Silver Willow  

"Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility"  







                            Proudly family owned and operated since 1988

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June 2017
What's new at Silver Willow
 Hours of Operation

Wednesday & Thursday  9:00 am to 8:00 pm  
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Please call ahead to make your reservation   403.337.2490 

We encourage Members to book online; you can book up to two weeks in advance.

The new EZ Pull system on the Blue Course
As we continue to strive for excellence and fulfill our vision of being Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility, we are thrilled to offer our members and guests the NEW Blue Course !

We have just upgraded to the EZ Pull  Target Management system on the Blue Course and added two more clay target machines to each of the 14 stations; now a total of 4 machines at each station. Your options for target presentations and combinations has increased phenomenally!! You can choose to make it as easy or as hard as you wish. In addition we have also redesigned station #5, raising the shooting platform another 8 feet in the air for a whole new look at the targets.


"The blue course is more fun than ever!  The new controllers and additional machines at each stand enable amazing essence three different courses of varying difficulty. WONDERFUL!"   Thanks Jason 

" Along with enjoying the beauty of Silver Willow, we now get to stay longer to shoot the course all over again in a different way. What a great way to spend the day!" Thanks Isabel

We have received great comments from both Members and Non-Members alike on how impressed they are with the new improved Blue Course. 

Come out and give it a try for yourself!


M embership  will assure you of continued access to 
Silver Willow Sporting Club
If you have been thinking about buying a membership and joining Silver Willow Sporting Club there is still time!! 
2017 memberships are now available by application only. All NEW member applications will be reviewed for approval before being processed. 
Ensuring quality service, booking availability and ultimate safety are among our top reasons for these membership changes.
 Join Silver Willow Today 
Shoot Results
Shoot for the Cure -  May 6th

Mens: Val Weaver 43
Ladies: Erin Burgess 49
For this year's Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser Shoot, the weather accommodated and we had a really good turn out. Thanks goes out to all those who participated and donated to this very worthy cause! C ystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure.
Thanks goes out to all who participated and donated to this very worthy cause.
Congratulations to our winners !!
Ladies Learn To Shoot - May 21st

This springs Ladies Learn to Shoot was another successful event, the weather was warm and enjoyable. We had a great group of ladies who came out experienced the fun and excitement of blasting some clays
at our semi annual event. It was a half day affair starting with breakfast, safety orientation, shooting on the green course & a lovely buffet lunch.

A BIG thank you to all the NSCA instructors who volunteered their time to share in their passion for the sport.

This year our Fall Ladies Learn to Shoot and Anne Oakley Fun Shoot is on Sunday, Sept 24th.

" I just want to thank you all for the wonderful experience today at the ladies learn to shoot function. I know I am already a member, but have done little shooting to date and today was a great boost to confidence and created a chance to meet others. I may now have some new friends to come shoot with! A day like this requires a lot of organization and every detail was very well covered, from the food, to safety, equipment, to staff, to the instructors and even the weather smiled on us! It was great fun and an enjoyable experience."

Upcoming Events

2017 Shoot Calendar 
May 27/28 - Federal 400 ( CNSCA) $390.00 Click here to register

June 3 - Two Man Team Shoot - Ducks Unlimited - 200 (NR) - $220
              This event is limited to 60 teams ! 
              Register on Winscore - Ducks Unlimited Two Man Team Shoot

June 4 - Junior Learn to Shoot - 50 (N/R) FREE only 40 available entries 
Email us to register 
June 17- Delta Fun Shoot - Book online at the Delta website
               Click here to register 
July 6- 9 - Browning Super Sport - Stampede Grand - 300 (NSCA)  - $295
Sept 9 - Calgary Oilmen Invitational - 150 (NR) 
Sept 16th - Buster Day True Pair - 200 (NSCA) - $200
Sept 24th - Ladies Learn to Shoot - 50 (NR) - $95
October 7th - Fall Turkey Shoot and Sporting Clays - 100 (NR) - $110 
Dec 9 - Winter Classic - 100 (CNSCA) - $110

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

Clay's for the Cottage 
Fundraiser -
Thursday June 22

R egistration at 9:00 am, Shoots start at 10:00 am & lunch at 1:00 pm
Costs: $200.00 per person, $1000.00 per team of five. Ammunition included, rentals extra. There must be at least one PAL per team.
email to register or contact Elisha at 403-283-4200 ex 221

Welcome to our new staff members

          Toni joins us this summer on a part time basis in The Gun Brothers Cafe.
   You'll enjoy her enthusiasm and friendly smile. Toni enjoys hiking, gardening and most of all spending time with her  7 year old grand daughter (outside preferably). She really enjoys the relaxed atmosphere here at Silver Willow and seeing people having so much fun! So much life! Toni's bucket list is to make a list of hiking trails, walk them and check them off her list. 

