The Annual Community Christmas Potluck and Photo Contest was a well-attended and fun event.  The dinner contributions were varied and tasty.  This year, the photos submitted to the contest were of high quality, but there were fewer submissions than in past years.  The winners of the photo contest, as selected by the dinner crowd, are listed below:

Animal Category:                            Judy Ingram

Trail Camera Category:                 John Paterson

Scenery Category:                          Judy Ingram

Fishing Category:                           Wayne Ingram

Video Category:                              Teresa Caughill

Be sure to see the winning photos the next time you are at the Conservation Centre.  They have a place of honour on the wall until the 2018 contest.

Thanks to all who contributed, dinner, photos and games.  It was great fun to share the evening with everyone there.

Volunteers are needed in November

Members are asked to join a work bee to assist in completing the insulating of the lower floor of the Conservation Centre.  Please meet on Sunday, November 26, at 1:00 p.m.

The Club is looking for volunteers to help plan the 2018 Wild Game Dinner.  The first planning meeting will be Tuesday, November 21, at 7:30 at the Conservation Centre.

All wild meat donations are welcome from now until the January 20, dinner preparation work bee.


Hunters and anglers, the harvest season has begun!  The Hunters and Anglers Club will gratefully accept all donations of meat for the coming Wild Game Dinner.

The 2018, Twenty-fourth, Annual Wild Game Dinner on January 27, 2018, is being held at the Richards Landing, Royal Canadian Legion Hall.  The doors and bar will open at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.  Silent auctions, live auctions and raffles will follow the dinner.


Ticket sales for the Wild Game Dinner will be Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Conservation Centre beginning at 8:00 a.m.  There is a maximum of 8 tickets per purchaser, and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MNRF, Thursday, August 10, 5:00 p.m.

The General meeting in August will be a potluck dinner with a fireside chat – and informal conversation with staff and management of the MNRF about areas of interest and concern.  Members are asked to bring a contribution to the potluck and a beverage of choice.  Invited guests who would like an introduction to the Club and to topics that influence hunting, angling and conservation are welcomed.  We will gather at 5:00 p.m., supper is at 6:00 and the fireside follows.


SJIHA members and members of the public are welcome to the regular meeting of the SJI Hunters and Anglers on Thursday, July 13th.  The get-together begins with a tour of the Conservation Trails led by Wayne Ingram.  The trails have been developed by the Club to help educate the public about our local natural features and to provide an outdoor experience that will be accessible to public use.  A view of the recently seeded wildlife food plots will be included in the Trail tour, and also the developing  pollinator natural gardens will be described.  Rain has made the trails wet.  Boots would be a good idea.  After the tour, everyone will convene inside the Conservation Centre for a brief business meeting and social.  Please join us.

Fourth Annual Island Fishing Derby begins this Friday! Member Volunteers are required

The Annual Island Fishing Derby has been growing in popularity each year since it began four years ago.  Registration begins Friday, June 30, at noon until 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 1, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Please bring your completed pre- registration forms to register.  You will receive a copy of the rules and instructions about recording and submitting your catch statistics.  This derby offers the option of catch and release.  The derby begins at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, and runs until noon on Sunday, July 9.  The Awards Dinner at the Conservation Centre will begin with awards at 4:00 p.m.  Mystery prizes will be awarded only to competitors who are present at the dinner.  Prizes for the largest fish caught will be awarded at the dinner, but if the winning contestant is absent, the prize will be sent to him/her.

Volunteers will be required to help prepare the serve the dinner on Sunday, July 9.  Please call John Paterson at 705-246-3352

Club Volunteers Needed: Kensington Conservancy and SJIHA Youth Day Camp:

The Youth Day camp is being offered at the conservation Grounds during the week of July 10-14

This event is definitely shaping up to be popular and beneficial to the campers, the Kensington Conservancy and the Club.  Already, registration for the event is nearly at capacity.

The camp, for children aged 9 to 14 will run each day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The teaching and supervision of the children is primarily the responsibility of the Kensington Conservancy, although John will be leading a how to fish workshop, and Wayne will be introducing the children to the trails.  Club volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve lunches each day between 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. and to supply baking.  At least one Club member must be on the Club grounds at all times during the day.

Please call Teresa if you can volunteer some time: July 10 to 14: 705-246-3927