Silver Willow  

"Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility"  







                                   Proudly family owned and operated since 1988
September 2018
What's New At Silver Willow
 Hours of Operation
Summer Hours 
The Perfect View

Wednesday & Thursday 
9:00 am to 8:00 pm 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Gate Opens at 8:30 am. 

*Closed Labor Day Monday Sept 3rd

Please call ahead to make your reservation   403.337.2490 
Up Coming Events
Buster Day about 1995
Buster Day True Pair 

$200.00 Pre-registered price or
$215.00 Day of shoot price
Includes; 200 (NSCA) registered targets, prizes and lunch!

**Register online by following the link to Winscore in the next section. No payment is taken online, however the preregistration price will apply when paid on the day of the shoot.  
Buster Day owned and lived all his life on the land that Silver Willow is located on, he  was Don's father and Josh's Grandfather, an avid hunter and clay shooter.

This shoot is dedicated to Buster!

No Whining No Crying 
Sunday, September 16th
If you like the toughest targets, or a challenge, this is the shoot for you!  
Please note, we need a minimum of 25 people pre-registered to run this shoot. Register easily by following the link in the next section. 
140 Clay Fun Shoot $160.00

Registration 8:30 
Shoot starts at 10:00

  Everything will be s hot in one round. Lunch will be provided after.
  Make sure to bring your Full and X-Full Chokes !!!

  Lewis system will be a Cash Payout, so  please bring cash to participate in that      option. 

* Note - Pre-Registration closes at the end of the day, the
Wednesday before the Shoot / Event Date 

Sept 8th 
Calgary Oilmen Invitational (NR) 
Click here to email the organizer or call 403-512-9678
Sept 15th
Buster Day True Pair -200 (NSCA)
Sept 16th 
No Whining No Crying Shoot - 140 (NR) 
(25 people minimum. Pre-registration required) 
Oct 6th 
Fall Turkey Shoot and Sporting Clays -100 (NR) 
Dec 2nd
Winter Classic - 100 (NR)  **NOTE date change

R - CNSCA registered targets
N/R - non registered FUN shoot 
NSCA - National Sporting Clays Association- registered

The Day and Co. Feature of the Month

Hunting Season CAMO GUN SALE, continued for one more month.

This month's special is the Winchester Camo SX3 
Winchester Camo SX3 Semi Auto, 12 Gauge, 3.5 in. 28 inch barrel. 
Reg. $1150.00 - SAVE $300.00
ON SALE NOW for only $850.00 
Get yours while supplies last. 

Receive $80.00 off your purchase of any in stock camo shotgun
purchase a Beretta, Benelli or Franchi semi auto and get 15% off. 
also on sale 
Beretta, Benelli over / unders at 10% off. 

A Camo Gun adds a little personalized touch to separate you from the rest of the pack. Now you can choose between autoloaders with custom touches to make them stand out - in a good way! 
Camo finishes won't spook any wary waterfowl. 

We are always happy to help you select just the right 
Shotgun Gun to suit your hunting and clay shooting needs !!! 
Choose Day & Co.
 for all your shotgun and shooting accessory needs
             If there is a type or style of shotgun you're interested in
call Josh or Don at 403-337-2490  or email them at or   
Shoot Results and Last Months Events
Alberta Provincial Championship, August 18th
Congratulations to Stu Carter the winner of the Alberta Provincial Championship. Stu had a HOA score of 190/200
This is Stu's 6th Provincial Title !
This year, it was our pleasure to host the CNSCA's Alberta Provincial Championship.
We had a great turn out of 65 shooters for this event. The shooters not only had to contend with a challenging course but the smoke in the air made it even more difficult. Belt Buckles were awarded to the winners of each class and we had a shoot off in Master Class, "B" Class & Super Vet class.
Congratulations to all the winners.

Alberta Provincial Championship 2018 Belt Buckles.


Josh Day wins the 
Mossleigh Shoot, July 28th


2018 MGC Sporting Clays Belt Buckle

The Mossleigh Alberta Gun Club hosted their annual shoot of 200 clays.
There were about 70 shooters in attendance, Josh Day decided to participate along with a number of Silver Willow members. We are proud to say, Josh was the HOA winner with a score of 81/100 in the morning & 85/100 in the afternoon. 
Way to go! Congratulations Josh!

