Help the duckies!

Able-bodied members (or friends) of the Peachland Sportsman’s Association are asked to help rescue hundreds of duckies from Okanagan Lake and the edges of Trepanier Creek Apr. 15.
It’s all part of the fourth annual Rubber Ducky Race, a fund-raiser for the Bat Education and Ecological Protection Society, Sat., Apr. 15 between noon and 4 p.m.

PSA events coordinator Martha Jenkins says members have taken on the task of ‘rescuing’ the duckies each year since the event began four years ago. Using hip wader and boats they collect the ‘rubber’ ducks as they wash up along Trepanier Creek, and prevent them for getting out into the big lake.

The event is held at Beach Avenue and Todd Road in Peachland, with the first of 600 ducks released upstream at 2 p.m., following the opening and welcome, with Master of Ceremonies Okanagan Wolfman and music by Papa Thom.

Lunch is provided and there are food concessions open from noon to 4 p.m. when prizes will be presented and the closing held.
Kiddy ducks go on sale at 1 p.m.

As well as the duck races, there will be games, face painting, a best duck costume and duck dance contest.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 12:30, but please call Martha Jenkins if you can help: 250-767-9461 so she can coordinate the ‘rescue’ teams.

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Room for New Faces

With retirement of a number of long-time directors of the Peachland Sportsmens Associations, there is space on the executive for some new faces to be elected at this year’s annual general meeting April 19. First though, check to make sure you’ve paid up your membership dues for 2017. If you let that lapse, not only do you lose your right to vote at the PSA agm and participate in the many club activities; but you also lose your subscription to B.C. Outdoors magazine that is a perk of our membership in the B.C. Wildlife Federation. You lose your BCWF membership and its insurance program, as well as being part of a 50,000-strong lobby group for conservation of our fish and wildlife resource and the habitat they require.

It’s vital people like members of the PSA band together to ensure we continue to have access to fish and wildlife resources in B.C., and that those resources are carefully tended so our children’s children will also be able to enjoy our spectacular outdoor recreational opportunities. And, it only costs a few dollars a year. PSA membership dues are payable at the beginning of each calendar year.

At this year’s agm members will also vote on a proposal to increase dues by $20 a year, effective immediately.

Paid-up members will elect a new executive at that meeting, and the posts of treasurer, secretary, membership coordinator and fund-raising chair must be filled.

It’s your turn to step up and help guide this club into its fourth decade.

The responsibilities of secretary are simply to take notes at monthly meetings and write the occasional letter. The time commitment is not substantial.

A new membership coordinator is needed immediately. Computer and communication skills are needed to process memberships and keep track of them; report to the BCWF; respond to enquiries and send out e-mails to the membership. It’s estimated this requires a commitment of about 15 hours a month. As well, the club is in need of a new treasurer who can handle the banking, pay bills and do the accounting needed to run the organization. Fund-raising chair is a new post, so anyone with some organizational skills and ideas can develop the position into what suits them.

Everyone interested in playing a role in moving the PSA forward, please be sure to attend the regular meetings held the third Wednesday of the month at the Peachland Community Centre, beginning at 7:30 p.m. If you’re willing to step up and volunteer to help out with one of the vacant executive positions, contact president Brent Froehlich, or if you wish to nominate someone, do so at the agm.

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No Game Banquet This Year

The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association’s major fund-raiser has had to be cancelled this year due to a lack of volunteers.

The annual game dinner, with raffles, draws and other games, is a big event that’s lots of fun for the whole family and the proceeds allow the club to fund activities such as habitat enhancement projects for fish and game. However, the fewer members who are willing to share a bit of their time and energy to help put it on, the more work it is for the remainder.

This year the club executive was unable to find someone prepared to lead the effort so in January, they were forced to cancel it, after many decades.

For much of that time, the same volunteers worked hard to make the club event a reality, but many of them are not as spry as they used to be, and it’s now time for new, younger people to come forward to step into their shoes and help out.

The old saying “many hands make light work,” certainly applies to this event. The template exists so no one needs to come forward and re-invent the wheel, but other members must take on the roles they have done in the past.

If you’re disappointed this year’s event won’t happen, put your name forward to help put on a game banquet in 2018, to ensure there will be one next year.

The sooner some of that work commences, the more certainty there is it can happen next year. If you’re willing to play a part in making that happen send your name and contact information to president Brent Froelich at

Plans are afoot to hold some different fund-raisers this year, so be prepared to join in those activities as well. Your participation helps make this a vibrant club for you and everyone else.

