Ducks Unlimited holding banquet to raise money for wetlands

HUMBOLDT — Ducks Unlimited Humboldt is back again for this year’s banquet fundraiser at the Humboldt Uniplex.

The club is celebrating 35 years in the Humboldt area and Brett Suer, the club’s president, said that going strong for so many years is a testament to great support from past board members and the community.

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“For keeping anything going for 35 years, you have to be strong and have good community involvement and sponsors... There are people who still help with the banquet nowadays who have been on [the board] for many years.”

Ducks Unlimited Humboldt have had strong showings in the past for their annual fundraiser.

Suer said they have always had great prize opportunities that people are interested in, and great support from local businesses which gives employers an opportunity to take their employees out for a good time.

Just like in previous years, funds raised from the Humboldt banquet will continue to go towards protecting and maintaining wetlands. Suer said there are some fencing projects and repairs needed for that added protection of local projects.

All Saskatchewan wetlands are open to hunting unless posted but there is no vehicle access allowed to prevent damage from vehicles. Hunters must, therefore, approach the area on foot, Suer said, and fencing emphasizes that.

Suer enjoys hunting and wants a place for his future kids to enjoy it with him. Wetlands are a much-needed part of Saskatchewan wild spaces and community support, Suer said, and they need to be protected.

“It stints back into the community because you have people who hunt, like American hunters who come down, that puts money back into the community.”

Farms are getting bigger, he said, and habitats are diminishing because of it. While farmers have land that supports wildlife and wetlands, there needs to be breeding spaces as well. That’s where wetland protection is so important, Suer said.

“That’s what those lands are for so that they have a safe haven,” he said, and not just for ducks and waterfowl but for all wildlife.

Tickets for the Feb. 22 event are available online and through Ducks Unlimited committee volunteers. Tickets can be purchased by calling Suer at 306-231-3700 or Darcy Leonew at 306-231-6895.

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