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Entry: November 2022

November 2022

Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.

The St. John’s Rod and Gun Club located near the town of Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador, hosted the 2022 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot over the Labour Day weekend. For many shooters, this was the first time shooting at the club since the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club completed their multi-year trap improvement project this past summer. New walkways on all four trapfields, two rebuilt traphouses and nicely landscaped grounds were the largest and most noticeable improvements undertaken by the club.

Ontario’s Bob Morphy won the Preliminary Singles after a carry over with five other shooters. Nova Scotia’s Alex Nickerson and Quebec’s Danny Boulet tied with 99s in the Preliminary Handicap and needed 2 extra rounds to decide the Champion and Runner-up spots. Nickerson bested Boulet 23/25 to 23/24 to claim the Champion award. Newfoundland’s Troy Coldwell won the Preliminary Doubles with a 98.

In the ATA Championship events, Nova Scotia’s Reynold d’Entremont won his second Atlantic Provinces Singles title while Newfoundland grandfather / grandson team of Tom McGarry and Maddox Benoit claimed the Senior Veteran and Junior categories.

In the Doubles Championship, Troy Coldwell claimed an impressive thirteenth consecutive championship and fellow Newfoundland shooter Joe Rosa won Runner-up. Herbie and Janaya Nickerson, father and daughter shooters from Nova Scotia, claimed the Sub Veteran and Lady I category awards.

Nova Scotian Davis Atwood won his first Atlantic Provinces Handicap Championship and a one yard punch to the 22 yard line. Gary Nickerson, also from Nova Scotia, claimed Runner-up and Bob Morphy won his second Open Champion award of the tournament. Shoot-offs were required to decide 3rd through 6th places and Open 3rd and 4th.

The APTA held a raffle during the shoot to help the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club upgrade their grass mowing equipment. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, a total of $3500 was raised and will help the club retire their old push mower and purchase a zero turn ride-on mower which will be better suited to the area club members currently maintain.

The 2023 Atlantic Provinces ATA Provincial Shoot will return to the Highland Gun Club in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia August 31 to September 3, 2023.

The complete shoot report with event results, scores, pictures and shoot highlights can be found on

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Andrea Bassan

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