Stockmen’s Foundation to raffle unique cowboy rifle

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) will soon be raffling a limited-edition Marlin 1895 Cowboy Gun valued at $1,600. Money raised through the rifle raffle will be used to enhance the state’s beef industry by supporting research, education, promotion, building and leadership objectives.

The 45-75 caliber gun features three wooden engravings commemorating the North Dakota cattle industry and serves as a symbol of its proud history and heritage. The fully functional firearm is also individually numbered with a “1,” as it is the first of 100 in the limited-edition series.

Raffle tickets are available for $20 from any NDSF director; staff member; committee member, including Van Amundson of Jamestown, Gene Harris of Killdeer, and Richard C. Tokach of St. Anthony; or Dave Petry of Minot. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Annual Convention & Trade Show Sept. 25 in Bismarck. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, and contributions are tax-deductible.

“In its first year, the NDSF has assisted several projects, thanks to the generosity of cattle producers and beef industry advocates,” said Zap, N.D., cattle rancher and NDSF President Jack Reich. Its most recent contribution was to a disaster relief effort launched by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation to assist North Dakota producers whose fences and infrastructure were damaged or destroyed during the winter and spring storms.

This year, the NDSF also designated two collegiate scholarships for students enrolled in beef-related coursework. The scholarships will be awarded during the NDSA convention.

The NDSF is a support arm of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. The foundation was designed to assist with research, education, leadership, building and related objectives.