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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner in Ripon March 31
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If you have ever seen a mature bull elk, it is one of the most magnificent sights in all of the outdoors. In a couple weeks it will once again be time for the annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fund raising dinner in beautiful Ripon. 

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 31, at the Ripon Community Center. For In the past 17 years our Central Valley Chapter of the Elk Foundation has raised over a million dollars for elk habitat.  Nation wide the Elk Foundation has purchased over 6 million acres and preserved them for not only elk, but for Trout, deer, bear and just about every other sort of critter you can imagine. 

For Tickets contact me at don.moyer@gmail.com.  If you have never been to one of the many outdoor fund raising events of this nature, I highly recommend it.  I attend every year and it’s a great time for the whole family.

Never been to such an event?  Here’s how it usually works. You assemble for an evening of food and fun in a festive atmosphere at a local social hall and raise money for wildlife. Tickets are $85 per person and then once you arrive you can buy drink tickets for alcoholic beverages and raffle tickets in hopes of winning one of a host of really super prizes. The first time I ever went to an Elk Foundation dinner, a friend had given me a free ticket as a gift. I felt sort of guilty, so I bought a $20 packet of raffle tickets and Lo and Behold, I won a Browning 30-06 rifle! I was delighted and could hardly believe my good fortune. I return year after year in hopes of winning more cool prizes.

Dinner is almost always roast beef or steak, accompanied by all the usual artery-clogging trimmings. You’re not there to lose weight, so relax, enjoy yourself, and return to your diet the following day. 

There is almost always a bevy of beautiful young women selling raffle tickets. Somehow they seem to sell more tickets than a bunch of ugly guys. Don’t get the impression that these dinners are some kind of wild stag party, because nothing could be further from the truth. Outdoor fundraisers are truly a family oriented event. You’ll see husbands and wives, as well as boys and girls too. Most years, I take my son, daughters, or sons-in-law along to join in the festivities.  

Once you have a bunch of raffle tickets you then have to decide which raffle item you want to try for since there are actually many individual raffles going on all at once. For example, there might be a raffle for a 7mm Remington Magnum suitable for elk or bear, another raffle for a Henry Youth Model 22, one for a gun safe, or a spotting scope, or a guided safari to Africa or Alaska. You put your raffle tickets in the bucket of the prize you most want to win. If you already have a 7mm

Magnum, you may put all your tickets in the bucket to try to win a Savage shotgun or a Colt 45.

One year my son was determined that he was going to win a Colt 45 and thus we put all of our tickets in the Colt raffle bucket. Darned if we didn’t win a Colt 45 for my son! He was delighted and so was I. Oddly enough, you seem to get luckier as you purchase more and more tickets. Of course it would probably have been cheaper to just buy the gun at the local gun shop, but its not nearly as much fun. 

No, you aren’t going to win, every time, but that’s not the point. You’re there to raise money to help pay for habitat, and wildlife easements, and even the salaries of the fish and game professionals who manage our resources for us. You buy critical migration routes, and desert water guzzlers that keep the wild game alive and prospering. If you havn’t been to one of the many outdoor wildlife fundraisers, by all means get out there and do so. The critters need our help!

 

Until Next Week,

Tight lines