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Measuring the big bucks

40 submissions were on display.

YORKTON – The Yorkton Wildlife Federation held their Big Buck Antler Measuring Night at the Yorkton Gun Club on the evening of Dec. 8.

"We keep records of all the different animals – mule deer, white tail, elk, moose, bear – we do fish as well as waterfowl," said Laura Uhryn, President of the Yorkton Wildlife Federation, in an interview with Yorkton This Week.

This year's event had 50 submissions at the time of writing which included 40 in-person submissions for the event.

"At one point the place was packed," said Uhryn.

"Every year — for all of the different categories — there is an award winner," said Uhryn, adding, "the seasons haven't closed yet so there's still guys hunting – we've got to get stuff's going to be a little bit before we have who the winners are."

In previous years the organization has held an awards banquets and fundraiser, but those events were put on hold due to restrictions put in place for COVID-19.

"We're thinking of maybe doing an awards barbecue out at the clubhouse at York Lake – we just haven't hammered out the details on just exactly what we're going to do this year."

Regardless, Uhryn said the Big Buck Antler Measuring Night night was a success.

"It was great to see people we haven't seen in a couple of years — lots of new faces — which was fantastic – lots of younger people buying memberships and getting involved with the organization."

For people wishing to join the Yorkton Wildlife Federation, memberships are available for purchase through the Sask. Wildlife Federation's website, through Yorkton Wildlife Federation's Facebook page, or at the hunting sports desk at Canadian Tire.

"A big thank you to all of our board members and volunteers that came out for the evening to help," said Uhryn, adding, "thanks to every one who attended and brought their antlers in or came out to see what was harvested this year and good luck to everybody for the next hunting season when it comes around."