March 14, 2021
Welcome to Bullet Points, our news & events email!
Range time change March 14
Please note that the shooting end time on the firearm ranges bumps forward to 6:30 pm today, Sunday, March 14. All firing must now cease at this time each day.

Throughout the year, our range hours shift to accommodate the changes in daylight hours (see below). These times are posted at the gate, on the website, and in the newsletter.
Birdhouse kits now on sale!
We featured a two-part story about our birdhouse update project in the Fall 2020 issue (p.15) and the Winter 2021 issue (p.15) of Range of Thoughts, our quarterly newsletter. A surprising number of members contacted us afterward asking if it were possible to purchase these build kits for themselves.

As a result of that interest, we've set up a birdhouse kit purchase page to take pre-orders for kits.
SPFGA-branded apparel now available!
SPFGA-branded apparel is now available on our Entripy store front: https://spfga.entripyshops.com/.

There's a broad range of T-shirts, hoodies, hats, toques, sweatshirts, etc. - head on over and have a look around!

This is something we began based on requests from members just like you. So, now that we've launched and you've had a chance to look around, please let us know at memberservices@spfga.ca what you think.
Black Powder Trail: Dispensing truth and dispelling myth
There have been some misconceptions and misinformation about the Black Powder trail, so we thought we'd take a moment to set things straight.

The Black Powder trail is closed for maintenance to regain CFO approval.
During the inspection last fall, the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) identified work needed to the Black Powder trail and declined certifying it pending completion of that work. We have temporarily closed it to permit the required work to occur.

Once the CFO has reapproved the trail, it will be open again.
Throughout the month of February, in communication with the CFO, a committee of Board members and club members worked to come up with an action plan. A report documenting the plan has been submitted to the CFO's office for review. We will be looking to strike up a work party in late April, and immediately after the work is completed, will be requesting re-approval of the trail. Once re-approved, the trail will be reopened.

The Black Powder Trail is not being turned into a .22LR trail.
Rumours that the trail has been closed to turn it into a .22LR trail are baseless. It is true that we did briefly consider whether .22LR might be possible on the trail, but its current design and layout leaves it suitable only for black powder firearms using lead ball. The cost and effort for changes to make it suitable for .22LR were found to be prohibitive and the project was viewed as not being worth undertaking.

Please consider volunteering for the work party.
Please contact Kelly Annesty, Programs Director at programs@spfga.ca if you would be interested in the work party to do the necessary work to get the Black Powder trail recertified.
New: Lost and Found page
A fair number of items have been turned into our Lost and Found over the last several months. To help reconnect these items with their owners, we have set up a Lost and Found page on the website.

We have gone through and set up a little entry for each item. Take a moment to go through to see if any of these are yours.
Thu, May 13, 2021 4:00 PM MST
Handgun Fundamentals - May Course
Ketchamoot Creek Property (the range), 50302 Rge Rd 203, Sherwood Park
Thu, Jun 10, 2021 4:00 PM MST
Handgun Fundamentals - June Course
Ketchamoot Creek Property (the range), 50302 Rge Rd 203, Sherwood Park
Thursday Evening Fun Shoots
From 4 - 8 pm on Thursday evenings from April 15 to September 21, we will be holding pistol fun shoots. The plan is to alternate between Practical Pistol and Rimfire Race Gun formats each week, but the format is open, so if you have something other than that you'd like to introduce we can explore that too.

These evenings are drop-in and no charge, with no RSVP necessary. Contact Mark Lowry, Handgun Director at handgun@spfga.ca with any questions.

Please consider volunteering
These nights will be volunteer-supported, so if you're interested and available to help with them, please contact Kelly Annesty, Programs Director at programs@spfga.ca to let her know. 
Outlaw Rimfire Precision Series (ORPS)
OPRS is precision shooting from a variety of shooting scenarios on standardized courses of fire with .22LR rifles.

We have matches schedule through the year:
March 21
April 17
May 15
June 12
July 31
August 22
September 25
October 23
November 20
December 18

Check out the Events Calendar on the website for more details.

Please consider volunteering
These events, like our others, are volunteer-supported. In fact, ORPS would not be possible at SPFGA without the imaginative and energetic volunteer support of Jordenne Prescott. If you're interested and available to help Jordenne with the ORPS series, please contact Kelly Annesty, Programs Director at programs@spfga.ca to let her know. 
Interested in volunteering? We need you!
As you can probably tell from the pieces above, volunteer support from members is what makes our programs innovation possible.

So, if you're interested in helping with upcoming events or perhaps with lending a hand at a work party, please contact our Kelly Annesty, Programs Director at programs@spfga.ca. Let her know which areas you're interested in helping with and we'll add you to our volunteer list for those areas.
What's Your Thought?
What's Your Thought? is a regularly-running poll where you're able to share your thoughts with us.
This What's Your Thought? polls your interest in a hunting mentor program.

In the Winter 2021 issue of Range of Thoughts on page 7, we included an article on huntable properties at the Ketchamoot Creek facility. This has prompted suggestions for a mentor/mentee program to pair new hunters with experienced hunters, using our huntable properties as an educational facility of sorts to help a new generation of hunters learn the skills they need to know.

So, for this issue's poll we would like to gauge the level of interest in this, and get an idea of the number of members interested in mentoring and number of members interested in being mentored.
POLL:
Would a hunting mentor program be of interest to you?
Yes, having access to a mentor would interest me.
Yes, being able to mentor someone would interest me.
I am not interested personally, but support this because others will be.
No, this does not interest me at all.
The Last Thought
In the February 28 edition of Bullet Points, we polled your thoughts about the direction you felt we should take with our affiliation in 2021.

At 404 responses, this was the most responded-to What's Your Thought? ever - by almost a factor of two. 154 members (38.1%) felt we should affiliate with a different partner for 2021, 59 (14.6%) felt we should maintain affiliation with the AFGA, 180 (44.6%) didn't feel qualified to answer but indicated they trust the Board to find a solid path, and 11 (2.7%) emailed in a different response.

Having only 14.6% support for affiliation with the AFGA is rather telling.

In addition to the above, more than a dozen and a half of you shared your comments, suggestions and opinions by email. The majority of this feedback supported a different affiliation partner for 2021.

Since the time this poll came out, a contingent of the AFGA's Board made a presentation to our Board, answering a series of specific questions we had posed to them. This was quite a useful conversation. Our Board will be meeting again on March 23 to discuss the information relayed to make a firm decision on a plan for 2021.
These Did You Know? articles were suggested by you as a source of quick reminders, highlight specific rules & briefly explain their reasoning.

Did you know that only #7 or smaller birdshot can be used on the shotgun range?

The CFO approved this range with that specific limitation. And, because the shotgun range is not bermed, buckshot, smooth bore slugs, rifled slugs, or sabot slugs absolutely prohibited because of the safety risk they pose. Muzzle-loading shotguns are permitted, so long as the shot size used is #7 or smaller.
Facebook
Discussion Group
Please come and join our members-only Facebook discussion group, The Ketchamoot Discourse, a place where SPFGA members can talk with each other or the Board.

Head on over and take a look. See you there!
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