Winter is upon us and trapshooting in Alberta is retired until next April or May.
The winter circuit is under way again, and Art Peyton started out with a splash at the Nevada State shoot winning numerous trophies and over 200 all American points. It was good to see Don Checkel back shooting after successful cataract surgery, Don picked up his first trophy of the year in Vegas so is off to a good start.
We had 11 shooters from Alberta participate in the fall Grand in Tucson. We had a few winners from Alberta, but not as many as in past years. Ron McConnell shot well and was close in most events.
We were sad to hear of the passing of Johnny Charlton of Brooks, and long-time shooter and supporter Arnold Norgard of Claresholm. For years Arnold was the center of club activity, his hard work and dedication to the sport will be missed by all.
The Western Zone is initiating a new shooting opportunity to register targets and earn some Lewis option moneys. The Western Big 50 program is now rolling in several states in NW U.S.A. It is program initiated by the club that involves 50 singles, 50 handicap and 50 doubles, all registered targets under the ATA Big 50 program. Lewis options are available on each of the above and also on the HOA. Shooting is a single, or multiple days, every third week of the month. Scores amalgamated from each club participating and summarized for the Lewis options which makes for nicer payouts vs a small single shoot. We will be looking at the opportunity in Alberta to make this happen where clubs are interested. It is a great way to have shooters introduced to registered shooting in an informal club atmosphere.
Remember we have the Provincial Trapshooting Championships happening in Calgary this year. Make your plans and book holidays early, it will be a good shoot. We have had more interest expressed this year than ever from shooters in the U.S. wanting to attend our Alberta Provincials.
Also, the change of date for the Western Zone to June 28-30 in Edmonton this year should make this a good addition to our Provincial lineup in June.
If you have news or information about your club, please let me know.
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