Silver Willow  

"Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility"  







                                   Proudly family owned and operated since 1988
June 2018
What's new at Silver Willow
 Hours of Operation
Summer Hours 

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. Email to have your account set up.

Corporate Team Building or 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
Silver Willow's Day and Co. New Store Expansion
 June 16, 2018
 Grand Opening Celebration For the
       Day and Co. Shotgun and Accessory Store
                 & 30th Anniversary Celebration of
                                  Silver Willow

Come out and join us on Saturday June 16, 2018 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Silver Willow and the completion of the building expansion for the Day and Co. Shotgun and Accessory Store. "The Biggest Little Shotgun Store in Canada "     
This renovation has helped create a new reception area and more room in the Gun Brothers CafĂ©. 

Plus the extra floor space has allowed for many new products including more shotguns, Browning products, and hunting dog accessories. Come on out and check it out!     
Come and celebrate with us from 11:00 - 2:00 and enjoy free hotdogs and goodies !                                                
Shoot Results
Congratulations to Ryan Bannerholt (2nd on the right had side) who was the Champion with HOA score of 122/140
Calgary Oilmen's Invitational
April 28th
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 to the Alberta Oil & Gas Industry.  There were 5 different Classes of shooters. The winner in each class received a Belt Buckle
Shoot for the Cure  
May 5th

Phil Evans (Left) 44/50, Patty Brennan (Center) 30/50 and Zachary Adrian (Right) 39/50.
For this year's Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser Shoot, the weather was just perfect and we had a very good turn out. Thanks goes out to all those who participated and donated to this very worthy cause! Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure.  T hanks goes out to all who participated and donated to this very worthy cause. Congratulations to all our winners!! 
                        Ladies Learn to Shoot  May 12th 

This year's annual Ladies Learn to Shoot was a very successful SOLD OUT event. The weather was perfect for shooting! We had a great group of ladies who came out  to experienced the fun and excitement of blasting some clays at our 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 their passion for the sport.
Staff Feature
Gene working with a client
Farewell to Gene

We are sad to announce that Gene has decided to move on from Silver Willow. He has been a huge benefit to our business over the past five years, especially in the development of the "events" department. It's been a real pleasure to have him as part of our team. Both staff and clients will miss him and his pleasant demeanor at Silver Willow. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.  

Summer is a Great time to refine your shot-gunning skills
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.
The Day and Co. Feature of the Month

Briley Chokes 

A shotgun choke is used to control the pattern of the discharge at differing distances. The most commonly used chart for this is the Briley Choke Effectiveness Chart. It connects the chokes to a 30 In. diameter pattern at differing ranges so that the shooter can used the choke that gives him/her the most effective shot at the range of his/her target.
It states;
Cylinder----100% at 20 yards, 0.00 restriction
Improved Cylinder---30 yards, 0.010 restriction
Modified------------40 yards, 0.020 restriction
Full----------------50 yards, 0.035 restriction

Chokes such as the Skeet, 0.005 restriction then falls into the 25 yard range and is used for Skeet where the target varies between 18 to 30 yards.

The Lite Modified choke, 0.015, falls to the 35 yard range, many trap shooters use it for the 16 yard line as the ATA states that most 16 yard targets are broken at 30 to 35 yards.

The Improved Modified, 0.025, and the Lite Full, .030. fall in the distances between 40 and 50 yards and seem to be fine tuning, if it works for you use it.   
For more information about Chokes click here 

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   

                   PULLING TOGETHER FOR KIDS
The 2nd annual Clays for the Cottage sporting clays event June 21/18 is an all-day, outdoor experience that tests the skills of avid clay shooters and aspiring shooters alike! Last year, 225 participants on 45 teams helped children in crisis. Don't miss North America's fastest growing sport and supporting little ones in your community!
Event goers can expect more than just a fun time on the course. In addition to the beauty of the area, there's delicious food and beverages, raffles, door prizes as well as other fun outdoor activities everyone can enjoy.Thanks to all those who have registered!!
                        This Event is SOLD OUT

***Note***Volunteer Opportunity
If there are any Silver Willow members who would like to volunteer to help out with this event please contact Elisha Jackson at  click here or call 
403-283-4200 ex 221

             Click here to register

Known as "golfing with a shotgun", enjoy a unique outdoor shooting experience within a safe and social setting. You will have the unique opportunity to shoot 50 clays at Alberta's very own Silver Willow Sporting Club, located just outside of Carstairs, in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern & Central Alberta. Individuals and teams of five will take on 10 different stations where they will each shoot  five clays before proceeding onto  next station.

