Dorman Range Report – May 2016

May Newsletter – Dorman Range, by Ron Card,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos – delivery of the 6 pallets of shells with Andy Lemmon doing the unloading.  Thanks Andy – another dedicated volunteer.


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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:

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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

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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.

Dorman Range – request for volunteers

The Dorman Range needs some volunteers who would be available to cook for about 15 special events throughout the year.  Unless we get a ‘keener’ who would enjoy committing to doing it all we were planning to set up a team of 3 to 5 cooks and a coordinator to ensure we have coverage at all our events.

We hold 11 Sporting Clays shoots per year, a registered Trap Shoot and a Registered Skeet Shoot plus our Boxing Day and New Years Day shoots.  We already have 3 cooks that are available for one or two shoots per year so if we could get 2 or 3 more the work load would not be too onerous.

Duties include:  deciding on the menu, buying the supplies, preparing and serving the meal and cleaning up afterward.  There is no need to handle cash as we pre-sell tickets for lunches.  We will provide estimates of numbers of lunches required for each shoot and help as required with menu choices and otherwise as required.

The dates for the Sporting Clays Shoots are the 4th Saturday of each month wit between 60 and 100 attendees.  The registered shoots are on Sundays in April 3 and May 22 (Sundays) with 25 – 30 shooters.  Boxing Day and New Year’s speak for themselves.

Interested members should contact Bob Davenport by email only at  If you do not have email you can call Tina and Don Wilson at 250 752 6176 for information and to sign up.

Thank you all for your continued support

Dorman Range

Dorman Range Report – February 2016

Dorman Range Report – Feb 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

Recent Events:

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.

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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.

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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.

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!

Dorman Report – December 2016

The end of the year is upon us.  Where did that year go.  Fortunately, we keep getting older.

Throughout the year we have held many fun events and we propose to do the same in the New Year.  Please feel free to join us – scores don’t matter as long as you have fun.
We would especially like to thank Bill Simpson for running our raffles at all of our various functions throughout the year.  This helps the Club, as well as always being a fun event.And while we are at it, we would also like to thank Don Wilson for setting up and running the turkey boards.  There are other people who have helped with the distribution of these “boards”.  Thanks everybody.
And while we are thanking people, there are a lot of people that have helped to keep the range operating and in good maintenance condition.  The names are too numerous to mention but one person who does a top-notch job that should be mentioned, is Dianne Upper.  See the photo.  Dianne is always there on Sundays whether it is the regular practice shoot, sporting clays, 5 Stand, or any other event.  As well as being a great friend to everybody, she keeps the bookkeeping records, takes in money, and is often preparing lunches for us.  Thanks Dianne.  Another person to thank for a job well done is our caretaker, Carroll Davis.  She treats the range facilities as if they were her own.  Thanks, Carroll.


Photo 1 – Dianne Upper & Jim Guthrie   Photo 2 – Bob Urquhart, Rob Wesson, Ron Card        Photo 3 – Remember this from several years ago?
Recently the club held its annual shooting competition for the Range’s intermediate shooters.  89 year-old Bob Urquhart, on the left in Photo 2, won the Club trophy.  Rob Wesson and Ron Card posed in their “finest” winter gear.  Photo 3 is just to remind you what this winter could look like.
Recently we held some more fun events: a PITA Multiplex, an Annie Oakley, a Bushwacker, and an Argentinian shoot (similar to 5 Stand).  For more details on what these shoots are, please talk to one of the persons at the range.  (I am trying to keep this as short as possible.)
On November 28 we held our “food bank” sporting clays shoot.  We had 94 shooters who brought foodstuffs and cash for the food bank.  It was very successful.Don’t forget the turkey shoots on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.   It will be 10 birds for $7.50, shooting in the relevant skill level.

Trap Shooting – For all the Club members that don’t shoot shotguns, or for our newer range members, I include a long-winded explanation of trap shooting.  Enjoy.

