NEWSLETTER

Volume 1 - 2018
Editor: Michael S. Males


Welcome to the Hopewell Fish and Game Association's current newsletter. Thank you to all of the club contributors for supplying the content for the 2018 Volume 1 digital edition.

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President's Message
Greetings to all Hopewell Fish & Game members and all of our friends that support this club. As you can see, we have made signifigent advances in our technology and stream of information with our NEW website and Facebook fan page. All of this has been done in order to get you the information about Hopewell Fish & Game readily at your fingertips.

I would first like to thank all of our members and supporters who put in all of their time and efforts into making our club what it is. Secondly, I would like to encourage the rest of our membership to GET INVOLVED in the club to make it the best it can be. 
This club relies on the same 15 - 20% of it's membership to keep it running in the current capacity, which is ok, but we could be doing even better with more involvement from our membership. Attend a meeting. Help stock trout. Come to a 3D shoot. Bring some friends and try a night of sporting clays.

Introduce a young person to hunting or fishing or sporting in general by bringing them to our Youth Day or sign up for our Hunter's Education course. We have a lot to offer and you get out of it what you put into it.

There has been some talk about bringing the pig and oyster feeds back into our schedule. I personally would love to see that all happen however it will need the strength or our membership and volunteers to commit to helping in the clubhouse and kitchen on the days of, as well as selling tickets. If we ALL get involved, Hopewell Fish & Game can be all it can be.

I look forward to seeing some new faces at our meetings and some familiar faces that haven't been involved lately.

Finally, if you know anyone that has an interested in any or all of our amenities and becoming a member, please have them come to a member application meeting. We welcome our fellow brothers and sister sporting enthusiasts to this fine organization.

Thank you,
Daniel Allen Sr.
Club President

WORK DETAIL - March 10th, 2018
2018 Volume 1 - Club Message
The next WORK DETAIL at the club scheduled for March 10th, 2018 beginning at 8am. If you need membership hours, this is the time and place to get them!

We have many areas that we will be working in, including cutting firewood, working on the road, the shooting trails, the raceway and much much more!

Be at the club at 8am in your play clothes. LUNCH PROVIDED!

Sporting Clays Opens March 1st at Hopewell Fish and Game
2018 Volume 1 - Sporting Clays
MARCH 1ST SPORTING CLAYS starts the 2018 Season!

Hopewell Fish & Game Association Sporting Clays  will be shooting on Thursdays from 6PM to 9PM (Last squad @ 8:30) and Saturdays 9AM to 3PM (Last squad @ 1:30).
Please check the club's calendar for dates.

Sporting Clays will be closed the 2nd Saturday of each month  for Hopewell Fish & Game events.  

Always Call ahead for any weather related closings (717) 993-3829.
100 BIRD TRIPLE SHOOT dates for 2018
April 28, 2018
May 26, 2018
June 30, 2018
July 28, 2018
August 25, 2018
September 29, 2018
October 27, 2018
November 24, 2018

BUNNY SHOOT DATES for 2018
March 30th and 31st, 2018
50 Rabbit Targets - Shotgun Start
Different course each day!
$14.00
Lewis Class: $5.00

50/50 Challenge Shot
Shooting from 9am to 3pm
Sign up at 8 AM until 2 PM
The Kitchen will be open for Breakfast and Lunch

Make a Good Friday and Great Friday and come out and have a BLAST!
For information, please contact Shotgun/Sporting Clays - Cary Walsh at 717-993-6425.

Hopewell Fish and Game Raceway Project 
by Mike Myers
2018 Volume 1 - Raceway
February 8, 2018
For those of you that may have noticed the changes at the raceway since the end of stocking last year, here’s what has transpired over the summer and fall. We applied for and received a GP-3 permit from PADEP to reconstruct the bank of the stream to stop the erosion of the ground between the stream and the raceway. The project consisted of bank armoring with 100 tons of R8 boulders and several loads of crush and run for area alongside the raceway and the rifle range parking lot.

