Irwin Sportsmen's Association's mission shall be the encouragement and development of the honesty, good fellowship, and self discipline which are essential to good sportsmanship in all phases of sports afield as well as the conservation of wildlife and to own or lease grounds and buildings for these purposes.
Bear and Deer Tracking
I have been tracking for a little over 10 years and I have two beagles that I use, one at a time to track. They are quiet and do not bark when tracking. I operate on free will offerings, and I am willing to travel up to 2 hours from my home in Ford City. I respond to calls in the order they come in and I do not go to every call. There will be an interview that is used to help determine if the shot was possibly lethal. I also ask anyone coming on the adventure to sign a waiver, as tracking can be risky business.
The dogs are capable of picking up the scent a couple days after the shot. Their ability to track depends a lot on the conditions of the area. Cool and moist is better that hot and dry. They can track after rain (not Gordon rain , but standard rain) and snow.
Having permission to track and remove the wild game is to be obtained by the hunter for all properties that might be involved in the track. This is best done prior to the season.
The back of my card has the protocol that hunters should follow to make the dogs jobs as easy as possible and causes the least amount to disturbance to the area. Save the grid/body search for last if you can’t get a tracking dog, it can create a lot of false lines.
1. Donated our monthly giving of $100 to Salvation Army
2. Request to watch speed coming down hill into our facility, 25 MPH max.
3. No dumping allowed on ISA property. If you think it is usable, contact Kevin before hand.
4. Both ladies and men's shoots completed with great success.
5. Tach shoot indoors last Sunday, $4
6. Membership drawing of $55 increased next month to $60 as Sam Baudoux was not present.
7. 50/50 drawing amount of $29 went to Dan Nave.
Hunter Safety Course Scheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2018 9 AM - 3 PM.
The police practice shooting is cancelled as scheduled on September 20...therefore all ranges will be open.
Dear Fellow Sportsman;
As per our by-laws, January 31, 2019 is the last day the Irwin Sportsmen’s Assoc. accepts late dues. If you have not paid your 2019 dues, and feel you have special circumstances that the club should consider, you are welcome to come to an officer’s meeting or regular meeting and discuss the matter. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Officer meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM, and regular meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM.
Please be aware, per the by-laws, you cannot reapply for membership until January 2020 if your membership is not renewed by January 31, 2019.
Officers of ISA
ISA Food Credits for September 23 Open House are still available. Each donation should equal $10 to fulfill the work party obligation. Please contact Diana @ 724-744-2514 or firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and to register so we might enjoy a variety of suggested choices. OUR CHOICES INCLUDE:
Baked Beans Cheese Potatoes Crock Pot Chilli Fruit Pies Fruit Trays
Ham BBQ w Buns Pasta Salad XL Pizza Pulled Pork w Buns 3 Bean Salad Veggie Tray w Dip Sugar Cookies (4Doz.) $ 10 worth of SERVING UTENSILS
$10 worth of INDIVIDUAL bottles or canned SODAS/ TEAS/ JUICES/ WATER
Ladies Pistol, Completed for the season
Safari Shoot, 1 PM, Sunday, $4, .22 rifle and pistol, October 28th
Work Party, 5-7PM, Wednesdays, weekly
Action Pistol, 5PM, $3, 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Silhouette Shoot, 9AM, 1st Saturday monthly
Mens Pistol, Completed for the season
Work Party, 10-12AM, 2nd Wednesday monthly
Pistol Pin Shoot 5PM, $3, 2nd and 4th Thursdays
Officers Meeting, 7PM, 2nd Thursday monthly
Membership Meeting, 7:30PM, Last Thursday monthly
Daisy BB Training - Saturdays, check specific web page for times and classes
Special Work Party, Saturday Setember 22nd 9-11 AM to setup for Open House.
ISA Open House, September 23rd, 12-5PM, Sunday, annually last Sunday
Fall Lucky BB Shoot, Sunday October 14th, Pattern Noon, Shoot 1 PM
Indoor Zombie Pistol Shoot, Thursday October 4th, 5PM
Tack Shoot, indoor pistol, Sundays, starting September 2nd, 1st and 3rd Sundays, through December
Vehicles coming down to the gate have the right of way. Vehicles entering must not enter or must back down to give vehicles leaving room to exit. Hopefully this will prevent damaging the sides or drainage of the paved way. Thank you for your help.Any shotshell ammo from pistol, rifle or shotgun can be used on the shotgun range (to right of rifle range). Single projectile cannot. This is a new thing so enjoy.
