2010 Auction Items

Full descriptions of this year's exclusive auction items are listed below. To get in on the action, reserve your seat for the 2010 DU National Convention NOW!


Hunting & Fishing Trips

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 Havre de Grace, Maryland. Body booting is a hunting method in which hunters don dry suits and hide amongst the decoys for an "in your face" experience like no other!

The purchaser of this trip also will 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.




Colorado Cast, Blast and Spa Package

Explore the bounty of Colorado with this special package. Fill your days with elk hunting, fishing and the relaxation of natural hot springs.

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Blast
1 Colorado Cow Elk tag for October/November 2010. This tag is for complete access to a private ranch just outside of Buena Vista, Calif. You will be given use of a small hunter's cabin on the property. A large elk herd frequents the ranch as it travels from the San Isabel National Forest to the lush alfalfa fields in the valley below. You will be hunting at the base of the largest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in North America.

Hunt includes tag, accommodations, processing and as much guiding assistance as you desire. Exact dates are TBD based on the Colorado Division of Wildlife's allocation of tags, which will be determined by July. Hunter must bring his own rifle, hunter safety card and any personal care items.

Cast
2 days' access for 2 people to private fishing on the famed Arkansas River near Buena Vista, Calif. The Arkansas River is frequented by anglers of all experience levels, but is usually accessibly only through public lands. This 1-mile stretch of blue-ribbon water is exclusively for you and a friend. This package also includes the use of top-of-the-line chest waders, boots, rod and reel, so you'll have a successful day on the river. Flies and fishing licenses not included.

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Spa
5 days' lodging in your very own cabin and pool passes to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, Colo., located between Salida and Buena Vista. What could be more rewarding after a long day of hunting and fishing (rough life, but someone has to do it!) than relaxing in the therapeutic hot waters at the base of Mt. Princeton, one of the esteemed 14,000-foot peaks in the area. The resort offers many other amenities, including dining, spa treatments, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, tennis courts, basketball courts and much more.

This package is for lodging in a brand-new private cabin and all-day basses to any of the hot spring pools. All other amenities are available for purchase.

Donated by United Country




Uruguay Duck, Dove and Perdiz Hunt for Two

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.

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Hunting and shooting at San Juan offers a variety of game that makes Uruguay a unique destination where hunters can enjoy the pursuit of an upland mixed bag in the same day, each and every day. Each morning you will hunt wild partridge (or perdiz) in short-grass pastures 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 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 field, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)


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Not included are airfare, ground transfer to lodge, licenses (approx. $100 per person), gun rental, shells and tips.

Trip dates are on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2010-2011 seasons.

Donated by David Denies Wingshooting




Argentina Duck Hunt for Two

Migrate south to Buenos Aires 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:

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  • Four nights lodging
  • Seven total hunts
  • All field guides, meals, rooming, transfers to and from the field, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Not included are airfare, ground transfer to lodge, licenses (approx. $100 per person), gun rental, shells and tips.


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Trip dates are on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2010-2011 seasons.

Donated by David Denies Wingshooting




Argentina Brown Trout Fly Fishing for Two

A trip for two to beautiful Rio Gallegos, Argentina for four days fly fishing at Bella Vista Lodge, a signature property in the Nervous Waters world wide collection of properties. You and your travel partner will be treated to some of the finest trout fishing anywhere, including "sea run browns" - the largest brown trout in the world - while being taken care of by professional guides and lodge staff.

Bella Vista Lodge is located in the Rio Gallegos Valley, which is the southernmost river of size on the Argentine mainland in Southern Patagonia. The fishing at Bella Vista takes place on two principal fisheries; The Rio Gallegos and Gallegos Chico. Between the two rivers Bella Vista controls over 31 miles of double-bank private access which is limited to a maximum of only ten rods per week!

