Trap and Field's Around the ATA article from the Atlantic Provinces ATA Delegate
Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.
2018 was a great trapshooting year for the Atlantic Provinces and our shooters. The number of ATA registered targets thrown was up; new shooters joined the ATA; several shooters reach personal milestones; and several shooters placed at our national shoot - the Canadian Trapshooting Championships. Whether it’s a first 25 or 50 straight, a personal best score, reaching an ATA target milestone or just shooting well – it’s all good for our sport. Seeing a shooter shoot well or break their first 25 and having their hat shot never gets old.
In January the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association launched a new webpage that includes all the information shooters need at their fingertips. It is also mobile friendly for those visiting our site while on the road or away from their computers. Having a web presence is important today and is the easiest and quickest way to reach out to shooters, and in 2019 we plan to expand with a greater social media presence. I also started writing these monthly Around the ATA articles this year with the first one printed in the January 2018 issue. I hope you have found them interesting and helpful on shedding light on trapshooting in Canada’s four most eastern provinces.
Our shooting season isn’t over quite yet, but it’s certainly winding down. Some shooters put away their trap guns after our Atlantic Provinces provincial shoot on the Labour Day weekend. Some shooters (myself included) will shoot as long as possible into the fall and right up to the end of the year if at all possible. Winter shooting isn’t really an option for us in Newfoundland – our harsh winters aren’t the most suited to trapshooting. We can deal with the snow but the often bitter windchills, freezing rain and ice pellets do not motivate shooters. Winter shooting in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is a little more bearable and some shooters can shoot year-round. The weather has been cooperating so far this fall and we are (at least at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club) anticipating another 6 - 8 weeks of shooting before we will have to winterize our clubhouse and traphouses.
I would like to thank everyone that supported the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association whether by attending a local shoot, supporting our annual gun lottery, attending our ATA provincial shoot or by volunteering at your local club. Next year is just around the corner and we will need your continued support. Our 2019 ATA provincial shoot will be in Newfoundland where members of the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club are looking to continue the momentum started by the Highland Gun Club with a great 2018 ATA provincial shoot.
It will be December by the time this article makes it to print, so on behalf of the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
For more information on the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association feel free to contact me or visit shootatlantic.com.