Well folks, it is that time of year again, for the 5th Annual Lake Effect Chapter of the Michigan Duck Hunters Association Traveling Decoy! So you are asking yourself, “What is the traveling decoy”? The traveling decoy started for the Lake Effect group in the fall of 2009 as a way to have fun and show hunters from around the State enjoying the sport of waterfowling, both in our State and while on trips out of State. It was such a huge hit, that we decided to do it again, and again, and now for the 5th year AGAIN!
Every season, hunters from around Michigan and some from even out of State sign up to be included on the traveling decoy’s hunt calendar and we try and get the decoy into as many hands as possible throughout the season. Hunter’s take photographs, fill out a journal/logbook, and then send it onto the next person to have fun. To date, the first four traveling decoys have logged somewhere in the vicinity of 35,000 miles of travel combined, with roughly 800 birds harvested over them!! With this year’s decoy, we easily will surpass the 40,000 mile mark for the decoy’s travels and hopefully will surpass the 1,000 bird mark as well for harvest numbers! The decoy will make its rounds all season long and will return to West Michigan around February 1st, so that photographs can be compiled and made into a hard cover book, which then in turn will be auctioned off with the traveling decoy on Thursday February 27th, 2014 at the Lake Effect Chapter of MDHA Annual Event! In year’s past we have had a few Chapter members who have taken the traveling decoy on non-hunting trips, but it has been far and few between. Have a favorite fall fishing outing? A trip to bow camp? Small Game Hunting? It doesn’t have to necessarily be a waterfowl outing, be creative with it, and HAVE FUN!
Well, enough rambling, this year’s traveling decoy is Louie the Long-tail, carved by Grand Haven native and longtime Chapter supporter Marty Yonker. We are very excited to get this rolling and the images included are very self-explanatory as to how to sign up! We used to just limit this to Michigan Sportsman forum members and our Chapter members, but we are going to try a new format this year. Please see the RULES document that gives a full explanation on the process!
Let’s make this the best season yet for the 5th Annual Traveling Decoy, Louie the Longtail!
We wanted to start spreading the word that we have an ALL new format for our shrimp boil this year or actually should we say, “THE SHRIMP AND PERCH DINNER!”
This is the 2nd year that we are holding this gathering and we are going to move it to an ALL NEW location with an ALL NEW format.
Thursday September 19th
939 3rd St Muskegon, MI 49440
Last year wasn’t up to the full Lake Effect potential for where we held it and we decided to hold it at a new venue. This year we will be featuring not only ALL YOU CAN EAT Shrimp, but we will also be featuring ALL YOU CAN EAT Perch as well! We have attended other organization’s events at the Holiday Inn and the food came out lightning fast and was of VERY high quality! We are really looking forward to the new venue change.
Thursday September 19th
Cash Bar Starts at 5:30PM
Dinner Starts at 7pm
The Cost is $30 per person
We will be featuring some various raffles and other activities all throughout the evening and it should be something fun to get everyone together for a little PRE duck season socializing and to meet some fellow outdoors men and women in the West Michigan Area!
231-343-4092 by SEPTEMBER 16th
Also, while we are sending out this email, we are sad to inform everyone that this year we will not be holding our Youth Day. Everyone in our 100% volunteer group are busy with one thing or the other and this year we ran into a few bumps along the way with planning that has resulted in us deciding that instead of putting on a sub-par event for our attendees, that we would re-group and hold a bigger and better event in 2014. We started the youth day in 2008 at the Muskegon State Park (Snug Harbor) and held it there in 09, 10 and 11. 2012 brought a brand new venue, the DNR office of the Muskegon State Game Area and with sports, vacations, new little ones, work logistical/scheduling conflicts, and a few other factors, we have decided to make the call to regroup and take a break from the 2013 event to make the 2014 event THE BEST ONE YET! Stay Tuned to our website, Facebook, and Email for updates on other future and upcoming events throughout this fall, winter and next spring!
Thank you for everyone’s support!
Muskegon County Pheasants Forever will be having their annual youth rendezvous. Sporting clays, .22 and air rifle ranges, sporting dogs, mountain man camp, turkey targets, seminars, and MUCH more!
If you would like to volunteer at our Lake Effect Chapter of MDHA booth, please contact us at email@example.com for more info! Visit http://www.lakeeffectmdha.org for all news and updates! The next monthly meeting for the Lake Effect Chapter of the Michigan Duck Hunters will be Wednesday June 5th at 7pm at the usual location of the Norton Shores Sam’s Joint!
Well, another big event is in the books and we can’t thank everyone enough for coming out last night and supporting our event! Without your support, we would not be able to continue to grow and establish the Lake Effect Chapter as a driving force in the Michigan waterfowl world.
It was great to see so many familiar faces last night and of course many many new ones as well! Total head count was flirting right around 300 people last night and it really seemed like a good time was had by all.
