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Building Clean Up

A huge Thank You needs to go out to the 20 plus volunteers who showed up to clean the new building.

What an awesome morning. Once again, our membership stepped up to help with ongoing club projects. Members from every discipline arrived with their brushes, buckets and hoses in hand to scrub the logs prior to applying stain.

The dry summer months and the endless trucking through club property left the building caked in dust and grime.

It was a pleasure to meet with some of our new members and reacquaint with many of the long term members.

This truly does show the dedication of our membership. Well done and Thank You again.

 

Regards
John Noble

 

Building Update July 31

It has been a couple months since the last building update. Work on the new building is progressing along quite well. As of July 31 the metal roofing is nearly complete and the hope is to have the structure at lock up before the weather deteriorates.

Work is moving forward on a number of fronts including prepping for the soffit installation, interior wall rough in, lighting design, final touch ups to the door and window openings in preparation for installation, placing of the building wrap prior to application of siding on the gable ends and scheduling a general cleaning of the logs just to name a few.

Much of the work is contingent on availability of materials and of course volunteer manpower.

 

 

It would seem there is boom in construction and renovations in the local area which has lead to a shortage of some building materials and extended wait times for delivery.

 

 

Summer Classic 3D Shoot

Summer Classic 2017

The summer Classic is now officially in the history file. For those unable to attend all we can say is sorry, you missed a good one.  There was a great deal of trepidation on the part of the organizers this year mainly due to the short time available to pull it all together. With work proceeding on the new building and running in concert with the preparation for the Summer Classic there was a real concern about burning out volunteers. John and Ron did a phenomenal job as always. There is a significant amount of time that goes into laying out the trails and getting a crew out to clear trails and haul out targets. Once that task is accomplished the real work of setting up the shoots begins, position a target, layout pins to ensure the shot is challenging for the seasoned shooter and still enjoyable for the novice shooter. Then ask the questions… is the shot safe, are there any concerns for the taller or shorter shooter, and from the pin is it doable for the left and right shooter… adjust as required?  Once that is all cleared you go off and do it thirty nine more times…minimum.  Set out trail markers, build in safe in and out paths, making up course maps and on and on seems almost endless and is until the first arrow is shot… Many thanks to all that gave their time to help in the many tasked of setting up the course.

The galley crew ( Cathy, Ross and the Larry twins) as always had the early shift each day ensuring the coffee was ready and a hot breakfast available for those that were in need. In addition they were there to set up and prepare lunch each day and work their magic cooking the fish for the potluck Saturday evening.

Registration opened at 8 AM Saturday morning, with seventy nine shooters registering for the day. The numbers were a bit disappointing for the organizers but the attending shooters were a boisterous and enthusiastic bunch. Saturday had a twenty target two arrow round in the morning and a twenty target two arrow round in the afternoon. Comments following the first days rounds were the course were very, very well laid out. Many participants felt it very devilish on the part of the course designer to strategically place various objects (branches, trees, grass, rocks etc) to mess with their head when shooting. In their own defence the course crew was quick to respond “We never placed any of the mentioned objects, we only positioned the targets… that other stuff just happened to be there”.  Saturday evening there was an incredible potluck dinner in the back BBQ pit area. BBQed salmon fried oysters a whole array of salads and desserts. As always there was plenty to eat topped off with a generous helping of fun filled kidding and laughter.

Sunday morning brought out a few more shooters with the final tally coming in at one hundred and thirteen. The morning round was a two arrow round and the afternoon round was a one arrow round.

Awards for the leaders of each division were handed out followed by the prize draws. There was a fabulous draw table with over eighty items to be won.

We would like to thank all those members who came out and help pull this event together. It is only through their generous contribution that these types of events can be delivered.  Finally we would like to send out a special thank you to all that participated and made the shoot a success.

Archery Building Update

Since the last update on the Archery building there has been a beehive of activity onsite.

A great deal of work has progressed on the building with all the trusses being installed and braced as per the engineers outline. This job alone took a significant about of time with focused attention on the accuracy of the placement of each truss. Attention to detail and time  is required to ensure all the trusses are properly spaced, plumbed  and securely braced  to facilitate the application  of the sheeting which is to follow.

Once the trusses had been installed the false fascia was put in place, the gable ends framed to accept the sheeting, blocking for the installation of drywall on the interior of the structure and placing of the false purlins at each gable end.

This is no small feat when one realizes that it has all been accomplished with volunteers and during one of the wettest Aprils on record.

