Silver Willow  

"Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility"  

 

 

SILVER WILLOW SPORTING CLUB

 

www.silverwillow.ca

  

                          403-337-2490 

 

                            Proudly family owned and operated since 1988
 
 
August 2017
Newsletter
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

Closed on holiday Monday, August 7th.

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 and 24 hours a day or whenever it is convenient.
Membership
 

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, there is still time!! 
 
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 
Shoot Results and Note Worthy News
 Annual Mid Summer's Eve- Members Only Event - July 5th  
      

Click on picture above to listen to the fabulous Scottish music.
                                                                   
Our Mid Summer's Eve Wine and Cheese this year featured a live, outdoor performance by the Sutherland Scottish Pipe Band from Scotland.
The band members and chaperones enjoyed shooting clay's on the Duck Pond before dinner then dawned their attire for the evening performance.What a wonderful show; the band was amazing! While in Alberta they also participated in the Calgary Stampede Parade. 
What a wonderful opportunity for our members to mix and mingle together. 

   



Browning -  Stampede Grand - July 6 - 9 



Our annual Stampede Grand NSCA registered four day shoot had a great turn out with over 40 shooters! Thursday and Friday were the Sub-gauge 
preliminary events and the main event followed with 200 clay's on Saturday and 100 on Sunday. The shooters had warm weather for the 4 days with 
temperatures in the mid to high 20's; which was challenging for everyone. Congratulations to all the buckle winners, especially Carl Brewster who was the HOA shooter with a 266/300.

  From Left to Right, Colton Carter 220 Class E, Tom Stenger 259 Class M, Carl Brewster 266 HOA,  Aric Alexander 264 Class AA Shane Livingstone 252 Class A Missing - Ben Stewart 242 Class D 
Warren Eckstrand 226 Class B


Moving the Tower
The red and white tower was moved from the Green Course to the Blue Course to prepare for driven pheasant shots!  

Going Up!
Moving the tower
With the new EZ Pull target system now in operation on the Blue Course, the new elevated Station #5 and now the moving of the tower, we are constantly receiving g reat feed back from Members and Non-Members alike on how impressed they are with the changes. 



On the Road!
Day & Co. 
took to the road from June 28 to June 30th for the Canadian Trap Shooting Championships, in Edmonton. 
Day & Co. wanted to make sure that everyone knew Silver Willow was there for them. We had a variety of products from cleaning supplies to Guns and accessories available for the participants.
The weather was great and Josh was glad he had the Day and Co. tent with him. 

Just For The fun Of It!!

Silver Willow joined in the fun this year at the annual Carstairs Beef and Barley Days parade. Leading our group were Josh & Jena in the Gator with Maija and George following up in the camo golf carts. They had great fun tossing out candies to the anxiously awaiting, cheering children on the street. The weather was perfect for a day of celebrating!!

Grand Opening of the Carstairs Skateboard Park
The Day family on the far bottom left, were found in a photo from the local newspaper, posed in the skateboard park bowl during the Grand Opening.  

Silver Willow and their clients were recognized by Town of Carstairs officials as one of the Major Contributors to the new Carstairs and Region Skateboard Park.

The local youth and children  are extremely happy with this new facility in their small town. They will enjoy it this summer and for many years to come.

     
Local Officials at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.


Plein Air Painting at Silver Willow
Silver Willow's co owner Gwen Day,  hosted a Plein Air Painting workshop with instructor and Alberta artist Michael Downs. It was a wonderful couple of days ( on a Monday and Tuesday) for the artists to allow their creative abilities to flow and enjoy the beauty of the property.

Upcoming Events

2017 Shoot Calendar 

Aug 20 
Waterfowl Hunting 101 - This event is open to youth, their
families and young adults. No experience required.
Enjoy a day of learning waterfowl ID, hunting strategies,
duck calling, safe firearms handling, sporting clay's, and more!
$25.00/person Includes free, one-year membership to Delta Waterfowl.
Click here to Register   or Contact Tyler at 403-805-1147 

Sept 9 
Calgary Oilmen Invitational- NR
For more information please contact Jim Anderson at 403-512-9678 or 

Sept 16
Buster Day True Pair - 200 NSCA $200.00
Buster Day owned the land that Silver Willow is located on, he
was Don's father, an avid hunter and clay shooter.
This shoot is dedicated to Buster!