New York Youth Visit Silver Willow  -  July 29  

The Silver Willow team had the pleasure of hosting a very unique shooting experience for a wonderful group of 90 young boys. This is the second year this group of juniors made the trip, from the state of New York. They were a lively and fun bunch! Their bus broke down just before heading to Silver Willow and the group arrived late. Josh and Jessica wanted to ensure that they were able to complete the course, so we were unable to get group pictures this year.  A huge Thank You goes out to our wonderful guides who volunteered their time to help us make this special event happen while they were visiting Alberta.  
The boys all enjoyed the day!


Pulling For Families - August 9th
Silver Willow was excited to host our 1st event for Ronald MacDonald House.
This was a Sold Out Event!
The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed Egg McMuffins and Pastries provided by MacDonald's. At station 3 "Fortis Alberta" provided Smokies as an appetizer. Also there was a Food Truck located at the club house, so no one went hungry at this Ronald MacDonald shoot!!  At each station Ronald MacDonald staff had fun activities for participants to play to help raise additional funds. Individuals and teams of five made their way to all 10 of the different stations, where they each shot five clay's before proceeding onto next station.                                               
Special Guest appearance by MANTRACKER  
Mantracker with Instructor 
Stu Carter.

A gun was auctioned off at the end of the shoot. The proceeds of this shoot went to a very worthy cause the Ronald MacDonald House. A Big Thank You to all of those who came out and enjoyed this very special day.

Improve Your Game, Book An Instruction Today !
Instructor Rick with a client.
Instructional Sessions
Silver Willow can help you achieve your shot-gunning goals! Whether you like sporting clays, skeet, competitive or recreational shooting, or you just want to be ready for a corporate shoot or an upcoming hunting trip, we can help. 

Silver Willow has the highest concentration of Level I Instructors of any sporting clays club anywhere in the world.  Our Instructors collectively have thousands of hours of shooting and teaching experience. Learn new techniques and refine your shooting style from one of our experienced NSCA Certified Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 instructors. 

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced shooter, there is an instructor that can help you reach your objectives. Choose a single session or save 10% when you purchase a bundle of four sessions. You also have the option to shoot solo or bring a friend. Click here  for more details on each package and your options. 

After an Instruction, clients get 10% off any in store product with the exception of guns and shells.

Please book your instruction at least 3 days in advance.

Corporate Team Building / Private Events  

Book your companies Team Building event today ! 
Our guided, private events and BBQ's are a great way to get  
everyone together.   

Whether it is family and friends,  
staff team building, or giving back to your clients.  
Check out our extensive "Book Your Event" page on the website and pick the Group Package Option that's perfect for your group!

Contact Gwen or Jessica today to book your event
or for details
Direct Line: 587-834-2490  Tuesday to Friday
Musings of the Rookie 
Sharing the Journey
Part 2
Guest Article By Member Rob Ridley 

Last time, I talked about goal setting. It's darn near impossible to achieve your goals if you don't know what they are, but it's often said that a goal without a plan, is just a wish. This is going to be a longer submission and my goals are probably not your goals, but I hope my plan can be a template for your plan. To "shoot better than I do", was a little vague. Since I enjoy the exhilaration of competition, I set a goal of "punching" up one class in NSCA competition and earning the next class in CNSCA competition. That's ambitious, but there was no deadline pressure. When Achieved, it was time to set new goals and figure out how to get there.

Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Non-Restricted Course  
Saturday, September 22nd - registration deadline - September 19th
Course time 8:00 am till 4:00 pm (at minimum), 
Individual testing 4:00 - 7:00pm (approximately) 
$195.00 + GST, includes: lunch, coffee, tea and water.  
Restricted Course 
Sunday, September 23rd - registration deadline - September 19th
Course time 8:00 am till 12:00 pm (at minimum), 
Individual testing 12:00 - 2:30pm (approximately)
 $150.00 + GST, includes: coffee, tea and water. 

