MARTIN — The Floyd County Fish and Game Club, located in Martin, completed a renovation recently.
The club was organized in 1943 when a group of friends wanted to create a safe place where individuals could come to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature. Members of the club pulled together and built the facility in 1964.
“We have a large facility we wanted to clean up and repair so people in the community would have a nice place to enjoy,” said Dewayne Hall, Club President. “We have 105 acres of land and a pond available for members to use”
In addition to Hall, current club officials include Ben Moore – Vice President, Darrin Akers – Secretary and Darrin Combs – Treasurer. The group began fundraising in March of 2016. Thanks to donations from Copperhead Gun and Archery, Floyd County Jailer Bear Halbert, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt, Taylor Metal, Giovanni’s of Martin, Paul Horn- District Seven Game Commissioner, Floyd County Clerk Chris Waugh, First Guaranty Bank, Howard Family Pharmacy, Appalachian Wireless, Country Hills Veterinarian Clinic, Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, R and H Feed Store, 321 Auto Sales, Messer’s Department Store and Total Pharmacy Care of Prestonsburg, approximately $10,000 was raised to buy material for the renovation. Members of the club volunteered their time and labor to the project.
“It was really a labor of love,” said Moore. “We enjoy hunting and fishing and wanted to make the clubhouse nice again. Membership was down for some time and club officials did not hold monthly meetings. As time passed, the building began to deteriorate and was in bad need of repair. Renovations are now complete and we want everyone to know the clubhouse is available for rentals such as weddings, birthdays, family reunions or any event. We are a nonprofit and renting the facility helps us pay expenses such as electric, taxes and whatever else comes up. The rental fee for a full day is $200 with a $50 deposit. If they clean the facility, the $50 is refunded. A three-hour rental is $100 with a $50 deposit.”
The Floyd County Fish and Game Club is open to men, women, and children. The membership fee is $5. The club holds monthly meetings the first Tuesday of each month. Membership varies each year, but club officials estimate approximately 70 to 100 members are active at this time. For more information about the Floyd County Fish and Game Club, Hall may be reached via phone at (606) 478-7561.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.