Tickets are now available for the always popular awards and wild game banquet sponsored annually by the Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club (CVRGC).
“The banquet is our largest fundraiser and this year it will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21,” said club member Annette Rocca Morse. “Bring the family out and have a good time — there will be plenty of raffles, ‘bucket draws’, prizes, dancing and great food.”
The CVRGC consists of outdoor enthusiasts who are motivated to promote nature and wildlife conservation. The club is an advocate for public use and access on forestry roads to wilderness areas and also a supporter of habitat areas for many different species of animals.
Membership has many benefits, including access to the Kidd Creek Rifle Range, and the Mawson Lake archery range, boat dock and picnic area. The club offers indoor archery at the Wynndel Memorial Hall during the winter months, where more experienced members are willing to educate those just learning the sport.
The club also sponsors the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program (CORE). This course is a must in order to obtain a hunting licence, and classes will be running at the end of February for anyone who is interested. Advice and support of senior members helps to make these programs successful.
In the spring the club hosts an open house Heritage Day at Kidd Creek Rifle Range where the public is invited to come out to learn safe gun handling procedures and try different types of shooting sports. CVRGC has a family fishing day for members at Mawson Lake on Father’s Day weekend. There are many opportunities to spend quality time outdoors for a family, passing on the traditions of hunting, fishing and trapping. Members are the lifeblood of the organization. All ages are welcome to join, and family participation is always encouraged, as the youth are the future. Volunteering for special events or programs can be quite rewarding, and with member dedication the club will continue to grow and thrive.
Rocca Morse said one of the incentives to join CVRGC is the trophy competition.
“To be eligible for awards you must purchase a membership prior to Aug. 31,” she said.
Tickets for the Feb. 21 fundraiser are available at Mawson Sports and Paul’s Superette, where memberships can be purchased and renewed, and new keys are available to gain access to the Kidd Creek Rifle Range and Mawson Lake recreation area and archery range.
“If you have ever wanted to belong to a group of likeminded sportsmen, consider becoming a member today,” said Rocca Morse.