Presidents message – January 2016

January 2016 Newsletter Article from the President

Fellow Members:

A year has passed since you elected me as president.  I am going to let the volunteers detail  the year’s happenings as they have the details.

One of the items I am going to address is the problem we have with our bank of volunteers.  Each of our 4 focus areas has had a strong years yet each year their number dwindles.  While our newest area, archery, continues to grow, it too looks for volunteers.

It’s great to go to a range and see a group working but we must also look at the age of those working and ask ourselves why we have such a small group of volunteers with a membership of 800+.  Are we facing a time in the near future when we simply do not have enough volunteers to do the work?  Do we need to consider paying for much of the work being done today?

We face this issue now with our membership person.  While we are slowly changing over to electronic renewals or new memberships, we still are faced with entering over 500 members into our data base by hand.  While Lynn and Mark have been great to offer to work on this, do we need to hire someone to do this type of work?  We can spend the money on hiring people or have members come forward to volunteer so that funds can be directed where most members can access them.

The same issue exists for the Board of the club.  We have a very good group of representatives but again it is the same people time and time again.  New or younger members see the repeat each year of the same thing and want new ideas.  Yet that requires they step forward which most are reluctant to do.

Please consider running for the Board.  New ideas, while possibly hard to implement, are needed if we are to continue as a club.  For further details you can contact Len Fong at 250 468 1551 for answers to any questions you may have about what the Board does.

A final note.  The Fish and Game banquet is on!  Mark down March 5th, Qualicum Hall.  Tickets will be available from Lynn at 250 468 7686, Rick Gammon at Henry Range 250 734 3335 or Keith at Coast Sport Fish on the Island Highway. 202 891 Island Highway 250 586 6622. They are will be $45, a bargain when Victoria charges $65 as does the Salmon Foundation.

We will be looking for volunteers so if you want to help out, contact Jean Sanderson at jeansanderson@shaw.ca, 250 586 6634

See you on February 23rd.  We will be having John Shepherd,  BCWF treasurer and a member of the Courtney club, at the meeting toc explain where your fees go and what the Fed does for us.  He will take questions so be kind.  He is a volunteer too!

BCWF Report – January 2106

BCWF REPORT – Rod Wiebe

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Association

Since my retirement in April 2012 as BCWF President, membership in the BCWF has grown 25% and now touches the 50,000 mark.  That’s a lot of voices.  This dramatic increase is mostly due to the rapid growth in shooting sports Province wide and those people need a certified site to pursue their chosen recreation.  These sites are most commonly owned/operated by Fish and Game clubs like ours.  Some are small but some, particularly in urbanized areas, are over 3,000 members.  This growth, particularly over the last decade, has resulted in almost all BCWF affiliated clubs becoming highly populated by shooters who have no interest in hunting, fishing or conservation issues. In short, many clubs currently have a preponderance of members who have joined because they have to (need a safe and legal place to shoot) not because they want to (support the founding values of these clubs like fish & wildlife conservation, access to public lands, wildlife/fisheries management/allocations, habitat protection, etc.)

I believe this has become the situation in our own club.  We have become large with the accompanying emergence of a shooting subculture having a single interest who are questioning why they must personally pay a portion of their annual club dues to the BC Wildlife Federation.  It’s not that they oppose what the BCWF does for its members; its just that pure shooters don’t care so they don’t see why part of their club dues should go in support of values they don’t share.  The complaint has persisted within our ranks without address to the point that there is a movement among members primarily from our Henry Range whose intent is to load the PQF&G Executive heavily with Directors to lead our club out of BCWF affiliation; or possibly break up the club along shooter/conservationist lines.

The wealth of assets our club currently enjoys is the result of decades of mutual effort and respect for each other’s values.  Being united has brought us success and my opinion is that continued unity will carry us further to a successful future.  It doesn’t make sense for any group to reject the values of another because the fact is we all need each other

Whenever our club needs to deal with complaints, City Council, Association  or fundraise we gain esteem from being known as champions of the conservation ethic which is valued by First Nations and admired by all the public.  To scrap the “Fish & Game” support by our members through affiliation with the BCWF would be the first step to ours becoming a gun club only.  The social license our community currently holds for our association would evaporate.  All the studies of public support for gun ownership clearly indicate high approval for purposes of hunting, low approval for target sports and almost zero for home or self defense.

In closing I would strongly urge our members to attend our upcoming AGM and elect a slate of Directors as their Executive that reflect the interests of all our members and not allow dominance by any single interest group.  I am confident that a broad interest based Executive will carry us further down the road of success.

Respectfully submitted – Rod Wiebe, Past President PQF&G 1992- 1998.

Henry Range – January 2016 Update

Henry Range Report – January 2016.

