It’s an annual event that has gained legendary status in Alberta and adjacent provinces and States. It is the Willow Valley Trophy Day that is held each second Saturday in January at Pincher Creek, Alberta. I attended the show in 2007 to document the event for inclusion in Conservation Pride and Passion, the Alberta Fish and Game Association’s centennial book that was recently published (and available through www.afga.org). I also reported on the show in my January column in the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine.
The show got started back in 1949 when a group of ranchers in southwest Alberta decided that local hunters should be recognized for the trophy big game they harvested over the year. The result was the organizing of a fish and game club, the Willow Valley Trophy Club, that soon became quite active in in the conservation of fish and wildlife as well as sponsoring the annual show.
The show is the longest running annual display of game trophies in the province. Its records demonstrate how the conservation activities of generations of Alberta hunters and anglers have improved the quality of the game the province produces.
So, what’s wrong with that?