Originally stocked in the late 1920's and 30's, the fish in the Rio Gallegos have gone on to establish a healthy sea-run strain of large running fish that are only present in a few other rivers in the world. High average sizes persist and the chance of a trophy sea run brown are present on every single cast.

The Gallegos Chico is a small charming spring creek with huge character that flows into the main river on the Estancia's Eastern boundary. Abundant weed growth and rich aquatic food combine to make this one of the world's most exceptional dry fly fisheries.

This trip of a lifetime includes:

  • Five nights lodging
  • Four days fishing
  • All fishing guides, meals, rooming, transfers to and from the Rio Gallegos airport & 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




Bahamas Bonefishing for Two at Great Abaco Island

Head east to Great Abaco Island, Bahamas for five nights and four days fishing at Abaco Lodge, a signature property in the Nervous Waters collection of lodges. You and your travel partner 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 & staff committed to providing the utmost in service and attention to detail.

Abaco has more than 400 square miles of flats, none better known than the Marls on the western side of the island. The Marls have long been known by well-traveled bonefishermen as one of the most unique and productive fisheries in the Bahamas. Abaco Lodge is centrally located on the Marl side of the island and for twenty miles the average depth is four feet. A bonefisherman couldn't ask for a better backyard and it would take a lifetime to fish the entire Marls alone.

This trip of a lifetime includes:

  • Five nights lodging
  • Four days fishing
  • All fishing guides, meals, rooming, 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




Texas Alligator and Teal Hunt for Four

Don't let this one-of-a-kind, lifetime opportunity for a special hunt pass you by!

Photo: Robert Whitney

Located 65 miles east of downtown Houston, adjacent to the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Marsh Point Club is an elite, private sporting club. Surrounding East Bay, its premium facilities offer guests the opportunity to create unforgettable experiences. On this trip, you will enjoy hunting alligators and teal on 4,000 acres of private grounds.

Central Flyway Outfitters offers premier, fully-guided waterfowl hunting situated directly within the Central Flyway migration path. With a guide staff well versed in waterfowling, you are assured a successful and memorable hunting experience. Come and enjoy the convenience and comfort of a fully equipped outfitter.

You and 3 additional guests will arrive the evening before a one-day hunt. You will enjoy an overnight stay at the Marsh Point Club Lodge including accommodations for 4 persons, meals, wine with dinner, and amenities. Awake the next morning and experience the thrill of your Fast Action Early Teal Hunt and a fully-guided Alligator hunt including 1 tag/permit to take your own alligator while leaving the hassle of baiting, processing, and tanning to the professionals.

Photo: Dylan Becnel

Permit/tag for 2010 Texas Alligator season only: September 10-30, 2010. Excluded dates: September 11 and 12. Trip dates to be agreed upon by winner, Marsh Point and CFO in advance.

Hunter responsible for their own valid Texas hunting license, gun(s), ammo and gear. No guarantee on alligator kill. Processing, tanning, and creation of boots may take up to 9 months.

Donated by: Central Flyway Outfitters, Will Beaty, and Marsh Point: A Private Sporting Club




Nilo Farms Hunt for Two

You and a guest are invited on a two day hunt at Winchester's private hunting preserve, Nilo Farms in Brighton, Illinois. Fill your limit of mallards, pheasant, and chukar while hunting with some of the best trained dogs in the country.

Photo: Mark Lasnek

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 2011 and dates will be determined by Winchester.

Donated by Winchester




Mexico Duck Hunt for Two

Enjoy a duck hunting trip for two at Los Ebanos Ranch, a first-class private ranch on the Gulf Coast of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Your hunt is at a hidden paradise covering 14,800 acres, with 8,200 acres of wetlands that serve as habitat for a variety of ducks, dove, and geese.

Photo: Ron Charest

Los Ebanos Ranch is located in one of the best zones for duck hunting in Mexico, the Laguna Madre. You will find a great diversity of species: pintail, canvasback, redhead, teal, bufflehead, wigeon, gadwall, and scaup, among others. The diversity and abundance of ducks is in part due to location at the end of one of the main migratory routes of aquatic birds in North America.