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BC Fishn – Learn to Fish at Shannon Lake

There may have been clouds in the sky, but there were sunny smiles on the faces of the kids who gathered around holes in the ice on Shannon Lake on a cold mid-January weekend.
More than 150 turned out for this year’s Family Learn to Ice Fish event in West Kelowna, organized by Danny Coyne of the Okanagan Region, B.C. Wildlife Federation, and carried out with the help of many volunteers.
Since the parking lot at Shannon Lake can only accommodate a couple of dozen cars, a shuttle was organized to bring anglers from the overflow lot at the Kinsmen Ball Park nearby.
Coyne thanked the City of West Kelowna for making that parking lot available and helping to keep all the young families safe from traffic along busy Shannon Lake Road.
This year’s event was a huge success, from the fish the kids caught to the hotdogs supplied by volunteers, commented Coyne. “Everyone had fun,” he said.
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Bald Range Project

Article by Judie Steeves

p6298173Members of the Peachland Sportsman’s Association spearheaded a habitat restoration project on the Bald Range grassland off Bear Main Forest Service Road in 2010, and continue working in the area today.

In 2012, the PSA received a small Public Conservation Assistance Fund grant from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to work on restoring the grassland and repairing the eroding gullies resulting from fall line trails created by dirt bikers.

With fencing off of that area and closure of those trails, along with construction of a network of new, sustainable dirt bike trails in that area, the trails within that pocket grassland are no longer used, and there’s was a general willingness to do some restoration work from the many ministries involved and local not for profit groups and the City of Kelowna—which is responsible downstream for the quality of drinking water sourced from Bear Creek.

Several meetings were held with an inter-ministry ecosystem restoration committee to discuss the project.
An initial work party was held in June, 2013, along with a chainsaw certification course so members would be able to safely remove some of the overcrowded trees at the bottom of the grassland and insert them into the gullies as check dams to slow the downhill flow of water.

More work parties were held in the fall of the next year and spring of 2015, as well as in December of that year.
Volunteers involved came not only from the ranks of the PSA, but also from the Oceola Fish and Game Club, the Kelowna Fish and Game Club, the Okanagan Trail Riders’ Association, the Central Okanagan Naturalists Club (which used to maintain bird boxes in the area), and from the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, as well as the ministries.
Technical assistance has been offered throughout the project from grassland ecologist Don Gayton and geoscientist Lorne Davies.

One of the most frustrating issues at present is the increasing presence of the invasive St. John’s Wort and Sulphur Cinquefoil, which are choking out native plants.

A number of experiments are being conducted to try and reduce populations of these invasives, including the introduction earlier this year of Chrysalina beetles which feed on St. John’s Wort.

In June this year, Al Springer, Lorne Davies and Judie Steeves erected an interpretive sign on Bald Range FSR, alongside the grassland, describing some of the work that’s been done in the area by volunteers.pb049850pb049867


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Stocked and Ready for Youngsters to ‘Go Fish’

Stocking LakeOver the past eight years, more than 34,000 young rainbow trout have been stocked in two Central Okanagan fishing areas for the annual ‘Go Fish’ program for youngsters.

The BC Freshwater Fisheries Society and Summerland Trout Hatchery staff are adding 2,500 more 25-30 centimeter long fish into the special fishing areas in two regional parks as the youth urban fishery program kicks off for its ninth season this weekend.

The Hall Road pond in Mission Creek Regional Park hosts the grand opening on Saturday, May 2nd while activities resume for the season Sunday, May 3rd at the special fishing area set up in Shannon Lake Regional Park. Regional Parks staff and volunteers from participating organizations will provide a barbeque and refreshments by donation at each kick-off event!

Each weekend through Sunday, June 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, youngsters 15 years of age and under will be able to fish for rainbow trout and are allowed to keep one each day, without a fishing license. Each Saturday at the Hall Road pond, volunteers from the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club will provide equipment and expert fishing guidance while members of the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will lend their fishing expertise to ‘Go Fish’ participants in the netted area at the south end of Shannon Lake in Shannon Lake Regional Park. Each Sunday, Regional Parks Services staff will provide equipment and will be available to help youngsters as they try their luck in the two fishing program locations.

And this year there’s a bonus ‘Families in Parks’ Go Fishing event on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st from 10:00 – 11:30 am at Shannon Lake Regional Park. The same regulations apply as the Go Fish program.

For some youngsters the ‘Go Fish’ program may be their first opportunity to experience the lifelong enjoyment of fishing. Communication Officer Bruce Smith says, “This program is one of the best we offer each year. It’s hugely popular and thousands of youngsters from across the Central Okanagan have learned patience and the thrill of catching their first fish. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers with the Kelowna Fish and Game Club, the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association and Freshwater Fisheries Society, a new generation has had the opportunity to experience this lifelong sport.”

“If you plan to join us during any of the ‘Go Fish’ weekends” Smith says, “please respect our park neighbours by parking only in the designated areas or where directed by staff. While participants age 15 and under are not required to have a fishing license for this program we ask that they bring their own fishing equipment if possible, as there’s a limited number of rods and reels to borrow at each site.”

