On February 28th the Bella Coola Rod and Gun Club hosted their annual Pot Luck Game Dinner and Fundraiser at Lobelco Hall. It was a full house and members and guests that packed the hall enjoyed a fantastic dinner where one could sample wild game including cougar, elk, moose, white tail deer, mule deer and rainbow trout, plus some home grown turkey from Clarence Hall.
The dishes ranged from meatballs to roasts and there were a host of salads, spuds and some homemade buns (thanks Christina and Charlie!) to make sure no-one went hungry. Not to mention the dessert table where folks had a great variety to choose from. The quality and variety of food on the tables was a testament to the many fine cooks we have in our valley!
During the evening there were door prizes, a silent auction and an opportunity to enter draws for the two main prizes of a .22 calibre long rifle or a 20 minute helicopter ride donated by West Coast Helicopters. Kindra Gurr was the very excited winner of the rifle and Leslie Harrison will be able to show off our local sites to five guests with her West Coast Helicopters gift certificate.
Music for the evening was provided by Tog-e, Bog-e (Take it Easy). The ensemble featured a mix of Celtic and traditional songs with lively entries to get people on their feet and singing along. Mitch Moren was the winner of the Buck derby this year with his 156 6/8 inch Mule Deer and there were lots of hunting and outdoor adventure stories and photos shared during the course of the evening – including successful hunts for many ladies and junior hunters in the group.
A special tribute was given during the evening to Ed Nash who retired this year after serving as the treasurer for the club for close to 30 years. Due to Ed’s help and firm grip on the purse strings the club is in great financial shape!
The club would like to thank our generous sponsors that contribute services or gear that bring in the funds to help maintain and improve our gun range and provide insurance coverage for our members. Hats off to West Coast Helicopters, Bella Coola Air, Gordy & Rachel Gibbs, Bella Coola Valley Seafoods, Townsite Tru Hardware, Belco Service, Kopas Store, Studio 2340, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Bella Coola Music Festival, Carolyn Larson, Don Nygaard and Son, Brad Koroluk, Barry Layton, David Kopas, Jill Hall, WLDCU Bella Coola Branch , Mark Hedges, Mid Valley Loading, Mitch Lorimer, Mechams Sales & Service, Bella Coola Redi-Mix, Ernest Hall, Cabelas Canada, Moore’s Market, Bella Coola Valley Inn, Bella Coola Valley Restaurant, Lyle Enderud, the 2015 SAMS Grads and all the volunteers that make this event possible every year.
Anyone wanting to join the club can contact Sandie MacLaurin, Membership Chair at 250-982-2670. Membership in our local club means automatic membership in the BC Wildlife Federation and access to many benefits, including the Outdoor Edge/BC Outdoors magazine and insurance for operators of registered quads on BC Forest Service Roads.