CHANNING -The Sagola Township Sportsmen's Club was founded in 1909 by railroad men who wanted a place to enjoy shotgun shooting. Since then the club has evolved into multi-dimensional shooting complex, educational facility for the area youth, and a voice for the sportsmen of the area.
The actual address for the club is W8470 Sawyer Lake Road. The clubhouse is located four miles north of Channing, just off Sawyer Lake Road. The rear view from the clubhouse is graced by the scenic Eddy Lake.
Surrounding the club is some of the area's finest sporting clays, rifle, and pistol ranges. The new log clubhouse was built in 1990 after the previous one burned down.
The club has it meetings the first Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. at the clubhouse.
Weather permitting, the club has trap shooting and sporting clays on Fridays starting at 4 p.m. During the summer months the club hosts combat pistol shooting every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first weekend of February is the annual Tip-Up Town, ice fishing and snowmobile racing event. The very next weekend is the club's annual winter gun show.
The first weekend in March is the club's annual meeting and it starts at 10 a.m. Hunter Safety is taught at the club the last two weekends in April, followed by the field day the first weekend in May. Each year the club and its members donate their time to ensure the proper training of the next generation of hunters, trappers, and fishermen.
In June, the club holds its annual Side by Side Classic. The three-day event is done with only double-barrel, side-by- side shotguns. Shooters from around the world attend this event along with many firearms and ammunition manufactures.
The only Shooting Sports camp in the Upper Peninsula is held at the Sagola Township Sportsmen's Club over three days in July. In the last three years, the club has hosted more than 100 youth. Combined, they have shot over 20,000 rounds of .22 rifle and 20 gauge shotgun. All targets and instruction is donated by the club.
In November the club holds its annual "site-in days." Nov. 13 and 14 the rifle range at the club is open to the public and many local instructors are in attendance to assist any shooter. On Nov. 14 is the "Hunters Breakfast." Many hunters from across the state attend to enjoy a great breakfast on their way to deer camp.
Last year the club hosted the U.P. Regional shoot for 4-H. Shooters from across the U.P. attended and shot to qualify for the right to compete on the state level. The Sagola Township Sportsmens Club is the home club for the Big Shooters 4-H Club. Last year, the Big Shooters fielded the top team in the State of Michigan in .22 rifle.
The clubhouse and facilities are available throughout the year for rental.
For more information about the Sagola Township Sportsmen's Club please contact club President Paul Rotter at (906) 542-3416. The club has a website at www.stsportsmen.com.