Weather was chilly, shooting was hot

The Bull River Shooter’s Association held its second match of the season on Saturday, April 13.

The Bull River Shooters Association Junior Shooters. Back row

The Bull River Shooters Association Junior Shooters. Back row

Bradley Woods

The Bull River Shooter’s Association held its second match of the season on Saturday, April 13.  Members and guests gathered on a chilly and snowy morning at our range near Fort Steele to test their freehand rifle skills in spirited competition.  We started with an open house and were pleased that some brave new souls ventured out to try our sport.  We were very proud that so many members arrived early to help our visitors.  The match began after lunch and the first few rounds were quite challenging. The berms backstopping the “white” targets were white with snow.  Many spotters/scorekeepers had to ask the shooter if they knocked down the target!  Soon we were raking the dirt between rounds to get things visible.  Eventually the weather settled and the participants revelled in the opportunity to compete.

Match winners are as follows:

Silhouette Rifle .22cal

B class — Gaby Hernandez (jr)

A class — Kalvin Marsh (jr)

AA class — Trudy Phillips

AAA class — Kaitlynn Johnson (jr)

Match Champion — Rob McKeeman

Don’t think us adults don’t notice that three of the five category winners were juniors!  Raw talent and hard work mean all can do well in this sport and that we can enjoy competing with anyone!  We were very pleased to have six juniors shooting at this match and hope they continue to enjoy our sport.

Sunday, April 14, saw a great high power match where shooters must knock down targets from 200 metres to 500 metres — freehand!  Nine shooters tested their skills.

1st place — Oliver Graham (won by shootout)

2nd place — Dale Leask

3rd place — Richard Carere (won by shootout with Rocky Marsh)

Overall Match Winner     Rob McKeeman

Our next match is Victoria Day weekend and is our annual invitational match; this year we will be hosting BC Provincials over the long weekend.  Participation is limited and you must pre-register by contacting Rob as noted above. We will be conducting our annual range clean up on Saturday April 27.   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.