Bull of the Woods

Every year the JFR program brings our crews together at the end of the season to have a light-hearted forestry competition. It is called Bull of the Woods. The first day typically honors the commitment of our host community partners and the culture of Alberta’s indigenous people.

Bull of the Woods (BOTW) is a traditional name for forestry or logging sports competition. One of the early uses of the term was the person in charge of a field logging operation. For our JFR crews, BOTW is a crew competition rather than an individual one. Some of the events are still logging based, while others are related to wildfire, outdoor survival and natural resource management knowledge.

Bull of the Woods is a two-day event; a culmination of the Junior Forest Ranger crew member experience. It is one of the few times in the summer where all the JFR crews get together.

Since 1985, the competition has showcased over 2,000 crew members in various skill-testing events. Our 50th anniversary in 2015 showcased decade crews.

We are proud to celebrate Aboriginal culture with inter-tribal events. Annual events usually include:

  • Bannock Making
  • Hand Games
  • Storytelling
  • Tipi Building
  • Traditional Dancers
  • Traditional Drumming

Competition Day

Day two of Bull of the Woods is the competition from which the event’s name comes from. Competition events may include:

  • Fire-building
  • First aid scenarios
  • Heli-Attach pump run
  • Melon roll (hose roll and carry)
  • Plant identification
  • Swede saw
  • Wajax relay
  • Wilderness trivia
  • Knot tying

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Updated: May 12, 2017