With the current atmosphere of increased restrictions, we will not be gathering for the annual roadside cleanup on Vindin Road in Midland. I had planned to do this leading up to Earth Day, but will likely just head out at some point to do a little clean-up on my own. 


As always, I encourage club members to find little ways to take conservation actions and enjoy the outdoors in your day-to-day lives. Do you have active bird feeders/houses, wildlife on your property, cool trail camera shots, pictures of you cleaning up some trash from a trail / woodlot / roadside, have you built a brush pile on your property to create protection/habitat for wildlife, etc.? Please reach out to me with any stories and/or pictures of these efforts and of you getting outside. We'd love to share these stories with our members as well as the public to further illustrate how much we care about, and take care of, our resources.


There are also a number of great organizations  that are continuously offering online course and webinars that cover a variety of topics, such as; invasive species, gardening to support wildlife / pollinators, species at risk, photography basics, and much more. Severn Sound Environmental Association, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the OFAH, Nature Conservancy Canada, Bird Studies Canada, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Georgian Bay Land Trust, Invading Species Awareness Program, are just a handful of organizations that have offered webinars that I have joined myself. I encourage everyone to do an online search, and sign up to join, some of these types of events. 


If you are on Facebook please make sure to follow our page. You can also follow the hashtag #georgianbayhuntersandanglers on Facebook and Instagram to see posts/photos of what we are doing. 


If you have anything to share, suggestions, etc. please reach out to me at or call/text me at (705)427-3542.


Craig Lalonde Conservation Chair




D/t the newest pandemic restrictions we will not be able to host our planned Turkey Shoot Sunday April 18 2021. Please watch for re-scheduled date to be announced with new restrictions. Alan Wheeler would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help out, and is looking forward to the same response when re-scheduled. 


Excalibur Kryptek Raid Axe Crossbow Draw!


GBHA has been fortunate to receive the sponsor ship of an Excalibur Kryptek Raid Axe Crossbow for a fundraiser. 


This sponsorship has be graciously donated by Brokerlink Insurance , many thanks to Peter Mount of Brokerlink for helping us out with this fundraiser. It is greatly appreciated especially in these trying times.  


Tickets will be sold for $20.00 each with a limit of 50 tickets available. 


Tickets are now on sale. The draw will be held once all of the tickets are sold out! Once all tickets are sold, draw date will be announced. 


For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Joe Belcourt at 705-427-2065, 


Payments can be made with credit card or debit with Joe or etransferred to the club at 



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Outdoor Gun Range Update March 11 2021


If you notice in our recent notifications and bulletin, it was announced that guests were not being allowed to use our outdoor range d/t the inability to meet a Covid Restrictions. This restriction stated we must be able to track guests and have a rapid response should the Board of Health need to contact the guests and or members.


The past procedure was to have members and OFAH guests sign in using their Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) membership number. All guests had to be an OFAH member for tracking purposes. The reasoning behind everyone using their OFAH number was that it kept anonymity to participants using the outdoor range. This is a guideline from the Chief Firearms Office (CFO). 


As we do not have fulltime employees tending to the sign in and out sheets, if we used names and phone numbers it would leave this information open for viewing, exposing everyone's personal contact information and identification. Thus the use of OFAH numbers. GBHA club is able to track our members through our membership list and the OFAH membership numbers assigned to each of our members. 


As directed from the Board of Health/Government, to meet the Covid restrictions we needed a tracking system to provide a rapid contact with any persons using our facilities. This brought up a new issue in meeting this restriction as the OFAH would not divulge any of their members contact information to us, even for the purpose of giving it to the Board of Health for immediate contact! This means we would not be able to track guests!


With the lockdown and changes with restrictions, a decision was made to not allow Guests to use our outdoor range, as we could not meet the restrictions. 


With the Pandemic Restrictions opening up, it was recently decided to allow invited OFAH guests to attend with members to use our outdoor gun range. This will take place as of March 14 2021. With this decision we initially announced that all participants were to sign in with using their phone numbers. This decision was made without the knowledge that personal information can be obtained by the cell phone numbers as well. 


So back to the drawing board!  A new sign in sheet has been developed. All GBHA members must remain to sign in using their OFAH number. Any member who is bringing a OFAH guest is to sign in this guest with their guest's OFAH number, this will be beside their number. Much easier to understand when you see the sign in sheets. 


With this system we are still not be able to contact your guest, but the onus is now put on each GBHA member to have the contact information readily available for each OFAH guest they bring. 


Should the Board of Health require an immediate contact of you and or your guest they will be contacting you for this information.  


This is the only way for GBHA to meet the Pandemic Restrictions and to allow our membership to extend the olive branch to invite an OFAH guest to join them to use our range. 


If these requirements are not followed guest may not be allowed again and or the range will be closed! Please remember that all range rules and Covid Pandemic Restrictions must be followed at the range as well. 


We are trying to keep the outdoor range open for members to utilize, trying to make it safe and be able to follow the restrictions is not just up to the executive or the range chairman, it is up the membership to help as well! 


Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciate and you co-operation is expected. 



Franz Klingenschmitt 

Range Chairman 


Grant Application Information March 08 2021;


Government has offered grants ranging from $5000.00 to $250000, for the purpose of businesses to prepare to reopen after Covid - 19. 

