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Entry: December 2023

December, 2023

Hello from the Atlantic Provinces.

Nice fall weather has been extending the shooting season in Newfoundland and Labrador. Members of the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club have been shooting regularly in t-shirt weather up until late October which is not normally the case. A welcomed treat for sure.

In Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the remnants of two hurricanes blowing through the region and generally poor weather has been impacting shooting schedules. However, shooters are still getting out when the weather cooperates.

Nova Scotia’s Barry Turner attended the 2024 Southwestern Satellite Grand American hosted by the Kansas Trapshooting Association (KTA) near Wichita, Kansas September 9-15. Despite needing three flights to get there, Barry is happy to report that the travel effort was well worth it. Wichita is about the same size as his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia and struck him as quite prosperous and safe. Hotel prices were very reasonable and the club was a short 15 minute drive from the north end of the city.

Barry continued to report that the Satellite Grand was run by the KTA, headed by ATA Past President Rob Taylor, and that the week long shoot (1300 targets) was very well organized. Ammo supply was excellent, trap help were effective, squads started on time, equipment was reliable and target setting was by the book. The clubhouse was spacious and a small kitchen provided good choices for lunch. The venue featured 20 trapfields with 2 fields also dedicated to practice and make ups. Barry also appreciated the fact that the trapline was very fair and it didn’t matter what your bank assignment was because a clear sky background over flat terrain was available to everyone. Barry highly recommends this shoot to other Atlantic Province members who like travelling and enjoy the challenge of a new venue and strong competition.

On a personal note, Barry commented that after a 3 year layoff from competition shooting due to Covid restrictions, it felt good to be back on the road shooting the Satellite Grands. Barry is off to Tucson in November for the Autumn Satellite Grand American and will follow up with another report. Good luck Barry.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from your friends in the Atlantic Provinces.

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Andrea Bassan

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