Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Inc.    

I GIVE MY PLEDGE AS A CANADIAN TO SAVE AND FAITHFULLY DEFEND FROM WASTE, THE NATURAL, RESOURCES OF MY COUNTRY, ITS SOILS AND MINERALS,

ITS AIR, WATERS, FORESTS AND WILDLIFE

MIDLAND --- ONTARIO

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.

 

October 2020

 

Due to the government restrictions, we are not currently able to open our clubhouse to resume our monthly dinner meetings. However, we have been able to accomplish a few projects and schedule some small educational activities. We are continuing to monitor the government announcements with the restriction updates but still face many challenges to resume business as usual. We will keep you updated as we too would like to have our dinner meetings as well.

 

Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

 

Equipment Needed!

Matt Weissflogg will be milling up the wood located on the clubhouse parking lot on a week-end late in October 2020 pending weather. Matt is looking for a Volunteers to help out cutting brush on Saturday October 17 2020. If you are able to help out and volunteer some equipment please contact Matt Weissflogg @ 705-321-6035

 

Turkey Shoot

GBHA would like to thank all the participants that came out on a beautiful sunny Sunday to our Turkey Shoot Sunday Sept 20. We were able to run a full 10 heats filled with lots of laughter and fun by all. Many thanks to the volunteers; Mike Weimer Our range captain for the day, Marc Groeblacher for helping out on the range, Dan Gardiner, once again provided the Turkeys, Mike Crawford who organized tear down, Karl and Annette Gostick who provided and cooked all of the food, Don Gostick who helped man the Burger flipper, Stephanie McDonald who was our chief pellet counter, our hats off to you for hanging in! Barry Austin who also counted hundreds of pellet holes, Joe and Shelby Belcourt who once again stepped in and helped run the show plus take the cash and Alan Wheeler who am most grateful for all of the help and guidance.

 

Yard Clean Up Day

This successful project was held Tues Sept 22 2020 big thanks to the volunteers Lori Baker, Claude Veins, Tom Irvine, Dan Gardiner, Don Gostick, Lyll Bergstrom, Bill Loucks, Bruce Dunn, Frank Handerek a special big thanks to Lyll as he brought his own wood chipper. The yard looks fantastic, great work done by all, thank you all for volunteering.

 

2021 Memberships and Renewals

GBHA Chair Elyse Birnie is currently updating the renewal form and membership applications. These forms will be available as a link on our website. As well should the pandemic restriction numbers continue to hold the club back from having meetings, the executive will be looking at doing a blitz for members to come to the clubhouse to pay for their members, and renewals. Please watch for emails and postings on our website with updates and procedures on how this will be completed with social distancing kept in place.

 

Road Infrastructure

GBHA would like to thank Peter Roper of P. Roper Construction for coming in this year with his equipment to grad our road that was in dire need of maintenance. Thanks again Pete.

 

CONSERVATION UPDATES

 

Nest Box Program

As the fall and (gulp) winter approaches, we'll be trying to plan days to build more Wood Duck boxes, and to go out to do installs and maintenance. As with everything these days, plans will be made accordingly, to be compliant with any and all Covid restrictions at the time of the event. As of right now I'm planning to gather outside of the Club on November 15th at 11 am to build some new boxes that will later be used to replace aged structures at two locations. 

 

One is Tiny Marsh, who we committed to last year to take on the maintenance of their nesting structure program. The second is a property, belonging to Club Associate Dave Russell. He had previously reached out to us and offered for our Club to take over the maintenance and monitoring of the 40-50 nesting boxes on his property. I will be going out to both sites in the winter months, once the ice has settled over the wetlands, to locate and assess the structures. I'd appreciate a couple of volunteers to help visit the sites to assess the condition of existing structures, when conditions allow. 

 

The installs will be done on February 6th, 2021. We had a great turnout last year and we'd like to make it an annual event, to celebrate World Wetland Day (which falls on February 2nd every year). If you would like to volunteer for any (or all of the days), please contact Craig Lalonde at (705)427-3542 (text or call) or craiglalonde@hotmail.com

 

Pollinator Garden

We would like to remind everyone that the Club, thanks to the hard work of the Junior Club, had established a pollinator Garden next to the block shed last year. It is in need of some love and we'll continue to work with the Juniors to get it better established and help it flourish with native species of shrubs and flowers. We want to remind everyone to please not keep the site clear of trash and other materials, to allow the existing plants to grow. 

 

Annual Ducks Unlimited Firearm Calendar Raffle

The Midland Ducks Unlimited Committee wants to let the GBHA members know that the DUC Ontario Firearm Calendars have finally arrived!!! For those who have not seen this calendar raffle before you have a chance at winning a gun, every week, in 2021. That's 52 guns to be given away, starting the first week of January. There are only 5000 calendars printed (that's a 1 in 96 chance of winning), and they are only $40 each.  Please join us in supporting our DU fundraising and also some very talented photographers in our community. These sell out quickly every year, so don't wait. They are only available until the end of November, or until sold out. 

