Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

Carole Williams, Club Reporter


The Daily Mining Gazette
September 27, 2000

Ottawa Sportsmen's Annual Turkey Shoot Draws Record Turnout

PELKIE - The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club grounds saw a lot of activity this past weekend during the 39th annual Turkey Shoot.

Club president Russ Weisinger reported a record turnout as well as an increase in participants in the various shooting events.

In addition to the usual gun reports heard, the civil war sound and smell of gunpowder filled the air when cannoneer Bob Gardner ignited the fuse on a small cannon used in a new game of chance.

"Observers who were at first skeptical that a cannon ball could even hit the target were amazed at the bull's eye accuracy of this historic weapon," said Mike Mickus and Joe Dyke, who helped with the event.

Following is a list of winners:

Trap Range: Jeff Collins, John Cowell, John Cowell Jr., Jesse Grentz, Mike Harkonen, Tyier Harkkonen, Dick Hauswirth, Ben John- son, and Nils Stenvig.

Free Standing Big Bore: Tom Clish Jr, Mike Laudicina ( 2 relays), John Loosemore, and Skip Van Buren.

Small Bore: Branden Hoiska, 1st Relay; Mike Delsonto, 2nd Relay; Brandon Hoiska, 3rd relay; Darren Hoiska, 4th Relay; Craig Hosika, 5th Relay; and Harold Mitcehell, 6th relay.

Youth Indoor Range: Age 14-16 PaintbaUs: Stefanie Kocher, Andrew Heikkanen, Jesse Vaklyvich and Nick Vaklyvich. Age 10-13 Hanging Targets: Jim Collins, Brad Paquette and Michelle Wood. Age 10-13 PaintbaUs: Mike Messer Jr., Ben Johnson, Todd Wunder and Ian Leonard. Age 5-9 Still Targets: Brian Johnson and John Jukkula, Michelle Wunder and Matt Kocher, Shane Maid, Aaron Sasinowski and Dustin Parrkila and Erik Kocher.

The Grand Raffle winner of $1,000 was Alien Reiss of Coopersburg, PA. Reiss purchased his winning ticket while visiting relatives in the Copper Country.

Winners of $100 each were Laura Holm of Baraga, John Heisel of Tomahawk (Wis.), William Kayramo of LAnse, Ray Maid of Baraga, and dint Vanburen of Skanee.

Donald Lehto of Baraga was the lucky winner of the rifle raffle, Eino Miilu of Mass City had his name drawn for the shotgun and Mike Erickson of Ontonagon took delivery of a dump truck heaped full with split and cut firewood.


The L'Anse Sentinel, Wednesday, September 27,2000

39th Turkey Shoot Draws Big Crowd

The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club, Pelkie, saw a lot of activity last weekend at its 39th Annual Turkey Shoot.

President Russ Weisinger reports a record turn out as well as an increase in participants in the various shooting events.

The following winners topped shooting events:

Trap Range - Jeff Collins, John Cowell, John CoweU, Jr., Jesse Orentz, Mike Harkonen, Tyier Harkonen, Dick Hauswirth, Ben Johnson and Nils Stenvig.

Free Standing Big Bore - Tom Clish, Jr., Mike Laudicina (2 relays) John Loosemore, and Skip Van Buren.

Small Bore - Brandon Hoiska, first Relay; Mike Delsonto, second Relay; Brandon Hoiska, third Relay; Darren Hoiska, fourth Relay; Craig Hoiska, fifth Relay; and Harold Mitchell, sixth Relay

Youth Indoor Range-Age 14-16 Paintballs, Stofanie Rocher, Andrew Noikkinen, Jesse Yaklyvich and Nick Yaklyvich; Age 10-13 Hanging Targets, Jim Collins, Brad Paquette and Michelle Wood; Age 10-13 Paintballs, Mike Messer, Jr., Ben Johnson, Todd Wunder and Ian Leonard) Age 5-9 Still Targets, Brian Johnson and John Jukkula (10 for 10), Michelle Wunder and Matt Kocher (8 for 10), Shane Maid, Aaron Sasinowski and Dustin Parkila (7 for 10); Erik Kochor, age 5, held his own at 5 for 10. Grand Raffle winner of $1,000 was Alien Reiss of Cooperburg, PA, purchased his winning ticket while visiting relatives in the Copper Country. Winners of $100 each were Laura Holm, Baraga; John Heisel, Tomahawk, WI, William Kayramo, LAnse; Ray Maid, Baraga; and Clint VanBuren, Skanee.

Donald Lehto of Baraga was the lucky winner of the rifle raffle. Eino Miilu of Mass had his name drawn for the shotgun and Mike Erickson of Ontonagon took delivery of a dump truck heaped with cut and split firewood.

In addition to these top winners, the 10 Cent Raffle, held continuously throughout the day, resulted in smiles on the faces of the many who had numbers drawn for the generous money prizes and beautiful merchandise prizes donated by area merchants and friends of the OSC.


The L'Anse Sentinel, Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Ekdahl, O'Leary to Speak at Next OSC Meeting Oct 2

Jim Ekdahl, DNR Deputy Director for the Upper Peninsula, will be a guest speaker at the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club's Oct. 2, meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Ekdahl will be discussing the treaty settlement for Eastern Lake superior and Lake Michigan.

Joseph O'Leary, Republican contender for election as Baraga County Prosecutor, will also address the membership and answer individual questions.

Business matters will include a discussion of the recent Michigan United Conservation Club's dues increase, the appointment of a nominating Committee for cub officers and a review of recent club activities.

The club's trap range has been closed for the year. Mike Harkonen and his range crew are to be commended for their efforts, particularly for the patience and guidance given to the many young people who showed great interest in this activity over the summer months.

Ed Fugenschuh reports that the 300 and 400-yard rifle range is near completion thanks to the very appreciated effort of Roger Turunon, Hogan Contracting, who donated his time and heavy equipment to help accomplish this task.

Emil Filpus' crew has also completed the welcome addition: of the roof shelter over the outdoor range shooting stations which are now beginning to see a lot of activity.

John Parkila and committee will once again be holding "Sight-in Days," for hunters at the clubhouse on Nov. 12 , 13 and 14. Hot coffee, doughnuts and a light lunch will be available.

The 39th Annual Turkey Shoot saw a record amount of participants in the shooting events as well as a very large crowd for the 10 Cent Raffle held inside the clubhouse throughout the day In addition to the usual gun reports heard, the civil war sound and smell of gun powder filled the air when Cannoneer Bob Gardner ignited the fuse on a small cannon used in a new game of chance.

"Observers who wore at first skeptical that a cannon ball could even hit the target were amazed at the bulls eye accuracy of this historic weapon," reported Mike Mickus and Joe Dyke who helped with this event.

President Russ Weisinger has asked, on behalf of the Ottawa Sportmen's Club, to express thanks to the community for its continued support of the Turkey Shoot and to the area merchants for their generosity in donating money and merchandise prizes for the many raffles.

As always, the OSC membership meetings are open to the public. Guests and new members are welcome.

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