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.