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Entry: April 2022

April 2022

Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.

Trapshooting throughout the Atlantic Provinces should be ramping up at about the time this article goes to print. Shooters in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia normally get a head start on shooters in Newfoundland, but, if this mild winter continues in Newfoundland, we may just get an early start this spring. And yes, winter in Newfoundland and Labrador often runs into April or May.

The Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick will kick off the 2022 ATA shooting season with their Spring Trap Opener on May 7. Check for shoot details. To help plan the rest of your trapshooting season, a complete Atlantic Provinces shoot calendar can be found on

Regretfully, I have to report that Newfoundland trapshooter Elliott Leyton passed away on February 14, 2022 at the age of 82. Elliott was originally from Leader, Saskatchewan and along with wife Bonnie, raised a family in Newfoundland. Elliott was a well-known anthropology professor at Memorial University and Bonnie is a well-known artist and art gallery owner. Elliott shot trap at the St. John's Rod and Gun Club and served on the club executive as trap chairman for several years. Elliott was also a trapshooting coach and mentor to many and was always ready to help a new shooter, including me. Rest in peace, dear friend. Elliott’s obituary can be found on

Preparations are well underway for the 2022 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot. This year’s shoot will return to St. John’s, NL and the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club from September 1-4, 2022. A shoot program and complete shoot details are available on If you would like to get involved with the shoot committee, feel free to contact me. We’re always looking for extra help and volunteers.

New for this year’s Canadian Trapshooting Championships is the Canada Cap Challenge, a Handicap provincial team purse being offered by several generous sponsors. The rules are simple: there’s no entry fee and the top 5 scores from each province in the preliminary Handicap event will determine the provincial teams. Ties will be carried over to the CTA Handicap Championships and the winning team splits the $5000 purse. The 2022 Canadian Trapshooting Championship is being held at the Calgary Firearms Centre in Calgary, Alberta from June 29-July 3. A shoot program and complete details on the Canada Cap Challenge are available on

If you’re interested in some practice just before the Canadian Trapshooting Championships, the DVine Trap Range in High Prairie, Alberta will be holding a 3-day shoot from June 24-26. The 2 trap club is operated by Jesse and Lynn Smith and are entering their second year of ATA registered shooting. The Smith’s will host a great shoot and will treat you to some of the finest hospitality out there.

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



Andrea Bassan

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