Click on the link below and book now for any
of this years upcoming events ! 

Note - Pre-Registration closes at the end of the day, the
Wednesday before the Shoot / Event Date 
June 2nd 
Two Man Team Shoot - Ducks Unlimited -200 (NR) 
June 9th 
Junior Learn to Shoot - 50 (N/R) FREE 
June 16th 
Grand Opening - open house
July 5th, 6th 7th & 8th

August 18th

Western Regional Shoot (NSCA) 
100 FITASC - (30 people minimum to run, pre-registration required) 50 Sub gauge,100 Prelim Sporting, 300 Main Sporting
Alberta Sporting Clays Provinical Championship
Sept 8th 
Calgary Oilmen Invitational (NR) 
Click here to email the organizer or call 403-512-9678
Sept 15th
Buster Day True Pair -200 (NSCA)
Sept 16th 
No Whining No Crying Shoot - 140 (NR) 
(25 people minimum. Pre-registration required) 
Oct 6th 
Fall Turkey Shoot and Sporting Clays -100 (NR) 
Dec 2nd
Winter Classic - 100 (NR)  **NOTE date change

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

Membership @ Silver Willow
Access to Silver Willow is available to members and their guests as of January 1st - 2018. Insuring quality service, booking availability and ultimate safety are among our top reasons for this change.   
Non-members are able to shoot at Silver Willow when accompanied by a club guide during specified times. Access is also granted to guided corporate/team building events, participants of competitions and private shooting instruction sessions.  
gives you the "Best Bang for your Buck"!
Memberships are still available for 2018 @ $495.00.  
Complete an automatic renewal form and never worry about 
missing your renewal again. 

Members 2018 "Refer A Friend" Promotion- receive
100 free t argets  when you are listed as the member referral on any new 2018 membership application (one referral per application, two references still required).
Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Non-Restricted Course  
Saturday, June 9th - registration deadline - June 6th
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, June 10th - registration deadline - June 6th
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
July 28th & 29th
Feature Article - by Luther Cutts
Getting Juniors Off On The Right Foot  

The future of any sport is almost always determined by the confluence of the continuous study and advancement of the techniques used in the sport as well as the introduction of new participants into the game. The future of the various clay target games is bound to this theory - in the games where there are new shooters joining the ranks, the games flourish and grow, and where there is not an influx of new shooters, the game stagnates.
Sporting clays has benefitted from large numbers of new participants, particularly youthful shooters, which has both bolstered the numbers of active participants as well as expanded the boundaries of what is possible. Some of the new, young shooters are proving to be very capable competitors.
This does not happen by accident - almost all successful young shooters are introduced to the sport through a structured process which emphasizes safety and understanding proper technique. These processes can be formal or informal, but they share some common traits, namely:
A significant emphasis on safety

 Click to continue reading

Andrew Harvison - returns to Silver Willow from England
       Shooting Lessons      
                            For Intermediate to the Very Experienced 
Andrew Harvison is extremely skilled and a UK Certified instructor, gun maker and expert gun fitter. If you are looking at wanting to improve your Shooting skills, Andrew will be arriving at Silver Willow around June 20th 2018.
Andrew is extremely skilled and a UK Certified instructor, gun maker and expert gun fitter.
If you have inquires or you would like to book an Instruction with Andrew, please email

Enjoying their day together!!

Julia, Duchess, & Savannah


    "It's not what we have in life, but who we have in
                          our lives that matters"

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Kurtis Kristianson
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