Dorman Range Report – Feb 2016
Well, we have had lots of rain lately but, as I always say, it’s not white. And the flowers are starting to raise their little heads. Welcome to Spring.
Our range has been quite busy since the New Year. On Sundays we have had from 40 to 50 shooters shooting both skeet and trap. Even-dated Wednesdays have been quite busy as well and we have opened both trap fields for both days.
There have been long line-ups occasionally and it is noted that only a few people have been trying to keep the shooting moving along efficiently. Please, shooters, volunteers are desperately required to keep the range operating at an efficient schedule. Tasks involve setting up equipment, although that is usually done by several volunteers prior to shooting, loading birds into the trap machines (after every 3 rounds), marking the score sheets, picking up empty shell casings, putting away the equipment after the shoot is over, and picking up the unbroken birds. The first shooter on the score sheet should take it upon him/herself to see that the rest of the squad is ready as soon as a range is available. If you are not familiar with these activities, please ask and we will be happy to give you a quick rundown.
Photo 1 – For those not familiar with our facilities, the Clubhouse (with the caretaker’s residence in the background). Concrete for “handicap” stations, for positions from 16 yards to 27 yards, for Range 3, is shown in the foreground.
Photo 2 – The Skeet facilities include a warming hut, and stations for “5-Stand” (white brackets). The skeet “low” house is shown on the extreme left.
Photo 3 – The skeet facilities shown from the opposite side. The “house” in front contains a clay pigeon machine that is used for sporting clays and/or “5-Stand”.
Photo 4 – The skeet field showing the “high” house.
A question was asked why we keep scores for Trap shooting when many, if not most, other Clubs do not. There are several reasons for this. Keeping score sheets insures that everybody gets to shoot in turn and nobody jumps the queue. It also provides a record of those shooting so that at the end of the day, their “bird” fees can be calculated. It also gives each shooter a record of how their shooting has progressed; especially helpful for beginning/intermediate shooters. One of the fun things that our Club does is to have shootoffs for people that end the round with the same scores. The score sheet allows us to keep track as to who may be involved.
We held a Sporting Clays on January 23 – we had nearly 90 shooters. There were 12 to 15 shooters that got scores in the 90’s (out of 100) Paul Hagel shot a 97, which is similar to winning a lottery. The rest of the shooters had scores varying from the 20’s right through to the 80’s. A delicious lunch, as normal, was available.
Photo 1 – For sporting clays the portable throwing machines are all battery operated. Here is a photo of the batteries being transported to Stations 4 to 10. Photos 2 & 3 – The trap houses have to be loaded with clay pigeons. Here, Andy Lemmon, Dave Vaton and Dave Upper are filling the house.
On Feb.7 we held a PITA Multiplex shoot. PITA stands for Pacific International Trapshooting Association, and it entails States (and one province, BC) from California right through to Alaska. It is a non-profit association and it was established in 1995. Participants in the Association include California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. The shoots are comprised of 50 birds at 16 yards, 50 birds at a “handicap” distance, depending on the shooter’s previous scores, and 25 pairs of doubles. There can be slight variations to these events.
Photos show Dave Upper, Paul Bligh, Jim Walters and Bob (Rigger) Wilson shooting the “handicap” portion of the PITA event.
A 5-Stand, which is open to all shooters, both Club members and non-Club members, was held on Feb.14. It has been suggested that 5-Stand is a variation of Sporting Clays and Skeet. A big thank you to those people that set up the course. There are “5-Stand” shoots held on the second Sunday of the month. The next shoot will be March 13.
Our next upcoming shoot will be Sporting Clays on February 27. This is strictly a fun event and it is highly regarded (and attended) by other Clubs up and down the Island. You can shoot 50 “birds” in the morning or 50 “birds” in the afternoon, or 100 for the day. Lunch will be available.
There have been several shoots at other Clubs on the Island – The Alberni and Courtenay Clubs held Sporting Clays shoots during February. There is a PITA event on the weekend of Feb.21 at Cowichan.
The Dorman Range has been, or will be closed on Feb. 21 for the Harry Tutton archery shoot.
Notes to all members:
We will be putting an order together shortly for shells. Please contact Ron to indicate your interest.
Also, if there are any items (or photographs) that you would like to see in the newsletter, please let Ron know (e-mail address at the top). Thanks.
Non-shooting items – reliable sources have informed me that there are Springs being caught in the local waters (for those that can stand rain and wind).
Another item to watch for in the next few weeks is the herring spawn; it is a flurry of activity between seagulls, eagles, seals, sea lions, and commercial fishermen.
Historical Tidbits: From the Historical Journal of the PQF&G Association
Continued from the November newsletter, of which the last paragraph had referred to the Retriever dog trials that had been held annually:
“Jack Britton, a pioneer who emigrated from England in 1903, was one of the founding members. His grandson, Rick, told the writer that he, like Henry Estlin, was a marksman and won many trophies, some of which he possesses. They lived on Allsbrook Road, like the Chattells, for whom the road was named in 1990.”
“During the decade from 1950 to 1960 the Parksville Fish and Game Club was not overly active as the Dog Trials had become history. (March 1964 the Club had received a request from Parksville Chamber of Commerce suggesting Dog Trials be held. The executive had considered the request but had to decline due to time, work and expense involved.) In the mid 1950’s (May 1954 first mentioned) they put on an annual fishing derby and barbecue on the beach on the beach at French Creek which, as time went on, became bigger each year until it was held on Dr. Urie’s property (abutting the current French Creek Marina Harbour Commissioner’s Office complex) instead of the beach. The barbecue committee consisted of Bill Kleaman, J.L.Stevens and Tom Lewis.”
“A prefabricated shack was erected to accommodate the workers for handling the food and drinks. The derby and barbecue were held on Dr. Urie’s property in 1978 for the last time on that location. In 1979 the Club decided to cancel the barbecue for that year due to, (among other things), the high price of salmon.”
“It was very fortunate they did because in that year there was a veritable plague of wasps in the area and any barbecue would have been well attended by swarms of yellow jackets contending with the customers for a salmon dinner.”
“The main reason, however, for cancelling the annual event, was a display of conscience. It was eventually recognize that the largest fish being caught were being used for the barbecue, and that the surplus fish being caught were being sold (an illegal act under the Sports Fishing Act), incurring a definite abrogation of Club principles, ideals of conservation and ethical behaviour.”
-more to come in later newsletters.