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March 2023 BLC Newsletter
Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm @ American Legion Nisswa
Greetings BLC Members,

I hope you are getting through these final weeks of winter.  I seem to struggle more and more each year with the long transition time from winter to spring and ultimately from hard water to open water.  If you struggle like me, I hope you get a chance to make an early Rainy River or Mississippi River run or better yet, head south a couple states and chase some early season lunge.  And if this is not a possibility, we have a ton of great upcoming activities with the BLC that are sure to get you excited for the upcoming season.  

The first thing up is our annual Lure Swap which will be held next Tuesday at our monthly open meeting from 7-9pm at the Nisswa American Legion.  This is one of your top attended events of the year, a ton of fun, and a great way to both upsize and downsize your tackle collection.  Feel free to bring in anything fishing that you would like to sell, trade or even donate.  Attendees will be given the chance to display baits and fishing related items while members browse and buy.  This is also a great way to introduce a new person to the sport and get them some lures and equipment at a great price.  It’s like an indoor garage sale with only fishing related items and you can have a beverage while you shop.  What could be better?  Hope to see you there.  

Next up is our Annual Sportsman’s Banquet which will be held March 25th, 2023 at the Cragun’s Pavilion.  BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!  This event will have tens of thousands of dollars in prizes, offers a great meal, and is a really fun way to network with other sportsmen and women in the area.  We have been working to get some of the best prizes we have ever offered and will have a bunch of firearms up for grabs as well.  Limited tickets are available again this year so buy now.

I look forward to seeing many of you at some of our upcoming events.

Jim Kath
March 14th Meeting - Lure Swap - 7pm

Meetings are open to the public and FREE to attend! Chance to win various prizes from lures or maybe a rod in our meeting raffles. Come to hear and share fish stories and more. One random door prize drawing for those in attendance. Bring your friends!
March 10-12
Minnesota Muskie Expo

March 14
Monthly Meeting - Lure Swap

March 25
19th Annual Sportsman's Banquet

April 11
Monthly Meeting - Guest Speaker - George Selke

August 22-25
Gil Hamm Chapter Challunge

October 7-8
Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout
2023 Sportsman's Banquet - March 25, 2023
The 2023 Annual Sportsman's Banquet is almost here and this is shaping up to be a great event. Securing your tickets online is quick and easy. You can also purchase your tickets in person at the Lure Swap meeting or by stopping by the BLC booth at the MN Muskie Expo.

EARLY BIRD OPPORTUNITY through March 15th! See the website for details.

** Limited Tickets - both adult and youth!**
Free banquet ticket and raffle tickets!
Yes, you can earn both a free banquet ticket and raffle tickets. Securing donations is a critical part of a successful banquet. And we need your help!

Free raffle tickets For every $200 (retail value) of product or services and/or $150 in cash donations, you will earn 5 free general/bucket raffle tickets ($10 value). No limit on how many raffle tickets you can earn. 

Free banquet ticket Above and beyond the free raffle tickets, you can also earn yourself a free banquet ticket if you reach the $1000 mark (products or services) or $750 in cash donations.​

If you are able to help and you haven't talked to a board member about securing donations, please respond to this email and we will get you the information that you need.
The BLC at the MN Muskie Expo
The chapter will have a booth at the MN Muskie Expo in March. Stop by and say hello! While you're there, sign up for the Shootout, buy your banquet tickets, or pick up some BLC merchandise! Remember, it's a new location as of last year at the Warner Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds.
2023 Gil Hamm
Chapter Challunge

As winners of the 2022 Gil Hamm, the BLC is responsible for selecting the destination and hosting the event for 2023 and we will be heading to Lake Vermilion out of Vermilion Dam Lodge. About a decade ago, the BLC helped the Star of the North Chapter host the Gil Hamm at this same location. And people are still talking about that as the best Gil Hamm event they have ever attended. So the bar has been set high and we are ready for that challenge!

August 22 to 25, 2023
Lake Vermilion
Vermilion Dam Lodge

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are thinking about fishing the Hamm, call or text Jody at 218-821-3727 to let her know. Even if you don't know if you can make it work for your schedule, just knowing that you are considering it will be very helpful. We know it's early. But the sooner we know these things, the more helpful it will be.

2023 Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout
We will be heading back to Agency Bay Lodge for the 2023 Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout. Save the date and start making plans to join us on October 7-8 on beautiful Leech Lake!

Registration opened up in January and many teams have already signed up to secure their starting position. Sign yourself up on the BLC website today!
Save 10% at Musky Tackle Online
Orders placed with Musky Tackle Online that are delivered at monthly meetings are eligible for a 10% discount (and no shipping charge, of course). You need not be a member. You simply need to show up at the meeting to receive your order. It's that simple!
How does it work?
1) Register an account at Musky Tackle Online.
2) Email Aaron at MTO to let him know that you would like to have your order delivered at the next meeting.
3) He will set your account up to receive the appropriate discount.
4) He will let you know when you can proceed with putting in your order. Discount will apply automatically in your cart.
The BLC will get paid too! For every order that is placed this way, MTO will match the discount amount in the form of a donation to the chapter in the same amount. So not only will you get a great deal on some gear, but you will be contributing financially to the BLC!
Please support our great sponsors that support us. We wouldn't be able to do the things that we do without their help!