The Herald Bulletin

March 20, 2013

Rick Bramwell: Firearms winners in lotteries


For The Herald Bulletin

— My grandson Grant called last week. “Hi Papa how are you?”

I replied, “What are you selling?””How do you know I am selling something.”he asked. I already had a heads up from son Greg.

Grant is a sophomore baseball player for Terry Turner’s Anderson Indians and the team was selling discount coupon books for local restaurants. They sell for $20 and the team probably gets $3.

A baseball league in Central Illinois, Attwood-Hammond, raffled a half hog last year and just had enough money to pay the butcher. This year, the league was really strapped for cash and needed an innovative idea that would raise a pot full of cash. As of Tuesday evening they had sold over $14,000 in raffle tickets.

The league is giving away a Rock River Arms Tactical Operator Two, AR-15 assault rifle and 260 rounds of ammo.

I’ve been following this story on Facebook by going to the Atwood Armory site. Gun shop owner Chariday Bucher has been getting calls from out of state and a steady stream of foot traffic. “They start calling at 4:30 in the morning,” he said. The number is 217-578-2767.

Like any other gun purchase, the gun dealer holds this gun and will only award it after the winner passes a background check. The league has had only a handful of complaints. Who is next?  I’m ready to buy a ticket.

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Guns, art work, hand carved decoys and other outdoor goodies await you at the Anderson Ducks Unlimited 2013 Annual Dinner, Saturday, April 13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the catered meal being served at 6:45.

This year “The Great Gun Giveaway” will be unveiled.

I judge wildlife fundraisers on how lucky I have been at winning things. DU banquets are number one. I have won lots of stuff including three guns.

Last spring, I had a ticket for the DU event and almost forgot to go. I was working in the garden when it dawned on me about 5:30 p.m. I showered and got there in time for a delicious meal and to buy a $20 raffle ticket for “The DU 75th Anniversary Gun.”I wound up with the lucky ticket and you will find my name in the pot again this year.

With guns being in short supply, the demand for these DU banquet reservations will be high. Contact Cris Tanner at 765-623-4213 or Cody Treas at 765-623-9920 while seats are available.

The banquet is being held at the Range Line Community Center, 1405 N. Range Line Road, Anderson.

After deer season, I began putting out shelled corn for wildlife. The meeting place, for an after dark meal is the back of my property where two fencerows meet. Lots of deer and raccoon tracks.

Morels are being found in eight states, Including Kentucky. I have found them as early as March 23 in Madison County.

Rick Bramwell’s weekly outdoors columns can be found in Thursday’s HB.