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With the pheasant hunting season over, thoughts of pheasant hunters, conservationists and landowners will shift. Now the focus until the next season will be how to preserve the populations of the popular game bird.

To that end, there are a couple of conservation banquets to raise awareness and funds for the need to improve habitat.

The first of these will be held by the Neuse River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. Their annual banquet was held on March 5, 2015, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Centre. The evening kicked off at 6pm with a social hour that was followed by a catered dinner.

Fundraising was achieved by the ticket sales as well as silent and live auctions, raffles and other festivities. All the ticket sales allowed purchasers to be a member of the conservation group for one year.

Another conservation group, The New River Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will meet on March 13. Their Hunting Heritage Banquet evening, due to start at 6pm as well, will be held at the Jacksonville Conference Center. The event will begin with a cocktail hour and dinner served at 7:30pm.

Funds will also be raised through the auction of a variety of wildlife-related art and gear. Two items have already gained attention. The South Dakota Merriam turkey hunt and archery deer hunt experiences, donated by Mike Stroff of Savage Outdoors, will be highly sought after by many.

The importance of conservation has been highlighted a lot recently. Many people believe that the 78% decline in pheasant populations has mainly been due to the lost natural habitats that have resulted in lands being taken out of the Conservation Reserve Program. The 2014 Farm Bill was supposed to have aided recovery, yet it is far too soon to see if it has had the desired impact.

Will you be attending a banquet for conservation this year? Will the funds raised make much of an impact?

Let us know in the comments below.

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