METRO HAWG HUNTERS

BYLAWS

Tournament Regulations for 2016

Article VII: Tournaments

 

Section I: Ease-Off

 

  1. A) All tournaments will begin at 6:00AM and end at 2:30PM pending weather conditions and/or changes made by the Tournament Director.
  2. B) The tournament director will conduct a mandatory meeting prior to ease-off.
  3. C) The meeting shall determine any changes to be made concerning: starting time, boat position, off-limit waters, check-in times, inclement weather, etc.
  4. D) Any club member late for the ease-off will not be allowed to fish until he/she contacts the tournament director.
  5. E) Any club member arriving at the landing less than 15 minutes prior to ease-off will be penalized 4oz. from that days tournament bag weight.

 

Section II: Weigh-In & Weigh-Site

 

  1. A) Tournament weigh-in will be held at a pre-determined site so stated at the time of partner selection.
  2. B) The tournament committee and conservation chairman will approve this location.
  3. C) Member teams arriving late to weigh-in, according to the tournament director’s timepiece, shall be penalized 4oz. per minute for up to five minutes. After five minutes both late team partners will be disqualified.
  4. D) Teams experiencing mechanical problems must report these problems to the tournament director or one of the tournament committee members before weigh-in. Lack of fuel or trolling battery power will not be considered a mechanical problem. The tournament committee will retrieve their bags and boat and bags presented for weigh-in. Members experiencing mechanical difficulties must cease fishing at the designated 2:30PM.
  5. E) Members are allowed to cull dying fish. Please use discretion when in public.
  6. F) Members can declare a dead “state limit” sixth fish. This must be done immediately upon arrival at weigh site. The fish must be removed before the weigh-in by a tournament official. The member is responsible for selecting the fish and then demonstrates that it is dead. Remember that culling cannot continue and fishing must cease for the species that has reached the legal bag limit.
  7. G) Daily club bags are six fish.(Team tournaments only. Otherwise five)
  8. H) Fish must be 12” in length
  9. I) Short fish in the members submitted tournament bag will be penalized 4oz. for each such fish.
  10. J) Dead fish in the members submitted tournament bag will be penalized 4oz. for each such fish.
  11. K) Members must use only artificial man-made baits
  12. L) Team members will have equal shared use of the boat and trolling motor, boater and non-boater, with the exception that the boater shall have control of the boat when the “Big Motor” is running.
  13. M) Members cannot exit the boat during a tournament. The following exceptions are allowed: using the bathroom and retrieving lures. The member must remain in visual contact with their respective tournament partner at all times.
  14. N) Tie Breaker

1)      Biggest Weight will be used first.

2)      Biggest fish will be used second.

3)      Coin toss will be used third.

 

Section III: Tournament Committee

 

  1. A) The Tournament Committee will consist of the President, Vice President and Tournament Director.
  2. B) All Decisions by the Tournament Committee are final.

 

Section IV: Out-of-Town Tournaments

 

  1. A) The tournament committee will be responsible for booking lodging for club events.
  2. B) The tournament committee will be responsible for booking the lodging for the Tournament of Champions. (State Federation Tournament)

 

 

 

 

                                       **Updated January 2, 2015**


 

                                          Constitution and By-Laws for 2015

Article I: Name and Purpose

: Name and Purpose

 

Section I: Name

 

This organization shall be called the Metro Hawg Hunters Bass Club of the Twin Cities Metro Area, Minnesota.

 

Section II: Purpose

 

Our purpose is to stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his/her crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas. To attain personal growth through participation and competition. To contribute to the overall good of the Metro HawgHunters Bass Club. To participate in formal club functions. To contribute to the enhancements of bass fishing. To promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great recreation. To function as a dynamic and effective link with other chapters of the State B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation embracing the principles and purposes of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.

 

Article II: Membership

 

Section I: Number of Members (Team Format)

 

This club shall have Charter, Regular and Associate Members, limited to not less than six (four must be boaters) and not more than 11 boaters. This club shall always maintain an odd-number of boaters vs. non-boaters, with the number of boaters always being higher than non-boaters. Therefore this club will have a maximum of 22 members (11 teams) and one team shall be designated as a junior membership spot, the requirements are that one team member be under 18 yoa.

