research and photograph waterfowl. This particular scene was taken from a slough in North Dakota in which I've hunted every year since 1991. It holds many memories, one of which is, as depicted in the painting, when we had numbers of pintails floating into our set all day long. One of those once in a lifetime experiences that you hope happens every time you're there and you picture that memory every time you are there." Scot Storm.

This spectacular image was created with acrylic paint on hardboard. The image size: 16"h. x 36"w with a framed size of 24.5"w. x 45"h. The printed image of this original was used as part of the 2010 DU National print package and has a retail value of $8,600.00.

About the Artist As a youngster, Scot Storm discovered his talent for drawing, sketching and designing. These skills eventually led him to North Dakota State University where he earned a degree in architecture. While working in this field, Scot's love of hunting and the outdoors drew him to explore the challenges of wildlife art. In 1987, as a self-taught artist, he entered the Minnesota Duck Stamp contest and placed second. Encouraged by the acceptance of his initial work, he continued to enter stamp contests and enjoyed his first to award by winning the Indiana Pheasant Stamp competition in 1991.

Thereafter, Scot's interest in wildlife art became such a passion, that in 1999, he decided to give up his career in architecture and devote himself full time to painting. Scot was then able to challenge himself in every aspect of his creations from composition, to lighting, to the accuracy and psychology of color. His painting of waterfowl, hunting dogs and other animals all reveal his attention to the fine details that breathe life into every image and draw the viewer into a scene.

Currently, Scot has 13 Federal, State and Conservation Stamp wins. Highlights to his career include 2004-05 Federal Duck Stamp, 2005-06 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year and 2010 Pheasants Forever's National Artist of the Year.

Scot currently lives in Freeport, MN with his wife and family. Besides spending many hours painting in the studio and travelling the country in pursuit of new reference material for future works, he spends time coaching wrestling and youth football and enjoys spending hours in the field with family and friends.

Value: $8,600 (retail)

South African Safari for 2 hunters and 2 non-hunters with Nico Lourens at Comre Safaris

This is a 7 day hunt for two hunters and two non-hunters. Come join Comre Safaris for an unforgettable trip on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Our main hunting area is situated at the base of the Winterberg Mountain Range in the Eastern Cape and is 100% malaria free. You may choose to hunt with a rifle or archery hunt our expansive 140,000-acres with our expert guides, trackers, and skinners in pursuit of the game of your choice. The area is renowned for the unrivalled variety of huntable species. We offer over 40 species of game including Gemsbok, Kudu, Springbok, Lion, Elephant, trophy Cape Buffalo and the majestic Sable.

You will stay in our thatched lodge and chalets with private rooms and baths, meals and laundry. Includes the services of a government licensed professional guide, hunting vehicle, trackers, skinners, cooks, and camp staff. You and your professional hunter will enjoy an early light breakfast and coffee, at the breakfast area, before you go out to hunt. Dinner and lunch will be served at our main dining area and you will enjoy an authentic culinary experience with meals prepared with game meat from the animals hunted accompanied by local wines, beer and soft drinks. Our water is safe to drink but bottled water is available on request. Your hunt includes a $500 gift certificate towards taxidermy work on an African Trophy from True-Life Taxidermy, Middletown, New York. (www.truelifetaxidermy.com)

Daily Rates exclude trophy fees for animals killed, wounded and lost. This leaves you the opportunity to put together the animals of your choice. Also excluded are dipping, packing, documentation, shipping of trophies and any taxidermy work. This package does not include accommodation before arrival in camp and after departure from camp, medical air rescue insurance for duration of safari—$100 per person, relocating fee to another area—$100 per person, gratuities or tips to PH's or camp staff, or spirits and liquor.

Hunters and non-hunters are responsible for all airfare to and from South Africa. Airport pick-up and drop-off is not included ($150 per person). This trip must be taken between July 2012 and October 2013.

Donated by: Nico Lourens at Comre Safairs

1999 Perewitz Chopper

Hit the open road on your custom Chopper. Custom-fabricated motorcycles are a delicate blend of engineering, design, aesthetics, performance, power, personality and beauty, and Perewitz is a master at giving each element its due. When you cruise the streets on a Perewitz custom motorcycle it is beyond doubt, ART IN MOTION. Dave Perewitz has custom built motorcycles for Hulk Hogan, Kyle Petty, Tony Stewart and many more. Perewitz has won countless awards, including being named Discovery Channel Biker Build-off Winner in 2006.

