Newsletter September 2019
Up Coming Events
Calgary Oilmen Invitational
Saturday Sept 7th
150 (Fun Shoot)

The Oilmen's Invitational is a shoot that is extended to those shooters who have a work affiliation with the Alberta Oil & Gas Industry. 

Register by emailing Jim at  yycosa@gmail.com  or calling 403-512-967
This shoot is dedicated to the memory of Buster Day, Josh's Grandpa and Don's dad!
Buster Day True Pair
Saturday September 14th 200 clay's (NSCA/CNSCA)
Includes 200 (CNSCA/NSCA) registered targets, prizes and lunch!
$200.00 Pre-registered price
 

NSCA Provincial Shoot
Sunday September 15th

200 NSCA registered targets
**please note that you can get the “pre-registration price” if they pay in full, before the day of the shoot. Otherwise Shooters will pay the day of the shoot price. If shooters miss the online deadline, they can call with their credit card or drop into the club house to prepay.
Gun Brothers Cafe
Effective September 1st 2019 the Gun Brothers Cafe will only be serving baked goods during the weekdays. BBQ lunches will be available on the weekends as usual.
Summer League Results
The League Participants
This was the first year we offered a Summer league here at Silver Willow.

We had eight regular participants committed to coming out at least four times in a seven week period, to enjoy the fun and camaraderie.

A total of 400 clay's were shot over 7 weeks. 200 targets on the green and 200 on the blue.  Scores were posted each week online. We had a shoot off at the Duck Pond as Kevin Cole & Cale Bargen had a HOA score of 337/400. Wind up festivities followed, we were missing one participant for the picture. A Lewis payout was used to calculate the winners.

The high score for this league was Kevin Cole with a score of 338/400
Kevin Cole
Cale Bargen
Watch for the announcement about our upcoming
Winter League.
Last Months Events
Ducks Unlimited Two Man Team Shoot (August 24th)

This shoot is always a crowd favorite, as the two shooting partners are working together to hit the clay's, which is a bit unconventional in sporting clay's! Each team shot a total of 200 targets on the Blue Course and then finished off with a 50 clay "flurry" event on the Duck Pond. The weather was perfect and we had 48 teams. Ducks Unlimited awarded medals to the winners of the Lewis classes and hosted several DU raffle draws.
 
Congratulations to Bob Ferguson and Kevin Cole, who won HOA with a score of 190 /200 ! great team work !
Some of the Lewis Class winners!
The 50/50 JACKPOT POOL

Each shoot this year, we will offer two "Golden Flash Targets" with a Jackpot pool opportunity. There is an option to pay $10.00 per person to be included in this pool. There will be two hidden flash targets in each shoot, if you hit the target you will either win half the cash pot or split it with the one other shooter. The remainder of the 50/50 jackpot will stay in the pool until the next shoot and continue to build throughout the year.
The Jackpot as of the Ducks Unlimited Shoot is running at $580.00 rolling into the Buster Day Shoot September 14th
Gil Ash - Shooting School Clinic
We were excited to have Vicki & Gil Ash from the OSP Shooting School of Texas, here at Silver Willow for first time Aug 9th,10th & 11th. The students that registered had the opportunity to put into practice the skills they acquired with some challenging weather conditions over the 3 days.
Vicki & Gil will be back next year for another training session.
Don ( Student) Gil Ash and Don's wife Amy( also a student) & Vicki Ash
The Day and Co. Feature of the Month
Pre Hunting Season
Camo Gun Sale Continued
A Camo Gun adds a little personalized touch to separate you from the rest of the pack. Now you can choose between auto-loaders and o/u with custom touches to make them stand out - in a good way!
 Camo finishes won't spook the wary waterfowl. 
Buy a Camo Gun in the month
of September and get a
Case of Browning Target Loads
Over Unders & Semi Autos Only
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 josh@silverwillow.ca  or  don@silverwillow.ca
Book An Instructor
Prepare for the hunting season ahead! Take a lesson to refine your shot-gunning skills !
 
