LLOYDMINSTER AND DISTRICT FISH
AND GAME ASSOCIATION
|The L.D.F.G.A. has
taken on several environmental initiatives in its time, including
the installation of duck nesting tubes in local water bodies in
co-operation with Ducks Unlimited.
Unfortunately all documentation for the history of
Lloydminster & District Fish & Game Association was lost in a house fire
in 1963, when the home of Keith DeLeew, and all the previous club records went
up in smoke. The next best source
of information was J. A. (Archie) Miller, who was with the club from the
beginning but he passed away before work on this history began.
However, we do have some members who remember some of
the early days of the club. Not
withstanding this, it must be realized that most of the real history and stories
have been omitted because they are gone forever.
For more recent history, see the club’s
scrapbooks which have documented some of the activities since the early 70's (on
display at the convention).
It appears that the club started out in 1927, as the
Lloydminster Gun Club, under the presidency of J. W. (Jack) Swift.
The club was a group of sportsmen who were interested in perpetuating
adequate stocks of fish and wildlife so that they may be readily available for
the use and enjoyment of all people for generations to come.
Jack continued to lead the club for a number of years, and even though
times were lean in the 30's, interest and dedication to the ideals of the club
In 1957 a splinter group, more interested in
competitive shooting, separated from the club, taking the name of the
Lloydminster Gun Club and leaving the rest of the club with the name of
Lloydminster & District Fish and Game League, which eventually was changed
to the Lloydminster and District Fish and Game Association.
We are a non-government, non-profit organization of
approximately 650 members. We are
affiliated with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation which has 130 branches,
with approximately 30,000 members. The
province is divided into 6 regions. The
Lloydminster Branch is a member of Region 2 which is situated in the northwest
corner of the province. We are the
only branch to also be affiliated with the Alberta Fish and Game Association
which has over 20,000 members.
Many directors served faithfully on the executive for
years, and to make a list would be impossible without omitting many people who
made important contributions, but some who are often remembered are Roger Jones,
Alan Young, Les Foote, Les Leer, Art Nicholson, Gordon Davidson, Desmond Evans,
A. B. (Alex) Tingley, W. A. (Slim) Thorpe, and Dave McGladdery.
Members and executive have conferred Life Membership
Status to those who have given many years of dedicated service and have made
significant contributions to the objectives of the club.
They are - deceased:
Archie Miller (also given a Life Membership of the Saskatchewan Wildlife
Federation); Nick Fuchs. Howard Bygrove, Dave McGladdery, Les Leer, Gordon
Garner, and Peter Dribnenky.
Living Life Members are: Stan Daniel, Bill Luchinski, Gordon King, Frank Bexson, Larry
Chambers, Norris Edwards and Lorne Topley.
Our club has been fortunate to have had very dedicated
leadership from the following presidents from 1963 - 2000:
Fred Wallace, Russ Drury, Al Jardine, Keith Pawsey, Peter Dobranski ,
Gordon King, Stan Daniel , Bill Luchinski, Larry Chambers, David Fisher, Gordon
Garner, Kevin Mark, Jim Kenyon, Lorne Topley, Norris Edwards, Lyle Gardiner,
Eric Rounce, Bill Armstrong.
For years, youth, such as Blake
Dornstauder (above) have been encouraged to become involved in
L.D.F.G.A. trophy competitions.
|The Habitat trust program
was established to recognize landowners who wish to donate land that
they want to remain as habitat in perpetuity.