The JCSC is a community club oriented around many outdoor activities including Fishing, Hunting, Shooting, Archery, Dogs, Hiking, Photography.
We donate to many outdoor groups and organizations as well as community well being groups. We also offer scholarships to local students, and provide a place for groups to meet and have their own functions.
These groups include (amongst others)
- The National Wild Turkey Federation
- Pheasants Forever
- The Ruffed Grouse Society
- US Sportsmens Alliance
- Local 4H Groups
- Several Local Boyscout Troops
- Johnstown Coon Dogs
- Local VFW Groups
- Hunters Education Classes
- Women In The Outdoors
- The Salvation Army
- American Legion
Johnstown Community Sportsman Club
It all began during the winter of 1943, when six neighbors met for a fox hunt, according to Bob Bishop, who was one of the six on the hunt. During this period of time, there was a $3.00 bounty for fox, $1.00 for hawks and .25- for crow heads.
That fox hunt netted them, 4 hawks, 1 fox and several crows. These men used the proceeds from the hunt for their first oyster supper (which is still held each spring at the Johnstown Community Sportsman’s Club).
The following winter in 1944, a group of neighbors and friends had their first meeting in the town hall in Johnstown. The second meeting was held at the John Deere Implement Store in Johnstown. At this time the by-laws were drawn up and the original twenty charter members paid their $1.00 dues to join.
The meetings continued at the John Deere Store until the early 50’s. During this time frame, the club members bought twenty five acres from Jim Warthan. Shortly after this, the club members tore down an old house in Columbus used the salvageable material to build the present club house. The pond on these twenty-five acres was built shortly after the club house was completed. An additional eighty acres across the road were purchased from W. Adams. A pond existed on these eighty acres. Five additional acres were added to the original twenty-five in 1970 and in 2006 the purchase of the Allen Farm brought the total of Club owned property to 190 acres.
The coyote drives that precipitated the founding of the club continue to this day with the club sponsoring several each winter. The swim races started at Walter Bishop’s pond and when the present pond was built in the early 50’s the races continued at the club grounds.
The field trials (coon dog racing) started in very late 40’s and early 50’s.Bill Waller,
Harley Sessor, Walter Bishop and Don Van Fosson often met at the Mikesell’s farm,
southeast of Appleton, Beaver Lake, Hartford fairgrounds and Forsythe’s woods to run and train their dogs.
At one of these training sessions, they decided to bring used items, dogs and animals to trade or sell to each other. This was the beginning of Swapper’s Day.
After the land was purchased and the club house built, Swapper’s Day was held there.
Swapper’s Day all started as a one day affair and has now stretched to three. There are approximately 700+ Venders. This function not only provides funds for the J.C.S.C. (Johnstown Community Sportsman’s Club) but enables many non-profit
organizations such as The Pataskala Masonic Lodge, Licking County American Legion, Utica American Legion Post 92, Northridge Cheerleaders, Johnstown Big Red Band, American Freedom Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Licking County 4H, NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation), VFW Post 1060, VFW Post 9062, Licking Heights Band Boosters, League of Ohio Sportsmen, Viet Nam Veterans and The Johnstown Masonic Lodge to name but a few!
J.C.S.C. has funded many different sporting events and charitable causes. The Club also provides funding for several thousand dollar ($1000.00) scholarships for local high school seniors each spring, along with contributions to the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Ruffed Grouse Society, 4-H Camp Ohio Shooting Sports, TIP (Turn In a Poacher), Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets to families in need and donations to the Leads Pantry, Hunter Education courses, sponsor swim trials for dogs, and field trials for racing dogs. One of the first community related projects the club was involved in was cutting wood and delivering it to the needy. As the needs of the community changed, so did the J.C.S.C.’s efforts to change with the times.
The J.C.S.C. provides many activities for its members and families as in the oyster and chili dinners, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, hayrides, wiener roasts, fish days with fried fish dinner at end of day, a Swapper’s Day Appreciation Dinner, camping and use of the club house buildings and the grounds for weddings, graduations, family reunions etc.