January 2023, Volume 78 No. 2
Club Website- www.richlandrodandgun.org
Club Facebook- www.Facebook.com/RichlandRodandGunClub
MEETINGS AND DEADLINES
Next General Meeting – February 7th, 7:00 PM at Richland Public Library
Next Board Meeting- February 21st, 7:00 PM at Griggs Pasco Hunter Ed room
March Newsletter Contribution Deadline is February 22nd email:
Interested in learning to fish?
The Richland Rod and Gun Club will be hosting an (Introduction to Fishing class)
February 23, 2023! Location: Richland public library stars at 6PM to 8:30.
Open to the public to ages 8 (parent accompanied) to adult! Come learn
equipment needed, Rigging, knots, safety, regulations, bait selection,
and locations to fish? This is a free class open to public! First class
limited to 25 students! Additional classes and species select will be in future!
Contact Richard Sharp 509-551-6785? Call or text?
RRGC is again offering University of Idaho students an opportunity to apply for one of our scholarships. Application instructions and forms for the 2023 RRGC Memorial Scholarship are contained in the three files below.
RRGC has been awarding scholarships to college students since 1993. We included the University of Idaho Department of Natural Resources in our outreach in 2005 and have awarded scholarships to twenty-one U of I students in spite of the recent COVID disruption followed by no applications submitted last year. We are looking forward to a better response from students this year. The application deadline isn’t until mid-April so that should provide ample time for applications to be prepared and submitted.
For more info contact Mike Estes, RRGC Scholarship Committee, 509-552-9066
Wild Game Dinner
Here are the upcoming dates for Wild Game Dinner preparations:
February 24th – Sausage grinding and prep at 6:00pm John Prather’s house 215107 E Game Farm Road.
February 25th – Sausage making at 9:00am John Prather’s house.
February 26th – Meatball making at 9:00am Marilyn Steele’s 41530 S Morton Rd.
March 24th – Set up for the Dinner at 9:00am Fair Grounds. - Food Prep at 5:00 pm Fair Grounds.
Meat Donations for the Wild Game Dinner
Please keep in mind the need for game meat for the Wild Game Dinner on March 25th, 2023. We have storage facilities available so please consider donating fish, fowl, or game. Each game donation must be tagged with the following information: donor’s name, WILD ID number, species and cut of meat, plus the date and location taken. Remember we can not accept any ground meat! If you have a donation to make, get a hold of Marilyn Steele 509-392-2128 or John Prather 509-521-1593
Wild Game Dinner Presentation
"AN EVENING WITH A RACONTEUR”
Butch, aka Cee Dub, followed in his dad’s footsteps as they hunted and fished all over SE Idaho for twenty plus years. Not only was his dad, Buzz, an avid outdoorsman, but he was a pretty good cook and a storyteller, too! As the old saying goes, “Like father, like son”!
Over the years, Butch has honed his ability as a storyteller, which many may be acquainted with from reading his Dutch oven cookbooks or attending his cooking demonstrations at sports shows. In his new book, Chronicles of a Raconteur, Volume I, Cee Dub left out all the recipes. Through his stories, he takes the reader on his journey from growing up as a snot-nosed kid in SE Idaho, through his college years, to being a grizzly bear trapper, a game warden, an undercover wildlife investigator, author, and television personality. He will share some stories of his adventures with the audience.
Youth Conservation Camp
If you have kids, grandkids or know of kids ages 12 – 16 interested in the Youth Conservation Camp on Orcus Island please send Larry Martin and email at firstname.lastname@example.org RRGC sponsors a number of kids for this camp. Registration will take place in February and the camps are July 16th – 22nd for girls and July 23rd – 29th for boys.
We currently have 5 campers registering for this summer! If you have a prospective camper there is still time to have them registered.
In Memory of Leo Pfeifer
Long time club member Leo Pfeifer of Royal City recently passed away in Moses Lake. Leo joined RRGC in 1984 and was a frequent contributor of fish and game for our annual Wild Game dinner including pheasants he harvested in his home state of South Dakota, venison, and perch for the fish chowder. One year he was disappointed that he didn’t have as much perch to donate as usual, so he bought some tilapia at the grocery store to assure that the chowder contained plenty of meat. For many years Leo hosted a work day for Washington Waterfowl Association members from around the state to do waterfowl habitat work in the vicinity of Royal City and Potholes Reservoir. Leo always scheduled the field day on the Saturday of the Wild Game Dinner so that all of the WWA volunteers could travel to the Tri-Cities that evening as his guests to attend our dinner. Several of them became RRGC members even though they lived in western Washington. Many thanks to Leo for his contributions to wildlife and RRGC. Rest In Peace good friend.
What’s Happening on Your Board?
RRGC is looking for new Board Members to come be a part of a great team! The Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Hunter Ed Room at Griggs in Pasco. If you are interested email email@example.com
Scholarship – RRGC sponsors a scholarship at the University of Idaho every year and the application has gone out and been received. Hopefully we will get some good applicants this year.
