February 12, 2021
Welcome to Bullet Points, our news & events email!
2021 Trophy measuring
Because of the need to mitigate COVID transmission risk, we will be trying something new for trophy measuring this year.

If you have a fish, bird, or big game trophy you would like measured, contact a measurer from one of the societies below:




You'll be asked to make an appointment to drop off and pick up your trophy, will need to mark your name on your trophy (a piece of masking tape would do), and will need to follow the standard COVID precautions (mask wear, physical distancing, hand sanitizing).

Email a copy of your signed score sheet to Bassem Salama at hunting@spfga.ca by February 28 so they can be collated with those of other members. The results will be announced at our Awards Night event.

Each year there are a few categories without entries, so as much as you might not consider your big game head, fish, or bird a trophy, it might still be eligible to win its category so please consider submitting it! It's important to emphasize though that what constitutes a trophy is a matter of personal choice. And, while not every harvest always has to be about the record books, any animal taken legally and through fair chase can be your own personal trophy.

This process we're trying this year has been employed by other clubs, even pre-COVID, and it's worked well for them. We'll see how this goes for us this year & if it works well it could become our standard approach too.
Family Fishing Weekend!
On Family Fishing Weekend, February 13, 14, and 15, Albertans can fish without a fishing licence - a great opportunity to take the family out with the warming weather this weekend!

Please remember: all other Alberta sportfishing regulations still apply.
SPFGA-branded apparel now available!
In the May 24 issue of Bullet Points, we polled your interest in SPFGA-branded merchandise. Your response, which we reported in the June 20 issue of Bullet Points, was quite clear with 85.2% of the 277 respondents saying that they would be interested in this.

So, we set out to find a partner with which to do this in a way that didn’t require us to hold merchandise, set up a store front, or handle returns. Our search led us to Entripy, a Canadian retailer of custom-made apparel, whose storefront works exactly this way.

Our SPFGA store front with them is now open: https://spfga.entripyshops.com/. They have a broad range of offerings – click on the link and go have a look around!
We look forward to seeing you out at the facility in them!
Awards Night committee - volunteers needed
The SPFGA traditionally gathers each spring at the Annual Awards Night to celebrate fellowship and club members' harvest successes.

We had to cancel last year's event at short notice due to the pandemic. We plan on proceeding with this year's event in a virtual format.

To help plan this event, we will need a two or three volunteers for the planning committee. If you're interested and are able to participate in online meetings to help with the planning, please email Ashleigh Emerson at youth@spfga.ca.
AFGA Elections - First call for nominations
The Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA), the over-arching provincial organization of which the SPFGA is part, will be holding their elections virtually this year as well, the date of which is yet to be set.

We're assisting them in getting their first call for nominations out for each of the following positions:

  • President
  • Both Vice President positions                
  • Environment Chair
  • Hunting Chair
  • Fishing Chair
  • Programs Chair
 
Every SPFGA member in good standing is eligible to submit a nomination form for any of these positions. We encourage members interested in becoming involved at the provincial level to send a form in and run for a position!

Completed forms can be emailed to office@afga.org with the subject line: “2021 Election Nomination Form”.

Detailed responsibilities of any of these positions may be requested from the AFGA's office at office@afga.org.
Any aspiring writers?
We're trying something new this year: inviting members interested in writing to authour pieces on topics of interest for our streams of communication.

If this interests you - even if it's just for a single piece you happen to be passionate about - please reach out to Roland Coppens, Communications Director at communications@spfga.ca.
Youth and BOW camps
The Narrow Lake Conservation Center hosts a number of important camps throughout the summer (see our article on page 23 of the Winter 2019 issue of Range of Thoughts for details).

The SPFGA sponsors 4 youth members to attend the Narrow Lake Youth Conservation Camp and 4 female members to attend the Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) camp, both held at the NLCC.

The NLCC's camps were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, and we're awaiting confirmation whether they will be running this year, but we'll begin our planning as if they will be proceeding.

For 2021, we will be selecting an additional 4 members for each camp - in addition to the four selected last year - so if you are interested in attending, please contact Ashleigh Emerson at youth@spfga.ca before February 28. In your email, please introduce yourself and tell us why you would like to go to camp.

Members selected for sponsorship to each camp will be asked to provide photos and a letter telling us about their experiences for publication in Range of Thoughts, our quarterly club newsletter.
Active on social media? We need you!
We're active on Twitter and Instagram...wellll OK, we have Twitter and Instagram accounts...but we'd like to build our activity on them!

If you're active on Twitter and Instagram and would like to create and push out conservation, environmental, and sports shooting-related content, please contact Roland Coppens, Communications Director at communications@spfga.ca.
COVID prevention - a reminder
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

We cannot stress strongly enough the need for you to comply with these elements. 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.
Experience with WordPress? Drop us a line!
Keeping the website continually fresh and updated is a task that involves bit of work. It's also like any other important work: many hands make light work.

If you have WordPress experience and a few hours each month to spare, we could use your help! Reach out to Roland Coppens, Communications Director at communications@spfga.ca if this interests you.
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 thoughts about our Annual Awards Night, which we celebrate each spring.
SPFGA Annual Awards Night
The Last Thought
In the January 29 edition of Bullet Points, we polled your thoughts about about the Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA) and your membership in the AFGA as a result of being a member of the SPFGA.

In summary of the responses, while a good percentage were aware that SPFGA membership also conferred AFGA membership, most members did not have a clear awareness of this. There was a general trend of lack of awareness of the AFGA’s mission and its value to them personally. When it was articulated, the Wildlife Trust Fund (WTF) and being the provincial voice for hunters, anglers, and trappers to government were the most common themes.
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 interpretation and enforcement of the law are not within the purview of the SPFGA or the Board?

Our facility rules are safety rules, and in some cases, rules intended to keep things organized & neighborly. It’s not our role to interpret the law. Instead, we understand that each member has taken the effort to know and understand the law pertaining to use and transportation of their firearms and that they govern themselves accordingly
Facebook
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!