Outdoors briefs: Tri-City DU chapter plans auction, banquet

RICHLAND -- The Tri-City Chapter of Ducks Unlimited plans a luau-themed auction and banquet May 16 at the Clarion Hotel, 1515 George Washington Way in Richland.

Doors open at 3 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance.

For tickets or more information, contact event co-chairman Jeff Rampon, at (509) 308-6124.

Hike aims to raise money for food bank

Hike up Badger Mountain and help fight hunger in the Tri-Cities.

The hike May 16 is a fundraiser for Second Harvest Tri-Cities, a food bank.

Registration is at 8 a.m. at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland. Cost is $10 for adults (18 years and older), $5 for youths, and children 7 and under are free. Teams of 10 or more receive a 50 percent discount.

For more information, to register, or to sponsor the event call Pamela Sparks, 509-585-3924, or Laura Mayovsky, 509-438-2629.

Elk antler auction raises over $15,000

NACHES -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife raised $15,032 for winter elk feeding at its first auction of shed elk antlers at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area in Yakima County.

About 1,275 pounds of antlers were sold at the auction May 2, which was attended by about 150 people. Most of the shed antlers were picked up by staff and volunteers from the Oak Creek winter feeding stations over the last several years; some came from other areas of the state.

The highest single sale of $550 was made on a set of eight-point elk antlers from the Hanford area.

John McGowan, the department's Oak Creek manager, said the funds raised will cover about 18 percent of the hay cost for an average, 80-day, winter elk feeding season.