2023 NCF Live Auction

Held during the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting, the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Auction is a great opportunity to support conservation, preview and donate items!

During the 2023 NACD Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA the NCF will return to hosting their Live Auction on February 13, 2023, in support of the NCF-Envirothon program and the Next Generation Leadership Institute. The mission of the NCF is to identify and advance strategic programs and partnerships to deliver conservation solutions through locally led conservation and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders. The vision of the NCF is to support delivery of locally led conservation and to create future conservation leaders.

Individuals, conservation districts and state associations are encouraged to donate unique items for the Live Auction. Items can feature local artists, a special product made only in your state or territory or interesting items with a conservation theme. Successful items in past auctions include pottery, jewelry and “made in” agriculture products.

Since the NCF is returning to the live only auction format, after completing the Auction Donation Form donors will be provided the shipping information for the meeting hotel and a date window. Smaller items can be brought along by NACD Annual Meeting attendees but will still need an Auction Donation Form entry. As they are received, all items will be added to our webpage with a description, photo and credit to who provided the donation. If you would like to donate an item to the 2023 NCF Live Auction, please fill out the donation form!

The auction will be held live in-person on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. 

Hand Crafted Leather Vase | Donated by: Meg Leader
Item Value: $150
Meg has been working with leather for over 50 years making everything from simple belts and wallets to unique artisan pieces like this vase. This vase is hand-carved leather wrapped around a glass center. The flower design on the leather is based on more traditional western leather carving reminiscent of pieces from the last two centuries. The artwork has been painted with subtle colors to highlight the flowers and greenery and then stained to bring out the depth of the carving. The vase is signed and dated by the artist.

Two Day Pheasant Hunt | Donated by: Dan Meyerhoff
Item value: $1,200
This is a two-day guided pheasant hunt for two people, hosted by Spillman Creek Lodge near Denmark, KS. The rich mix of prairie and farmland in the area is listed as one of the top pheasant hunting destinations in Kansas. The hunt includes all meals and three nights lodging in one of Spillman Creek’s comfortable and down home style lodges. Your guide for the hunt will be none other than Dan Meyerhoff, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts executive director.

Brunet Decoy Collection and Special DU Shelf | Donated by: Gary Blair
Item value: $500
Designed exclusively for Ducks Unlimited! Each year since 2000, Jett Brunet has carved a new miniature decoy exclusively for Ducks Unlimited. Brunet, one of the world’s most distinguished waterfowl carvers, won his first world championship at the age of 21. Each classic decoy has been masterfully carved in perfect detail and precise color. The 12 decoys you will receive are the Canvasback, Wood Duck, Black Duck, Mallard, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal and American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser and Goldeneye. Each decoy is valued at $35. The four-tier 16″W x 11″ shelf features a special groove for safely holding the keel of your decoys. There are also two hooks on the back if you prefer to hang your shelf and decoys on the wall. This beautiful shelf in a cherry finish features a bronze medallion with the Ducks Unlimited logo.

Benelli SBE3 20 Gauge – 2022 Shotgun of the Year | Donated by: Ducks Unlimited
Item value: $2,000
The Super Black Eagle name that all duck hunters have recognized for decades is now here in 20 gauge! Ducks Unlimited worked with Benelli to secure exclusive access to the only Super Black Eagle twenty bore with a wood stock and fore end in 2022. A beautiful coin finished receiver with DU embellishments and gold-inlaid with waterfowl scene engraving mate up with the 28” polished blue barrel with extended choke tubes. Each gun will have its own special DU serial number and comes with a hard polymer plastic case with DU logo to complete this highly sought-after shotgun.

Trapper Knife | Donated by: NACD Presidents Association
Item value: $65
This Trapper is a part of the White Synthetic Sparxx™ Family. The pure white handle is the perfect counterpart to the vibrant red shield. The Clip blade is commonly used as a multi-purpose blade and preferred for detail work while the Spey blade is commonly used as an all-purpose utility blade. This knife is constructed with Case Tru-Sharp™ stainless steel which is a special high-carbon steel that helps the blades hold an edge longer than conventional steel. It also offers extraordinary blade strength and corrosion resistance. Made in Bradford, PA, USA and engraved Presidents Association 2021.

50th Anniversary Buck Knife | Donated by: Dean Edson
Item value: $125
This item is a 50th Anniversary 112 Ranger Buck Knife. The knife is engraved with the text “NACD’s 77th Annual Meeting.”

Pendleton Blanket | Donated by: Terri Preeg Riggsby
Item value: $105
This item is a Pendleton Rancho Arroyo Shale Organic Cotton Throw. This brand-new blanket is patterned with the Ranch Arroyo Shale imagery; the pattern has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase. The blanket is made of organic cotton weave that is super soft and breathable – and an environmentally friendly choice! It is machine washable and 100% organic cotton with a turned hem. 230 GSM, 60” X 70”.

