Silver Willow  

"Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility"  







                            Proudly family owned and operated since 1988
May 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.

Annual Membership Renewal Information

M embership  gives you the "Best Bang for your Buck"!
Memberships are still available for 2017 @ $295.00.   Complete an automatic renewal form and never worry about missing your renewal again.   
If your Membership has expired (as of March 1st) and you missed your one month grace period to use up your clays, you can still use your clays by converting them to "Non-member clays". The cost is 43 cents per clay.  Once you have converted your clays you can use them up at your leisure OR renew your membership and your clays will simply transfer to your new membership clay card at no cost. 
Offering you the best possible customer service is critically important to us here at Silver Willow. To that end, we are moving towards limiting memberships starting as early as this year and a "wait list" will be created once that maximum is reached. Access to Silver Willow will then be limited to members and their guests only. The only exception to this rule will be those who hire a guide or instructor, corporate events who have guides and shooters registered in competitions.  Ensuring quality service, booking availability and ultimate safety are among our top reasons for this change.
Starting soon, Non Members wishing to join (not renewing members from 2016) will be required to complete an application for membership.
 Join Silver Willow in person next time your out. 
Shoot Results
Lorne Howes Cancer Shoot - April 1
Stu Carter was the HOA winner with a score of 92. He's pictured here with one of our owners, Gwen and  
Randy Howes (Lorne's brother) 
Every year in April, Silver Willow & Randy Howes co-host the Lorne Howes Cancer Shoot. This fun shoot is in honor of Lorne Howes, who was a life long friend of the Day family.  Lorne fought a courageous fight with Leukemia but lost the battle and passed away at the young age of 30. Each year, Lorne's parents join us for the event. It was great turn out and we would like to thank all of our shooters who participated. $25.00 of each registration fee was donated to the Cancer Society in Lorne's name. We also received lots of individual donations from our competitors. After lunch door prizes, which were donated by local businesses, were presented to shooters. It is our local businesses and those who so generously donate that make the Lorne Howes Cancer shoot such a successful and fun event!! 

Three generations of the Eckstrand family participated in the shoot: Grandfather Rod (left), Son Warren (right) and Grandson Royce

 Warren was also the "Runner Up"
 to Stu Carter.

Silver Willow 200 - April 22 
Tiara, our newest Customer Service Rep, congratulating Wayne on his HOA win ! 

This year's Silver Willow 200 Shoot was a Great Success!! The weather was a bit chilly,  but fun was had by all the participants.

In Class AA we had a three way tie with the score of 170, a shoot off took place and Aric Alexander won. Aric is a junior shoot ! 

Hunter Brewster a junior shooter, won Master Class with a score of 170. 

Wayne Norton was our HOA winner with a score of 176. Congratulations to all out winners.

Aric shooting in the shoot off.
Upcoming Events
Shoot for the Cure - 75(NR) - May 6th
to register 

 Ladies Learn to Shoot- Sunday May 21

There are only 40 spots available and they fill up very quickly! 
Your $95.00 registration fee which includes a light breakfast at 8:30 am, safety instruction session at 9:00 am, shooting on the green course from 
10:00 - 12:00 plus shells, clays and the use of a shotgun. 
One instructor per group of 4 ladies. Lunch and door prizes after. You can bring your own shotgun if you'd like, but it's not required. 
If you're coming with friends who you'd like to shoot with please indicate that on you registration form. Remember groups are limited to 4 ladies per team.  Call 403.337.2490 for more information. 

Federal 400 (CNSCA) May 27
to register for the Federal 400 

2017 Shoot Calendar 
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 spots available
               Email us to register and get more information

June 17- Delta Fun Shoot - Book online at the Delta website
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

Clays for the Cottage - Fundraiser - Thursday June 22


We are very proud and thankful to have been able to once again partner with our members, our community and our friends in hosting  FUNDRAISING events  to support great causes here at home and around the world.

Here is a summary of the funds that were raised at Silver Willow this past year and the needs that were supported:

26th Annual Lorne Howe Memorial Shoot- for Cancer Research -$2,600.00 total over the years over $60,000 has been raised by this event

Annual Shoot for the Cure - Cystic Fibrosis -organized by Silver Willow member Wayne Brennen and family - $6,900.00

Ducks Unlimited - Silent Auction Spring and Fall Oilmen Shoot, plus the Two Man Team Shoot in May,  $4,950.00 for Wetland Conservation

Delta Waterfowl - 2nd annual fundraiser shoot raised $2,118.00

GRAND TOTAL = $16,268.00
S.W.  Annual Christmas toy drive at the Winter Classic shoot, donated by SW members and Calgary Fire Fighters, for Cremona Santa's Anonymous and the Carstairs Lions Club. Approx. 600 toys!
S.W. made a large donation to The Carstairs Regional Skate Board Park
In the summer of 2016, owner Gwen Day, hiked in an event called the Freedom Climb, support the cause that works to rescue women from human trafficking and SW gave a significant donation. 

Annually, S.W. sponsors two  graduation bursaries for the Carstairs Hugh Sutherland students going to post secondary education.
Donation to  Carstairs Elementary School for their free lunch program.
Plus many local requests for 4H prizes, DU Banquets and 
numerous local fundraiser events.  

Feature Article - Demystifying Shotshells


by Luther Cutts

Demystifying Shotshells
To the new shooter, the variety of shotgun ammunition available can be overwhelming.  There are so many different brands, and so many different combinations of shot size, payload and velocity that is can be troubling, even for the seasoned shooter. 
It is our hope that this segment will demystify the shotgun ammunition selection process.
The size of the individual shot pellet is described in the form of a number.  For target shotshells, the most common pellet sizes are 7-1/2, 8, 8-1/2 and 9.  7-1/2 is the largest of the group, and 9 is the smallest.  Shooters must decide whether they want a dense pattern (smaller shot) or more energy per pellet (larger shot).  The general rule is that closer targets warrant smaller pellets while longer-range targets require the larger pellets.

Canadian Firearms Safety Course

Non-Restricted Course  
Saturday, May 13  - registration deadline - Wednesday, May 10

Course time 8:00 am till 4:00 pm (minimum), 
Individual testing 4:00 - 7:00pm ( approximately) 
$195.00 + GST, includes: lunch, coffee, tea and water.  
Restricted Course 
Sunday, May 14  - registration deadline - Wednesday, May 10
Course time 8:00 am till 12:00 pm (minimum), 
Individual testing 12:00 - 2:30pm (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 here  Canadian Firearms Safety Course 
The Day and Co. Feature of the Month


Shooting glasses enhance your shooting ability as well as providing
 protection from broken clays.
When choosing shooting glasses, opt for yellow or orange lenses to enhance the clay pigeons in low light and to block out glare. Amber lenses are generally good for enhancing your perception, and purple/vermilion increases visibility. The color of the pigeons comes alive with the proper shade of lenses. 

For more information please visit  Pilla Canada Website

We are here at Day and Co to help you with making the right choice for eye wear !! 

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

Guess who this is giving an instruction in 1998?
Look at those stands !! 

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.   

Corporate Video
Corporate Video
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

"If you are going to be training and getting better,
 you need to practice the right things the right way."

            Luther Cutts                      

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