MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - They like big bucks, and they cannot lie.
Kainay Community Church in Muskegon will be hosting its first sportsmen’s dinner on Friday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at the church, 3387 Heights Ravenna Road in Muskegon.
The event will include a dinner of roast pig and venison, seminars on hunting and fishing, a display of white-tailed deer trophies, inspirational speakers and door prizes.
“Our mission statement is to let people taste and see that the one who made the outdoors is good,” said Pastor Doug Moorhead, drawing on Psalm 34:8.
Kainay is an interdenominational church with a focus on outreach. The name Kainay comes from the Greek language meaning new, fresh or innovative, according to the church. Moorhead brings the sportsman’s dinner idea from a previous church he served at, Spring Lake Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
“(Attendance) almost doubled every year, until we ran out of space,” Moorhead told The Muskegon Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1NwglS5 ). The group eventually held the event on separate nights to accommodate the higher numbers.
He hopes for a similar reception in Muskegon - both West Michigan and Green Bay have high percentages of hunters.
“I think the demographic is very appropriate for what we’re trying to do,” Moorhead said.
Doors open at 4 p.m., seminars begin at 4:30, dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and a keynote speech is at 8 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Tracy Breen, a professional hunter and inspirational speaker who lives in Muskegon.
A variety of activities and presentations will be included in the event:
-Trophies Of Grace, Northern Division will display whitetail trophy bucks.
-Tracy Breen is an inspirational speaker and an outdoor writer for publications including Outdoor Life, Buckmasters, and Bow Hunting World. Each year Tracy travels the country telling his life story and sharing hunting techniques and the gospel.
-Eastern Predator Calling is a presentation by Brandon Nutt from Brandon Nutt Outdoors, an outdoor media production team that specializes in filming a wide variety of outdoor adventures. They will speak on game calling techniques.
-Steelhead Fishing is a presentation by Steelhead Manifesto, which is dedicated to everything Steelhead, Trout and Salmon. They will share tips, tricks and latest products on river and stream fishing.
Ravenna’s Seth McCullough, founder and owner of Bully’s Game Calls, will also make an appearance.
-Grand Prize Raffle and Door Prizes: A grand-prize raffle ticket will be included with the price of admission. Grand prizes include a Mathews Z-2 Bow a Remington 783 30-6 rifle, a Maverick 88 12-gauge shotgun, and a 10-foot Sun Dolphin Kayak.
Tickets are $15 per person. A table for 8 people may also be purchased for $100. The ticket includes dinner, seminars and grand prize raffle ticket.
Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon
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