Just in case anyone is counting. Here comes the 40th season at Game Creek Hunting Farms. From our humble beginnings, and over 40 years, we have been blessed to associate with and become friends with a wonderful group of sporting men and women. Some of you have been here since year 1. And some came along shortly thereafter. Along the way, a ton of memories, laughter, camaraderie, and great times. Children, who were once tag-alongs, have grown into men and women who now have children of their own. Some who once walked these fields have since passed on, leaving memories afield for their friends and family members. Their legacies will always remain in our hearts. And who can forget generations of bird dogs who wowed us (and sometimes drove us crazy). It has been quite a ride. All made possible by you, our Game Creek family. And most of all by the Lord who worked out the details and who makes “all things possible”.
And so, as the air begins to cool, we are looking forward to the upcoming season. As in any business or occupation, there are challenges from time to time. We, like everyone else, have experienced a significant increase in operating costs. Things like fertilizer, herbicides, seed, feed, equipment parts, fuel, etc. have all risen 10 to 20%. The agricultural realm, which is at our roots, has particularly felt the effects of inflation. We have opted for a 7.5% rate increase to our hunting fees for the 2022-23 season. This will require us to absorb some of the increases in overhead. But in the interest of keeping things affordable for our constituency, we will hope that in time these inflationary pressures will settle down, allowing us to continue on as normal.
We have made great efforts to create and maintain good cover and habitat throughout the spring and summer in preparation for the fall hunting season. Extra care has been taken to eliminate problem weeds such as cocklebur, etc. Also, this year, we planted a new variety of grain sorghum in our feed plots. It was recommended by a seed company sales rep who is also a bird hunter and dog owner. Somewhat shorter in height, this sorghum variety should be less imposing to both dog and hunter in the early season. Also, the hope is that it will withstand periods of high winds that tend to flatten cover to the ground. Some low, grassy cover has also been maintained between the feed strips to provide some lighter cover for the early season as well. So once the weather cools, come on out and enjoy the Fall hunting season. We will be open for hunting on Wednesday October 5th .
As always, we remain committed to providing you with the best possible hunting experience here at Game Creek. Thank you for your support over the past 39 years. And we thank you in advance for your patronage going into this upcoming 40th hunting season.
See you at the clubhouse.