Happy New Year to you all and don`t forget it`s time to renew your membership and purchase your new range key. The locks on the access gates were changed at the first of the year. To date we have sold over 200 keys which indicates that we are going to have another busy year at the range.

The Annual General Meeting will be held on February 23rd. This is the most important meeting of the year where the new Executive and Directors are elected for the coming year(s) and the Operating and Capital Budgets are approved for the fiscal year. There are several Director and Executive positions to be filled, and it is important that we have good representation from Henry Range so please consider letting your name stand for election to one of these positions.

Shooting Results.

.22 Rifle Fun Shoot:

The first shoot of the 2016 was held in conjunction with a Happy Birthday bash for Pam. We had a huge cake with pink roses (Pam`s favorite color).lol It was a cold day but thanks to Alex looking after the hot coffee and roaring fire, made it all worth while. We all had a great time. There were 15 shooters.

1st. John Will. & Pam 287(but we think that was fixed); 2nd. Alex & Gerald (the switcheroo`s) 271; 3rd. Crystal & Bob 260. The next shoot is Feb. 06 @ 10:00 am   (Submitted by Rick)

Bench Rest:

Scope: 1st. Dave 798;  2nd (Tie) Tammy& Andrew 796;  3rd. (Tie) Alex & Frank 788;

Aperture:  1st. John Will. 799;  2nd.Richard  797;  3rd.  James 795;  Next shoot is Feb. 13th.

Military:

1st. John Will 256;  2nd.  Gord  252;  3rd. Clive 251;

Sniper: 1st. (Tie) Clive & Frank 96;  2nd. Bruno 95;  3rd. Graham 85;

The next Military Shoot will be held on Feb.20th. and there will be a handgun stage included. Next shoot is Feb. 20th.

Duty Pistol:

The duty pistol match this month was expanded into a two section event and participants had the option to shoot in the modified 1500 PPC match or the usual 900 round match or both matches. This will be the norm for all future Duty Pistol Matches unless advised otherwise. There were 20 plus shooter including three new participants. John and Walter did a great job of organizing, laying out the course of fire and conducting the matches. There were lots of happy shooters and some impressive scores. Participants require 150 rounds of ammo for the 1500 match and 90 rounds for the 900 match or if you can`t do the math, 240 round for both matches.(lol) The next match will be on Feb. 27th. See you there.

Results:

900 Match.  1st. Wynn T:  2nd  Frank W:  3rd. Bruno K.

1500 Match.  1st. Clive C;  2nd.  Gord G;  3rd. Len F.

There will be a black powder shoot at the Henry rifle range commencing at 10:00am on Saturday, Jan. 30th.

There will also be a .22 handgun shoot on Jan. 31, commencing at 10:00 am. at the Henry Handgun range,  Everybody Welcome.

Submitted by Len Fong, Henry Range Committee Member. Ph. 250 468-1551;  e-mail  lenbar@shaw.ca

 

 

 

 

Dorman Range – January 2016 Update

January Newsletter – Dorman Range, by Ron Card,  roncard@shaw.ca

Hello everybody.  Well . . .  we have started the year off with a bang; in fact, many of them.

Our recent large events were the turkey shoots on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  These events were very popular, both for the winning of turkeys (and hams) and for the fun that everybody had.  There were a total of 225 turkeys and hams that were awarded.

The turkey shoots are set up with the idea that everybody should have a reasonable chance at winning a turkey.  There are 3 skill categories (novice, intermediate & open).  Anybody that wins 2 turkeys in one skill category is moved up into the next skill level.  The maximum that any shooter can win is 5 turkeys – this gives the not-so-skilled shooters a better chance to win a turkey on their own.

The turkey shoot on Boxing Day had a record or near-record number of shooters (and their families).  The number of squads that shot was 96.  With 5 people on a squad, this adds up to  480 individual rounds, each one paid $7.50 per round.  If we assume that each shooter shot 4 to 5 times, then the total number of shooters would have been in the order of 100 to 120 (plus a lot of family members that just came to watch).   The Club made over $1,900 from this event – these funds go towards running and maintaining the range/Club during the year.  A benefit like this helps to keep our Club membership fees at the lowest level on the Island (and even lower than Clubs farther afield).

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Photo 1 – Bill Simpson conducting the “playing card” raffle.  Rigger Wilson looking on, saying “pick mine, pick mine”!    Photo 2 – Dave Vaton getting a fire going for the frosty New Year’s Day shoot.  Fortunately the day warmed up and the frost disappeared.   Photo 3 – Tina Wilson administering the “turkey boards”.  Her husband, Don, very successfully spread these “boards” around the community, all to benefit the Club.  A great “thanks” must be given to all these people.

