The Sportsman’s Corner: Mahar Fish ’n’ Game Club Game Supper drive-thru set for Dec. 12

  • Shown is the March 2020 ticket for the 60th annual Mahar Fish 'n' Game Club game supper. The new, drive-thru date is Dec. 12. Contributed photo

Published: 11/19/2020 5:14:10 PM
Modified: 11/19/2020 5:13:59 PM

The Mahar Fish ’n’ Game Club’s annual Game Supper was literally the first event impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic last March when it was canceled the day before it was scheduled to be held.

When Gov. Charlie Bake announced the suspension of all public events, the club members and volunteers were already well down the road toward preparing to serve 300 meals at the annual Game Supper. At the time, no one could have envisioned the enormity of the impact to all of our lives locally, statewide, countrywide and ultimately worldwide. Kudus go to club advisors Evelyn Cunha and Gerry Duguay who had the vision and foresight to shut down the food preparation and freeze everything for what they thought might be a brief delay and reschedule.

That has allowed them to be able to provide those who supported the club and bought tickets a take-home meal they can pick up on Dec. 12. The drive-thru Game Feed will take place on that Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mahar Regional. Each Game Supper meal will include one “deliciously cooked” serving of braised game meat, meatballs, mashed potatoes, vegetables and a roll to be heated up in the comfort and safety of your home, at your convenience.

The club’s priority is to try to get meals to everyone who purchased tickets in March. The process to order a meal requires that you order your meals by Dec. 4. The order form is designed to accommodate everyone who ordered and has a process for those who bought tickets but do not still have them. If you purchased tickets, you can provide information as to what club member or business you got them from as part of the ordering procedure.

There are a number of ways to order your meals. You can go to the Mahar Fish ’n’ Game Club web page, you can go to the R. C. Mahar Regional School web page, you can go to the Mahar Fish ’n’ Game Club Facebook page, or you can go online to the link for the meal. That link is: https://forms.gle/qNPDKYSgXR4voozE8

If you are reading this column online, you can copy and paste the URL. If you do not normally access the Athol Daily News online, you can go to atholdailynews.com and bring up the column and then copy/paste the address or maybe you are better than me and can type the long URL without a typo! If you have questions, please email club advisors Evelyn Cunha (ecunha@rcmahar.org) or Jerry Duguay (gduguay@rcmahar.org) for more information.

Certainly, a lot of credit goes to the two advisors for the outstanding job they have done since the onset of the pandemic. The education world has been turned on its head with so many challenges to teaching and conducting extra- and co-curricular activities. Both the high school and middle school Mahar Fish ’n’ Game clubs have met using Zoom and other online communications and have continued to provide members with support and modified activities. They innovated and held a virtual fishing derby last spring with great participation and success and just competed a fall fishing derby as well. Club members stocked pheasants this fall, and the club is keeping itself going despite obstacles that have caused many other school activities to not happen. Let there be no doubt, being part of the educational process during these times is an exhausting task with constant challenges and demands for more time and work by educational professionals. The Mahar community is being very well served by Evelyn Cunha and Jerry Duguay, who are keeping alive one of the school’s original clubs that has been operating since 1957!

Upland bird hunting season

It seems that the upland bird hunting season, which is so anticipated by this writer, has run its course. Yes, pheasant season is still open and will conclude Nov. 28 and MassWildlife will continue to release birds regularly on Wildlife Management Areas and other locations where stocking has been taking place since the season opened. But woodcock have, for the most part, migrated with local birds headed south and most of the migrating woodcock have already passed through. Ruffed grouse (aka partridge) are scarce, and it is my choice to avoid pursuing them in local covers with the hope that numbers may increase as habitat improves.

There is more than a little evidence that in northern New England, 2020 was a banner year for grouse. We can speculate that this may have been an excellent nesting season or the often discussed seven-year cycle may have peaked but it was by all accounts a great year. Perhaps next season a trip to Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont might be in order. That almost happened this late October and early November, but the moving target presented by travel restrictions was an obstacle. Let us all hope that everyone’s efforts to be compliant with health guidelines and the promising vaccines may help get us back to normal in time to plan for a better fall in 2021.

Like everyone else, yours truly is tired of this COVID world and I really miss so many things. Things like going out to be with friends (or strangers) and enjoying a coffee or a beer and the gatherings with family and friends we always have enjoyed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Traveling on the spur of the moment to get away for a bit or go shopping or try a new restaurant. My heart goes out to students who have to cope with so many restrictions while missing out on so many traditional activities that have been part of being young. It would be easy to just complain and grumble and be miserable about what we are all missing.

For hunters, the upcoming deer season has so many time-honored rituals. Once a year, friends and relatives gather to pursue the wily whitetail. We have a choice. We can complain about what we cannot change, or we can move forward. We can choose to make the best of those things that we can do and continue to make the sacrifices that are for the greater good. Those sacrifices will help us move on, getting eventually to a better and healthier place in the future.

I wish all readers a healthy and happy Thanksgiving and hope the upcoming deer season is enjoyable for what it is, a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the hunt.


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