This one-of-a-kind motorcycle comes with custom orange paint and has a Patrick Billet Engine built on a Daytec frame and a swingarm. It has a Ness front and progressive rear suspension, a Carriage Works final drive and features Carriage Works laser-cut forged wheels. This motorcycle only has 4,221 miles on it.  

Donated by: Donald P. Wisehart
Value: $22,000 - $25,000 (appraised)

Black Lab Vodka Pheasant Hunt

We are offering, compliments of Black Lab Vodka and Waterdog Spirits, a 3 day 4 night pheasant hunt for two at R&R Hunting Lodge in Seneca, SD. R&R is a Cabela's rated 4 star lodge and Cabela's #1 USA wingshooting destination. We are proud to be one of only a few Certified Cabela's Hunting Destinations in the world. R&R is centrally located on an 18,000 acre family-owned farming and ranching operation. Their land consists of thousands of acres of native grass pasture, crops, mature shelter belts and well-managed CRP. Each year they reserve 6,000 acres of their prime cropland strictly for wild pheasant and other upland bird/small varmint hunting. R&R Pheasant Hunting shares our traditions of hunting and hospitality with all of their guests. They take sincere pride in the land, livestock, wildlife and habitat and they think you'll agree that 5 generations of stewardship has resulted in some of the most productive and exciting pheasant hunting South Dakota has to offer! We'll provide the birds, you fill the game bag! Our newly built lodges the Heritage and the Tradition provide a beautiful, friendly, private atmosphere to enjoy when you return from the field. In addition to hunting our guests enjoy; daily home-cooked meals, housekeeping services, unlimited sporting clays, hot tub, satellite television, wireless internet, videogames, billiards and an abundance of serene settings ideal for reading and relaxing. 

Donated by: Black Lab Vodka, Waterdog Spirits 

1.5 Day Hunt at Bombay Hook Farm for 4

Four lucky hunters will be treated to one and one-half days of duck and goose hunting at Bombay Hook Farm. The farm is located next to the Bombay Hook National Refuge which consists of 16,251 acres of prime waterfowl habitat stretching eight miles along the Delaware Bay. The Refuge was created on March 16, 1937 as a resting and feeding area for migrating and wintering waterfowl through the purchase of privately held property using federal duck stamp funds. The Refuge holds as many as 150,000 waterfowl during the winter months. Bombay Hook Farm is a private hunting lodge owned by Peter McGaffin and Bill D'Alonzo. Bill and Peter purchased the farm in November of 2007 and the 250 acres farm has been reworked exclusively for managing waterfowl with 10 flooded impoundments offering some of the best waterfowling on the east coast. The main lodge is a modern facility impeccably decorated with sporting themes from big game to fowl. Peter and Bill have truly created a memorable sportsman's retreat and this is your opportunity to experience Bombay Hook Farm. Four hunters will enjoy two nights and one and one-half days of guided waterfowl hunting with world class duck and goose caller, Kurt Price. You will start with a half day afternoon hunt on the day of arrival, followed by a great dinner prepared by Master Chefs Tony and Riki Senn. Tony is also the Ducks Unlimited Regional Director in Delaware. After dinner enjoy the evening with friends in this wonderful lodge. The next day starts with breakfast and a full day of hunting with a break for lunch. After the hunt, freshen up and enjoy another great dinner by the Senn Chefs and tell stories of your hunt before a good night's sleep. You will depart the next morning with memories that will last forever. We are sure you will always remember your time at Bombay Hook Farm. Hunters will have to acquire a Delaware 3 day hunting license, a Delaware Duck Stamp and a Federal Duck stamp. Firearms, ammunition and travel to Bombay Hook Farm are not provided. This hunt must be taken in the 2012/13 hunting season.

