Conservation Club celebrates Family Day
by Stu Paterson

February 17, 2017


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Canadian Heritage Week kicks off on Monday February 20th 2017.  It’s also Family Day and the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA) is marking the day with a Family Day open house.  

“My Canada” is this year’s theme for the Heritage Week celebration to help mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Bruce Peninsula club constantly celebrates the Canadian heritage pursuits of fishing and hunting, and there will be lots of talk about these outdoor activities at Monday’s event at the BPSA clubhouse west of Wiarton.

Join us for our open house from 11am –2pm. Attending the event is great way to kick off the week. That’s what a couple of hundred families did on this special day last year. They took in our Open House and it was indeed, a FULL house.  

BPSA firearms trainer Frank Hutter with 2016 Family Day guests

BPSA President Jim Martell says, “Our open house is a great way to celebrate and promote fishing and hunting, other outdoors activities and of course conservation, which we are all about”.

On Monday, Club Archery program Chairs Paul and Donna Maginnis and their volunteer team will be busy helping youngsters try out what may become their favourite sport. Archery has become extremely popular in recent years and the BPSA Archery Club is a hit with all age groups.

Nicholas Major of Hepworth is introduced to archery by club member Guy Brydon 

During the winter, archery shoots are indoors and youth and adults shoot at the same time. Basic instruction is provided and SAFETY is our number one concern. Our safety rules are strict and will remain our number one priority as we try to attract even more people to this growing sport. The weekly fee to join the BPSA Archery Club is just $3.00 a person per night for up to three nights. After that you will be asked to join the club and become an active member.


BPSA Archery Club chair Donna Maginnis with youth club members

For more information please call 519-795-7555.  Join a safe family sport that provides lots of fun and gives participants the ability to challenge themselves and teaches them to compete with others.

Family Day at BPSA also included fish hatchery tours, introductions to our firearms training and safety courses, as well as free hot dogs, hot chocolate and ice cream for everyone.  

Our annual Family Day open house is a valuable learning experience for young people and their parents, who often end up as members of this respected volunteer conservation organization. Our top priority is to engage children in outdoors recreation and conservation.

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About BPSA

The 200-member BRUCE PENINSIULA SPORTSMEN'S ASSOCIATION was established in 1962 to preserve and protect fish and wildlife and to encourage conservation.

Member volunteers, male and female, have stocked more than 5-million rainbow, brown trout and salmon in Grey-Bruce waters. 

Our conservation efforts also include emergency deer feeding, trail maintenance, shore and stream rehabilitation, stream bank stabilization, species re-introduction and much more. 

Tourism officials estimate that over the years, the club's efforts, by beefing up sports fish populations, have pumped $18-million into the regional economy.

Our club operates the longest running volunteer fish-stocking program in Ontario. We look back proudly to a time when a small group of sports-minded people began meeting, then decided to stock fish.

Today, we have a state-of-the art hatchery and clubhouse. We raise thousands of rainbow and brown trout every year contributing to the region's sports fishery. It is well documented that anglers and hunters are the best conservationists. We will continue to work hard to attract new members and to forge ahead with the conservation work that began years ago.

We strongly support our Family Day and Kids Fishing events. Our young people are being taught the joys of outdoors recreation. At the same time they are being encouraged to carry on the good conservation work started by our club’s pioneers. BPSA meetings are held on the last Thursday night of each month. This is your invitation to join us at our next meeting.

Check our website for more info on one of Ontario’s most respected conservation groups http://bpsportsmen.com/

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