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Save Doctor Ducky, win gratitude, prizes | Renton Duck Hunt III

Evon Fuerst is surrounded by the 30 ducks at her Renton home that in about a week will start transforming into something very different for Duck Hunt III: A Case of Fowl Play. - Dean A. Radford/Renton Reporter
Evon Fuerst is surrounded by the 30 ducks at her Renton home that in about a week will start transforming into something very different for Duck Hunt III: A Case of Fowl Play.
— image credit: Dean A. Radford/Renton Reporter

Is Doctor Ducky doomed?

Not if you figure out how to pay his ransom.

Of course, there are a lot of unknowns, not unusual for this being Duck Hunt III: A Case of Fowl Play, when the mystery isn’t solved until the last page.

Any good mystery has a web of tension and deceit.

“One of our poor duckies has been duck-napped,” says Evon Fuerst, who is the duck wrangler (coordinator) for this year’s IKEA Renton River Days annual mystery duck hunt.

The idea is to find all 30 decorated ducks hosted at locations throughout Renton, mostly businesses and public buildings, and get a game-card stamped that when completed will spell out a message and have instructions about how to ransom Doctor Ducky (who, by the way, is not a doctor).

The ducks are named after mystery writers or characters in a mystery novel. It’s Sherflock Holmes’s, Doctor Ducky’s friend, who’s leading the hunt.

The ducks are 12 inches long and 9 inches tall.

The roughly month-long Duck Hunt III kicks off Friday, June 22, and ends Wednesday, July 26, followed by the big Renton River Days weekend. During the weekend,

turn in the completed game card at the official Duck Hunt booth for the chance to win prizes and the satisfaction of rescuing Doctor Ducky.

“We won’t know Doctor Ducky’s fate until River Days,” says Fuerst.

The Duck Hunt was developed by Mike Selinker of Renton, owner of the Sammamish-based Lone Shark Games, to mark the 25th anniversary in 2010 of the IKEA Renton River Days. Evon Fuerst is his wife and she’s taken on the task of duck wrangler.

Duck Hunt III is sponsored by First Savings Bank Northwest. The clues are co-sponsored by CenturyLink and TwinStar Credit Union.

 

How Duck Hunt III works

The concept is simple.

Find the ducks, figure out the ransom from clues, pay the ransom, free Doctor Ducky.

And win prizes.

Renton businesses and organizations are hosting 30 ducks throughout the city as part of the IKEA Renton River Days Duck Hunt III. The clues to find the ducks will be posted on Facebook and at RentonReporter.com starting June 22.

Each host will stamp a game card that when completed will explain how to rescue the duck-napped Doctor Ducky.

Download and print game card

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