Basket with WV coffee mugs, handcrafted wooden coffee spoon, WV Coffee | Donated by: Wayne McKeever
Item value: $115
This item is a basket that contains two mugs, a spoon, and a bag of WV ground coffee. The mugs are ceramic and have an image of West Virginia on the side. The spoon is wooden and handmade.

Southern Drawl Cotton Towels | Donated by: Katie Sponberger
Item value: $125
This item includes a set of 2 bath towels (57” X 30”), 2 hand towels (29 ½” X 41”), and 2 wash cloths (16” X 16”) from Southern Drawl. Each towel is made from South Georgia cotton and like our sheets, everything is #FromFieldtoFabric. Southern Drawl premium cotton towels are the perfect combination of luxury and quality.

Hay Probe | Donated by: Bill Jordan
Item value: $70
This items is a hay probe used for collecting hay samples fast and easy.

Rich-N-Tone Daisy Cutter Duck Call | Donated by: John McAlpine
Item value: $180
This item is a Rich-N-Tone Daisy Cutter Duck Call hand made in Stuttgart, Arkansas. It is the Rice and Duck Capital of the world and home of the National Duck Call Contest. This auction item also includes a RNT XL tee shirt. The call was picked up in there custom shop just for the NACD Auction. It comes with a Lifetime Service and Warranty Guarantee

Framed Oil Painting | Donated by: Barbara Bleiweis
Item value: $275
This item is a framed oil painting titled “Bird Bath 2.” Bird Bath 2 is the vibrant work of Charlotte impressionist artist, Mary Kamerer. Mary finds inspiration in nature and her work conveys the beauty of conservation in landscapes, wildlife and still life. Mary’s work captures the beauty of conservation in North Carolina as well as other states. Bird Bath 2 is part of a trio of paintings based on photographs sent to her from a photographer friend in South Texas who captured a green jay bathing in garden her bird bath. The dimensions of the painting are 9″ x 12″ and is framed in a dark wooden frame.

Outstanding Franklin Mint “Guardians Of The World Hourglass” Bronze Animal Sculpture | Donated by: Tina Blum
Item value: $350
This Outstanding Franklin Mint “Guardians Of The World Hourglass” Bronze Animal Sculpture is Signed and Designed By Steve D. Lord Sculpture is an intricately detailed breathtaking art sculpture with bronze animals and comes with a removable hourglass! Mounted on solid dark wood round base of 9″ W x 1 3/8″ H. Labeled and signed on the base “Conservation International Presents Guardians Of The World Hour Glass By Steve D. Lord”. The Solid bronze sculpture is 9 1/4″ W x 10″ L x 13 1/2″ H and the hour glass is 3″ W x 7″ H. The sculpture weighs just under 15 pounds and is a “Must Have” for collectors!

Amish Quilt | Donated by: Brenda Shambaugh
Item value: $600
This item is a large authentic Amish quilt sewn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It features a red, white, and blue design in the center with a red floral border.

2023 Ducks Unlimited Duck of the Year Black Duck | Donated by: Gary Blair
Item value: $500
This item is a beautiful cast resin Black Duck from an original carving by World Champion Carver, Jett Brunet. It is painted in exact detail and has a Ducks Unlimited cloisonne style medallion inlaid in the felt covered bottom. The dimensions of the duck are 14″ x 61/2″ x 8″.

Homemade Checkerboard | Donated by: Missouri Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Item value: $125
This hand crafted checkerboard is made by a Missouri craftsman. The wood used for the checkerboard has been harvested from the craftsman’s farm and includes walnut, oak and other trees.

Charcuterie Board and Set of Coasters | Donated by: Missouri Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Item value: $160
This hand crafted charcuterie board and set of coasters is made by a Missouri craftsman. The wood used for the checkerboard has been harvested from the craftsman’s farm and includes walnut, oak and other trees.

Waterfowl Hunt with NACD President Michael Crowder | Donated by: Michael Crowder
Item value: $2,500
This hunt package includes a 2-day duck hunt at the historic Barker Ranch in Richland, Washington with NACD President Michael Crowder for the winning bidder and one guest.

Barker Ranch is a world-class duck hunting club and premier wetland restoration area, home to long term wetland restoration and wildlife management efforts. The Ranch is only minutes from the finest vineyards and wineries in Washington State and private tours and tastings can be arranged. The hunt will be in the 2023 hunting season on dates mutually agreed upon by all parties. (Does not include travel costs, WA License fees or Federal Waterfowl Stamp fees)

John Deere X570 Lawn Tractor with 48-inch Deck | Donated by: John Deere
Item value: $6,800
The John Deere X570 Series lawn tractor lets you mow with precision, faster. A quality cut is just the start of what this tractor can do, negotiate steep inclines with complete confidence, and go where you need to go. Heavy-duty frames support heavy-duty work. Increase traction with foot-operated traction control.

