Big Game Award Night is one of Fin & Feather Club’s major fund raising events of the year. This night is dedicated to the big game that hunters have harvested the previous year. Commemorative Bucks of Michigan are on hand to score trophies that are brought in and displayed. Any hunter who legally harvests a free ranging big game animal is welcome to bring in their trophy and have it honored. Trophy’s and awards are presented for the largest white tails taken by means of archery or firearms. Awards and recognition are also given to our youth and female hunters. A full course meal is served at the event with a cash bar available. Raffles and a live auction highlight the evening with various guns and top of the line sporting items.
The 19th annual Big Game Award Night that was held on February 21, 2015 was a giant success. This event is one of the clubs major fund raising endeavors. We had a full house of attendees who seemed to enjoy the added addition of firearms and raffle prizes that was available to them.
New this year was a key raffle that was a hit among the crowd. The winning key opened the firearm case that contained the firearm. There was a live auction of 4 Miller Coors wildlife mirrors, a Preston Pittman custom turkey box call and an autographed turkey box call with many signatures of nationally known turkey hunting celebrities.
Several attendees brought in their 2014 whitetail trophy racks and mounts with the winner of the men’s firearm division being Bob Grassa, winner of the men’s archery division, Brian Cox, winner of the women’s firearm division, Amanda Watkins, and all the youths who brought in their trophies were awarded certificates. We would like to thank Wayne Andersen and Kelly Ross from Commemorative Bucks of Michigan for scoring the racks.
As usual, this event was made possible by our donors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees. We would like to express our appreciation to the following: Squires Family Chiropractic, Dr. Lew Squires and Ingle Family Chiropractic Center, Dr. William Ingle for their sponsorship to the $10 firearm/crossbow raffle. David Sanders for his donation of the $10 crossbow raffle; Sargent Sands for their sponsorship to the Savage 11 Trophy Hunter 308 win raffle; Oak Grove Cremation & Funeral for their sponsorship to the Tristar Setter O/U 12 ga firearm; Miller Coors for their donation of the Miller Coors wildlife mirrors, fire pit and the deer target; Preston Pittman for the custom turkey call, Dano Pinkham for the autographed turkey box call, and the rest: Gleason Farms & Pheasant Preserve, Ludington Beverage (Budweiser), Midas Auto Service, Paula Estle, Osborn Sports, Dr. Alan Mast, Jeff McKnight-McKnight Cutlery, Home Depot, Lowes, Little River Casino, Lake Michigan Carferry, Ted Arens, Briggs True Value Hardware, Bob’s Roofing-Phil Landis, Llama pajama, David Kooi, Davie Lantz, Hamlin Grocery,Wal Mart, West Coast Car Wash, Spanky’s Pizza, Chuckwagon Pizza, Tractor Supply, Magee’s Insurance, Cabela’s and Sanders Meats.
Thank you to Marcia Sadler and her kitchen crew for the delicious stuffed pork chop meal. And of course thank you to Ludington Beverage (Budweiser) & Hamlin Grocery for our evenings beverage and their donations.
Of course the evening would not have been possible without the help of our volunteers:
Randy & MaryJo Wolfe, Ron Mallison, Diane & Tony Zack, Orlie D’Arcangelo, Cindy & Rick Gleason, Joanne Cummins, Lance Christensen, Michelle Hemmer, Corky Jensen, Russ Bosley, Don Henry, Ed Sanborn, Richard Herrmann, Jim Glover, Roger Lehrbass, Johnny & Megan Gilles, Joan Koehle, Bruce Finch and of course the Chairmen of Big Game Award Night, Frank Koehle and Nita Finch.
Thank you to all who made the evening possible.