Mark your calendar for Fin & Feather’s Big Game Award Night, which is scheduled for February 17, 2018. Tickets remain at $35 for adults and $25 for youths 14 and under. Reserved tables for a party of 8 or 10 are available by contacting Frank Koehle at 231 845-7259. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours early. No tickets will be sold at the door. On the menu will be chicken and swiss steak with all the fixings. For those that are non-meat eaters, you can pre-order a non-meat spaghetti dinner. Everyone attending the event will be given a door prize. We are planning on raffling off 12 long firearms and 3 handguns, plus the banquet firearm will again be the winner’s choice of a rifle or a shotgun. Additional firearms and handguns will be available throughout the evening at the $10 and $20 card raffle tables for the winners to choose from. This will be the largest selection of firearms ever offered by the Fin & Feather Club. Trigger Time Outfitters from Big Rapids will again be supplying the firearms for the evening, plus there will be many other special raffle items on the $1.00 raffle tables.
Once again the area’s top 2017 Michigan whitetails will be on display. There will be a major prize for the largest free ranging whitetail taken in Michigan during the 2017 season brought in by a male and female donated by Trigger Time Outfitters. Every youth (16 and under) will receive an award. We are asking if you plan on bringing in your antler; please try to have them scored before the event by contacting Wayne Andersen at 231 843-4618. This will help speed things up that night.
To get your single ticket contact Nita at 231 690-0874 or Frank 231 845-7259 for a reserved table.
See you then for a night of fun!!!!!!!!
Thank you to our 2017 Plaid Shirt Night volunteers:
Teams - Cummins, Soper, Zack, Thomas, Taylor, Finch, and our energetic ticket pullers Team – “Mountain Dew “. Frank K , Dick D, Dick H, Michelle, Bud, Lance, Don H, Dan E, Orly, Aaron S, Jim O, and Brian M. Our Emcee Wayne Andersen – who was on his feet the entire evening, and kept things moving in a timely fashion, and to Cindy Gleason our treasurer, who didn’t budge from her seat, eyes glued to the task at hand. Special thanks to our new co-chair Rick Singleton, and his tireless daughters Mackenzie and Meghan for their terrific effort, and to our Building and Grounds committee for an impeccable venue. It takes a lot of work to host only a 4 – hour evening, which along with our Big Game Awards Night, and our Gun a Month raffle proceeds going to fuel our many Conservation, Educational, and Community service projects for an entire year. Thanks as well to our ever loyal group of Donors, Friends, and to you – Our Guests, whom continue to support the Fin and Feather Club.
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Today, the Michigan Legislature rushed passage of legislation which removes protections against the introduction of new aquatic invasive species stowing away in ballast tanks, and ignores the threat they pose to Michigan communities and our outdoor economy, heritage and values.
HB 5095 strips away the Department of Environmental Quality’s requirement that ocean-going vessels docking at Michigan ports demonstrate that they will not introduce aquatic invasive species into Michigan waters, or that they use environmentally sound technologies to prevent the transfer of aquatic invasive species if they discharge ballast water. Instead, HB 5095 would require only that ships follow inadequate Coast Guard standards for ballast water to obtain a permit. Moreover, the U.S. Coast Guard technologies are not currently installed on any ocean-going vessels until the ships next dry docking schedule, which could be 3-5 years out from now, thus leaving Michigan waters unprotected from new introductions of invasive species in the interim.
Sea lampreys, zebra and quagga mussels arrived in the Great Lakes through ballast water tanks and cost millions each year in control, habitat and environmental damage. The aquatic invasive species we have in the Great Lakes cost us too much already; let’s not let new ones in by weakening our protections against ballast water invaders!
Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the National Wildlife Federation thank Governor Snyder and the Department of Environmental Quality for opposing this weakening of our ballast standards; please call Governor Snyder at 517-373-3400 and ask him to veto HB 5095 and protect the Great Lakes!
