Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

March 4, 2003

Carole Williams, Club Reporter

March Meeting Report

Thirty-three members and two guests attended the March 3rd meeting of the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club. The guests, Jerry Glisson of Alston and Ralph Baker of Ontonagon, offered their help in setting up an Archery Range at the club and also offered to help develop an Archery Program once it could be determined what type of bow shooting people are most interested in. Some discussion followed about an indoor archery facility for use in inclement weather and the consensus was that the indoor pistol range would meet this purpose.

Archery will be back on the agenda at the May meeting provided there has been sufficient positive feedback from the membership and/or public indicating an interest in this sport. Anyone who would use an O.S.C. Archery Facility is encouraged to contact this reporter at or call her at 338-2507 to be added to the "Yes, I'm Interested In An OSC Archery Program" list.

Carol Laski took the floor to implore members to get their recipes in the mail or to drop them off at the club. She has 168 recipes to date and hopes to have that many more by the April 1st deadline. She noted that the "Wild Game" category is extrememly lacking and more recipes could be used that feature wild game or fish. Mail recipes to Carol at 15890 Torro Rd., Chassell, MI 49916 or e-mail to Carol is also looking for a photograph of the club taken after the new entrance was added so that this can also be included in the book. Other committee members are Sue Dyke, Brenda Harkonen and Carole Williams.

Sue Dyke reminded the membership of the Club Craft Show and Flea Market to be held indoors and out on Saturday, May 10th. Friday set-up will be accommodated. Anyone wanting to reserve space at $10.00 per table should contact Sue at 338-2928 or Brenda Harkonen at 353-7268.

Thinking ahead to summer, Ray Juntunen indicated he had donated a 42 x 8 foot frame to be used as dock base for the O.S.C. Courtney Lake Campground. Ron Mitchell is Chairman of the Courtney Lake Committee and can be contacted at 353-6081 by those who would like to volunteer to help when work gets underway. Other committee members are Ron Haka, Dick Hiltunen, Bill Lahti, Ron Moilanen, John Parkila, and John Stenvig. Those who have indicated they would volunteer to help with campground improvements through responding to the annual newsletter will be contacted when a Work Bee is scheduled.

Jack Lehto, Resolutions Committee member, gave a report on the Michigan United Conservation Clubs' Region I meeting held in Escanaba on February 8th. The Ottawa Sportsmen's resolutions regarding ORV Helmet Use and an Archer's Choice Deer Season both passed muster and will now be taken up at the M.U.C.C.'s Annual Convention to be held at Northern Michigan University in Marquette on June 20th through the 22nd. Please mark these dates on your calendar and plan to attend in support of our resolutions. A majority of the convention goers will be staying at the Holiday Inn and it is hoped that the O.S.C. will have a "Hospitality Suite" available there. Other members of the Resolution Committee are Ron Kamarainen, Ron Stiebe, and Russ Weisinger.

Trap Range Planned Berms
Ed Fugenschuh gave a Range Committee report and all indications are that these guys have a busy summer agenda planned to improve several areas of the shooting ranges. Grants are being applied for, which may enable the committee to start work on a new Trap Range building that will also offer picnic table shelter and winter storage. They are also looking at developing a handgun pit to enable pistol shooters to do "their thing" while the rifle range is also in use. This would entail building an area approximately 60 yards by 100 feet and surrounded on three sides by 16-foot earthen dikes. Other plans call for Turn-Table Target Bases and the installation of an outdoor public address system. Cement work and the finishing of the new indoor range roof are also on the docket. Approval was asked for and given by the membership for the purchase of a ransom rest for pistol shooters.

Members of the Indoor/Outdoor Range Committee are Ron Haka, Ed Fugenschuh, Bob Gardner, Ron Granroth, Jim Hulkonen, Jack James, Roy Lyberg, Mike Mickus, Jim Proctor, and Irving Santti. Members of the Trap Range Committee are Mike Harkonen, Jeff Collins, Ron Haka, Jim Hulkonen, John Messer, Jr., and Jim Proctor. If you'd like to help on either of these committees, please let one of these guys know.

Club Patch
New members welcomed at the March meeting were Paul Goddard, Mike Karvonen and John Liuska, Sr. all of Pelkie and Howard Heckel of Chassell.

The next regular membership meeting will be held Monday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m.

OSC Team 2002 Camp Perry 2001 Camp Perry Awards
For O.S.C. Jr. Pistol Team National Competition
Saturday, May 17th has been set as the date for a Spaghetti Dinner to be sponsored by the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club. Proceeds from this fund raiser will be used to send the O.S.C. Junior Pistol Team to the National Rifle Association's National Pistol Competition in Camp Perry, Ohio next July.

The Junior Pistol Team members, who won many coveted awards during last year's competition, are setting their sights on nothing less than the National Championship this year. Please refer to the July 14th "online" report on the O.S.C. Team at Camp Perry and the August 7, 2002 Web Letter for more information on the team's accomplishments in last year's national competition.

Dinner will start at 6:00 pm and team members will be there to help prepare, serve and clean up so that everyone will have a chance to meet and chat with them if they wish. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. If you want to volunteer to help in any capacity, please call Ron Granroth at 523-4320 or e-mail him at For more information Click Here.

