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Manitoba's Waterfowl Festival Sept 29th, Selkirk
Just thought I'd post this up, in case any of you are heading up my way this fall. If anyone is wants more info, e-mail me or call the people at the bottom of the post.


Chris Benson


The Netley Marsh Waterfowl Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Canadian Waterfowl Festival will be held 29th September 2002 at the Selkirk Recreation Complex in Selkirk Manitoba.

The Festival celebrates a part of the rich heritage of the Netley-Libau Marshes; waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. It showcases the historical aspects of waterfowl hunting that has been and continues today to be a rich part of the cultural history and heritage of the area. It is also perhaps the largest single gathering of wildlife and waterfowl conservation organizations and exhibits both government and non-government in one place. These educational kiosks provide a tremendous opportunity to learn about the past, understand and experience the present and become part of the future of waterfowl and wetland management.

The Festival is an opportunity to introduce the youth and others to the concepts of the ethical use of waterfowl and other natural resources. Proceeds from the Festival are being used to support several youth orientated programs. Some of these include: Youth Waterfowl Heritage Days, the Thomas Haigh Schindler Scholarship Fund, Hunter and Firearm Safety Courses, Steel Shot Shooting Clinics and youth participation in wildlife and waterfowl programs like Green Wing Day and Canada goose banding and relocation projects. Some of the proceeds will also used to write and publish a "History of the Netley-Libau Marshes. It is expected that the book will be about the natural history of the area and the many related activities like waterfowl market hunting, hunting lodges, decoy carvers, duck boat builders, furbearer management and early attempts at managing waterfowl and wetland habitat.

Mr. Buck Gardner, three times Worlds' "Champion of Champion Duck Callers" will be at the Festival conducting duck calling clinics. This is an especially exciting experience for the youth and those others who either want to learn to call or refine their duck calling techniques. The "Manitoba Youth Duck and Goose Calling Championship" is again being held in conjunction with the Festival. Last year over 25 young people participated in this competition. This year there will also be a wild turkey calling demonstration by fourteen year old "Jake Hunter."

There will be something for nearly every member of the family. Some of the confirmed events include the Junior Rifle air rifle range, decoy hurling, field trial dog demonstrations, decoy carving, and "Duck Tails- Laments, Poetry, Readings and Sad Tails" from the marsh by not so well known authors and poets. This is an opportunity for folks to share their experiences on the marsh or the duck blind.

Every-one who visits the Festival will be entitled to enter a draw for several door prizes. As well, there will also be a rainbow raffle of decoys, hunting blinds, limited edition prints, other hunting equipment and many other attractive items. There may even be a live auction of "cocktail ducks" and other items like a purple martin bird house.

Admission to the Festival is Free. In the spirit of Waterfowler Heritage Days there will be something of every member of the family. The doors open at 11:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM. The Selkirk Junior Rifle Club will be operating a concession on site. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the premises and the Selkirk Rec. Complex is a non-smoking facility.

For more information please call:

Doug Tesch, President Netley Marsh Waterfowl Foundation Inc. at 1-204-757-2524.
Barry Verbiwski, Chairperson Canadian Waterfowl Festival at 1-204-482-9408.
Anyone wishing to enter the "Duck Tails-Poetry, Laments, Poetry, Readings and Sad Tails" can do so by contacting Barry Thorvaldson at 1-204-482-4249.

Nothing like picking something off the menu with a shotgun!
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