Our 45th. annual event is now in the books. With our new raffle ticket scheme “learning curve” over with, all of our club’s future events should run more smoothly. Dinner was very good, the beer and drinks were cold, and our volunteers were kept busy. Our selection of firearms, door prizes, and raffle items were top notch and well received. Special thanks to Sanders meats for all of the snack meats – aka “man candy”, and their always popular butterball ham donation.
As an aside - many people probably don’t realize that our terrific volunteers are also paying guests, selflessly donating their time and labor to ensure that the huge effort that goes into the staging of our clubs two major fundraising events each year are successful, please thank them whenever you see them. Our generous sponsors, and our “Friends of Fin and Feather” should also be commended for the constant support that they provide to our club, and every effort should be made to go out of your way to frequent their businesses when ever you have the need for their products and services. Their names are listed on our place mat.We could not possibly operate at our high level without them.
SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT US.
Please keep an eye out for our upcoming - “Big Game Awards Night”
notification soon. Tickets will go quickly, and will be limited. Please direct any and all constructive criticisms, or complaints to: GORDONGR47@YAHOO.COM, and please direct your Kudos to our wonderful group of volunteers.Thank you, your “Plaid Shirt Night” committee.
Fin & Feather’s Memorial dedication will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Mick Shriver will be doing the dedication. Coffee and cake will be served after the event. Everyone is invited. Special thanks to Frank Koehle for inspiring and creating the memorial.
The last CPL Class will be held on October 6th & 7th. The cost for the class is $50 for Fin & Feather Club members and $100 for non club members. You must register with Jim Glover in order to take the class. Call Jim at 231 845-5661 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that Pere Marquette Caterers will once again be our caterer of choice for our 45th. annual event this year. Deb plans on serving Sirloin tips over noodles, with a veggie, and apple pie for dessert. We will still have our upstairs and down stairs food service. Tickets will be in demand and are limited. Please don’t hesitate to buy yours soon, or get on our list now to avoid disappointment. We are always gratefully accepting any donations of cash, sporting goods, sponsorship of firearms,antique sporting items,out – door themed artwork, as well as any hunting / fishing opportunities.
For information on our popular Table Captain packages – contact Joanne – 231 843 9216
For any donations, or information – contact Rick – 231 690 9332
For single tickets, or event information – contact Gordon – 231 843 9471 Tickets may also be purchased at Squires family chiropractic clinic – 231 757 3356
The Fin and Feather Club of Mason County is located at 3276 N. Darr Road, Scottville, Michigan, and has something for everyone.
Family Oriented Activities
Dedication To Conservation
Located on 160 acres of spectacular woodland in the center of Mason County, Michigan. The club is less than 10 miles east of the Lake Michigan shoreline and approximately half way up the lower peninsula. The area is host to an abundance of deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, many species of birds, and other animals.
PLAID SHIRT NIGHT - NOVEMBER 1ST. ( Tickets available at the August meeting.)
Our plaid shirt night preparations are underway. We are seeking members or sponsors of prizes, donors of prizes, art work, crafted items, or cash donations to Plaid shirt night . All donations will be welcomed, and advertised throughout our Tattered feather, website, and face book. ( unless anonymity is preferred ). We are also seeking members that want to help out by selling tickets, setting up , or helping with one of our various chores, prior to, during, or after our event. please contact Gordon if you are interested in helping our club to continue on with our various community, youth, and lady projects. GORDONGR47@YAHOO.COM - 231 843 9471
THANK YOU NRA FOUNDATION
The Fin and Feather Club of Mason County Michigan would like to thank the NRA Foundation for their generous grant of two muzzle loading rifles with scopes, 500 rounds of .223 ammunition, 2000 targets, and 10,000 rounds of .22lr ammunition! This will be used for our ongoing Hunter Safety courses. The award of this grant enables us to provide the tools, education, and detailed instruction necessary to promote safe shooting and gun handling procedures to our many hunter safety students each year.