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PSA Game Banquet & Fundraiser Volunteers Needed

 
Dear PSA Members,
 

Well it is once again that time of year…..Christmas and the New Year have passed and the Annual PSA Game Dinner and Fundraiser is a mere two months away. The impact of last year’s event has been felt right across the seasons of 2015, with the finances raised at our last Dinner being used to support many programs and initiatives including; the Shannon Lake Youth Fishing Program, the Fishing Forever Program for the disabled, the Private Shooting Facility, the Mission Creek Restoration Project and the 400 foot Fishing Forever Boardwalk proposed for the Heritage Park waterfront in Peachland.
 

I expect that 2016 will see the continuation of current initiatives as well as opportunities to invest in other conservation and community projects. As we all know, these worthwhile endeavors don’t happen on their own but require the efforts of our dedicated volunteers and the continued support of our many sponsors. It is my hope, that as in years past, members will come forward to volunteer their time and resources to assist with the planning and preparation of the Fundraiser and that our patrons will yet again consider our cause worthy of their support.
 

The Banquet Committee is already hard at work but we are in immediate need of volunteers to step forward to manage a few areas:
 

  1. Decoration and Set-Up Manager We need a volunteer to look after all of the Hall and table decorations as well as manage the set-up and tear down
  2. Decoration and Set-Up Helpers We need at least six people to join the decoration and set-up team
  3. Meat Donation Manager We need a volunteer who is able to look after managing all aspects of meat donations including solicitation and collection, of meat and communications with the Catering team
  4. Meat Donations Without meat it’s pretty hard to have a Game Dinner! We need everyone who has fish and game in the freezer to dig deep and give back some of the bounty they have been blessed with – Until such time as Meat Donation Manager makes an appearance please call me directly at 250-767-6690 or send me an email at brenton@froehlich.ca to let me know what you have to donate. We typically are looking for about 350 pounds in total
  5. Door Manager We need someone willing to manage the doors to the event, collect tickets, and work with Security to ensure the front face of the event runs smoothly. This person will be required to recruit at least one other person to assist them.
  6. Ticket Sellers For the selling of drink tickets, strip tickets, horn pulls, loonie toss and various raffles we anticipate needing at least ten volunteers
  7. Prizes and Donations PSA member Ann Carter has volunteered to manage the prizes and donations this year. A huge thank you to Ann!!!!! If you were the contact person for a prize or donation over the past couple years, Ann will be in touch with you to see if you can bring that support back to the event this year. If you have not been involved in solicitation of prizes and donations but are willing to make a donation or know of another person or business that might, please give Ann a call or send her an email. Her number is 250-768-5009. Email is soscarter@shaw.ca

 

In addition, we require volunteers for bussing tables, clean-up, serving food, distributing prizes and scrutinizing during the live auction.
 

We do not have a definitive day when tickets will go on sale but I anticipate they will become available shortly. On that note, people who are spending the majority of the evening acting in a volunteer capacity will not be required to pay for their ticket.
 

So please consider being a volunteer, dig deep for meat in the freezer and open your wallet to sponsor a prize!
 

Look forward to seeing you at the Dinner.
 

Respectfully,

Brenton Froehlich

President
 

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Bald Range Grassland Work Party Volunteers Needed

 
Hi all,
This will be a bit different than our previous work parties, (which have all been in warmer weather, and usually in sunshine) but we plan to take down some of the small dead pines in the lower reaches of the Bald Range grassland off Bear Main Forest Service Road to help reduce the risk of wildfire and open up the area for grasses.
 
We’ll begin at 9:00 a.m. Sat., Dec. 19th. It will involve chainsaw work for those who are certified to use chainsaws and are properly equipped; removing the material that’s been downed and removing small limbs with hand saws; piling debris for small fires; removing larger pieces from the site.
 
Be sure to dress warmly, but in layers and bring shovels, ( in case pathways need to be cleared to the area), small saws if possible (I’ll also bring some), good gloves and boots and water or coffee. We don’t plan to be more than a half-day or so.
 
Below is a map and instructions to reach the site.
Please let me know if you’re able to come, so I can bring enough treats!… and feel free to circulate this information to any others you feel may be interested in helping out.
 
Thanx,
—judie
 
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PSA Donates $5,000 to the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative

 
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: www.missioncreek.ca
 

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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.
 
BUILDING THE NEW DIKE
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.
 
