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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2013, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Starting a hunting club

I'm pretty sure I've seen a similar post like this on here.

A bunch of coworkers have been kicking around the idea of starting a hunting club. These talks have been heard for the last ten years but that's all they were....just "talk". Finally myself and a buddy decided its time to get the ball rolling. We set a plan, sent out some emails and scheduled a meeting. We received good feedback and are pretty confident we can make it work. My first question is this........how or where do we go about setting up a "LLC"? We are located in Schuylkill County and the few lawyers we contacted said they don't deal with stuff like that.

I was also told that you can do it yourself on "Legalzoom.com". Has anybody ever done this?

Any advise you can provide will be greatly appreciated. We have another meeting scheduled to elect officers, start by laws and a few rules. We don't have property just yet. Our plan is to get the guys to start pooling money that way in a year or so we can have a nice chunk of cash to purchase a property. Thanks for your input.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-24-2013, 11:40 PM
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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.
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Re: Starting a hunting club

I would double check the llc issue...
Creating a legit "third" party should defer individual liability under a llc..veil
There most certainly is risk, issues of responsibility etc... Fiduciary responsibilities..
Potential contract law issues..
We are extremely litigious society ... Act accordingly imho
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 02:40 PM
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Re: Starting a hunting club

Can someone explain the difference between a hunting club and a hunting camp?

What would the club be?

Just curious...
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Re: Starting a hunting club

One of the best bylaws we came up with is if you don't want to be part of the camp anymore that's totally up to you but when you leave you get nothing. All monies taken in are used for upkeep and hopefully the buying of more property. We started in 1990, built a cabin in 91 and have only had one guy leave and thats because he quit hunting. He still comes up to see us when he has time.

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