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.
- November 1st - Black Hills Deer Opener
- November 2nd - Geese Opener
- November 14th - Prairie Deer Opener
Greetings From Your President
I should be out chasing pheasants in a t-shirt but instead I spent the last weekend shoveling snow and reading books by the fire. This is not your typical October weather, I feel like it's February! The good news is the future forecast is looking a little more like what October weather should be and should provide some great opportunities for pheasants and deer! November has to be the best month of the year. It's when all of the most important events happen; deer season, pheasant season, Thanksgiving, my birthday, and more.
I have been hearing great pheasant reports from just about everyone I have spoken to. Has anyone had or heard of any low numbers or unsuccessful hunts? Who has some elk stories? I want to see some pictures! We had a great turnout for the BBQ last month, all things considered. We shared a lot of great food and laughs. It was nice to see everyone's faces. As everyone knows, we are continuing to post-pone our monthly luncheons as we are investigating potentially finding a space that feels a little less "stuffy" to hold our luncheons. Stay tuned for updates!
No programs for the rest of this year, however, we will continue with the newsletter and encourage everyone to remain involved. In addition, we have a new life member! A big thanks to Bill Hearne, who was a founder of this club a long time ago. Two other members renewed as well, so it is never too late to join us! Our membership is below 60 and that is a low mark for as long as I have been a member. No doubt that COVID has a lot to do with it, but we will need to get after it again in January. My goal is to get more information in our newsletter since we can not spread the word at our meetings. If anyone wants to write a guest editorial or an article on anything, please let me know. I am sure you get tired of hearing from primarily Cody and I!
Hunting stories with pictures are always in need, please send me anything you have! I have hunted every weekend since September 1st. I did not really want to but with social distancing and all, I had to do my part of course! My new puppy has been graded an A+ until this weekend. After a few duck retrieves on the Cheyenne on Saturday morning, she decided it was too cold to go in the water anymore, some say that is smart. Why does a male dog always go in the icy water but a female seems to know better? Duck hunting is usually pretty tough west river in October, but not with this weather we have had! Definitely made one memorable hunt with my daughter. (See picture down below).
- Jeff Olson, Treasurer
- Quote of the Month -
“But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.” – Edward Abbey