May Meeting: Thursday, May 25th, Rice Lake Clubhouse. 6 p.m.: Grill available to use for your entrée. Salad and rolls provided by the Club. 7 p.m.: Presentation by Michigan DNR Fisheries Manager George Madison, with the following agenda: 1) Review of area fishing stocking management programs and survey projects.
2) Sport fishing regulation proposals.
3) A question and answer period about ideas and/or concerns related to area sport fisheries. 8 p.m.: Meeting Agenda: Final June Fishing Derby planning including setup and cleanup, etc.
Tom Grimm, President
April Meeting: The next meeting is at the Clubhouse on Thursday, April 27th starting at 8:00 PM. The grill will be started at 6:00 PM for members and guests to barbecue their own entrees. Salad and rolls will be provided by the Club. All members, guests and those interested in joining the Club are encouraged to attend. Meeting Agenda: 1) Finalize Fishing Derby (June 11th) plans,
2) Discuss plans for a Spring cleanup work party at the Club,
3) Plan for Summer activities.
March Meeting: Bill Scullon, MDNR Wildlife Biologist and Field Operations Manager for the UP Region attended the Club's March 30th Meeting in Lake Linden. Bill answered questions and provided information on a wide range of topics. These included wolves, the Predator-Prey Study, Deer hunting regulations will remain the same this year, goose hunting regs will also remain the same. There will not be a hunting season for Sandhill Cranes but crop damage permits are available. Bill also talked briefly about the white nose syndrom that is decimating the local bat populations. Finally, Bill suggested that our club work with other area clubs to develop a grant proposal to improve deer habitat in the area. Member Mick Jarvi volunteered to contact the Calumet-Keweenaw Club about working with them on a proposal.
The upcoming June 11th Fishing Derby was discussed at the March Meeting with needs identified for extra help the day of the derby. One area of need is the kitchen, another the bar area and also for people to help sell 10-cent raffle tickets. Members are encouraged to plan on helping with our Fishing Derby to insure that it will be a big success.
Meetings in General:Monthly membership meetings
are held at 8 PM the last Thursday of every month at
the clubhouse (unless otherwise advertised). A
cookout precedes the meeting during the warm months.
Bring your steak, the grill will be hot; salad and rolls are provided
for a small donation.
Annual Membership: Regular Member:
Senior Member (over 65):
Youth Member (under 18): $10.00
Family Membership: $40.00 To join, send a request to the club address shown above.
Grand Prize Winner - Garrett Rowe
1 Rick Marcotte
2 Mike Stevens
3 Vaughn Hobmeier
1 Kelly Treganawan
2 Shandon Reed
3 Jed Kallio
1 Luke Marcotte
2 Alex Mattila
3 no entry
1 Corbin Eikenberry
2 Clayton Walker
3 Joe Vairus
1 Matt Plunkett
2 Payton Goldsworthy
3 Tenley Goldsworthy
1 Brady Axford
2 Taylor Goldsworthy
3 Lincoln Haataja
Deer Feeding:Historically, we have given a high
priority to helping deer survive the harsh Keweenaw winters. A
large portion of our funds is dedicated for winter deer survival. As
sportsmen, we have observed first hand the benefits of this
feeding program. Due to the extreme winter conditions,
the Keweenaw deer population is low.
The feeding program helps keep the herd at a socially acceptable
level. See the our newsletter and the Keweenaw
Island Coalition web site for more information.
Hunter Safety Class: 2017
The Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsman’s Club is offering a Hunter Safety Course. The course will be held Wednesdays, July 19, 26, and August 2 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Saturday, August 5, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsman’s Club at Rice Lake. Students must attend all four sessions to receive a certificate. An adult must accompany a child age 9 and under. Future hunters that will be hunting this coming season are invited to attend. Adults are also encouraged to observe or take the class as a first timer or refresher.
There is no charge for the course and lunch will be served on Saturday. Class size is limited to 40 students. Students must pre-register by calling Keith Machiela between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM at 906-296-0365, or e-mailing email@example.com. When registering, please give the student’s name, phone number, and date of birth.
Spring Hunter Education Pictures:
We have completed another successful season of Hunter Education certifying 37 new hunters. In addition, we helped the 6th graders at Camp Nesbit and the local Girl Scouts at their annual campout learn archery. A big thank-you goes out to the NRA Foundation, UP Whitetails-Keweenaw, and the Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club for their continued support.
See our newsletter for current information.
Trap Range:We offer trap shooting
Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm, from early April through late October. We
usually run an informal trap team shooting competition.
Rifle Range: We maintain
a rifle range. A covered shooting
area with bench rests accommodates rifle and handgun
enthusiasts. Target stands have sand berm
backgrounds. We have 25, 50, 100, 150 and 200 yard targets plus the 15 yard handgun target area. Targets and sand bags are available
on site. Monday nights at about 6:00 pm,
throughout the summer, is a time to bring a rifle
or pistol for some friendly competition.
Civilian Marksman Program (CMP):The Civilian
Marksmanship Program promotes firearms safety training
and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens
with special emphasis on youth. CMP Home PageCMP Shooters NewsCMP Matches
have a deer feeding program, offer Hunter Safety for
youth, have Monday evening rifle and pistol shoots, have
Thursday evening trap shooting, hold an annual Fishing Derby,
assist the Boy Scouts, and have a business meeting on the
last thursday of the month.
Donations to Community Activities:As
a member of the community, we give back
to the community. Among other worthwhile
causes, we have donated to the boy scouts,
area fire departments, the alcohol free
graduation party, and the Multiple Sclerosis
Maintenance of the Club House:The
clubhouse is an historic log building situated
on 120 acres of partially wooded sandy soil, leased
from the Village of Lake Linden, see the picture
at the top of the page. The area is famous
for its wild blueberries. The property is
located near Houghton County's Rice Lake. As
one might expect, it takes a lot of man-hours and
money to maintain this building.
Fund Raising: We hold the "Annual Rice Lake
Fishing Derby" and sell "Keweenaw Island Coalition" buttons
to raise funds for our various activities and obligations. Information about
the button sales and the Keweenaw Island Coalition can be
obtained at the Keweenaw Island Coalition web site, given
below. A link to our partner in the Keweenaw Island
Coalition is given below.
Link to Keweenaw Island Coalition web site: CLICK
HERE Link to Calumet-Keweenaw
Sportsmen's Club web site: CLICK
Appropriate Insurance:We maintain appropriate
insurance to protect those involved in the activities of
History:The details of the beginning history of our club are very
sketchy. There were bits and pieces organized in 1913, but it really
organized in 1921. On October 18, 1944 a meeting was held at the Gordon
Hillenbrand's home, where it was voted to acquire the Boys Scout Camp from
the Lake Linden Village. This takeover occurred on November 3, 1944. The
deer feeding program was started with just two feeding stations. Today
that number is over eighteen, with many participants and volunteers. The
50th Anniversary of our club was celebrated in 1973. The club played
an active role in the 100-year celebration of Lake Linden in 1985. Our
club was responsible for hosting the dance held on Saturday at the old ice
arena. We were able to raise $5,000 to help defray the cost of the
centennial celebration. We are active with the boy scouts, providing
the clubhouse and other facilities, for their various activities. The
clubhouse has become our home. We have leased and used the clubhouse
for 62 years.
Our current lease expires in 2020.