The major construction has been completed, however, the disturbed areas on the right bank are waiting for warmer weather this spring to replant some trees and for the stream seed mix to germinate.
This project was badly needed, and with this improvement, it has given us the ability to access our trout for the next 50 years.

As with all stream restoration/construction projects the cost can get pretty expensive. This project even though it may seem small, still has a big price tag.

Survey / design / permit $19,250
Material (stone and delivery) $6,800
1-week Equipment rental and delivery $7,200
1-week Equipment operator / labor $2,200
Erosion control/ Plants / seeding $500
Total estimated cost of project: $33,950
Total cost of project: $28.50 (9.5 gallons of fuel)
The majority of the project expenses were donated by Bob Kinsley of Kinsley Construction!

This spring we will need some volunteers to help finish the landscaping around the project area.

This year’s stocking will be easier and less muddy on those of us that load the trucks and stock the streams. Even with all the improvements to the raceway it will not keep it from raining for our Friday preseason stocking and every Thursday evenings, so wear your rain gear and we will see you soon!

Mike Myers

2018 Trout Report & Stocking Schedule
by Allan Masters
2018 Volume 1 - Trout
February 8, 2018

Opening day of the 2018 Trout Season is only 50 days away. Time to replace your line, go through your fishing vest to inventory your tackle and throw out those old bait containers you meant to last summer!

We anticipate putting out over 7,000 fish this year and they are almost ready for stocking.  On a recent inspection by the Cooperative Nursery Unit the average fish was already over 10” and weighing just over .5lb each.  
Good news for the brook trout fans out there.  We have more brookies than ever (just over half our fish) thanks to the supplemental fish we received in October from CNU.

Also we anticipate stocking over 40 holdover fish through the season.  I have not measured them in a while, but peek into pen 1 and just imagine one of them on your line.
The 2018 stocking schedule has been published. (see below)

 I look forward to seeing all of you turn out for the pre-season stocking on Friday March 30 and each Thursday evening during the season.  

Many thanks to all the volunteers who signed up to care for the fish.  Your help is truly appreciated and our program could not exist without you.  One small note on trout care.  We are adding in a few tasks to the care routine (recording air & water temps) and be more prescriptive on the exact amount of food to put out.  Look for the directions on the clipboard in the fish shack and certainly call me with any questions.  Our intention is to learn more about how our growth rates change during the Aug-March growing season in hopes of making adjustments and ultimately stocking even bigger fish than we do now.  
Best of luck out there all season.

Allan Masters

2018 Co-Op Stocking Schedule
Thursday 3/29
Muddy Creek/Castle Finn

Friday 3/30
Deer Creek, Coopers Run, Cross Mill, Ebaugh's Meadow, Liebs Kids Area, Leibs at Kilgore and Draco, Muddy Creek South Branch

Thursday 4/5
Deer Creek, Coopers Run, Liebs Kids Area, Leibs at Kilgore and Draco

Thursday 4/12
Deer Creek, Coopers Run, Muddy Creek South Branch

Wednesday 4/18
Codorus South Branch

Thursday 4/19
Ebaugh's Meadow, Cross Mill
Saturday 4/21
Castle Finn

Thursday 4/26
Deer Creek, Cooper's Run, Muddy Creek South Branch

Thursday 5/3
Deer Creek, Coopers Run, Muddy Creek South Branch

Saturday 5/5
Castle Finn

Thursday 5/10
Cross Mill, Ebaugh's Meadow

Wednesday 5/17
Codorus South Branch

2018 3D Archery Shoots
by Wayne Gast
2018 Volume 1 - Archery
February 9, 2018
We will have a total of six 3-D Archery events are planned at the club this year! Mark your calendars for any and all events scheduled.

Sunday 2/25
Sunday 3/18
Sunday 4/29
Sunday 5/27
Sunday 6/24
Sunday 7/22


Each event runs from 7am to 1pm.
Shooters must be registered by 11am as the course can take up to two hours to complete.

TRADITIONAL and COMPOUND BOWS ONLY. NO CROSSBOWS PLEASE unless you are a disabled hunter.