OR register for both courses at  $295.00 + GST 
Register quickly and easily online - Canadian Firearms Safety Course

Upcoming Course Dates:
November 16th & 17th
December 15th & 16th
Employee Feature

George has been working at Silver Willow part-time for almost 4 years. July 1st, this year George started working full time at Silver Willow. You will see him around the clubhouse bringing in shells and taking out the garbage but mostly you will see George out on the courses, loading machines and working along side Kurtis to make sure your shooting experience is an awesome one!

What's the best thing about working here? The people are the BEST!  The other great thing is the chance to work outside.

Tell us about your bucket list items? The top of my list is going to University. I've just graduated from Didsbury High School. My long term goal is to become a Nurse. So it won't be long before I start my 4 years at Mount Royal University in Calgary, then I'll have to figure out what else comes next on my bucket list.
We are please to tell everyone, George graduated with distinction! So proud of you! 

Working hard during the
Provincial Shoot 

Gwen with George on his Graduation Day 

Members Profile
Fred, Pat and doggie Marcie at the
Alberta Provincial Shoot.
Fred & Pat White

Fred & Pat have participated in the sport of shooting clays and been members at Silver Willow for years. Many of you know them & shoot with them regularly . Fred has composed a brief history of their vast involvement in the clay shooting.
"My first exposure to clay target shooting was in American Trap in 1975, and I was already twice as old as our top juniors of today. This speaks well for the time you can enjoy and be involved in the sport. These ATA shoots often ended with "games," which could be considered similar to sporting clays. 

    From there, I got involved in Olympic Trap starting in 1978 until 1993. During that time I was able to get onto the Canadian Team and attend two world championships and one Pan American Games. I saw shooting in many countries and more disciplines including British " down-the-line" and wobble Trap.  

     The first Sporting Clays I saw were at the British Grand Prix in the city of Chester. The local shooters put on a display of what was happening all over England..."English Sporting Clays." There were rabbits, teal's overheads, incomers, batteus, flurries, and others. The first addictive dose had been swallowed. This was 1987!
         Back home in Canada and the US, this was just getting started, and I made an effort to participate. I was able to attend a shoot in Washington State at Check Drake's grounds, and saw John Kruger in his starting years, and Smoker Smith. I saw amazing talent!
         Soon after that, the sport took off at a very fast pace here in Alberta. Early on, there was a range at Big Lake near Saint Albert, and of course, the range at Silver Willow which has evolved into a very active and world class facility.
       So, for myself, I have shot all of the shoots possible over the years from 1990 up to the present day in Alberta and a few in other provinces.
       My wife has shot ATA, and some Olympic Trap over the years as well, but gave it up for about thirty years while our girls grew up and pursued their interest in equestrian events.  Pat rejoined the shooting world in 2014 as a Vet, and now competes along side me at the sporting clays shoots.
       Last year we were fortunate to spend the winter in Arizona and did a LOT of shooting. We were even able to sneak in a few in California!
       In short, the sport has been wonderful, and is full of amazing people and great friendships."

Marcie along for the ride she loves guns too ! 

Sharing a bit of truth!

"When I was in high school we had gun racks in trucks, and they had guns in them, and they were loaded. We even had fist fights! But never once did someone get pissed and go get a gun to shoot someone. 
We don't have a gun problem people, we have a people problem, a sin problem, a lack of heart and soul problem, a lack of respect for human life problem, or even a mental health problem... but we DO NOT have a gun problem!
I think its easier for some people to 
blame an inanimate object instead of taking responsibility" Phil Robertston

Pheasant and Wild Rice

Everyone in my family hunts, so we have an abundance of game. This recipe also works well with wild turkey or grouse and even with chicken if you prefer. I love to make this dish on special occasions and for guests.

  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2-2/3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 6 bacon strips, cut up
  • 1 large oven roasting bag
  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large pheasant, halved or two small pheasants (about 4 pounds)


  • In a large saucepan, combine first nine ingredients; bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, place flour in oven bag; shake to coat. Place oven bag in a 13x9-in. baking pan; add the bacon. Sprinkle rice and mushrooms over bacon. Add pheasant. Pour soup mixture into bag.
  • Cut six 1/2-in. slits in top of bag; close bag with tie provided. Bake at 350° for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 615 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 163mg cholesterol, 1068mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 63g protein.

Total Time
  • Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
  • Makes
    6-8 servings
Don & Duchess doing what they Love!!

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