On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Outback Ranch in Yucatan (rural Houston, Minn.) is hosting a unique event, a Fall Harvest Concert & Houston County Deer Classic.

This event has something for everyone - classic country music by Hall of Fame Artist Michael Martin Murphey, wildlife art by nationally known artist Michael Sieve, a silent auction, door prizes, plus fun for the whole family with a laser shot duck game, a cowboy dinner and more!

Hunters and wildlife enthusiasts can check out the Minnesota DNR's Wall of Shame trailer, listen to hunting stories, view deer mounts on display from the Houston County area and see wildlife art from Sieve's personal collection in addition to art provided by the Bluffland White Tails Association.

The doors open at 4:30 p.m. when participants can enjoy the wildlife art, food, drinks (cash bar) and artists' meet-n-greet. A complimentary cowboy dinner (with ticket purchase) begins at 5:30 p.m.

The music also begins at 4:30 p.m. with area favorite Front Porch Pickers that are opening for Murphey who takes the stage from 7 to 9 p.m.

In a phone interview, Murphey joked that he will be done by 9 p.m. for those hunters that want to go to bed early to be ready for the big hunt the next day!

Murphey is an American singer-songwriter best known for writing and performing of western music, country music and popular music. He is also a multiple Grammy nominee and has six gold albums.

His top hit singles include "Wildfire", "Carolina in the Pines", "What's Forever For", "A Long Line of Love", "What She Wants", and "Don't Count the Rainy Days".

Murphey promised a mix of his traditional hits with some cowboy Christmas and traditional western and cowboy songs sprinkled in.

Murphey explained that the event was sort of his idea. "A few years ago I was contemplating kicking off a holiday event in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and it happened to be the opening day of deer season.

"I was told nobody will be there; however, I sold out three shows in a row and had to add another show.

"Deer hunting includes a lot of families now and women enthusiasts also. They hunt all day and are looking for something to do besides hangout at a motel at the end of the day.

"I think this event (at the Outback Ranch) celebrates the hunting culture. I've been a hunter most of my life. Hunting brings people together.

"You don't have to be a hunter to enjoy this event though," he added. The art by Michael Sieve is beautiful, he noted, "There are really interesting exhibits and a great opportunity to do some 'man cave' shopping for Christmas."

Murphey also pointed out that the event is definitely family friendly. "You won't hear a curse word at my show."

The Outback Ranch is located at 7750 TT Road between Houston and Spring Grove (off of County 4 North).

Tickets for the event are $35/per person, 12 and are under free. Call (507) 896-5550 for more information or to purchase your ticket. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.outbackranch.net.

Organizers Jake and Holly Wieser of the Outback Ranch hope to make this an annual celebration of the bounty of the area's harvest.

About Michael Sieve

"To capture the adventure and excitement of the hunt is to know the sportsman. To join forces in preserving and protecting habitat is to understand the conservationist. To identify the songs of the wind and relish callused hands is to appreciate the farmer. To see this combination in a painting is to view the art of Michael Sieve," is how Cabela's website described his artwork.

Wildlife artist Michael Sieve realistically represents animals in his paintings; the hunter's perspective is evident. It is Sieve's intent that his paintings illustrate the individuality and dignity of the subject and an appropriate, accurate setting for its habitat.

Some of Sieve's greatest inspirations come from time spent with his children, Eric, Hannah and Heather, in their own backyard in rural Houston.

The backyard, however, is a little atypical. Sieve lives on 40 acres of land, which includes thousands of transplanted trees, a wildlife water hole, areas actively managed for wildlife with selective mowing and planting, birdhouses, bird feeders and a game farm with deer and wild turkey.

This dedication to conservation is apparent in other avenues as well. Sieve is a member of dozens of conservation organizations. He has assisted in raising millions of dollars for wildlife rehabilitation and habitat restoration.

Come to the Outback Ranch on Nov. 17 and enjoy beautiful works, listen to great music and have fun in a beautiful part of southeast Minnesota!