APTA Abroad:

Throughout the Trap Shooting Season, many APTA shooters travel all over Canada and the U.S. to represent the Atlantic Provinces at many of the largest organized Trap Shoots.

 

2017 Southern Grand

March 13 - 20, 2017

Silver Dollar Trap Club - Odessa, Florida

Report By: Barry W. Turner

 

The Silver Dollar Club is home to The Dixie and Southern Satellite Grand tournaments. Located on the northern outskirts of Tampa Florida, The Silver Dollar is considered by most who travel the Satellite Grand circuit as the toughest venue to shoot.

This year was no exception. Influenced by 20mph winds and unusually cold temperatures most of the week (5-10°C), shooters had their hands full deciding how many layers of clothing to wear and what gun hold to take on targets that unpredictably emerged from very flat to severely high. Some say target flight variability traces to old machines, careless target setting, worn out arms and the list goes on. I have shot there over 25 times and I can assure you that shoot management is highly attentive to both machinery upkeep and target setting. The answer lies in wind direction, there is none! There is something about the landscape, trees and buildings that promotes wind swirl or vortex winds. It’s in your face one moment and the next you can feel it blowing against your back.

Four intrepid souls from the Atlantic Provinces dodged a major Nor’easter to attend the Southern. Monty Petipas, Peter and John Tucker from Newfoundland and Barry Turner from Nova Scotia. We kept reminding ourselves as the week unfolded that the weather was still better than back home…sort of?! Despite the challenging conditions, the shoot attendance was strong starting with about 250 shooters on Monday and growing to 600 by Saturday’s singles. John Tucker got off to a solid start with 96 in Monday’s preliminary singles and Peter found a high spot in Wednesday’s Doubles winning D Class with a very good 91. Monty spent the week trying to figure the targets out and reaped the reward with a wonderful 90 in the final handicap championship. Yours truly bumbled along through the week with one minor accomplishment; that being I held all my 27 yard scores between 85 and 89…not bad given the targets.

The shoot was won by Harlan Campbell with and HOA of 952 and an HAA of 392 outstanding scores particularly given that Harlan’s first three Handicap scores were 85, 82 and 87.

 

 


2017 Spring Grand

February 20 - 26, 2017

Tucson Trap and Skeet - Tucson, Arizona

Report By: Andrea Bassan

 

Nova Scotia father - daughter team Herbie and Janaya Nickerson took a break from winter and headed for Tucson Arizona to compete in the ATA Spring Grand tournament. Fresh off of a strong start to the 2017 target year and strong performances at the 2017 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships both Nickerson’s were ready for competition.

Janaya shot well and represented the Lady I Category and the Atlantic Provinces quite well at her first major US competition.

 

 

Herbie, the 2017 Atlantic Provinces Handicap Champion, continued his shooting success from the 2017 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships and posted impressive scores that won several awards:

Event 16: Preliminary Handicap. 94 / 100. 18- 21 ½ yard group Winner.

Event 19: Class Singles. 99/100. Class D Winner.

High Overall (HAA). 1007 / 1100. Class D Winner.

High All Around (HAA) 376 / 400. Class C Winner.

 

Congratulations Janaya and Herbie.

 

 


2017 Dixie Grand:

January 23 – 29, 2017

Silver Dollar Trap Club - Odessa, Florida

Report By: Andrea Bassan

 

Nova Scotia’s Barry Turner started off the 2017 year in style attending the 2017 Dixie Grand and accomplishing a couple of memorable milestones in his shooting career.

During Event 4: Clay Floyd Singles, Barry shot a 99/100 to claim AA Class Winner. In Event 5: Preliminary Handicap, Barry shot a 94/100 from the 27 yard line to tie for runner up – 4th  place and claimed 3rd place after the shoot offs were completed. During Event 7: Singles Class Championship, Barry shot a perfect 100/100 to earn AA Class Champion and advancement to AAA Singles Class for the remainder of the tournament.  In Event 8: Preliminary Handicap Barry placed 9th overall and during Event 14 – Dixie Grand Singles Championship Barry’s 198/200 and performance in the shootoff was strong enough to take Class AAA Winner.

During Event 7 Barry also shot (and broke) his 50,000th ATA Registered Singles target.

Congratulations Barry on your shooting and best of luck for the remainder of the 2017 target year.

 

 


2016 Spring Grand

February 22 - 28, 2016

Tucson Trap and Skeet, Tucson, Arizona

Report by: Doug Blades


After returning from this tournament last year, I said that I would not hesitate to go again and I didn’t. John Nichols, Herbie Nickerson, and I made the trip to Tucson Arizona to attend the Spring Grand tournament for the second year in a row.
 


