THOMSON, Ill. — A Sportsman’s Banquet for all area outdoorsmen, which will be March 3 at Majestic Pines in Thomson and catered by Dusty’s, will bring area sportsmen together for a meal and fellowship.

An auction featuring sporting goods, decoys, deer packages and wildlife art is planned. A special portion of the banquet is reserved for beginning hunters. Hunting families are encouraged to bring their kids as they will have games just for them.

Older youths are also eligible to participate in the “free youth gun raffle.” Several sponsors of the event have donated toward this special event for the kids. Another activity for the kids will be a ring toss game that allows kids to win prizes and feel like they are a part of the evening. The idea of involving kids in the event is to keep the traditions of hunting, shooting, and outdoor sports strong.

A large raffle is planned for the women and will feature many prizes and a ladies' handgun. The event will feature raffles to win deer hunting packages, waterfowl hunting packages, sporting goods, wildlife art and collectibles. The fundraiser is hosted by the Mississippi Flyway chapter of Waterfowl USA. The wetland and waterfowl conservation group uses funds for local conservation efforts.

For more information about the Sportsmen’s Banquet or how you can help, call Ron Kaufman at (309) 887-4390.