BRFGA Club Notes
Youth Day at the Club this Saturday 5/20/17
The club is holding a Youth Day this coming Saturday, May 20th, starting at 8:00 am and running through early afternoon. There will be instructive activities for kids including fishing, gun safety, map and compass, archery, canoeing, first aid, survival training, and other events. We are looking for adult and high-school age volunteers to help with the events and share their knowledge. If you can volunteer a little time and expertise on Saturday, call Timber at 350-0245.
If you know of a young person who would like to attend, email Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org
, but it's not mandatory ... just come on up to the club on Saturday! Youth Day is open to club members as well as the public, and is free to all.
Come and join us!
Cook Out & Monthly Meeting 5/17/17!
Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association Director Timber Brown has volunteered to grill up burgers and hot dogs (on the grill recently donated to the club by Jeff Keys) at the regular monthly meeting this coming Wednesday, May 17th, at the club house. The supper will be served starting around 7:00 pm, with the business meeting to follow at 7:30.
The club is looking for volunteers to bring a side dish such as salad, pasta and potato salad, chips, and dessert. If you can help out, please call Timber at 350-0245 and let him know what you will bring.
Should be fun. See you there!
Rifle Raffle Results
The raffle drawing for the new Ruger American .22 rifle was held at the club meeting this past Wednesday night, and was won by Elbridge Giles. Congratulations Elbridge! Interestingly, Elbridge was not at the meeting -- he was in Las Vegas!
Many thanks to Board Member Linc Sample for acquiring the rifle at cost for the club, and for having the tickets printed, collecting them, and generally overseeing the raffle. Somewhere around $1,100.00 was generated for the club treasury, and it was so successful that we are considering raffling off another firearm in the near future, perhaps a shotgun or pistol. Stay tuned!
Anyone Have a Gas Grill to Donate?
The club is looking for a gas grill that we can use to cook burgers, hot dogs, chicken or whatever for supper at meetings during the warm-weather months, and for use in club activities such as the Veterans' Shoots. If anyone has a working grill that they are willing to donate, please email us at: email@example.com
A big thank-you goes out to Steve Rubicam for responding to our request for the donation of a snowblower. Steve donated an 8 hp model that will really help in clearing the bridge and path to the clubhouse.
And Thanks to Keith!
Another big thank-you goes out to Keith Royal for all his efforts in keeping our driveway and parking areas plowed out for meetings and for access to the ranges and buildings. And many thanks to Dennis and Ken for snowblowing the bridge and path. Great job everyone!
BRF&GA Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby A Success!
The Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association’s Annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby was held on Wily Pond on Saturday, February 18th, and the weather and the fish were more than cooperative.
Approximately 20 kids and as many adults turned out for the event. Sunny skies, light winds, and temperatures in the low 40s made for pleasant conditions despite some slush that formed on top of the ice as the morning progressed.
Fifteen brook trout were entered in the contest by the 2:00 pm deadline. First place, good for $50 cash, went to Jake Kelley for a 14 ¾” fish. Second place, for $25 cash, went to Andrew Meader for his 14 ½-incher, and Dylan Plummer finished third and received $10 cash for his 14-inch trout. Other contestants who entered fish included Robert Shaw, Keegan Murray, Isaac Lewis, Henry Currier, Makayla Pinkham, Hunter Ryan, Laura & CJ Dean, and Emery Lorrain.
Fish & Game Club members handed out a number of nice door prizes, including rod and reel outfits, ice traps, and tackle boxes at the awards ceremony in the clubhouse.
Kids and adults alike enjoyed the hot dogs grilled and steamed by Timber Brown in the clubhouse kitchen, sandwiches provided by Amy Shaw, hot chocolate, coffee and sodas, and a variety of cookies, chips, and other treats.
The Club would like to extend special thanks to those who volunteered their time and talents to ensure the success of the event, including Timber Brown and Michelle Bryer, John Splaine, Keith Royal, Ken Anderson, Dennis Blackman, and Susan Flaherty. The Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby, which is free and open to all children under the age of 16, has become a popular winter event and the club is planning on holding it again next February.
The Boothbay Region Fish and Game Association held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday Jan 18th. Elections were held for 2017 officers and the membership voted to re-elect the 2016 slate. The banquit dinner received raves and all association business was attended to.
