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Beginners Fly Tying Course

 
Big fish like tasty looking flies. Spend this winter getting ready for next fishing season by learning how to tie flies that fish can’t resist while having some fun telling tales of the ones that got away. Some materials provided to help you get started.
 
Course Dates are each Monday from 7 to 9 pm (except Feb 17th) from January 27th until March 3rd.
 
For more information and/or register online at:
https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/peachland/Activity_Search
 
Equipment supplied, if you have your own bring it.
 

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Thank You Bald Range Work Party

Hi all,
I just want to thank all of you for spending your Saturday morning working to help restore the Bald Range pocket grassland, instead of going off and having fun doing something less productive…
It was great meeting you all and working with you and I feel satisfied that we achieved a good beginning at healing that big scar that runs down through the middle of Bald Range. It will be interesting to have a look a year from now, or even after the next rainstorm. I’m certain our check dams will have worked to slow the water and begin to fill in that gully.
As you could see, there’s lots left to do, so perhaps I’ll be in touch again to see if you’re up to stretching those muscles another day.
I don’t have everyone’s e-mail, so please extend my thanks to friends you brought with you.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish if everyone pulls together. It seemed insurmountable at the beginning, but we got a lot done.
Thanks again,
—judie

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Volunteers Needed toHelp on Saturday, July 20th

 
Put this day on your Calendar to come out and help those with handicaps & disabilities learn how to fish.
We will meet at Heritage Park in Peachland on Saturday, July 20th at 9:30 am to set-up and get ready with the fishing program running from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
If you know for sure you can come and help please contact Al Springer at aspringer@telus.net

 
Fishing Forever came into existence in 1989. The idea came from a broadcast journalist named Walt Liimatainen. The basic idea was to create a venue through which people with disabilities could learn to, or continue to, fish and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing Forever wants all of the B.C. clubs to recognize that there are people in their community that could benefit greatly from a day out fishing, if they could only get there… And help make that happen.
 
Fishing Forever also wants to help spread the message, within the community of people with disabilities, that you can still get out and enjoy the natural offerings around you. Though it may require some help you didn’t need before, it can be done if you want it and are willing to try. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
 
So come on out and enjoy a great time fishing with the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association. We’ll have lots of volunteers to help get you fishing with plenty of expert instruction. All bait and tackle will be supplied free and there will also be a tasty BBQ as well. Just Do It!
 

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Bald Range Grassland – Work Party

 
With the help of a small grant from the Public Conservation Assistance Fund,
(Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and province of B.C.), the Peachland
Sportsman’s Association is organizing a work party to begin some restoration
work on the Bald Range pocket grassland off Bear Main Forest Service Road
and restore some valuable ungulate winter range.
With the help of a small grant from the Public Conservation Assistance Fund,
(Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and province of B.C.), the Peachland
Sportsman’s Association is organizing a work party to begin some restoration
work on the Bald Range pocket grassland off Bear Main Forest Service Road
and restore some valuable ungulate winter range.
 
We’re hoping you can come out Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or so
to help remove some of the smaller trees that have encroached on the
grassland, and cut them up with Swede saws into lengths with which to build
modified check dams in some of the former trails that have become incised
down the hill. That will help to slow the flow of water that continues to erode
those trails deeper and deeper into the hillside and ultimately cause those
gulleys to be filled in instead of worsening.
 
You don’t need to be young and strong to come out and help, though we will
need some strong young arms and legs for some of the work.
I do need to know who is able to join us, (in part for lunch arrangements)
so please reply as soon as you can to let me know if you can come out and
help.
 
If you have chainsaw safety certification and are able to join us, please
let me know, as it would be helpful to have some of the trees removed using
a chainsaw, but we don’t want anyone using one who doesn’t have the
certification. We will need some Swede saws, rakes, shovels etc.
 
I will reply with instructions about where to meet etc., when I hear back
from you.
 
Thanx very much.
—judie=
jsteeves@peachlandsportsmens.ca
 

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Bear Hunting Clinic Well Attended

 

Bear Hunting Clinic

March 20, 2013
 
The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association (PSA) held a bear hunting clinic at the local community centre Wed evening from 6 to 8 pm. The event was facilitated by PSA members Brenton Froehlich and Brent Tingstad and sponsored by Kelowna Taxidermy and Grouse River Outfitters. 47 local residents with an interest in bear hunting turned out for the event, with most of the attendees being novice or “want to be” bear hunters.
 
