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Entry: January 2020

January, 2020

Happy New Year from the Atlantic Provinces.

It’s time to start looking towards the 2020 target year.

Most trapshooters in the Atlantic Provinces take a break during our winter months but some do shoot year round. The winter league at the Petitcodiac Sportsman Club in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick is popular with local shooters and runs from January 4 to May 9. You will also find weekly shooting at the Moncton Gun Club in Moncton, New Brunswick, the Annapolis Valley Shooting Sports Club near Kentville, Nova Scotia and the Highland Gun Club in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Have plans to go stateside in 2020 to attend a satellite Grand, the Eastern Zone or the Grand? Make sure you complete the most recent ATF Form6 NIA application. Several shooters have reported to me that they have had their applications returned for either using an older form or being completed incorrectly. Read the instructions carefully and send it in early to avoid delays. Email is the quickest and easiest method of submitting your application. Even though not required, I suggest submitting the ATA Canadian invitation letter that is available on the ATA website by logging in to your My ATA account. Keep a copy of this invitation attached to your approved ATF Form6 NIA. It may make your customs processing and entry into the US easier.

The Atlantic Provinces November Shooter Profile subject is Paul Bailey – or Old Man Bailey, as we call him. Paul was born in Brier Island, Nova Scotia in 1933. He’s been married to Yvonne (from Bell Island, Newfoundland) for 62 years and they have raised 1 son and 3 daughters. During his career as a radio operator with the Canadian Air Force Paul (and the Bailey family later in life) has been to the high arctic, Germany and all across Canada. After his 27 year military career, Paul became a patrol officer with the federal Department of Fisheries and Ocean. He has also been a fisherman since he was old enough to go lobstering and cod fishing with his father. Paul was a skeet shooter during his time in the Canadian Air Force and only started shooting trap in 2001 after he retired to Newfoundland to be closer to his 3 daughters. Paul started shooting ATA registered trap in 2004 and has been travelling with us to shoots ever since. On Paul’s schedule for 2020 is the Southern Grand, the Canadian Trapshooting Championships and the Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial. You can read all about Paul on our website in the Shooter Profile section.

The 2020 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot returns to the Highland Gun Club near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia September 3 to 6, 2020. If you like seafood, picturesque landscapes and want to experience east coast hospitality, then this is the shoot for you. Stay tuned to our website as shoot details become available over the coming months.

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



Andrea Bassan

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