For the funds of it

Ducks Unlimited banquet raises money for habitat preservation

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Some come for the food, others for the guns, but Amy Knights likes bidding on the prints.

At the 26th Annual Ducks Unlimited banquet, Knights, who was there with her husband, Jeff Knights, got the chance to bid on a few more prints and donate money to a good cause.

"We've been coming for the last five or six years and we both really love the outdoors," Amy Knights said. "They have really nice prints."

"Prints and guns," Jeff Knights added.

The banquet, held at the Craig Holiday Inn, sold about 100 tickets. About 25 came from as far as California during a hunting trip.

Ducks Unlimited Chairman Mike Anson said he and his wife, Mardi, received a call about two months ago from a group of hunters who attended the banquet last year, and wanted to reserve tables for this year's event.

About 85 percent of the funds raised during the banquet go to the national Ducks Unlimited. The organization touched the Yampa Valley about five years ago when it installed water controlling devices on the Yampa River near Hayden to flood low lands and provide resting areas for migrating birds. The organization also contributes to the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge.

"We've been very successful with the great donations from the community," Anson said.

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