This organization began in November of 1991 as an idea of a business man, Ron Hamilton – then owner of Guns & Game, to promote the positive image of sportsmen. It began as an association comprising of local hunting & fishing groups such as:
- The Whitetail Bow Hunters
- Mackinaw Valley Bow Hunters
- Central Illinois Bass Club
- Bloomington-Normal Bass Club
- Mackinaw Valley Bassmasters
- Kickapoo Muzzle Loaders
- McLean County Pheasants Forever, and the
- McLean County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited
In three short months these groups completed plans to hold a Wild Game Banquet, the first of a twenty year run and this year will be our 21st year. The purpose of the banquet was to raise money, to help McLean County charities, especially those pertaining to young children & the great outdoors. From the first banquet, $20,000.00 was raised for local charities, and in the years since over three quarters of a million dollars has been raised to continue helping children in McLean County.
For a list of individuals and organizations that we have supported throughout the years, click here.