As well as the turkey shoots we also had other various fun events.  The big one was the “Annie Oakley”.  For the “Annie Oakley” shooters line up in a row along the fence, which is about 28 or 29 yards from the trap house.  Then 3 shooters at a time take a shot at a “bird”.  If anybody misses and the next person hits it, then the first (or second) shooter gets knocked out.  (Also if the shooter shoots out of turn or shoots when the first person has broken the bird, he gets disqualified.)  The winner of the Boxing Day “Annie Oakley” was James Wicks and he walked away with $180.

Running a large event like the Turkey Shoot, to keep up with registration, maintaining the schedule board, awarding prizes, preparing & serving lunches, selling shells, etc. requires a large number of volunteers. We would like to offer our great thanks to the following people who made the Boxing Day Turkey Shoot a resounding success:  Andy Lemmon & Joanne, Rod & Lynne Wiebe, Don & Tina Wilson, Ray & Pete Zboyovsky, John O’Reagan, Don Yacovelli, Gord Brooks, Dan Marshall, Alec McCaul, Jim Walters, Randy Middlemass, Greg & Will, Dave & Diane Upper, Nigel Hurford, and apologies to those that helped but didn’t get their names mentioned.

The turkey shoot on New Year’s Day, equally successful although not as busy as Boxing Day, had 81 squads that shot.  Using the same concepts as listed above for the Boxing Day shoot, there were 405 individual rounds at $7.50 per round.  At 4 to 5 times per shooter, this would have totalled 80 to 100 shooters.  The Club made $1849 for this event.

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Photo 1 –  An early frosty morning, a squad lines up in preparation for the turkey shoot.    Photo 2 – The same frosty morning, looking towards the skeet field, with a jammed parking lot.  Photo 3 – A jammed parking area in the warehouse area.

There was an “Annie Oakley” that was also shot on New Year’s Day.  There were 30 shooters that participated.  (See the photo)  This “Annie Oakley” was won by Pete Ahrens from the Nanaimo Club.  He walked away with $160.

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Photo 1  –  3 Shooters taking their turn in the “Annie Oakley”.    Photos 2 & 3  –  Participants getting ready for a round of a turkey shoot, on Field #3.

For the successful fun day of a turkey shoot on New Year’s Day we thank the following volunteers that made it happen:  Don & Tina Wilson, Ron Card, Dave & Diane Upper, Rod & Lynne Wiebe, Andy Lemmon & Joanne, Gord Brooks, Jim Walters, Dave Vaton, Nigel Hurford, John O’Reagan, Don Yacovelli, Alec McCaul, Bill Simpson, Steve Kennedy, Ray & Pete Zboyovsky, and again, apologies to others that helped out but didn’t get their names mentioned.  These events happen successfully when there are plenty of volunteers.

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Photo 1  –  Part of the scrumptious lunch that was provided on each of Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  Photo 2  –  The registration desk as very aptly run by Diane Upper and Lynne Wiebe.  (The turkey boards still waiting to be filled out.)  Photo 3  –  A squad shooting on Field #2

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Photo 1  –  At the end of the day there are thousands of empty shell casings that had to be picked up and bagged for disposal.   Photos 2 & 3  –  Last month I included a photo from a previous year, warning that winter was not over.  And recently, we did have to contend with a little bit of snow, but it didn’t slow down the shooters.

Maintenance:

Aside from setting up and running events, the range requires on-going maintenance.  In the last week or two our water well pump failed.  Thanks to the fast action of Justin Horsman (Vancouver Island Pump Service) and several other people, the pump was quickly brought back into service.  Jason is a member of our Club and he has donated his services with a request that if the Club agrees, he would like to see a benefit or award set aside for young shooters.  Extreme thanks, Justin, and the Club will be doing something to develop young shooters.

As well as Justin, I would like to thank the following people for participating in a several-day work party:  John O’Regan, Reg Ross, Randy Flanagan, Andy Lemmon, Bob Davenport, Don & Tina Wilson, Phil Nozum, and myself.

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Photo 1 – Justin Horsman, just after winning yet another round.

Photo 2 – Nigel Hurford, keeping us all organized and on track. Thanks for volunteering!

Photo 3 – Mackenzie Crossley.  Great to see our youth participating and with great scores! Well done

Photo 4 – Diane Upper (right) and Lynne Wiebe (left). Without these 2 wonderful ladies, none of this would be possible.

 Upcoming shoots

Sporting Clays Jan.23 (fourth Saturday).  If you wish to try a different venue for sporting clays, the Alberni Club is holding a “sporting clays” on January 30.  There are “5-Stand” held on the second Sunday of the month.  A 5-Stand was held on Jan. 10.  This event was difficult; even the good shooters were in the 16 out of 25 range.  The next 5-Stand will be on February 14.  For the set-up guys – please have a heart!