Saturday September 29th Rich Miller is renting the club house and picnic area. All ranges are open for member use.
The Irwin Post 228 Junior Rifle Team is seeking donations throughout the community for their team. The junior rifle team consists of boys and girls ages 10 to18 from various surrounding communities.
We, as coaches and parents, are dedicated to teach them the fundamentals of shooting while learning discipline and teamwork. Our goal is to show them that through hard work and diligent training they can have fun and be highly competitive athletes at the same time.
The Team is having a “Gift Card & Lottery Target Raffle” being held at the Irwin Sportsmen’s Association Annual Open House on September 23, 2018 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM.
This is where you come in. Your donation of gift card, gift certificate or monetary donation will help the Team defray some of the costs involved such as with equipment, ammunition, insurance and range fees etc. associated with a successful season. Your name or business will be listed on a banner and displayed at the Open House as a supporter for the Team. The banner will remain posted at the clubhouse bulletin board for club members and visitors to see.
Please consider this opportunity to help a group of boys and girls from your community achieve their goals by donating to Irwin Post 228 Junior Rifle Team. Your Contribution will be greatly appreciated. Any questions or how to contribute please contact me at 724-640-2413 or email@example.com.
David L. Sargent, Post 228 Junior Rifle Team, Fundraising Chairman, 724.640.2413, Dstang706@aol.com
Diane Ruffner 724-744-2514 will be the work party coordinator for our Open House. Please contact her to assist on Sunday, September 23rd. Two hour help = 1 work party, so make sure you sign up and check in on that day with her. Many positions are available, such as: Gate Monitors, Parking Attendants, Escorts, Runners, Trash/bathrooms, Clean up, Pistol range, Silhouette range, Rifle range, Knife throwing, Archery, BB shoot, and Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors and families really enjoy the Open House, please help us continue the good vibes.
The archery door is there to protect the straw (and shade the black snake). Please open the door fully when using the range, put your targets in front of the hay (it serves as a backstop) and please do not shoot the door. Probably just a brain fart, but someone actually was shooting targets in front of the door and it has a few extra holes now.
Special work party on Saturday, September 22nd 9 to 11 AM to setup for Open House. One work party given for this time, more if it takes longer. Call Kevin if you can help.
We do not want anyone to be hurt while operating our equipment and machinery. We will continue to keep a logbook of those who are authorized to operate certain machinery. If you wish to be qualified, let any officer or Kevin Kennelty know, and you will either be trained at that time or we will schedule group classes as convenient.Note that all shoots will be held rain, sun, cloudy, or snow. This is better than canceling and have people show up to an empty shoot. For instance, at a Ladies Pistol shoot, 14 showed up in 34 degree weather, 3 went home shivering, 9 were newly attending and stated that coming to shoot was what they came for and did it!!! Beat that!!!All shooting ranges are closed at SUNSET. Please abide by that rule, as it might not take much for neighbors to sign a petition to close us down. Anyone caught shooting after sunset might have their membership card taken and will have to come to a board meeting and explain their reasoning. Ejection from the club is a real possibility.
MAILED NEWSLETTER CHARGE FOR NEXT YEAR
The club is paying about $3500 each year to print and mail the monthly newsletter to some of our members. Members present at our March membership meeting voted to charge for this so that we can use that money towards improving our facility. When our 2019 dues payments start September 2018, member choices will be as follows:
Dues payments of $30 plus any work party charges and an extra charge of $20 to receive a mailed copy of our newsletter,
Dues payments of $30 plus any work party charges and receive a newsletter via email at no additional cost.
If you are presently receiving the newsletter via email, you will continue to do so. If you are presently receiving a mailed newsletter or no newsletter at all and desire to receive an emailed newsletter, please verify we have your correct email address by sending us an email. If we do not have an email or an extra charge, you will not receive a newsletter.
Existing life memberships remain as they are now. New life memberships (65 and over and 10 years continuous membership) can choose to pay $20 to have the newsletter printed and mailed to them or receive an emailed newsletter without charge.
