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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Schuylkill county
Re: Starting a hunting club
What law firm did you go see? Sounds like wea-cheatem & howe.
Why or who told you that you need to have an LLC? Not so. Not right away anyway. You need to set up a name with dept of state and register your clubs name. The fee is cheap. Set up some by-laws.
The first thing I would do is send out a notice to perspective members and tell them that if they want to join, meet you at a specific location and hear what you're pitching. Then or even before, send away for a camp name with the Dept of state. I think it's $10. With that information, you can open up a checking account. Now, if anyone wants to pursue this further, have them write the camp a check for their first dues. This separates the boys from the men. Start that checking account early. Everyone wants to belong but no one wants to put money up. Set the start up fee like $100 for each person. This way, you'll have a few $$$ to start. Try Tim Pellish or Zimmerman,Leiberman,Direnzo,Hobbs. both in Pottsville. There are others. Many others.
Spend a few $$$ now on the attorney so that later on, you don't have problems. Guaranteed, a person or two will join, only to stiff you later without paying dues, fees, etc.
Back to the list of guys wanting to join. I can't stress this enough. If they put money up front, they are serious. If they say, I'll pay you later, don't invite them to any more meetings till they come up with the cash. You will have several that will want to set up the rules and regulations without spending any money. Don't let them. I'm guessing that you work for an Aluminum company??? You'll find several guys will want to join there but all of them getting off at the same time for hunting will be a hassle.
The last camp that I know of that set up a hunting club was about 4 years ago. The camp is going well (10 members) but they had some hard knocks along the way. For one, it was guys joining but not paying their dues. They got carried for so long till they got removed. If it wasn't for a few guys paying their share early, the members would have suffered with getting larger bills early on.
The second was they bought land and built a cabin right away. Well, only a few could take off and help finish the interior while others sat at home and only used it during hunting season. Some bad blood started right away. While talking with the initial organizer, he wished he would have built the camp by himself and not get 9 others involved. Too many ideas and not enough workers.
You will always have conflicts and that's a given but if you stick with it, you might get a really nice camp.