April 2017 Newsletter - Lake County Fish & Game

April 2017 Newsletter - Lake County Fish & Game

Click on the banner above to go to www.lakecountyfishandgame.org 2000 E. Main St. Griffith, IN 46319 (219) 884-4532 A non-smoking facility The purpose...

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Click on the banner above to go to www.lakecountyfishandgame.org 2000 E. Main St. Griffith, IN 46319 (219) 884-4532 A non-smoking facility The purpose for which Lake County Fish and Game Protective Assn. was formed is as follows: "To protect and encourage all measures designed to conserve fish, game, forest and all natural resources in the State of Indiana. And to foster, among its members, a spirit of true sportsmanship."

Volume 43 No. 4 April 2017 COMING EVENTS April 1 - April Fools’ Day April 5 - General Membership Meeting April 11 – Lakes Committee Meeting April 16 - Easter Sunday April 18 - Tax Day April 18 - Board of Directors’ Meeting April 22 - Earth Day April 26 - Spring Wild Turkey Season Opens* * Find more information at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild


PRESIDENT - Don Jones - 844-2758 1st VICE-PRESIDENT-John Hansen-895-9272 2nd VICE-PRESIDENT - Ray Cooper - 663-3209 3rd VICE-PRESIDENT - Connie Dembowski - 365-0951 SECRETARY - Debbie Andrews -743-3233 TREASURER - Connie Dembowski - 365-0951 CONSERVATION CHAIRMAN - Carl Ronschke - 923-9713 NEWSLETTER EDITOR - Ray Cooper - 663-3209 WEBMASTER - Connie Dembowski - 365-0951**

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gary Piskula 844-3129 David Jarzombek 791-0316 Allen Grigsby 973-3385 Josh Skubisz 808-7132 Mike Davich 845-1342 John Dembowski 730-9135 George Petro 742-4576 Jerry Skubisz 844-3045 Bob Westfall 803-2701 Tim Stevenson 313-6579 David Czajka 775-5002 Joey Anderson 801-6680 Fred Baginski 844-3411 Dan MacKinnon 682-6189 Jack Rogers 688-8924

APRIL GUEST SPEAKER At presstime no guest speaker had been arranged. If you have any suggestions in this regard, please let Don Jones know.


For those of you who are new to LCF&G, there are some things you should know about our website. For one there are downloadable forms for our members only yearly contests (Big Bird (Pheasant, Turkey & Goose), Big Fish and Whitetail (Big Deer and Most Impressive Rack)). There are also helpful links to INDNR, ILDNR and an all state listing of DNRs. The calendar will tell all that’s currently going on in the way of contests, events and the like. If you haven’t already, visit www.lakecountyfishandgame.org to see what’s new. You can simply click on the banner at the top of this newsletter to go to our website.

PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY Remember to park only in designated areas. Ruts in the grass, off the road, cause damage to our mowers.

"LIKE" US ON FACEBOOK Lake County Fish and Game now has our own Facebook page. search "Lake County Fish and Game" on Facebook and like our page. You can check out current goings on and post your "bragging phots". All posts are subject to approval of the administrators of the page. Thanks to Tim Stevenson for putting this together. It's also a place where you can find "After only a couple days of approved ice for icefishing we are already finding garbage and cigarette butts left on the ice. We as a private club take pride in having clean grounds. Please help us keep our grounds clean. This is unacceptable as members to Lake County fishing game thank you. Lakes committee WHAT PART OF "TAKE OUT WHAT YOU BRING IN" DON'T YOU PEOPLE UNDERSTAND?!

THE FLOOR DRAIN IN THE BOARDROOM HAS BEEN PLUGGED. DON’T POUR ANYTHING IN IT! BACK LAKE GATE UPDATE The back gate operator has been replaced and the exit button moved back so you don't have to get out of your vehicle to press it! Cables have all been replaced and are underground with no splices. Kudos to Tri-Electronics for doing an excellent job!

LCF&G 3-GUN RAFFLE 1st Prize: Benelli Super Black Eagle II, 12 ga. semiautomatic shotgun. Chambered for 3.5" Realtree Max-5 camo finish, Comfort Tech. Won by: Logan Castro

2nd Prize: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol. Ported barrel with HI-VIZ fiber optic sights. Won by: Darrel Swiss

3rd Prize: Savage Arms .17 Cal HMR Bolt Action Rifle with Scope Won by: Zack Stone Congratulations to all the winners and a huge THANK YOU to all who participated!

