NEWS FROM THE BEAVER ISLAND WILDLIFE CLUB

Submitted by Lois Williams

As we approach the autumn of the year we are pleased to announce that our turkey and deer population look good and healthy. We have seen many flocks of turkeys with good numbers of poults. We had a successful hunt this spring and expect the fall hunt to be productive. It promises to be good hunting for whitetail deer this fall with bow or rifle.

Last year we purchased several tons of corn to supplement the turkey feed in the wild. We plan to order again this year. As this goes to print we are in the process of finding a place to store the corn for winter use. We plan to start feeding in January unless we have heavy snow in December. Look for posting where and when you may get corn for turkeys. All distribution will be through the Wildlife Club and should be used only for turkeys.

We plan to have mineral blocks for distribution to club members. The blocks will be available when the corn is available. The blocks can be placed this fall for use in early spring by the growing deer for healthy bones and antler growth.

Our plans for building a walleye-rearing pond are still in the works. We have an estimate but the project is on hold because the DNR has yet to secure the permits for us. We have been notified that we qualify for a sum in excess of $5,000.00 from the Inland Fisheries Grant. This will help with the cost of construction. CMU staff, under the direction of Dr. Jim Gillingham, will assist with the rearing of walleye fry once our pond is operational. The plan is to rear walleye to fingerling size and transport them to Lake Geneserath to make that lake a walleye fishery. We feel that this would be a boost to our community especially in light of the plight of the small mouth bass population.

The Annual Hunters’ Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2001 at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. At that time we will be holding a raffle for a rifle and four hunting knives. The rifle is a Winchester Model 94 Legacy 24”. It is a .30-30 gold engraved with the BIWC logo, with gold barrel bands and trigger. The knives are Winchester , handmade with gold engravings. There will be 1000 tickets sold at $10.00 each or 11/$100.00. The drawing will be at 9 p.m. the night of the dinner. The Rifle is on display at Powers’ Ace Hardware.  Or contact Harold Lounsberry @ 448-2536, Bob Banville @ 448-2045, or Lois Williams @448-2475.

If you are a member and wish to renew your membership now for 2002 you may do so by mailing a check to the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, c/o Harold Lounsberry, Box 498 , Beaver Island , MI 49782 .  A one year membership is $15.00; five years for $50.00 and $200.00 for a lifetime.

We welcome new members. Please send us your name and address along with your check. We are organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. Our aim is to preserve wildlife on Beaver and Garden Islands .

Look for posting in local business establishments for notices of meetings. We meet every six weeks during the summer months and once a month during the remainder of the year. Most of our meetings are on a Thursday evening at the Peaine Twp. Hall. Next meeting October 11,2001 at Peaine Twp. Hall----see you there!

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