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Entry: September 2020

September, 2020

Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.

Tickets for this year’s annual Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club and Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association’s gun lottery sold out in less than a week. Only 100 of the $100 tickets were printed for a chance to win a Caesar Guerini Summit Trap. Good luck and thanks to all supporting this fundraising effort.

The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club have started Phase 2 of their Trapfield Improvement Project. Phase 1 was completed in 2019 and included a traphouse replacement and much needed landscaping improvements. Phase 2 includes replacing another traphouse and the shooting pad/walkways on this trapfield. Phases 3 and 4 will include replacing the three remaining trapfield shooting pads/walkways in 2021 and 2022 – just in time for the 2022 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot.

The 2020 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot will be going ahead in a satellite shoot format this year. Local provincial COVID-19 restrictions, rules and regulations were making a traditional one location shoot difficult to organize, so organizers decided that a satellite shoot for this year’s shoot made the most sense. The Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club (NB), the Highland Gun Club (NS), the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club (NL) and the Stephenville Shooting Club (NL) will be satellite shoot host clubs. The 2021 shoot will return to the Highland Gun Club in Nova Scotia in a traditional one location shoot format.

Some sad news to report this month. On July 12, 2020 Paul Bailey, known to most as Old Man Bailey or just OMB, passed away at the age of 87. Paul, son-in-law Jeff and a family friend were spending a few days on the Eagle River in Labrador on a salmon fly fishing trip. Shortly after arriving on the river for a morning fish, Paul left this world the way he would have wanted to – fly fishing and enjoying one of his favourite passtimes. Part of me believes OMB knew his time was coming to an end and wanted that one last trip to the Eagle River. I don’t think he could have scripted it any better.

I first met Paul in 2003 after he retired and moved to NL to be closer to his daughters and immediate family. Even though Paul was 40 years older than me, we became good friends and shared a lot of common interests. We enjoyed fly fishing for salmon, shot together and travelled to trap competitions across Canada and south of the border. Paul even took me to Florida for the 2013 Southern Grand for my 40th birthday and was also a regular on the annual Florida and Southern Grand trip with Peter and John Tucker and Monty Petipas. We’re going to miss the old fella and the stories, the friendship, the trips and the good times we all shared.

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Andrea Bassan

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