Silver Willow  

"Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility"  







                                   Proudly family owned and operated since 1988
October 2018
What's New At Silver Willow
 Hours of Operation
Let the clays fall!

Wednesday & Thursday 
9:00 am till dusk. 

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

Gate Opens at 8:30 am. 

*Closed Monday Oct 8th
Thanksgiving Day

Please call ahead to make your reservation   403.337.2490 
Up Coming Events
It's Turkey Time!
Fall Turkey Shoot & Sporting Clays 

100 Sporting Clays targets - October 6th

$110.00 pre registration, 
$125.00 day of the shoot price- includes 100 clays and lunch!
Lewis 20.00 cash
Registration starts at 8:30 AM
Shoot Starts at 10:00 AM
Lunch 12:00 noon - Prizes and Turkey Shoot to follow, please bring cash to play.

**Please Note: Pre-registraton closes at the end of the day, the Wednesday before the Shoot/Event date.
Oct. 6th
Fall Turkey Shoot and Sporting Clays -100 (NR) 
Dec. 1st
Winter Classic - 100 (NR)  **NOTE date change

R - CNSCA registered targets
N/R - non registered FUN shoot 
NSCA - National Sporting Clays Association- registered
Need Help Getting Ready for Hunting Season?
Book An Instruction Today !
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.
Shoot Results 
Calgary Oilman Invitational
September 8th
Congratulations to Jon Adelman  HOA winner 125/140
The Calgary Oilmen's Shoot is a Semi - Annual event, held in April and September. The Oilmen's Invitational is a shoot that is extended to those shooters who have a work affiliation with the Alberta Oil & Gas Industry.  There were 5 different Classes of shooters. The winner in each class received a Belt Buckle


Buster Day True Pair, Sept 15 

This shoot is dedicated to honoring  Buster Day. Buster, was an avid hunter and clay shooter. Buster owned the land that Silver Willow is located on, and he was Don's Dad and Josh's Grandpa.
It was a little cool and foggy the morning of the Buster Day True-Pair shoot but the guys were still out in force. We are always happy to see how many shooters come out every year in honor of Buster.

Our High Overall Winner of the Buster Day shoot was Kevin Cole 175/200. C ongratulations also goes out to Vic Vickers who was the winner of the Hunter class with a score of 178/200. Way to shoot Kevin & Vic!!!

Don Day & Kevin Cole Congratulations!
Buster Day
Buster Day Memorial

If you haven't noticed it before, there is a memorial plaque which is located between the green course station 10 and the duck pond.
No Whining - No Crying, Sept 16th  

This is the second year that Silver Willow has offered this unique 140 target shoot. It is designed to challenge even the most seasoned shooter!! The Blue course was set with some of the most challenging variety of shots possible. 

A little blast of snow didn't stop the shooters from coming out and giving Josh's targets a go. Everyone loved the way this course was set up and there were no tears, just big smiles. Lots of compliments on Josh's targets. Very humbling, but all the participants want Josh to continue to host this shoot every year!!  T his year's winner was Tom Stenger with a HOA of 71/140 (51%). Stu Carter came in second with a score of 70/140.
Try this for a challenge
Congratulations Tom!
Tom with Gwen Day.

The Day and Co. Feature of the Month


  Are you ready for fall and hunting season?

 We carry a selection of Bird Vests for Men and Women. 
 Strap Vest and Hats. 
On Sale for the month of October at 10% off.
We have a variety of sizes to choose from.

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   
Musings of the Rookie 
Sharing the Journey
Part 3
Guest Article By Member Rob Ridley 

In my first submission, I mentioned my old friend the 870 pump shotgun. I knew that sooner or later, I'd have to replace it - or at least clean it better. < smile> That begs the eternal question of "What shotgun should I buy?" (Spoiler - I'm not going to answer that question.)
Silver Willow's Blog has a very comprehensive article on shotgun selection. When you have a bit more time, check it out, along with the other articles there. While a pump will work, most of sporting clays is done as pairs and that pluming costs you a bit of efficiency between the first and second targets of a pair.

Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Non-Restricted Course  
Saturday, November 17th - registration deadline - November 14th
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, November 18th - registration deadline - November 14th
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:
December 15th & 16th
Special Guests
The SMILES BURN CAMP - project came about after a terrible daycare fire accident, in Hermosillo, Mexico, that killed 49 children and left 19 children with severe burns, amputations and years of surgeries.  The SMILES project works with the entire family in the areas of therapy, counseling, family support, camps and other special activities.  This year the 2018 SMILES BURN CAMP was held in Alberta. During their stay a group of 14 Dad's came out to shoot at Silver Willow on Sept 19th. A lot of the shooters in this group did not speak English and the guides had teach shooting working with an interpreter. We would like to Thank our guides who volunteered their time to go out with this group. Everyone loved it and they are sure it will be the highlight of their trip to Canada. 

Tree Planting Update
Graham Construction Crew.
In August, on one of the hottest summer days, this brave crew, each manned with a spade, planted a 1,000 trees down near the wetland area on Silver Willows north quarter. 
We appreciated their kind offer and sincere efforts. We also truly appreciated the rain that came two days later. Here's hoping for good take of the young saplings they planted. Some form of annual tree planting, continues to be an important part of Silver Willows long term goals. A great big thank you to Graham Construction for partnering with us to accomplish this year's goal.  

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
Artist in Residence
Gwen Painting in oils at the Wetlands area at Silver Willow
Gwen Day announces her new website !!

Gwen is the co owner and founder of Silver Willow. Besides her involvement over the past 30 years at Silver Willow, shes also been painting and teaching art. She is a multi-faceted artist. Her talent and passion for life is capturing inspired moments in nature.

She experiences great joy by painting 'en plein air' in oils or watercolor, or in her home studio with encaustic and mixed media; creating both representational and abstract art. She keeps her creative energy flowing with the flexibility of her use of these different mediums.

Look Gwen up on facebook at "Inspired Paintings by Gwen Day" , on Instagram at "gwendayart" or her new website at  to view her creations. 

She Invites you to enjoy her solo show called Many Years - Many Mediums,  in Carstairs at the Museum, for the Month of October. Invites are available at Silver Willow. Meet the Artist evening will be October 5th at 7:00 pm.  Everyone welcome.
A Wild Life Experience at Silver Willow - Part 1 & 2
Join Don as he surveys the work the beavers have done since they moved in to the conservation area on the Silver Willow property. 

The Beaver - part 2

The Beaver - Part Two

      Watch for parts 3 & 4 in next months newsletter

Don returns to the conservation area to try see if he can find the beaver on the Silver Willow property

Remember The Days

Duck with Honey, Soy and Ginger

These duck breasts are the nicest I've ever cooked. You'll find yourself putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. And it's also very quick and extremely easy to make. I enjoy serving these duck breasts with roasted seasonal vegetables.

Ingredients  Serves:  2 

2 duck breast halves   

  • 1 pinch salt        
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper    
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons honey   
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine     
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce 
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Preparation:10min  '  Cook:30min  '  Ready in:40min 
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  2. Use a sharp knife to score across the duck breasts 4 times through the skin and fat but just barely to the meat. Rub the skin with salt, cayenne, and black pepper.
  3. Heat an ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Lay the breasts in the pan skin-side down and fry until the skin is brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Discard any excess fat from the bottom of the pan. Turn the breasts over and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Place the pan into the oven; roast duck for 15 minutes or until cooked as desired.
  5. Remove the duck breasts from the pan and cover with foil to keep warm. Remove excess fat from the pan. Add the stock, honey, soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, tomato sauce, chilli powder, and lime juice to the pan. Stir the sauce over high heat, bring to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Slice the duck breasts thinly, arrange on serving plates; drizzle the sauce over the top.

" When you have shot one bird flying
you have shot all birds flying.
They are all different and they fly in
 different ways but the sensation is  the same,
 and the last one is as good as the first!"
Ernest Hemingway

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