I - NAME
The name of the association is CAMDEN HUNTING CLUB
II - PURPOSE
The purpose for which this club is formed is"the establishment and maintance of a hunting club; the protection, preservation and propagation of deer, squirrels and other wild game animals, birds, fish and certian other wildlife; the cultivation of the art of good sportmanship, and the leasing of lands or certain rights and privileges therein and thereon for these purposes".
III - TERM
The term for which it is to exist is year to year JUNE 1 thru MAY 31 and extended for one year periods thereafter untill the purpose of this club is inconsistent with the primary aims of Reasource Management Systems as to thier management of land and timber.
IV - DESCRIPTION OF PREMISES
Consisting of approximately 17,757 acres of land land managed by RMS and being about 10 miles southeast of Camden in Polk and Tyler Counties.
V - MEMBERSHIP AND FEES
(a) A membership shall consist of a member and a member's family, including his wife, minor children not otherwise eligible for membership, unmarried daughters and member's unmarried son while in school or full time college regardless of age. All service persons serving thier first enlistment term and who were formerly eligible members or dependents, will remain eligible to hunt provided such person remains single.
(b) Membership in the club shall be limited to one hundred (100) paying members. This number can be increased or decreased by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
(c) Membership fee is $ 1,450.00 and the dues will be set annualy by the Board of Directors. A deposit of $ 300 is due March 1 and the balance including any campsite fee is due May 1 each year.Those members not making a timely deposit or notifing the Board of Directors of thier intentions will be considered as drop outs as of March 1. Those not paying the remaining balance by May 1 are also considered drop outs.
(d) the Board of Directors is authorized and directed to terminate the membership of any member for non-payment of the amounts described under section (c) above.
(e) the termination of any membership in the club for any reason or cause whatsoever shall operate as a release by the holder of such membership to all rights, title, interest, and claim in and to property and assests of the club, as well as all rights and privileges of membership in the club and club grounds land premises, and other improvements. All property not removed from club by May 31 will be forfeited.
(f) Membership in the club shall be obtained and vacancies in the membership shall be filled in the following manner:
(1) Persons desiring membership with the club shall be required to write a note or letter requesting name on application list by listing name, adress, phone number, email and date and name of member of club if you know someone, and file with secretary. A member of the club can turn in application if the above methiod is followed. The applications will be filed by date for vote by Board of Directors on a first-come, first-serve basis as vacancies arise.If applicant should have to decline the nomination for membership but would like to try later, the name will be droped to bottom of list.
(2) There will be two lists available-- (a) one for the children of members of the club who are no longer eligible under thier parent's membership and (b) one for all other applicants. The list of club member's children will have priority over outside applicant list.
(2-b) to be eligible under (2-a) above the child's parent has to be a member of the club prior to the child's 18th birthday and soon as child is no longer eligible to hunt under parent's membership ( either by marriage or completing school or full-time college ) thier name should be placed on the applicant list. When ther is an opening, the applicant is nominated for membership. If for some reason membership is declined for now , but would want to get in later, application for membership would have to made through the outside list.
(3) Any member ( after being a member of the club for at least fifteen years) reaching retirement age and depending mainly on social security income will not be required to pay full dues. Anyone retiring after January 1984 will be required to pay one half the annual dues as a retired member. Each case will be reviwed by the Board of Directors before becomming effective.
VI - Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of eight members and the management of club shall be vested in said board.Term of office shall be contnuous untill such time as a election of the board members is requested by a majority of the membership.
The membership of the Board of Directors shall take office immediality after thier election and shall elect from thier members a chairman, secertary and treasurer. The Board of Directors shall hold meetings at times as it may determine. A majority of the board shall costitute a quorum to transact business, but less than a quorum may adjourn the meeting to a stated time and place.
The Board of Directors shall, among others, have the following powers:
(a) To controll the affairs, funds, property, and all other rights and privileges of the club and its members.
(b) To suspend or expel members, or to impose such disciplinary treatment of punishment as may be deemed adequate, by ballot, by majority vote of the Board of Directors present , shall expell, suspend, or inflict discipilinary punishment upon a member for any reason deemed by them sufficent.
(c) Fill any vacancy that may occur in the membership of the board untill the next meeting of the board, or untill a successor is elected.
(d) To make and amend rules for the use of the club by its members, and for thier conduct while on the grounds.
(e) To make and amend rules for the admission of strangers or vistors.
(f) To make, authorize and amend rules for its own goverment.
(g) To fix and remit penalties and pay salaries to any employee or employees.
(h) To expend funds of the club and to create indebtness in the name of the club for the purpose of carring out objectives and purposes therof; and to make contracts for improvements, to lease lands and purschase equipment and supplies.
(i) In addition to the power to amend the by-laws and rules and regulations of the club herien above given to the Board of Directors, these by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present at any annual or called meeting of the membership, aquorum being present.
VII - HUNTING RULES
(a) No member shall kill over ten (10) squirrels in any one day, or thrity (30) in any seven (7) consective days. No more than thrity (30) squirrels shall be allowed to any one membership in seven (7) consective days.
(b) The Camden Hunting Club will issue four (4) one-day passes to each club membership at the beginning of hunting season. These passes are to be pre-numbered and registered by the secertary, then mailed to each member, however, passes can not be used prior to first Saturday of December each year. Passes are to be filled out by member (single copy) and kept by guest untill leaving the club at which time pass must be deposited in guest pass box.
(d) Each member carrying a guest hunting shall fill out the pass completely in ink and register at one of the two CHC weigh stations. No mulitated passes are allowed and any member who fails to complete and regester the pass before carrying guest on premises will be subject to suspension.Guest must be accompanied by the club member or an eligible dependent of member on whom the pass is issued.
No member can give a pass to a guest to hunt with another member. The member issuing the pass to a guest is responsible for any rule violations by the guest.
(e) All game taken will be counted against membership quotas. Quotas will be subject to change each year and current information will be given to all members annually before hunting season begins.
(f) The number of hunting guest as herein premitted to be invited and use the grounds and premises my consist of one or four differnt persons or may be the same person invited to use the gounds and premises on one or four differnt times, days or occasions. No more than two guest can be invited in any one day by any member
(g) Dogs shall be allowed on premises for hogs, duck retrieval, squirrels and birds as determined annually by the Board of Directors.
(h) Bow season for deer is limited to members only and Stae law dictates this season. Deer taken durning bow season count toward your limit for the season per membership.
(i) Any viloation of these laws or rules of the club, or any violation of any Federal or State game law, by a member, or a member's family, or guest as case may be, will subject the particular member to penalty of suspension or expulsion, or such other penalty as the Board of Directors may determine to be proper and adequate punishment .
(j) Camp sites must be set up accourding to RMS rules and regulations. Any fines imposed by RMS on camp sites will be responsibility of violating member. Camp site adminstration will be handled by CHC.
(k) Deer stands Limited to three (3) stands per membership only.
(1) Each stand must be tagged with metal tag and make sure tag is in sight. A 6" X 6" or larger sign with name and number must be on stand. A stand must be a huntable structure ( i.e. ladder, tripod, box ect. in usable condition.)
(2) Recommended distance between stands is 300 yards for woods and 500 yards for pipelines and straight-a-ways.
(l) Game must be registered on day of harvest, before being taken from premises.
(m) Every member must sign in and out each time game is harvested or guest registered.
(n ) Rules concerning the hunting of deer, turkey, ducks, hogs and any other game not mentioned above will be formulated annually by the Board of Directors and disemminated to all members in a rules letter.
Revised February 2013