 

Section II: Membership Requirements (Charter, Regular and Associates)

 

  1. A) Charter members will be considered regular members at the initial chartering of this constitution. Charter members will be allowed a leave of absence for a period of up to twelve months. The leave of absence must be submitted in writing to the club President. The inactive status begins with the date of written notice. Inactive Charter members will be required to pay any club, state or national dues assessed. Dues not paid within sixty days of the due date will be cause for the inactive Charter member to be dropped form the club roster. Inactive Charter Members can, at any time within the twelve-month inactive period, return to active status with full regular member privileges and voting rights.
  2. B) A regular member will be anyone that has been in good standing in the club for the period of at least one year and has been voted in under guidelines in Article II-Section II-C­ (1-5). An associate member will be anyone who has not been in the club for one year. Previous Members who rejoin the club will be considered as associate members for the first year after rejoining the club.
  3. C) An associate member will be anyone who has not been in the club for one year. Previous members who rejoin the club will be considered as associate members for the first year after rejoining the club.  Associate members do not have voting privileges for any matters regarding constitutional by-laws, amendments, or in the voting of new members. In essence, associate members may only vote on lake selections and tournament dates for the selected tournament lakes.

1)      Be a member of B.A.S.S. (See Article V for affiliation requirements – * All members must meet this requirement at all club activities and meetings).

2)      Be recommended by a regular member at a club meeting.

3)      The prospective member must attend this meeting to introduce him/herself to all members as well as familiarize him/herself with the club, its functions, its goals, and the members.

4)      He/She will discuss reason/s for seeking membership in the club and his/her fishing experience.

5)      Be 16 years of age.

6)      Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.

  1. D) All boaters must have a tournament boat as outlined by B.A.S.S. rules (live wells, kill-switches, trolling motors, locators, etc.). The motor capacity listed on the Coast Guard/Manufacturer, “Weight and HP rating plate,” must not be exceeded by the horsepower of the main engine.
  2. E) Members owning boats and using them in club functions must furnish a copy of their boats current liability insurance binder to the Secretary/Treasurer. This must be provided prior to participation in any club tournament events. The minimum liability coverage is $300,000 per occurrence. The limit stated is the standard for all state and national insurance requirements. The coverage dates will be current for all club tournaments and the MNBFN B.A.S.S. Federation TOC. If a member substitutes a boat an insurance binder must be provided which includes the same liability limits stated above and have current coverage dates.
  3. F) All non-boaters, which are limited to a maximum of 50% of the number of boaters, will compensate their “boating partner” with the agreed annual compensation rate for each tourney. (2009 – $20). Changed to team format in 2011, compensation left up to team members.

 

 

 

Section III: Voting Guidelines.

 

  1. A) A 2/3 quorum or greater number of current regular members is required to vote on all matters concerning the constitution, by-laws or amendments to this constitution. This includes the election of all officers.
  2. B) A ¾ quorum or greater number of all current members is required to vote on all matters concerning lake selections, tournament date selections and any change made to tournament lake and date selection.
  3. C) Voting for associate members shall proceed as follows:

 

1)      With the applicant absent, a discussion will take place and a subsequent vote will be taken. A simple majority of the regular members present will constitute admission as an associate member from that meeting for a period of one year.

2)      After one year of successful membership the associate will again be voted on for admission to the club as a regular member by private written ballot. The vote for admission by the regular members will require a ¾ majority affirmative vote with a 2/3 quorum of regular members present at a club meeting for induction as a regular member.

 

Section IV: Membership Dues/Finances/Expectations

 

  1. A) The membership dues shall be $80.00 annually, initially payable upon being voted into the chapter, $30 of which shall be for National Federation Dues and $50.00 of which shall be for chapter dues. B.A.S.S. membership dues are also required at the current rate. (See ARTICLE V for state affiliation requirements).
  2. B) All members must be members of B.A.S.S. in good standing. This includes the Bassmaster subscription.(Cost ranges from $15-$25yr)
  3. C) Metro Hawg Hunter Club dues are $40 each year per member. The dues will be the same for all regular and associate members. All members must pay club dues by the start of the first club tournament. The club dues are deposited into the clubs checking account, club funds are to be used for fundraiser expenses and partial lodging expenses for the Tournament of Champions (State Federation Tournament) team.
  4. D) This club shall hold at least one fund-raising event each year; all club members must make a reasonable effort to attend. Members shall not incur additional expenses if attending a fund raising event.
  5. E) The club checking account balance is public information to all active club members and may be viewed upon verbal request to the Club President.
  6. F) This club shall always maintain a minimum checking balance of $500 to avoid finance charges and keep a “healthy” club balance.

 

Section V: Meetings of Members

 

The membership shall hold regular meetings at pre-established times and places.