Just a reminder, that if you are interested in becoming a part of our group, that we meet the first Wednesday of every month at the Norton Shore’s Sam’s Joint restaurant at 7pm. Our next meeting is Wednesday March 6th, 2013. Come as you are and join a great group of folks who are all striving to promote Michigan’s resources, raise awareness of habitat/wetland issues, assist in projects, and much much more! We believe strongly that we can make a difference in the Michigan hunting community, by recruiting new hunters, retaining current hunters, and by helping to increase social acceptance of hunting and trapping in our great State. We also feel that through education, outreach, and interaction, that we can help to build not only the Waterfowl community, but the hunting community in general. The more core members we can build, the more we can grow and in turn, the bigger the impact we are going to have here in Michigan and there are BIG BIG things to come from our Chapter.
Make sure and bookmark our website at http://www.lakeeffectmdha.org to stay up to date on current events for the Lake Effect Chapter.
Also, be sure to find us on facebook for weekly if not daily updates. Our facebook page can be found by clicking HERE
We also want to take a moment and thank DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason, as well as NRC Commissioner Annoesjka Steinman, for taking the time to attend our event, it means alot to us and we look forward to seeing you at more events in the future!
Please also take some time and view the attached donor sheet of all of our donors from the event!
Thank You Very much to each and every one of you and stay tuned for more Spring and summer events!
Attention Everyone….The 2013 Lake Effect event is SOLD OUT! If you were planning to attend and were about to mail in tickets OR if your tickets were already in the mail, please contact Chapter Chairman Kevin Bouwman at 231-740-2927, to be added to the waiting list in case of any cancellations or openings in tickets.
Thank you to everyone for your support and this is sure to be our biggest and best event yet! We have some great items lined up for the live auction, some incredible raffle drawings featuring a 51” TV, Canoe, Guns, and MUCH MUCH more!
Just a reminder—The Lake Effect Goods Drive. For every FIVE (5) items you bring of nonperishable food, toiletries, household goods, you will be given 1 ticket to be entered into a drawing for a Benelli shotgun. No limit to the number of goods you can bring…but the only way to be eligible to win this Benelli is to bring goods for the goods drive!
Also, our first “post event” meeting will be held Wednesday March 6th, 2013 at the Norton Shores, MI Sam’s Joint Restaurant. We will be doing a recap of the event and then discussing upcoming Spring/Summer events planning. The next meeting after that is Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 at the same location. Meeting time starts at 7pm, feel free to arrive early if you’d like and the formal portion of the meeting generally lasts about an hour. Come as you are and join a great group of folks from all over West Michigan that share a common interest!
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing everyone Thursday February 28th, 2013 at the BIG EVENT!
We hope everyone is having a good holiday season! We here at the Lake Effect Chapter are working hard to get ready for 2013’s Big Event! A couple of changes this year is that the Lake Effect Goods Drive will be for a gun instead of a raffle package in previous years and that for every 5 items you bring, it earns you 1 ticket towards the gun! NO LIMIT to the number of goods you want to bring, either non perishable food items, toiletries, household goods, etc. All donated items go to benefit West Michigan Catholic Charities Loaves and Fishes Pantry.
One other change this year, is that we are moving away from the buffet style format and are going to have a plated dinner served at 7pm. We feel that by doing this, it will free up some congestion we experienced with the buffet, the lengthy time it took to get everyone through the lines, and it will ensure that everyone in attendance receives the same high quality dinner that the Trillium provides. This year we are going to have Michigan Ale Braised Beef and Roasted Chicken on the plate, two vegetables, salad, and a dessert! And as always, we will be featuring bottomless cups of beer and soda with every ticket.
This event is sure to be bigger and better than the previous years and its sure to hold a few surprises, new items you’ve never seen at ANY other banquet, and MUCH more!
If you have never been before, you do not want to miss it. We will feature tons of guns, piles of decoys, crossbows, collectibles, artwork, trips, home décor items, and MORE!
This event WILL sell out and there will be NO night of event ticket sales! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Chapter Chairman Kevin Bouwman at the number listed on the flyer.
We can’t wait to see everyone at the big event and thank you for standing behind us and showing us so much support. We have a lot of big things in the works for the coming year and years, as far as local conservation funding, hunter retention and recruitment projects, habitat projects, education and outreach and MORE!
Here is a highlight of some of the 2012 projects we have completed, ALL in thanks to your generosity and support from attending our events!
-Donated 10 new .22 rifles to the Grand Haven Outdoor Education Course at their High school
-Donated 3 Remington 870 Shotguns to the Pure Michigan Hunt
-Donated $750 to a local trapper and Lake Effect Supporter to start our Pilot Trapper Education project
-Donated over 150 duck calls at our Youth Day at the Muskegon State Game Area
-Donated 40 Duck Calls to the Mecosta County Small Game Hunt sponsored by the DNR
-Donated 7 Diver Packages to the Michigan Wetland Wonders Challenge (DNR)
Our meetings are held at the Sam’s Joint in Norton Shores, MI (Old Grand Haven Rd/Pontaluna) and are at 7pm. For the next few meetings, they will be heavy in Event talk; however, we will be also discussing ideas for 2013 projects, funding of projects, State MDHA topics, and MORE. We always welcome new people to our group, so come one and come all!
Thank you and Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Lake Effect Chapter of the Michigan Duck Hunters Association