During one of the Sackville Rod & Gun Club’s regular shoots, member and former RCMP officer John Massey gives a few pointers to an unidentified first time clay bird shooter.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – As part of the Sackville Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Sackville Rod & Gun Club will be hosting a clay bird competition shoot open to the general public at their Landing Road range. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place scores.
From May until late September, the Club holds regular shoots every Monday starting at 6 p.m. Shooting at fast flying clay birds with a shotgun provides practice in the off-season for both waterfowl and upland game hunters. A number of shooters are not hunters yet are enthusiastic participants, having found this sport both enjoyable and challenging.
Part of the Club’s efforts is to encourage those who have never fired a shotgun, or shot at flying clay birds to come to the shoot and give it a try. Club members will lend a suitable shotgun, and will both monitor and assist first time shooters while on the firing line.
Participants fire at a total of 20 clay birds, four shots each from five different positions located 10 or more feet apart so as to give a variety of different and challenging angles that varies from clay birds going straight away, to those passing across in front of the shooter from left to right, or right to left.
With over 200 members the Club makes every effort to ensure safety in all matters regarding the sporting use of firearms. Several of those members are qualified firearm instructors and on a regular basis teach the Federal Firearm Safety Course and the Provincial Hunter Education Course, both being a requirement for the first time hunter.
Part of the $40 Club Rod & Gun Club membership fee goes to pay for a five million dollar insurance policy that covers each member for all activities the Club is normally involved in. Membership also allows each member full use of the Walker Road rifle and handgun range.