James Valley Pheasants Forever will hold a banquet on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Knights of Columbus Club 1883 banquet room. The cackle hour starts at 5 p.m. and a prime rib dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The meal will be served by the Barnes County North Trap Shooting Team. Tickets are $60, which includes a Pheasants Forever membership. The cost for current members is $25.

The banquet will have raffles, games and silent and live auctions for prizes.

Youth are invited to attend the banquet, which includes a game just for them. For their $25 ticket, they will get a "Ringneck" membership, a meal and chances at prizes.

James Valley Pheasants Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 2010 and is part of the national Pheasants Forever organization founded in 1982. Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants and other upland wildlife populations through habitat improvement, public awareness and education.

All funds raised at the banquet remain under the control of the local chapter to be used for youth projects, habitat improvement in the James Valley area and to support advocacy efforts on a state and national level. James Valley Pheasants Forever chapter supports three trap shooting teams, at Jamestown High School, the University of Jamestown and Barnes County North. The chapter provides more than 100 bags of food plot seed to local landowners to support wildlife and supports a precision agriculture project which allows a landowner to analyze his input/output costs for a field and determine if some acres should be left out of production due to low yields. Those acres can then be put into a different crop or perhaps into CRP or other program to provide income and wildlife habitat. Austin Lange is the local precision agriculture specialist who will speak to any landowner or farmer about this program.

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Tickets for the banquet are available at the door, from banquet committee members or online at https://pfqf.myeventscenter.com/event/Jvpf2021-52612.