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AMA Sportsmen Association staying busy this summer

 

The archery program and the air rifle program have both wrapped up for the summer. This year’s season went very well with lots of shooters each week. The AMA Sportsmen Club thanks the kids and adults who shot this year.

A special thank you to the parents and grandparents who brought the kids to the club each week.

On the last night of air rifle, the 17 Scouts and the 2nd Kingsville Boys Scouts joined us for some gun handling and shooting instruction. The archery season ended in fun, as they shot at balloons instead of just paper targets. Both of these programs will resume in October. Watch this paper or the AMA Sportsmen Association website for dates and times.

The AMA Sportsmen Association would like to thank all the members that helped and supported these programs.

The AMA Sportsmen hosted the first of two qualifiers for young archers May 5 wishing to compete in this year’s Ontario Summer Games in London. There were five competitors, each shooting 144 arrows at a target 50 metres away. This is a hard task and takes a lot of stamina. These young competitors did a great job.

The second qualifier is also at the Sportsmen Club June 9 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in archery should come out and watch. You will be impressed.

The third archery 3-D shoot of the year was held May 6 with 33 shooters out having a little fun playing and trying to shoot in the water and mud. Some said it was just like hunting. The next shoot is Aug. 19 with a 9 a.m. start.

The AMA Sportsmen are hosting the annual Unifor fishing tournament May 20. See postings at your local Unifor hall for times and dates.

The AMA Longbeards, our local chapter of the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation, held its first banquet in February. This event went very well and raised some money to start our mandate to introduce kids and women to the sport of hunting, the conservation of nature and providing habitat for nature. Again, watch this paper or the AMA Sportsmen Association website for more details.

 

The AMA Sportsmen Association’s 35th annual walleye tournament starts June 22 and runs to June 30 with the wrap-up party being July 1. Tickets are sold out. Good luck to all the fishermen, ladies and kids who bought a ticket and plan to fish in this tournament. Also, good luck to the ones who just bought a ticket. See you at the wrap-up party.

The sign-up sheets for the annual Bob Meloche Kids Fishing Derby on Father’s Day (June 17) are at the AMA Sportsmen Club and Canadian Tire Amherstburg. This event is for all kids 12 and under. Get signed up before June 10 and join in on this free event.

The seasonal summer craft sale with 30 local vendors displaying and selling their crafts is on June 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Every Saturday, lunch is available at the club from 12-2 p.m. Thursdays starting at noon. The club is open for swapping stories and playing euchre.

For anyone planning an event, the club is accepting bookings.

With these events, there is something for everyone this summer at the AMA Sportsmen Association. Visit the AMA Sportsmen Association at 468 Lowes Side Road. If anyone has questions about the club, call us at 519-736-5706. People can leave a message, and someone will return your call.

People can also visit us on Facebook or check out the website at www.amasportsmen.com.

Hope to see you there!

 

—Submitted by Brian Beattie

What’s happening at the AMA Sportsmen Association this winter

 

 

Construction to the back of the clubhouse at the AMA Sportsmen Association is almost complete, adding more storage and clearing the back hall of clutter.

The archery program is continuing every Monday from now to April and is going very well with up to 40 kids and up to 20 adults shooting each week.

Our 2018 3-D season kicks off with the first of five shoots on our annual “Big Buck Sunday” March 11. Anyone wishing to have a set of horns measured can bring them to the club on this day. There will also be local vendors and fellow sportsmen displaying and selling their goods.

The air rifle program every Wednesday is doing well with up to 30 shooters coming out regularly. The annual “turkey shoot” took place Jan. 17 and this event had 175 shooters from age three to grandparents.

Euchre is still being played every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Again this year, the AMA Sportsmen are showing their commitment to conservation by making 40 wood duck nesting boxes and 40 bat boxes. The club is asking for the help of the boys and girls from the club and community to assemble these boxes. It is a fun day to learn a little about building and the importance of preserving wood ducks and bats.

The wood duck boxes are to be assembled Feb. 3 starting at 10 a.m. and the bat boxes assembly day is March 3 at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all helpers on both days.

The AMA Longbeards, our local chapter of the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation, is holding its first banquet Feb. 10. There are still a limited number of tickets available for this event. Call Brian at 519-736-2221 for tickets.

On Feb. 17, there is a chicken wing dinner from 5-7 p.m. You can either eat in or get take-out. After you eat this dinner, you will not have to stop for a burger on the way home.

March 10 at the club is the seasonal Easter Craft Sale with 30 local vendors displaying and selling their crafts from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Our annual pot luck dinner this year is March 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets will be going on sale soon so get your tickets early because this event is a sell-out every year.

Plans have begun for this year’s 35th annual Walleye Tournament, which will run June 22-30. The wrap-up party is July 1. The Bob Meloche Kids Fishing Derby is Father’s Day, June 17.

As always, every Saturday, lunch is available at the club from 12 noon-2 p.m.

So what are you waiting for? With all of these events, there is something for everyone so visit the AMA Sportsmen Association at 468 Lowes Side Road. Anyone with questions can call the club at 519-736-5706 and leave a message. The call will be returned.

People can also visit us on Facebook or check out our website at www.amasportsmen.com. Hope to see you there!

 

—Prepared by 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

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 www.amasportsmen.com.

 

—Prepared by Brian Beattie

Last 3-D shoot of season held by AMA Sportsmen’s Club

 

The AMA Sportsman Association hosted the last 3D Archery Shoot for the 2016 season Sept. 25.

It was a beautiful sunny day which brought out 41 shooters from ten-years-old to senior adults.

They came out to shoot for fun and some to prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Their reasons were not as important as the fresh air and exercise walking through the trail and taking a shot at the 30 life size targets.

Meanwhile back at the clubhouse, a Continental breakfast was free to all. Lunch was prepared by a few members of the Sportsman Club and was enjoyed by the shooters and anyone else who dropped by. Our 2017 season will start with a shoot on the “Big Buck Sunday” in April of 2017; watch this paper for the date or come out and see us at the Club.

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The AMA Sportsman is opening their doors once again this year on Monday nights starting Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. for indoor archery. All kids from 7 to 16 are welcome to come out and learn the sport of archery. At 8:00pm any one over 16 can shoot. If you don’t have your own bow, don’t worry we have lots of bows. If you have never shot before don’t worry the friendly AMA coaches will attempt to teach you.

Enough about archery – if archery is not for you or your kids, come to the club on Wednesday nights starting Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and try the sport of air rifle shooting. This is for anyone over the age of seven. Come out and give it a shot or two. All guns, pellets and safety equipment is supplied, as well as a group of friendly AMA coaches to teach you the basics and the rest is up to you.

So what are waiting for? Get out this fall and winter and try one or both of these indoor sports any questions call the club at 519-736-5706 leave a message and someone will call you back or you can check our website at www.amasportsmen.com. The address for the club is 468 Lowes Side Road.