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Lake Champlain Fish & Game | Conservation Conversations

Back in December of 1956, the 6th day of the month actually, nine guys from Moriah got together and signed the paperwork to incorporate the newly formed Lake Champlain Fish and Game Club.

The club’s goal was to encourage and promote activities which result in civic improvement, promote and foster better fishing and hunting and to aid the conservation department in upholding and enforcing the fish and game laws. This lofty goal was not just for the residents of Port Henry or Moriah, but they welcomed members to join from throughout Essex County and the States of New York and Vermont.

Talking to one of the seasoned veterans of the area, I was given some great history and stories about the good times and events the club once had. Frank told me about the dances and parties that were given that would bring out droves of people from around the area. He told me that when the rock and roll music era came, he could hear all the “hippy” music throughout the neighborhood and the cars were parked all up and down the road.

Things weren’t just about having fun. The club was involved in Pheasant stocking with the conservation department back then. Moriah, like many areas had many more farm fields and small hay and grain operations, so habitat was everywhere. In order to raise the birds, they needed cages or some sort of building. Luckily, a local volunteer from Moriah Center came forward and offered his old cow barn to use. The club raised pheasants for release throughout the county. Frank told me about one day when the door to the barn got left open and the birds escaped, he said you could see dozens of pheasants perched up on the railroad cars that were used during the mining days. He said he wished he had a picture of that site.

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