April 5, 2021
Welcome to Bullet Points, our news & events email!
SPFGA 2021 affiliation with AFGA
The SPFGA Board recently heard a presentation from the Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA), prompted by recent discussions, and deliberated on the matter.

We have reached the consensus that the AFGA recognizes their issues and needs some time to do their work. As such, we will renew our affiliation for 2021 to help facilitate this. We recognize the value in what the AFGA represents, we recognize that change takes time, and we recognize that a lot of work is needed. However, we also feel that reasonable milestones need to be set to measure progress. We have communicated our expectations about these milestones to the AFGA, and have left meeting these up to them.

Continued affiliation is by no means automatic, and will be the subject of ongoing review as we move through the year.

To be clear, we want to see the AFGA succeed. However, our obligation is to the SPFGA itself and we recognize that blind support of any organization is not always in our best interest.
Recent Board changes
Some recent changes may see us asking for members interested in Board service in the near future.

We'll need a chance to discuss it, but the Board may be putting out a call for interest in a future issue of Bullet Points.

Watch for it here!
SPFGA 2020 Donation to the CCFR
We have heard a number of misconceptions regarding the SPFGA’s 2020 donation to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR). We’d like to take a moment to correct some of these inaccuracies.

First, the SPFGA supports other organizations that share our values and mission, including the Wildlife Trust Fund (WTF), the Narrow Lake Conservation Center (NLCC), and the CCFR. Donations for each organization were included in the 2020 budget, approved by the Board in 2019.

Intended to support the CCFR’s legal challenge of the Liberal government’s May 1, 2020 Order-in-Council, a motion raised at the May 12, 2020 Board meeting proposed a one-time increase of the annual CCFR donation to $20,000 for 2020 only, as well as the ongoing donation of a portion of the fees from law enforcement agencies’ use of our facilities. This motion did not receive any votes in opposition from the 18 members of the Board in attendance.

Questions have been raised about the fact that some board members were CCFR members. While this is true, the members making and seconding this motion were not member of the CCFR. It is also worth mentioning that Board members with CCFR membership were a minority at this vote. Additionally, simple membership in another organization does not by itself create a conflict of interest. If it were, our long-standing annual donation in support of the WTF would also need to be deemed inappropriate.

The Board received a good deal of feedback following the announcement of this donation, the preponderance of which was very positive and supportive. Additionally, this donation had the readily-observable effect of prompting other Fish and Game groups like ours across Canada to make similar donations as well, supporting the legal challenge of a clear overreach of government on the matter of Canadians’ firearms rights.
Range time change April 15
Please note that the shooting end time on the firearm ranges bumps forward to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 15. All firing must now cease at this time each day.

Throughout the year, our range hours shift to accommodate the changes in daylight hours (see below). These times are posted at the gate, on the website, and in the newsletter.
Hand Sanitizer 1
Important reminder: COVID prevention
Links to our COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and our Facility Re-opening Plan, where we remain at Phase 2, can be found on the home page of the website.

Please ensure you read, know, and follow these details while visiting the facility.

Of particular note, given the current public health orders, is the need for each member to:
  • wear a mask anywhere on the facility when unable to physically distance 2 m from other members you do not live with, with the exception of being on the firing line; no exemptions are accepted*.
  • regularly sanitize your hands and disinfect common-touch surfaces

With cases rising again toward what clearly seems like a Third Wave, and the increasing prevalence of variants of concern, which transmit more readily and cause more serious disease, we cannot stress strongly enough the need for you to comply with these measures. Solid compliance with the provincial health orders is the primary reason we have been able to remain open. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action at minimum, and could ultimately lead to the need to close the facility again.

*Members with a medical condition preventing the wearing of a mask who would like to discuss options regarding their membership can contact membership@spfga.ca.
Birdhouse kits on sale until April 10!
We featured a two-part story about our birdhouse update project in the Fall 2020 issue (p.15) and the Winter 2021 issue (p.15) of Range of Thoughts, our quarterly newsletter. A surprising number of members contacted us afterward asking if it were possible to purchase these build kits for themselves.

As a result of that interest, we've set up a birdhouse kit purchase page to take pre-orders for kits. Orders will be accepted until April 10.
SPFGA-branded apparel available on Entripy
SPFGA-branded apparel is now available on our Entripy store front: https://spfga.entripyshops.com/.

There's a broad range of T-shirts, hoodies, hats, toques, sweatshirts, etc. - head on over and have a look around!

This is something we began based on requests from members just like you. Once you've had a chance to look around, let us know at memberservices@spfga.ca what you think.
Thursday Evening Fun Shoots
From 4 - 8 pm on Thursday evenings from April 15 to September 21, we will be holding no-charge pistol fun shoots on the 50 m Range. The plan is to alternate between Practical Pistol and Rimfire Race Gun formats each week, but the format is open, so if you have something other than that you'd like to introduce we can explore that too.