MISSION CREEK FISH HABITAT RESTORATION
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 www.missioncreek.ca or contact one of the following:
 
Joanne de Vries
MCRI Outreach Coordinator
250-766-1777, 250-300-8797
jo@freshoutlookfoundation.org
 
Steve Matthews
MCRI Project Coordinator
250-809-9840
matthewsenvconsulting@gmail.com
 
Don Dobson
MCRI Project Engineer
250-878-4502
ddobson@urbansystems.ca
 
Todd Cashin
City of Kelowna Suburban & Rural Planning Manager
250-469-8470
tcashin@kelowna.ca
 

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Shannon Lake Dock Installed

DockThe disabled, youngsters and the elderly will find it much easier to fish now at Shannon Lake in West Kelowna.
 
Volunteers with the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and the Central Okanagan Regional District installed a floating dock in the neighbourhood lake May 28, where Go Fish events currently are run every weekend for youngsters to learn to fish.
 
The dock is a permanent structure, which will be enhanced later this year by a paved pathway from the parking lot on Shannon Lake Road to enable those in wheelchairs to access the dock as well, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund.
 
Installation of the dock was the culmination of efforts by a variety of Okanagan volunteers from various groups who first met to discuss the project in April, 2009.
by…Judie Steeves
 


 

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Vernon Filmaker Launches Documentary on Invasive Zebra & Quagga Mussels

 
Documentary
 
A vernon filmmaker recently released a short documentary on the threat to BC’s Freshwater Systems from the extremely invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels. To watch the film and learn more, click on the above picture.
 
Read the Kelowna Capital News Article.
 
You can find out much more on zebra and quagga mussels online at www.dontmoveamussel.ca
 

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Hunter Training Camp

 

Learn From The Experts

 
Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education & PAL Canadian Firearms Safety Course.
 
This course is hosted at Maple Springs Bible Camp and is run by the Peachland Sportsmans Club. It is full classroom days and ends with a written and practical test. Registration fees include $30 registration fee for provincial license, food and cabin to stay in.
 
Minimum age to take the CORE course is 10 years old. Minimum age to take the PAL challenge is 18 years old.
For more information on the course please contact Al Springer 250-767-2287 or the camp 250-767-2354
 
Dates
March 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015
 
Cost
CORE Course $195.00
PAL Challenge $35.00
CORE Textbook $20.00
 

REGISTER NOW
 

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Allocation Rally – Legislature in Victoria

Hunters RallyFirst of all, to those of you who attended the Allocation Rally on January 31st and wrote letters to our Premier, I offer a huge ‘Thank-you’! We made a very strong statement with the large turnout but this was just the first step in the battle towards a fair allocation policy. We delivered the letter to the Premier’s West Kelowna office on Thursday and the Premier just happened to be in town on the same day.
We had the media there and had some good coverage but it is clear from her reaction that she is not listening to our concerns. Global News Story
 
A slightly revised Allocation Policy was released yesterday by FLNRO but it only contain extremely minor changes concessions and resident hunters are not satisfied.
 
So the next step in all this is a rally on the doorstep of the BC Legislature in Victoria on Monday March 2/2015 while the Legislature is in session.
 
While booking time off work and travelling to attend this rally might be more than most people are willing to commit to, I plead with you all to make a stand for your hunting rights resident hunters and as taxpayers. We will most likely have a couple buses chartered from the Okanagan to make it more convenient but we need to get an idea of the number of people so we can figure out costs involved.
 
If you are interested please send me a quick email @ bting@telus.net so we can gauge the numbers and plan accordingly. Regardless of how we are getting there, my daughter and I will be in attendance. It’s not just about our rights, it’s about the rights of our children and grandchildren. It’s time to take a stand!
 
Brent Tingstad
V.P. PSA
 
Here’s a note from the organisers of the Victoria rally………
 
Dear Sportsman’s clubs of B.C.,
 
This is a letter of introduction from a passionate group of individuals, whom are striving to put back the priority in the “resident priority” policy governing the allocation of game animals in B.C.
We are calling ourselves “B.C. Resident Hunters” in order to have a name people can identify with.
 
I am sure you are aware of the issues at hand, so I don’t believe there is a necessity to rehash it here. The reason we are contacting you is to solicit support. At the moment individuals are drafting a poster and background info packet to be forwarded to as many clubs, members and the general public as possible. This will be regarding a Victoria protest march and rally on March 2nd, 11:00 A.M. on the legislative grounds. We decided to go forward with this event based on the success of the Kelowna march to the premier’s office.
 
What we request of you and your respective membership is the following: 1. Help forwarding info regarding the protest in Victoria to your membership. 2. A request for volunteers within your membership, helping with such tasks as putting up posters, emailing MLA’s and possibly stuffing envelopes to send out to the general public. 3. Organize a bus from your location to the Victoria Legislature.
 
