Ottawa Sportsmen's Club NewsApril 8, 2003
Carole Williams, Club Reporter
Thirty-seven members of the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club and their guests gathered on Monday, April 7th for their regular monthly business meeting. Four new members were welcomed: Lyle (Joy) Hebert from Ishpeming, Dave Hepler of Westland, Adam Moore of Houghton, and Don (Nancey) Withrow of Mass.
Ron Haka reported that plans for the Annual Knife & Gun Show are progressing well with all tables rented to ensure a good selection for those who want to buy, sell, trade or just browse. Doors will open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 25th and again on Saturday, April 26th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $2.00 with free admission to children under the age of 12.
Members are reminded that an "O.S.C. Club Table" will be available to them to sell their gun and knife related equipment. Anyone interested in using it or helping to man it should contact Joe Dyke at 353-8505, Sam Kangas at 353-6971, or Ron Haka at 353-6383.
Ron Granroth reported that plans for the O.S.C. Pistol Team Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser are being finalized. It has been scheduled for Saturday, May 17th with serving to begin at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse. Donations of $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12 will be accepted. Ticket pre-sales are now underway, but they can also be purchased at the door on May 17th. Profits from the dinner will be used to send the Pistol Team to Camp Perry, Ohio for the NRA National Pistol Competition this July. Anyone wanting to lend a hand with this fundraiser should contact Granroth at 523-4320 email@example.com. Dessert donations from club members will be appreciated and those wishing to contribute can contact "Dessert Coordinator" Mary Gardner at 334-2834.
The "Ladies Only Pistol Course" has been set for Saturday, August 23rd. Information on cost and time will be posted at a later date. There is still room for two or three more women and those interested may sign up on the list posted on the bulletin board at the club or by contacting Ron Granroth or Carole Williams (338-2507 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications are still being taken by Ron Granroth for the week-long Youth Shooting Sports Camp to be held June 9th through the 13th. May 31st will be the closing date for applications. This activity is open to all young men and women, regardless of club affiliation, between the ages of 14 and 18. The cost of the camp is $25.00 for the week, which will also include daily lunches.
Sue Dyke reported that there is still lots of room for those who want to rent a sales table for the Flea Market & Craft Show to be held at the club on May 10th. Flea Marketers will set up on the club grounds and crafters will be indoors. Tables are available to the public as well as to club members and anyone interested in a table rental should contact Sue now at 338-2928.
Carol Laski, Cook Book Committee Chairman, reported that work is on schedule for this publication and that the committee will soon meet to sort through recipes and ready them for the printer. Last minute recipes can still be sent to Carol at 15890 Torro Rd., Chassell, MI 49916 or by E-Mail to email@example.com.
Russ Weisinger, Chairman of the Road Side Clean-Up Crew has scheduled the first pick-up for Friday, May 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Workers should bring sturdy gloves. Supper will be served to the volunteers after the clean up is completed.
In new business, Russ Weisinger took the floor once again to report that the club would be sponsoring a "Take A Kid Fishing Day" this June. He has contacted several members who expressed an interest in helping develop this new youth activity and will hold a planning meeting in the very near future. Preliminary plans call for a day-long event to be held at the club's Courtney Lake Picnic area with pan fishing to be done at nearby Six Mile Lake, followed by a picnic and possibly other youth activities such as a black powder demonstration later in the day. Anyone who would like to serve on the committee or volunteer to "Take A Kid Fishing" should contact Russ at 353-6859.
Al Niemela and his wife Mary, who joined the club on April 1st of last year, stepped forward to lead another new club activity, the O.S.C. Archery Program. This activity will be open to the public as well as club members and anyone who would like to lend a hand or serve on the Archery Committee with Al, Jerry Glisson, and others should contact Al at 524-7041.
New member Lyle Hebert, who is an officer of the Upper Peninsula Muzzle Loading Association, approached the membership with a request that the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club become the home of the U.P.M.L.A. He stated that the association had used the club for their Annual Rendezvous in July last year and were so impressed with the facility that they hoped we would allow them to use the clubhouse and grounds as a home base for all of their events. This request met with support from the membership and will now be pursued through a resolution to that effect.
The Shooting Ranges are expected to be open in May for Action Pistol, Bulls-Eye Pistol, and Trap shooting. These activities are open to the public as well as members and those interested should watch the website and the local papers for more information on specific dates.
The next membership meeting will be held Monday, May 5th at 7:30 p.m. It will be preceded by a steak barbeque with the grill ready at approximately 6:15. Steaks will be available at the club for a nominal cost and will be served with potatoes and a green salad. It is expected that a new officer from the D.N.R. Fisheries Division, Baraga, will be introduced and will give a short presentation with a question and answer period to follow. Ottawa Sportsmen's Club meetings are open to the public and guests are always welcome.