 

Article III: Officers, Elections, Vacancies and Eligibility

 

Section I: Officer and their duties

  1. A) President: To preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint Committee’s and be an ex-officio at all committee meetings. Supervise and mediate at all club functions. Maintain regular libations between club and B.A.S.S. National Headquarters.
  2. B) Vice-President/Federation Representative: Act as program chairman, assists the president in his/her duties and presides in his/her absence. Makes club tournament decisions as part of a three-man committee consisting of the president, vice-president and tournament director. Responsible for attending the regional and state Federation meetings and reports the information at the next club function or meeting, which ever comes first. Carries the club vote to the State Federation Meetings.
  3. C) Secretary/Treasurer: is responsible for submitting a membership roster to B.A.S.S. every year. Additional duties include drafting monthly newsletters to inform club members of meetings and to maintain the records and minutes of the club for historical purposes. Also will act as the financial officer for the club, thus maintaining the entire club finances, dues and fees required. Maintains regular communications between the club and B.A.S.S. National Federation and the State Federation. Prepare an annual audit for review of the entire club membership. Must always have financial records updated and available at all meetings. The chapter may vote that the secretary/treasurer and any other chapter officer handling chapter funds must be bonded.
  4. D) Conservation Chairman: Serves as a liaison between the chapter and state and national conservation/environmental agencies. Plans chapter conservation projects.
  5. E) Youth Chairman: Organizes all youth activities and programs. Coordinates BASSMASTER Casting Kids events and starts a Junior Bassmaster Chapter when the chapter is ready for this sponsorship.
  6. F) Tournament Director: Directs and organizes all club tournaments. Applies for permits and other necessary items that are needed for each event. Is responsible for the quick, accurate, and humane handling of fish at weigh-in. has final approval with tourney committee on any questions, problems or decisions that affect club tournaments (See Article III Section I B).

 

Section II: Elections

 

  1. A) Election of members for the office of President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Youth Chairman, Conservation Chairman and Tournament Director shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of November. Elections shall be a simple majority of the regular members present. No member shall be nominated with our prior consent. Notification of November election nominees shall be in the October newsletter. Nominations will be open at the November meeting as well. Voting will be for President first, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Tournament Director, Youth Chairman and finally Conservation Chairman.
  2. B) No member may hold more than one office, with the exception of the Club Representatives who may hold the Office of President, Vice-President or Secretary/Treasurer.

 

 

 

Section III: Eligibility of Vote

 

Each regular member in good standing has one vote. Proxy votes for elections are not permitted. However proxy votes will be accepted from members in good standing for Lake Selection.

 

Section IV: Term of Office

 

The term of office shall be one year, beginning January 1st and ending on the last meeting day of December or until a successor assumes office.

 

Section V: Vacancies

 

In the event of a vacancy, the president will ask for nominees to fill the opening and a club vote will be taken at the next meeting.

 

Section VI: Eligibility for Holding Office

 

  1. A) Must be a regular member in good standing
  2. B) Have attended 75% of the chapter meetings as well as conservation, youth and club fund raising events. Exceptions will be considered and a decision made by a majority vote of club officers. The decision will be communicated to the member requesting the exception prior to the event. The remainder of club members will be informed of the decision.
  3. C) All Charter members are eligible at the chartering date of this club. The event attendance would not be required is for this exception only. (Article III, Section VI, B)
  4. D) All standing committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the president. Each committee shall elect a chairman.

 

Article IV: Removal of Membership

 

Section I: Guidelines

 

A membership shall be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:

 

  1. A) Failure to pay dues
  2. B) Any action, which would reflect dishonor and disgrace on this chapter and/or B.A.S.S.
  3. C) Disqualification from any tournaments Money/Club/B.A.S.S. for use of drugs and/or alcohol, verifiable cheating and other infractions as determined by the club tournament committee.

 

Section II: Procedure

 

Removal of a member cannot be arbitrary, that is, based on one-on-one personality conflicts, a one time fault, etc. Removal must be based on and analyzed against the club goals and purpose and the individuals’ participation and contribution.

 

  1. A) An action to remove a regular member shall be initiated by a written petition submitted to a club officer.
  2. B) The petition shall be forwarded to the club president.
  3. C) The petition shall be reviewed and investigated by the tournament committee.
  4. D) By-law and Constitution infractions will be considered
  5. E) The committee will document their findings. It will be the committee’s decision as to the legitimacy of the petition.
  6. F) If refused, the president will notify the originator and the issue will be dismissed.
  7. G) If accepted, the committee will notify the regular members. The committee will relate its findings, explaining the results of the investigation, interviews and rationale. The committee will then open the topic for discussion amongst the regular members.
  8. H) The committee has final decision on the petition.

