This issue of Buck Fax is known as the Annual Awards Edition. It marks the end of the 29th annual big game scoring period for official entry in CBM’s Big Game Records of Michigan.
This issue lists all of the hunter taken deer, bear, elk and turkey that measured high enough to qualify for the Michigan record book during the 2009 seasons. Several of the high lights of this past year include a new #1 typical elk along with many new records in the various awards categories. The recent changes in the crossbow regulations created new hunting opportunities and have resulted in many new record book entries and awards in that category.
This past year also saw the addition of another hunter, Dawn Pratt to the exclusive list of persons who have achieved the Michigan Grand Slam Award by taking a buck, a bear, a turkey and ultimately an elk that each qualified for entry into the CBM records.
Congratulations to all of the successful hunters who took a buck, bear, bull or tom that made the record book. Taking a trophy that makes “the book” is a tribute to both the animal and the hunter. It validates fair chase hunting. It proves hunting is a necessary and effective method of wildlife management and that hunting is an important traditional recreational activity that also provides an important source of meat on the family dinner table.
CBM records indicate we’re living in the “good old days” of Michigan big game hunting. As we say around our deer camp … “Huntin’ is Pretty Good and Gettin’ Gooder.”
CBM has had a busy year. A special thanks goes out to all of the board members, project chairmen, official measurers, staff and volunteers. Without them, CBM would not exist. From an operational standpoint like everyone else in Michigan we’ve had to tighten our belts. Fortunately we have been able to avoid raising our membership/entry fee. CBM is also upgrading our computer system for both the records data base as well as for the business operations of the organization. This has been an expensive, slow, and frustrating struggle. (For some reason finding a computer geek who is also geeked on hunting is harder than drawing a Michigan elk tag.)
Another major focus is revising our web site. The goal is to make it the go-to-site for all things regarding Michigan big game hunting. Check out www.buckfax.com to see the latest.
None of this is free. CBM gets no public funding. The best way to support CBM is to renew your membership, purchase record books, attend our fund raising banquets and enter your trophies.
In addition to recognizing the best of the best trophies from 2009 CBM also wants to recognize several special persons who have always gone above and beyond to help the organization. I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has authorized the following awards:
Honorary Life Members
(CBM’s Highest Award)
John Ohmer and Richard Wilt
John Ohmer is awarded a Honorary Life Membership in recognition for his many years of continuous service as an official measurer, trainer, volunteer, regional director and board member. John has measured and entered more trophies into the records and signed up more new members than anyone else in CBM ever.
Richard Wilt is awarded a Honorary Life Membership in recognition for his many years of continuous service as a volunteer, official measurer, board member, past president and mentor
of new leaders. Richard has recruited many new members and measurers and continually steps-in to help with committees and special projects.
The Jack Van Riper Award
(CBM’s Distinguished Service Award)
The Jack Van Riper Award honors a CBM member who has a long, dedicated and distinguished record of service to CBM in activities other than measuring. Terry Kemp is awarded the Jack Van Riper Award in recognition for his continuous service to CBM since the organization’s founding. Terry is an Honorary Life Member, an official measurer, board member and CBM’s record book publisher. For nearly 30 years he has served on committees and volunteered for special projects that have helped pave the way for CBM to be designated the official record keeper of Michigan big game records.
CBM Measurer of the Year
(Annual Distinguished Measurer Award)
Duane Temple is awarded the CBM Measurer of the Year award in recognition for the dedication, professionalism, accuracy, consistency, ethics and integrity he continually brings to the measuring and entry of trophies into the official record book. Duane has given many years of service to CBM as an official measurer, volunteer, regional scoring director, panel measurer and board member and has earned the respect of all of his peers.
On behalf of the general membership and the board of directors I want to express our warmest congratulations all of the hunters who made the record book for 2009, this year’s trophy category award winners and to John, Richard, Terry and Duane our special award winners.
Hunting season is just around the corner. Be safe, take a kid hunting and in the words of our late friend and colleague Jack Van Riper… “Take One for the Book”.