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Copiah County Ducks Unlimited wins top award at state convention

LOUISE DOHERTY, Copiah County chairperson, shows the Black Duck Award won by Copiah County Ducks Unlimited this year. Only three chapters in the state were eligible for this outstanding award.

Due to COVID-19 this year, the Ducks Unlimited state convention scheduled to be held at McClain Lodge on July 23-25 in Brandon had to be held virtually.
The entire DU family hated not being together for the yearly event and the presentation of special statewide awards.
President Steven Bridwell, formerly of Crystal Springs, did a great job with these adverse circumstances.
Mississippi still raised more than $1,000,000 for the continuation of conservation of wetlands.
The top award for a chapter is the Black Duck Award. To win this award, the chapter must have won the Mallard Award for three years. Only three chapters were eligible in the state, and Copiah was among them.
Louise Doherty, chairperson for the Copiah chapter, stated, “This was a great accomplishment for our chapter. Thanks to the hard work of state chairman Steven Bridwell, Perry Hood (Stark’s) and Jerry Hood, and all those that bought tickets, attended, donated, and bought on the silent and live auction are the reason we won. Hunter Pridgen, our regional director was a big help, also. Our auctioneer, Henry Redmond was just great. I cannot thank you all enough. I’ve helped with the Copiah DU banquet since 2001. This has made me extremely proud. I’m hoping The Depot will have a place that we can proudly display the three Mallard Awards and the Black Duck. I would like everyone to be able to share in this award.
“Our 2020 banquet was set for Dec. 10 at the Country Club but due to Covid, our plans have changed. So, keep watching for updates,” she said.