North Country DU event raises more than $50,000

CLAYTON, New York – May 23, 2017 – More than 1,100 people helped raise more than $50,000 for Ducks Unlimited’s conservation work during the second annual North Country Gun Bash on March 25.

The event at the Cerow Recreation Park Ice Arena was a collaborative effort of the St. Lawrence River, Thousand Islands, Watertown, St. Lawrence River Valley and Long Falls chapters of Ducks Unlimited.

"The teamwork that went into the planning and execution of this event was second to none, and is the biggest reason why the event was so successful," said Ron Zega, Ducks Unlimited regional director in Eastern New York. "We could not have done it without the efforts of our volunteers and the wonderful folks at Van Tassel’s Gunsmithing."

Nearly 80 Ducks Unlimited volunteers coordinated the event, which included raffles for 96 guns. The sold-out event broke the state record for the highest attendance at a Ducks Unlimited event. Food was prepared by the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department.

Events like the North Country Gun Bash allow Ducks Unlimited to continue its mission of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Positioned in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, New York provides a critical connection between waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada and wintering grounds to the south. Ducks Unlimited has protected, enhanced or restored nearly 54,000 acres of wetlands in the state of New York, and has 16,000 members in the state.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.8 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit

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