 

If you would like a calendar (or several) you can contact Craig Lalonde at (705)427-3542 or craiglalonde@hotmail.com. You can also place your order online by visiting https://www.ducks.ca/ontarioguncalendar/

 

​Proceeds of these, and other fundraising efforts go directly to supporting the conservation work that DUC does right here in Ontario. 

General Conservation Reminders

As always, I invite all members to please contact me with any info you come across for conservation related efforts in the area.  Also, if you are involved with any conservation projects (with other organizations, on your own properties, etc.) please share any stories/pictures so that we can keep everyone updated on the types of efforts our membership is making. I can always be contacted at (705)427-3542 (text or call) or at craiglalonde@hotmail.com

 

Outdoor Gun Range Guest Identification

In following our Range Rules when bringing a guest to the Outdoor Gun Range they must be able to present identification. This can be completed either by an OFAH Membership card OFAH Membership number or an email containing their membership number with a digital membership card. This can be proven on a phone. However, all members while using the range must present their own GBHA club membership card with the OFAH card number to sign in with.

 

2020 Conservation Wild Game Dinner UPDATE!
D/T THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WE WILL BE POSTPONING THIS EVENT UNTIL NEXT YEAR 2021 SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ALLOW US TO HOST THIS EVENT SOONER, WE WILL THEN RESCHEDULE.
GBHA’s will be offering the opportunity for reimbursements for sold tickets or ticket holders can have the option to hold their tickets till rescheduling is permitted. Please contact your ticket seller or Joe Belcourt for further information 705-427-2065 joebelcourt@hotmail.com

 

Shed Clean Up

A short time ago we had a few volunteers come out to clean up the storage shed near the big pond. We had another volunteer step forward to take it to the next step. With a huge thanks to Frank Handerek who volunteered his time and installed some windows he had, installed another entry door and replaced the soffit and facia that was missing. This shed is really shaping up with the thanks to many volunteers.

 

GPS, Map & Compass Course
On September 12 2020 Jacek Wojcik volunteered his services and presented a GPS, Map and Compass Course. This program has been available in the past and each participant states they really enjoyed it and found it very insightful. GBHA want to thank Jacek for volunteering once again presenting this program. We hope to be able to offer this program again in the future.

 

Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) program and Hunter Safety Courses
GBHA will be offering a Pal and Hunter program on the week end of Sat October 03 and Sunday October 04 2020 in our lower hall. The PAL course has a cost of $170.00 and the Hunter Safety course is $150.00, HST included. This program will have limited numbers and has filled its capacity already. Larry is looking at booking another program in the near future, please contact Larry if interested in registering for the next program.

Restricted Possession and Acquisition Course
As well a Restricted Firearms (R-PAL) Course ($170.00 HST included) will be offered Sunday October 04 2020 in our upper hall.
For more information on educational programs, or to enroll contact
Larry Farris @ 705-529-6364 or ferris.larry51@gmail.com

Junior Club

Our Junior Club continues to plan a few outdoor events with limited numbers. Please check our calendar and watch for emails with notifications of events. As well the Junior Club is looking for a couple more mentors to help out. If anyone is interested please contact Karl Gostick @ 705-716-1612 or forest9101@yahoo.ca.

Woodlot Management

Our Woodlot Management Chairman Matt Wiessflog 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 Weissflog

@ 705-321-6035or email the club @, gbhaclub@yahoo.ca.

 

Editor’s Note

 

It is getting onto that time of the year we are getting ready for a season change and fall hunt season is in full swing. We hope that everyone gets to get out for that last fishing trip, hunting trip and maybe that last camp out before the weather changes or worse yet the government restrictions tighten up and everything get shut down!

 

It is also that time of year we begin our membership drive. With not being open for business as usual the executive really appreciates the understanding of our membership and we hope this continues on with renewals and new members signing up for memberships. We fully understand people not wanting to renew or become new members with the pandemic still evident. Should we be able to re-open to a business as normal we hope that those who do not renew still come out to the dinners as guests.

 

The executive is trying to figure out a way to make it all easier to renew, apply for a membership and return should you wish not to renew your membership. We hope to have a plan in place next month.

Again, your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Well!

 

Bruce Dunn - Bulletin Editor

Please check out our web site www.gbhuntersandanglers.com for

Club news and updates or “like us” on Facebook.

PLEASE NOTE!

 THE “BUY N SELL” WILL ONLY BE

POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE

www.gbhuntersandanglers.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014                            MEMBERSHIP                                         CONTACT US

  • Facebook App Icon