The PSA hosted the clinic to encourage hunters to take advantage of the great bear hunting opportunities we have B.C., to equip novice bear hunters with the tools they need to be successful and to provide additional resources to those who have some experience but want to expand their knowledge base for success.
 
The clinic covered 13 different topics including; hunt planning, strategy & tactics, judging bears from a distance and what to do after the shot.
 
Thank you to all who came out for the evening to the ladies who provided the refreshments, to Amber from Grouse River and to Harley from Kelowna Taxidermy for their support.
 
There will not be clinic in April due to the PSA Annual General Meeting and pot-luck dinner but stay tuned for another timely event in the month of May.
 

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See What You Missed! Predator Hunting Clinic

 

PSA Predator Hunting Clinic

The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association held a predator hunting clinic for the local hunting community Wed Feb 20th at the Peachland community centre.  The event was attended by about 20 people who shared their experiences and strategies for successful predator hunting.  Discussions centered around the use of traditional and electronic game calls for Coyote and Wolf  hunting but also  touched on the use of game calls for hunting other predator species such as Bobcat, Lynx, Cougar and Bears.  In addition to the hunting side of the clinic, retired trapper Ken Deward provided advice on the skinning and preparation of furs for those interested in shipping pelts to the fur auction.
 
The discussion which included detailed “how to” information from a few of the more successful Coyote hunters laid out some good strategies for success when using an electronic call:
 

  1. Pre-scout a good location to set up your calling activities. During the winter season Coyotes are busy working the winter ranges used by Mule and Whitetail Deer so concentrate your efforts in these areas looking for Canyons, and large opens spaces with good shooting options.
  2. Try to find an area with lots of tracks and if you can find a kill site where predators have been feeding you will have a big advantage.
  3. Choose your shooting position so you have a good line of site down-wind.
  4. Have your electronic caller set out at least 100 yards from your location.
  5. Plan to be in position early in the morning. Start off with a “Locator” call to see if you can get a response from local Coyotes.
  6. As soon as you get a response switch to a “Challenge”, or ” Female Coyote” call.
  7. Use “fawn in distress” calls to bring them in for a shot.  (One hunter said that he has had success calling in both Coyotes and Wolves with a “Rabbit in distress” call)
  8. After shooting immediately switch to a “Coyote in distress”.
  9. If you have not had any responses to your calling in about a half hour, pack up and move to another location.

 
This information should be enough to get anyone started in the right direction.  As will all hunting, time and experience will do the rest.
 
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event!  Special thanks to Amber and the team at Grouse River Outfitters for their donation of three (3) PRIMOS games calls that were awarded as door prizes.  If you were not able to attend the event, Grouse River has a great selection of hand held and electronic calls to help get you equipped for your next hunting adventure!  I would also like to thank Ken Deward for his donation of a Coyote stretching frame that was also given as a prize and thanks to Randy Rhode who let us borrow his new Fox Pro electronic game call for the evening.
 
Be sure to come out the Peachland Community Centre at 6:00 PM March 20th for a 2 hour Bear hunting clinic.  We will have a great panel presentation, product demos and lots of discussion to help you be successful when you head for the bush looking for boo boo.
 
Brenton Froehlich
Peachland Sportsmen’s Association.
 

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Thank You Game Banquet Sponsors

 

Thank You Very Much to all of the individuals & businesses who sponsored our 28th Annual Game Banquet & Dance. Your support is what makes our programs in the community possible.
 
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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 food, accommodations, and requirements for obtaining your CORE Certification. If ordering a CORE textbook, it can be picked up at Maple Springs Bible Camp.
 
Contact Keith Brown (250) 317-5629 or Al Springer (250) 870-1976 for further information on the CORE Course .
 
Note: You must be over 18 and have no outstanding court orders against you regarding firearms in order to write the PAL Test.
 
