Following a year of steady growth under new leadership, the Lloydminster and District Fish and Game Association (LDFGA) will be holding its annual Family Wildlife and Awards Banquet Jan. 31 at the Stockade Convention Centre.
“About four to five years ago we had in the 1,100 to 1,200 range and we actually finished 2014 with over 1,800 members,” said new president Dwayne Davison. “We’ve got new people coming in all the time. It’s like any other club, some people drop off, but it seems like we’ve got way more people interested than people that may not renew their membership. Our renewal rate is extremely high.”
Davison says that the LDFGA is attracting a diverse mix of people.
“Some people are interested in the hunting aspect, other people are interested in the (preservation) side of things,” he said.
“We get new members all the time and they have different interests as to why they want to get involved.”
Davison says preservation is an important part of the club’s mission, and they work with other similar organizations for further this cause.
“We’re associated with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and the Alberta Fish and Game Association and in both provinces there’s habitat that’s being purchased by these organizations and we do contribute to that,” he said. “It’s not just about hunting, its about the nature aspect of it. Hunting is a part of that, but the biggest part of it is the preservation of the land to keep it so there is wildlife and vegetation.”
At the end of the month, Davison will be overseeing his first LDFGA Family Wildlife and Awards Banquet as club president. He promises an entertaining outing.
“There are trophies for the various big game animals, such as moose, deer, elk and fish categories. And water fowl categories also for ducks and geese,” he said. “There’s wild meat served, whether it be through the appetizers or the main course. We’ve had in the past elk, moose, deer, buffalo. We’ve got some wild boar this year.”
Attendees will be treated to a comedy magic show by a pair of identical twins from Saskatoon. In the past the awards banquet has booked other comedy acts and environmental speakers. Davison says the banquet is a chance for people to reconnect with friends they may not get to see very often.
“There’s just lots of people visiting that may not see each other for a few months, or maybe from year-to-year,” he said.
The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to around 11 p.m. Tickets are available until Jan. 26 at Shep’s Sports, Exsile Outdoors and Magnum Gun Outfitters. Admission is $30 for adults and children under 10 get in free. Tickets will not be sold at the door.