President Dennis Blackman, right, presents Curt West of Boothbay a special plaque commemorating Curt's 67th year as a member of the club. Curt joined in June of 1949 and has been a faithful member ever since.
The Turkey Shoots went well!
Our shoots have had a good turnout and fun was had by all. We've had old and young, men & women all competing for prizes of frozen chickens, turkey's, pork roasts, loins, and more. Everyone has an equal chance in the shotgun"card shoots". Other events include shotgun clays, offhand .22 rifle " at metal swingers", 50yd offhand hunting rifle, and benchrest 100yd hunting rifle. It's a great time to check the sights on that hunting rifle and tune up the fall shotgun technique on the clays. There are delicious burgers,dogs, soda & coffee availaable at the cook shack. Check the online "Calendar" and "Shooting Activities" page for more info. See you next fall!
The Hatchery crew stockd 600 fall fingerling brook trout in Wiley Pond 10/26/16.
Some were quite small but should grow appx 2+" over the winter to between 8" and 10.5"
25 Yard Pistol Range
Contruction of the new 25 yd pistol range and shooting stations has been completed. It well bermed and is getting quite a bit of use. Remember to raise the red safety flag at the entrance to the club before proceeding to the range. Thanks to the volunteers for their time and to the folks who contributed funds needed to complete the project. Check the shooting range photos page for pics of the construction.
2016 Fish & Game Assoc. Saltwater Tourney Results
The 12th Annual Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association Saltwater Fishing Tournament was held this past Saturday and Sunday, August 13th and 14th, and the calm weather drew a crowd of enthusiastic entrants. The fishing for mackerel and pollock was very good, and two legal-size striper over 28 inches were entered.
The winning striper in the Adult Division was a 30 3/8-incher caught by Bernie Meader, who received a check for $200. Nick Morley caught a 29 3/4-inch fish, good for second place and $100. There was no third-place striper entrant, and no bluefish were entered again this year.
The Junior Mackerel Division was hotly contested, with several dozen fish entered. When the dust settled, Joey Gray had the largest, a whopping 14 3/4-incher, good for $50. Tommy Gray came in second with a 14-incher and took home $25. Jack Kaler came in third, and Andrew Meader, Danny Gray, and Matt Sullivan took fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively, all good for $10 cash prizes.
The Junior Pollock Division was won by Andrew Meader, who took home $50 cash for an 11 1/8-incher. Matt Sullivan came in second with a 10 3/8-inch fish good for $25, and Tommy Gray took the third-place pollock, also good for $10.
Area businesses responded generously to the tournament, including $100 from First Federal Bank, $50 from Mine Oyster, $50 from Robinson’s Wharf, $50 from the Larrabee Insurance Agency, and $50 from The First, all of which went towards the cash prizes. Grover’s Hardware donated a nice saltwater rod and reel outfit, as did Oak St. Outdoors, and Timber Tire & Auto donated a bait bucket and a very nice tackle bag. The Boothbay Railway Village donated four passes, and the Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association donated five youth rod and reel outfits, all of which were awarded as door prizes for entrants in the Youth Divisions. And finally, the Junior Grand Prize, a beautiful brand-new bicycle donated by Stephen Rubicam Photography and Shark Six Charters, was won by Jack Kaler.
Tournament organizer would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Tom Philbrick of the Boothbay Lobster Wharf for hosting the weigh-ins on both Saturday and Sunday, to Doug and Elise Roberts of Oak Street Outdoors for handling the registrations, and to Grover’s Hardware, the YMCA, and Oak St, Outdoors for displaying the Junior Grand Prize bicycle in the days leading up to the tournament.
Proceeds from the popular event benefit the Fish & Game Association’s Clayton Dodge Scholarship Fund as well as many other Association programs.
BRF&GA Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby A Success!
