First Pentecostal Church of Minden celebrated its first annual trophy competition with an impressive collection of deer, elk, bear and fish mounts.
About 200 avid hunters and fishermen gathered to view over 50 beautiful game and fish works of art. Also on display was a collection of antique fishing lures and tackle assembled by John F. Wallace of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Among the trophies displayed were huge racks of whitetail deer, an elk, a European stag, a bobcat reaching to catch a pheasant, a black bear rug, a full-body mount of a deer leaping a fence and an LSU deer mount decorated in purple and gold. Fish mounts included many large-mouth bass, redfish, crappie and a peacock bass from Brazil. All trophies were taken by local sportsmen.
The evening featured a blue grass band, many door prizes offered by sponsors and a grand prize of a guided fishing trip by Joe Mitchell. A gumbo dinner was also provided.
Minister Allan Jordan planned the event not only to bring local sportsmen together for good fellowship, but also to invite new members to the church. He suggested that as hunters and fishermen reach out to wild game species, they are very capable of persuading fellow sportsmen to return to God. He reminded us of the scripture passage in Jeremiah 16:16 where dedicated sportsmen could be fishermen and hunters of men. He plans to expand this event to hunter and fishermen of all denominations in the future.