Trap and Field's Around the ATA article from the Atlantic Provinces ATA Delegate
Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.
Well, it looks like Spring has arrived in the east coast of Canada. The weather is warming up, the perennials are blooming and lawns are getting mowed. All telltale signs of Spring. You wouldn’t say that though if you lived in Gander, Newfoundland on May 24. The area had a heavy snowfall warning in place and a late season snowstorm with 35 cm (14 inches) of fresh snow that closed schools and left residents shaking their heads in disbelief. I definitely think Mother Nature has a sense of humour and likes to remind us to be prepared for just about any type of weather.
Just a reminder that the shoot program for this year’s Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot being hosted by the Highland Gun Club in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia is available on shootatlantic.com. If you would prefer a printed copy, contact us and we will make sure you get one. The program has all the usual information including a special shooter’s hotel rate, ammunition ordering details and presquadding information.
This will be Highland Gun Club’s first time hosting the Atlantic Provinces shoot and club members are busy making all the necessary preparations to ensure shooters are treated to a well-run shoot and a genuine east coast “time.” If you are flying to the shoot you will most likely fly into the Halifax International Airport and then take the 3 ½ - 4 hour drive along the Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley driving the Evangeline Trail and Acadian Shores to get to Yarmouth County. Another option is to drive the South Shore and take in Peggy’s Cove, Oak Island and the Lunenberg UNESCO World Heritage Site along the way to Yarmouth County. Anyone driving from points west can take one of the several Maine / New Brunswick border crossings or travel through Quebec and into New Brunswick en route to Nova Scotia. Either route you chose will travel through some scenic areas so take your time and enjoy the drive. There’s also the CAT ferry service option that runs from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth for anyone who is travelling from the US. Check out novascotia.com for complete visitor and tourism information.
The Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club wrapped up their 2018 Winter Trap League on Saturday, May 5. Ron Whitehead reports that he’s very pleased with this year’s league. Twelve ATA members participated and regularly braved the cold, wind and sometimes terrible shooting conditions. Congratulations to all league shooters and to league Champion Paul Devereaux. Complete results are available on shootatlantic.com. Ron also reports that the Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club are continuing the upgrades to their club and have just furnished their traphouse with a new Pat Trap.
There are numerous ATA Registered Shoots scheduled in the Atlantic Provinces for the 2018 ATA target year. A complete schedule is available on shootatlantic.com and all clubs openly welcome visiting shooters. Newfoundland clubs traditionally have a later start than clubs in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia but we’re in full swing now. The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club will host our first registered shoot of the season on May 27 – just a few days away from the time that I’m writing this.
On the heels of a very successful gun lottery in 2017, the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association and the Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club have partnered for another gun lottery. This year’s prize is a Beretta 692 Xtrap. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to promote trapshooting in the Atlantic Provinces and support the initiatives of the Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club and the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association. For more details and information on how to purchase a ticket, please visit shootatlantic.com.
For more information on the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association feel free to contact me or visit shootatlantic.com.