The Boothbay Region Fish & Game Association’s Annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby held at Wiley Pond on Saturday, February 20th,started out rainy but the enthusiasm couldn’t be dampened. Approximately 25 kids and 15 adults braved the early morningprecipitation and watery, slippery ice to drill holes and set up traps. The first brook trout was entered at 8:28 by Andrew Meader. From then on a “steady pick” ensued, with three or four fish an hour brought to the clubhouse to be measured, with the last one entered at 1:57 pm, just shy of the 2:00 deadline. Weather conditions improved as the morning progressed, and by the end of the event skies were clear and the sun was out. Eighteen trout were entered in the derby. First place went to Miqueias Biasuz for a 12.5” fish, good for the top cash prize of $50. Second place went to Emery Lorraine for a 12.25” trout that garnered a $25 prize, and Emery also took third place with an 11.75-incher, good for $10. Lydia Currier came in fourth with an 11 3/8” brookie and also won $10, and Andrew Meader rounded out the pack in fifth place with his 11.25” trout, and took home $10. Other contestants who entered trout included Stewart Salom, Robert Shaw, Chase Licursi, Anthony Barter, Henry Currier, Nick Morley, and Sorcha Salom
Fish & Game Club members also handed out a dozen door prizes to the young contestants, which included ice trap outfits, a rod and reel, tackle box, lures, and a $25 Cabelas gift card donated by member Tabor Young. Board member Tammy Steinmetz and VP Ken Anderson were in charge of the food, which included hot dogs and a venison stew donated by Andy Davis, chicken noodle soup, minestrone soup, muffins, brownies, chips, popcorn, and hot chocolate. President Dennis Blackman kept the wood stove stoked in the club house and measured many of the fish entered, and other club volunteers including Rusty Court helped keep things moving along. The Kid's Ice Fishing Derby has become a popular event and the club is looking foreward to sponsoring another next February.
Do NOT place targets on the upright posts with the post in the center of the target. Your shots will destroy the posts and create a mess on the range requiring unnecessary maintenance. Always fasten the targets between the posts using a backer board if necessary.
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Veteran’s Home On The Range BBQ and Shoot.
By David Patch, American Legion Charles E. Sherman Post 36 Vice-Commander
On Saturday, 26 September 2015, the American Legion Charles E. Sherman Post 36 and the Boothbay Region Fish and Game Association joined forces to honor our areas veterans and their family by holding the first annual Shoot and BBQ, called “Veteran Home on the Range.” The purpose of the event was to thank all veterans for their service, meet other sports minded veterans and introduce veterans and their families to the members of the Fish and Game Association; all while providing a safe environment to shoot rifles and pistols of all types, and engage in some friendly competition. Veterans participating were from all eras including Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan. It was noteworthy that many in the Association members are veterans from these periods so it was exciting for them to connect with their fellow veterans and continue the bond unique to the military community.
Local organizations donated the hot dogs and hamburgers and members of the Association brought the “sides and salads.” Post 36 provided the beverages and flipped the hamburgers. And, of course, the Association provided the experts! Well, the veterans were well trained, but for some, it was decades ago.
In the afternoon, a Service Challenge was held. One veteran represented the Army, Navy, Marines and the Coast guard. The Air Force representative had to take an early retreat so missed his opportunity to demonstrate his shooting skills. While the competition was close, the USCG representative, Jim Begley, was the undisputed winner. Followed by the Army, represented by Jasper Orne, then the USMC, Bob Joyce, and last the Navy, represented by Dave Patch.
The success of this event will lead to future events to bring our veteran families together with members of the Boothbay Region Fish and Game Association members and the community. Everyone participating felt it was important for the Association to continue to provide activities for the area veterans and their families. With a pond stocked with trout, archery, pistol and rifle ranges all on the Associations property, many exciting sporting activities are possible. Challenging our other Mid-Coast area veteran organizations to sporting competitions is being discussed. Planning has already begun for the next event. Anyone with suggestions or want to participate should contact the Association Range Safety Officer, Linc Sample at (207) 380-5361 or the American Legion Vice-Commander Dave Patch at (207) 633-3659.
Refreshing the Clayton Dodge memorial at the club with Hosta at spring work day.
Hot Range Flag.
The "hot range" flag pole has been installed at the gate and red flag ordered. After the flag has arrived, members entering the club driveway to shoot should raise the flag to let others know the range is hot and the last to leave should take it down and store it in the box at the bottom of the pole.
Range safety is primary, please do your part. Thanks.
When fishing Wiley Pond from a watercraft life jackets are required by law. Children under 12 should wer them on the fish pier. There is a 2 trout limit and only artificial lures and flies may be used.