May Newsletter – Dorman Range, by Ron Card, email@example.com
We have had an active April with many things & events happening.
We had a VISL shoot (Vancouver Island Shooters League) on April 3. There were 35 shooters from many different Clubs on the Island. They shot a total of 5,250 targets. Helpers that made this event happen were Diane & Dave Upper, Dave Vaton, Dave Weaving, Gord Brooks, Randy Flanagan, Steve Kennedy, & Chuck Webber. The shooters who won pins from our Club were Bill McNeilly, Gord Brooks, Sherry Brooks and Dave Upper. Thanks again to Bill Simpson for doing the prize raffle.
During the month, Ron Pidwerbesky shot his first 25 straight. The Club tradition is that whoever gets his first “25” must have his hat thrown into the air and a phalanx of shooters puts holes into it. Congratulations Ron.
Photo 1 – Ron, at the centre and flanked by Rick Turner and Stan Smith, holds up a decimated hat.
Photo 2 – Equipment setup crew back in the woods, for the Memorial Sporting Clays.
Photo 3 – Station 1, on the skeet field, for the Memorial Sporting Clays
The Memorial Sporting Clays, a charitable event for the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society, was held on March 26. Our donation, $2,617.98, will provide for one month of their operations. We had the largest turnout yet with 102 shooters. As part of the event, a “modified” Annie Oakley, using “rabbits” was held. The distance to the “rabbit” was quite long and it was fun to watch. Even the good shooters got knocked out early. A great “thank you” must go to Cabela’s and Wholesale Sports for their generous donations to the prizes.
Photos – Showing Memorial Sporting Clay shooters at Stations 3, 5 and 6. At Station 3, machines for “rabbits” and the “incomer” are shown on the left.
Photo 1 – Memorial Sporting Clay shooters at Station 8.
Photo 2 – A fellow member of the trap-shooting fraternity, Les Madsen. Les is from Kelowna and he recently passed the 400,000 mark in registered PITA shoots. (This doesn’t include all the practice rounds that are also shot.) This event was held in Vancouver, near the end of March. Do a quick calculation to see how long it would take you to shoot 400,000 targets, as well as the practice rounds. PITA (Pacific International Trap Shooting Association) is the coastal trap-shooting organization that includes members from California right through to Alaska. Dave Upper has shot with Les and says that he in an amazing person. Last year alone, Les shot 30,000 registered targets
Argentina Shoot (an alternate to our “5-Stand”, second Sunday of the month) was held on April 10. The shooter stands in the centre of the field and “birds” are thrown from various machines around the field. The shooter does not know which machine will be throwing the “birds”. It can be very frustrating but it is fun to watch. About 30 shooters participated.
Sporting Clays – The recent sporting clays shoot was on Saturday, April 23. There were 89 shooters in the morning and 73 shooters in the afternoon. The top shooter was Jared Earthy, from Port Alberni with a 92, Mark Bottomley with a 90, and Rennie Dickenson with an 89. There were 6 others in the 80’s. Andy Lemmon provided the lunch. The average score for VISC (Vancouver Island Sporting Clays Assoc) members was 71.6 of which there were 36 shooters. There were 45 shooters for the non-VISC members with an average of 59.6.
In May there will be a BCWF “All Round” shoot comprising 50 sporting clays, 25 skeet, 25 ‘wobbles’, and 25 handicap. It is a fundraiser for the BCWF. There will be prizes and a superb lunch will be provided. The enrollment is limited to 60 shooters but people that want to just shoot the Sporting Clays will likely be accommodated.
Photo 1 – Argentina Shoot on the skeet field. Two of the 6 or 7 machines that are used are shown on the extreme left.
Photo 2 – We had a truckload of clay pigeons delivered several weeks ago. Thank goodness for our forklift – it made unloading and stacking the “birds” in the warehouse so much easier.
We now have a regular cook for lunches for the special events, such as PITA, VISL, ISA and sporting clays – Andy Lemmon. We gain a cook but lose a valuable setup member for many of the special events.
Last week we had a truck load of shotgun shells delivered. This was our largest order yet – 6 pallets (630 cases)($46,000 worth). There were orders from most parts of the Island, from Campbell River to the north, Chemainus to the south, Galiano to the east and Alberni to the west. There were over 50 buyers, with the Galiano Club and the Chemainus Club ordering shells for their members. 90% of the shells were distributed within one week.
On Tuesday, April 19, we had a group of school kids, both boys and girls, from the ROAMS course (Rivers Oceans and Mountains outdoor school) taking a firearms safety course from Beth Hurst. This was in anticipation for their shoot on the Wednesday. Another group will shoot on May 4 (our normal, even-dated Wednesday shooting day). It was a fun event and the “kids” really enjoyed it.
If you haven’t tried Sporting Clays and would like to, come out to our Sporting Clays event in June. (May will be the BCWF fund raiser shoot and that fee will be $60 for the day.) There are many members who will be pleased to show you the process.
Photos – delivery of the 6 pallets of shells with Andy Lemmon doing the unloading. Thanks Andy – another dedicated volunteer.
Photo 1 – Shooters at Station 2 for the April 23 Sporting Clays.
Photo 2 & 3 – Shooters at Station 3 for the April 23 Sporting Clays.
And just to let you know that Club members are involved in more than just trap and skeet shooting, I include the following photos:
Photo 1 – Shooter at Station 1.
Photo 2 – Shooter at Station 4.
Photo 3 – Parked vehicles and maintenance vehicle for the April 23 Sporting Clays
Photo 1 – Willow grouse – you may have tasted these at the Club’s banquet.
Photo 2 – A rather large octopus, out off Ucluelet, who made a streak to the side of the boat after he was unhooked.
Photo 3 – A smaller halibut on the South Bank, out from Ucluelet.
| Historical Tidbits: From the Historical Journal of the PQF&G Association
Early Club history, continued from the March Newsletter. (If you didn’t get this newsletter, send me an e-mail and I will send it to you.)
After incorporation, “The Constitution was re-written to reflect the new, larger organization and the Club was re-registered within the Society Act Legislation in February 1980. This transaction was undertaken and completed by Henry Estlin, and on June 2, 1980 the Association was incorporated under the Society Act.”
“Worth noting is the fact the original formation of the Club was one of conservation. Their slogan was, “Working to improve outdoor recreation.” That is still the main reason for its existence, and as such, receives much of the members’ energy and attention.”
“From that early period of the Association’s history there is considerable documentation by way of minutes of the Parksville Fish and Game Association from March 1954 to November 1972. From that time to the present, the historical accounts are documented in old News Bulletins and the current Newsletter. Two personal accounts from the March and April 1985 News Bulletins provide a glimpse into the activities of those earlier times. The first account is from Ted Rawlins who joined the Parksville Fish and Game Club in 1935. He passed away in 1988.”
“There were not many members then. Jim Kingsley Sr. was the man who got Ted to join and he had been a paid up member ever since. There may have been 12 members at that time. The following names are listed: General Noel Money, Howard Pettigrew, Harry/Alf/Percy Rushton, Percy Trill, Murray (Fat) Shelly (deceased October 2001) and Harry Butler. Ted says the Club was formed because they were all interested in fish and game.”
“There was no shooting of does and fawns in those days. The steelhead season was closed for part of the winter and trout fishing opened on March 15. Fish roe, of any kind, couldn’t be used for trout or steelhead fishing. Ted’s narrative states that he couldn’t remember too much about the Club’s activities, but he remembered attending crow shoots on the flats.”
More to come in future newsletters. Editor’s note – our Club last year had approximately 8oo members.