Specifications: Engine power 24 hp; Displacement 44.3 cu in./ 726 cc; Type Overhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter; Cylinders V-twin, cast-iron liners; Governor Mechanical; Choke/speed control Separate levers, automatic choke return; Cooling method Air; Air cleaner Dry, replaceable with foam pre cleaner; Oil change No-tools oil drain w/ replaceable filter; Oil change No-tools oil drain w/ replaceable filter; Engine manufacturer/model FS730V; Transaxle type K72 hydrostatic integrated w/ transaxle; Transaxle control Twin Touch™ pedals; Rear tires 24×12-12 turf; Lift system type Foot pedal w/ adjt. spring assist; Cutting width Accel Deep™ mower deck, 48″

U.S. warranty: 4 year/500 hour bumper-to-bumper** (**Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.)

24-Gun Liberty/Case IH Safe | Donated by: Case IH
Item value: $1,500
With 30 years in the business and over 2 million safes sold, Liberty is America’s #1 safe manufacturer. That’s why Case IH chose to partner with them for their line of home safes. Liberty safes are backed by an ironclad lifetime fire and theft warranty. This black textured, American-made safe has a 40 minute fire rating and will securely hold 24 long guns (or anything else you want to keep safe). It comes complete with the Liberty UL Listed TOPLIT E-lock. At 390lbs, it’s a good thing it will be shipped directly to your nearest Case IH Dealer. The safe measures 23″X28.25″X59.5″.

Deluxe 48-Gun Liberty/Case IH Safe | Donated by: Case IH
Item value: $2,850
With 30 years in the business and over 2 million safes sold, Liberty is America’s #1 safe manufacturer. That’s why Case IH chose to partner with them for their line of home safes. Liberty safes are backed by an ironclad lifetime fire and theft warranty. This DELUXE model, American-made safe in Burgundy Marble has a 75 minute fire rating and will securely hold 48 long guns (or anything else you want to keep safe). It has brass appointments with camel colored fabric inside. This beautiful safe weighs 745lbs, but Case IH will be shipping it to your nearest Case IH Dealer. The safe measures 25″X42″X60.5″.

 

Deluxe 64-Gun Liberty/Case IH Safe | Donated by: Case IH
Item value: $3,700
With 30 years in the business and over 2 million safes sold, Liberty is America’s #1 safe manufacturer. That’s why Case IH chose to partner with them for their line of home safes. Liberty safes are backed by an ironclad lifetime fire and theft warranty. Have a LOT of valuable stuff? Want to keep it safe? This huge DELUXE model, AMERICAN MADE safe in a Granite color has a 75 minute fire rating and will securely hold 64 long guns (or anything else you want to keep safe). It has 1/4″ military grade locking bars as well as triple hard-plate and re-lockers that guard the locking mechanism. This monster of a security vault measures 32″X42″X60.5″ and weighs 895lbs! Good thing Case IH is taking care of shipping it to your nearest Case IH Dealer.

Handmade Leather Items | Donated by: New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts
Item value: $290
One of a kind- hand-carved sunflower design leather hairbrush, earrings and wallet! One-of-a-kind hand-carved leather Yeti cup sleeve and key chain! One-of-a-kind hand-carved beautiful leather earrings!

Hunting Knife | Donated by: West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts
Item value: $130
This item is a West Virginia hand-made knife, stainless steel blade, curly maple handle. The blade, handle and sheath all made in-house. This knife is ideal for de-boning. The NACD Logo is on the  blade.

Etta B. Pottery Tray with Handles and Easel | Donated by: Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts
Item value: $100
This pottery tray has a beautiful design in the center and the colors will go with every color scheme in your home. It can be used to serve or can just be resting on the easel.

Louisiana Grown Basket | Donated by: Louisiana Association of Conservation District Employees
Item value: $175
This item is a foldable cooler filled with Louisiana grown/made products, such as pecans, rice, raw sugar, coffee, pecan oil, and chocolates. What makes this basket unique is that each item in with the exception of the cooler and the utensils, was either grown or made right in the host state of Louisiana. The individual who wins this auction item can take home a bit of Louisiana with them when they depart New Orleans.

For each donated item, you will need to provide the following information:

  1. Who is donating the item (individual or organization)? You will be asked to include a contact name, phone number and email as well as a street address for the individual or organization.
  2. What is the item (How would you like for it to be listed in the Auction? Any additional information for the marketing ad copy is helpful.)
  3. What is the estimated value of the item?
  4. A digital photo (preferably Hi-Res) that is a good representation of the item.

The deadline for donation items to be submitted is close of business on January 31, 2023. 

Please note: All items are to be shipped or brought to the Live Auction site in New Orleans. As the Live Auction date approaches, NACD will reach out with shipping information and the date window for sending items to New Orleans. Please do NOT ship items to the NACD office.

If you have questions, please contact Keith Owen, NACD Director of Education at keith-owen[at]nacdnet.org.

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