WILD GAME DINNER 2017 Our 37th Annual Walt Millikan Memorial Wild Game Dinner was a rousing success! It was well attended and well run. Our best yet. President, Don Jones, has asked me to pass on a huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, donors, committee and especially the workers who made it happen. On that note apologies to Dan MacKinnon for inadvertently leaving his name off the list of committeemen. An oversight Dan. Not intended to be a slight. .

SCHOLARSHIP FUND The application period for this scholarship has expired. New applications will be taken beginning in December for next year. Winners of this year's scholarship will be announced shortly.

MEMBERSHIP REVOKED The Board of Directors recently revoked the membership of a member for various rules violations. It seems he put himself and his young son in harm’s way by ice fishing on a closed pond. The pond had been closed for unsafe ice and because it had been stocked with trout in preparation for a trout derby. The member, who shall remain nameless here, had his membership privileges revoked for life. We have zero tolerance for rules violators and he did not respond to a request to appear before the Board to explain his actions. There are consequences. And we've had a new incident of someone urinating in the parking lot despite repeated warnings against such activity having been posted here for a year. DON'T DO THAT! You could follow this guy.^

2017 WILD GAME DINNER DONORS American Trust - Jim Buiter - member - Whiting Amvets Post 61 - Rockville, IN Applewood Farms, Inc. - Highland Blythe’s Sport Shops - Griffith - Valparaiso

Berey Bros. - Hammond Bob & Pat Westfall - member - Hammond - in memory of J.R. Westfall Bobby Wright - member - Griffith Bob Kress - member - Burns Harbor Bone Dry Bar - Highland Briar East Liquors - Hammond Cabela’s - Hammond Calumet Breweries - Hammond Capt. Ralph Steiger Coleman The Outdoor Company Connie & Mary Lou Dembowski - member - St. John Cedar Lake Fish & Game - Cedar Lake Centier Bank Colfax Liquors - Griffith Crack of Dawn Hunt Club - Wheatfield Danny Z’s Grub & Pub - Munster Dante’s House of Pizza - Munster Dave Czajka - member - Dyer David Vujko - member - Cedar Lake Dawg House Pub - Merrillville Deb’s Gun Range - Hammond Dekker Lighting - Schererville Depot Bar & Grill - Griffith Don & Donna Jones - member - Hammond Doug Lorman - Lake Village Finnegan’s Pub - Dyer Fred Baginski - member - Hammond Gary & Pat Havlin - member - Rockville, IN Gary Piskula - member - Hammond George Petro - member - Griffith Griffith Izaak Walton League - Griffith Grindhouse Café - Griffith Husky Liners Jerry & Kathy Skubisz - member - Hammond John Hansen - member - Munster John Dembowski - member - Hebron Josh Skubisz - member - Hammond Just 4 Fun Charters - Capt. Tim Morris Kenny Van Warnen Krooswyk Materials - Griffith Lake County Fair Conservation Bldg. Maxim’s Restaurant - Merrillville Milan’s Tavern - Gary Mike Berg - member - Cedar Lake Mike and Deb Mossman - member - Calumet City Meyer/Glaros Group NIPSCO Otis Technology Quality Impressions Printing - Crown Point Ray & Cyndy Cooper - members - Crown Point RetireSource Wealth Management - Highland Reliable Parts—Highland

Republic Services Rob’s Meats - Dyer Ron Jones & Donna Coty - Rensselaer Schepel Buick-GMC - Merrillville Rockville Lake Park - Rockville, IN Strack & Van Til’s - Hammond Steve Berg - U.S. Army Subway Sandwich Shop - Kathy Skubisz - Lansing Keith Szewczyk - member - Schererville Terpstra’s Blue Water Marine Terpstra’s Sales & Service - Griffith Terry Paris, Sr. - member - Hammond Tim Galambos & Jim Pancione - members - Springer Realty Group Terpstra’s Blue Water Marine - Gary Terpstra’s Sales & Service - Griffith Trident Aquajet - Crown Point Tom Berg - member - Dyer UAC Auto - Schererville VFW Post 7881 - Hammond Whitecap Outfitters - members - Dyer Wild Birds Unlimited - Schererville

