Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Inc.    




December 2019

In the spirit of giving, a donation box will be permanently set up

In the clubhouse for the local food bank, donations are greatly appreciated by many all year long.


There will be NO General Membership Dinner Meeting in December.


This is a busy time of year our minds get pre-occupied with the holidays! Please remember not to lose sight of items such as licenses renewals, certifications, memberships etc. Please take a minute and check to see if you are up to date. Sometimes we get distracted and things like properly storing your equipment and belongings can be over looked as well. Please take the time to check your outdoors equipment is properly stored, and that you are prepared for traveling in the cold, especially if travelling over the holidays. Let’s bring 2020 into each of our homes in a safe and prepared way.


Christmas Food Drive

GBHA Club and Junior Club will be hosting a Food Drive for the Tay Township Food Bank. On Sunday December 08 2019 @ 12:00 noon till 3:00 pm, Santa will be at our clubhouse for kids and families to come visit and have their picture taken with Santa and make Christmas ornaments! This will be a free event, but non-perishable donations will be greatly appreciated. GBHA’s goal is to fill a pick-up truck full of food for the Tay Township Food Bank. We will be looking for items such as canned meats, canned fish, canned fruit and vegetables, pastas and sauces etc.

For more information or to volunteer or to make donations prior to the event please contact Bruce Dunn @ 705-528-2709 or



As well a Restricted Firearms (R-PAL) Course ($170.00 HST included) will be offered Saturday December 07th 2019. All programs will be put on at the clubhouse in the downstairs hall. For more information on educational programs, or to enroll contact

Reid Belfry @ 1-705-209-1702 or  


Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) program and Hunter Safety Courses

GBHA will be hosting a Pal and Hunter program on the week end of Sat Dec 14th and Sunday Dec 15th 2019. This program is full but a second date has been added for. The PAL course has a cost of $170.00 and the Hunter Safety course is $150.00, HST included.


Ice Safety Talk

Our Junior Club will be hosting an evening to talk about “Ice Safety”. This event is open to all members of GBHA’s and the Junior Club. This “Talk” will take place Thurs December 12/19 at 06:30 pm at our clubhouse. For more information please contact Karl Gostick at 705-716-1612, or


2020 OFAH Conservation Lottery Tickets

The OFAH Conservation Lottery tickets are now available for members to sell. Ian Driver has volunteered to chair this fundraiser and is looking for volunteers to assist. Tickets will not be mailed out but will be available at our dinner meetings or can be mailed out by request. Please contact Ian @ 1-705-816-5416 


2020 Range Orientation Sessions

GBHA’s Range Chairman, Franz Klingenschmitt will be hosting 4 Range Orientation sessions that is open to ALL members in the New Year. However, all new members MUST attend one of these sessions in order to be permitted to use the Outdoor Gun Range.  Please contact Franz to reserve a date. Dates are: Sunday Jan 12th, Sunday Feb 9th, Sunday March 15th, Sunday April 12th

These dates are Sundays due to the fact that Range may not be used before noon on Sundays. All sessions are to begin at 10am in the downstairs hall of the clubhouse.

-Discussion of Range Rules

-A tour and discussion of indoor gun range.

-Visit to the Outdoor Gun Range, overview of opening and closing range procedure, Q & A’s etc…

Range Agreement form will be signed by those attending. Once session complete, form signed and turned in, you are now permitted to use Range, bring a firearm if you wish to shoot, beginning at noon.

What you must have with you to use range:

-your OFAH #, without this number, you may not use the range

-your club I.D, you must be able to wear it so it is visible to all.

-eye and ear protection


-targets, stapler or push pins to hang targets

And of course, firearm and ammo. (If using Restricted Firearm, ensure you have A.T.T. in place)

Again, this orientation is open to ALL GBAH members, not just new.

If you wish to attend, as it may have been awhile since you have been to the range, all members are welcome. Some things may have changed a bit. Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. (Email or Text message is best) or 705-543-0463

2020 Sportsman’s Memorial Dinner

GBHA Club will be having the Sportsman’s Memorial Dinner on Wednesday January 15/20. This is a regular Wednesday night dinner so that our membership can take the evening to remember our fallen members and honorable mentions. As well we will celebrate the accomplishments of our club and its members. Should any member wish to nominate a member for an award please notify Calvin King by December 18 2019. Should anyone have any wild game entries to be judged, please contact Calvin as well. As a reminder to all anglers who have an entry to be judged, please forward the information such as length, girth, weight and a picture to Calvin King @ 1-705-734-8043 Tickets will be sold at the door for regular price. Wild game donations will be greatly accepted and appreciated as they will be used for Hors D’oeuvre served prior to a Roast Beef dinner that will be served. Doors will open at 5:00 pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Cash Sales Only!


