2018 Rice Lake Fishing Derby
Thanks to all the wonderful people, young and old, who participated in the 2018 Fishing Derby held on Sunday, June 10th. Without your support there would be no Derby.
Thanks also to all the local businesses and individuals who contributed to the Derby. Your generosity is much appreciated.
An additional thanks to all of the Club Members and their spouses, children and grand children who worked so hard running the different aspects of the event,
A special thanks to the St. Joseph’s Church Religious Ed class members who helped with both the setup and running of the Derby. Great to have new enthusiastic contributors.
Tom Grimm, President
For Membership Applications contact Dave and Greg Saxton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership is open to men and women, young and old and anyone in between.
Senior Member (over 65):
Youth Member (under 18): $10.00
Family Membership: $40.00
To join, send a request to the club address shown above.
Summer Club Activities:
-Annual June Rice Lake Fishing Derby held on the Sunday of the Michigan DNR's free fishing weekend, the second weekend of the month. The Derby includes a fishing competition and a fund raising raffle at the Clubhouse. Refreshments and food are available for purchase and prizes are awarded for the biggest fish in several categories.
-Rifle and handgun shooting informal competitions are held each Monday evening at the Club's shooting range behind the Clubhouse. Shooting starts at about 6:00 PM each Monday.
-Trap shooting takes place every Thursday evening, weather permitting, beginning at around 6:00 PM. Clay pigeons are provided by the Club at a cost of $3.00 per round. Shooters must bring their own shotguns and shotgun shells.
Hunter Education/Firearm Safety:
Classes are held at the Clubhouse several times each summer. Certified instructors teach the classes and hold "hands on" training sessions to familiarize students with various firearms and archery equipment.
Classes are provided by club members to area youth groups including Girl Scouts and youth summer camp participants.
The Club has a history of giving back to the community by making donations to the boy and Girl Scout programs in the area as well as supporting the local volunteer fire departments. We have also donated to medical research organizations, high school programs and other organizations.
The clubhouse is a historical log building built by Civilian Conservation Corp during the Great Depression in the USA. The building is situated on a 40-acre parcel leased from the Village of Lake Linden. Because of the nature of the building construction regular work and expenditures are required to maintain the building. For example the roof was replaced several years ago and the exterior was painted one year ago. Work bees are held at least twice a year to help maintain the Clubouse and its grounds and the shooting range facilities.
The Club's primary fundraiser is the Annual Rice Lake Fishing Derby. Also, every few years the Club holds a firearm raffle to raise funds for special projects at the Clubhouse. We also sell Keweenaw Island Coalition buttons to help fund the deer feeding program each winter.
Link to Keweenaw Island Coalition web site: CLICK
Link to Calumet-Keweenaw
Sportsmen's Club web site: CLICK
We maintain appropriate insurance to help protect everyone involved in Club related activities.
Special dinners are provided at several meetings each year, including a chili entree, pizza night and when possible a "wild game dinner." A potluck dinner social is also scheduled each Fall at the Clubhouse.
President: Thomas R. Grimm
History: The details of the beginning history of our club are very
sketchy. There were bits and pieces organized in 1913, but it really
organized in 1921. On October 18, 1944 a meeting was held at the Gordon
Hillenbrand's home, where it was voted to acquire the Boys Scout Camp from
the Lake Linden Village. This takeover occurred on November 3, 1944. The
deer feeding program was started with just two feeding stations. Today
that number is over eighteen, with many participants and volunteers. The
50th Anniversary of our club was celebrated in 1973. The club played
an active role in the 100-year celebration of Lake Linden in 1985. Our
club was responsible for hosting the dance held on Saturday at the old ice
arena. We were able to raise $5,000 to help defray the cost of the
centennial celebration. We are active with the boy scouts, providing
the clubhouse and other facilities, for their various activities. The
clubhouse has become our home. We have leased and used the clubhouse
for 62 years.
Our current lease expires in 2020.
Deer Feeding: Historically, we have given a high
priority to helping deer survive the harsh Keweenaw winters. A
large portion of our funds is dedicated for winter deer survival. As
sportsmen, we have observed first hand the benefits of this
feeding program. Due to the extreme winter conditions,
the Keweenaw deer population is low.
The feeding program helps keep the herd at a socially acceptable
level. See the our newsletter and the Keweenaw
Island Coalition web site for more information.
Trap Range: We offer trap shooting
Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm, from early April through late October. We
usually run an informal trap team shooting competition.
Rifle Range: We maintain
a rifle range. A covered shooting
area with bench rests accommodates rifle and handgun
enthusiasts. Target stands have sand berm
backgrounds. We have 25, 50, 100, 150 and 200 yard targets plus the 15 yard handgun target area. Targets and sand bags are available
on site. Monday nights at about 6:00 pm,
throughout the summer, is a time to bring a rifle
or pistol for some friendly competition.
Civilian Marksman Program (CMP): The Civilian
Marksmanship Program promotes firearms safety training
and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens
with special emphasis on youth.
CMP Home Page CMP Shooters News CMP Matches
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Below is a Ruffed Grouse Movie (3 minutes).