Trap and Field's Around the ATA article from the Atlantic Provinces ATA Delegate
Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.
This month’s article is a good news report from the Atlantic Provinces. 2019 has been another great year for trapshooters, gun clubs and trapshooting in general throughout the Atlantic Provinces. Here are some highlights.
Barry Turner started off his annual trapshooting circuit travels at the Silver Dollar Open in late January and recorded several Veteran category wins at the tournament.
Herbie and Janaya Nickerson made their annual mid-winter trip to Tucson and the Spring Grand in February. Janaya won Lady I in a Preliminary Handicap while dad Herbie won B Class in the Tucson Doubles. Herbie also shot his first 50 straight in Doubles during the tournament.
Monty Petipas, Peter Tucker and John Tucker attended the Southern Grand in mid-March for some warm weather and trapshooting. Peter and Monty won 3 class trophies between them.
Barry Turner also attended the Southern Grand and won Veteran Runner-up in Wednesday’s Preliminary Handicap. Barry’s winning streak continued during the Great Lakes Grand in May with several Veteran awards in the Singles and Handicap events.
Reynold d’Entremont recorded his first career 100 straight in Singles and earned yardage for his 97 in the preliminary Handicap at the Canadian Trapshooting Championships held at the St. Thomas Gun Club in late June. Steven d’Entremont won the Canadian Open Handicap Champion, Troy Coldwell won the HAA Open Runneup and yours truly won the Canadian Singles Championship. Rejean d’Entremont, Paul Devereaux and Jack Nicolle also won awards at our national shoot.
The St. John’s Rod and Gun hosted another well-attended ATA Provincial Shoot over the Labour Day weekend. Entries were strong in all events and the club welcomed shooters from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. New ATA members Adam Black, Liam Porter, Jack Hoddinott and Keegan Bartlett also competed in their first ATA Provincial Shoot. Janaya Nickerson continued with her Lady I wins and also took the Atlantic Provinces Handicap title in a shootoff with John Roberts.
The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club planned a traphouse repair and trapfield landscaping project for this season. Concrete repairs to the club’s oldest traphouse quickly turned into a complete rebuild. The club’s three other concrete traphouses were prepped, patched and painted. Landscaping improvements to the trapfields improved the club’s curb appeal. Club volunteers put in a lot of time and effort and successfully completed the project in time for the Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot. The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club applied to the 2019 ATA Gun Club Fund and was selected as a 2019 recipient. The funds received through this great ATA program are greatly appreciated and will help the club continue with even more improvements next year.
There’s also been a new ATA trapfield built in the Atlantic Provinces. The Annapolis Valley Shooting Sports Club acquired some of the trap equipment from the closure of the Dartmouth Clay Target Association and a new trapfield was built to ATA specifications thanks to Barry Turner, Dean Ogilvie and other club members. We look forward to seeing ATA registered shoots from the club in the near future.
For more information on the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association, feel free to contact me or visit shootatlantic.com.
Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from everyone in the Atlantic Provinces.