30 round course
Adults: $10
Youth Ages 11 - 15: $5
Kids 10 and Under: Free

Setup of the  3D course is usually done the Saturday evening prior to the event. Member help is needed for building the new targets. If you need volunteer hours for your membership, please contact Dan Allen (717-858-5459) or Wayne Gast (443-540-0214) for more information about assisting with the archery targets.

LEGISLATIVE WATCH
by Don Helms
2018 Volume 1 - Legislative
February 11, 2018
As responsible gun owners we must understand and become participants in the political Arena. The majority of legislators in this country are career politicians (Most are Attorneys) who strive to stay in political office.
Fortunately Pennsylvania is a relatively gun-friendly state with a majority of Republican legislators. But as gun owners striving to protect our rights under the Second Amendment we have to realize that we have many Democratic adversaries who are determined to disarm the citizens of our country.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has 253 members, consisting of a Senate with 50 members and a House of Representatives with 203 members, making it the second-largest state legislature in the nation and the largest full-time legislature. As of 2014, members' base pay was $85,356, making it the costliest state legislature per capita in the U.S. Republicans hold a 34-16 majority in the Senate and a 120-83 majority in the House.

Every member of Hopewell Fish and Game Association needs to be committed to developing a relationship with their representatives in Pennsylvania and Washington DC.
When we are alerted to legislative issues that need our attention we should let our legislators know our opinions. Legislators do respond to contact from their constituents. Studies show that legislators believe that from every constituent they hear from that constituent affects 10 votes.

That being said the following link will make it easier for members to locate their representatives and contact them by phone, email or a letter.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/

Contacting our legislators is one part of the equation but having the ability to do it quickly and efficiently is paramount. This can be done in two ways, one is to develop a legislative email group to put out legislative alerts and the other  is to develop a phone tree to put out massive phone calls in a short amount of time.

The email group alerts many members with one message at the push of a button. The phone tree is a bit more work but quite effective. Members receive a phone call concerning a specific legislative issue. The members then contact 5 additional members with the information. This process continues until all members are notified.

To become part of the legislative process contact me at the following:
hfgadon@gmail.com
443-876-2330
Don Helms

FROM THE FIELD
Smokey Mountain Fever
by Jim Coyle
2018 Volume 1 - From the Field
February 11, 2018
Hello, my name is Jim Coyle and I’m a fisherman. Forty years ago in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee I caught my first rainbow trout. The moment I landed that trout my excitement got the best of me and I ran completely out of my moccasins. My father was elated knowing that he had created another fisherman in our family. I spent my youth chasing trout all over Southern York County.  As an adult my appreciation for this great sport has only grown.  I have traveled to three other states besides Pennsylvania seeking steelhead and salmon.  In the last decade fly fishing has become my passion. Whether it’s a 7’ 3wt for trout or an 11’ 8wt for steelhead and salmon I spend plenty of time stream and river stomping.
If you’re a fisherman you need no explanation - the tug is the drug. Give me an hour stream side and I’m in my happy place.

 Fly fishing will challenge your skill and patience but will also give you the fight of a lifetime. On opening day two years ago I was rewarded with a 5 pound, 23” Rainbow on my 3wt in Muddy Creek. That big hen took a #12 pink sucker spawn on my second roll cast into the seam above a huge boulder. Fly fishing is great fun for all ages and contrary to popular belief fly fishermen are not solely confined to using flies.  It doesn’t matter if you use live bait, rubber worms, nymphs, dry flies, terrestrials, streamers or egg patterns – every fish, every stream, every cast we make present their own unique challenge.   If you would like to learn more about how to get started please come out and help stock on a Thursday night and I will share a lifetime of knowledge with you.  We need all the help we can get to put out these beautiful fish. Run a float box, carry a bucket or just ride along and I promise you will learn something. Get involved with the club and you’ll make some new friends, and who knows, maybe even catch that lunker you’ve been waiting for all these years.

Jim Coyle
Member Applicant


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