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Fall Firearms Safety Class
Gopher Campfire Outing Raffle Winners
2017 Arhart Shooting Results
2017 Gopher Campfire Annual Family Fishing Contest – January 28, 2017 – Recap
2017 Gopher Campfire Wild Game Feed Scheduled for March 25, 2017
2016 Vikings Tailgate Party Recap – December 11, 2016
Youth Conservation Field Day August 27, 2016
Gopher Scholarship Fun Shoot September 5, 2016
2016 Gopher Campfire Outing Winners
Fall 2016 Firearms Safety Class
50 & 100 Yard Range Cardboard Backers
Vikings Tailgate Party Raffle Winners
2015 Gopher Campfire Outing Raffle Winners
2015 Gopher Campfire Fishing Contest Raffle Winners
A Note About Clubhouse Rental
Gate Combination Changed 1/13/2015
Dinners Served at Member Meetings
Vikings Tailgate Party Raffle Winners
2014 Gopher Campfire Fishing Contest Recap
Bluebird House Plans from Coveside Bird Houses
Wood Duck Houses for Sale
Aluminum Can Recycling for Sanctuary

 


 

Fall Firearms Safety Class

Where: Gopher Campfire Club
  24718 Cty Rd 7, Hutchinson
When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
  Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, lunch provided
  Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm

 

MUST ATTEND ALL 3 CLASSES TO GET CERTIFIED!

Cost: $7.50 to Gopher Campfire on first night of class, and $7.50 to MN DNR paid online upon successful completion of class.

 

This class is open to all boys and girls age 11 years and older, adults are also welcome. You must have a copy of your birth certificate or drivers license with you for registration on the first night of class.

 

We will supply all firearms and ammunition.

 

A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF ALL MINOR AGE STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE FIRST CLASS ON SEPT. 14th.

 

Class size is limited, so you must reserve a spot by emailing Brian at schmelingoil@gmail.com. Please include the student(s) first and last name. If you have any questions you can also email them to schmelingoil@gmail.com.

 

 

2017 Gopher Campfire Outing Raffle Winners

Savage Trophy XP with Scope .270 cal.- William Merkins

CVA Optima 50 cal Black Powder w/scope – Jennifer Flynn

Benelli Nova Max 5 – 12 ga. – 28” Barrel – David Firle

“Canada Geese” print by Les Kouba – Melissa Parrish

Pheasants Forever Print of the Year – Bob Boettcher

100 Year Gopher Campfire Framed Print – Donna Engelen

100 Year Gopher Campfire Book – Vicki Lueck

$100.00 Benny’s Meat Market Gift Cert. – Chris Connelly

Gopher Campfire Belt Buckle Set – William Maki

$100.00 Cash – Jim Brodd

$75.00 Cash – Bob Burns

$50.00 Cash – Dallas Ziemann

$25.00 Cash – Harold Schrum

 

 
2017 Arhart Shoot Results

The 2017 Arhart Shoot was a great success. Kelly Buang took Class A first and Bryan Forst took second. Click here for full results.

 

Fishing Contest2017 Gopher Campfire 33rd Annual Family Fishing Contest Recap

The 2017 Gopher Campfire Family Fishing Contest was held on Saturday January 28, 2017.

As always, it was nice and warm at the indoor trout pond and all who attended had a good time and lots of trout were caught.

The winners of the main raffle were:
$100 – Jay Borka – Winsted
$100 – Eric Thovson – Hutchinson
$75 – John Wilson – Cosmos
$75 – Mike Plammann – Hutchinson
$50 – Mike Engelen – Silver Lake
$50 – Logan Mellies – Hutchinson
$25 – Cory McDonald – Brownton
$25 – Kris Koktan – Glencoe

Thank you to all who attended and volunteered for this event. Without you, we could have such a great and fun event.

 

 

2017 Gopher Campfire Wild Game Feed Scheduled for March 25, 2017

 

Stay tuned for more details.

 

2016 Vikings Tailgate Party Recap – December 11, 2016

Well it wasn’t a huge crowd, but those who came out had a great time. The food was excellent as always and the Vikings even gave us a win.

The raffle winners were:
• Large Screen TV – Myranda Uecker
• $25.00 cash – Don Merkins – (Don was there at the time of the drawing, so his prize doubled to $50.00)
• $25.00 cash – Lynn Mackedanz
• $25.00 cash – Tom Benson
• $25.00 cash – Mark Landreville

Thank you to all that bought raffle tickets and/or came out and supported the event!!

 

 

Youth Conservation Field Day August 27, 2016

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For more information email ksknels@hutchtel.net

 

 

2016 Gopher Scholarship Fun Shoot September 5, 2016

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2016 Gopher Campfire Outing Winners

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Fall 2016 Firearms Safety Class Starts September 1st

Fall Firearms Safety Class

Where: Gopher Campfire Club

24718 Cty Rd 7, Hutchinson

When: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, lunch provided

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm

MUST ATTEND ALL 3 CLASSES TO GET CERTIFIED!

Cost: $7.50 to Gopher Campfire on first night of class, and $7.50 to MN DNR upon successful completion of class.

This class is open to all boys and girls age 11 years and older, adults are also welcome. You must have a copy of your birth certificate or drivers license with you for registration on the first night of class.

A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF ALL MINOR AGE STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE FIRST CLASS ON SEPT. 1ST.