      Tiara is a local gal and is a great addition to our Customer Service Team. She is a mother of 2 amazing boys who keep her busy with hockey, soccer and basketball. Tiara has a dream to one day make it to the Eiffel Tower and to go for a boat tour on the Seine River. Tiara's favorite part of working at Silver Willow is the peaceful environment and the friendly faces, she especially loves seeing Duchess, as she is a dog lover!
           WELCOME LADIES !!
Feature Article - All About Chokes

by Luther Cutts
The choke built into the muzzle of a shotgun is a feature that is unique to shotguns - it is not seen in either handguns or rifles.  The choke is designed to control the spread of the shot cloud as it leaves the barrel.  Properly designed, the choke can encourage the shot to begin spreading, creating a wider pattern, right away, or it can cause the shot to remain in a denser pattern, allowing the shotgun to be more effective on targets that are further from the shooter.
The choke is found inside the barrel of the shotgun, extending back from the muzzle.  Some chokes are integral with the barrel - they were formed as the barrel was being made and they are not easily changed.  These are typically referred to as "fixed"chokes.  Fixed chokes were all that was available to shooters in the not-too distant past.  If your gun came with a Full choke, then that was all you had unless you bought another barrel, or had a machinist remove some barrel material and change your choke.

Canadian Firearms Safety Course

Non-Restricted Course  
Saturday, June 10  - registration deadline - Wednesday, June 7

Course time 8:00 am till 4:00 pm (minimum), 
Individual testing 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm ( approximately) 
$195.00 + GST, includes: lunch, coffee, tea and water.  
Restricted Course 
Sunday, June 11  -
registration deadline - Wednesday , June 7
Course time 8:00 am till 12:00 pm (minimum), 
Individual testing 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (approximately)
 $150.00 + GST, includes: coffee, tea and water. Bring a bag lunch along

OR register for both courses at  $295.00 + GST 
Register quickly and easily online - click herCanadian Firearms Safety Course 
The Day and Co. Feature of the Month


Targets in Sporting Clays or 5-Stand can vary in size and distance, it is to the shooters advantage to select the choke that gives the proper pattern for a particular shot. Most Sporting Clays shooters choose an extended choke for three reasons.

1. Extended chokes as a rule give a more even pattern than the flush    versions.

2. They are easier to change.

3. The name of the constriction is normally marked on the head.

We are here at Day and Co to help you make your shooting experience a enjoyable one !!  

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
Are these the men behind our gun counter?
Guess who won the gun and all that cash?
Guess who is holding the gun, training for his future career started young !

Book an Instructor
Want to improve your score or just learning the sport? 
Private and semi private lessons are available at $100.00 per hour for one person or $110 per hour for two people. Gun rental, ammo and clays are extra. A minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson is recommended. Check out our website under Education then click Instruction for all the details.
To book a lesson online, simply click here:  Book an instructor

Silver Willow is very proud to offer Canada's largest roster of NSCA Instructors

Corporate Team Building or Private Events  

Our guided, private events and BBQ's are a great way to get  
everyone together.   

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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 Gene today to book your event
or for details
Direct Line: 587-834-2490
Wednesday - Friday and Sundays
from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
NSCA Level 1 Instructors Course

The next NSCA  Level One Instructor course will be held at Silver Willow Sporting Club on Friday, September 29, Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.  Training will be facilitated by Don Currie, Chief Instructor for the USA NSCA  together with our resident instructor Luther Cutts.  The course will cover fundamentals of firearm safety and how to get new shooters to hit targets.
If you are interested in obtaining this certification, or you would like to know more about it, please follow this link or contact Luther at

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