February 11, 2020
Welcome to Bullet Points , our news & events email! The name was chosen from your submissions to the 'Help us with names' contest we held last year.

'Bullet points' simultaneously brings to mind an itemized list, essentially what these emails are, as well as giving a nod to hunting and sport shooting.
2020 Awards Banquet
Annual SPFGA Awards Banquet
April 18, 2020

Millwoods Golf Course clubhouse
4540 50 Street, Edmonton.

Adults: $40
Children (2-10 years) $20
Child under 2 - No Charge
2020 SPFGA Photo Contest
Prizes for best photos are awarded annually to members at the Awards Banquet in the Scenic and Wildlife categories.

Judging will be done by Sherwood Park Mall McBain Camera staff. The winner in each category will receive two tickets to the Awards Night banquet, a $30 gift card, and their photos will be on display at the banquet.

  • Submissions accepted until March 21
  • Up to two photos can be submitted in each category
  • Prints (max 8x10”) or USB drives with jpeg image files can be submitted at the Sherwood Park Mall McBain Camera location
  • Jpeg image files can be shared from cloud drives (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) to McBain Camera staff: sales.sp@mcbaincamera.com
  • Prints and USB drives will be returned in person at the Awards Night banquet

Members are encouraged to enter their Scenic and Wildlife photos!

For additional questions, contact communications@spfga.ca
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).
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.

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.
What's Your Thought?
This Last Thought is the poll results from the previous two editions of Bullet Points .
The Last Thought
In the last two editions of Bullet Points , we asked in the What's Your Thought? polls about your feelings on donations.

In the January 31 edition, we asked whether we should increase our budgeted $5,000 donation to the CCFR. Votes in favour were 213 (69.4%), opposed 94 (30.6%).

In our next poll on February 5 we asked if our budgeted $5,000 Wildlife Trust Fund donation and $6,000 Narrow Lake Conservation Center donations should be increased. There was less participation in this question, with 31 (32.6%) votes in favour and 64 (67.4%) opposed. Of votes in favour, 11 (31.4%) voted for an increase to just the WTF, 8 (22.9%) for an increase to just he NLCC, and 16 (45.7%) for an increase to both.
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 you and your range guest must operate from a single bench?

The Facility Rules, in the Supervised Guest Facility Rules section, states that as the sponsoring member is directly supervising the guest while they are handling uncased firearms, they will operate from a single bench .

The idea here is that as only one of you is shooting at a time, only one bench needs to be used. This ensures there is space for other members as well.
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!