The number of trophies brought in to be measured may have numbered double from last year, according to Riley Barrowman, president of the Kamsack branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF).
“Again, this year, the members brought in some good sized trophies from white-tailed and mule deer, elk, and moose,” he said. “We had a great turnout on December 12, and even though some antlers may have scored higher than others, each set brought in was an excellent representation.
“What was really nice to see was the number of youth hunters who brought in their trophies, and it was enjoyable to watch them compare their own with the others. It’s good to have more youngsters involved in the sport.”
The Broda Sportsplex mezzanine saw a steady stream of hunters bring their trophies in for measurement.
Heath Dreger of Yorkton, the past-president of the SWF and official measurer for the Boone and Crocket, Henry Kelsey and Pope and Young organizations, was set up to measure the trophies. Helping to measure were Clinton Chernoff, former president of the Kamsack branch and district delegate, Barrowman and Lorne Leis.
Clark Schultz of Swift Current is the current SWF president.
Manning the membership table, Alison Stefiuk and Walter Lesiuk sold individual and family SWF memberships during the evening, and were pleased with the numbers sold. “We exceeded last year’s membership sales,” Stefiuk said.
Door prize draws were made from the names of memberships purchased and Keanna Romaniuk won a pop-up hunting blind, while Bart Hunter was the winner of a coyote call.
The annual banquet and awards night will be held on February 29 at the Ukrainian Catholic Hall, when those whose antlers scored the highest will be recognized.