February 27, 2020

Sterling Sportsmen’s Association holds Big Buck Night and photo contest


STERLING— Hunters gathered at the Sterling Sportsmen’s Association Jan. 7 to show off their best bucks and outdoor photos in the Big Buck night and photo contest. Buck antlers were separated into four categories: gun, bow, and youth gun and bow. 

The photo contest was separated into photos with a camera and photos taken from a trail camera. 

Winners received bragging rights and stood in front of the audience to share their story of how they got their bucks as well as pick from the prize table or choose a gift card. 

The association held a meeting before the contest and according to the treasurer's report, $750 was spent on prizes for the night. Prizes included outdoor hunting and camping gear and even a bb gun. 

The youth division gun winners are Hailey Parliament in first place and Jacob Switala in second place. The youth bow winner is Josh Kroczaleski.

First place in the adult bow division is Jamie Frick, followed by John Frick in second place. First place for the adult gun division is Matt Klump and tied for second is Todd Switala and Dave Cox. 

For the photo contest, Cathy Switala took first place with a camera, followed by Todd Switala in second. For the trail camera category, Linda Cox took first and Becky Kroczaleski took second.

The Sterling Sportsmen’s Association works to get involved with the community by offering safety courses and works with youth, providing books to elementary schools and giving scholarships to graduating seniors, among many other things. 

According to association member, Tom Knochel, the Sterling Sportsmen’s Association also sponsored numerous wreaths this past December to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI for the Wreaths across America event to honor and remember veterans. 

“I think everyone should visit the cemetery,” said Knochel. “It is very humbling.”


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