Banquet serves up a feast

The annual awards banquet at the Kettle Wildlife Hall is a feast of wild game provided by members and non-members alike.

The buffet line at the 2014 Kettle Wildlife Banquet provided all who attended the chance to enjoy some wild game.

The buffet line at the 2014 Kettle Wildlife Banquet provided all who attended the chance to enjoy some wild game.

The best eating in the Boundary was happening at the Kettle Wildlife Association Annual Banquet and Awards last Saturday night.

Members and non-members alike provided a variety of wild and domestic meats.  On the menu were turkey, mule deer roast, cougar, elk, pepperoni, moose roast, smoked salmon, whitetail salami, bear sausage, elk hamburger, ham and more.

The dinner was prepared by Chef Bryan Rufiange from the Spruce Grove Fish and Wildlife Club in Alberta. Rufiange is a friend of Gerald and Vicki Feist in Rock Creek and since their daughter Tina Hesketh was in charge of the dinner, he volunteered his services. “It’s a fundraiser—you have to help,” he told the Times.

Eight 4-H members from the Borderline Club helped serve and clean up. “We love to help,” said senior member Joey Rankin.

A list of 46 generous sponsors once again gave the KWA banquet one of the best raffle tables of the year. There were also some excellent prizes available through a silent auction.

This year there were only six trophies (usually there are a dozen). Association director Guy Owen said game is getting scarce and there weren’t a lot of entries. Trophies were awarded to:

Rifle

Les Best  Moose  156 3/8

Guy Owens  Elk  284 3/8

Dave Hoenderop  Mule Deer  175 6/8

Andrew Siewert  Mule Deer 117 5/8

Dave Hoenderop  Typical Mule Deer

Bow

Dan Hobson  Whitetail Deer  138 6/8