The month is not yet over and should anyone be around the NF&G property this week end you will see another crew working feverishly applying the sheeting to the roof. No easy task when one realizes there are in excess of 300 sheets of plywood to put down.

WOW what a great month……………

Archery Building Update

For any members that have not been around the Nanaimo Fish and Game Property lately you are in for a very pleasant surprise. The first stage of a couple major plans for the property is now under way. The long awaited Archery – multipurpose building is well on its way to completion.

The work under taken and completed over the past week is a testament to what can happen when a few volunteers step up and shoulder the load for the benefit of all. The work and effort expended over the last week (greatly appreciated) is minor in terms of time when measured against the accumulated efforts of a dedicated few who had the vision and determination to get us to this point. This project is still a ways from completion and help in a number of capacities is still needed. Many of us are restricted by other commitments and time restraints which may make it impossible to assist in this project but please do consider giving some time to one or more of the many undertakings on Nanaimo Fish and Game Associations calendar for the year.

Around noon Wednesday March 22nd  this is what things looked like………

placing the first row of logs was time consuming.

 

Tuesday March 28th the space was completely transformed……..

 

Trusses have been ordered and in the coming days will be installed and sheeted in preparation for the metal roofing.

Watch for more updates to follow…

Archery Family/Newcomers Evenings

The Archery Division Family/Newcomers Nights  (Monday and Wednesday 6PM to 8:30PM) will be suspended for the months of July and August.

All Archery Ranges will be open for archers (with their own equipment) during regular posted hours. Please check the calendar for regular hours and special event closures.

“Who You Gonna Call”

NF&G Broom Busters 2016

Many Thanks go out to the Broom Busting Crew for their hard work and dedication in controlling the spread of broom on Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association (NF&G) property.   The function of trying to prevent the NF&G property from being over taken by this stubborn and invasive plant is a long ongoing project. Left unchecked it displaces native and beneficial plants, causing loss of grassland and open forest. It aggressively spreads to form mono-cultures, replacing desirable forage grasses and young trees. Seeds are toxic to livestock and horses. The logging of the property has created an ideal environment for the Broom to propagate and efforts must be made to keep it in check until such time as the forest is re-established.BroomBusters

This project, like many undertaken can only be managed and maintained with the dedication and efforts of member volunteers.  Sad to say but the NF&G like many other organizations is suffering from a lack of volunteers to man the many projects and functions required to ensure the longevity and possibly, future of the association.  Quite simply the annual dues we pay do not cover off all the costs of running and maintaining an organization such as NF&G. Looking at the Broom Busters 2016 photograph, some not in the picture but in the kitchen or behind the camera, the faces are easy to recognize.  You may not know the names but anyone who has been remotely involved with the NF&G may recognize them as – NF&G executives, the kitchen staff, grounds maintenance, painters, political liaison, directors, grant writers, purchasing agents, grant coordinators, function set up crew, range officer, cleanup crew, carpenter, event organizer, rental coordinator, and on and on……. These dedicated few wear many hats.

The average age of the dedicated members in this photo is seventy plus, they have for many years been doing a great deal of the heavy lifting to ensure NF&G remains relevant and recognized as such within the greater community. The need for each of us to help out has never been greater than it is today and unless we as members step up will only become more evident with each passing year. Each member has a certain allegiance to a particular Division under the greater umbrella of the NF&G but must recognize that we are here and benefit greatly because of our affiliation with the greater organization.

NF&G is most certainly more than the sum of the individual parts (Divisions) and as such needs the support of all members. One can volunteer and support a Division but hopefully would set time aside to volunteer in a function or work party, which is in the interest of the greater organization and may not appear to be of direct benefit to the Division.

The Broom Busters and many others with in the NF&G would most certainly appreciate any and all assistance one could give. A great deal of time is not being asked for; quite simply a couple of hours per month on average would go a long way to easing the load and improving the health and ensuring the future of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association.

Scotch Broom Removal

The Nanaimo Fish and Game Executive is looking for assistance to remove Scotch Broom from the Property. Any and all help in this endeavor is greatly appreciated.
Scotch Broom is an invasive species and as such is of great concern to the club and the effect it can have on our property.
A work party is being set up for all those wishing to assist…….

Saturday May 14 2016 at 08:30 AM.
Nanaimo Fish and Game parking lot.
Please bring any tools pruners, loppers, shears etc which you have available.