The wheels are turning and this is going to happen. The permitting process has been initiated for a protest on the legislative grounds, the police have been consulted, and as a result have been very helpful providing info on how not to run afoul of the law. Opposition MLA’s will be attending, bus’s are being organized to shuttle people from the ferry to the legislative grounds and many many more tasks are being ticked off the list. We need to get the message out to the 102,000 hunters of B.C. and the public in general, and this is why your support is so crucial, we can’t do this without your help.
 
In my opinion this is the thin edge of the wedge and we are starting to see the commercialization of game animals in B.C. It has happened all over the world and is now coming to a theater near you. If the new allocation numbers are not concern enough, consider having more game animals in B.C. managed under LEH, in order to minimize animals taken by residents in order to maximize trophy potential for foreigners, this IS being lobbied for at the legislature. we must act together.
 
This is just one of many attempts to limit the B.C. resident’s rights to their own game animals. We are fighting a very well funded and politically connected coalition. If you would like to discuss further or follow up with a phone call, please email us with your contact information. The lobbyist portion of the GOABC also continuously seeks intervener status on policy changes regarding LEH decisions. Meaning they want to be consulted and have the ability to influence LEH decisions at the policy level of the government. Attached below is from the B.C. legislative archives.
 
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0gag6cI3mBHeXBXQzUzb2tuOVk/edit
 
Thank you for reading and we hope to hear from you soon, we have no time to waste.
 
B.C. Resident Hunters
 

Please contact us at bcreshunt@gmail.com
 

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Upcoming PAL Course

 

PAL Course Planned

 
If you are wanting to to take a PAL course, member Steve Holmes is planning to facilitate a Non Restricted firearms course in West Kelowna on April 11 & 12th and then a Restricted firearms course on April 18th. If you are at all interested in either of these courses, please email Steve at gunmansteve@hotmail.com
 

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AIR GUNS ARE “FIREARMS”

SUPREME COURT RULES THAT AIR GUNS ARE “FIREARMS”

 
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
CANADA’S NATIONAL FIREARMS ASSOCIATION MEDIA RELEASE
SUPREME COURT OF CANADA RULES THAT AIR GUNS ARE “FIREARMS”
 
On Wednesday, November 5, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its ruling R. v. Dunn, finding that most air guns are considered “firearms” for all purposes in the Criminal Codeexcept for licensing and registration.
 
The Court affirmed the previous decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, which itself had overruled a decade of its own jurisprudence in finding that air guns are “firearms”. Prior to this case, the courts had held that air guns are not treated as “firearms” unless they are used for some offensive or unlawful purpose.
 
This decision applies to all air guns that are capable of causing serious bodily injury or death. Most courts have found that any air gun with a velocity of more than 214 feet-per-second meets this threshold. The vast majority of air guns sold across the country are capable of such a velocity.
 
This decision will have numerous significant impacts on those who buy and use air guns lawfully in Canada.
 
First of all, the Criminal Code provisions regarding careless storage, use and transportation of firearms now apply to air guns. Therefore, it is an offence to store or transport an air gun in a “careless” manner. However, because the ordinary firearms Storage Regulations do not apply to air guns, air gun owners are left with absolutely no guidance as to what precisely constitutes careless storage of an air gun.
 
It will be left up to police, prosecutors and courts to determine what charges will be laid, which will be prosecuted and ultimately who will be found guilty of this nebulous and ambiguous offence.
 
Moreover, as air gun owners do not require a license or a firearms safety course to possess these items, law-abiding Canadians will not be put on notice of the new legal requirements for air gun use, storage, transportation, etc.
 
Secondly, the offence of “carrying a concealed weapon” now applies to air guns, regardless of whether or not the air gun owner acts in an otherwise lawful manner. Placing an air gun in a backpack, a pocket or other concealed place will now be a criminal offence.
 
As the Supreme Court has ruled on this issue, the only route forward is through legislative amendment. Canada’s National Firearms Association has been extremely active on this front and will continue to pressure the government and provide all assistance in order to see that this decision be responded to by Parliament.

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Can You Spare Some Game?

 
The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association is excited to be holding its 30th Annual Fundraiser Banquet once again on March 14th in the Community Hall on Beach Avenue. This is going to be an awesome night of FUN and FOOD!
 
We are looking for all kinds of meat donations for this years wild game banquet, from deer to cougar to bear to duck and water buffalo – the more exotic the better! So drop us a line you have any extra game taking up unnecessary space in your freezer!
 
In order to get their menu planned in good time, the caterers need to have meat donation amounts determined sooner rather than later, so if you are able to make a donation please get in contact with Mike Molloy at:

    mikemolloy123@gmail.com

 
Get your tickets at Valley Glass & Mirror in Westbank
Banquet Ticket

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