Class size is limited, so you must reserve a spot by emailing Brian at schmelingoil@gmail.com. Please include the student(s) first and last name. If you have any questions you can also email them to schmelingoil@gmail.com.

 

50 & 100 Yard Range Cardboard Backers

The cardboard backers used to hang targets on the 50 & 100 yard rifle ranges are 18″ x 30″.
Please bring your own cardboard in case there is not any left on the range.
Targets are to be hung on the cardboard only – PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT AT THE WOOD CROSS MEMBER FRAMES!!

 

2015 Vikings Tailgate Party Raffle Winners

50″ TV – Mark Bening
Autographed Football – Mike Hanson

Cash Prizes Doubled If The Winner Was Present – All Were
$50.00 – Robert Piehl
$50.00 – Lynn Mackedanz
$50.00 – Carl Melin
$50.00 – Jeff Micka

There weren’t many that attended, but those that did had a great time with lots of wonderful food and beverages.

Thank you to all that attended and help make this a successful event!!!

 

2015 Gopher Campfire Outing Raffle Winners

Prize Winner
Ruger American Bolt Action Rifle- Winner Picks Available Caliber Leon Goldschmidt
Ruger American Bolt Action Rifle -22RF Winner Picks (.22, .22 Mag, 17HMR) Don Merkins
50 Cal. Black Powder Rifle Bob Williams
Deer Hunters Print “Zone 1 Firearms” Jeremy Wegener
Shelter Series of Three by Les Kouba Mike Engelen
Dog Legends Framed Print Michelle Uecker
100 Yr. Gopher Campfire Framed Print Devern VanHorn
100 Yr. Gopher Campfire Book – Hard Cover Jude Link
100 Yr. Gopher Campfire Book – Soft Cover Gary Dettman ??
Custom Knife by C. Ray Wight Kelly B.
$100.00 Dave Donahue
$75.00 Pete Reding
$50.00 Tyler Smith
$25.00 David Pulkrabek
6 hr. Guided Fishing Trip With Larson Guide Service Cody Von Loh
Autographed Football Matt Richardson
Gopher Campfire Belt Buckles Linda Jaskowiak
500 .22 Ammo Mark Horstman
500 .22 Ammo Nick Weir
500 .22 Ammo Darlene Ondracek

 

 

A Note About Clubhouse Rental

Gopher Campfire’s clubhouse is NOT available for rent to individuals for non-club purposes. It is only available for events that benefit the club.

 

2015 Gopher Campfire Fishing Contest Raffle Winners

$100.00 – Elly Heimerl
$100.00 – Jason Mathwig
$75.00 – Pete Reding
$75.00 – Sheila Murphy
$50.00 – Marshall Martig
$50.00 – Iris Kramer
$25.00 – Don Merkins
$25.00 – Jason Mathwig

 

Gate Combination Changed 1/13/2015

Members please note that the yearly gate combination changed on 1/13/2015. The new code can be found on your 2015 Membership card. Lifetime members watch your mail.

 

Dinners Served at Member Meetings

At the monthly member meetings (second Tuesday of each month at 8 PM – except November) a dinner will be served at a minimal cost.

The meal will be ready by 7:00 PM. The cost usually ranges from $3 to $5. The January 2015 member meeting will have a special meal of steak. The price for that will run a bit more at $10.

Hope to see you all there!

 

Vikings Tailgate Party was Held December 14, 2014

2014 Vikings Tailgate Party Raffle Winners

50″ Television – Don Merkins

4 – $25 cash winners – prize doubled if the winner was in attendance

1) Don Walser – $50
2) Craig Schmeling – $50
3) Ruby Larson – $25
4) Don Merkins – $50

 

 

2014 Fishing Contest Recap

The 2014 fishing contest went well. All that attended had a great time and there were a lot of happy kids that caught trout.

There were 125 Trout caught. 

A tie for the largest trout with a weight of 1lb 14oz.

The smallest trout caught weighed just 3oz.

Raffle winners were

  • $100 cash – Jamie Uecker
  • $100 cash – Mike Engelen
  • $75   cash – Don Merkins
  • $75   cash – Tom Todd
  • $50   cash – Hadley Welsch
  • $50   cash – Alex Renner
  • $25   cash – Mary Melin
  • $25   cash – Mike Engelen

Thank you to all that attended this event.

Also a BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers that helped make this day a success for the club. Without you Gopher Campfire would not exist!!

 

 

 

Bluebird House Plans from Coveside Bird Houses

Coveside Birdhouses has been nice enough to supply us with bird house plans for their popular Peterson bluebird house. Click here to view a PDF with the plans or see it and more on their website.

If you would like to learn more about Coveside Birdhouses visit their website at http://www.coveside.biz/.

 

 

Gopher Campfire Now Offering Wood Duck Houses

In our continuing effort to improve conservation, Gopher Campfire is now offering wood duck houses for sale. The cost is only $35 including tax. If interested contact Don Merkins at 320-583-2669.

 

 

Aluminum Can Recycling for the Sancturary

ATTENTION MEMBERS!

The McLeod County solid Waste Department is providing reimbursement for aluminum cans at their Recycling Redemption Center to help fund the sanctuary improvement project. The Redemption Center is located 1065 Fifth Avenue SE, Hutchinson on the west side of the Materials Recovery Building, after the glass bunkers. You can either receive a county check and donate the check to the club, or request the proceeds be donated through the Solid Waste Department 501(3)C program and it will be directly deposited to Gopher Campfire.

Thank you for your support!