Saturday, February 11, 2023
The annual Arrows & Antlers banquet was another great success. Once again, the spread of wild game was absolutely incredible! This year’s menu featured a variety of venison, elk, bear, javelina, wild turkey, pheasant, and assorted fish! A special “Thank You” is in order for Gary Merkes, Steve Johnson, Dennis McDonald, Soybean, Randy Rice, and Travis Johnson for all of their assistance in the kitchen to make sure we all enjoyed the meal!
We had another great year of generous sponsor donations and door prizes, along with our specialty raffles. The Mission Crossbow set was won by Aaron Gross, The Mathews Vertix bow was won by Dustin Moreland, and our annual beer/booze/cooler raffle was won by Brian Safford.
We also raffled off $7,000 in cash prizes, given away as 14-$500 prizes – those winners were: Raul Gomez, Terry Grossman, Steve Will, Justin Powley, Joe Steinhofer, Brandon Anderson, Donte Arnold, Dave Schwark, Dave Finco, Mike Wolfgram, Mike Haefner, Orion Barbic, Gene Haefner, and Skyler Steiner!
We had a great year of buck entries, with 11 initially entered into the contest (10 present at the banquet). The results were: 1st place – Brian Srb (162 3/8), 2nd place – Mike Stader (137 4/8), 3rd place – Joe Steinhofer (137 1/8), 4th place – Travis Johnson (123 3/8), 5th place – Ron Schimmel (122 7/8), 6th place – Jeremy Gross (121 1/8), 7th place – Scot Junge (116 3/8), 8th place – Nick Schroedl (115 6/8), 9th place – Randy Messer (109), 10th place – Greg Schweppe (100 2/8), and 11th place – Fran Kilian (unknown score – disqualified for absence).
*A special “Thank You” is in order for Kevin Moreland and Nick Schroedl for scoring each buck entry every year!
Pictured above (from left to right) are the buck entries from the 2022 season. Front row: Brian Srb (1st), Ron Schimmel (5th), Scot Junge (7th). Second row: Mike Stader (2nd), Randy Messer (9th), Greg Schweppe (10th), Nick Schroedl (8th), Jeremy Gross (6th). Back row: Joe Steinhofer (3rd). Not pictured: Fran Kilian (11th).
The membership fee for the upcoming season is $40, and the majority of our members paid their dues for the 2023 season – for those who didn’t, your $40 is due by August 1st, otherwise, your membership is forfeited to a new member. The waiting list is ever-growing, so please get your dues paid as soon as possible. Remember that guest spots for the 2024 banquet are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, for $30 each, paid at the door. If you are interested in reserving a guest spot, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much to all the members and sponsors who help make our annual banquet as anticipated and exciting as it is each year. We look forward to another great year of hunting and fellowship!
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