Wednesday , 22 September 2021

Beaver River Fish and Game awards night is a chance to recognize members

One of the lakeland’s non-profit organizations is having one of their key fundraisers this weekend.

The Beaver River Fish and Game are holding their annual awards and supper on Saturday.

President Cynthia Pawliuk says the event helps keep their operations going for the year.

“We recognize all of our members for all the great harvests they’ve done, as well as their photos, their catch and release and it’s a big event for us every year,” she said.

“We’ve held it for over 30 years and… it’s also one of our biggest fundraisers. Fundraisers are big for us because they keep our building going throughout the year.”

The dinner showcases some of the wild meat dishes donated from members.

“It’s a great evening,” said Morris Nadeau who was president of the Beaver River Fish and Game Association for two years.

It’s a lot of fun and we get a lot of community involvement. People are excited to come and bid on our auction items and recognize their fellow hunters and anglers who harvested and donated some meat for the supper,” he said.

So what are some of the hotly-contested awards?

“It’s generally our big buck award. That is whitetail, we get quite a bit of that. We see a lot of muley because the draw is up here now. The moosehorns are always a big favorite. So sometimes we’re actually graced by having caribou horns, which we’ve had before, or rams, bears. But the biggest award is the big buck award,” said Pawliuk.

The Beaver River Fish and Game Association are stewards of the lands, says Pawliuk. They meet monthly to discuss what’s happening in the environment, especially how it relates to hunting and fishing.

“We also have a community building that is open to our local youth groups. That’s part of our give back to our community. We have a few youth groups that use our building free of charge because they do need a home to practice their activities as well.

They just started their ladies league, which encourages women to come out for their activities. Their first evening was archery-based.

“They’re a great bunch of gals and they do have a full lineup for the year. Go onto our page and it’s the ladies league, join in and have some fun,” she says.

Tickets are still available for the event. You can contact Cynthia at 780-573-6459 or go to their Facebook page.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.