Browning Maxus 75th Anniversary Shotgun

The Ducks Unlimited Gun of the Year is always a popular item, but the Anniversary Editions are always specially sought after collectibles. This special edition Browning Maxus 12 gauge shotgun chambered for 3" shells has 28" polished blued barrel with three Invector Plus choke tubes (IC, M, F). It features a Grade II/III walnut stock and forearm with a gloss finish and standard checkering. The silver colored receiver has special engraving and game scenes that compliment the Ducks Unlimited 50th and 60th anniversary shotguns. It comes with special Browning Talon gun case featuring the Ducks Unlimited 75th anniversary logo, special DU serial number, choke tube tool and gun lock.

Captain Tom Cornicelli Decoys

This is a fantastic trio of decorative smoothies by four-time World Carving Champion Capt. Tom Cornicelli of East Moriches, NY. This rig consists of a Mallard drake, Mallard hen and a Black Duck/Mallard Hybrid. Each bird is hand craved to endure the rigors of hunting and are reinforced in the time honored tradition of working birds, but are simply amazing. These birds are simply too beautiful to shoot over, but you could. They are carved in Maine white cedar, hollow, sealed and painted in fine oils. They are highly detailed with raised primaries and will be sure to turn the head of the most particular collector or flock of birds.

About the Artist - During the off season Tom is a full time wildfowl artist and has been creating his art since 1987. It all started in the salt marshes of Long Island. In those days Cornicelli carved decoys for hunting. Aft er being urged by his friend and world class carver Captain Fred Muhs to attend some of the local decoy shows he began meeting other enthusiastic bird carvers. Tom began to pick up lots of new ideas and technical tips, his work quickly became competitive at the "world class" level of competition. He has placed in the numerous shows throughout the country such as the Ward Foundation's World Carving Competition, Mid-Atlantic Decoy Show at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, New England Expo, Pacifi c Flyway Wildfowl Art Festival, and U.S. National. Tom was awarded Pacific Flyway Decoy Show 2009 "Carver of the Year." At the prestigious Ward Foundation 2003 World Carving Competition Tom was awarded "Best in Show" World Gunning Pairs Division and took it home again in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011, making him the only four-time World Carving Champion in the World Gunning Pairs Division! His highly collectable gunners are in numerous states and three countries. As a member of Ducks Unlimited, Capt. Tom Cornicelli's work has raised thousands of dollars for the conservation of wetlands in the U.S.. He has also been honored by the Smithsonian Institute and the Ward Foundation Mid-Atlantic Invitational. Don't miss your chance to own these highly collectable decoys!

Donated by: Capt. Tom Cornicelli

75th Anniversary Fausti Botique 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 fore end 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 and come in a deluxe hard case. This is a rare opportunity to purchase this gorgeous firearm.

Indy Racing Experience Two Seater Ride with LEGEND MARIO ANDRETTI

The moment you approach these 650 horsepower racing machines purposely built by Dallara, you realize that this will be no ordinary ride. Your fire retardant driver's suit offers further evidence. You strap on a helmet, slip on the gloves, and the Indy Racing Experience Pit Crew straps you into a carbon fiber IndyCar, stretched to accommodate you as a passenger. The Indy Racing Experience Two-Seater Ride has no equal. This remarkable opportunity allows you to experience high-speed laps in a way you've never imagined: the remarkable G forces, the powerful downforce, the sheer thrill of running through the turns at seemingly impossible speeds reaching up to 180 mph.

To make this thrill ride even more memorable you will be the passenger of Indy Racing Legend Mario Andretti. There will be several tracks available depending on Mario's schedule. There is no expiration on your certificate so you will be sure to have an Experience like no other! Passengers must be at least 18 years of age, and no more than 250 lbs. or 6'5" tall. All necessary driver attire, including fire suit, fire shoes, will be provided. Family, friends are welcome to attend and are allowed to take still photos as well as video of your ride. Travel to your IndyCar experience and accommodations are not included. Indy Racing Experience has the right to refuse any ride. 