 

Article V: Affiliation

 

Section I: Affiliation (s)

 

Affiliation with B.A.S.S. is dependent on the following:

 

  1. A) Approval of Chapter Charter by B.A.S.S.
  2. B) Update B.A.S.S. with chapter membership roster once each year upon receipt of current B.A.S.S. roster at year’s end.
  3. C) Names and addresses of new members joining the chapter during the year must be submitted to B.A.S.S. as they occur. (See Article II Section IV for dues requirements).
  4. D) Maintain 100% B.A.S.S. membership.
  5. E) Must affiliate with the State Federation and support its conservation and youth programs. Any additional requirements that the State Federation establishes for chapters, such as membership, dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary for the chapter to participate in the State Federation qualifying tournament(s) and any other Federation-sponsored tournaments or events.

 

Article VI: Method of Amending the By-Laws

 

Section I: Amending the By-Laws

 

The By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a 2/3 vote of the regular members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote.

 

 

Article VII: Tournaments

 

Section I: Ease-Off

 

  1. A) All tournaments will begin at 6:00 am; the designated time may be changed by the Tournament Director. All club members must be notified a minimum of 24 hrs prior to ease-off.
  2. B) The tournament director will conduct a mandatory meeting prior to ease-off.
  3. C) The meeting shall determine any changes to be made concerning: starting time, boat position, off-limit waters, check-in times, inclement weather, etc.
  4. D) Any club member late for the ease-off will not be allowed to fish until he/she contacts the tournament director.
  5. E) Any club member arriving at the landing less than 15 minutes prior to ease-off will be penalized 4oz. from that day’s tournament bag weight.

 

 

 

Section II: Weigh-In & Weigh-Site

 

  1. A) Tournament weigh-in will be held at a pre-determined site so stated at the time of partner selection.
  2. B) The tournament committee and conservation chairman will approve this location.
  3. C) Member teams arriving late to weigh-in, according to the tournament director’s timepiece, shall be penalized 4oz. per minute for up to five minutes. After five minutes both late team partners will be disqualified.
  4. D) Boaters experiencing mechanical problems must report these problems to the tournament director or one of the tournament committee members before weigh-in. Lack of fuel or trolling battery power will not be considered a mechanical problem. The tournament committee will retrieve their tournament catch to be presented for weigh-in. Members experiencing mechanical difficulties must cease fishing at the designated 2:30PM.
  5. E) Members are allowed to cull injured fish. Use proper etiquette when using this method. Large or small fish should be considered as part of a tournament bag if they are bleeding heavily or appear to be dead or dying. This is our clubs way of preserving its resource for the future.
  6. F) Members can declare a dead “state limit” sixth fish. This must be done immediately upon arrival at weigh site. The fish must be removed before the weigh-in by a tournament official. The member is responsible for selecting the fish and then demonstrates that it is dead. Remember that culling cannot continue and fishing must cease for the species that has reached the legal bag limit.
  7. G) Daily club bags are six fish.
  8. H) Fish must be 12” in length
  9. I) Short fish in the members submitted tournament bag will be penalized 4oz. for each such fish.
  10. J) Dead fish in the members submitted tournament bag will be penalized 4oz. for each such fish.
  11. K) Members must use only artificial man-made baits
  12. L) Team members will have equal shared use of the boat and trolling motor, boater and non-boater, with the exception that the boater shall have control of the boat when the “Big Motor” is running.
  13. M) Members cannot exit the boat during a tournament. The following exceptions are allowed: using the bathroom and retrieving lures. The member must remain in visual contact with their tournament partner at all times.
  14. N) Tie Breaker
  15. Biggest Weight will be used first.
  16. Biggest fish will be used second.
  17. Coin toss will be used third.

 

Section III: Tournament Committee

 

  1. A) The Tournament Committee will consist of the President, Vice President and Tournament Director.
  2. B) All Decisions by the Tournament Committee are final.
  3. C) For a lake to be selected for the upcoming season it must be 1,000 acres or larger, have enough parking for 11 truck/trailer rigs and be within the 40 mile radius established in 2015. (See map from president).
  4. D) The only exception to the 40 mile radius rule is to fish the TOC waters which then is recommended to be a 2 day tournament due to the generally long distance.

 

Section IV: Out-of-Town Tournaments

 

  1. A) The tournament committee will be responsible for booking lodging for club events.
  2. B) The tournament committee will be responsible for booking the lodging for the Tournament of Champions. (State Federation Tournament)

 

             Updated January 2, 2015    By: CWT