The Drumheller and District Fish and Game Association held their annual Fish and Game Dinner and Awards night in East Coulee this past weekend. It is always a well-attended event with different types of wild game for people to try out like deer, antelope, moose, elk, and buffalo meat.
It is also an opportunity for the club to present awards in different categories including fish, white tail deer, antelope, mule deer, moose, and the best archery animals. There were winners as young as eight years old in the awards. "We have competitions in regards to who takes the best or the biggest of the species, not that we are trophy hunters per se because none of the meat is wasted that people are harvesting. It all gets utilized," remarked Rod Dyck from the Drumheller and District Fish and Game Association. All animals harvested must have been harvested in the Province of Alberta to be eligible for any awards.
It is quite a large sold-out event again this year with 160 people attending. "In the last four days, I probably had another dozen people phone looking for tickets, it's a popular thing. People want to come out and sample different kinds of meat," Dyck commented.
The dinner and group also raise money for other non-profit organizations in the area as well. "There was a 500 dollar donation made to Heart to Heart Foundation, 500 to Badlands Search and Rescue, 500 to STARS. To the Alberta Fish and Game Association we will be donating 3000 dollars to the Wildlife Trust Fund." The trust fund is a fund that purchases critical habitat and is kept in its natural state for wildlife with all of Alberta having access to the habitats. "We as a club in the last ten years now, we have donated over 40,000 dollars (to the Wildlife Trust Fund)," explained Dyck. The group donated close to $10,000 to other groups from the proceeds from the dinner.
The night also celebrated the Volunteer of the Year which for 2018 was Randy Hardy. As well the association presented its first-ever lifetime membership to Cliff Dietz for his dedication to the group including projects involving habitat retention, conservation, outdoor education, tree planting, and pheasant releasing. It was given to him for his 25 years being involved with the group and to thank him for his time involved.