“Bring a Guest to Dinner” Draw

GBHA will be having the draw for two free dinner tickets to be used for any regularly priced General Membership Dinner in 2020 at the Sportsmen’s Memorial Dinner! Many thanks to all the members who brought guest to the clubhouse for one of our dinners. It is always great to see new faces around the clubhouse, and with any luck they may become new members! Thanks again to participants.


Indoor Gun Range

Mike Weimer will chair the use of the indoor gun range during the winter months. Mike will be looking for volunteers to assist with these evenings. The indoor range will be opened on Thursday nights starting Jan 02 2020 from 06:30 pm till 09:00 pm.

For more information please contact Mike at 1-705-529-9353 or


2020 Membership Drive and Renewals

GBHA’s would like to welcome Elyse Birnie as our new Membership Chairperson. Elyse has updated the renewal forms and applications for 2020 and are available on our website as well copies will be available at our monthly dinner meetings. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or etransfer to , if doing e-transfers please fill out a renewal form and forward to the club as well.  Please note there are some changes to the forms and we appreciate each member updating their contact information. For further information on memberships please contact Elyse at 905-717-9091 or


2020 Junior Club Memberships

Starting NOW, we will be accepting registrations for the Junior Club.  Anyone who is currently a member of the Junior Club, as well as those interested in joining, are required to complete a registration form with us.  Membership to the Junior Club is free for any youth (4-16 years) that are part of a GBHA family membership, but registration is required.  Non-GBHA members are also able to join, with a paid family OFAH membership plus an annual fee of $20 per child.  Please contact Karl Gostick at 705-716-1612, or with any questions, or to make sure you are on our email list. 


2020 Gun Show/Sale

GBHA is currently setting up the 2020 Gun Show/Sale scheduled for Sun February 23rd 2020, Joe Belcourt (705-427-2065) will be chairing this event and will be looking for volunteers. More information and details will be announced as they come in.


GBHA Junior Club Volunteers      

The Junior Club is looking for more committee volunteers to help with running and planning events for 2020. If anyone is interested in helping with this please notify Karl Gostick at @ 1-705-716-1612 or 


Winterama Family Fishing Day

Once again Penetanguishene Winterama 2020 is asking if we would like to participate in the Winterama. We are looking for volunteers to help with this ice fishing day in any way possible. It is on Family Day weekend and it is on the Saturday February 15 2020. This is a license free w/e and we would like to show everyone the fun of ice fishing. Any help would be greatly appreciated, a couple of hours or the whole day! For more information or to volunteer please contact Karl Gostick at 705-716-1612, or


Business Registry of Contractors

GBHA would like to develop a Business Registry of members who own a contractor business. This registry will assist in acquiring tenders for paid project work. If you are interested in registering your business, please notify us by email ( what type of business you own and contact information, thank you. This will assist GBHA Executive with upcoming projects.


Wild Game Donations

Often you have seen the request for wild game meat to be donated to the club for events. This can be made up of many different types of meats, such as moose, venison, bear, birds etc. We ask for these donations so that yes, these events are less expensive for the club, but for the experience of others to have a taste of the wild game meats they would not normally be exposed to or have ability to obtain. These donations are always greatly appreciated not only by the club but by the attendees of the events. So we ask that if you have some wild game meats and you are willing to donate some to our club, please contact Joe Belcourt 705-427-2065


2020 Conservation Wild Game Dinner

Joe Belcourt has volunteered to chair next year’s Conservation Wild Game Dinner and is looking for volunteers to help out. Joe will chair a meeting in the New Year; it will be posted in the January bulletin and on our website calendar. This meeting will be the beginning of the preparing for what we hope to be another successful dinner and fundraiser for GBHA. Donations of any kind will be greatly appreciated as we are in dire need of wild game meats and door prizes. If anyone is interested in volunteering in anyway, please contact Joe Belcourt 705-427-2065


Property Assessment Forest Management Tax Break

Matt Weissflogg for years has been our forest management chairman. He meets with officials to confer our forest management projects and later implements the suggestions put forward to our club to obtain our tax credit for this management. Matt is asking that should anyone be out in the forest on our property and comes across signs of any types of wild like, or signs of their presence to notify him with the location and what it is that you have seen. This information will be logged into our management portfolio.

