We will be doing 100 Clays straight through as lunch will not be provided due to Covid.
Cost is 4 punches for those with prepaid cards and $30.00 for those who do not have cards. Juniors are 1/2 Price. Gerry will be doing registration at the ATV shed behind the clubhouse. Cards can be purchased for $60 for 10.You can email Andrew Finn at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are coming or thinking about coming so we can estimate how many stations to set up.
Well, winter has arrived on the Avalon. As per usual, the club has hired a contractor to clear the club road and parking lots. We will try to update members on snow conditions as we learn of them and will post to the club website.
Keep in mind that parking areas, walkways and especially range floors are frequently icy and are not salted. Also in below freezing temperatures locks can freeze up so a heating device may prove very useful to access the club. A shovel would be useful for accessing club buildings.
While winter shooting can be a challenge it can also on a bright sunny day be a great outdoors adventure. So be safe and happy shooting.
Update: Repair work to the ranges is complete. Target stands will be going back in place tomorrow morning. Thank you for allowing us time for repairs.
𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐀, 𝐃, 𝐄 & 𝐆.Due to drainage issues, pooling water, & other minor issues we will have to close Ranges A, D, E & G this Saturday for repairs.As it stands, it looks like the ranges will be closed for the full day. We apologize for the inconvienace, these repairs need to be done ASAP and Saturday was the only time our repair crew is available.Executive
The St. John's Rod and Gun Club has been working on a multi-year Trap Improvement Project that's been made possible in part with support from the Amateur Trapshooting Association's Gun Club Fund and our volunteer trapshooting members. There's been a considerable amount of work done and we extend sincere thanks to the volunteers who gave their time, strength and expertise to help improve our club. For those who like to see more photos and details of the 2019 work and Traphouse 2B rebuild, please visit https://shootatlantic.
There will be a Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, October 17 starting at 10 am.
You must provide your own shotgun and ammunition. Nothing larger than number 7.5 shot is permitted. Physical distancing protocols will be strictly adhered to and the shoot will be limited to no more than 50 people. Lunch will not be provided so please bring your own.
Fees are as follows: $28.00 for 100 targets or 4 punches on your card.
Please come out and enjoy a lovely fall shoot. All members of St. John’s Rod and Gun Club and their guests are welcome to attend.
Hello Members.Due to Covid and the stage restrictions, this years Annual Turkey Shoot and Turkey Dinner will not be going ahead. :( Hopefully next year will be better and all our regular shoots will be back on the list.Executive
All sunday orientations until the end of the year have been cancelled. These will be replaced wtih an appointment system to better match club volunteers with members on a less rigid schedule. Please contact sandra ryan at email@example.com to book an orientation.
Congratulations to club juniors, Peter Kehoe age 10, Miles Hoddinott age 10 and Logan Porter age 11 on achieving the Musketeer (first level) award in the Club’s GunQuest Challenge. The first level requires successful completion of 8 shooting challenges including passing a test Canada Firearms Safety exam, in which they all exceeded the adult standard.
Further information on the GunQuest Award can be found here:
2020 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships results are in. Congratulations to all winners!
St. John’s Rod and Gun Club shooters competing in the 2020 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships. In total we have 57 shooters from 4 clubs across Atlantic Canada participating in the satellite shoot format. Good luck shooters!
The Executive of the SJRGC are requesting volunteer help from our membership to make repairs to target stands on the Rifle Range, Range B. Some posts need replacing as well as most of the cross bracing and coroplast. A couple hands make light work!
Please contact President Mike Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to lend a hand and we will coordinate a time to make the repairs.
Shoot is only a few days away. If you're planning to shoot, help out your local shoot organizer by pre-registering. Send your ATA Number, Name and events you'll be shooting to your club contact. Pre-registering helps your local satellite shoot organizer prepare and get a head start on the registration and squadding. Your help is much appreciated.
St. John's Rod and Gun Club
- Preliminary Day Warm Up Shoot
- Friday, September 4, 1PM.
- 50 Singles, 50 Handicap, 50 Doubles
- The registration desk will also be open for the weekend events.
Highland Gun Club
- Friday, September 4, 1PM.
- Practice available.
- The registration desk will also be open for the weekend events.
