A.B.A. GAME AWARDS SYNOPSIS
(April 24, 2019)
Small Game, Big Game, Master and Grandmaster ABA bowhunter Awards (no time limit to earn), as well as the Annual Big Game Awards Program have been established for ABA members only. Applications for these awards will be accepted only if the bowhunter is an ABA member at the time the game entered is taken. Must be taken in Alberta in a regulated hunting season and on a valid hunting license. All animals entered must be taken under “The P&Y Rules Of Fair Chase” (http://www.pope-young.org) (NOT allowed are draw lock devices, battery operated sights, bow mounted rangefinders, use of cellular trail cameras, etc.)(lighted nocs (Lumenoks) and bow mounted cameras ARE allowed).
Entries must be received by March 1 in the year following when those animals were taken – NO exceptions!! For example: any ABA eligible animal taken in 2016 must be entered by March 1st of 2017 – the only exception are Cougars taken in Dec 2016 as they fall in the following Awards year (2017) to be consistent with the dates of that particular Cougar season.
SMALL GAME AWARD (Certificate)
ABA bowhunters must take 1 species from 5 of the following 6 categories (all taken in Alberta):
GAME BIRD RODENT CARNIVORE
Hungarian Partridge Jack Rabbit Wolf
Ruffed Grouse Snowshoe Hare Coyote
Sharp-tailed Grouse Cottontail Rabbit Fox
Spruce Grouse Woodchuck Raccoon
Blue Grouse Gopher Badger
Merriam's Turkey Porcupine
Pheasant Red Squirrel
VARMINT MIGRATORY FISH
Crow Magpie Ducks Species according to Fishing
Raven (on private land) Geese Regulations. Examples:
Starling Pigeon Coots Sucker
Skunk Common Snipe (Wilson's) Lake Whitefish
Free ranging wild boar
BIG GAME AWARD (Certificate)
ABA Bowhunter must take any 3 of Alberta's 10 species (can be male or female):
Whitetail/ Mule/ Elk / Moose/ Bighorn Sheep/ Antelope/ Black Bear / Cougar/ Goat/Bison
MASTER BOWHUNTER AWARD (personalized buckle - $275 value)
*ABA bowhunter must take four of the above Alberta species, and, with the exception of bears and cougars, all must be legal males ( > 4" antlers, 4/5 curl, etc.)
*Two of the four must meet Pope & Young's minimum score.
*Bowhunter must have already earned a Small Game Award, and have taken at least one carnivore.
GRANDMASTER BOWHUNTER AWARD
ABA bowhunter must take six Alberta species of Pope & Young animals.
*Bowhunter must have already earned a Small Game Award and have taken at least one carnivore.
ANNUAL GAME AWARDS (Gold, Silver & Bronze Award plaques)
ABA Bowhunter must take the largest of the Alberta species; listed below (Dec. 1st thru Nov. 30th).
ELK (Typ and Non-Typ), WHITETAIL (Typ and Non-Typ), MULE DEER (Typ and Non-Typ), MOOSE, BIGHORN, COUGAR, BLACK BEAR, ANTELOPE, GOAT, BISON, TRADITIONAL AWARD, LADIES, YOUTH AWARD (< 17 Years old on day animal is taken)
For Entries or Any Information Regarding the ABA Game Awards Program
CONTACT: RYK VISSCHER, 1166-68st. NW, Edmonton, AB. T6K 3K4.
780- 445-0327 (cell), 780-450-0386(FX). Email- firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR ABA MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION (www.bowhunters.ca) (email@example.com)
ABA Membership Director
Box 89021 McKenzie Tower, Calgary, Alberta T2Z 3W3