Article II of the Constitution and Bylaws of The Floyd County Wildlife Association--Object of Association is stated as follows:
Section 1: Promote and encourage:
Firearm safety and awareness
Hunter ethics, responsibility and safety
Sound conservation and management of natural resources
Boating and water safety
And other related outdoor activities
Section 2: Provide for our Members a venue for archery, fishing, hunting and participating in the shooting sports along with other related outdoor activities
Section 3: Provide for our Members a place conducive to learn about the above activities
Section 4: Provide for our Members a place for social interaction and activities
Floyd County Wildlife Association (FCWA), sometimes known as the Floyd County Wildlife Club, was formed in the 1940s by a group of outdoor enthusiasts concerned with diminishing wildlife populations in Northwest Georgia. Once organized, they met regularly and worked with wildlife officials on projects to increase wildlife habitat and populations. They worked on legislation, rational law enforcement, and wildlife propagation, and were instrumental in the return of deer and turkey to our area. In 1944, the association was incorporated and registered with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.
In the 1950s, the founders decided to find property to establish a private wildlife preserve. The Club property became available at a tax sale in 1959. The founding members initially purchased 222 acres, and then added another 23 acres for a total of 245 acres and deeded it to the association. At the time it was just undeveloped land with two creeks, some large springs, and a small former home site.
In the early 1960s, a lake and rifle range were constructed. By the mid-1960s, a clubhouse and caretaker’s home were built. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the first skeet and trap ranges were built as a way to generate much-needed income for the association.
The founders applied for and received non-profit 501 tax-exempt status in February 1972, and registered non-profit status with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
Through the years, the club had good times and lean. In the early years membership ranged from 25-75. From the 1970s through the 1980s, membership was around 100. The 1990s saw some modest growth, with membership doubling to approximately 200. After that, membership began to increase again and in the mid-2000s it had exceeded 400. And then it doubled again; in 2007 there were just over 800 members. Following the Great Recession of 2008, membership dropped to a bit more than 600 for several years. Now it's returned to +/- 700 members.
The club has grown over the years and made many improvements. In the early 1990s a 5-stand field was assembled, it was expanded in later years. In the mid 1990s an office was built, and then the 5-stand area was covered. In the late 1990s playground equipment was purchased and installed, members built a new dock and hunting opportunities were expanded by leasing roughly 1,300 acres, and later more was added. Around 2002-2003, a pole barn was built (to move deer processing away from the office), and a deer cooler was acquired; all of this was accomplished by the labor of our members. In 2004-2005, the board decided to put in a sporting clays course. In 2006, access to the club was improved by rebuilding the bridge and widening the road, which improved the worst curves, next the 5-stand area and the grill area behind clubhouse were paved. In 2007, the clubhouse was remodeled and the first deck was added. A few years later, the lower deck was constructed by members, at the cost of materials. With the Great Recession of 2008, the board chose to hold off on capital improvement for a few years. In 2010 land adjoining the northwest corner of the club came available and the club purchased 45 acres. In 2012, the rifle range was extended to 300 yards, and the pistol range was changed to be perpendicular to the rifle range. In 2015, the clay-sports area got a much-needed improvement with a building to do maintenance on the machines. Shortly afterwards, the old caretaker’s residence was removed, and a new access road was cut, allowing our supplier to bring targets directly to our storage shed and for our members to access the upper parking lot. A loading dock was poured to allow for our fork truck to unload targets and supplies. Road work is a continual project, with gravel added every few years.
FCWA is a place for individuals and families to enjoy shooting (shotguns, rifles, and pistols), archery, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and holiday celebrations. The club hosts National Sporting Clay Association (NSCA) registered shoots, benefit shoots, club shoots, pheasant-tower shoots, and Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Shoots. A group of hunters normally hold a bow-hunting warm-up each year in September.
With board approval and support, members are encouraged to bring and organize other events. FCWA is a member-owned and volunteer club. Volunteerism is encouraged and appreciated. Over the years, we've hosted kid’s days, women’s days, and various fund raisers.