By Robert Greene
Here is wishing everyone a prosperous new year in 2016. We, as a club, had a great 2015. Our membership, for 2015, was over 850 members and we are over the 300 mark in the middle of January.
Our first event for the year is our Awards and Fund Raising Banquet on Feb. 6 at the Stagecoach Saloon hall. Cocktails at 5 p.m., supper at 6 p.m. and the awards at 7:30 p.m.
You can buy tickets from any of the executive. For further information you can call Leonard at 403-588-2834 or David at 403-704-7126. Anyone who would like to donate some wild game, it would sure be appreciated. Moose, elk, deer, ducks and geese or any wild game you might have would be great.
With the mild winter we are having this year, the wild critters should have an easy time and produce a good crop of little ones in the spring.
Following is a list of the trophy winners for 2015:
Antelope Dick Sykes
Elk Matt Robinson
Mule Deer Ross Young
Non Typ. White Tail Pat Simpson
Typical Whitetail Eric Frandson
ADULT – BOW
Big Game with a bow Brian Prins Moose
JUNIOR – BOW
Big Game with a bow Bradley Swier Whitetail
JUNIOR – RIFLE
Big Game Kole Jones Whitetail
Big Game Conor Hoag Elk
Big Game Lane Gross Non-Typ. whitetail
Dick Sykes Goose
Ron Rarick Merriams Turkey
Catch and release
Jenna Abt Bull Trout
Jenna Abt Cutthroat Trout
Thomas Simpson Yellow Perch
Catch and release
Greg Abt Yellow Perch
Greg Abt Walleye
Jeremy Abt Burbot
Greg Abt Northern Pike
Chris Abt Goldeye Trout
Pat Simpson Yellow Perch
Dick Sykes Rainbow Trout
Trophies will be presented to all winners at the banquet on Feb. 6. The scores are on all the trophies, they will be announced when trophies are presented.
We get calls from people wanting to join our gun club . To clarify this, we are a nonprofit organization called Ponoka Fish And Game. True, we shoot rifle and shotguns but we are not just a shooting club as some people think. Our mandate is to teach youth and adults firearm safety and many other things, such as how to enjoy our natural resources of wildlife and fish and to conserve these resources for our future generations to also have and enjoy. Range privileges to shoot comes with your fish and game membership. All range rules must be followed if you are using the ranges or you will loose your membership. Be sure you know the rules and abide by them.
Our annual general meeting will be on Feb. 4 at The Ponoka Fish and Game clubhouse. There will also be election of club officers. Anyone who wishes to, can attend the meeting. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.