Notice To Hunters – Changes Are Coming To Hunter Registration And The Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draw.The Province Will Introduce A New Online System For Hunters In 2016, Making It Easier For You To Register And Apply For Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draws. You Can Submit LEH Applications Online At Home, Or At A Service BC, FrontCounter BC, Or Vendor Location. The Online Service Will Be Available For The Fall 2016 LEH Draw. More Information Will Be Provided In The 2016-2017 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis.
The fall weather has started to replenish local streams and rivers. This year has shown how delicate the balance is here on the Island between drought and precipitation. Many rivers have had late runs of salmon and the return of Coho has been poor in a number of rivers. The proposed new water supply on the Englishman River will need to be monitored carefully. We are facing a possible reduction in flow even after this year’s drought has shown how precarious this source is.
As conservationists we need to monitor the effects of actions of government within the community if we are to retain the environment we have today for our children and our grandchildren in the future.
Our annual banquet is set to take place on March 5th. This is a major source of funding for the club. Last year we raised over $13000 for new equipment and upgrades to the ranges.
Our problem is that we need someone to Chair the Banquet Committee, any takers? We have the infrastructure, we have the hall and we have volunteers. What we do not have is someone to manage the big picture, to make sure we are on time and on task.
Emma and Jean did an amazing job for 2015 and we sincerely thank them for all their efforts but we need to find someone for 2016. It can be a shared arrangement, whatever works best for you.
Should you wish to take on the task, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT GENERAL MEETING/SOCIAL
A brief general meeting on Tuesday December 1st will be followed by our annual social. I sincerely hope to see you there at 7.00 pm at the legion hall in Qualicum. In the spirit of potluck, please fetch an appy, salad or a sweet treat for everyone to share. We will provide some drinks and something tasty. All members welcome!
Richard Thompson, President PQFG.
Business as usual at both facilities. We are still looking for good clean fill for the new 50 yd. range, so if anybody out there in membership land has contact with people in the dirt moving business let them know we have a good free dumpsite. The renovation work to bring the washroom facility in the rifle range club house up to standards for physically challenged members and guests is presently underway and should be completed soon. A new outside security light was recently installed on the rifle range clubhouse, thanks to Bruno.
Military Match- Oct.
1st. Clive 308; 2nd. Tie, Graham & Alex 301; 3rd. Tie, Lee & Len 300. Sniper: 1st, Frank 98; 2nd, Tie Graham & Clive 92; 3rd, Bob P 91.
Duty Pistol – Oct.
1st, Gord 859; 2nd, Clive 858; 3rd, Len 855.
.22 Hand Gun – Oct.
1st, Bob L 139; 2nd, Lee C 129; 3rd, Olive W, 108 (Note: Best possible score in this event is 140)
.22 Plinker Shoot – Nov.
1st, Bruno & John Wil. 418; 2nd, Bob & Warren (the Gabriola Guys) 399; 3rd, Ken, John & Rick (the Good, the Bad and the Ugly) not necessarily in that order, 385.
Notice: At the next Military Match on November 21st, there will be a table set up where members can place items for buy sell or trade. Bring your unwanted shooting , reloading, optics, guns, knives and all other assorted treasures you might want to part with. Please mark your items with your asking price.
Len Fong, Range Committee Member.
Ph 250 468-1551; e-mail email@example.com
Archery is continuing to grow with new memberships still coming in. The open house on November 21st at the Nanoose Bay Pentecostal Camp was a great success. This open house was part of ParticipACTION’s National Sports Day. We were hoping to be able to share what we do with all ages to encourage people to become members and be more active and I believe we definitely succeeded.
We would also like to share the news that our coach Bob O’Brien placed second in the World Senior Games in Utah! Congratulations Bob!!
We will be hosting more user groups coming up this month – Cub Scouts have been confirmed for the 17th and we are waiting on date confirmation from a couple more groups. We had a great time sharing our sport with the Blade Runners group that came down a couple of weeks ago.
Our last day of shooting will be on December 16. We will be having a potluck fun shoot and again we encourage any interested members of the PQFG to join us at the Nanoose Bay Pentecostal Camp from 7-8PM.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Jace Glendinning of Qualicum Beach,5, gets some help from his dad, Adam Der, as he tries a bow for the first time during the Arrowsmith Archers’ open house in Nanoose Bay Saturday.
— Image Credit: J.R. Rardon Photo
Hello everybody. We are now sneaking into winter. We have had a mixture of dry, wet, cloudy, sunny, cool weather and so far, none of it has stopped our shooting. We continue to have good turnouts for our shooting days – anywheres from 20 to 40 shooters on Sundays and/or on the even-date Wednesdays.
We have sponsored various events within the latter part of October and in early November. We had our Sporting Clays on October 24 and there were 59 shooters. As well as our own Club members we also had shooters from Courtenay, Alberni, Nanaimo, and Duncan. See the photos below for the activity. As usual, the scores were all “over the map”, again dependent on the individual skill levels. The scores ranged from 35 out of 100 to the high 90’s. I, myself, ranged from a low 25/50 in the morning, to a personal high of 40/50 in the afternoon.
