Dorman Range – January 2016 Update

January Newsletter – Dorman Range, by Ron Card,

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.


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!