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Fish and Game to reward Boone and Crocket record

Fort Macleod Fish and Game

Ken Hart Jr. and Darren Hedley measure entries in the Fish and Game trophy competition. Fort Macleod Fish and Game presents its trophies Saturday, March 12.

A rare non-typical mule deer big enough to make the Boone and Crocket records is one of the highlights of the Fort Macleod Fish and Game Association’s annual banquet and trophy presentation this year.
There will also be trophies for a six-pound rainbow trout, and an 18.5-pound pike.
“There’s been some real good entries this year,” association president Joe Tarnes said. “We also have a pretty good sized sheep.”
The Fish and Game Association will present 31 trophies out of a total 50 available.
“Not all categories have entries every year,” Tarnes explained. “The big game entries have increased over the last couple of years, but the fish entries are getting less. We’ve got trophies for every kind of fish they’re allowed to catch, but people just don’t enter.”
Tarnes expects about 170 people to attend the banquet and dance Saturday, March 12 at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
“As usual we’ve got some real nice prizes in the silent auction and the live auction,” Tarnes said.
Among other things, the live auction will feature a hunting knife donated by local craftsman John Dziadyk.
“It’s a beautiful knife. Worth about $200,” Tarnes said.
“We’ve also got some binoculars, a 100th anniversary Alberta Fish and Game history book, and a nice wicker basket of six bottles of wine and wine glasses, and another of imported beers.”
The silent auction — usually about 200 items — includes jackets and hoodies, hunting knives, rare fish and game crests, and fishing spoons with the Fort Macleod Fish and Game logo on them.
“And much, much more,” Tarnes added.
Doors open at 5 p.m. to give people opportunity to visit and check out the many items in the silent auction.
Supper catered by the Fort Macleod Lions Club is at 7 p.m. with the live auction and awards presentation following.
Phil Lethbridge and the Great Canadian Barn Dance will play for the dance.
With about 140 members, the Fort Macleod Fish and Game Association uses proceeds from the banquet night for its many projects, the most significant being its ongoing improvements to the Fish and Game Park.
“We just fenced the Fish and Game Park last fall,” Tarnes said. “We put in all steel posts and railings.”
“This spring we’ll put in a central fire pit, and a sidewalk from the kitchen to the fire pit.”
The renovations will include eight benches set in concrete around the fire pit.
The Fish and Game Park is home to the annual South Country Fair, Tarnes said.
“And this year we’ll have the country music jamboree (Canadian Country Weekend) as well.”
Tickets for the banquet are available from Joe Tarnes at 403-553-3739, Ken Hedley at 403-553-3576 or 403-553-3930, and Gloria Flynn at 403-553-3153.

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