The next Sporting Clays will be held on November 28 and it will be a food bank shoot. Bring cans of food, enjoy the shooting as well as enjoying a free lunch.
On November 8 we hosted a PITA event. PITA, which stands for Pacific International Trapshooting Association, holds events throughout the year all along the Pacific coast. The events were held at some Club locations on November 7 also but we only hosted the event on the Sunday. There are monetary prizes in the various skill levels. The event is comprised of 150 “birds” – 50 Singles (at 16 yards), 50 Handicap (at varying distances depending on scores from previous PITA events, from 20 to 27 yards), and 25 Pairs (doubles).
On the same day we hosted a “5-Stand”. This was held on the skeet field. There are clay pigeon machines located around the perimeter of the field and the shooters shoot the “birds” from these machines from 5 stations along the fence line. As long as there is interest, the “5-Stand” will be held on the second Sunday each month.
Don’t forget the turkey shoots on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Skeet Shooting. (per Wikipedia)
Skeet is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting. The others are trap shooting and sporting clays. There are several types of skeet, including one with Olympic status (often called Olympic skeet or international skeet) and many with only national recognition.
For the American version of the game, the clay discs are 4 5⁄16 inches (109.54 mm) in diameter, 1 1⁄8 inches (28.58 mm) thick, and fly a distance of 62 yards.
The international version of skeet uses a target that is slightly larger in diameter [(110±1) mm vs. 109.54 mm], thinner in cross section [(25.5±.5) mm vs. 28.58 mm], and has a thicker dome center, making it harder to break. International targets are also thrown a longer distance from similar heights (over 70 yards), resulting in a faster target speed.
The firearm of choice for this task is usually a high-quality, double-barreled over and under shotgun with 26- to 30-inch barrels and very open chokes. Often, shooters will choose an improved cylinder choke (one with a tighter pattern) or a skeet choke (one with a wider pattern), but this is a matter of preference. Some gun shops refer to this type of shotgun as a skeet gun. Skeet chokes are designed to be a 30-inch circle at 21 yards distance. Alternatively a sporting gun or a trap gun is sometimes used. These have longer barrels (up to 34 inches) and tighter choke. Many shooters of American skeet and other national versions use semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns. The use of clay targets to simulate hunting scenarios is one reason the targets are called clay pigeons.
The event is in part meant to simulate the action of bird hunting. The shooter shoots from seven positions on a semicircle with a radius of 21 yards (19 m), and an eighth position halfway between stations 1 and 7. There are two houses that hold devices known as “traps” that launch the targets, one at each corner of the semicircle. The traps launch the targets to a point 15 feet above ground and 18 feet outside of station 8. One trap launches targets from 10 feet above the ground (“high” house) and the other launches it from 3 feet above ground (“low” house).
Historical Tidbits: From the Historical Journal of the PQF&G Association
The earliest mention of the Association being formed was from a letter, written by Horace Goad in 1984, in the Club sponsored book “Wild Game Cook Book II”. In the letter, it was stated in part, “Parksville-Qualicum Rod and Gun Club” was formed in 1912 for the immediate purpose of obtaining the removal of nets placed across the mouths of Big Qualicum, Little Qualicum and Englishman Rivers, preventing access by salmon to spawning grounds.
Apparently Japanese fishermen had conducted a fishery and saltery for some years, and the reason for the sudden erection of a complete barrier is not known, but it seems that the complaint by the newly formed club caused its removal, with little delay.
The letter continued: The First World War disrupted activities and though reorganization followed, information is scarce as to dates, etc. It is known that Parksville Flats were the scene of rifle, trap and skeet shooting, and Retriever Trials were held there annually. From 1943 to 1952 the club sponsored and conducted the National Gun Dog Championships and in 1949 over 2500 people attended.
-more to come in later newsletters
Photo 1 – our contingent trap shooters on a Sunday. Photo 2 – Dave Weaving & Dave Vaton are part of a work party cutting vegetation and re-stringing the nets. Photo 3 – Part of the clay pigeons that were delivered in one shipment.
Photo 4 – Start of setup for Sporting Clays. Photo 5 – A shotgun cart. Photo 6 – A quad for those having difficulty getting around the course.
Photo 7 – Bob Davenport, Dwayne Fujima & Stephan Meinke get ready on Station 2. Photo 8 – A successful shot Photo 9 – Shooting position and controls for 3 machines on Station 3.
Photo 10 – The “Sand Pit” station and the clay pigeon machines. Photo 11 – A squad at Station 9 and a squad heading to Station 10. Photo 12 – Shooters at Station 10.
Photo 13 – Part of the $38,000 shotgun shell order for the Club and the members, Photo 14 – PITA shooters shooting the Handicap event. Photo 15 – Dave Upper shooting the PITA handicap event. Gordy Brooks keeping score.
Last photo – Bob Maltby, from the Nanaimo Club, shooting the PITA doubles event.
Ron Card – Dorman Range
After nocking his arrow with single-minded deliberation, Oliver Landry raised his bow, sighted down-range to the distant target, and drew back until his fingertips rested against his right cheek.
Taking a steadying pause, Landry released the bowstring and watched intently as the arrow struck the floor and skittered in the general direction of the target stands.