Silver Willow  

"Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility"  







                            Proudly family owned and operated since 1988
November 2017
What's new at Silver Willow
 Hours of Operation
WINTER HOURS (November 1 - March 31)
Thursday to Sunday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Blue Course: closed for the season Oct 31
Winter Courseopens Nov 2
Green Course re-configured for the winter months 

** Open Nov.11th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm**

Please call ahead to make your reservation   403.337.2490 

We encourage Members to reserve online anytime! You can book up to two weeks in advance.
Note Worthy News
The Day and Co. Store is expanding !

The new addition to the store in the main building has begun. The new store space will double the current store size with the addition of some much needed office space. The plan is to have the addition open by spring of 2018 to coincide with our businesses 30th Anniversary.

Annual Fall Turkey Shoot - Oct 7th  100 clay- Fun Shoot                                                                

Josh awarding the turkey to "High Over All " winner Kevin Cole.

This is always a really fun event. The weather was fantastic and we had a wonderful turn out of participants in this annual shoot. The HOA winner of this year's event was Kevin Cole with a score of 86 out of 100. Congratulations Kevin. 

After the sporting clay shoot, we hosted a Turkey Shoot which consisted on a number of different shooting games by the Duck Pond. 

We handed out 20 turkey's and 5 Hams to the winners. 

It was truly a BLAST !  

NCSA Level 1 Instructors Course
Instructor Wayne Morrow and client
Silver Willow was host to the coveted NSCA Level I Instructor Certification course taught by Luther Cutts. It was held over the weekend of September 29 to October 1.   

This course was limited to eight participants, and it sold out quickly, much to the disappointment of several people who were interested.  The course covers the NSCA instructional program, and provides the new instructors with the tools that will ensure they can safely introduce new shooters to the game of sporting clays.
The course was a real success, with a strong group of students and a lot of positive energy. Two of the more senior Level I Instructors in the Canada, Bob Ferguson and Wayne Morrow, assisted in the delivery of the course and provided great support throughout the weekend. We had several people travel from Red Deer and beyond to take the course, and there was interest from as far away as Billings, MT.  Approximately 30 people volunteered to be "students" to these new instructors, and they overwhelmingly found the sessions to be both beneficial and enjoyable.  Silver Willow is pleased to be able to add more capable and qualified instructors to an already strong and flourishing program.
There was enough interest in this course to enable us to plan another course for the weekend of April 20 to 22 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in 2018.  This course will also be limited to eight participants, so if you are interested, please secure your spot on the course early and avoid the disappointment as was the case for this most recent course.
For more information, visit the NSCA website or contact Luther Cutts at

The NEW Skeet Field
Have you had a chance to experience the Skeet Field?

This first class Skeet Field helps round out what Silver Willow has to offer to our clientele: two Sporting Clays fields, a Five Stand called "The Duck Pond" and now, the Skeet field. 

If you don't have time to complete either the Blue Course or the Green, the Skeet Field is an excellent alternative! Invite your friends, make it your own competition or go solo just to get in some practice. Which ever you choose come out and have some Fun!

On The Wild Side - It's Duck Hunting Season
Wild duck and geese hunters prefer the lean meat of the waterfowl. However, the key to successfully cooking the meat is to understand that duck and waterfowl are not the same as cooking poultry Wild duck is best eaten rare to medium. Similar to red meat, duck juices run red, not clear, like poultry. The meat itself is a deep garnet red. As with any wild game, make a point not to overcook it and to eliminate as much of the natural fat as possible and replace it with domestic oil or fat products, such as butter or olive oil. Fat, as you might know, is an insulator for waterfowl, and a lubricant. If there is too much fat, it will prevent the skin from crisping.
Keep in mind that diving ducks, such as scaup, ringnecks, red-heads, buffleheads, goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, oldsquaw or eiders may need to be brined in order to soften any possible fishy taste.

Duck a l'Orange                                    

2 fat ducks, like mallard or pintail
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups duck stock or beef stock
4 sweet oranges
1 tablespoon arrowroot or corn starch
3 table spoons Grand Marnier or other Orange Liqueur
1/4 teaspoon orange bitters (optional)
2 tablespoons room temperature butter

 Cooking Instructions

Upcoming Events

December 9 - Annual Winter Classic

100 Registered Targets(CNSCA) - $110
Registration starts at 8:30am -  Shoot at 10:00 am 

Come and join us for the last shoot of 2017. Enjoy our traditional hot apple cider and our wonderful seasonal feast at noon. Please bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl for our annual TOY DRIVE. These donated toys go to the local food banks who do up gift baskets for needy families in our community. 

The TOY donations from 2016's Winter Classic Shoot

R- CNSCA  registered targets
N/R - non registered FUN shoot 
NSCA - National Sporting Clays Association- registered
Feature Article - by Luther Cutts

The game of International Sporting, commonly referred to as "FITASC", is considered by many shooters to be the highest form of shotgun sport. 

It is a game that is strictly controlled with very specific rules of conduct, both on the sporting field and off.  Unfortunately, the game has acquired a reputation of being a very complex and unfriendly game, which is unwarranted.  There are plenty of rules, but they make sense to the average shooter once them become familiar with them, and the trained official is there to help shooters.  The best officials see their role as to help the shooter break as many targets as possible within the confines of the rules.
Safety is strictly adhered to during all International Sporting events.  Everyone on or near the shooting position must wear both eye and ear protection.
At larger events, such as Grand Prix shoots, National and World Championship shoots, there are ceremonies with specific dress codes, and all shooters and officials are expected to comply with these requirements.


M embership  will assure you access to 
Silver Willow Sporting Club
If you have been thinking about buying a membership and joining Silver Willow Sporting Club, they is still available room and this years price !! 
2017 memberships are available by application only. All new applications will be reviewed for approval before being processed. 
Ensuring quality service, booking availability and ultimate safety are among our top reasons for this change.
 Join Silver Willow Today 
Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Non-Restricted Course  
Saturday, Nov 18th   - registration deadline - Wednesday, Nov 15th

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 
Saturday, Nov 19th  - 
registration deadline - Wednesday , Nov 15th
Course time 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm (minimum), 
Individual testing 7:00 pm - 8:30 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 here
 Canadian Firearms Safety Course   
The Day and Co. Feature of the Month

Baretta Outerware 
For the month of November we have a selection of  Baretta Outer Ware
ON SALE -  20% off.
We carry a wide selection of sizes from  extra small  to 4 XL.
Looking for that perfect gift?

Drop by or call to purchase a custom gift card 
for the amount of your choice!

 Visit us for all your shotgun and shooting accessories.
call Josh or Don Day at 403-337-2490  or email them at or
Book an Instructor
Instructor Denean with a client on the course
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

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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 
from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Quote of the Month

"People don't notice whether 
it's winter  or  summer when they are happy!!" 

                                                Anton Chekhov.

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