This trip includes a 3-day duck hunt with six shooting sessions, transportation to/from Los Ebanos Ranch, first class lodging, all meals, open bar, guides, transportation during the hunt, and the use of Benelli 12ga shotguns. Transportation during the hunt is mostly via truck and Jeep.

Not included are hunting license and hunting tag (about $100).

This hunt is available November 2010 through February 2011.

Donated by Mexico Hunts




Argentina Dove Hunt for Four

Take an adventure with Sporting Adventures International to the finest dove hunting area in the world, Cordoba, Argentina. There are over 50 million doves in the Cordoba Valley that never migrate. The accommodations and staff are world class.

This trip of a lifetime includes:

  • 3 full days of hunting
  • Accommodations at a five star lodge
  • A VIP welcome reception, private van escort to and from the airport and hunting lodge, field guides, ground transportation to and from the hunting areas, birdboys, gun cleaning and laundry service

Not included are airfare, licenses, gun rental/gun permits, shells and tips. Willing to help with airline reservations.

Trip must be taken September 2010 – February 2011 or September 2011 – February 2012.

Donated by Sporting Adventures International




Colorado Resort Golf and Fishing Trip

Tucked away in South Fork, Colorado at the west end of the San Luis Valley, this mountain town is surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of National Forest. The Rio Grande Club is a resort style, semi-private golf club featuring an award winning 18-hole championship course, perfect for the average player or avid enthusiast. Where two rivers meet to become one, the south fork of the mighty Rio Grande River holds the promise of Gold Medal fishing waters and abundant trophy trout.

This trip includes:

  • 7 days / 7 nights lodging at a Riverside at a Rio Grande Club 3-4 BR luxury townhome
  • 4 rounds of golf for four at the Rio Grande Club
  • 2 full-day float trips for two from South Fork Anglers
  • $250 dinner voucher at Timbers Restaurant located at the Rio Grande Club

Airfare, meals, rental car, and additional expenditures are not provided.

This trip must be taken prior to November 1, 2010. Subject to availability.

Donated by Riverside at Rio Grande Club





Other Adventures

2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Enjoy a trip to sunny Anaheim, California, and Angel Stadium for the mid-summer baseball festivities.

Two people will enjoy tickets to the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 12, and All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13.

This package includes airfare for two from the same city and a hotel room for two nights.

Taxes, meals, ground transportation and additional expenditures are not provided.

Donated by Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, Missouri




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 Sprint Cup race on Saturday, July 24, 2010 as well as the Allstate Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 25, 2010.

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





Guns & Gear

Daisy Rifle Set

Be the winning bidder and own a piece of history. These 3 special edition Daisy rifles were presented to Past President Harry Knight in 1991. They are handsomely displayed in a presentation case.

Donated by Harry Knight




Champion Safe & Mystery Guns

This DU Special Edition safe by Champion Safe comes with five mystery guns. The safe features a high gloss forest green finish with DU embellishments, 12 gauge outer shell, 1" thick door edge, velour interior, LaGard e-lock and Phoenix fire rating. The 25½" deep safe holds up to 24 firearms and weighs 725 lbs.

Donated by Champion Safe




Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS

Courtesy www.yamaha-motor.com

The world's first ATV with electric power steering. With a powerful big bore engine, this award and shoot-out wining ATV is equipped with electric power steering, fuel injection, our exclusive fully automatic Ultramatic transmission with Diff Lock, on-command 2WD/4WD, independent rear suspension, digital meter, 4-wheel disc brakes, and more. This beauty features Realtree All Purpose camo. Delivery will be arranged through a Yamaha dealer near the buyer's home.

