Gaston Young Guns
-2024- Banquet Update
Wildlife Benefit Banquet and Oyster Roast
Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS)
A Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation
Fund Raising Event for the benefit of
Gaston County Wildlife and Wildlife Associated Activities
Date: March 16, 2024, Time: 6 P.M.
Place: Wood Duck Farm 1687 Robinson Road Gastonia, N.C. 28056
Event will include dinner/oyster roast/shrimp, live auction, silent auction, raffles, door prizes, and full-service bar.
Tickets: $75 - per person.
$250 - Sponsor Couple.
$500 / $750 /$1000 - Corporate Tables
Support by the community, our banquet sponsors, and all of those individuals who come each and every year, we thank you and look forward to seeing you on 16 March.
In addition to the floor raffles and drawings which can be experienced only by ticket holders, we will have a pre-banquet raffle which can be purchased and won by non-banquet attendees. Each ticket is $20 but each ticket is eligible for 2-drawings. Drawings will be held regardless of a non-sell out!
We encourage you get your tickets early as this is generally a "SOLD OUT" event. Call one of our members today.
Beth Jarman 919-710-9484 Bill Morgan 704-616-9447
Chris Spencer 704-813-3245 Craig Heffner 704-913-0161
Jay Jarman 252-425-0257 Jim Hoyle 704-813-3667
Larry Capps 704-914-7177 Mark Lowe 704-258-1103
Wood Duck Farm 704-864-0441
Coming together for "Getting Started Outdoors" and the December hunt!
- 2 December, 2023-
A lot of groups and concerned citizens came together this past Saturday for another great GSO hunt. The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC), the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) and the Gaston Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS) groups came together for another Getting Started Outdoors "GSO" event. Key elements to having such events include the above organizations but such success is amplified when landowners such as The Jarman Family become part of that team. Their working farm, "Wood Duck Farm-Gastonia, North Carolina" and the Jarman family open their property up for this event, and a better suited facility and grounds cannot be found elsewhere. This unique place was host to 15 new hunters, each of whom was individually mentored by seasoned hunters. Want to know more about Getting Started Outdoors, just click on the link and see what is happening in North Carolina! Double click on the photo collage for enhanced view!
PAWS Continues it's Youth Work through Community Enhancement
- 26 August, 2023-
The PAWS group continues to recognize the need for direct involvement with today's youth. Our mission statement recognizes that and we are pleased to remind everyone as to how we have been working toward that goal.
Our local citizens and parents support the Boy Scouts and throughout it's history we have seen seen many young lads become part of that organization. To that end, many of those youths have worked toward earning the Boy Scout Eagle Award. That award does not come easily. To aid and help those candidates vying for that high honor, the PAWS lends a helping hand through our direct involvement in projects which meet both our mission statement and that of the Boy Scout Eagle Awards Committee.
To this end the Gaston PAWS has been a part in raising 15 Eagle Scouts! Combined their selected projects included the installation of 3 pollinator gardens. Five (5) scouts built wood duck boxes/ birdhouses for a total of 55 wood duck boxes and 55 bird houses. Seven (7) scouts built birdhouses only for a total of 85 bird houses. Project requirements require the selected project must meet criteria which enhances or adds to the community . As such the locations selected were Holy Angles in Belmont, McAdenville Trails, Mount Holly Trails, Cramerton Trails, Warlick YMCA in Gastonia, Three Rivers Sewer Treatment Plants, both at the Belmont and Highway 321 facilities.
All the components, materials, machinery, and supervision for building these boxes occurred at Wood Duck Farm on Robinson Road in Gastonia. A special THANKS to the Jarman family for allowing the use of the farm for building and storage of our materials for these projects. Dr. Bill Jarman was a huge supporter of the PAWS ideas and contributed his time and home to that end. His family, Jay and Beth Jarman of Gastonia and Meredith and Dr. Fernando Cardenas of New Hill, North Carolina continue on with that legacy. Leading the PAWS team in this worthwhile endeavor is Larry Capps and Bill Morgan.
Kudos to all and congratulations to all of the Eagle Scouts who allowed us to be part of their journey.
-2023- Banquet Update
The 2023 Wildlife Benefit Banquet and Oyster Roast was once again a sell out. Support by the community, our banquet sponsors, and all of those individuals who come each and every year, we thank you.
The Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS); A Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, holds a banquet each year through which your support helps fund our on-going conservation efforts.
Our banquet event generally includes dinner/oyster roast/shrimp, live auction, silent auction, raffles, door prizes, & a full service bar. In addition to the floor raffles and drawings which can be experienced only by ticket holders, we will usually have a pre-banquet raffle which can be purchased and won by non-banquet attendees.
We encourage you to visit our webpage throughout the year and invite you to join us next year for the social event of the year. Pictures of our banquet can be found by clicking our Pictures tab.
2020 Eagle Scout Journey
-January, 2020 -
Congratulations to Austin Andrews upon completing his community project as part of his Eagle Scout journey! Austin chose a wildlife project consisting of building and installing wood duck habitat which he installed in McAdenville, NC. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of seeing wood ducks “in the wild”, they are without equals for their beauty and grace.