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Have Fun and Protect Our Rights

April 3, 2009
By Gary Oates,Chairman of the USSA National Club Leadership
Attention Sportsmen’s Clubs

3/25/09



Sportsmen’s clubs that get involved with the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) are the foundation of the sound defense of our hunting, fishing, and trapping rights.

I am a hunter, trapper, and farmer from Kenton, Ohio. Recently, I was selected to serve as the Chairman of the USSA’s National Club Leadership Network as part of an effort to increase sportsmen’s clubs participation with the USSA.

Personally, I have been involved with the USSA since before it’s founding and understand the importance of what it does. That’s why I agreed to help reach out to clubs across the country and tell them about my experiences.

In my neck of the woods, sportsmen’s clubs realize that working together to make the USSA strong is the most important thing we can do to make our rights secure.

With that in mind, several groups’ years ago put on a raffle to raise money for the new national group. It was a flop, but we learned through the experience and ended up making several hundred dollars for the USSA the following year.

Over time, we began adding other activities to our events to raise funds for the USSA. Now, we have an annual “Spring Rendezvous” every April. It features trap, five stand, archery, big buck contests, raffles, guest speakers galore, and a great ham, bean, and cornbread lunch.

All the sportsmen’s clubs in the county help out. In 2008, the event raised $2,500 for the USSA. When huge issues like the defense of dove hunting, were going on, many times that amount was raised.

If the thousands of sportsmen’s clubs nationwide conducted an event like our “Spring Rendezvous”, it would go far towards making sure the USSA is able to keep up its important work.

If you’re interested in hosting such an event, need ideas, or would like someone to come and talk to your club, call Frank Price at the USSA office, 614-888-4868. You can reach me anytime at 419-675-1052.

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In my neck of the woods, sportsmen’s clubs realize that working together to make the USSA strong is the most important thing we can do to make our rights secure.

 
 

 

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