Donated by Yamaha




Special Edition Winchester Model 94 .30-30 Rifle

Probably the most famous, and certainly the most popular, hunting rifle in history is the Winchester Model 1894. It was the first sporting rifle chambered for smokeless powder cartridges. The Model 94 was also the first sporting rifle to sell over 1 million copies with total sales reaching approximately 7 million. This Special Edition firearm is number 1 of 1. It is fully engraved on both sides of the receiver with artwork by Scot Storm featuring ducks and deer.

Donated by SBR Etchings




Browning Citori 525 28ga

The elegant 28-gauge Browning Citori 525 is the perfect addition to your private collection. This special edition shotgun is sequentially numbered and includes 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 script logo and A&Eagle highlighted on the bottom of the receiver in gold. The sleek, light profile of this limited edition shotgun provides a fast swing and unerring balance. Whether it becomes your favorite field gun, or is saved as a keepsake, this is an exceptional addition to anyone's collection.

Donated by Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, Missouri




1978 Ithaca Model 51 Dinner Gun

The Ithaca Model 51 featherweight is an excellent example of an early DU dinner gun. This 12ga semi-auto shotgun has a highly figured walnut stock and fore end with pewter grip cap insert. The DU medallion is set in the left side of the receiver and surrounded by gold inlaid scrollwork. The right side of the receiver features a trio of flying mallards and a jeweled bolt. Features a 30" barrel with a full choke and 2¾"chamber. The original Ithaca full-length hard case is included.

Donated by Sherwin Artus




Johnny Walker's 1995/96 Browning Model 12 Dinner Gun

A very special offering, this Browning 28ga Model 12 was purchased by former DU President Johnny Walker at the 1995 Texas State Convention. The pristine slide action shotgun is in close to mint condition and was used by Johnny possibly once or twice or never fired at all. Offered by Ducks Unlimited and Browning in 1995/96, this firearm is fitted with a 26" vent rib modified choke barrel with walnut stock and forearm and features a gold filled DU logo on the trigger guard. The receiver is ornately engraved and gold etched with mallard and pheasant Ducks Unlimited artwork by David Maass.

Donated by Pat Arthur





Handmade Sculptures, Home Goods & Gifts

Good Ole Days Bronze

Sculpting for nearly 30 years, Vic Payne is devoted to subject matter of a bygone era as shown in this original bronze, Good Ole Days. This sculpture takes us back in time to the hope of a committed flock with granddad, his boat, labs, decoys, and shotguns. The patina bronze is part of a study edition of 100. Mounted to marble and secured to a solid wood base. Measures 25"H x 46"L x 16"D.

Donated by Vic Payne




Check out The Mallard!

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A DU-inspired Cabin!

In 2010, ACS Log Build is introducing two exclusive Ducks Unlimited Special Edition log cabins with waterfowl- and DU-inspired treatments throughout. One of the cabin designs, The Mallard, will be on display at the DU Sporting Expo at the Gaylord Texan Resort, and will be auctioned on May 29 at the DU National Convention.

The cabin is created and logs prepared with great care by an avid DU member, duck hunter and conservationist, Craig Stewart, who also has done all of the beautiful log construction for several Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops stores throughout the country.

The footprint of The Mallard cabin is 26' x 40' (1040 sq. ft.) with a 8' x 40' log front porch. The log walls are "eco-friendly," utilizing dead, dry spruce and lodge pole pine. The walls are 8" milled logs with a rustic drawknife finish and full saddle notched corners. The interior features 10-foot ceiling height, allowing for an "open-living" concept. This cabin will have a minimal butt-joint format, with full log gables, log ridge beam and post. The cabin features 10 DU-branded steel brackets that connect porch beams and posts.