Contact Mark Lowry, Handgun Director at handgun@spfga.ca with any questions.

Please consider volunteering
These nights will be volunteer-supported, so if you're interested and available to help with them, please contact Kelly Annesty, Programs Director at programs@spfga.ca to let her know. 
New: Lost and Found page
A fair number of items have been turned into our Lost and Found over the last several months. To help reconnect these items with their owners, we have set up a Lost and Found page on the website.

We have gone through and set up a little entry for each item. Take a moment to go through to see if any of these are yours.
Black Powder Trail work party
Saturday, April 3 was fine, sunny day...a glorious day for a work party!

A small group was out on the Black Powder Trail doing some planned work & bringing us one step closer to it re-approved as a range by the CFO.

Much thanks go to Randy Simonneau, Paul Stubbs, and Colin Stubbs from Sights & Arms (pictured below), as well as Tom Opgenorth (Primitive Weapons Director), Deryk Emerson, and Jennifer Hodge (1st Vice President) for coming out and rebuilding backstops.

Also, a shout out goes to Wayne Gardner and Paul Christiansen for the time they spent on a cold February day assisting with the assessment and planning that went into the work completed today.

The next step, once the ground thaws and dries up a bit, is to reposition some targets.
Outlaw Rimfire Precision Series (ORPS)
OPRS is precision shooting from a variety of shooting scenarios on standardized courses of fire with .22LR rifles.

We have matches schedule through the year:
April 17
May 15
June 12
July 31
August 22
September 25
October 23
November 20
December 18

Check out the Events Calendar on the website for more details.

Please consider volunteering
These events, like our others, are volunteer-supported. In fact, ORPS would not be possible at SPFGA without the imaginative and energetic volunteer support of Jordenne Prescott. If you're interested and available to help Jordenne with the ORPS series, please contact Kelly Annesty, Programs Director at programs@spfga.ca to let her know.
Project Mapleseed at SPFGA
SPFGA is proud to be hosting a number of Project Mapleseed events in 2021. (What is Project Mapleseed? Check it out here.)

Registration is open now at the links below:

April 11 - Sold Out

May 2 - Sold Out

For COVID physical-distancing precautions, these events are limited to a maximum of 7 participants.
Interested in volunteering? We need you!
As you can probably tell from the pieces above, volunteer support from members is what makes our programs innovation possible.

So, if you're interested in helping with upcoming events or perhaps with lending a hand at a work party, please contact our Kelly Annesty, Programs Director at programs@spfga.ca. Let her know which areas you're interested in helping with and we'll add you to our volunteer list for those areas.
What's Your Thought?
What's Your Thought? is a regularly-running poll where you're able to share your thoughts with us.
This What's Your Thought? polls your interest in knowing how busy the facility is.

A common question we've heard from members is 'when are the busy times?'

It's something we've thought a lot about ourselves and done analyses on. We've even written a couple of articles about our analysis of property access - 'Ketchamoot Creek Property Access - Part I' in the Spring 2019 issue of Range of Thoughts (p.10) and 'Ketchamoot Creek Property Access - Part II' in the Summer 2019 issue of Range of Thoughts (p.15).

It can be a bit of a gamble sometimes, coming out and having things be fairly quiet, or having a number of members out enjoying the facility too.

This question has made us wonder - if there was some way of you being able to check in advance - maybe by being able to check the website - to get an idea how busy the facility is before going out, would that be interesting to you?
Would knowing how busy the facility is before coming out be useful to you?
Yes, mainly for the gun ranges.
Yes, and not just for the ranges.
No, this would not be useful to me.
This Last Thought is the poll results from the March 14 edition of Bullet Points.
The Last Thought
In the What's Your Thought? poll in the March 14 edition of Bullet Points, we polled your interest in a hunting mentor program.

There was a good deal of interest in this survey, with 235 member responding. Eighty (34%) indicated they would be interested in taking part, 12(5.1%) indicated they would be interested in being a mentor, 123 (52.3%) said they weren't interested in participating but were supportive of such a program, and 20 (8.5%) said this does not interest them at all.

From this, there does seem to be an appetite for exploring this idea.
These Did You Know? articles were suggested by you as a source of quick reminders, highlight specific rules & briefly explain their reasoning.

Did you know that dogs are welcome at Ketchamoot Creek?

There are rules obviously, but your pooches are most definitely welcome too:
  • they must be leashed at all times when on the property (we want to keep them safe & limit their interactions with wildlife)
  • they are prohibited on all ranges (we don't want them running downrange where they could get hurt)
  • aggressive dogs are not permitted (self-explanatory & understandable).
Discussion Group
Please come and join our members-only Facebook discussion group, The Ketchamoot Discourse, a place where SPFGA members can talk with each other or the Board.

Head on over and take a look. See you there!
Having trouble viewing or think you might have missed some issues of Bullet Points? Please contact the office. To see all past issues of Bullet Points, visit the archive on the website.