Hunting and fishing are activities enjoyed by many people in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

Hunting and fishing are activities enjoyed by many people in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

Game banquet: a taste of living in the wild

The Sacred Heart banquet hall was filled to capacity for the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association’s annual game banquet and awards night.

The Sacred Heart banquet hall was filled to capacity Feb. 2 for the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association’s annual game banquet and awards night.

Members donated a wide variety of fish and wild game for the banquet that was cooked up to perfection by True Food Services.

Appetizers included deer sausage rolls, sweet and sour cougar, moose sausage, bison meatballs, salmon quiche and lemon baked trout.

The main buffet was laden with roast deer, elk and beef, bear lasagna, venison cabbage casserole, all game sauerbraten, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, peas, asian noodle salad, tossed salad and buns, all followed by an assortment of desserts.

The silent auction included a wide variety of items donated by local businesses, from resort stays, to hiking boots, hunting knives, flashlights, a unique world globe that turns by itself, to clocks, gift certificates of all sorts and even a diamond ring.

Master of ceremonies Judy Jenkins says the event was a very good fundraiser for the club which netted approximately $7,000 after expenses.

She says the diamond ring donated anonymously brought in about $650 and the two rifle raffles raised about $1,100 each.

Marge Butler won the draw for the .243 rifle.

Dylan Meldrum won the draw for the .270 rifle.

Kyle Gysel won the fishing draw and Lee Jackman won the hunting draw.

Lee Jackman and Ed Oliver were the awards presenters.

Junior Trout: first, Kyle Gysel, 6 lbs. 8 oz.; second, Nicholas Gysel, 4 lbs. 1 oz.

Rainbow Trout: first, Gordon Hannas, 11 lbs. 1 oz.; second Dena Gysel, 8 lbs. 2 oz.

Trout Fly Fishing Only: First, Kyle Gysel 5 lbs. 6 oz.; second, Donna Monita 3 lbs. 8 oz.

Trout Catch and Release: first, Moe Monita 5 lbs. 2 oz, Dolly Varden.

Junior Spring Salmon: first, Kyle Gysel, 27 lbs.

Char Lake Trout: Moe Monita 6 lbs. 6 oz.

Junior Mule Deer: first, Kyle Gysel, 130-1/8; second, Cameron Brockel 40 4/8.

Mule Deer Typical: first, Wayne Biffert, 150 5/8; second, Bob Coates, 150 2/8.

Mule Deer/Whitetail, Typical, Archery: first Danny Cooper 134 6/8; Stephanie Ferguson 105 3/8.

Mule Deer Typical Ladies: first Montana Reid 144 4/8.

Mule Deer/Whitetail Non-typical, Archery: first Lee Jackman 162.

Moose, Archery: first, Al Campsall 107.

Junior Black Bear: first, Kyle Gysel, 16 4/8.

Black Bear, Archery: first, Danny Cooper, 17 6/8; second, John Walker, 17 4/8.

Mountain Goat: first, Lee Jackman 40 4/8.

Elk: first, Moe Monita, 258 2/8.

Aggregate Archery: Danny Cooper, black bear, 17 6/8 average 0.9861 per cent.

Open Big Game Aggregate Score: Kyle Gysel, black bear, 16 4/8, average 0.8684 per cent.

Sportsman of the Year: Incoming club president Terry Chupa.

Rear Ender Award: Judy Jenkins’ story as told by her husband Barry. Apparently ATVs can climb trees — to a degree.

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