Firearm Safety Instructor Group Class Changes
Don Schroeder Receives 2018 Distinguished Service Award
2017 Vikings Tailgate Party Raffle Winners
2017 Gopher Campfire Outing Raffle Winners
2017 Arhart Shooting Results
2017 Gopher Campfire Annual Family Fishing Contest – January 28, 2017 – Recap
2016 Vikings Tailgate Party Recap – December 11, 2016
2016 Gopher Campfire Outing Winners
50 & 100 Yard Range Cardboard Backers
A Note About Clubhouse Rental
Dinners Served at Member Meetings
Bluebird House Plans from Coveside Bird Houses
Wood Duck Houses for Sale
Aluminum Can Recycling for Sanctuary


Gopher Campfire Firearm Safety Instructor Group Class Changes

The following changes are being made to firearm safety training classes taught by the Gopher Campfire Instructor Group.

• We are switching to using the MN DNR internet training for the classroom portion.
• We will be offering a one (1) full day training with a short review, written test and field testing.
All students must first complete the MN DNR online firearm safety training and present the certificate at the class start.
• Students will be required to pass the written test given during the classroom training before being allowed to continue with the field testing.
• Class will held once per year around the second (2nd) Saturday in September.
A note will be sent to the school to be added to the announcements closer to the class date and put on the Gopher Campfire website along with local media.



Don Schroeder Receives 2018 Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award
Pictured here are Don Schroeder (right) and Mark Bening (President). Don is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. The award is given out each year to an individual who volunteers and is willing to do the extra work for the club. Don has volunteered for years with Sporting Clays, cutting wood for Bluebird day; he was a firearm safety instructor at Gopher for years and helps with other events when asked. The award was presented on January 9, 2018.

2017 Vikings Tailgate Party Raffle Winners – December 10, 2017

The 2017 Vikings Tailgate Party in is the books.

Even though the Vikes could quite pull off the win, fun was had by all who attended

50″ Television – Craig Schmeling
$50 Cash – Mark Bening (Mark was there, so the $25 prize doubled)
$50 Cash – Don Walser (Don was also there, so his prize doubled too)
$25 Cash – Todd Kruse
$50 Cash – Bruce Johnson (Bruce was present so his prize doubled)
Door Prizes for those in attendance
2 Gopher Basketball tickets – Todd Harrington
2 Gopher Basketball tickets – Rocky Lambert
4 pk. Carwashes – Darlene Ondracek
4 pk. Carwashes – Don Walser
4 pk. Carwashes – David Ondracek
Purple Cooler – Todd Harington
Autographed Football – Mike Engelen
Vikings Mug – David Ondracek Jr.
Vikings Glass – Galen Carlson
Vikings Koozie – Lisa Weir
Black Vikings Cap – Carl Melin
Purple Vikings Cap – Lisa Weir
Flask Set – Galen Carlson

Thank you to all that attended and helped set up, clean up, cook and help out to make this day a success!



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.



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!!



2016 Gopher Campfire Outing Winners



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!!



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.


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!


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



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


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!