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 clay's are extra. A minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson is recommended. Check out our website under Education and Instruction for all the details.
  
To book a lesson online, simply  Click here  Silver Willow is very proud to offer Canada's largest roster of NSCA Instructors. 
 
After an Instruction, clients get 10% off any in store product with the exception of guns and shells. 
Guest Blog Article - Musings of the Rookie
OSP Training

Wowww.....! Can't say how many times that was said over a couple days with Gil and Vicki Ash of the OSP Shooting school. Silver Willow brought them North from Houston, right here to Canada's premier sporting clays venue. The OSP school is world renowned and it was a privilege to shoot with, learn from and make friends with the Ash's - Ashes? Ashs? (Feel like I'm trying to conjugate "y'all".) Great folks!
Honey Bee Rescue at Silver Willow
S ometimes honeybees don't make the best decisions when finding a new home. This was the case with the swarm that decided to build a hive under the cookhouse at Silver Willow. The bees had only been there for a week or so, but that was enough time for the 7,000 to 10,000 bees to build some fresh white honeycomb and start to settle in. Kurtis made the call to Stewarts Bees to relocate the hive. Various methods were utilized to try and trap the bees with minimal disruption to the bees and surrounding area. When that didn't work, Shamus had to reach in and physically removed the honeycomb and any bees hanging on, and place it in a new hive. The key was moving the queen. As long as he had the queen, the workers were going to follow.
It didn't take long to confirm the queen was secured in the new hive. Then it was a game of patience as each of the thousands of worker bees entered the hive to join her. Stewarts Bees was grateful that the owners, Don, Gwen & Josh and the staff at Silver Willow are such great stewards of the environment, in particular the honeybees, on International Honeybee Day
(August 17, 2019)

Warm Regards
Shamus & Dawn Stewart (Stewart Bees)
The Honeycomb
The Move
Temporary New Hive
Corporate Team Building or Private Events
Our guided, private events and BBQ's are a great way to get everyone together. W hether it is family and friends, staff team building, or giving back to your clients. 

Ch eck out our extensive  "Book Your Event" page on the website and pick the Group Package Option that's perfect for your group!  

Contact Jessica today to book your event or for details
Email: events@silverwillow.ca  
Direct Line: 587-834-2490
Tuesday to Friday
Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Non Restricted Course
 
Saturday, Sept 28th-  registration deadline - Sept 25 10th 
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.

OR register for both courses at $295.00 + GST

No Course in October
Restricted Course
 
Sunday, Sept 29th - registration deadline - Sept 25th
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 

Employee Farewell
In September Ellie will be taking a 2 year Diploma in Medical Radiologic Technology (Xrays & CT scans) at SAIT & increasing her coffee intake by 5 X. She will miss baking Banana Bread for Silver Willow members & guests
George is also leaving us on Aug 29th. He is going to attend Mount Royal University in the fall taking his Bachelors in Nursing. He is going to miss all the shooters and being outside everyday.
Dogs at Silver Willow
Members & guest dog's are welcome at Silver Willow, however Duchess, our dog is here all the time. She does like some other dogs but...... to be on the safe side please make sure you know where your dog is at all times.
Also please make sure you pick up after your dog!
Feature Painting
Michael's Barn 8 X 12 - Original Oil-Plein Air painting by Gwen Day
This is an old granary on the Silver Willow property.
Life is full of give & take,
Give thanks and take nothing for Granted!
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours Apr 1 – Oct 31

Wednesday – Thursday
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
(ceasefire at 7:55 pm)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(ceasefire at 4:55 pm)

Blue Course - 14 Stations
Green Course - 10 Stations
Duck Pond - 5 Stand
Skeet Field
Winter Hours Nov 1 – Mar 31

Thursday to Sunday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm or dusk

Call if the weather is colder then -15 C before you drive out
403-337-2490

Winter Course - 12 Stations 
Green Course - 10 Stations
Duck Pond - 5 Stand
Skeet Field
30133-Rg Rd 20
Mountain View County
(403) 337-2490