AMA Sportsmen Association

Local student organizes cancer fundraiser, donates hair in memory of friend



By Ron Giofu


The AMA Sportsmen’s Association was buzzing Saturday with hair cuts, food and music all to aid the fight against cancer.

It was also a chance to remember Carol Fryer, a local hairstylist who used to organize a similar fundraiser before she lost her battle with the disease.

Cassie Major holds up four of the ponytails she had snipped off during a fundraiser that Major herself organized at the AMA Sportsmen Association Oct. 14.

“Carol Fryer used to organize Wigs for Kids in Amherstburg,” explained Major. “She used to cut my hair when she did it. We’re continuing to do it in her memory. I was going to cut my hair this year anyway.”

The ponytails that were cut off were donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, with the goal of turning the hair into wigs to assist those who lost their hair due to cancer treatments. They teamed with local salon I Dare Your Hair and they ended up with over 90 ponytails.

The youngest person to get her hair cut was five-year-old Charlotte Hill, a friend of Major’s.

Doing the cutting at Saturday evening’s event were Jen Moceri and Brooke White from Ritual Salon in LaSalle.

Charlott Hill smiles as she looks at the hair she is donating. Doing the cutting is Brooke White.

The event picked up two corporate sponsors, with Major pointing out that Hawk Plastics and Domino’s Canada each donated $500. A 50/50 draw and toonie toss also raised funds to support seven-year-old Amherstburg Public School student Brock Hasson, who has been battling a form of cancer known as Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS).

“We came in with $5,268.73 for the cancer society and $726.95 for Brock Hasson of Amherstburg,” Major told the RTT.

Action picking up at AMA Sportsmen Association


Special to the RTT

The last 3D archery shoot for the 2017 season was held last Sunday and it was a beautiful sunny, warm day.

This brought out 40 shooters from ten-years-old to seniors. They came out to shoot for fun or to prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Their reasons were not as important as getting out for some fresh air and exercise walking through the trail and taking a shot at the 30 life-sized targets.

Meanwhile, back at the clubhouse, a fine lunch was prepared that was enjoyed by the shooters and anyone else who dropped by. Also at the club, some of the members and a local archery dealer brought out some of their gently used hunting gear to sell or trade with people who attended. There were guns, traps, fishing gear, decoys, hunting stents, arrows, bows and too many other things to list.

Our 2018 3D season will start with a shoot on “Big Buck Sunday” in March 2018. Watch this paper for the date or come out and see us at the club.

The AMA Sportsmen are getting ready to open their doors once again for this year’s kids archery season, which starts Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. We welcome all kids from 7-16 to learn the sport of archery. At 8 p.m., anyone over 16 can shoot, If you don’t have your own bow and arrow, don’t worry as we have lots of bows and arrows. If you have never shot before, don’t worry as we will attempt to teach you.

If archery is not for you or your kids, come to the club Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. to try the sport of air rifle shooting. This is for children seven and older and, of course, adults come out to give it a shot or two. All guns, pellets, safety equipment and supervision is supplied.

Bob Dube, the long time chair of the air rifle program is stepping down this season. Bob will be missed and we thank him for his leadership.

On Nov. 18, the club is hosting a craft show with 30 local crafters displaying and selling their crafts. Watch this paper for times or call us at the club.

Euchre has started again on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

There are 15 members of the AMA Sportsmen Association working on forming a local chapter of the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation. This group will be holding an annual banquet to raise funds and will be involved in educating the people in the area about the care and management of the wild turkeys in Essex County. They will also being doing some work in the area helping to supply a healthy habitat for our wild turkeys.

Speaking of turkey, we hope you can join us Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. for a deep fried turkey dinner. These are not wild turkeys.

So what are you waiting for? Get out this fall and visit the AMA Sportsmen Association at 468 Lowes Side Road. With all these events, there is something for everyone. If there are any questions, call the club at 519-736-5706 and leave a message. Someone will call you back.

The public can also visit the club on Facebook or check out our website at

See you there!


—Prepared by Brian Beattie

AMA Sportsmen Association gives update on recent activity



Special to the RTT


Sunday, April 9 was a beautiful day to get out and take a walk in the bush and 89 shooters did just that.

They came to the AMA Sportsmen Club for the second of five 3-D shoots scheduled for this year. This shoot was called the “Rubber Boot Shoot” and as the name says, boots were needed. The 3-D shoots are open to all ages from children to seniors and, as always, kids under 12 shoot free and must be accompanied by an adult.

At each shot, there are 30 full-size 3-D targets, from a rabbit to a moose. Hopefully, if your interests include archery, you will come out May 28 for our next shoot named the “Warm Day Shoot.”

The 2017 indoor archery program ended Monday, April 10. It was a free night for the 40-plus kids who shoot on a regular basis. All shooters enjoyed a special night with balloons to shoot instead of paper targets. There were no shooting fees and free pop and chips for all.

The Monday night shooting is for the kids and their parents as well as any man or woman from the community. This year saw an increasing number of children and women take a serious interest in the sport of archery. During this season, the AMA Sportsmen archer coaches held clinics on various Tuesdays and Saturdays to teach local groups of Boy Scouts, Sparks, Brownies and Squires the basics of archery.

