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Entry: May 2019

May, 2019

Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.

The trapshooting season in the Atlantic Provinces is underway. Registered shoots are scheduled for May at the Charlottetown Trap and Skeet Club, the Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club, the Pennfield Trap and Skeet Club and at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club. Regular weekly shooting at most of our clubs should also be underway by the time shooters receive the May edition of Trap and Field magazine. Visit for a complete shoot calendar and list of shooting clubs and contacts. If your club’s shoots are not listed, contact me with details and I’ll update our shoot calendar. If your club hasn’t submitted your 2019 registered shoot dates yet, get your application in to our Atlantic Provinces Secretary, Janaya Nickerson. It isn’t too late to start planning.

February and March are popular months for shooters in the Atlantic Provinces to escape the cold and snow for some warmth and sun. Herbie Nickerson and daughter Janaya have been making Tucson and the Spring Grand an annual winter break for the last few years. Congratulations to Herbie for shooting his first 50 straight in Doubles during this year’s Spring Grand and to both shooters for their Class and Category wins. You can read more about Herbie on under the Shooter Profile section where Herbie was the subject of the March 2019 Shooter Profile.

Newfoundland shooters Peter Tucker, John Tucker and Monty Petipas joined Jim Price from Maryland for their annual winter break and the Southern Grand at the Silver Dollar Shooter’s Club. The guys met Jim a number of years ago, stayed in touch and now regularly squad together for the Southern Grand. Nova Scotia’s Barry Turner was also in attendance. Congratulations to all for shooting well and winning several Class and Category trophies.

You can read more about our travelling shooters in the APTA Abroad section of our website. If you’ve been on a recent shoot trip and would like to have it included on the APTA Abroad pages, contact me with the details – your fellow Atlantic Provinces shooters always enjoy reading what others are up to.

Preparations for this year’s Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot, August 29 to September 1, continue at the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada’s most eastern province is a beautiful place to visit and has lots to offer visitors – history, art, culture, picturesque scenery and cuisine from local fare to gourmet. Escapes from everyday hectic lives can be easily found at the many small rural inns located throughout our province.  If you’re interested in attending our shoot I would strongly encourage making it a holiday and take time to explore our province. Please be aware that flights, hotels and car rentals can get limited so book. Just a reminder to shooters that this shoot will have minimum target requirements so be sure you have enough to avoid being assigned a penalty classification or yardage.

The 1000 Target Review system explained in brief: The ATA Handicap system includes a yardage review (known as the 1000 Target Review) and is based on the last 1000 Handicap targets shot in the current and previous target year. If your purified average is below the zone break point (90% for the Eastern Zone) you are entitled to receive a reduction. If you do receive a 1000 target review reduction notice from the ATA, please help out the ATA and your Delegate by responding accordingly. It’s quick and easy to do. You can accept the new yardage assignment or refuse the yardage reduction if you feel you are capable of remaining competitive at your current yardage. Check the latest ATA rulebook for complete details on how the 1000 Target Review works.

For more information on the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association, feel free to contact me or visit



Andrea Bassan



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