The ‘Go Fish’ recreational fishing program is put on by Regional District Parks Services and its volunteer partners, the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club and Peachland Sportsmen’s Association along with the support of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Summerland Trout Hatchery and the Ministry of Environment.


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PSA Supports Mission Creek Restoration

At the November General Meeting, PSA members voted to support the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) with a donation to the project of $5,000. PSA Members have also officially thrown out a challenge to other fish & game clubs in the Okanagan to match or exceed the PSA donation.
The primary goal of the project is to restore fish and wildlife stocks and habitat. Complementary objectives will conserve and expand biodiversity and species at risk, to improve flood protection, and to inspire and support community stewardship. For more information on the project, read the press release below and also visit the website at:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25th, 2015

MCRI dike realignment will expand channel width by almost 400 percent

Phase 1 of the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) is officially underway, meaning that the south dike between Casorso Road and Gordon Drive is closed, environmental and archaeological monitoring is underway, and trees and vegetation within the new dike alignment are being removed. Slated for completion next spring, dike relocation and floodplain enhancement will increase the creek’s channel width from 40 to 150 metres, thereby reducing flood risks while expanding fish and wildlife habitat.

To prepare for the dike realignment, the existing dike within the construction area will be scalped to an average elevation of 40cm above the creek’s current water level. These scalped materials will be used to construct the new setback dike. Designed to accommodate a one-in-200-year flood, the 570-metre section of new dike will reflect government standards and design specifications outlined in the MCRI Dike Setback Design Report. Construction will take place during the low-water period between now and next spring, with no harmful impacts on creek water quality.

The site of the new dike will initially be stripped down to mineral soil, with the excess top soil being stored for future use. Many of the trees and shrubs removed along the new dike alignment will be used to re-vegetate the newly expanded floodplain. Construction will start from both upstream and downstream ends, allowing for faster removal of material from the existing dike. The new dike requires about 9,000 cubic metres of sand, clay, and gravel. To reduce material and hauling costs, the majority of the needed dike materials will come from the old dike.

To increase benefits for fish, four ‘meander’ notches, equally spaced along the scalped section of old dike, will be carved into the south bank of Mission Creek. Pools will be excavated at each meander notch and large trees will be anchored into the bank and extend into the pool to provide overhead cover. This habitat restoration will help re-naturalize flow patterns and provide major rearing benefits for rainbow trout, kokanee and mountain whitefish. This work is scheduled for summer 2016 during the period of lowest risk to aquatic species.

Construction is being undertaken by City of Kelowna workers, which MCRI project coordinator Steve Matthews says ìs an ideal arrangement. “Being a key MCRI partner, the City has a strong vested interest in getting the job done right… on time and within budget. It`s also a project that provides extra work for the City`s seasonal crews. I`m looking forward to watching it all unfold over the next six months.”

But watching it unfold in the short term may concern residents who don`t understand that MCRI is a project with huge long-term benefits. For example, a walk along the four-metre crest of the new dike “won`t be what people are used to, at least not for a few years,” says Matthews. “But as nature takes its course over time, and native trees and vegetation take hold, the view from the new dike across the naturalized creek will be stunning.”

For up-to-the-minute information about MCRI visit

Read the latest MCRI Press Release


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Certificate of Insurance – ATV

For members with ATV’s etc….. Please download and print the certificate: Members Insurance for the 2016 year. This should be carried with you at all times along with your PSA or BCWF membership card.

If you have any questions about coverage, please download and read the following FAQ: Liability Insurance FAQ

Cheers – Gord

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Upcoming CORE & PAL Course

The Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) course is for anyone 10 or older who is interested in getting their BC hunter number, and/or their PAL (Possession Acquisition License). This event is sponsored by MSBC and the Peachland Sportsman’s Club.
This course requires a large amount of class time. The fee will cover all of your requirements for obtaining your CORE Certification. If ordering a CORE textbook, it can be picked up at Maple Springs Bible Camp.
Contact Al Springer (250) 870-1976 for further information on the CORE Course or register online at
Note: The minimum age to take the CORE Course is 10 years old.
Starts at 6:00 pm on Friday April 1, 2016 to April 3, 2016
CORE Fee $195.00
CORE Textbook $20.00
PAL Fee $60.00

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Trophy Scoring Meeting


Bring in your Trophy to be Scored

The PSA Trophy Awards scoring meeting will be held at Harley White’s Tuesday January 26 @ 7pm. If you can’t make it that night you can drop off your animal ahead of time but please remember to bring your license & tag information as all animals on Harley’s property need to be accounted for.

The address is 3605 Emerald Rd West Kelowna.

If there are any questions send me an email at
Brent Tingstad

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