 Trap shooting, often called “American trap shooting” to distinguish it from other forms of trap shooting, is but one of many sports based on shooting small disks launched into the air. These disks are of various sizes. Clay pigeons are commonly called “birds”. In addition to trap shooting, people also shoot other games involving these disks, such as skeet, sporting clays, 5 stand and wobble trap. This last is like trap shooting, except the trap machine is set up to vary both the direction of the clay pigeon’s flight and the angle of elevation.


A trap range has at least one, and perhaps many, trap fields, each of which has a little structure called the “trap house” that houses the machine that throws the birds into the air. This is called the “trap machine,” and sometimes just the “trap.” The trap machine throws the birds in a random pattern limited to a 44 degree horizontal arc, with the birds exiting the house at speeds varying from about 44 miles per hour up to over 50 mph depending on the governing jurisdiction around the world.  The birds travel about 50 yards before hitting the ground. The trap range uses “speakers” that respond to the shooters’ voices to send an electric signal that causes the trap machine to launch a bird. Each trap field has five shooting stations in an arc, each station being 11 degrees away from its neighbor. The shooting stations are paths radiating out from the trap house with distances from the house marked from 16 to 27 yards. A round of trap is 25 birds, 5 birds being shot from each station in rotation.Trap shooters commonly shoot three events: singles, handicap and doubles. Singles are single birds shot from the closest distance, 16 yards from the trap house. Since the birds are usually about 15 to 25 yards out by the time the shooter fires, even the 16 yard singles are 31 to 41 yards away. Handicap is like singles, except it is shot from various distances, depending on one’s ability, between 19 and 27 yards. These birds are 35 to 52 yards away, depending on one’s handicap and reaction time. Since very few shooters with slow reaction times ever earn a 27 yard handicap, that 52 yard figure is an exaggeration. 27 yard shooters actually shoot their birds at 47 yards or less. As you might imagine, a little disk, 40+ yards away and flying at 40+ miles per hour can be a difficult target. Doubles are two birds launched simultaneously, shot from 16 yards. Doubles are even more difficult and are, by far, the most fun. A round of doubles is usually 25 pairs, or 50 birds.

You can use any shotgun gauge, up to 12 gauge. Using anything smaller than a 12 gauge entails a loss of hitting power. Some do choose smaller guns for their lower weight and reduced recoil. Note: in shotguns, a larger numerical gauge designation refers to a smaller bore. A 20 gauge is smaller than a 12 gauge. This holds true for all shotgun bore sizes other than the .410. “.410” refers to a bore that is .410 of an inch in diameter. Unless you are truly crazy, you will not be using a .410 to shoot trap. It is just too small. You may use up to 1 1/8 ounce of shot in 12 gauge.  I don’t know what the weight limit is in 20 gauge, but typical commercially available target loads are 7/8 ounce. You may use shot sized 7 1/2 and smaller. Like gauge sizes, a lower shot size number refers to a larger shot size. The maximum velocity allowed is 1250 feet per second for 1 1/8 ounce loads. You may use slightly higher velocities for lighter loads, and the whole thing gets really complicated. Why bother with all that? Just get some 1 1/8 ounce #8 shot target loads.

Trap shooting has some simple, straightforward rules. Always practice safe gun handling. Only load your gun when it’s your turn to shoot. Only load one shell unless you’re shooting doubles. For doubles, you may load two. If, while you’re on the trap field, the staff needs to tend to the trap house, to reload the machine or otherwise adjust the machine, unload your gun. In trap shooting, the gun’s safety is ignored. Do not bother with it. Your gun is either loaded and ready to shoot, or unloaded. The only “safety” is an unloaded gun.

There are several interesting rules about gun failures, broken birds and so on. Your fellow shooters and/or the score keeper will help you with them. Just don’t get flustered. While shooting doubles, remember that you are only allowed one shot at each bird. If you miss your first bird, you must switch to the second bird and try to break it instead of shooting at the first bird again. Even though a round consists of 25 birds, and a round of doubles consists of 50 birds, you should carry some spare shells in addition to the 25 or 50 you expect to shoot. If a bird is broken in the process of being thrown, you’ll get another bird to shoot. If you shoot at that broken bird, you’ll need a spare shell. If you shoot out of turn, you’ll need to reshoot that turn. If, in doubles, you shoot the first bird without noticing that your second bird broke while being thrown, you’ll have to reshoot that turn. If your gun fails to fire after you hit your first bird in doubles, you’ll have to reshoot that turn. Obviously, if you miss your first bird, a failure to fire on your second bird counts as a lost pair. Otherwise, sly shooters would tend to have a lot of “fail to fire” episodes after lost first birds.

