Looking for a few good members

| March 23, 2015

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Sportsmen’s Association has a rich history of serving the community. Regardless of whether you hunt, fish, shoot trap or just enjoy a friendly social environment, the Sportsmen’s Association has something for all members of your family.

And to make it easier on the wallet – or purse – they are waiving the initiation fee of $35 from now thru July 4, 2015. The fee to join for a year is only $50 and the benefits are many. Jim Karas said, “With the membership you have the opportunity to get a campsite – and a campsite is $50 per year. The campsite – I believe we have over 100 available – you maintain it yourself. It’s real secluded and real private. It’s primitive camping which is a lot of fun.”

“If you’re into archery we have two or three archery ranges. We have a rifle range. Other things we do – a lot of the “older” gentlemen – we have a coffee club and solve the world’s problems. Tuesday is donut Tuesday. Once per month we have a retirees’ breakfast that is only $3 on the second Wednesday of the month for members.”

Mike Stiteler said, “I run the youth program here and it starts in June. It is a six week course and runs from age 8 to 18. We usually have a good turnout. It offers archery, .22 rifle, trap shooting, fishing and air rifle.” Registration is May 22 at the Sportsmen’s Club from 6 to 8 p.m. Program dates are June 4, 11 and 18, July 2, 9 and 16. The first program is June 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. All other meetings will be 6 to 8 p.m.

“We’re trying to get more kids from the city – it would be great for dads, mothers and their daughters – this would be a great opportunity for them to come out here and learn about the outdoors. We have more than 700 acres that they have free access to – we have seven ponds that are stocked with fish; stripers, bass, bluegill, croppies, trout and catfish. This would give kids that live in the city that don’t get the opportunity to be outdoors much to come out here and enjoy, learn and have fun.”

“We know that parents are busy – that is the reason why we have the youth program. You don’t have to be a member to participate in the youth program.”

The seafood supper is always a winter time hit as is the wild game feed at the Sportsmen’s Association.

They also offer a men’s and women’s euchre club in the winter, Sunday trap “Lucky X” shoots, dog trials and much more.

One event coming up is the first archery and trap combo shoot on Saturday, April 18. Jim Lauvray is one contact for that event at 740-502-3250.

Perhaps one of the most exciting events that has now become an annual – is the Rinehart 100 – which features 100 of the world’s most amazing 3D archery targets ever created. Giraffes, elephants, rhinos and many more unique targets are featured. The event will be held May 23 and 24 and you can pre-register at www.R100.org. For times and questions you can contact Karl Steiner at [email protected] or Jim Lauvray at [email protected].

The phone number at the Sportsmen’s Association is 740-622-3925. To join or for more information, call Jim Karas, membership committee at 740-294-9087.

The Coshocton County Sportsmen’s Association is much more than hunting and fishing. It’s about friendship, families and continuing to help educate today’s youth – and adults – about the many opportunities that exist in the great outdoors.

They are located just outside of Coshocton at 21280 Jackson Township Road 283. Take State Route 541 West (past Roscoe) turn left at Cherokee Trail and then turn left onto Jackson Township Road 283 until you see the sign for the club and turn left. You can also follow them on Facebook.

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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