BEAR BAITING BILL SURFACES
Virginia State Representative Jim Moran's "Don't Feed The Bears Act of 2003" Bill surfaced on March 27, 2003 in the 1st Session of the 108th Congress under title number H.R. 1472. The intent of this bill is "to require the adoption and enforcement of regulations to prohibit the intentional feeding of bears on Federal public lands in order to end the hunting practice known as "bear baiting" and reduce the number of dangerous interactions between people and bears." A copy of HR 1472 can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov.
This bill is co-sponsored by Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of California who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Humane Society of The United States of America in 2002 for his efforts on behalf of animals.
According to information found on the Humane Society's website, "the HSUS is working with The Fund for Animals and other humane, environmental, and hunting advocates in advocating for this legislation." It also notes that Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) intends to introduce companion legislation soon. Research on Lautenberg indicates that the Senator has consistently voted for gun control measures. However, no information could be found at this time on what his proposed companion legislation to the "Don't Feed The Bears Act" would entail.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been working for several months with sportsmen's groups to create a National Bear Hunting Defense Task Force as one method of attempting to stop HR 1472 and has sent a letter to members of congress that condemns any attempt to ban bear hunting with bait.
This Task Force sent another letter to the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations asking that its members oppose all of Moran's attempts to ban bear hunting.
In yet another letter sent to Representative Jim Moran by William Horn, Federal Affairs Director for the United States Sportsmen's Alliance on behalf of that organization and dated January 8, 2003, Jim Moran was urged not to introduce this legislation that would ban the baiting of black bears as a hunting technique on federal land where hunting is permitted. Citing the right of each State to make its own judgment, Horn stated the belief that federal intrusion into this realm is wholly unwarranted. "Such a bill", he wrote to Jim Moran, "would constitute an unnecessary and unwarranted intrusion into a traditional state realm."
Rob Sexton, the U.S Sportsmen's Alliance vice president for government affairs, explains, "The bill is a huge threat to hunting and wildlife management programs across the country. Such a dictate from Washington to the states sets a very dangerous precedent that could affect every state wildlife agency. Moran's bill opens the door for federal management of all wildlife."
While the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance notes that Moran's bill faces an uncertain future in the House Resources Committee, the Task Force believes that he will try to insert a last minute amendment into appropriations or other bill. Moran is noted for utilizing this tactic and in 1999, for instance, sponsored an amendment to the Interior appropriation bill that nearly banned trapping in the National Wildlife Refuge system. (See our January 2003 Web Letter for more information on Jim Moran.)
More information of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, the National Bear Hunting Defense Task Force, and HR 1472 can be found online at www.ussportsmen.org.
At this point in time, the Ottawa Sportsmen have not adopted a formal position on the Bear Baiting Bill issue, but it is anticipated that they will do so in the very near future. Clearly, this bill poses a threat to all sportsmen, whether or not they believe in the practice of baiting or not.
Should we not be successfully united in defeating this bill, we may find ourselves with another bill perhaps banning bear baiting on state land and then on private property until baiting is done away with altogether. Nor might it stop there, but be perpetuated through yet more bills pertaining to the practice of using dogs as tools to ferret out the bruin. And once the bear have been saved, perhaps the United States Humane Society can turn its attention to the plight of snowshoe hair hunted with dogs and Canadian Geese lured in to dine with decoys, then shot, and fetched with retrievers.
We must be mindful that there is a very definate need to pull together as sportsmen and women so as to not allow the technique of "divide and conquer" to become the order of things.
BLACK POWDER REPORT
Muzzle Loaders divided into teams for the Black Powder Shoot held Saturday, April 5th. A small crowd was in attendence due to the weekend storm, which will hopefully be the last big blast of snow for the winter.
"Hebert's Hot Shots", comprised of Lyle Hebert, Mike Mickus, Joe Dyke and Dave Ouillette took first place ribbons, just edging out "Benda's Ba-Boomers", a team consisting of Ed Benda, Clint Collick, Bob Keen and Mike Williams. Third place ribbons went to Jon Linden, Jerry Light, Tom Stahl, and Dave Paquet who filled the ranks of "Linden's Light Brigade".
Shooters were treated to a tasty hot lunch and drawing for many very nice door prizes donated by shooters and club members. Lyle Hebert, acting on behalf of the U.P. Muzzle Loading Association, held a surprise drawing for five memberships to the U.M.P.L.A.
The next Black Powder Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd at 10 a.m.
Bids Being Accepted
The Sportsmen are accepting bids for the metal removed from the indoor range roof last summer. Anyone interested in this material should submit a bid to the Board of Directors no later than Monday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. and prior to their meeting at that time. Specifics on this metal can be had by calling Ed Fugenschuh at 338-2660.
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