Donated by: Indy Racing Experience

Private Fly-fishing Tutorial with Joan Wulff

This incredible opportunity includes a private, one-on-one fly casting lesson for one person, with the legendary Joan Wulff, a R.L. Winston Boron IIIx Fly rod, and a weekend stay for two at the Beaverkill Valley Inn. Ms. Wulff is considered to be the Matriarch of North American fly fishing and is arguably the most recognized living member of the fly angling community. Ms. Wulff was a National Casting Champion from 1943-1960. Highlights: winning the National Fisherman's Distance Casting event against an all-male field, and casting a fly 161 feet. Joan has pioneered a set of fly casting mechanics which were presented in her book, "Fly Casting Techniques." She has authored other books including her new book, "Joan Wulff's New Fly Casting Techniques." Ms. Wulff wrote a casting column for Fly Rod & Reel magazine for 22 years and her instructional video, Dynamics of Fly Casting, is an ongoing success. She is a consultant to the R.L. Winston Rod Company and was elected to the IGFA Hall of Fame in 2007. She co-founded The Wulff School of Fly Fishing with her late husband Lee in 1979. Ms. Wulff will offer a one-on-one private tutorial at her facility on the Beaverkill River in the beautiful Catskill region of New York. This is the same property which once belonged to Ducks Unlimited co-founder Joseph Knapp and is where the Ducks Unlimited Birthplace plaque resides. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Due to the exclusivity of the item as it pertains to the lesson offered by Ms. Wulff, a value cannot be determined. 

Donated by: Ms. Joan Wulff

Ducks Unlimited Special Edition Mitey Mite Bamboo Fly Rod

A special edition 1 of 1 bamboo fly rod crafted by hand in Manchester, Vermont. The Mitey Mite is made to the exact taper specifications of the original, first sold in Orvis catalogs more than thirty years ago. Plus, it's hardware is upgraded with smartly blued and hand engraved nickel-silver sliding reel seat band embellishes the Wes Jordan model rod. This exclusive rod will have the Ducks Unlimited logo hand engraved on the end cap and will be personalized with "Ducks Unlimited 75 Anniversary 1 of 1" on the rod. Just 5 feet long, this 5 weight weighs in at a mere 2.2 ounces. It possesses the same absolutely amazing crisp power as the original. It's perfect for delicate casts with tiny flies on small streams. Comes in a special Wes Jordan style tube with saddle-stitched russet leather and heavy gauge aluminum protective liner. The rod comes complete with an extra tip.

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Quaker Valley Trophy Deer Hunt

The Quaker Valley Farm in Pawling, New York will be the site of your very private 2 day hunt. Quaker Valley Farm is a NY State licensed preserve and is home of monster bucks. This is the greatest deer hunt you will ever go on. You will hunt your choice of GIANT (220 Class) whitetail or sika while you surround yourself with the panoramic views. From the back deck you can see the New York border to the Connecticut Valley and into the Berkshires of Massachusetts. A guest is welcome to accompany you and may hunt a non-trophy class (but still huge) deer as well. And if that isn't enough excitement, a duck hunt will complete this ultimate hunting experience! This trip includes two nights lodging beginning the night before you hunt and all meals. All guests need to bring is their personal gear. Firearms, camo, boots and all required outerwear are available if needed. This trip must be taken between September 15th and December 15th, 2012. Licenses are not required for Deer hunting, but licenses are required for waterfowl hunting. Quaker Valley Farm is 90 minutes' drive from Mid-town Manhattan.

Donated by: Paul Tudor Jones
Value: $20,000

Sandhill Crane Hunt with Hazard Campbell in Saskatchewan, Canada, with Senior Directors and Staff from DU Canada and DU Inc.

This is the chance of lifetime to hunt with some of Ducks Unlimited's living legends. Two hunters will accompany some of the finest "gentlemen" in the field in pursuit of Sandhill Cranes with opportunities for ducks and geese. This is a 3 day hunt for 2 guns during the 2012 season from September 15- Oct 15. Lodging and ammo is included in this package with outstanding food and even better libations. The high bidder will be responsible for travel and all licenses. This is a very rare hunting opportunity to hunt with an even rarer breed of sportsmen.

