By Greg Price
Measuring Day 2015 for the Taber Fish and Game Association proved to be another success with over 70 entries submitted and hundreds attending the event at the Taber Community Centre.
“We had some volunteers show up which was nice and it was well attended,” said Dave Chontosh, vice president/treasurer for the Taber Fish and Game Association.
“There were some real impressive antlers that came in and there were a few people from surrounding areas that came in to get their antlers measured. Hunters came in and were curious to see what was harvested.”
The Taber Fish and Game Sorgard Memorial All-Around Sportsman of the Year was given to Devin Werewka.
Taber Fish and Game Most Impressive Head belonged to Tod Pickerell’s elk entry at 328.2.
Ladies Big Game Hunter of the Year was Ingrid Sorgard with a Mule Deer at 154.2.
Taber Fish and Game Gary Dickie Memorial Junior Big Game Hunter of the Year had co-recipients with Makenna Leismeister and Calin Kinniburgh.
The following are the results as submitted:
Youth Big Game: Typical Whitetail Male – Calin Kinniburgh (123.2), Riley O’Brien (104.4).
Typical Whitetail Female – Makenna Leismeister (122.5).
Non-typical Whitetail Female – Kassidy Howells (145.4).
Non-typical Mule Deer Male – Jordan Oleksyn (163.1).
Non-typical Mule Deer Female – Makenna Leismeister (162.7).
Archery Mule Deer – Clay Leismeister (161.6), Kasen Lyczewski (149.1).
Antelope Male – Calin Kinniburgh (77.0).
Antelope Female – Makenna Leismeister (68.0).
Archery Antelope – Clay Leismeister (50.0).
Black Bear – Brayden Chapple (19 7/16), Clay Leismeister (19 4/16), Eric Jensen (16 1/16).
Adult Big Game: Typical Whitetail – Quinten Hamvas-Prato (142.3).
Non-typical Whitetail – Pete Lehmann (154.2).
Typical Mule Deer – Bob Powell (163.1).
Non-typical Mule Deer – Collin Leismeister (184.0).
Elk – Tod Pickerell (328.2).
Moose – Adrian Horvath (145.0).
Antelope – Justin Hall (75.0).
Black Bear – Pete Lehmann (18 6/16).
Shed Antler based on percent – Patrick Horvath (40 per cent mule deer).
Youth Fish: Walleye – Mason Werewka (4.25 lbs).
Perch – Justin Astalos (.7 lbs).
Pike – Chase Egeland-Horvath – (4.34 lbs).
Adult Fish: Pike – Patrick Horvath (2.76 lbs).
Walleye – Devin Werewka (7.2 lbs).
Rainbow Trout – Patrick Horvath (2.76 lbs).
Adult Birds: Pheasant – Devin Werewka (39.25 inches).
Photography: Scenic, Wildlife, Hunter in the Field – Patrick Horvath.
“There was a higher number of animals entered this year than previously. There were a a couple of nice Elk that came out of the Suffield area, they are trying to reduce the population in that area having some problems with them,” said Chontosh. “The youth brought in a lot of entries which was nice to see. The number of whitetail is down overall. In Saskatchewan, they dealt with a really bad winter and the numbers south of Highway 3 are way down. But it seemed like there was quality in mule deer with a lot of people harvesting. The bear entries were up this year with a cougar coming in too.”
The Alberta Fish and Game annual conference and general meeting will be held this year in Lethbridge in February. If you would like to register for it, you can call Dave at 403-317-0623.