Past President Richard Sharp is putting together his Intro to Fishing class which will be February 23rd at the Richland Public Library starting at 6:00pm. Classes will be limited to 25 people. Later in the spring he would like to have classes that are species specific i.e. walleye, bass, salmonCall Richard Sharp 509-551-6785
Dave Myers is planning on RRGC having a Pike Minnow Fish In with FlycastersMay 20th. This would be a fun event for members of both clubs and a way to raise some money for both of our clubs.
Photo Contest – Mike Estes had previously brought to the attention of President Matt Cummings that the monthly photo contest was waning. The proposal is to have a prize at the Wild Game Dinner for anyone that has submitted a photo whether a winner or not. This will require some revision of the photo contest rules which Mike agreed to undertake for the next meeting.
Salmon in the Classroom – Gene Van Liew headed up the volunteers that delivered salmon eggs to 34 schools on January 4th.Salmon Summit when the kids will all get to release their salmon to the river is scheduled for April 17th and 18th.
KOE Kid’s Fishing Day was announced, and it is April 22nd.
Get Involved in RRGC
There has never been a better time to get involved in the club. The best way to start is by attending the monthly meetings. Come support the club and these speakers. Save the date on your calendar for the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Richland Public Library.
Also get involved in one of our Committees:
Salmon in the Classroom: Gene Van Liew – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild Game Dinner: Marilyn Steele – email@example.com
Wood Ducks: Dale Schielke – firstname.lastname@example.org
KOE – Kids Fishing Day: Marilyn Steele – email@example.com
Hunter Ed: Ron Ruth – RonRuth.HunterEd@frontier.com
Guzzlers: Larry Martin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Conservation Camp - email@example.com
Scholarship: Mike Estes - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Greg Boeringa – email@example.com
Lunker Lake: Matt Cummings – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale Schielke – email@example.com
RRGC Club Upcoming Activities
Annual hunter ed pheasant hunt up at Limits Game Farm on 2/18/23
Into to Fishing – Richard Sharp February 23rd Richland Public Library 509-551-6785
Wild Game Dinner – March 25th Fairgrounds
KOE fishing rod assembly April 1st Griggs hunter Ed room
Hunter Education class at Griggs Pasco - April 3rd thru 8th -9 AM till Noon
Salmon Summit at Columbia Park - April 17th & 18th
KOE (Kids Fishing Day) April 22nd
Pikeminnow Fish-In – May 20th
Catfish Challenge – June
Hunter Education class at Griggs Pasco – June 23rd
Club Picnic - August
Richland Rod & Gun Club is an organized group of hunters, fishermen, and conservationists who share a common interest in the outdoors. Each year the Club members volunteer in a number of work projects that improve wildlife habitat, educate young potential hunters / fisherman, and raise funds for Club projects.
The RICHLAND ROD & GUN CLUB meets the first non holiday Tuesday of each month except July and August at 7:00
The meetings are open to the public and consist of a short business meeting followed by a program of current interest.
Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday at 7:00 at Griggs Pasco meeting facility.
Membership in the Richland Rod & Gun Club can be obtained by filling out an application and paying your annual dues here.
The Richland Rod and Gun Club offers opportunities to work in activities associated with wildlife, the outdoors and youth education. We would appreciate your involvement with one of our projects or programs that include, Fishing, Dog Training, Scholarship, Public Lands, Youth Activities, Migratory Waterfowl, Habitat, Game Birds, Big Game , Landowner Relations.
Content contributions, suggestions, or criticism to the RRGC website should be emailed to, firstname.lastname@example.org
Click this PDF icon to download the 2023 February newsletter
Photo of the Month
Must be taken in current license year.
May include hunting, fishing, habitat, camping.
Must include a critter (human or wild).
Harvested game must include the hunter or angler.
Winners will be selected by the Board of Directors.
All photos become property of the Club.
Note: The Board may use discretion in applying the guidelines when selecting the winning photo.
Please include name of photographer and date taken.
To submit entry, Bring photo print to board meeting, or email to email@example.com at least 6 hours before a board meeting.
February 7th General Meeting Presentation
7:00pm at the Richland Public Library
Presenter’s will be Todd Woollum and John Prather, winners of the Quality Trip sharing their experience deep sea fishing off the Washington Coast.
Fishing the Hard Water
Ron White on everything you ever wanted to know about ice fishing! This is going to be a great informational presentation for anyone who has ever wanted to try ice fishing and for those that do like to ice fish you can pick up some tips to improve your skills.
Wild Game Dinner Tickets and Quality Trip Tickets
Tickets for the Wild Game Dinner ($25 each) and Quality Trip Tickets ($25) will be on sale at both the next General Meetings on Feb 7th and Mar 7th. We will have the ability at those times to take cards as well as cash. Don’t forget you have to be a member to participate in the Quality Trip raffle and to make sure and get your tickets for both the dinner and the raffle early!!!
Lunker Lake 2023
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th