“Lost birds” are birds you didn’t break. “Dead birds” are the ones you did break. A dead bird means you definitely broke the bird. Knocking a little dust off it isn’t enough. You must at least knock a chip out of the bird. Ordinarily, the score keeper announces the lost birds but not the dead birds. Among trap shooters, dead birds are the norm, and therefore not worthy of mention. In doubles, the score keeper announces the results of every shot: “dead pair,” dead, lost,” “lost, dead,” or “lost pair.” “Lost pair” is never a pleasant sound.

Best of the Season to everybody.

Ron Card

Dorman Report – November 2015

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

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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

Dorman Range Report – October 2015

Hi everybody.  Welcome back from summer.  It has been a great summer for weather although it did get very dry and the forests were subject to major fire hazards.

We cancelled sporting clays for July and August due to the high fire hazard and signs were posted warning people from going into the woods.  The trap and skeet fields are comprised of grass, minimizing the fire hazard, and were easily monitored.  Thus we were able to shoot throughout the summer.

We had some heavy rainy days in September, so we were able to stage sporting clays on September 26.  The weather was sunny and warm and we had a roster of 70 shooters.  It was a delightful day.  We had some high scores, low scores and everything in between.  A shooter from Campbell River shot a 94 for the day.  There were several others that shot 49 out of 50 during one of the morning/afternoon shoots.  A suburb lunch was provided by Andy and Joanne.

Our next sporting clays will be held on October 24 and November 28 (the fourth Saturday of the month).  There will be no sporting clays in December but we do hold turkey shoots on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  (And, no, we don’t shoot turkeys, we give them away as prizes to the winners of various experience levels.  We also give away hams as prizes.)

Other events to watch out for are the reinstated “5-Stands” on the second Sunday of the month.  These will occur on October 11, November 8 and December 13.  The “5-Stand” is remotely related to Sporting Clays.  However, it is held entirely on the skeet field.  Shooters line up in 5 positions and birds are thrown from machines that are set up around the field.  Again, it is a fun event.

This is the time of year when many of our members head out on hunting trips.  Several of our members were up in the Caribou in early September and they did quite well on grouse (as well as a rabbit and some trout from some small lakes).  Now others are headed out for deer and moose.  One of our lady shooters just returned from a moose hunt and she was successful.  In fact their party got two moose.

I have to apologize for no pictures this month – my computer crashed at a critical time and I haven’t been able to get it back up running.  This report has been written on another computer that has a different operating system, and I have coloured the air blue around it.

We have had a work party out on the range lately, cutting the broom from under the nets.  The nets catch the unbroken birds and we then use them again (both the birds and the nets).

Our newly acquired fork lift has come in very good use lately.  We received a truckload of “birds” and it took only 3 people a half hour to unload, using the fork lift and the pallet jack.  We will be receiving a load of shotgun shells shortly and the “new” equipment will also be a great benefit.

Cheers everybody.  Come out to the Dorman Range and try your hand at trap or skeet (and sporting clays and “5-Stand”).  We have people that will guide you in the handling of shotguns and in the art of shooting.  AND coffee pot is always on.

Ron Card

Harry Tutton Memorial Outdoor Archery 3D Shoot

Date:     February 15, 2015
Time:     9:30 Shot Gun Start
Registration:     On site starting at 8:00 am

Family of 4/$35  (2 Adults, 2 Youth)
Youth (9-14)Free

Off Highway 19A and Baylis Road in Qualicum
Hot lunch available somewhere between the morning and afternoon rounds (11:30 – 1:00)
Prizes and winners announced following the afternoon rounds

For further information email