Big Buck Sunday

“Big Buck Sunday” held at AMA Sportsmen Association


By Jonathan Martin


A long-standing AMA Sportsmen Association tradition has notched another year in the ol’ belt.

Big Buck Sunday has been giving local hunters the chance to get their racks measured for around two decades, according to club member Brian Beattie.

This year, the antlers were measured by Jim Branch, a Foundation for the Recognition of Ontario Wildlife official.  He said the day saw antlers that scored in the 130s and 140s.  Those who brought in antlers were given the chance to submit their score to the periodically-released Big Game Records of Ontario book.

Foundation for the Recognition of Ontario Wildlife (FROW) official Jim Branch measures a pair of antlers at AMA Sportsmen Association’s annual Big Buck Sunday event. Local hunters had a chance to get their racks scored last Sunday.

Big Buck Sunday also hosted vendors, whose products ranged from crossbows to scones.  Beattie said AMA had hosted a craft show the day before, so a few of those involved stayed behind for a second day.  There were oil candles, animal pelts, woodcarvings and more.  Even a charity showed up: Archers Against Cancer, which holds archery events to raise funds that offset the costs associated with cancer treatment.

Most archers kept to the outdoors, though.  The first 3D shoot of the year was held just across the road.  Thirty three-dimensional targets, shaped like animals, were erected with scores attached to different body parts: 10 for the heart, eight for the lungs, five for the body and zero for a miss.  The next 3D shoot will be held April 8.

“I like the 3D shoots because what it’s really about is getting a few people together to go out and have a few laughs,” Beattie said.

“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.

Pair of events hitting AMA Sportsmen Association this weekend



By RTT Staff


First, the AMA Sportsmen Association teamed with local children to help build wood duck boxes.

Now, they are looking to the same for the Eastern Bluebird.

The AMA Sportsmen Association will be hosting an event this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. where children will be able to construct boxes for the Eastern Bluebird along with help from their parents, grandparents and club members. They will be assembling 40 boxes out of pre-cut wood and are inviting children from the community to join them.

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Those with a cordless drill are asked to bring it with them. People who build a box will be given an opportunity to take it home and will be given an instruction sheet on how to place the box. Lunch will be provided for all helpers.

The AMA Sportsmen Club is also hosting “Big Buck Sunday” this Sunday starting at 9 a.m. The club states “this event is not all about ‘the biggest buck’” but also features the first archery 3-D shoot of the season, local vendors selling merchandise, sportsmen selling merchandise they no longer use and the sale of breakfast and lunch.

Someone will also be on hand Sunday to measure and score all antlers brought in.

For more information, contact the club at 519-736-5706 or visit The AMA Sportsmen Club is located at 468 Lowes Side Road in Amherstburg.

Big Buck Sunday and 3D archery shoot presented by AMA Sportsmen Association



Special to the RTT


The AMA Sportsmen Association kicked off their 2016 3D archery shooting season March 13 with the annual “Big Buck Sunday and 3D Archery Shoot.”

It was a rainy, dreary day. This scared off the normal group of senior adults that always come out for the season opener of the “AMA 3D shoots” (they must have feared melting in the rain). The day did, however, bring out 11 shooters of which all but two were under the age of 20 and the other two were under 30. For most of these younger shooters, it was their first attempt at shooting 3D target such as live deer, bears, wild board, turkeys and raccoons. All of these young shooters were given an AMA Sportsmen pin for their brave participation in this event.

Meanwhile, back in the dryness and warmth of the clubhouse on Lowes Side Road, there was a fine continental breakfast and chicken wing lunch prepared by a few members of the Sportsmen Club.

Jim Branch, an official scorer of antlers, was there to score the antlers brought in by local hunters. One pair of antlers scored impressively which qualified them for a place in “The Big Game of Records of Ontario” produced by the Foundation for the Recognition of Ontario Wildlife. It was in the class of whitetail deer taken with a “muzzleloader.”

Over 200 passed through the club to browse and purchase some of the many items on display in the back hall of the club by over 14 local vendors. They displayed and sold their merchandise, which included hunting cloths, T-shirts, archery equipment, hunting and fishing tackle, a few used bows and guns, rodent traps, handcrafted hats, scarves and quilts, along with Avon, Scentsy warmers and wax bars, jewelry, and even mideval swords and more.

Be sure not to miss this event happening about the same time next year. Watch this paper for the actual date and time.

AMA Sportsmen wish to thank the local vendors and the brave young archers as well as the hard work of some of their members who made this event a fun time for all. Do not forget that anyone interested in the sport of archery is welcome to participate in all of the Sportsmen Club’s 3D shoots. The next shoot is April 10.