The Drumheller and District Fish and Game Association held their annual awards night and dinner Saturday evening (March 4).
The event, now into its 30th year, was held at the East Coulee Hall and celebrates hunting achievements for birds, fish and big game. Money raised at the banquet helps fund other organizations in the valley as well as their annual fishing derby for people with disabilities.
"We had 16 awards, five fish awards, two birds and the rest were all big game and four of them were mule deer," stated Stephanie Briggs, President of the Drumheller and District Fish and Game Association.
Several Donations were also made by the group Saturday night. $500 went to Badlands Search and Rescue, $500 for Zone Two of Alberta Fish and Game, $500 for Heart to Heart in Drumheller, $500 went to S.T.A.R.S. and $250 for Ducks Unlimited.
Deb Clarke of Zone 2 presented Jill Dyck with a long time volunteerism award.
(L to R: Jill Dyck, Deb Clarke)
Award winners this year included Rod Dyck, who won the Rosedale Concrete Works Pheasant Trophy for largest pheasant with a total length of 37 inches and 29 bars on the longest tailfeather. Dyck also won the E.D. McDonald goose trophy for best Canada Goose with a weight of 12 pounds and two ounces.
(L to R: Stephanie Briggs with Rod Dyck)
In the fish category, Nik Briggs won for catching and releasing the biggest brown trout at 13.5 inches.
Winner of the biggest rainbow trout at two pounds, eight ounces and 19 inches long was was Victoria Briggs.
Lochlann Hardy received an award for catching the biggest pike at 24.5 inches. Hardy also received a Vaughn Gleiser Best Junior Angler award for his catch and release pike. Victoria Briggs also won the same award in the catch and keep category.
(L to R: Victoria Briggs and Lochlann Hardy in the front, Nik and Stephanie Briggs in back)
In the big game category, Robert Sinclair won for the biggest typical mule deer with a score of 169 4/8 inches. The winner of the biggest non typical mule deer taken by archery was Kevin Devaleriola with a score of 185 3/8 inches.
The Eddie Keats Memorial trophy for the biggest typical mule deer went to Arlynda Thacker who had a score of 170 3/8 inches. Sheldon Harvey won the Perry Berlando Memorial trophy for the biggest non typical mule deer with a score of 198 3/8 inches.
There were two winners for the the Drumheller Fish and Game Biggest Alpine Animal Award. The first one went to Dave DeSmet for a black bear taken by archery with a skull measurement of 17 3/8 inches. The second award went to Nik Briggs for an elk that had a score of 159 6/8 inches.
The Ned O'Connor-Browne Memorial Trophy for biggest white-tailed deer went to Robert Sinclair with a score of 139 4/8 inches.
The Paramount Taxidermy Biggest Antelope taken by archery went to Cole Thacker with a score of 72 inches.
(L to R: Sheldon Harvey, Robert Sinclair, Kevin Devaleriola, Nik Briggs, Dave DeSmet and Association President Stephanie Briggs. Absent: Arlynda and Cole Thacker)
The awards ceremony wrapped up with a surprise award for Rod Dyck, who received the All Around Volunteer award for his many hours with the Drumheller and District Fish and Game Association. The evening concluded with a live and silent auction, a comedian and a social.
"Thank you to everybody for all the donations and to everybody who came out," added Briggs.
(Rod Dyck received the All Around Volunteer Award)