It's almost time for one my favorite events of the year, the Ducks Unlimited Banquet at the Shreveport Convention Center. This year, the event will take place Thursday, November 14th from 6 PM to 10 PM.

The folks from DU throw a great event with tons of raffles, giveaways and amazing food. But, even more than all that, the event helps an amazing cause. By simply buying a ticket and having fun, you can help DU's wetland conservation efforts and keep the skies filled with waterfowl for future generations.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. DU is able to multilaterally deliver its work through a series of partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and others.

Now that we've got all the serious stuff out of the way, let's talk about the reason why you're here, my top 5 reasons to attend this year's Ducks Unlimited Banquet:

1) If you’re one of those lucky people who always wins raffle drawings, this place is LOADED. You can win everything from duck calls to shotguns.

2) Some incredible food ... and nobody’s judging you for going back for seconds. Oh, and there's an open bar!

3) If you’ve been known to tell a lie or two, you’ll be in the right place. Everyone that attends is outdoorsman and won't pass judgement if you stretch the truth a bit on how big the rack on that deer you shot last weekend was.

4) All the camouflage and guns you could want without having to be in the blind

5) QUACKERS – Pretty girls selling raffle tickets.  But if your wife asks, they looked kind of homely.

A single ticket is $60, $80 for a couple's ticket or you can get an entire table for $500. You can find all the ticket info and buy your tickets here. But remember, the money from your ticket helps support an important cause, and DU takes the money raised from events like this and spends it on their highest priority areas and uses them to leverage additional funds from other sources.

So make sure you come out to have a fun night and support a great cause.