The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 6, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: The Big Bang Banquet right around the corner


Star Beacon

— It’s not really the “Big Bang Banquet” — I wanted to use something catchy to get your attention. But it is an important banquet.

It’s the annual Ashtabula County Wildlife Conservation League (ACWCL) Spring Banquet.

This year, it’s going to held June 1 at the Lenox Community Center, just outside of Jefferson. I promised all of you that attended last year I’d get us a bigger and better hall and that’s what we did. Our “new location,” the Lenox Community Center, located at 2509 Lenox New Lyme Road, Jefferson, will hold 300-plus people with no problem. And so will the parking lot out back.

We will not be packed in like sardines as we were last year. We’re only selling 200 tickets so you might want to make that call to get tickets as soon as possible.

Dinner tickets are just $20.00 per person and the dinner ticket includes a chance on a Buckhorn CVA .50 caliber muzzleloader. The dinner this year is being catered by Briquettes Smoke House, pulled pork, smoked chicken and all the amenities. Talk about some good eats! The doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6.

As for the guns being raffled this year, we bumped that up, too!

There will be several more compared to last year including a Tarus Judge .45 / .410 as well as a .22LR semi automatic tactical rifle. Silent-auction items will include a Wildgame 6.0 mega pixel digital scouting camera, a turkey deep fryer, fishing packages, a hunting tree stand, a hunting blind and several other exciting items. There will like last year, be tons of door prizes, enough to make everybody happy.

Now. what makes this banquet so special? The fact that it’s for the proliferation of the ACWCL. The ACWCL is the parent organization over 10 other conservation clubs in the Ashtabula County area. We represent these clubs as well as all the sportsmen and women of Ashtabula County on a state level when it comes to hunting, shooting and trapping regulations.

We also promote the shooting sports and the preservation of our Second-Amendment Rights, The right to Bear Arms. On our softer side we are now a 501(C)3 Non-Profit Organization as well as a charitable organization. Giving grants from the monies we generate through banquets and events to other organizations whose mission are along the same lines as ours.

Also the most important thing about this banquet is that all of the monies generated from it stay   right here in Ashtabula County! We don’t split it with some big name organization or promote it with their letterhead. It’s the “Ashtabula County Wildlife Conservation League Banquet,” plain and simple. We promote it, we pay for all the expenses and we reap all the rewards, which as I said stay right here in Ashtabula County!

Now, if you want to be counted as one of the 200 people who supported us in our endeavor here’s the names of some contacts in and around the county for you to get a hold of and get your self and your friends a ticket to the ball!

For more info and tickets call, Dale Sunderlin: 466-2223 President, Tim Starkey Treasurer: 224-0324, Don Powell Amboy Rifle Club: 474-9312, Scott Sutch Amboy Rifle Club: 228-8086, Don Hancock Monroe Sportsmen’s Club: 352-6404, Paul Callendar Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club: 466-1023, Charlie Platts Conneaut Fish & Game Club: 224-5044, Dave Baird Jefferson Conservation Club: 812-5837, Don Spence Monroe Sportsmen’s Club: 265-6068, Keith Vicars ORCO: 286-4358, Jennifer Bassett Orwell Gun Club: 272-5583, Bill Claycomb Rock Creek Conservation Club: 563-5741.

Don’t wait, folks. Make that call, get your tickets, help us so we can help and represent you.



Bearded Bonanza

Fourteen-year-old Jacob Heath harvested his bird at 7:50 a.m. on April 28. His Bearded Bonanza weighed in at 18.50 pounds and had 8 beards. The first was 6.3/4", #2- 7 1/8", #3-6 1/4", #4 - 7 1/4", #5 - 5 1/16", #6 - 7 1/4", #7 - 7 3/4", and #8 - 7 1/2". The spurs were 1" long.  Jacob used a 12gauge Mossberg 500 with 3 & 1⁄2 inch super mags packed with #4 shot. His accomplice’s Heath and Matt Sironen.



Keeping score

Before you begin to score your turkey, be sure to note that all measurements are taken in 1/16-inch increments and converted to decimal form. A current NWTF member or another licensed hunter from the state where the bird was harvested must verify all measurements in order to record it with the NWTF. Here’s the procedure to find our how your bird came in on the scoring scale.

Step 1 — Weigh your bird in pounds and ounces and convert ounces to decimal form.

Step 2 — Measure each spur. Spurs must be measured along the outside center, from the point at which the spur protrudes from the scaled leg skin to the tip of the spur. Add both spur measurements and multiply the combined length of the spurs by 10. This is the number of points you receive for the turkey’s spurs.

Step 3 — Measure the beard length (a beard must be measured from the center point of the protrusion of the skin to the tip) and convert it to decimal form.

Next, multiply the beard length figure by 2; this is the number of points you receive for the beard length. If you have an atypical bird (multiple beards), measure each beard, convert them to a decimal number, then add those figures together and multiply by two. This is the number of points you receive for your turkey’s beards.

Step 4 — Add the weight, the points for spurs and points for beard(s): Voila! This is the score you receive for your turkey.



Countin’ tails

Turkey harvest numbers for Ashtabula and it’s surrounding counties:

Ashtabula: 327, Lake: 32, Geauga: 147, Trumbull: 211, State Total, 8,711



Datebook

Rock Creek Conservation Club will be holding its 5th Annual Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, May 18 at Rock Creek Conservation Club, located on Schaffer Road 1⁄4 mile west of Route 45. Doors will open at 4 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 and the raffle will be held at 8.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, gun raffles and a free youth raffle (16 years old and under). All are welcome, men, women and children. Ticket Donation cost is $20 per adult and $10 per youth 16 and under. Dinner ticket includes dinner, beverage and door prizes. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Keith Davidson at 563-9403 or Steve Laurenty at 275-1530.

Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at djss@roadrunner.com.