Ponoka Fish and Game member Tom Simpson measures out the antlers of a mule deer Dec. 2 during the association’s annual horn measuring event. The association uses the Boone and Crockett scoring system. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka hunters see slower than normal season

Last year’s winter made for a tougher hunting season this year

A tougher 2017-18 winter made for a tougher season for hunters.

Despite these challenges, the Ponoka Fish and Game Association horn measuring, held Dec. 2, brought in a decent number of antlers, mostly mule and white tail deer, explained past president Leonard Davis.

“We ended up with 37 different sets of horns and antlers,” he explained.

While there was wintry road conditions over the weekend, Davis was pleased with the submissions. What was missing were larger horns and antlers the club normally receives.

Davis feels that when there’s a tough winter prior to the hunting season, it usually takes a year or more before wild game catches up.

“There were a few nice ones (large game) seen but they were elusive,” said Davis.

What he did see more of this year was mule deer. Typically the association receives more white tail deer but this time around it was about a 50/50 split between the two types.

Davis says he’s not sure what next season will look like considering how the weather has been. That being said, there were quite a few non-members who attended the horn measuring, something that bodes well for the club.

Another big event coming up is the February banquet the association holds. Set for Feb. 2 at the Stagecoach Saloon, the event is usually packed.

“We have extremely good community support for everything we do,” explained Davis.


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