Banner year for the Fernie Rod and Gun Club in 2010

The Fernie Rod and Gun Club (FRGC) had its most successful year in 2010 in its 111 year history.

The Fernie Rod and Gun Club (FRGC) had its most successful year in 2010 in its 111 year history.

Some of the highlights from 2010 included hosting its largest and most profitable awards night and fundraiser to date. 400 people attended the gala event with many taking home some great prizes. Nearly 100 awards were presented to FRGC members, over half of them to the youth of the club, for their fishing, hunting, archery and photography skills. One week later the club had a massive work party gather on the Wigwam Flats to participate in a Wildlife Enhancement Slashing Project. In the end there was 90 hectares of winter feeding area greatly improved for the thousands of animals that live in the area in the winter months.

During the summer months the club hosted two 3D archery fun shoots with a record number of shooters for both events. Shooters came from all over B.C. and Alberta and some even drove all the way from Saskatchewan to enjoy the mountainous terrain shoots.

The youth programs in 2010 were again a huge hit and also had a record number of participants. The weekly rifle shooting program (Monday nights) was so busy the club had to purchase extra guns and targets. The youth archery program was not as busy as the rifle shooting but still very popular. The youth fishing program kicked off with a trip to the Kootenay Trout Hatchery for a tour of the hatchery and some great fishing at the new hatchery fishing pond. All that attended had a great time and there were some big smiles on the young fishermen.

So what is the club going to do in 2011? Our goal is to top last year’s awards night and fundraiser. This year’s banquet will be held on April 9 and will have a few changes to accommodate the large number of guests that will be attending. Doors will be opening earlier and the awards and prizes given out in a different fashion so people can have more time to dance and socialize.

There will be a work party at the range a week after the awards night this year to improve the rifle range to accommodate the increased memberships and shooters in the club.

This spring will mark the inaugural presentation of the FRGC bursary to a deserving student. This $500 bursary will be an annual award presented to a youth member of the FRGC.

Two 3D archery fun shoots are planned once again for the summer of 2011 and the club hopes to organize an archery circuit with other archery clubs in the area to promote the great sport and get more people involved.

And most important of all are the youth programs, events and awards. There will be three additional youth hunting awards up for grabs this year. There will be a first Bull Elk, first Mule deer buck and first Whitetail buck for the young hunters of the club. There was a grand aggregate youth fishing award presented for the first time last year going to the youth that caught the most species of fish. This award is a huge hit with the winner getting a great fishing package loaded with all types of lures, hooks, bait and other fishing necessities. Every youth that participates in any of our programs or enters a fish or big game animal will receive a plaque for his/her participation.

2011 is shaping up to be another record year for the FRGC!

For more info on the club please visit www.ferniergc.com or contact Kevin at president@ferniergc.com .

Kevin Marasco

Fernie Rod and Gun Club