One of the aspects of predator and varmint hunting that appeals to me is the service it provides to farmers and ranchers. But beyond helping out my landowner friends, I also like that I can use my skills to give back to worthy causes in the community. I do the this by donating two yearly events to charity auctions; one in the spring and another in the fall. It's something every gun owner and predator hunter can do as well, and I'd encourage everyone to consider it.
Every spring I donate a gift certificate for what I call "Range Day" to a charity fund raiser. It's a 3-4 hour shooting session at the local gun club tailored to the buyer's interests. I'll let them shoot handgun, rifle and/or shotgun in a structured lesson-like format, or just let them do safe blasting; whatever tickles their fancy. Shooting ARs is always a popular option and dusting clay targets with a shotgun isn't far behind. The buyer always has a good time, and I enjoy the day as well.
In the fall I support another worthy cause with a certificate for a "Coyote Safari." The buyer in this case gets a 1-day guided coyote hunt with either rifle or camera. They jump in the truck with me and we spend the day trying to get them as many coyotes as possible. I never need much of an excuse to go coyote hunting, and the opportunity to take some wide-eyed neophytes on a hunt is always a yearly highlight. In the many years I've been doing this safari, no one has taken the camera option yet.
Can you "sell" a coyote hunt at a black tie fund-raiser? You better believe it.
I've learned that these kind of experience-oriented events do better at live auctions than at silent auctions. The fund raisers I attend usually are a blend of both, and I now have the organizers trained to put my donation in the live auction. I've also found that it takes a couple of years for word to get out about the fun experienced during one of these outings. With a little promotion and some patience, I'm now averaging winning bids of $500 each for my two events. And that's from crowds who are primarily non-gun owning and non-hunters. After all, most people are intrigued by firearms, they just never have the opportunity to use them. I provide that in a safe and fun environment and make money for two charities at the same time. There's no downside that I can see. Especially since just about every event involves youngsters.
Look around at the community fundraisers you attend. I'll bet there's at least one that's full of non-shooters who would love the opportunity to go out with you on a trip to the range or a small game hunt of some sort. Use your imagination and use your guns to give back a little. You'll always gain more than you give.