Sportsman Club emphasizing opportunities

BALDWIN – The Lake County Sportsman’s Club is off and running with an emphasis on getting the youth involved in outdoor sports

Greg Nichols is the treasurer of the club, which is still in the infancy stages. Rick Delmater is the president while Bob Myers is the vice president and Seth Hopkins the secretary. The club officially started in February.

“We got together because Lake County doesn’t offer anything like this,” Nichols said. “We’re starting a sports club. We’re trying to get youth programs together. A bunch of us are getting ready to go to school so we can teach hunter safety. We figure a good place to start would be here today.”

He was referring to a booth the club had at the Turkey Hunters Rendezvous last Saturday at Baldwin High School.

“We’re getting our club out and advertising for our club and getting new members to join,” Nichols said. “We probably are 32 strong right now.”

Meetings are the first and third Saturdays of every month starting at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant Plains Township Hall, temporarily.

“We basically go over new club stuff,” Nichols said. “We get information from the NRA, MUCC. Eventually, future plans will involve a skeet shooting area and a pistol and archery range for members.

“We’re looking to get grants and donations,” Nichols said, when asked for possible plans for property and clubhouses.

It’s a Lake County Sportsman’s Club but Nichols added that out-of-county members are also accepted.

“We’ve never had a sportsman’s club before,” Nichols said. “We’ve had a lot of hunting clubs. But those are private. This is the first sportsman’s club to my knowledge.”

Nichols is an avid hunter and fisherman in the Lake County area. He enjoys bow and rifle deer hunting plus turkey hunting, goose and duck hunting and fishing. His biggest buck locally has been an 8-pointer.

“We have a future goal of working with conservation and the DNR,” Nichols said. “Most of it is youth. We’re targeting youth programs. We want to get the youth involved. By mid-summer we should have a bunch of programs up and running for kids.”