The log kit will include:

  • Full set of blueprints and stack sheets from Quick Draw Designs
  • Full window and exterior door package from Pella Windows. Pella Pro Line, Hartford green clad exteriors. Casement window with clear wood interiors and brown window cranks.
  • All log screws, lag screws and insulation tape, log builder caulk and nails
  • Custom Duck Unlimited steel brackets for the front porch and ridge post
  • Per assemble log package and cutting for all windows, beaver tail doors and windows and cut the gable rake
  • Custom-built "rustic" camp cooler provided by Louis Hymel
  • Up to 1 hour of technical support via phone and e-mail
  • Timber Edge Stain for the cabin exterior

Total value: $40,998

The above represents the complete cabin package being auctioned. This does not include any labor or shipping of the log kit from Dallas, Texas. No other materials are included in this package: i.e. sub-floor, interior walls, roofing, decking or T&G. It is the responsibility of the cabin owner to ensure provided plans are engineered to meet codes in the state and/or county in which the cabin will be located. Also in this package is a detailed list of lumber to be purchased by the homeowner at a local lumberyard. The cabin designer is available for additional technical assistance or to visit the job site and assist with construction, at the owner's expense. The log kit will be stored in Dallas for the buyer at the builder's expense for up to 60 days.

The DU Mallard cabin is donated by DU Official Licensee ACS Log Build, Kansas City, Missouri. For more information about Ducks Unlimited Special Edition log homes and purchase inquiries, please visit www.acslogs.com. Proceeds from cabin purchases benefit wetlands conservation.

This DU-branded cabin is the first of its kind. Be the first to own this cabin made with the highest-quality logs, designed by a DU supporter.




Bronze Bookends

Elegantly combine your love of waterfowl with function. Titled Canada Geese, these bookends were created by sculptor James Hoker. Jim is part of a family of talented artists who uses his natural ability and passion to craft works with museum quality refinement. The two solid bronze sculptures are handsomely mounted on walnut bases. Each piece weighs 7 lbs.

Donated by James Hoker




Hunting Setters Original Artwork

Charles Olivier De Penne was a landscape and animal painter, born in Paris in 1831. His love of dogs and scenes of the hunt were the driving force behind his art. During his lifetime, De Penne's sporting and animal paintings were highly sought after by collectors throughout the world. The original watercolor of two English setters is framed with an antique gold frame. Image size is 13" x 18½".




Rollie Stick

Here is your opportunity to own an authentic Rollie Stick handcrafted by Papa Duck himself. Rollie's yearly trip to the DU Annual Convention was always highlighted by the generous gift of his "sticks" to DU's leadership and his ever-present Razorback chant. Created in 1999, this unique Rollie Stick features a Mallard Hen head.




John E. Walker Tribute Bronze

Titled Sunrise at Johnny's, this beautiful bronze by Texas sculptor Ronnie Wells honors DU's late past president from the great state of Texas. Limited to an edition of only 10 pieces, this is number six in the series. One will be auctioned at each successive national convention auction through 2014, at which time the edition of 10 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 DU's National Headquarters in Memphis, beneath a special plaque upon which will be engraved the names of each successive buyer of the 10 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




Handmade Custom Door with Pintail Etching

For anyone who loves the outdoors, wetlands and waterfowl, Affinity Doors has just the product for your home or cabin. This handmade custom door is crafted from African mahogany and features a flock of pintails in flight etched into the glass. These custom doors are hand-sanded six times throughout the creation process. They go through a rigorous 19-step finishing process, including a top coat of marine-grade finish to protect the door against the elements. The finish color on this door is a light cherry and it measures 30" x 80" x 1¾" (a standard size).

Donated by Affinity Doors




1934 Ding Darling First Duck Stamp 50th Anniversary Restrike

Courtesy www.fws.gov

This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of waterfowl art history. Federal Duck Stamps were originally created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl. Today they have a much larger purpose as a vital tool for wetlands conservation. This image of a mallard pair was the first Federal Duck Stamp. The artwork is personally marked by Ding Darling with the inscription: "J.N. "Ding" Darling Design for 1st Federal Duck Stamp, 50th Anniversary Restrike." Handsomely framed with a DU medallion and carved feather.

Framing donated by Jerry Brocato with The Sporting World