03/07/2022 – General Membership Meeting03/12/2022 – Wild Game Dinner & Gun Raffle04/04/2022 – General Membership Meeting
05/02/2022 – General Membership Meeting
06/04/2022 – Steak Fry
Welcome to March! Dare we say we have seen the worst of winter? Or does Mother Nature have yet another trick up her sleeve? I'd be willing to bet she's got a least one more sizable storm to dump on us.
As we announced last month, our long-standing Wild Game Dinner for March was cancelled. Fear not we have another event planned for Saturday, June 4th - our first ever LHFC Steak Fry!!! Mark your calendars now and plan to attend as I'm confident this will be a great event and sell out quickly! A delicious Steakdinner, raffles and prizes, and for sure a chance to win some nice firearms to add to your collection. Not too early to ask, as we will need to recruit a few Club Member Grill Masters to grill up those T Bones. If you got grillin’ skills, we need your help... please contact me to volunteer. Also, if you are willing to donate a gift basket for the one of the Chinese raffles, now is again the time for us to ask for your help. You don't necessarily need to know exactly what the contents of your basket may entail, just a heads up for us to know that you can help. More to come on this event at Club meetings, your newsletters, as well as the website.Last but not least, if you haven't already renewed your Club membership for 2022, please get it done. You can renew in person at the March meeting (cash or check), by USPS mail (LHFC, P.O. Box 131, LaGrange, OH 44050) or online. Rick needs to begin to prepare to issue the new 2022 club badges. If you are not renewed, you will not be issued a badge and therefore not have access to the Club grounds. And as I said last month, as you prepare to renew, invite thatextended family member or friend to join your club as well! Regards, Kevin
As Kevin stated, 2022 membership dues are now owed. For veterans of the club, you are aware that access to the ranges is rescinded for those who fail to renew by April 1st. For newer members, this may be fresh information, but currently our only method of limiting access to the ranges is to change to combinations on the locks, which we do every April 1st. Therefore, your membership renewals must be received by March 15th in order to avoid delayed access. New for 2022 is the ability to pay with a credit card online! To do this, go to our new website, LaGrangeHuntClub.org, and check it out! Of course, we will still take dues at membership meetings in cash or check, or by USPS – simply send your renewal dues (in check form) to P.O. Box 131, LaGrange, Ohio 44050.Also, if you know of someone who may be interested in joining, the application for membership is available on the new website (LaGrangeHuntClub.org > Membership > Become a New Member.) They can either join directly online, or they can print the Application and Waiver and send via email (LaGrangeHuntClub@gmail.com) or via USPS to the address above. And for 2022, the dues schedule has not changed.I will be creating 2022 badges and sending them out around the third week of March. If you have paid your dues by then, you will see no interruption in your access to club grounds, assuming the cooperation of the USPS, of course.Regards, Rick
The Junior Members Fund will provide a sponsorship to help cover the camp fees for The Lake & Trails – Youth Hunting / Shooting Camp again in 2022. Our Junior Members President, Jace Walters himself has attended all four years of this camp, and plans on returning in 2022 as a Junior Instructor. Jace wants kids to go to this camp because it is a really good learning experience because you get to learn how to shoot many types of guns; including rifles, pistols, air guns, black powder and some archery items as well. You will also get the chance to throw axes, make a knife and even make primitive items. You will also learn about wildlife, how to trap, and even get your Ohio Boaters License and Hunter Safety Course if you need to. And most importantly, you get to hangout with other kids who like the outdoors like you do.
To qualify for the sponsorship you need to help out at a couple general memberhsip meetings and do a work party. Attend a general membership meeting and talk to the Junior Members President, Jace Walters for complete details and to sign up. If you would like to contact Jace email him at Recreation@JaceWalters.com
Hours of operation: 10:00am-dusk, Mon.- Sat.Work Parties: None scheduled at this time. If interested in participating in future events, please contact Mike Beckwith or Roger Maynard and leave a message.Remember to lock the gate behind you when leaving. The locks must have the combination dialed in to close, then roll the dials to lock.Make sure you review and adhere to the rules: SAFETY FIRST!! Always, Always, Always, Always! We have never had an accident at our range – don’t be the first to break this 89-year-old record! Remember your badge. Without it, you will be considered to be trespassing on club grounds and asked to leave! Sign in and sign out. Review the rules before each use of the range. They are posted on the boards. Pick up after yourselves. Police your brass and trash. Be courteous to fellow members. If you have any questions, or find a deficiency, please contact your 2021/2022 Range Marshal Mike Beckwith or Roger Maynard.
Archery Range News
Come spring, one of the first changes you will see will be in the 3D Archery range. More animals will be put out, and in a manner where they will not need to be removed in order to mow the grass. Future plans include creating a walking 3D course in order to help simulate hunting and tournament conditions. After that a slight redesign of the bag target range.
Wild Game Dinner Cancelled… AgainFor the 3rd consecutive year, we were forced to cancel our annual Wild Game Dinner. The first 2 years were covid-induced, and while covid was certainly a concern this year, the primary issue was the lack of donations of wild game, without which we certainly couldn’t have a Wild Game dinner. This event is our 2nd largest fundraiser every year (after the gun raffle) and the absence of it for 3 years running has made a significant impact in our resources. We are hoping to begin the tradition again in 2023, so with that in mind, please remember your club as the 2022 hunting and fishing season progresses. Catch 5 fish? Set one aside for LHFC! Bag more turkey than you can consume? LHFC! Too much venison, duck, goose, rabbit, brontosaurus, or platypus? Again, LHFC. This message will repeat until compliance!4th Rolling Gun Raffle, tickets now availableThe fourth gun in our rolling raffle is a Glock G22 40 Caliber.
As before, $10 donation and only 250 max will be sold!Call Mike Beckwith or Roger Maynard to reserve your tickets,
or get them online!!!
Big Buck Contest:We had a number of impressive entries to our annual Big Buck contest, but for once, there was little debate on the winner. The award for the 2022 Big Buck contest goes to Robert Miller for this remarkable 13 pointer. Congratulations, Bob! Start building that addition to your trophy shelf!
Junior Members Deer Contest:Not many entries this year for the Junior Membership, but Jace Walters connected this year on a button buck and won for the Juniors.
New Trustees for 2022:We would like to take the opportunity to introduce your three new Trustees for 2022. Thank you for your commitment to the club, Nick Rivera, Dusty Shell, and Rich Varady! Sorry if we twisted your arms a little too hard. And let’s not forget our three outgoing Trustees. Thank you for your contributions!
Hunter Safety Course:Trustee Dusty Shell will be holding his semi-annual Hunter Safety Course on Saturday, April 2nd. It is a one-day class, 9:00am-4:00pm, and is free of charge. The course will be held at Oenslager Nature Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Register online beginning on March 4th.