Matt can be reached at Matt Weissflogg @ 705-321-6035or email the club @,



GBHA now have the large OFAH crests for sale for the price of $15.00 each. Hats are $15.00 each or 2/$25.00, crests are being sold for $5.00 each, vests can be purchase for $45.00 each. These vests are a great way to display your badges and buttons of your achievements. Vest, hats and crests will be sold at the dinner meetings or by contacting Bruce Dunn @ 1-705-528-2709.

Wetland Conservation Dinner

The Midland Ducks Unlimited Committee wants to invite you to join us in celebrating the 7th anniversary of the Midland Ducks Unlimited Committee’s annual Wetland Conservation Dinner on Saturday, March 7th 2020 at the Quality Inn & Conference Centre in Midland.  Tickets are $60 pp., and includes a 3-course dinner, one-year membership with DUC and entry into the "Prize an Hour" giveaway sponsored by FDT Law (Valued at over $1500 worth of prizes).  Guests can participate in raffles, auctions, and more! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner served at 7 p.m.


Thanks to our amazing supporters, our SOLD OUT 2019 event raised over $41,000 net dollars for wetland conservation, education, research, and policy development. Over 93% of those dollars went directly into habitat projects.  Tickets sell out quickly every year, so secure yours early to avoid disappointment.  No door sales for tickets available.  Purchase your tickets by December 31st , 2019 to be entered into our early bird draw for $120 worth of free raffle tickets to the event. For tickets please contact Craig Lalonde at (705)427-3542, or Joe Belcourt at (705)427-2065


Ladies Intro to Turkey Hunting

The GBHA has partnered with the Canadian Sportswoman Society (CSS) and Ontario Archery supply to bring you an event geared to introducing women to the world of Turkey hunting.  Whether you are brand new or a seasoned hunter already, this day is sure to be a fun and informative one (apprentice hunters are welcome).  This will take place on April 4th, right here at our Club and the cost to join is $50 per person.  The price includes lunch, refreshments, use of equipment, ammo (provided by Kent Cartridge Canada) and giveaways.  Topics will include Turkey tactics, archery basics, shotgun basics, blind set ups and hunting scenarios.  There will also be some great door prizes and raffles.  Space is limited, and the CSS' events always sell out, so be sure to register early.  To register, or any questions, please contact Lori-Anne Horst (226)923-0193 or




Harvesting Volunteers Required

GBHA’s are looking to have our name put on list with the OPP Com-Center in Orillia to harvest wild game that has been killed or injured. We will need a lead contact volunteer to be able to take this call from the OPP Communication Center at all times of the day or night. This person would need to have volunteers they could rely upon to assist in the harvesting of the wild game. Some travelling will be required; you will need to dress appropriately and bring tools and clean up kits. It is this type of harvesting that assists in making our events successful and cost effective. Those interested in volunteering and practicing your field dressing and skinning, please contact Kevin Vardy @ 1-705-686-7593 or email him @ or Calvin King @ 705-734-8043


Woodlot Management

Our Woodlot Management Chairman Matt Weissflog has had a couple of volunteers come forth to help out and is still looking for any experienced volunteers to assist in the clearing of trees on our property. He is proposing to mark the trees this fall and then begin clearing in the spring, but would like to set up a team in advance to prepare for this task. Volunteers of all aspects will be appreciated. As well Matt will be looking at the aspect of wood sales. If interested in volunteering please contact Matt Weissflogg

@ 705-321-6035or email the club @,






Editor’s Note:

As another year comes to an end, I often take time from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and planning to reflect on the past year! As I look back at the past 12 months, I see the club’s accomplishments and the goals the executive has planned for the future! It has been a busy year and trust me it is not over yet! We have many goals for our future for our club, clubhouse and property! A brief presentation will be made at the Sportsmen’s Memorial to inform the membership of some of these ideas.


It has given me great pleasure to see the growth that this club has made and the dedication it has taken to get there has been inspirational! If there is one thing for sure, our club pulls through when needed, either for a task at hand or an event. Many thanks to all those who have supported in the accomplishment of the projects and events. I can only wish this continues on for years to come.


I ask that you all take time this holiday season and reflect not only upon our club’s accomplishments and what we can do in the future but to reflect upon your own personal accomplishments, either personal or professional.


Enjoy and cherish the time you get to spend with your family and friends over the holiday and keep yourself and everyone else safe. The executive looks forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


We Wish You All A Very Merry Christmas

and Happy New Year’s!


Bruce Dunn - Bulletin Editor


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