BPSA Family Day 2017
by Stu Paterson

February 21, 2017


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Potential junior archers get instruction from Jessica Davidson

It was the largest “Family Day” open house in the history of the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA). More than 300 kids, parents, aunts and uncles attended the event to learn and help the club celebrate 55-years of conservation work.

 In Ontario, Family Day is designated as a day where workers get a day off with pay, enabling them to spend quality time with their family and loved ones. The holiday gives employees a relaxing long weekend between New Years and Easter.

The BPSA Open House was indeed a “Full House”.

At the clubhouse West of Wiarton, there were lineups of youngsters trying to get a feel for archery.

Archer program instructor Donna MacGinnis & junior archer Jessica Davidson gave kids tips of the etiquette of archery

In the meantime, firearms instructor Frank Hutter explained the BPSA shooting programs with a strict emphasis on safety. Visitors lined up for a look at the indoor shooting range.

BPSA boasts the longest operating volunteer-run fish stocking program in Ontario and people had the opportunity to go on hatchery tours.

Since the sixties, BPSA has stocked over five million rainbow and brown trout and salmon for the Grey-Bruce recreational fishery.  Stocking is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and is operated for the Province by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters under the Community Hatchery Program.

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Before visitors left there were free hotdogs, coffee and hot chocolate.

BPSA President, Jim Martell, explained that this open house is a part of the club’s community outreach effort. "It is an effort that we hope will attract new members, as we try to expand our range of programs aimed at getting more people outdoors."
Spring brings more events with the next major one being the annual Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen's Association Fishing Derby for members and guests that runs fro May 12th to 14th.  On Sunday, May 14th, the Derby wraps up with the awards and the annual fish fry at the clubhouse.

Then, on May 27th, it's BPSA Kids' Fishing Day at the hatchery pond.  The MNRF donated 300 brook trout for the popular event which is a 'catch and release' fun time.

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