The following items is what we applied for;


1. B&R Heating & Cooling   upstairs main hall                                               $65,000.00

2. B&R Heating & Cooling   downstairs hall                                                    $32,500.00

3. Templeton Glass plex glass partitions for tables,

     bar counters, kitchen serving area                                                                $8,370.00

4. Supplies needed to open- Face masks, face shields, rubber gloves

     signage, training of screening volunteers, cost for extra cleaning due

     to Covid 19 restrictions etc.,                                                                         $28,974.00


Total money requested from  grant application                                           $134,844.00



HST is to be paid by GBHA Inc, later to be claimed on our financial reports, with a tax rebate. 


I would like to thank all those who helped in  getting the required info to me, so i could pass it on to John Pugsly from Gladstone Consulting  whom submitted the grant application on time.


Thank you  

Ken Langley



OH  ya forgot to mention if by chance  we get turned down  on this application John Pugsly stated  he will redo the application for the 2nd round which begins April 9th  2021  for FREE!  FREE!  FREE!  With a few changes to the wording, but keep the contents of application the same


Update on Covid Restrictions and what it means for GBHA Club


As everyone in Ontario is aware by now, the Covid-19 restrictions has been updated to a Grey Zone for Ontario, meaning a lockdown for many businesses of different types, starting on Saturday December 26 2020 at 1201 am, for 28 days. 


Upon reviewing the guidelines for the restrictions set out by the Premier of Ontario, we would be allowed to leave our outdoor gun range open, that is, should we be able to meet the restrictions and guidelines. Unfortunately we are not able to meet the requirements set out to keep out facility and our members safe of risk, so your Board of Directors for GBHA has made a decision to shutdown our indoor facility for any and all usage and outdoor gun and archery range facilities for the duration of the 28 days and pending the following restriction updates in the new year. 


Please watch for our website, Facebook and emails for updates, we may not be able to send out a printed bulletin with the closures.  


With very limited fundraising throughout 2020, we enter 2021 with funding from memberships to solely support ourselves as a club, a fine of non-compliance to any stipulations set out by the Province in regards to the lockdown would be very detrimental to our club!


We would like to remind everyone that our property has many trails that will remain open for members to independently use for hiking, skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing, following outdoor pandemic restrictions and guidelines of course.  


The executive would like to thank Franz Klingenschmitt our Range Officer for his attempts to get clarification and keep our ranges safe and available for our membership and Craig Lalonde for assisting him. 


We appreciate the club's understanding and co-operation in this matter, we are only trying to keep everyone safe!


We hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year! 


Stay safe, Stay well, stay tuned!




The Executive Board of Directors for

Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Inc.


2021 Memberships and Renewals

GBHA Chair Elyse Birnie has updated the renewal form and membership applications. 

These forms are available as a link on our website , 

as well etransfers are available to





Unfortunately, with the advanced pandemic restrictions we will not be able to open the clubhouse 

for members to come out to renew their memberships or submit new membership applications. 



For identification purposes your PAL number or a Government issued identification 

will be mandatory, even for renewals.


Those not renewing this year and wish to renew at a later date

will be faced with the surcharge fee.


Elyse Birnie

Membership Chairperson


Club Vests, Hats and Crests Now On Sale

Have you ever wanted a club vest, so you to can display your badges,

crests and buttons? Now you can, GBHA is now

taking orders for vest for members. Vests are being sold for $45.00 each

, club hats are $15.00 each or 2/$25.00 and

club crests will be sold for $5.00 each. To order or for more information

contact Bruce Dunn 1-705-534-0632, for

ordering vests please contact Bruce Dunn @ 1-705-528-2709


Respecting Your Last Wishes!

While reading some of your favorite magazines or while searching the internet, you may have come across a few

articles dealing with somewhat sensitive issues pertaining to fellow enthusiasts, hunters and anglers who have

passed away. Some of these issues vary from their last wishes of donations to their choice of clubs and or federations,

to, how the family/executor must deal with topics such as firearms, ammunition and other items of interest.

This appears to be on the rise, especially with the long gun registry being abolished! GBHA club has in the past received

monetary donations and some families have expressed interest about in offering the firearms/equipment to the club

as a donation. These donations are always appreciated and are put to good use, but are not expected of members!

Often the executive of GBHA is approached regarding the issues of dealing with firearms such as unregistered firearms,

registered firearms, how to transfer them to an heir, what happens if an heir does not have a PAL or an appropriate

license, who is responsible for dealing with the firearms? Many questions and situations have been brought up on

these and other topics. The executive have been able to answer the questions and or help set up appropriate actions

to deal with these situations.

As mentioned these are delicate situations. Should you or anyone you know may need the assistance of

Georgian Bay Hunters and Anglers Executive can be re-assured that each situation will be dealt with discretion and

in a professional manor and with upmost respect to the members and family’s requests.    ALL persons in possession

of firearms or other items of interest should be informed of responsibilities and be prepared.

We have also listed some internet links to help inform you and assist in your decision making, please take some time

to think about you wishes. This will be posted in our Bulletin and on our web-site and on Facebook. If the club could ask

its members that we be notified of any fellow members who passed. This could allow us to notify our co-members

wishing to partake in any types of Celebration of Life Ceremonies.

Inherited Firearms;

Information for Executors;

Chief Firearms Offices;


Thank you

GBHA Executive Board Members




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