Leonard Davis

Hunters achieve antler record

Three hunters who attended the Ponoka Fish and Game annual horn measuring are eligible to have their names added

Three hunters who attended the Ponoka Fish and Game annual horn measuring are eligible to have their names added to Alberta’s Record Book for antlers they took from this year’s game.

“They’re also big enough to go into Pope and Young. The reason being all three of those animals were taken with a bow,” said Ray Abt, big game chairman for Ponoka Fish and game Association.

The three record breakers were Leonard Davis, who shot a typical mule deer; Brian Walcheske, who shot a non-typical mule deer; and 20-year-old Scott Rarick, who brought in the antlers of a moose.

Rarick, who’s been going hunting with his father since he was three or four, shot the moose Sept 8.

“It was an early wake up, about 4 a.m.,” recalled Rarick. The hunting party drove to Kananaskis area and had another hour and a half horse ride to the swamp where they stopped.

“(We) had a couple of horse wrecks,” said Rarick. “It was working out to be a pretty rough start to the morning.”

Once they stopped Rarick said the just started calling for moose and the one he shot answered from about a half-mile away. “We called him into 30 yards.”

Rarick said the kill wasn’t hard; in fact it was a standard kill for a moose in rut. What was weird was that the moose was in rut at all. “That day was 28 above, and being Sept. 8 it was unusual for the moose to rut that early, and in that heat.”

“This was a really great harvest for the family, or trophy I guess,” said Rarick.

He’s been shooting a bow since he was 11 years old and trained with the Ponoka archery club. “It’s a better feeling when I shoot something with a bow than with a rifle.”

Rarick said the feeling can sometimes make him question why he bothers shooting with rifle at all.

He’s always enjoyed hunting, riding the horses in the mountains and spending time with his family outdoors. “I appreciate my dad and my uncle taking me out year after year and showing me their passion for the outdoors.”

According to Abt a big part of scoring the record-breaking sets, and other sets of antlers and horns, is by their points. The Ponoka Fish and Game Association use the Boone and Crockett system, which looks only at the animal and not the weapon.

Abt says a typical mule deer will have only four points and anything more is non-typical. A typical whitetail deer can have as many as seven points coming off the antler’s main beam.

People come from all over Canada to have their game horns and antlers scored at the annual event.

“We’ve actually had deer from Saskatchewan and British Columbia,” said Abt. Other hunters have come from as far north as the Yukon.

“At the end of it all they’ll win a knife. The largest species out of that species will win the knife,” said Abt.

At the Ponoka Fish and Game’s annual banquet, any member who had their set measured at the event could win a trophy, if their species’ set is the largest. Abt said there could be as many as four trophies are given that night: adult, junior, adult with a bow and junior with a bow.

Just Posted

AMBER ALERT: Alert cancelled after child located safe and unharmed

Alert cancelled after child located safe and unharmed

Fighting financial fraud against seniors

Alberta Securities Commission hoping to curb seniors being taken for granted

Dual credit benefiting WCPS students

School division working on expanding program into nursing, business studies

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Wildfires have forced more than 9,000 people from homes in northern Alberta

People in other communities remain on evacuation alert and could be told to leave quickly

Pride divided: Edmonton leadership under pressure as LGBTQ community looks to future

Most of the conflict can be traced back to 2016 Toronto Pride when Black Lives Matter staged a protest

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Work on splash park close to completion

Work at the “mercy of the weather”

High Level on alert, as wildfires put more people on the run in northern Alberta

Thousands in High Level were just allowed back home, and now must get ready to leave again

Most Read