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Deer hunt fundraiser starts Friday

The annual Morgan Academy Deer Hunt will take place this weekend across Dallas County and a few spots are still available for area hunters.

Todd Stewart, president of Moore-Stewart Ford in Selma and hunt master for the event, said 61 people have signed up for a weekend of hunting and to benefit the school, and space is available for four more hunters. The fundraiser runs Friday through Sunday.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Moore said. “It raises anywhere between $50,000 to $80,000 a year.”

Hunters will fan out across the county and bring their game back to the school where it can be quartered. This year’s event will also feature a chicken dinner Friday and a catfish fry Saturday.

The hunt is in its 11th year and has provided numerous upgrades for Morgan Academy, among them a new gymnasium, lights for the football and softball fields and upgraded concession stands and bathrooms.

Stewart said one of the main goals of this year’s hunt is to raise money to purchase an electric chalkboard. Stewart said the board allows a teacher to use a computer screen to project images on a blackboard for the class.

“We’re hoping to try a few out and see how they do, then we’ll look at getting a few more,” Stewart Said.

Registration for the event is $1,000 and includes everything except a hunting license and firearm, which hunters must provide for themselves. A $1,000 reward will be given to the owner of the land where the largest deer is killed.

To register for the event, visit www.morgan academy.com or call Stewart at 412-5763.