Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

Carole Williams, Club Reporter

The L'Anse Sentinel, Wednesday, November 14, 2000

Ottawa Sportsmen Set Fall Activities

The Ottawa Sportsmen met on Nov. 5, 2001 with 33 members in attendance. Five new members were welcomed, bringing the total membership to 350. Those who recently joined are Dick and Ryan Schaefer of LAnse, Steve Narhi from Ishpeming, Scott Pugh who resides in Atlantic Mine and Steve Dyke who is a resident of downstate Walker, Michigan.

Handicap Accessible
The membership heard several committee reports and were especially pleased to leam that the work to make the outdoor range completely handicapped accessible has been completed. The improvements made in this area were largely due to the efforts of Vice President Emil Filpus and Board members Ed Fugenschuh and Ron Haka, with the membership pitching in for the sidewalk and indoor range cement pour. Ed recently installed several shooting benches especially designed for hunters confined to wheelchairs.

Sighting in Days
The OSC outdoor range is open to the public and has seen lots of use by hunters sighting in rifles in time for the opening day of the firearms deer season. The club has been running its "Sight-In Days" since Monday Nov. 12 and will continue this service through Wednesday night. Members will be on hand in the club as well as out on the range to answer questions and help when needed. Bore sighting can be also be done at the club.

Buck Contest
The OSC will hold its Buck Contest again this year. Entry forms are available at the club and a total of $245 will be given out; $100 for heaviest buck, $75 for average buck, $50 for lightest buck and $20 for the last chance consolation prize. Ron Moilanen, Pelkie Meat Processing, will weigh deer by evening appointment only and can be called at 353-7479 to set up a time to bring a buck in for an official weigh-in on Ron's certified scale.

Courtney Lake
President Russ Weisinger reported that the logging operation at the club's Courtney Lake property is progressing well and that profits from this project will be earmarked in a special fund for the club's picnic and campground improvements at Courtney Lake. Russ also read many letters from area school children thanking the Ottawa Sportsmen for the use of club property for classroom field trip nature studies, for "Tracks Magazine" classroom subscriptions and for the donation of funds for conservation oriented school library books. President Weisinger also announced that a grant request from an area school to outfit a classroom of students with snowshoes for winter field trip nature studies had been forwarded to the Endowment Committee for action.

Certified Instructor
Ron Granroth, who directs the OSC Youth Shooting Sports Camp, recently completed an intensive NRA training course in Ishpeming and is now a Certified Range Instructor for the club. Ron will be qualified to do the fieldwork portion of the instruction needed for a CCW permit and plans to complete additional Master training in order to become a Certified Chief Range Safety Officer.

Venison Booyaw
The club will hold its 2nd Annual Venison Booyaw on Saturday, Dec. 1 with a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner to follow at 6 p.m. Members and guests are encouraged to bring in their "trophy" racks for "Show & Tell Time". Special dinner guests will be area merchants and businessmen who donated merchandise and cash prizes for the club's Turkey Shoot this year.

There will be a short and light hearted after dinner appreciation program dedicated to those who have helped with the club improvements this year and door prizes will be awarded. Guitarist Tommy Hiltunen, who may be joined by some other talented local musicians, will lead an after dinner sing-a-long. Reservations are not mandatory, but it would be helpful if members and guests were to sign up at the club or to call Chef Mike Mickus at 296-0986 or Carole Williams at 338-2507 to have their names put on the supper list.

Other Business
In other business, the members learned that the OSC Board of Directors is considering the possibility of having a professional local artist design a wall mural to replace the time worn picture now at the club. This would be a one of a kind and "just for the OSC" painting depicting animals native to the Ottawa National Forest A decision to bring this project to the membership for approval is pending the board's acceptance of the artist's preliminary sketch.

It was also learned that the club will be in need of two members to volunteer as rental agents for the coming year. The present agents will write up a summary of duties and responsibilities and they indicate this would be a good volunteer job for a retired person or one who has free time on some weekends from May through September. Interested persons can contact the club president for more information.

Club Jackets
Members are reminded that club jackets and sweatshirts need to be ordered no later than noon on Nov. 30 in order to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. Long sleeved tee shirts can also be special ordered. Ball caps and other tee shirts are available at the club. If more information is needed, please contact Carole Williams at 338-2507, E-Mail her a HYPERLINK "mail" or visit the O.S.C. Web Site at HYPERLINK "".

Election of Officers for the year 2002 will be held at the next membership meeting On Monday, Dec. 3. It is very important that members attend this meeting to cast their vote forfthose whose leadership they will follow during the coming year. As always, the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club meetings are open to the publicand guests are welcome.

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