Big Game Scoring Day – How Big is Your Rack?

(Last Updated On: December 8, 2017)

The Nipawin Fish & Game League are hosting their Big Game Scoring Day on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at the Nipawin Fish & Game Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There is no charge for admission and the event runs from 9 am until 3 pm and members can bring their racks for scoring as well as their fish entries. Non-members may also have their big game racks scored, however a fee and some conditions will apply.

In conjunction with the Scoring Day, there will be swap meet tables, also running from 9 pm until 3 pm. If you are interested in a table for hunting, fishing, camping or other outdoor related items you can contact Dalton Clifford at 306-276-8612

Lunch will be available from 11 am to 1 pm – Baked spaghetti with Elk meat sauce, homemade buns, homemade pickles, pie, coffee and tea for $10, plus coffee and tea will be available throughout the day by donation.

There will also be a members only photo contest, members are encouraged to bring their wildlife related photos to enter in the contest.

Nipawin Fish & Game League 2018 memberships will be available for purchase at the event and the League newsletter will also be distributed at the event on Saturday.

Nipawin Fish & Game League is a branch of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation a non-profit, non-government, charitable organization of over 33,000 members in 122 branches across Saskatchewan representing every walk of life.  Per capita, they are the largest wildlife conservation organization of its kind in the world.  Established in 1929, the SWF has become an acknowledged leader in the conservation field. One of the SWF mandates is to keep provincial measuring records of big game heads, recognizing the Henry Kelsey record keeping association as and ancillary body of the SWF.


Saskatchewan Henry Kelsey Big Game Records is the official records keeping system for Saskatchewan big game.  Henry Kelsey, with its own constitution and board of directors, is an ancillary body of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

Big game records keeping in Saskatchewan began in 1953 working in cooperation with the Boone and Crockett Club and using their system of scoring antlers, horns and skulls.  In 1967, the Big Game Records Committee adopted the name, Henry Kelsey Club, in honour of the famous Saskatchewan explorer and historian.  In the early 1990s, the name was changed again to Henry Kelsey Big Game Records.  Although Henry Kelsey records adopted the Boone and Crockett scoring system, there are two main differences:  entries for Henry Kelsey do not require a
sixty (60) day drying period and the minimum scores vary.

All Saskatchewan big game entries must be taken by a licensed hunter, under the rules of fair chase, meet minimum scores and be measured by an official Henry Kelsey measurer.  Awards are presented at the annual awards banquet.  A records book is published every five years and is available through the SWF Central Office.


Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News