Shooters season comes to a close

The Bull River Shooter’s Association has enjoyed a great season of competition and club activities.

Bull River Shooters Club President Bill Johnson presents a plaque in the memory of deceased members of the club to Anne Pique.

Bradley Woods

The Bull River Shooter’s Association has enjoyed a great season of competition and club activities, with some of our members realizing great personal accomplishments.  We have seen growth in our club and with that, improvements to our range.

September 29 was our first annual memorial shoot.  This match allowed us to honour two members who passed away this year: Joe Pique and Joe Eaton.

We also remembered a number of members who helped start the club and have since passed on:  Farley Smith, Ted Bellamey, Bucky Buckman, Jim Buck and Margaret Graf.

Club president Bill Johnson made a beautiful plaque, with the engraved names of deceased members affixed. The plaque was presented in honor to Anne Pique, wife of Joe.

Anne was the impetus behind the memorial service, which will now be an annual shoot for our club.

The plaque will reside in the clubhouse for all to see.  The service included kind words of memory and was followed by a potluck social.

Shooting results for the day are:

B class

Mike Keeling 1st

A class

Trudy Phillips 1st;

Brad Schill 2nd

AA class

Kaitlynn Johnson 1st;

Brad Woods 2nd

AAA class

Jeramey Marsh 1st;

Ralph Oler 2nd

Match Champion

Jim Zimmerman

October 20 saw a cold and rainy day with a few brave souls venturing out for a club match!  The highlight of the day was 18 year old Kaitlynn Johnson shooting an amazing 36/40 in one round, which is a Master class score and resulted in her automatically being moved to AAA class!  Kaitlynn finished the day just 1 point shy of tying perennial club champion Jim Zimmerman!  Congratulations Kaitlynn!  Results for the day are:

A class

Trudy Phillips 1st

AAA class

Kaitlynn Johnson 1st

Master

Rocky Marsh 1st

Match Champion

Jim Zimmerman

This summer saw a few members travelling afar to compete in provincial and national competitions.  We are very proud of all our members’ efforts and a few results are notable:

BC Provincials

Jeramey Marsh:  3rd overall Smallbore AAA class standard rifle; 2nd  overall High Power A class Standard rifle

Rob Mckeeman: 1st overall Smallbore AA class standard rifle; 2nd overall smallbore AAA class hunter rifle; 1st overall High Power A class Hunter rifle

Alberta Provincials

Bill Johnson: 1st overall Smallbore  AA class Silhouette rifle

Canadian Nationals

Rob McKeeman 3rd overall Smallbore AAA class Hunter rifle; 1st overall High Power A class Standard rifle’

Membership fees for the BRSA are $90.00 for the year (March 1 ~ Feb 28).  Additional dependant family members may join for $15.00 each, which covers insurance costs.  In addition to insurance (which includes liability protection for members if ever involved in a shooting accident) and ongoing club expenses, dues cover your participation in four club matches, scheduled throughout the season.

Membership for those 65 years and up is $35.00 but does not include any match fees.  Memberships can be purchased from Rob McKeeman at 250-426-2794 or 250-917-2785.   Memberships can also be purchased at any club match.  Anyone is welcome to enter a club match, including non-members, and spectators are always welcome!  The entry fee is $10/per gun (Silhouette class & Hunter class) which normally covers a morning and afternoon match.

Our next match is Saturday Nov. 17.  This is our Year End Match, which starts at noon.  We will only shoot one match each of Standard Rifle and Hunter Rifle, followed by this season’s awards.  Members will then gather for an evening social and dinner.  Please contact Rob McKeeman if you plan to attend or for more info.  A wealth of information about Metallic Silhouette shooting can be found on the Internet.  For information about the BRSA please contact Rob as noted above.    New members are always welcome!  We look forward to seeing you at the range.