Once again “winter” in Tucson was a welcome change from winter in Nova Scotia. Temperatures averaged between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius, and the wind was minimal all but for one day when it was a steady 30mph Easterly (Murphy’s law made sure this happened on doubles and handicap events!)

 

The shooting highlight was the championship singles event on February 27th. John Nichols started the morning with 100 straight as did another gentleman on our squad hailing from Kansas. I dropped one target early but held on for a 99. The afternoon saw another 99 from myself, and a 97 from John. My 198/200 was just enough to force a 4-way tie for A class champion. The shoot-offs were called late in the day and so they took place under the lights. Only one of the other three A class shooters joined me for the shoot-off, which went three rounds. I won with a 22-25-25, and a trophy returned to the Atlantic Provinces!

John Nichols also earned a full yard punch with a handicap score of 97 on February 26th, while in the same event Doug Blades shot a 96 for a half-yard punch. This now puts both shooters on the 24.5 yard line.

 

The facility was amazing and every aspect of the shoot was well organized from office work to reloading trap houses. With 968 total registered shooters it somehow is not as overwhelming as one might think. If you have the chance to escape our winter and do some trap shooting, I suggest checking out the Spring Grand at Tucson Trap & Skeet Club.
 

 


2015 Southern Grand

March 16 - 22, 2015

Silver Dollar Trap, Odessa, Florida

Report by: Andrea Bassan

While most of the Atlantic Provinces were dealing with storm after storm and buried in snow, the “Fantastic Four” made their annual pilgrimage to Odessa Florida for sun, good weather, good food and a few rounds of Trap. Johnny Tucker, Monty Petipas, Paul "Old Man" Bailey and Peter Tucker shook off the winter blues like pros and were soon back in form, shooting respectable scores and representing the Atlantic Provinces and the St. John's Rod & Gun Club with pride. 

Not everyone was fortunate enough to walk away from the shoot with Hardware but this year it was Monty’s turn. His shooting earned him two trophies including the Preliminary Doubles – D Class Runner Up and High All Around D Class Champion.

 

 

Boys Night Out

 

Congratulations Monty, and good shooting to the “Fantastic Four” headed up by OMB himself.

 


2015 Spring Grand 

February 23 - March 1, 2015

Tucson Trap and Skeet, Tucson, Arizona

Report by: Doug Blades

Trip was amazing but could have been better with a good gang of Newfs in the mix! Unfortunately no trophies were brought back, however we all won some American coin on the options. The facility was top notch, there was a large clubhouse with Pro Shop and restaurant/bar, and the shoot was very well organized - everything ran like clockwork.  The trap line was all one straight line, 50 identical fields, flat background with mountains off in the distance.  This was my first time at a shoot with a vendors row and I thought it was impressive.  Vendors Row consisted of about 18-20 booths, some handmade leather products, Decot HY-WYD lenses, Wenig stocks, Caesar Guerini (got their "pit stop" done), 2 or 3 clothing and shooting accessory shops, custom earplugs, a massage booth, a couple of gun cleaning supply shops,  reloading components, 2 large firearms dealers, and a few booths selling jewelry for all the men about to go home to the doghouse!

We shot eight events from Wednesday February 25th to Sunday March 1st.  300 doubles, 300 singles and 300 handicap.  The weather was great (anything was better than snow and freezing here in NS), sunny and low 20's Celsius, most days it was a little windy, usually gusting from the SW making the targets drop a bit. The size of the shoot was unbelievable,  I believe over 900 shooters registered with the largest event having 793 entries.  We got to watch a shoot-off under the lights Saturday night, and then watched Harlan Campbell Jr go head to head with Matthew Barthelow for HOA, tied at 980 out of 1100.  They shot at 20 singles, 10 handicap and 5 pair doubles, and had to do that twice for Harlan to win by 1 (Barthelow missed one handicap bird).  One great aspect was that everybody was friendly.  Some of the "big dogs" stopped and talked with us, all of the staff was very friendly, we met up with lots of fellow Canadian shooters.  We must have stuck out like a sore thumb because everybody we talked to asked if we were Canadian! 

I would not hesitate for a second at a chance to go back to a Spring Grand, with a little more practice during our "off season" and some of those trophies could find their way back to the Maritimes. 

  

 Pictured left to right: Brian Blades, Doug Blades, Herb Nickerson, John Nichols