It’s a long road to becoming a provincial champion sporting clay shooter and this year it was a literal long road to the event.
Competitors came from across the province to the North Peace Rod and Gun Club for three days of shooting and a chance to secure a spot to represent at nationals later this summer.
Almost 60 shooters in total squared off, looking to be crowned the best in B.C. Co-chair of the NPRGC Sporting Clays committee John Fisher said despite the long trip for some of the competitors, the weekend went exactly as planned.
“It was really good, weather cooperated 100 per cent, it was perfect,” he said.
“I would say there were some high quality targets. We had a top three shooter in Canada come and spend an entire week with us and set targets for us… he’s been an unbelievable workhorse for us… he put on something here that will be remembered.”
For the NPRGC it was the first time they had hosted B.C. provincials, but with such a good community of gun enthusiasts both in the area and in the province, everything went off without a hitch.
“Perfect, couldn’t be happier,” Fisher said.
“On the whole, positives all around. Everybody was happy… I was expecting between 50 and 60 (shooters) and I got 53, so that’s pretty much a bullseye in my book.”
Qualifiers will have a short trip for the Canadian Nationals as the event will be held on Sept. 1 in Grande Prairie.
“All we are working on in the CNSCA (Canadian National Sporting Clays Association) is your average. We have master class to E and everything in between,” Fisher added.
“You go in shooting in your class, so when we go to nationals you’re in your class and this is behind us and another shoot begins.”