Velva Wildlife Club gets $6,000 boost from Verendrye and other cooperative partners
The phrase “if you build it, they will come” holds true for the newly developed Velva Wildlife Club (VWC).
What started as an idea to form a local wildlife club in the spring of 2016 has turned into a dream come true for many local sporting enthusiasts. The club recently received a $6,000 boost from Verendrye Electric Cooperative, its cooperative lender, CoBank, and its generation and transmission cooperative, Basin Electric. The three each donated $2,000.
The club has a 10 member board and currently has 120 paid members.
The VWC is located 2 ½ miles west of Velva, right off of highway 52, at the former Farmer’s Union Camp. The old camp was owned by Greg Evanoff of Minot. “We have a contract for deed on the land for 20 years,” says club president Travis Leier, an engineering technician at Verendrye.. “We were looking for some property and Greg was interested and willing to work with us.”
After the 39 acres was purchased from Evanoff, Duane Poynter from Sawyer, gave the club an additional 13 acres, for a total of 52 acres that the VWC has to work with.
The buildings and the land suffered extensive damage after the Mouse River flooded in 2011. “All of the work done has been solely volunteer based, the community has really stepped up to help and get things rolling,” says board member DJ Randolph, who also works at Verendrye as a computer engineer. Randolph said they plan on planting some food plots and more trees on the property.
One activity open now is the archery range. Different targets are set-up around the main yard, ranging in different ranges. “We hope to have a trap and rifle range in 2018 and be ready for league trap shooting,” Leier said.
The main focus of the clubhouse is to be set-up as a classroom to teach educational and skill classes such as hunter education.
Both Leier and Randolph agreed, “We wouldn’t be able to be where we are at without all of the volunteer help and community support.”
If you are interested in joining the Velva Wildlife Club or looking for more information, look them up on Facebook or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their annual banquet will take place on Friday, November 24th in Velva.