Sept 24 
Ladies Learn To Shoot - 50 (NR) $95.00 Green Course
For ladies of all abilities to join in the Fun of Sporting Clay's,
the day consists of a light breakfast, lunch, Qualified Instructor,
shells, clay's, use of a firearm. Following is the lunch,  
prizes, Trade Fair with local vendors, guest speakers and the wine & cheese event.
The Annie Oakley, Ladies Only - 100 Clay Fun Shoot, $110.00
is run at the same time as the Ladies Learn to Shoot, on the blue course. After the shoot Annie Oakley participants are invited to lunch, Trade Fair and the wine & cheese event.

October 7th - Fall Turkey Shoot and Sporting Clay's - 100 (NR) - $110
Dec 9th - Winter Classic - 100 (CNSCA) - $110   

R - CNSCA registered targets
N/R - non registered FUN shoot 
NSCA - National Sporting Clays Association- registered
Feature Article - by Denean Tomlin
Denean on the left instructing
Boobs, Buckles and Bones - Challenges of a LadyGun

Author - Denean Tomlin, NSCA Level 1 Instructor, Competitor


Growing up on a farm, I was exposed to guns, hunting and sport shooting at an early age. My first shooting experience was shooting bottle caps off of the bushes with a .22 rifle from a picnic table. My dad took my brother and me out for an afternoon of fun and to learn a little gun safety. A few years later I worked on Saturday mornings (because I was told to) at the local trap club, sitting in the bunker setting clay targets for the shooting league. It wasn't until 30 years later, on a beautiful day in September when I was introduced to Sporting Clays. I was invited on a date to join an experienced shooter and give it a go. The reason I point out those two facts ladies, "on a date" and "experienced shooter", is to illustrate that there were so many reasons to be nervous. So many things running through my mind...guns are fun but kinda scary, what if I make a fool of myself, what do I wear, I think I like this guy...yikes!
6 years later, I can say I am completely head over heels in love with this sport and can't get enough. I get out to shoot whenever and wherever I can, be it at my home club Silver Willow, competitions in Canada or the US, or a shooting holiday in the UK.  The journey from first time shooter to anytime shooter has been a very enlightening and totally frustrating experience. So, I am about to share a few things I have learned over the last 6 years in hopes to help LadyGunners find their way into loving the sport.



Andrew Harvison, returns to Silver Willow 
Andrew - is returning to Silver Willow from England, on August 30th. He will be on site and ready to offer sporting clay lessons for a few weeks once again this year.
 
Andrew is a British Open Sporting Champion and a qualifier for the English team in all three domestic disciplines.  Andrew has credentials for coaching on European driven hunts and skeet where he was English champion numerous times.  Andrew has been the technical skeet coaching author for many years for a prestigious British magazine.
 
Andrew is extremely skilled and a UK Certified instructor, gun maker and gun fitter. He is now taking bookings for private lessons and multiple day coaching sessions in the first two weeks of Sept.
 
Please contact Andrew directly:  
Andrew Harvison
Gunmakers and Shooting School  
Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Instructor Luther, teaching on gun safety
  
Non-Restricted Course  
  
Saturday, Aug 12  - 
registration deadline - Wednesday, Aug 10
Saturday,Sept  23 - registration deadline - Wednesday, Sept 20 

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 
 
Sunday,  Aug 13registration deadline - Wednesday, Aug 10 
Sunday, Sept 24 - 
registration deadline - Wednesday ,Sept 20
 
Course time 8:00 am till 12:00 pm (minimum), 
Individual testing 12:00 pm - 2:30 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 herCanadian Firearms Safety Course 
  
  
The Day and Co. Feature of the Month
 


Camo Guns

A Camo Gun adds a little personalized touch to separate you from the rest of the pack. Now you can choose between autoloaders with custom touches to make them stand out - in a good way! 
Camo finishes won't spook any wary waterfowl. 

Come get your Winchester SX3 12 Gauge 3.5" - 28". During our hunting special, for $850.00 while supplies last !! 

We are here to help you select just the right Camo Gun for you!!! 
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
Instructor Luther with a client
  
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
Email: events@silverwillow.ca  
Direct Line: 587-834-2490
Wednesday - Friday and Sundays
from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
 
NSCA Level 1 Instructors Course
Instructor Bob, with client

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




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