Throughout the Trap Shooting Season, many APTA shooters travel all over Canada and the U.S. to represent the Atlantic Provinces at many of the largest organized Trap Shoots.
The 2018 ATA Registered trapshooting season is underway. Here are some of the shoots our shooters will be attending. Good luck shooters. Stay tuned for updates!
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February 19-25, 2018
Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, Tucson, Arizona
(left to right: Herbie Nickerson, Janaya Nickerson and Doug Blades)
Story by: Doug Blades
This year the Atlantic Provinces was represented by 3 competitors, all from Highland Gun Club in Yarmouth Co., NS. Herbie Nickerson and his daughter Janaya, as well as Douglas Blades, attended.
Tucson Trap & Skeet Club once again hosted an amazing tournament, accommodating as many as 829 shooters in the Championship Singles event without a hitch. Weather during the tournament was mostly sunny with mild temps ranging from 10 to 18 degrees Celsius. Afternoons generally saw increased winds.
Janaya shot a new personal best 97/100 in the afternoon portion of Event 10 Singles. Also a highlight was Herbie’s 98/100 in the Event 7 Singles which had him tied for class C winner. The tie was settled by carry-over to the next singles event and saw Herbie become runner-up.
Event 15 Singles brought Douglas the chance to shoot along side Kay Ohye and Michael Blaisdell. Blades managed to tie Blaisdell with 98’s, while Kay Ohye posted a 97.
The rest of the tournament was highly enjoyable, a great break from winter in Nova Scotia. From the targets to the people, everything about this tournament is top notch.
Editor's note: Doug Blades and his family enjoyed a few days of R and R after the shoot. Photos courtesy of Doug Blades. Click here to see some photos.
March 12-18, 2018
(left to right: Paul Bailey, Peter Tucker, Jim Price, Monty Petipas, John Tucker, Herbie Nickerson and Janaya Nickerson)
Story by: Andrea Bassan
NL shooters Peter Tucker, John Tucker, Monty Petipas and Paul Bailey (aka Old Man Bailey) once again made their annual trip to Florida this March for the Southern Grand and the Silver Dollar Shooter’s Club in Odessa, Florida. The boys have been making this trip annually and have become good friends with Maryland shooter Jim Price who they met during their first trip to the shoot. The boys still make it a point to squad together for the Singles events. FYI - Jim is also considered an official Newfoundlander now, after having competed in the 2013 Atlantic Provinces Provincial Shoot at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club – the home club for the NL shooters.
Herbie and Janaya Nickerson just back from the Spring Grand in Arizona also decide to attend the Southern Grand and join the NL boys for the tournament. Nova Scotia shooter Barry Turner is also in attendance as he competes regularly in the ATA Satellite Grand circuit.
Despite not having shoot any trap since early December the NL boys made short work of getting back into the swing of things. The NS Nickerson duo are in top form from their Spring Grand shooting and get right back at it. Atlantic Province shooter highlights include:
Perhaps the biggest news for our group of shooters is Peter Tucker winning the 2018 Southern Grand Handicap Championship with a 99/100. Peter won outright over a field of 495 shooters. Fellow Canadian and Quebec shooter Jake Levin placed 2nd with 97/100. A great showing for Canadians. Peter’s score was a personal best Handicap score for him which also earned him 1 ½ yards and a promotional to the 21 ½ yard line. This win is also Peter’s first handicap punch and what a way to accomplish that – winning one of the prestigious Handicap Championship in the ATA. Congratulations Peter.
And who doesn't like to see their name on the leader board? Congratulations everyone.
March 20 - 25, 2018
Monty Petipas decided to take full advantage of his extended stay in Florida and enter the Florida State Shoot. Although Monty admits to being like a fish out of the water without having Old Man Bailey and the 2 Tuckers at his side, he managed to carry on and represent the Atlantic Provinces respectively.
Monty shot well throughout the tournament and landed himself in a number of ties and carryovers for Non Resident Class Titles. His scores also put him in contention for the Singles and Doubles High Over All and High All Around Class Titles. Although finishing just shy of the winning Class HAA and HOA scores, Monty did win 2 titles at this year’s shoot. Well done Monty.
Event # 5: Wednesday Preliminary Handicap - Non Resident 3rd Place
Event # 6: Wednesday Preliminary Doubles - Non Resident Class D Winner
June 27-July 1, 2018
Brandon Gun Club
The Brandon Gun Club hosted the 2018 Canadian Trapshooting Championships June 27 – July 1, 2018. The shoot attracted shooters from coast to coast and those south of border also. A total of 134 shooters competited in our national trapshooting championships.
Six shooters from the Atlantic Provinces attended - Herbie and Janaya Nickerson, Ken Deon and Reynold D’Entremont from Nova Scotia and Troy Coldwell and Andrea Bassan from Newfoundland. Our Atlantic Provinces shooters represented well and captured several trophies. Perhaps the biggest news from our AP group was the number of prestigious Handicap punches earned by our shooters. Congratulations everyone!
AP Shooters (l to r): Reynold D'Entremont, Herbie Nickerson, Ken Deon,
Janaya Nickerson, Troy Coldwell, Andrea Bassan
Janaya tooks a shot during a shootoff
CTA Singles Shootoff for Runnerup and AA Class: Troy Coldwell with Kahl Boll and Paolo Sampaio
August 17-19, 2018
L'Acadie Gun Club
Story and Photo credit: Lori Anne Nicolle - Staff APTA Reporter for New Brunswick.
We made our annual trek to the beautiful community of Saint Jean Sur Richelieu and the L’Acadie Gun Club to attend the Quebec Provincial Shoot on August 17th - 19th. Jack Nicolle, Gerrit VanRaalte both of Fredericton, NB and Jamie LeBlanc, who we will always claim as a fellow New Brunswicker, even though he now lives in Ottawa, were there to represent the Atlantic Provinces.
The Preliminary Day was a very unsettled weather day with Jamie being the only one brave enough to shoot all three events. In Saturday’s Quebec Singles Championship, Jack claimed the Open C with a total score of 186. In Sunday’s Quebec Doubles Championship Gerrit was the winner of Non Resident Senior Veteran with a score of 71.
As usual we enjoyed our stay at the Auberge Harris for the last weekend of the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival – it’s always fun to watch them launch from the field behind the hotel every morning.
Yes - we do more than shoot trap. Lobster Boil, Trapshooting, Friends and Fishing