Sportsman’s Dinner a celebration of the Great Outdoors

“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” – Fred Bear

BIG RAPIDS – Deer season was one of the best/worst ones ever… depends.

Small game season was spectacular… or a flop.

The fish are biting… or not.

For avid outdoor lovers, there’s always something to talk about. Snow, or lack of snow. Ice, or too thin ice. Too warm, or too cool.

It’s part of ‘the game.’ Always a good tale to tell. Always could’ve been better. Always remember “that year.” Always just missed.

There’s always a good story to be told but truth be known, as the anonymous sage once said, “No man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley.”

It’s good to catch the Big One and have something to brag about!

Well, the chat, the bragging, (and the occasional fibbing!) doesn’t need to end simply because deer camp is closed for the season and there’s no safe place to set a shanty…yet.

Hunters, fishers, and just plain ol’ lovers of the outdoors are invited to share their stories, enjoy a fine meal, check out the Card Wildlife Center, and hear all the latest news and reports from DNR wildlife biologist Pete Kailing – and other speakers during the 2019 Sportsmen’s Dinner.

The dinner is planned for Monday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferris University Center.

The event will be a jam-packed break in winter’s slogging nights with a guided tour of the Card Center, vendors, dinner, lectures and informational talks, the award presentations of the annual Pioneer Big Buck Contest, special honors for a local long-time outdoors advocate and more.

Tickets for the 2019 Sportsman’s Dinner are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger.

To order tickets, or for more information, contact Jessica at the Pioneer – 231 592-8376.


Posted by Jim Crees

Jim is the editor in chief of the Pioneer, Herald Review and Lake County Star. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8360 or by e-mail at

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