After extending the draw due to COVID impacts, the winner of the 2020 ODFGA 50/50 raffle was drawn on July 10th. 

The winner of the $1420 prize pool is ticket #82 Daniel out of Rimbey!

Thanks everyone for supporting our great cause and to our fundraisers in selling those tickets!  Our share of the 50/50 proceeds will be put towards high quality local club projects.



Have a great summer!


The ODFGA 50/50 raffle fundraiser draw date has been extended from April 21, 2020 to July 10, 2020.

This is due to COVID-19 social-distancing making it difficult to sell tickets.

Members please update the draw date on your unsold tickets to July 10, 2020.

Stay safe!

-Matt Zazula 
ODFGA President

After a successful season last year, Darren and his wife graciously cleaned out and fixed up the birdboxes from 2019 to get them ready for the 2020 nesting season. 

These birdboxes were built by ODFGA volunteers and Darren was great about setting some up west of Okotoks.

Check out his full report here:


On 2020-02-15 four of us (Mark, Matt, Glenn, Liam) headed out to Spray Lakes for a day of ice fishing over the Family Day Fishing weekend. The weather was warm at -5°C, but the wind kept us cooped up in our fishing shacks to stay warm.

We parked on the side of the Smith Dorien highway and had a taxing slog through 4 feet of snow dragging gear until we made it onto the ice. The ice thickness was about 2.5 feet, though we noted some open water down by the dam.

We were targeting lake trout in 50-60 feet of water using white jigs and smelts. The bite was slow at about a bite every hour and we never managed to get one to surface.

A friendly Alberta Parks official stopped by our tents to check our catch (none) and bait (minnows are not allowed, but smelts are). A couple times we watched packs of sled dogs go by pulling tourists out of Canmore while we admired the amazing mountain scenery.

So while we didn't take home any fish, we still had a great time. We hope our turnout is even better on the next trip out. 

Thanks to everyone that made it out and special thanks to Matt for cooking up some lunch on the bbq. 

-Mark Anderson
ODFGA Secretary


On 2020-02-13 we hosted our annual horn scoring night at Hubtown Brewing in Okotoks. We had 3 AFGA certified scorers (Mark Anderson, Jim Clarke from Sarcee F&G and Joe Baranyay from Calgary F&G). Things started off quite busy right at 6 pm, but slowed later in the evening.

We scored a total of 7 heads, with a mix of white tailed deer, mule deer and elk. There were a couple of really nice elk in the 280+ range, and one mule deer over 185 which scored high enough to get into the next Alberta record book.

We had lots of volunteers and members who stopped by to check it out and support it.  We had quite a few people not involved with the horn scoring take interest in what we had going on, so I think it was a good PR thing with non-hunters. (Especially when we shared a stick of the elk pepperoni.)

Thanks to all the members who showed up to help out and support the event. Thanks especially to the scorers, who did a great job.

-Matt Zazula 
ODFGA President