blackhillssportsmenclub@gmail.com | PO BOX 9161, Rapid City, SD 57709

January 2021 Newsletter

BLACK HILLS SPORTSMEN CLUB
The Newsletter of the Black Hills Sportsmen and Sportswomen
Mission Statement: To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of wildlife and wildlife habitat and to protect the privilege of sportsmen to hunt and fish through advocacy and education.




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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
 
~ Greetings From Your President ~

Finally a new year! I think we can all agree that some are better than others; we will always have a few good with a few bad. Let's look back at the bright side of 2020… well it's almost 2021!!!
 
This year I am looking forward to starting up our monthly luncheon meetings. Depending on how everything goes we are shooting for March or April, but stay tuned! We have a fantastic backlog of potential speakers just waiting to be heard! We have several big changes in the GFP make up, not only locally, but at the state level as well. I am looking forward to meeting some new faces.
 
Whose been out chasing birds? Any reports of anything flying? I am just about to give up and go fishing! It was 65 degrees in Rapid City the other day, perfect day for getting the feet wet.
 
Jeff will talk about our membership below but I am asking everyone to get online and renew your membership for 2021. I promise bigger and better things this year!

 Also, we have a few board seats to fill as always! That being said, if anyone is interested please let me know. This year should have interesting legislative / GFP issues that will need sportsman representation and we are always looking for help.
 
Happy Holidays!

- Cody Hodson, President
 
 



 ~ CURRENT NEWS ~
 
We will be starting out the new year with no meetings set; while I have missed them, it is not the end of the world and we will still be very active this legislative session. That being said, it is time again for the power in numbers speech.
Our membership has dropped in half since we lost our great membership leader, Harvey Malone. We have 70 active members at this point, which is still very strong but it sure would be nice to say over a hundred again...
The easiest way to renew a membership is to go to our website and pay via online, it is very easy site to navigate. I think even Paul V could do it! You can always do it the old fashion way and send us check as well. We check the PO box once or twice a month.
In addition, we also got a bit behind on advertising. Send us a 100 check with your business card and your membership is covered along with your business, be promoted in every newsletter for the year.  

Membership Options:
- $30 General membership
- $50  Magnum membership
- $100  Advertising and membership
- $400 Senior life member
- $500 Life member


Life memberships include a cool vest, go to (https://blackhillssportsmenclub.com/ - PO BOX 9161, Rapid City, SD 57709).
** All memberships also include a membership to the South Dakota Wildlife Federation and their mailing information!

PLEASE renew now and help get us some new members!! If you hunt and fish, you need to be a member of our club! Go to our website to see why we believe in this organization so deeply and the projects we are involved with.


- Jeff Olson, Treasurer 

 
 
 

~ Greetings! ~

The majority of my life has been spent in the great state of South Dakota. In the early 90's my family relocated from Sioux Falls to the Watertown area where I am lucky enough to still call home. After graduating from South Dakota State University, I spent some time working in southern California. I quickly returned back to South Dakota because living somewhere else just did not feel right. South Dakota's family valued platform is second to none. That being said, that platform is founded in outdoor recreation and particularly hunting and fishing opportunities. 

Outdoor opportunities and more specifically, access, are the largest factors in my desire to work for you as the current South Dakota Wildlife Federation President. Finding a balance between productive agriculture while safe guarding habitat, fish, and wildlife as well as access is an area of extreme importance to our state. In addition, quality habitat, clean waters, and public opportunity play major roles in our economy and quality of life. The South Dakota executive branch, legislative branch, and game fish and parks commission must continue to recognize the opportunity cost lost with the depletion of our natural resources. 

Future generations require opportunity and access in order to have the "hook setting" life experiences I was graced with growing up here in South Dakota. Fighting for our outdoor heritage is something I am passionate about. Working together is the cornerstone of making our voices heard. SDWF will continue to be the most influential group representing the sportsmen of our great state! We are simply borrowing our land and water from our future generations.


- Zachery T. Hunke, President SDWF 
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- Quote of the Month - 
 
“I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow.”  - Fred Bear
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2020 Membership Dues are being received:
  • $30 regular membership
  • $50 magnum membership
  • $100 annual advertisement
  • $500 life membership
  • $400 life membership (senior+)

Renew online at our website (click here)

Or mail check to:
     Black Hills Sportsmen’s Club
     PO Box 9161
     Rapid City, SD 57709


Thank you!

January 2021