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Big game draw opens today, May 1

Saskatchewan’s big game draw opens online May 1 and hunters have until midnight June 2 to submit their online application.  Early applications are recommended.

The big game draw is a transparent and equitable method of allocating a limited number of hunting licences to Saskatchewan residents.  This year’s draw includes licences for elk, moose, either-sex mule deer and antlerless mule deer.

Do not shoot without a licence!
“Saskatchewan’s spectacular natural resources provide ample recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including big game hunting,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said.  “This year, the big game draw moves to our province’s automated hunting, angling and trapping licence (HAL) system.   I encourage all hunters to apply early to ensure adequate time to familiarize themselves with the new process.”

The 2015 big game draw will be administered through HAL, including submitting, reviewing and updating an application, checking pool status history and purchasing a draw licence.  These changes help to streamline and simplify the process.

Customers can also verify their residency status through a new online feature.  It is recommended that Saskatchewan customers use this feature to verify their residency status before attempting to purchase a licence, or apply for the big game draw so that any errors in their information can be resolved.  Customers may contact the Active Network call centre at 1-855-848-4773 or a ministry office for assistance with issues related to their account information.

Saskatchewan residents who are sponsoring a Canadian resident in the Canadian resident white-tailed deer draw must have a HAL account.

If hunters are successful in the big game draw, the appropriate licence will be available for purchase on their HAL account.  Hunters can simply select the licences they want to purchase and complete the transaction.

For more information about the big game draw and HAL, visit www.environment.gov.sk.ca/licences.

Unity wildlife awards and annual supper

With as many seated at the tables as possible without violating fire code regulations, some 300-plus people enjoyed pan-fried pike, moose roast, ginger venison, elk sausage and other wild game meats along with salads, baked potatoes and buns, at the Unity Community Centre Feb. 1.

The annual wildlife supper, put on by the Unity branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is entirely prepared by volunteers who start preparations days ahead of the event. The calibre of the meal is evident from the sell-out of tickets each year.

Along with serving supper, club members do some fundraising with silent auction items, line draws and many raffle prizes. Memberships are also sold at the event. Each year, the Unity wildlife club sponsors a bursary for a graduating student. The club stocks Scott reservoir with rainbow trout and pays the power bill to keep the reservoir aerated. Donations have also been made to community projects such as long term care and emergency measures.

Antlers and heads from the 2013 hunting season were mounted on a wall at the front of the hall. The comment was made that, although there had been complaints there weren’t much in the way of “big” antlers last fall, the display put the lie to that statement.

unity wildlife awardsWhen it came time for the hunting and fishing awards, Tania Heck and Ed Lantz were each called to the podium twice. Heck had both the largest elk, with a score of 333 7/8, and the largest ladies’ whitetail deer, typical, scoring at 111 2/8. Lantz had the largest goose with a 13-pound, 14-ounce bird and the largest rainbow trout which weighed in at 5.01 pounds.

Also taking home trophies for their hunting prowess were the following club members: Lee McGonigle, largest typical whitetail, 150 2/8; Glen Heitt, largest non-typical whitetail, 137 5/8; Omer Desmarais, largest non-typical mule deer, 195; Debbie Baldwin, largest ladies’ mule deer, 176, non-typical; Bill Rissling, largest seniors’ whitetail, 149 3/8, typical; Brianna Elder, largest juniors’ mule deer, 131 2/8, typical; Scott Purcell, largest archery trophy, 156 3/8, non-typical whitetail and Kurt Elder, largest moose, 132 2/8.

A number of fishing prizes went unawarded. Other than Lantz, the only other winner was Dylan Ganter with the largest jackfish, weighing 18 pounds and three ounces.

Horse owner looking for answers

Although she doubts the person responsible will come forward, horse owner Tamilyn Barr nevertheless would “really like to know what happened, and why.”

Going out to feed her horses at noon Monday, November 18, Barr knew something was wrong when her favourite horse wasn’t waiting at his usual spot to be fed. Walking out to the field, she found him 50 yards away, lying dead in a pool of frozen blood. Boone, her young Norwegian Fjord had been shot.

BooneBarr lives four miles northwest of Unity and she knows her horse was alive and well when he and her other two horses were fed the previous day. Putting that together with reports from neighbours, she believes Boone had to have been shot sometime between noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 17.

Was Boone shot deliberately or did someone mistake him for a deer? He was killed during daylight hours, on a clear and sunny day, and within 100 yards of Barr’s farmhouse.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Unity RCMP detachment at 306) 228-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). Barr knows nothing can bring her Boone back but she would like to know how and why this happened.