Ponoka Fish and Game Club gearing up for hunting season

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Submitted by Robert Green

The club has been very busy this summer with several different projects. We have some new cabins for our youth camps; they are very nice. We also have a new dock at Pofianga, which we were in need of as the old one was getting in a bad state. A lot of changes have been made in the clubhouse and the entire inside has been painted. It looks great!

The newsletter I wrote for the first quarter of 2011 got lost in cyberspace somewhere so I will give you a brief note of what we did in the first part of the year. Our banquet was in February on the worst night of the year. We had a great crowd but lots of people left early because of the bad conditions of the roads.

Hopefully, our next one will not be on such a stormy night. We had club representatives go to the Alberta Fish and Game Conference in Edmonton the last part of February.

In March we worked a casino in Red Deer, which is a fundraiser for our club. After that it was a work bee for spring to spruce things up for the summer and that brings us up to the present. Our Youth Camp was July 11 to 14, which will be done by the time you read this. We have a large youth group for camp this year so it should be lots of fun and a learning experience for our youth.

We are going to have a firearms course on July 24 as we have that date open at the club. We have several people signed up already but there is room for more if you are interested in the course.

Our membership is about 400 and is still growing. Overall, membership across Alberta has been on the upward trend for the last few years.

The hunting season is fast approaching and if grass and water is an indication, the game should be plentiful this fall. Some of us went to the coast fishing for halibut and salmon. We didn’t do as well as usual but we are still eating salmon.

Don’t forget the Riflemen’s Rodeo is coming up on the Labour Day weekend. It is always a good time to get in some shooting to tune up for hunting season.

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