OQUOSSOC – Members and friends of Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association approved the 2005 budget at the December meeting. In so doing, they agreed to support a number of club objectives:

• work with Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in support of restoration efforts for South Bog Stream, Cupsuptic River and Bemis Stream.

• encourage IF&W research into smelt and raising them in hatchery conditions.

• evaluate the impact of the run-off from salt storage sheds on the local lakes and fisheries

• support necessary regulations and enforcement to manage deer, bear and moose populations.

• assist in surveys and programs related to the local turkey population.

• encourage early October stockings of South Branch of Dead River.

• promote and evaluate the RRG&SA archery course.

• provide archery and bowhunting lessons.

• expand the Junior Guides program.

• develop an educational wildlife or pond trail.

• establish spawning habitat in the club pond.

• extend the roof over the clubhouse deck.

• expand club membership to 625.

• encourage cooperative efforts with other sporting organizations.

The club invites everyone interested in supporting its mission, that is “the conservation, protection and restoration of wildlife for sportsmen, sportswomen and future generations,” to consider joining the association.

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the clubhouse on Old SkiWay Road. Each begins with a 5:30 p.m. potluck meal followed by a short business meeting and speaker. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 20. Bring along either a main dish, salad or dessert and get to know neighbors while learning more about the great Maine outdoors.

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