Note that our monthly newsletter is posted on our web site at http://irwinsportsmen.com/, and can be downloaded and viewed and/or printed from there. Several back issues are listed, so you can look back if desired. If you would like us to email you a copy of the newsletter for you to review to make your decision, please request that by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The newsletter will be attached to an email and will be in PDF format, allowing you to view and/or print. If you have any questions or need help to be able to view and/or print the newsletter, email us at the above address.
MANDATORY WORK PARTY CHANGE FOR NEXT YEAR
We realize that some of our members have commitments that would prevent them from performing any work parties. Therefore, the club membership has voted to remove the mandatory work party requirement starting next year. For the present year one mandatory and two work parties continue to be required. Starting next year three work parties will still be required, and $10 will be charged for each work party that has not been performed, with no mandatory requirements. See our web site work party section for a listing of all the ways one can obtain credit for a work party. Remember to sign the meeting attendance or work party sheet located in the club house at the time of the activity so you will get the proper credit. If you have any questions, please contact an officer of ISA or email us at email@example.com.
If you have any ideas, changes, or improvements to the facility; you are encouraged to give them to any officer for board consideration. Thank you in advance for your input.
Manor and Irwin Police will be qualifying on our ranges on the following dates. The ranges they are on will be closed during their shooting. They have paid dues. An ISA representative will be in attendance in case you have any questions.
Thursday September 20, 2018 Noon-4pm Cancelled - all ranges open
Wednesday November 14, 2018 4pm-8pm Night Shoot.
Shooting times - The ranges will be open from 8 AM to Sunset Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to Sunset on Sunday. Not sure of Sunset?...check your weather station/news station, your PA Hunting and Trapping Digest, or online. Its before it gets dark!! Click on SUNSET for sunset times today.
Please shoot on the proper ranges. Pistols and rim fire 22 rifles only on the pistol ranges. Rifles on the rifle range. Shotshells on the new shotgun range (right of the rifle range) and if shooting trap on the silhoutte range, please shoot from center to right only. Please pick up your shells on the rifle range. Don't leave them for someone else to injure themselves.
Membership in ISA is an important venture. The ability to shoot rifles, pistols, muzzle loaders, shotguns, and/or arrows to sharpen your skills and to give you the satisfaction of being "On Target" is valuable. Your membership includes the right of your "significant other" and/or ANY child under 18 years of age to participate with member present. Other family members and guests have to become members. We do have several events that are open to the public, and for these events, invite those not included in your membership and plan ahead for a good time.
Sell, Buy or Trade - An ISA member and have something you don't use anymore? Want something you really need? Have something you wish to trade. To sell, buy or trade, send info and contact person to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-396-4971.
What's Broken? - Anyone noting something that needs fixing or attention please let Kevin Kennelty or one of our officers know. We want to make sure our facility stays viable, respectable, and usable.
Safety/Accidents - Please report any safety violations or accidents to one of our principal officers. The officers and board members need to review and have correct facts to respond to media, members, and public questions. Rumors travel fast and can be distorted. We are not looking for scapegoats or reasons to act against any members. Accidents happen, we all have done our share. If something can be done reasonably to correct a problem, be assured it will be done. Thank you.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON
An ISA member and have something you don't use anymore? Lose something? Need something? Send info by email@example.com to list on the For Sale, Found, Wanted listing.
We have entered into an agreement with Manor and Irwin Boroughs to allow their police to train and qualify on our pistol and long rifle ranges. They have paid to have member rights. ISA will have a representative on hand during the scheduled dates to assist. They will have exclusive rights to the range they are on. 2018 dates are January 25th, May 10th, September 20th and November 14th.
If you are not getting a monthly Newsletter and want one (email saves up to $1.50 over mail) please contact Smokey Burdin. If you want to change or add an email, please let us know. Thanks.
If you or your young person harvests game, please send me a photo. I will put it on the webpage and room permitting, the newsletter. They will be excited to see their photo. Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a lot of information and fun to read matters in Outdoor News magazine. One way to get it is to go to this site http://www.outdoornews.com/Pennsylvania/. You can go to other states or a general category can be viewed. You can also subscribe to regular emails and/or magazine from them.
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