Valley Fish & Game club reaches 30
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
This year the Laughery Valley Fish and Game club (LVF&G) celebrates
its 30th year in existence. The group was founded in 1977 by Hap
Chandler, Barry Pollock, Bob Kermeen, Bob Simmons, Jim Meyer,
Cy Ryker and John Boykin.
Over the years, the club has accomplished many goals and implemented
programs that have spanned the length of the clubs history.
Some of the highlights include:
The club has sponsored and conducted dozens of Indiana Hunter
Education courses. The next class is scheduled for April 4 and
Habitat Development and Food Plots
Thousands of trees and shrubs have been planted to benefit wildlife.
Also, wild turkey was reintroduced into Southeastern Indiana.
Turkey seminars were conducted.
Jr. Fishing Derby
The Jr. Fishing Derby was one of the clubs initial events
that has continued to this day. In a press release about the clubs
30th anniversary, Gary Johnson, public relations, noted there
were five participants for the first derby, his son, Micah, one
of them. This was held at the Versailles State Park. Now the Jr.
Fishing Derby will be held at the Laughery Valley Fish and Game
property, located three miles south of US 50 in Elrod on the Friendship
Road. Scheduled for June 7, this will be the fourth year the derby
will be held on the clubs property.
Seeing the effects harsh winters had on small game populations,
the founding fathers of the LVF&G organization began learning
what they could do to change the course. They listed Ed Guljas,
district wildlife biologist, and while the group didnt follow
his exact directions, they learned from his expertise. They also
followed the suggestion of the late Indiana Conservation Officer
Mike Todd to begin a Hunter Education course. They have had other
guest speakers over the years that benefited the groups
efforts to preserve and maintain a healthy area for wildlife.
Thirty years later, we look back and thank those conservation
minded people who gave us our start. Their dedication to wildlife
with the support and involvement of their families has helped
us grow into one of the premier conservation organizations in
Southeast Indiana, noted Johnson.
Now the club sits on 52 acres on South Friendship Road where there
is a modern clubhouse complete with restrooms, kitchen, sound
and video where they hold meetings and programs. There is a pond
with a shelter, shooting range, 3-D archery, and trails. Anyone
interested is welcome to check out the group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lvfg/
or stop in at a meeting on the second Thursday of each month at
7:00 p.m. at the club property (4852 S. Friendship Road)
Youre invited to an All Game Dinner
Sunday, February 24 would be a good time to check out the Laughery
Valley Fish & Game club. This is an annual event that includes
a Big Buck Measuring session that will begin at 8:00 a.m. Deer
heads must be registered by 10:00 a.m. so the session can be completed
by meal time.
At 1:00 p.m. the All Game Dinner will begin. You are invited to
bring a game dish and vegetable or dessert. The club will provide
the drinks and bread. At this event, the clubs 30th anniversary
will be celebrated with the announcement of a resolution that
was introduced by Indiana Representative Bob Bischoff and sponsored
by Senator Johnny Nugent.
Also celebrated at the game dinner event will be the burning of
the mortgage on the Friendship Road property, and the annual meeting
for all members where election of officers will take place.
We invited all present, past, and future members to attend
this momentous occasion and share in the accomplishments of the
last 30 years and look ahead to our bright future, Johnson
noted in a press release. At this event, 2008 membership dues
will be accepted.