2020 WAS A MOST CHALLENGING YEAR

December 28 2020
Lorne Barron Vice President, Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association

It started with our 2020 annual Wild Game Banquet, held at the Elks Hall. We sold out tickets for the first time since we moved the event to the larger venue. A host of volunteers, led by Lloyd Como, put on a great evening which was again catered by Crystal’s custom Catering.

On May 1, 2020 the Government of Canada has prohibited over 1,500 models of firearms by an Order in council.  There were complaints, petitions and letter writing campaigns. Many of us contributed. We donated $2500 to the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights Legal Defence Fund to aid in their court challenge.

WLSA president Kane Fraser (right) , International Practical Shooting Confederation B.C. Training Course Co-ordinator, Chief Range Officer and former board member Heino Seibert (left) and National Range Officers Institute (NROI) Range Officer and Training Course Instructor Bill Davidson Centre)

Then Covid hit. We were initially unsure how to proceed. After studying regulations that kept changing and much discussion, a general response was developed. Almost all events were cancelled. The few that went ahead were very small, outdoor events with limited local participation. The ranges are still open for member use with appropriate precautions.

The summer saw a facelift at the club with new paint and colour on the clubhouse and shooting shelters. (Click on pic to enlarge)

As the year progressed it became apparent that we would have to cancel the 2021 Wild game banquet, HOWEVER,

THE TROPHY AWARDS WILL STILL BE HELD.
If you have any Trophy submissions remember to get them in by January 5.
 * Check the Trophies page *

This fall we were approached by The Likely Archery Rod & Gun Club to form an affiliation with us. The Likely facility is early in development but does have a 700-yard range and we are still working out the details of this affiliation.

Finally, we had to postpone the 2021 Annual General Meeting until further notice due to the limitations in attendance due to COVID conditions. We regret the necessity of this move but could see no way to proceed with a meeting. We will reschedule the AGM as soon as possible.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to getting the club back on track during 2021.

Lorne Barron Vice President, Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association

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NATIONAL POLICE FEDERATION POSITION

The National Police Federation today released its inaugural position statement on the current state of gun violence in Canada, which supports a fact-based approach to protecting and advancing public safety and gun violence prevention.

Check out the Prohibition page via link below

BROKEN TRUST

“Canadians need to have faith in their government’s honesty and willingness to listen. That is why we committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in Ottawa. Government and its information must be open by default. Simply put, it is time to shine more light on government to make sure it remains focused on the people it was created to serve – you.”

– The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
Canada’s Plan on Open Government 2016-2018

The CCFR is a completely different group in that they are a public relations organization that focuses on both educating non-gun owning Canadians on the topic and representing gun owners in a positive light.

To see the Introduction to the CCFR video go HERE

 

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GAME/CATCH - IMPORTANT DATES/TIMES

Harvest Date for 2021

31 December 2021
11:59 pm (23:59 hrs)

Days
Hours
Sorry but harvest date is now closed. Next years date will be the same and we will reset the clock. Good luck.

Submission Date for 2021

05 January 2022
5:00 pm (17:00 hrs)

Days
Hours
Sorry but submission date is now closed. Next years date will be the same and we will reset the clock. Good luck.

REMEMBER – some game/catch require special preparation

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SCHEDULED TRAINING DAYS

These days and time blocks have been set aside for the different disciplines to practice their skills. If a range has been closed it is because the scheduled event would compromise safety, otherwise other ranges are open including indoor archery ALL SUBJECT TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Some discipline volunteer co-ordinaters may cancel training due to weather or seasonal conditions as well winter closure may occur. Please contact them for information

Please check calendar in case  of range rental. Maintenance may also close a range.

MONDAY

IPSC – 4:00 pm  to dusk  – (available) – MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
   Shotgun closed for safety. A
ll other ranges open. 3 IPSC bay available

TUESDAY

No training sessions scheduled – MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

WEDNESDAY

Shotgun – 5:30 pm to dusk.   MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
    IPSC closed for safety. All other ranges open.

Indoor Archery – 7:00 pm (check calendar)  – MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

THURSDAY

No training sessions scheduled – MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

FRIDAY

No training sessions scheduled – MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

SATURDAY

Cowboy Practice – 1:00 pm (IPSC ranges) – MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
    Shotgun closed for safety. All other ranges open. 3 IPSC bay available

SUNDAY

IPSC – 9:00 am – 12 noon – MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
    Shotgun closed for safety. All other ranges open. 3 IPSC bay available

Shotgun – Trap – 12 noon – 4:oo pm MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
    IPSC closed for safety. All other ranges open

Indoor Archery – 2:00 pm – (check calendar)  MAINTAIN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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BOARD MEETING DATES

Board meeting on 1st Monday of the month, subject to holiday, commence at 7:00 pm (19:00 hrs)

NOTE: SOME DATES MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID -19 RESTRICTIONS.
– Alternative arraignments will be considered –

Monday 07 December 2020 COVID-19
Monday 04 January 2021Monday 01 February 2021Monday 01 March 2021
Monday 12 April 2021Monday 03 May 2021Monday 07 June 2021
Monday 05 July 2021Monday 02 August 2021Monday 13 September 2021
Monday 04 October 2021Monday 01 November 2021Monday 06 December 2021

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FUTURE CLUB EVENTS

Thank you to all those who volunteered in the events and to all those who came out. It was another good year and we hope to repeat it this coming year. If you are able, please come out as a volunteer, participant or both.

Saturday 29 May 2021 - Sunday 30 May 2021

IPSC BLACK BADGE COURSE

CHECK FOR RANGE CLOSURES

Sunday June 27 2021

CLIFF STINSON MEMORIAL SHOOT (Shotgun)

Except for Club House, this will be a FULL RANGE CLOSURE
Check calendar and range board for closure during preparation.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Saturday 17 July 2021 - Sunday July 18 2021

Club Event - IPSC

IPSC Qualifier CANCELLED

Now Club event

Ranges 1 – 4 to be used.
Check calendar and range board for closure during preparation.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Friday 13 August 2021 - Sunday 15 August 2021 (inclusive)

COWBOY ACTION

2018 Cowboy Action

CHECK FOR RANGE CLOSURES

Details to follow

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WILLIAMS LAKE SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE AT ONE OF THESE FINE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENTS.

(Sorry, cash or cheque only and for faster service please complete the form available on the Membership Page  prior to attending)

For membership form and information click here

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Go to BC gov site for BC Recreational Freshwater Fishing Licence”

2021 to 2023 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis
In effect April 01 2021

If you would like your catch considered for an award at the Wild Game Banquet, check the Awards | Trophies page.

Please note that Association categories and rules were revised on 08 May 2019

Go to BC gov. site for “BC Resident Hunting” info

The 2020-2022 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis is effective from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.

If you would like your catch considered for an award at the Wild Game Banquet, check the Awards | Trophies page.

Please note that Association categories and rules were revised on 08 May 2019

Learn about BC fishing regulations and licence info, species identification, responsible fishing practices and more.

BC Sport Fishing Guide