Ponoka Fish and Game looks to an exciting year ahead with archery season coming up.

Ponoka Fish and Game looks to an exciting year ahead with archery season coming up.

Ponoka fish and game looks to 2017

Ponoka Fish and Game looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Here we are into April 2017.

Just a look back to 2016 before we get into what is on the plate for the rest of 2017. In February we held our annual fund raiser and Awards banquet at the Wildhorse Saloon. There was an overflow crowd in attendance which we were very proud to see. The support for our club makes our membership feel their work to put together this event well worth the effort every year. We had lots of silent items for sale and the bidding was brisk.

All of our sponsors can be proud of their support, it sure makes for a good auction when you have great items for sale. All of our volunteers did a great job we could not do this without their help.

Our membership for 2016 was 870 members. The elections for officers was at the February meeting which is also our AGM each year. February is also the yearly Alberta Fish and Game Conference, which was held in Edmonton. Our club sent several members to the conference to represent our interests in what the Fish and Game organization stands for.

Now what is going on for the rest of 2017?

All of our regular agenda starts as soon as the snow is gone. Looks like that should be pretty quick now. Archery shooting will be up and running very soon along with trap shooting. The rest of our summer agenda will start as soon as the weather permits.

This year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of our Rifleman’s Rodeo and we are planning a big celebration for this event. We are going to honour all of those who are still available, who helped start this event. Everyone who would like to come out and help us celebrate are welcome.

We are going to have a barbecue supper and dance to follow. Mike Rainone and myself are going to do some articles along the way to keep everyone informed of what we have planned. The first article was in last week’s paper. Hope everyone read it. Going to be a fun day for all. This is going to be on September 2, don’t miss it.

The club lost a great friend and supporting member when Chris Swan passed away in March. He believed in what the Fish and Game organization stands for and was a strong supporter for the club. He will be missed by all who knew him. He was a very close friend of mine and I will always remember him.

There is a lot of controversy about the government wanting to stop the public using the parks in the southeast corner of Alberta. Lots of protests against supported by the public and lots of conservation clubs.

Our ice fishing season is fast coming to a close as the weather is warming up and the ice is starting to melt. Not the greatest fishing this winter but still good to enjoy this sport.

Hunting season was not the best this season but mostly because we did not have many draws. Saw lots of game so things should be better this coming season. It was an easy winter on the wild creatures so we should see lots of young ones this spring.

The geese are back so they can start nesting before long. They must be sure that it is spring already.

See you soon. Have a happy summer.

Yours in conservation,

Robert Greene