Each year one of the hottest auction items at the annual Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet is for a single Arkansas youth Elk tag. The tag, usually available in limited lottery draw, is donated by the Game and Fish Commission. Funds raised from its auction are used for habitat improvement, public education and research.

The auction is scheduled to begin after ceremonies honoring Arkansas’ greatest conservation leaders for 2017. In addition to the Youth Elk tag, banquet attendees will also have opportunities to bid on guided Arkansas duck hunts, hunting and outdoor gear, conservation artwork as well as silent auction items.

Funds from ticket sales and auctions help support Arkansas’ largest and oldest private non profit conservation group, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Its mission is to advocate for the sustainable use of Arkansas’s wildlife habitats and natural resources for future generations.

The awards banquet and auction is scheduled for Aug. 12 at the James “Jitters” Morgan White Hall Community Center, 9801 Dollarway Road, White Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m. The conservation awards and live auction beginning about 6:30 pm.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online. Ticket; $25 Individual $250 for table of eight. For more information log onto www.ArWild.org or call 501-414-2845.