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The 2017 indoor air rifle program came to an end April 12. It wrapped up with 30-plus shooters shooting for free and, of course, free pop and chips for all. Earlier this year, the air rifle group held a “turkey shoot” with a large turnout. Everyone present had to shoot and compete for nice prizes, including an air rifle for the top youth shooter. Prize winners must be a fair shot, but more importantly, they must be very lucky! Come out next year and see what I mean.

The AMA Sportsmen Association would like to thank the adults that brought the kids out every Monday and Wednesday since October. A very special thank you to the volunteers and coaches who gave their time and used their knowledge to teach the kids the enjoyment and the rewarding feeling when you hit a “bulls eye” in the sports of archery and rifle.

Starting in mid-October, the AMA Sportsmen plan to open the clubhouse at 468 Lowes Side Road for archery every Monday at 7 p.m. for kids and 8 p.m. for adults and every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for air rifle. Everyone is welcome to come out and join us in either of these sports. Watch this paper or call the club in the fall for exact dates.

The annual Bob Meloche Fishing Derby is coming up on Father’s Day June 18. This is a free event for all children up to age 12. Pre-registration is required. You can register at the Sportsmen Club anytime it is open from June 1-June 10. This year, all kids that participate will receive a free T-shirt thanks to Thrasher Sales & Leasing Ltd.

The AMA Sportsmen Association’s 34th annual walleye tournament is also coming up. This year’s derby runs from June 23-July 1, with the awards party being July 2. As in the past, there are many prizes. There are only 1,000 tickets and they are now on sale. The first 500 buyers will receive a free hat. Follow this paper for times and dates or check out our web page at


—Prepared by Brian Beattie

“Big Buck Sunday” held at AMA Sportsmen Association



By Ron Giofu


A long-standing tradition continued March 12 at the AMA Sportsmen Association.

The club held its “Big Buck Sunday” event, something club member Brian Beattie said has been happening for the last 18 or 19 years.

While antlers were measured and scored, it wasn’t just about the “biggest buck.” A variety of vendors were brought in with anything from ATV’s to hunting equipment as well as lures, taxidermy, blankets, knitting, food and wood carvings among other things.

Six-month-old Eli Callja enjoys his view from a seat of an ATV.

Six-month-old Eli Callja enjoys his view from a seat of an ATV.

“We open the room to vendors,” said Beattie. “A lot of these vendors have been here for a while.”

There is no charge for vendors for the annual event, he added.

The day also coincided with the first 3-D shoot of the season, an event where animal replicas with targets are laid out on a piece of nearby land and arrows are shot into them. A perfect score is 300 with awards such as patches and pins handed out for scorers who approach it.

Big Buck Sunday offered a wide variety of vendors.

Big Buck Sunday offered a wide variety of vendors.

“You’ve got to be able to judge the distance to get an accurate shot,” said Beattie. “It’s a fun thing.”

There were 52 shooters including about 15 children in the 3-D shoot. An additional 60 came for breakfast.

The next 3-D shoots are April 9, May 28, Aug. 20 and Sept. 24.

“Big Buck Sunday”is a tradition that looks to be continuing well into the future.

“We’ll continue as long as everyone comes out and enjoys themselves,” Beattie stated.

AMA Sportsmen Association gets building again, this time for Eastern Bluebirds



By Ron Giofu


The AMA Sportsmen Association teamed with local children to help increase the population of wood ducks last month and now they’re trying to do the same for the Eastern Bluebird.

Like they did for the wood ducks, 40 boxes were built for the Eastern Bluebird Saturday morning by club members along with children and their families.

Mike Wilcox helps daughter Hannah build an Eastern Bluebird box last Saturday morning at the AMA Sportsmen Association. Looking on is son Kale.

Mike Wilcox helps daughter Hannah build an Eastern Bluebird box last Saturday morning at the AMA Sportsmen Association. Looking on is son Kale.

“We’ve got two styles of boxes,” explained Brian Beattie, the club member who helped organize the conservation project. “Both boxes are very similar.”

Five of the boxes that were assembled were from the Canadian Wildlife Federation while the remainder were from the association itself. Each box was sent home with an instruction sheet on how and where to install them.

The Eastern Bluebird boxes were smaller than the wood duck boxes and can go in a backyard, Beattie said, though the ideal location is in a hedgerow between two fields where it is quieter.

“It can either go on a pole or in a tree,” said Beattie.

The population of Eastern Bluebirds is dwindling, he added, hence the need to assemble boxes so they can lay their eggs and expand the number of birds.

Beattie added the club was happy with the turnout last Saturday morning as they had no trouble finding enough children to assemble the 40 boxes. The next conservation project will be next spring, he continued, and could be owl boxes or bat houses. Beattie said he hopes to get $2,000 from the club’s youth fund for conservation projects.

Bryson McLam and Maddy Bull show the types of Eastern Bluebird boxes that were constructed.

Bryson McLam and Maddy Bull show the types of Eastern Bluebird boxes that were constructed.

The youth fund comes mainly from the bar at the AMA Sportsmen Association, Beattie pointed out. None of the bartenders take tips and instead any money designated for tips goes into a donation box to fund youth activities at the club.

The AMA Sportsmen Association is located at 468 Lowes Side Road and their website is