2016 BIG BIRD, FISH & WHITETAIL CONTESTS Winners of last year’s contests are: BIG TURKEY Joe Quasney 23 lbs. 46.25” 10” beard MOST IMPRESSIVE RACK Howard Petroski 10 pts. Honorable Mention Joe Quasney 10 pts. BIG FISH YOUTH DIVISION Redear Sunfish Connor Murphy-Austgen 12 oz, Channel Catfish Connor Murphy-Austgen 2 lbs. 8oz. Dogfish Connor Murphy-Austgen 3 lbs. 4 oz. ADULT DIVISION Largemouth Bass Mike Berg 4 lbs. Striped Bass Mike Berg 10 lbs. 4 oz. Peacock Bass Mike Berg 4 lbs. Black Crappie Mike Berg 1 lb. 12 oz. Bluegill Terry Paris 1 lb . 4 oz. Redear Sunfish Mike Berg 1 lb. Northern Pike Steve Berg 8 lbs. 8oz.

Chinook Salmon Steve Berg 20 lbs. Coho Salmon Terry Paris 9 lbs. 8oz. Steelhead John Dembowski 11 lbs. 7 oz. Banded Cichlid Mike Berg 10 lbs. Clown Knifefish Mike Berg 6 lbs. Freshwater Drum Terry Paris 11 lbs. 12 oz. Longnose Gar Steve Berg 9 lbs. 12 oz. Mayan Cichlid Mike Berg 1 lb. 2oz. Walleye Terry Paris 8 lbs. 4 oz. Congratulations to all our winners! These represent the largest of each category entered. To enter a fish, deer or bird (Pheasant, Goose or Turkey) in the future go to our website www.lakecountyfishandgame.org, print an application, fill it out and attach a clear photograph of hunter/fisherman and harvest. Follow the instructions for submitting it. A certificate, suitable for framing, will be awarded to these winners at this month’s meeting. Frames available on request.

FRONT GATE INOPERABLE The front gate at our property has become inoperable. We are currently researching options to repair or replace it. It should be operational shortly. In the meantime you can still access our property through the back gate, park in the parking area, and walk in to the front ponds, or fish the back lake. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Rest assured we’re working diligently to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.

2016 MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRE MARCH 31 2016 memberships expire March 31. We traditionally allow a grace period to the April meeting. You should have received a reminder in the mail if you haven’t renewed. You have until April 5 to renew you membership without penalty.


The Executive Committee and Board of Directors of LCF&G would like to thank the following for their donations to the 2017 Wild Game Dinner: Applewood Farms, Highland IN – www.applewoodfarms.com Blythe’s Sport Shop, Griffith IN – www.blythesgungear.com Bone Dry Bar, Highland IN – Find them on Facebook Briar East Liquors, Hammond IN – Find them on Facebook Cabela’s, Hammond IN – www.cabelas.com Captain Ralph Steiger, Hammond IN – www.CaptainSteiger.com Colfax Liquors, Griffith - Find them on Facebook (The) Coleman Company - www.coleman.com Crack of Dawn Hunt Club, Wheatfield IN - Find them on Facebook Dekker Lighting, Schererville IN – www.DekkerLighting.com Dawg House Pub, Merrillville IN Find them on Facebook Deb’s Gun Range, Hammond IN – www.debsgunrange.com Finnegan’s Pub, Dyer IN – www.finegandyer.com Grindhouse Café, Griffith IN - Find them on Facebook Husky Liners – www.huskyliners.com Milan’s Tavern, Gary IN – Find them on Facebook Otis Technology (Smart Gun Care) – www.otistec.com Rob’s Meat, Chop & Deli, Dyer IN – www.robsmeatchop.com Reliable Parts, Highland IN – www.reliableparts.com Strack and Van Til, Highland IN – www.strackandvantil.com Subway Sandwich Shop, Lansing IL – Find them on Yelp Terpstra’s Blue Water Marine, Inc. Griffith IN – www.terpstrasmarine.com Terpstra’s Sales, Service and Rental, Griffith IN – www.terpstrasales.com Ultra Foods, Highland IN – www.Ultra-foods.com Whitecap Outfitters, Dyer IN – www.whitecapoutfittersllc.com Their generosity allows continued support of our conservation efforts and programs. Please patronize these businesses as a token of our appreciation for their part in making our Wild Game Dinner a huge success!

DEER MANAGEMENT MEETING Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd Management, a hunting group, will host a meeting for the purpose of forming a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC). The meeting is scheduled for April 15 at 6:00 PM. It will be held at The Gathering Place, 131 N. Main St., Hebron, IN 46341. For additional information visit www.iwdhm.com.

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