February 5, 2020
Welcome to Bullet Points , our new news & events email! The name was chosen from your submissions to the 'Help us with names' contest we held in December. It simultaneously brings to mind an itemized list, essentially what these emails are, as well as giving a nod to hunting and sport shooting.
Cards: on the final stretch
For anyone renewed or registered prior to January 3, cards for all membership types except Family with Range Privileges have been sent out.

We working through the Family with Range Privileges cards and will have them completed soon,then we'll be moving on to members who renewed or registered after January 3.

If you haven't received your cards by mid-February, please call the office at 780-467-0085 to follow up.

Thank you again for your patience as we've worked through these final phases of settling-in of the new website and member portal.
Website Guest Passes Ready!
We're happy to announce that range guest passes can now be purchased through the website!

Log into your account on the website & click 'My Account' to take you to the Member Portal. The 'Buy Guest Pass' link is in the sidebar on the left. Adult guests are $20 each; guests under 18 are no charge. The emailed receipt is your pass. You must have a membership with range privileges to purchase a pass.

Take a moment to review the Range Guest Policy before heading out.
Intro to Winter Camping
Imagine yourself moving across the frozen landscape, stillness in the air, crunch of snow underfoot. The sun sets, unveiling the beauty and wonder of the night sky. The smell of a wood stove warms your senses upon discovering your home for the night: a beautiful canvas tent, set up and waiting for you like an old friend with the porch light on.
Instructed by Dragan Uzelac of Niko Wilderness Education, this two day, one night Intro to Winter Camping course will leave you feeling more comfortable and confident in all your winter travels.
Covered topics include:
  • fire lighting,
  • knife handling
  • stovemanship
  • axe use and safety
  • saws
  • winter travel
  • clothing
  • animal tracks
  • survival
  • bushcraft skills

All with the comfort of canvas tents, warmed by wood stoves. 

SPFGA member rate: $275.00 per person 

Held at our Ketchamoot Creek Facility on February 22-23, this members-only turn-key course for up to six participants will provide everything required, including quality high-end camp meals, kitchenware, tents and snowshoes. Attendees need only provide winter clothing and sleep systems (winter rated sleeping bag and sleeping mats).
Cabela's Trophy Measuring Day
Cabela's Edmonton South
8th Annual Big Game Trophy Measuring Day
Saturday, February 8 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Bring your current or prior year big game or carnivore specie game head to Cabela's to have it officially scored at no charge by a panel of registered AFGA Boone & Crockett and Pope and Young scorers.

Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) Ice Fishing Photo Contest
Going ice fishing? Take an awesome photo, send it to the ACA & you could win!

How to Enter:

1) Comment on the ACA Facebook Contest post with your photo submission 

2) Post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #IceFishingPhotoContest2020

Kids Can Catch - Wabamun 
Feb. 15, 10 am - 3 pm
Give ice fishing a try at Wabamun Lake Kids Can Catch. With pre-drilled holes, loaner fishing rods, and no fishing licences required on Alberta’s Family Fishing Weekend, there has never been a better time to give ice fishing a try!

Family Fishing Weekend 
Feb. 15 to 17
During Alberta’s biannual Family Fishing Weekends, no fishing licence is required. Albertans and visitors are invited to try fishing on waterbodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). Keep in mind that fishing regulations still apply.

What's Your Thought?
Question 1: Should the SPFGA increase the WTF and NLCC donations?
Yes, please increase them
No, do not increase them
Question 2: If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, which should we increase?
Increase the WTF donation
Increase the NLCC donation
Increase donations to both
This Last Thought is the poll results from the Jan 27 edition of Bullet Points .
The Last Thought
In the January 27 edition, we asked your preference between the three logos options.

Throughout, Option 1 and Option 2 were pretty much steadily tied, first place trading back and forth. At the end, Option 2 ended just slightly ahead, 373 votes to 371. Option 3 was a distant third at 63 votes.

Thank you for letting us know your preferences. The Board will take this information into consideration at the upcoming meeting on February 11.
Impending Whole-Facility Closure
Beaver County has informed us that culverts on Range Road 203 (the road leading into the gate) just south of the property are scheduled for replacement in the near future. When this work occurs, our entire facility will be closed to all traffic for all use. This will probably be for the whole day when it happens, but should only require one day of closure.
 
Beaver County hasn't supplied a specific date yet, but when they do we will update you by email, social media and the website as usual. Please stay posted.
These Did You Know? articles, suggested by you as a source of quick reminders, highlight specific rules & briefly explaining their reasoning.

Did you know that it is the responsibility of each member leave the area they've used clean and ready for the next person?

The Facility Rules, in the Etiquette section, states that prior to departing, targets must be removed from target boards and spent casings picked up as well, using the brooms, magnets and dustpans provided.

It's everyone's responsibility to ensure the facility is maintained in the excellent shape we'd like to find it in.
Facebook Discussion Group
Please come and join our 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!