Brian Beattie

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 www.amasportsmen.com.

See you there!

 

—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 www.amasportsmen.com.

Local children help AMA Sportsmen’s Club build wood duck boxes

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Hammers, cordless drills and saws were busy Saturday morning at the AMA Sportsmen’s Association.

The club held its annual wood duck box building day with roughly 35 local children as well as parents and grandparents stopping by to help build wood duck boxes. Brian Beattie, the club member who helped organize Saturday morning’s event, said they were building 40 wood duck boxes.

A group children show the wood duck boxes they helped build Feb. 11 at the AMA Sportsmen's Club.

A group children show the wood duck boxes they helped build Feb. 11 at the AMA Sportsmen’s Club.

A group of grandfathers cut most of the wood Thursday morning leaving only assembly for the children and their parents, grandparents and helpers, though a few adults did use a saw to help trim a bit of the wood in situations where it was needed.

“We’ve got a really good turnout today,” said Beattie.

Beattie said such activities are key in order to help rebuild the population of wood ducks in the area.

Kaitlyn Baillargeon inserts a screw as part of the wood duck box she made.

Kaitlyn Baillargeon inserts a screw as part of the wood duck box she made.

“It’s very important,” he said, noting numbers are dwindling for wood ducks due to a lack of nesting places.

While the Canadian Wildlife Federation is making donations provincially to aid in the re-population, the local efforts are all paid for through the AMA Sportsmen’s Association’s youth fund. Wood duck boxes that were made Saturday were either taken home by the youths or will be put up by the club, with several to be installed in the Lake Erie Country Club area. Beattie said they are usually put up in areas abutting waterways or ponds.

The boxes can also be used by screech owls, Beattie pointed out.

Waterbee Pools donated 70 pieces of wood, enough for 16 of the boxes, said Beattie with Wigle Home Hardware “giving us a good price” on the rest of the wood. Wigle Home Hardware delivered the wood early Thursday morning which allowed the club members to start working on it.

Isabelle Mickle drills a screw into the wood duck box she was building with the help of Wayne Hutchins.

Isabelle Mickle drills a screw into the wood duck box she was building with the help of Wayne Hutchins.

Beattie added there could be another event later in the year where they build boxes for bluebirds. Those boxes would be similar to wood duck boxes, only the boxes are smaller and can be used in subdivisions.

The AMA Sportsmen’s Club could have its wood duck box program publicized further, as Delta Water Fowl and Ontario Out of Doors magazines plan on publishing their own articles, Beattie said.