Waterfowl Conservation

Waterfowl habitats in Georgetown County are among the most productive and sensitive ones on the planet, offering a large variety of birds for hunters and bird enthusiasts alike.

That is the reason that the Georgetown County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is hosting its Annual Dinner and Conservation Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Winyah Indigo Society Hall in Georgetown.

In fact, Harris Chewning, chairman of the event, said Georgetown County sits on the Atlantic Coast Flyway, which is a migratory route for many species of waterfowl.

“More ducks and other waterfowl move through here than just about anywhere in the country,” Chewning said. “The money raised from this event and through our chapter helps preserve, protect and in some cases restore waterfowl habitat.”

The dinner and banquet will feature locally produced cuisine, including two pigs for pulled pork barbecue, as well as raffles and auctions for items and trips that cannot be purchased outside of the event. The trips include duck-hunting trips to Argentina and Uruguay, and pheasant-hunting trips to South Dakota. 

Other prizes include Ducks Unlimited artwork, shotguns, rifles and handguns. During the event, Ducks Unlimited awards a gun manufacturer with the Shotgun of the Year and the Pistol of the Year awards.

Chewning said the group expects about 250 people to attend the event and the public is invited to attend. 

“This event is for anyone that is interested in or connected to the culture of Georgetown County in any way,” Chewning said. “Come experience this presentation of Lowcountry duck-hunting culture.”

Tickets, which can be purchased online at www.ducks.org, or at the door, are $65 per person or $100 per couple. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., followed by the auction. An open bar will serve beer, wine and mixed drinks. 

For more information, contact Harris Chewning at 843-833-7863 or by email at [email protected].