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Whitetails Unlimited Macoupin County Chapter holds annual banquet

The Macoupin County Chapter Whitetails’ Unlimited banquet attracted a large crowd at the Standard City Rustic Venues Feb 24. Every table was filled for a dinner, auction, raffle ticket drawings and more. Enquirer~Democrat photo by Jackson Wilson.


Enquirer Democrat Reporter

The Rustic Venues in Standard City was jam-packed once again for the annual Whitetails Unlimited banquet, hosted by the Macoupin County Chapter, Feb. 24.

The evening started with socialization and many activities in preparation for the main event, which consisted of a chicken/pork chop dinner, recognition of veterans and first responders, raffle drawings and a prize auction.

A total of 35 gifts and prizes were auctioned and the Chapter gave away other pieces of hunting merchandise and decor via its raffle ticket drawings.

As an added bonus, the auction’s most dedicated spender received a special plated firearm. This year’s top recipient bid $1,800 on an item – a massive individual contribution that would help the Chapter meet its ultimate goal of raising funds for organizations that it benefits yearly.

Many volunteers assisted with item display, including the Carlinville ClayBusters.

In addition to the many raffle drawings, there were games for the youth to participate in as well. A favorite, as featured in past renditions of the banquet, was a hunting spoof of PLINKO – a game from the popular television series “The Price Is Right” in which contestants drop chips into a vertical board and watch each one ricochet off pegs into prize slots at the bottom. There was also a “Kid’s Corner,” a play area for the younger children to hang out in.

“Overall, this was a very good banquet,” said Whitetails’ member Quinn Reiher. “I would like to thank everyone that spent the evening with us. The turnout was decent with everything going on the same night and the Rustic is always an amazing venue to hold this in.”

The Whitetails Unlimited funds hunter safety courses, youth turkey hunts and archery targets at the local state park.

The Macoupin County Chapter would like to inform the public about an upcoming hunting safety course. All who are interested and seeking to learn more can sign up at the Carlinville Glass Cutters.


The Whitetails Unlimited Macoupin County Chapter held its yearly banquet at the Rustic Venues Feb. 24. Photo contributed.