Jr Camp Pistol Pistol Targets Jr Camp Instructors
June 9th - June 13th
The week of June 9th has been reserved for the 4th Annual Junior Shooting Sports Camp. The day camp is designed to teach the fundementals of marksmanship, with an emphasis on gun safety, as it would relate to Olympic style shooting. It will run from 9 to 5 daily Monday through Friday and is open to all youth, girls as well as guys, between the ages of 14 and 18. One need not be a family member of the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club to qualify for acceptance.

The young men and ladies will learn to handle .22 caliber pistols, rifles, and shotguns under the tutelage of Camp Director Ron Granroth and his group of qualified volunteers who closely monitor the young shooters to ensure that the rules of gun safety are strictly adhered to.

In addition to some classroom work, the shooters will have the opportunity for lots of hands-on shooting on all the ranges. Friday will be designated as "Family Day", with open invitations to come observe the final competition in all events, and will culminate in a Family Pot Luck Dinner, Trap Range Competition, and Awards Ceremony.

Camp fees are being set at $25.00 per shooter and this will include a lunch each day for every shooter. Space is limited to 16 shooters and acceptance is on a "1st Come - 1st Serve" basis. Youth who would like to get in on this opportunity are encouraged to contact Ron Granroth at 523-4320 as soon as possible. Coach Granroth can also be contacted online at May 31st will be the closing date for applications.

Any club member with an interest in lending a hand with this O.S.C. Youth Activity should also contact Ron as soon as possible.

GUN & KNIFE SHOW 2003 - April 25th & 26th
Buy, Sell, Trade or Browse
The O.S.C. will open its doors from 4 til 9 p.m. on Friday, April 25th for its Annual Gun & Knife Show and again on Saturday, April 26th from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m. for those looking for a good deal on new or used guns, knives and related equipment.

All tables have been rented, so a good variety of items should be available from venders from all over the U.P. Certified scorers will also be on hand once again this year for those who would like to have deer antlers and bear skulls, no matter how old they are, measured by professionals.

Admission is free to children under age 12 and $2.00 per person for all others. Lunch will be available on both days.

A table will be manned by the O.S.C. and will feature gun, knife, and related items our members would like to sell. Anyone with anything to contribute to the "Club Table" should contact Joe Dyke at 353-8505 or Sam Kangas at 353-6971.

For more information on the Gun & Knife Show, please contact one of the following Chairmen: Ron Haka at 353-6383, John Parkila at 338-2930 or Bob Hietikko at 353-7529. Bob can also be reached at

Pratice Shooting Pratice Shooting
N.R.A. "1st Steps" Course
Attention Ladies: Ron Granroth will present a National Rifle Association 1st Steps Pistol Course for adult women only on a Saturday during the month of August, provided at least 10 or more ladies show enough interest. There will be some morning classroom instruction and then plenty of hands-on range experience with the club's .22 caliber Ruger pistols.

This instruction will count as a pre-qualification for a CCW permit and will offer a good opportunity to be taught by a well-qualified and certified instructor. There will be a fee, which at this time has not been set pending a show of interest. Four names are already on the list and if you'd like to have your name added, please contact Ron Granroth at 523-4320, E-mail him at or contact this reporter at

Another Successful Shoot
Twenty-eight black powder packing mountain men and women turned out on Saturday, March 1st for the second Black Powder Shoot of the season. Many others were on hand to observe or help out with the event, indoors and out. Some were dressed in their colorful Mountain Man finery and others in their everyday winter "Yooper-Wear", but fortunately March came in like a lamb and with mild temperatures, the day was most enjoyable no matter the layers of cloth one carried for warmth.

The event, chaired by Jon and Sandy Henkel, has become very popular as a way to have fun while competing with muzzleloaders and shooting at all sorts of challenging targets. Much preparation goes into these events and Jon and his crew can be seen several days in advance blowing the snow out of the way so the targets can be set up. Jon & Sandy have asked that their sincere thanks be extended to Jon Linden, Dave Ouilette, Dave Sarya and Ray Phillips, Jr. for their help in preparing for the event as well as their help in running it on "Shoot Day". They've asked also that a special thank you be extended to Brenda and Phil Carlson of Ontonagon for making the unique award plaques that featured miniature replicas of black powder rifles on wooden discs and yet more thanks to Susie Dyke and Carole Williams for preparing the day's lunch.

Ribbon Winners in the Women's Division were:

Junior Class ribbon winners were:

Men's Division ribbon winners were:

Open Class (scoped, peep sight, and inline) ribbon winners were, after a tie-breaker:

Many useful door prizes, donated by club members and shooters, were drawn for after a delicious lunch of hot prime rib sandwiches. The next Black Powder Saturday is scheduled for April 5th at 10:00 a.m. The fee is $3.00 per shooter with an additional $3.00 charged for the hot lunch. The event is open to the public and spectators and new shooters are most welcome to attend.

Harold Mitchell gives Jan Widby a hand with the dishes Valentine's Dinner Goers, Mr & Mrs Ken Kokko, Mr & Mrs Mike Harkonen & Sue Dyke Ron & Barb Kamarainen, Ralph & Kay Kempainen & Aurelia Mitchell
Special Thanks to Emil & Jan Filpus
Those who attended the Valentine's Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 15th would like to thank Emil and Jan Filpus for all the hard work they put into making this celebration a very enjoyable evening. The Prime Rib Dinner was superb and flowers for the ladies were a special touch. Thanks also to all who helped to set up the dining room, and with the cooking, serving, and after dinner clean up.


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