The Airdrie Hunting and Fishing Association was formed last February by Wes David and aims to get Airdrie’s youth and families involved in more outdoor sporting activities.
The main goal is to get kids and families involved. It’s not just about going out and hunting. It’s about all outdoor sports from fishing right down to gopher hunting.
The association met for the third time on April 21 and implemented a new program called Garbage for Gophers.
Airdrie has grown enough now and there are enough young people to get involved in the outdoors rather than Xbox and GameCube and stuff. It’s a good way to get them out. One common stereotype a hunting and fishing association gets is that it’s an old-boys club, usually dominated in numbers by men, but that’s something this association wants to avoid.
One hope is that the association will implement initiatives, like stocking the local ponds around Airdrie with fish.
There is a chance the association would affiliate with Alberta Fish and Game in an effort to get their name and voice heard by more people.
The last meeting held at the Local Bass Pro Store in the New Cross Iron Mills Mall, in Balzac was well attended on April 21, 2009.