Rifleman’s Rodeo in sight

It’s almost time for the September long weekend horseless rodeo—the Ponoka Fish and Game Rifleman’s Rodeo.

It’s almost time for the September long weekend horseless rodeo—the Ponoka Fish and Game Rifleman’s Rodeo.

The Rifleman’s Rodeo is a hunter class shooting competition for all ages. The rodeo has men’s and women’s senior categories as well as buddies, juniors and a family event.

There are five animal targets that come up at random. “There’s a new one that I’m not telling you,” said co-chairman Brent Nabozniak, with a laugh.

The Rifleman’s Rodeo has been going on for more than 40 years. “It was originally designed as an event to prepare hunters for hunting season, “ said Nabozniak.

The rodeo runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.

On Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. a kid’s shootout will take place until about noon.

“We take time to allow the kids to shoot .22s,” said Nabozniak.

In the kids’ shoot-out there’s a sub-junior level for children under 10 years old and a junior level for children 10 to 17.

They shoot at 10 target rings and whoever has the best score out of 100 wins.

The champion of the full-fledged rodeo event, who scores the best out of 50 with the animal targets, wins a silver and gold buckle.

The rodeo will also feature a balloon shoot, a handgun shoot and a black powder shoot. The handgun and black powder shoots are 50/50 events.

“Everybody is allowed to come shoot,” said Nabozniak. “It’s a great event for the kids, they love it.”

The Rifleman’s Rodeo also promotes firearms safety and, features free camping.

Cost to shoot in the senior’s event is $5 and the buddy and junior events are $10. To come out and watch the event at the Lake Pofianga shooting range is free.

For more information about the Rifleman’s Rodeo visit www.ponokafishandgame.ca or call Brent Nabozniak at 403-803-8406 or Phyllis Walcheske at 403-783-2191.

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