The Executive of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Society would like to thank you in advance for your help in this timely and important work party.

Information on Scotch Broom and its removal can be found at:

http://www.broombusters.org/

Local Businesses Support Archery

Local businesses support  archery at Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Society (NF&G). Last fall The Archery Division of NF&G launched a campaign asking local businesses to participate in a sponsorship/ partnership with NF&G by purchasing a 3D target for use in our archery program. The response was over whelming. We would like to thank all those that have expressed their support by participating and ensuring the longevity of our archery program.Group Shot of 3D Targets

The following local businesses, organizations and individuals stepped up to show their support for the NF&G and more importantly to support sports in the our local community.

Local 8 PPWC-Harmac Union, Copcan Contracting-Gregson Holdings, L’il Nib Lures, Nesvog Meats & Sausage Company, Milner Trucking Excavating & Disposal, Nanaimo Toyota, Nanaimo Wine Shoppe, Mark’s Import Auto, Lairad Wheaton GM, Chinook Scaffolding Systems, Yellow Point Drywall Ltd, Pactow Transport Services, Harbour Chandler Ltd, Inter-Kraft Contracting Ltd, Hub City Paving Ltd, Terrrier Blades, Robinson Rentals and Sales, Woodgrove Chrysler, Grouse Nest Farms, Columbia Fuels Ltd, M Knight Construction Ltd, Baker Auto Supply Ltd, Aurora Roofing Ltd, Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters and four anonymous donors.

St. Paddys Day 3D Shoot

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Nanaimo Fish and Game St. Paddys’ 3D shoot
March13 2016

Ron

The buzz around the clubhouse Sunday morning was absolutely infectious, the smiles, laughter and friendly ribbing made everyone feel welcome and happy to be out enjoying the camaraderie. Standing amongst this jubilant crowd one could not imagine anything but a picture perfect day, blue sky, sunshine and warm breezes. The strength and future of Archery in our communities was clearly evident in the number and breakdown of the shooters in attendance. Women, men, seniors and youths, individual attending their first 3d shoot, groups of friends gathering together and entire families all coming together to test their skills in friendly competition. The turnout was more than a pleasant surprise with the final tally coming in at 114 shooters, an impressive number on its own but when you factor in the 14 cubs and 11 juniors it speaks volumes to the health of the archery programs in our communities.
There was a short but informative safety meeting at 9 AM with all being very attentive. The course lay out was explained and the groups were given time to gather their gear and head for their appropriate station for the start. It was at this time that reality set in; it became clear the dress for the day was not going to be sun glasses and coconut tanning oil but rather rubber boots and Gore-Tex. The really chic came in their finest formal attire, a souwester and the ever reliable Black Diamond Tofino Tuxedos. As all headed out the inclement weather did not dampen the mood as all were still expressing their unfaltering optimism for an exceptional days shooting.

 

Obviously Kylearchers are a hardy bunch as demonstrated. To see the contestants arrive in the clubhouse after the first round it was more of the same mood as expressed at the morning registration. Stories of wet feet, water proof hats that are not living up to their billing, cold hands, wet fletching, foggy glasses, water filled peep sights, rumours of flying fish… in no way deterred these hardy outdoorsmen ( women, men or the youth alike).
The afternoon round was lighter in numbers than the morning with an unusually high number of requests for assistance and over looked errands that sadly needed immediate attention. The number of requests for hot tub testers, hot shower inspectors, and dry clothing models were over whelming and took its toll on the afternoon numbers. Archers being a very selfless group by nature many reluctantly withdrew from what was sure to be an enjoyable afternoon to help those in need and fill the voids. We applaud you all for your selfless acts of kindness.
Puddles on the clubhouse floor from dripping clothing and gear emphasized just how wet and dreary the conditions on the trails were the entire day. This was in sharp contrast to the jubilant mood and high spirits of the shooters who fought through the conditions and completed the competition. A constant thread in the conversation amongst the contestant was the praise for a great event and a well laid out course.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all those that came out and supported the efforts of all those that helped stage this event. It is only through the dedication of the volunteers which give freely of their time that is it possible to put on a competitions such as this. The course designers, trail cleaners, registration personnel, kitchen help, clean up helpers and many more need to be acknowledged and thanked.

Nanaimo Fish and Games next 3D Shoot will be the SUMMER CLASSIC June 11 and 12 2016 and this year will be bigger, better and MUCH DRIER…….. Hope to see you there.