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Dates:
Starts at 6:00 pm on Friday April 5, 2013 to April 7, 2013
 
Cost:
CORE Fee $175.00
CORE Textbook $20.00
PAL Test Challenge Fee $25.00
 

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Meat Donations Needed for Banquet

 
The Peachland Sportsmens Association is excited to be holding its Fundraiser Banquet on February 9, 2013 in the Community Hall on Beach Avenue.
 
At the Banquet, we like to have a great time and enjoy a delicious wild game meal. This means we need donations of meat.
So if you or your friends were lucky enough to harvest some fish or game this year, we would love it if you could make a generous donation of meat to help us make the banquet a great success.
 
In order to get their menu planned out 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 John Koehle at: jkoehle@peachlandsportsmens.ca or 250 826 3453 or bring it along to our Annual Potluck Dinner on December 12 2012 at the Community Hall on Beach Avenue.
 
Thank You

Mark Coleman, Membership
Peachland Sportsmen’s Association
PO Box 1277
Peachland, BC V0H 1X0
mailto:membership@peachlandsportsmens.ca
www.peachlandsportsmens.ca

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Steeves/Trail Mix: MPs now can decide whether to conserve B.C. salmon

 
By Judie Steeves – Kelowna Capital News
Published: November 01, 2012 2:00 PM
Updated: November 01, 2012 2:18 PM
It won’t satisfy the most radical environmentalists, nor those on the opposite end of the spectrum, but it’s a measured, thoughtful, firm set of recommendations to save the salmon.
 
Commissioner Bruce Cohen made 75 recommendations to improve the future sustainability of the Fraser River salmon fishery, following more than two years of hearings and nearly a thousand submissions by the public, in a 1,191-page report.
 
Although he stopped short of calling for removal of all net-pen fish farms in the Discovery Islands off the coast of B.C., he did recommend a freeze on salmon farm production in the area until scientific work is completed into the impacts of such aquatic farms on migrating wild stocks.
 
That must be completed before Sept. 30, 2020 and if by then the Department of Fisheries and Oceans can’t confidently say the risk of serious harm to wild stocks is minimal, then all net-pen salmon farms should be prohibited there.
 
If it’s discovered before then that the salmon farms pose more than a minimal risk, the existing farms should be removed immediately, he wrote.
 
He also wrote of his concerns about recent changes to the environmental assessment process and to the Fisheries Act in the federal omnibus budget bill that raised so much controversy.
 
Immediately, he recommended the fisheries minister should get his ministry out of the business of promoting salmon farming, in order that its mandate to conserve salmon stocks not be in conflict with that role.
 
A new position should be established in the ministry to implement the Wild Salmon Policy which was released seven years ago to maintain biodiversity in Pacific salmon species and conserve stocks.
 
That new associate regional director-general should publish a detailed plan for implementing the policy by Mar. 31, 2013, he recommended.
 
He also made recommendations regarding funding, fishing and licensing, collection of fish health data from salmon farms and he recommended specific research be done to establish the likelihood of the farms contributing to the decline in Fraser River sockeye stocks.
 
Rather than a single cause to the problem of declining stocks, Cohen listed a perfect storm of issues plaguing the iconic B.C. fish.
 
To read the entire, three-volume report, go to: www.cohencommission.ca
 
If the federal government implements all the recommendations of the Cohen Commission inquiry into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River, I’m confident the state of those stocks would improve markedly over time, and if we’re not too late.
 
It may require some pressure from those of us who care about conservation of this precious stock to help our MPs make the decision to implement all his recommendations, so I would suggest you drop a quick note to your local MP and to the fisheries minister making that suggestion—just so they know it’s an issue that’s even important to those of us living far from the Fraser.
 
Unfortunately, at the moment, the fisheries portfolio is being ‘caretaken’ by minister for national revenue Gail Shea, since the recently-appointed minister, Keith Ashfield, who hails from New Brunswick, just suffered a heart attack.
 
She’s another MP who lives far, far from the Fraser, (on the east coast) but you can reach her at: gail.shea@parl.gc.ca
 
Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas can be reached at: dan.albas@parl.gc.ca, while Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan can be reached at: ron.cannan@parl.gc.ca
 
Judie Steeves writes about outdoors issues for the Capital News.
 
jsteeves@kelownacapnews.com

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