Hunting for perfect prey results in winning big awards

HUMBOLDT — For Chris Dufault, the hunt where he bagged his award-winning pronghorn antelope was special.

“It was the first time I've ever been drawn for antelope and it’s a very rare tag to to get nowadays.”

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He spent countless hours during archery season and muzzleloader season, chasing antelope looking for the right one. He found what he was looking for, a 79 6/8 point antelope, on the first day of rifle season.

“I was looking for a big one. I was looking for a wall mounter. I was straight up trophy hunting,” he said. “You have to be selective, especially when you're probably never going to get another tag again.”

Dufault won the Humboldt Wildlife Federation’s Faye Folden memorial big game award, presented at the federation’s fish fry and awards night March 15. The award was one of four major awards to be given out that night.

Colin Pratt won the federation’s archery award for his 144 6/8 point whitetail deer.

“I love winning the archery award because it's a passion that I have, to always archery hunt, so it's a good honour to win something like this from the club,” he said. “I spend probably every second weekend throughout the fall archery hunting and just happened to be in the right place the right time.”

Kaitlyn Wickenhauser won the Rod Earis master angler award. She said she was excited to win the award.

“Now that I have a child I'm not going to get to fish as much, but that's something me and my spouse like to do is to go out in the winter and do lots of ice fishing,” she said. “We just enjoy getting out into the outdoors and definitely going to be passing it on to our children to enjoy fishing as well.”

A highlight of her season was catching a 13-pound, two ounce burbot

“That's pretty impressive, and they're not the nicest looking fish.”

The federation’s notes said that particular burbot should win an ugliest fish award.

The three Atamanchuk youth, Dawson, Morgan and Nolan, won the Bobby Kopp memorial award. Dawson and Morgan knew Kopp and remember him as an avid hunter and friend.

“He was awesome and really meant a lot to the community as a whole, so it's a really big honour to be able to receive this award,” Dawson said.

“Just for us to get this as a family is huge,” Morgan added.

Morgan said the best hunt of the season was when her and Dawson were down south hunting mule deer together

“We're able to do spot and stock on hers and she was able to close it,” Dawson said. “I was able to get a mule deer on that down there as well.”

 

Other award winners

Colin Pratt Typical White Tail Adult-M Archery
Joseph Shewega Typical White Tail Adult-M Rifle
Ron Reinhart Typical White Tail Adult-M Rifle
Mary Weber Typical White Tail Adult- F Rifle
Justin Ortman Typical White Tail Adult- M Muzzleloader
Austin Schidlowsky Typical White Tail Youth- M Rifle
Tyler Skogen Typical White Tail Youth- M Rifle
Kamryn Wittke Typical White Tail Youth- F Rifle
Kylie Weber Typical White Tail Youth- F Rifle
Nolan Atamanchuk Typical White Tail Youth- M Muzzleloader
Morgan Atamanchuk Typical White Tail Youth- F Muzzleloader
Russel Wittke   Moose Adult-M Rifle
Ryley Fraser   Moose Adult-M Rifle
Tyler Kwasnica Typical Elk Adult- M Rifle
Ron Reinhart Typical Elk Adult-M  
Barry Mullen Non Typical Elk Adult-M Rifle
Matt Schidlowsky Non Typical Elk Adult-M Rifle
Ken Weber Typical Mule Deer Adult- M Muzzleloader
Kelly Aubrey Typical Mule Deer Adult- M Rifle
Kim Stolz Typical Mule Deer Adult- M Rifle
Justin Zelle Typical Mule Deer Adult- M Archery
Colin Pratt Typical Mule Deer Adult- M Archery
Dawson Atamanchuk Typical Mule Deer Youth- M Rifle
Nolan Atamanchuk Typical Mule Deer Youth- M Muzzleloader
Mason Weinrauch Typical Mule Deer Youth- M Archery
Morgan Atamanchuk Typical Mule Deer Youth-F Muzzleloader
Chris Dufault   Pronghorn Adult- M Rifle
Justin Ortman   Pronghorn Adult- M Rifle
Brian Ortman   Pronghorn Adult- M Muzzleloader
Colin Pratt   Black Bear Adult- M Archery
Morgan Atamanchuk   Mallard Youth- F  
Murray Freistadt   Snow Goose Adult-M  
Richard Polanik   Canada Goose Adult- M  
Reg Danyluik   Pike Adult-M  
Kaitlyn Wickenhauser   Pike Adult- F  
Kaitlyn Wickenhauser   Pike Adult- F  
Dylan Dufault   Pike Youth- M  
Reg Danyluik   Walleye Adult-M  
Justin Zelle   Walleye Adult-M  
Jamie Dufault   Walleye Adult- F  
Karlee Dufault   Walleye Youth-F  
Connie Danyluik   Sauger Adult- F  
Chris Dufault   Burbot Adult-M  
Kaitlyn Wickenhauser   Burbot Adult- F  
Richard Polanik   Splake Trout Adult- M  

 

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