Donated by: Hazard Campbell and Pat Kehoe

Upland Hunt Package

You do not have to be a grouse hunter to appreciate this package. We are off ering a complete Upland Hunter package courtesy of Beretta and the Orvis Co. The high bidder will receive a Beretta 686 White Onyx over/under shotgun in 28 GA. This fine firearm has a 28" chrome lined barrel with a vent rib. It features a Dura-Jewel nickel finished receiver with custom gold-filled engraving and is sent on a select European walnut stock with semi-gloss finish and classic checkering. This fantastic shotgun comes with special DU serial numbering, a polymer Giugiaro case with DU logo, and three interchangeable choke tubes. To keep you comfortable in the field your package includes an Orvis Dakota Wax Field Coat with Upper fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets. This fine garment also features an external game bag the zips down for cleaning, a rear license holder, and has two flaps that snap over four shell loops above flap-covered bellows pockets. We have also added the Orvis Ultimate Upland Vest featuring 9-oz. 100% cotton poplin fabric with a dry-wax finished to repel water. A blood-proof rear game bag loads from front and rear for easy storage of birds, and zips open for simple cleaning. It has hand-warmer chest-high pockets with zip closures and bellowed main pockets with shell loops close with hook-and-loop strips. To keep you light on your feet, this package also includes a pair of Lightweight Kangaroo Upland Boots. Th ese fine boots feature a Gore-Tex® membrane with Cambrelle™ lining that keeps feet dry and comfortable, and come with semi-aggressive Vibram® Gumlite soles for solid traction.

Waterfowl Hunter Package

A duck hunter's dream package!! Your package includes a pair of Orvis Waterfowler SonicSeam Waders. The new patented SonicSeam® breathable hunting wader, has an integrated lace-up boot with a removable felt liner with a speed-lace D-ring system. They feature the exclusive EcoTraX outsole, for great traction and will accept our screw-in PosiGrip studs. They have a front chest hand-warmer pocket with zippered pocket for additional shells or calls and come in Advantage® Max-4 HD camouflage. Orvis has also included a Limited Edition Iverson Duck Call. This exceptional call is a very limited edition with only 50 calls made by Emery Mitchell of Iverson Duck Calls exclusively for Orvis. This call has been hand turned from Indian and Brazilian rosewood. To enhance this package Tom Humberstone has graciously donated a full dozen hand carved, hand painted cork Black Duck gunning style decoys. These are traditional, gunning style birds, ready for the water. Tom is an award winning carver from Skaneateles, NY. He is a past NYDU State Chairman and he and his wife are Ducks Unlimited Life Sponsors. Tom is featured in several publications, including Decoys: Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers by Loy S. Harrell, Jr. Finally, a duck hunter cannot pursue his avocation without the proper fowling piece. A Beretta Extrema II 12 GA autoloader in Max 4 Camo chambered for 2 3/4", 3" and 3 1/2" shells complements and rounds out this package. 

Donated by: the Orvis Company, Tom Humberstone and Beretta USA

Salmon Fishing at New Brunswick's Larry's Gulch Lodge

Join the ranks of Canadian dignitaries, American presidents, Hollywood entertainers and professional athletes who have all fished for the Atlantic Salmon on the world-renowned Restigouche River. Larry's Gulch Lodge is owned and operated by Provence of New Brunswick and is reserved for entertaining special guest and dignitaries. You need an invitation fish here, and now you have one. You will be the guest of the New Brunswick Minister of Natural Resources. The biggest fish ever caught on this river was over 70 lbs! Guests have landed 40-pounders and we hope that you will be the next one to break the record. You and a guest will fish eight kilometres (five miles) of Larry's Gulch special reserve water. Regulations require that only one fisherman cast at a time so, your guide will rotate you and your guest throughout your stay so that everyone gets a cast on the best fishing pools. Bring your own tackle or let them equip you. Your package includes the use of all the necessary gear, canoes and guides, whether you are a seasoned pro or a first-time fisherperson. All meals are provided. Larry's Gulch does not have alcoholic beverages but you may bring your own. July 7-9, 2012 are your allocated days and alternative dates are not available. Your trip includes three days and two nights for two people, guides and all necessary equipment. All salmon fishing is catch and release. Licenses are not included, but may be purchased on site. 

Donated by: New Brunswick Ministry of Natural Resources

Contact information

Matt Fenoff: (518) 872-2002/mfenoff@ducks.org
Ray Ilg: (603) 748-3111/rilg@ducks.org
Libby Birch: (212)753-7878/lbirch@witterassets.com

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