If your ATA membership is expired, please renew online at www.shootata.com. That's the easiest and quickest method - especially for the shoot organizer.
Limited number of complimentary ATA membership available for first time members. Contact your local satellite shoot club organizer.
More shoot info can be found on www.shootatlantic.com
Attention Trap Shooters!Due to the heavy rain and winds forcasted for tomorrow, Sunday's (Aug 30th) Trapshooting has been cancelled.
Attending Archery Members.
- Archery will be going ahead on Monday the 31st weather permitting.
- There will be no shoot on Monday September 7th.
- Our last outdoor shoot date is set for Monday September 13th.
Indoor shooting is curretnly not availabel due to Covid restrictions. We will keep you updates if this changes.
Starting Monday, the NL provicinal goverment has implemented facial mask in all public locations. Our club must follow those rules. Masks will be required in all buildings if the building is open for an event for example, pistol, trap, clays, archery, etc. If you are only entering solo to sign the range log books you won't need one. However, if there are other individuals in the building or you are staying in the buildling for longer than signing you are required to wear a mask.
Exceptions to the mask rules are the same as given by the NL goverment.
The IDPANL Top Guns Provincial Championships were held on Saturday, 8 August 2020, and had to be one of the hottest weather days on the range we have ever had. There were 12 shooters in attendance at the match, and there were seven stages that included a mix of stages drawn from national postal matches:
Stage 1 - Pop These Corners (a 16 round standards stage)
Stage 2 - Sitting Duck (a 15 round standards stage)
Stage 3 - Training (a 16 round scenario stage)
Stage 4 - Bitcoin for Guns (a 14 round scenario stage)
Stage 5 - Jumped 2.0 (a 15 round scenario stage)
Stage 6 - Hey You Got the Time? (a 18 round scenario stage)
Stage 7 - Pair of Thugs (a 5 round scenario stage)
Winning scores were achieved in the following divisions and categories:
- High ESP (Enhanced Service Pistol)
- High SSP (Stock Service Pistol)
- High CDP (Custom Defensive Pistol)
- High CCP (Compact Carry Pistol)
- High REV (Revolver)
- High PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine)
- High Senior
- Most Accurate
Congratulations to the competitors! And much thanks to those who helped make the match a success.
Although our largest event of the year, the Zombie Apocalypse multi-gun shoot, was unfortunately pre-empted this year by COVID-19, we still hope to hold a Military Surplus (milsurp) shoot and possibly a Cowboy Shoot before the end of the year. As usual, this will be invitational events open to the wider club membership. Further details in due course.
We like to extend congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s satellite shoot a success.
View 2020 Results: 2020_Results
Club shooters John Fradsham, Kevin Healey and Nina Chandler shooting doubles
For more information: https://shootatlantic.com/apta_championships.php
Additional information and prices of events can be found in the 2020 NL Trapshooting Championships Manual
Attention All Club Members!
It has come to our attention that some members have been taking their cars up the small incline pathway and parking by the Sporting Clay Field. This is to stop immediately! We are taking this time to inform you all that members & guest vehicles MUST stay on the parking lots. Actions like this is 1) extremely dangerous to other members who are walking and bringing gear & firearms, 2) dangerous to the people in the vehicle who will need to both drive up and reverse down the narrow pathway, and 3) could cause an insurance nightmare for & damage to the Club if the vehicle slips over the steep embankment or runs over another member(s).
This pathway is NOT a road. It is a pathway for foot traffic, clay carts, and the clubs ATV. There is NO parking next to the clay storage shed or driving on or across any range unless authorized by the executive for working/repairing of club facilities. Appropriate signage will be created and installed to make everyone aware of this.
Please help us in congratulating our Archery club members who won in their division for the Archery Canada Mail Match this past winter.. We are very proud of you!
- Joshua Canning- Bronze with a score of 294.75 in Male Compound Junior
- Donna Canning- Bronze with a score of 255 in Female Hunter Senior
- Gavin Glasgow- Gold with a score of 262.75 in Male Hunter CadetFinally congratulations to all of our members who participated in this years mail match. Our club has some seriously good shooters and we are glad to have you.
Obituary & condolences can be viewed here: https://hickeysfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1617/Paul-Heston-Bailey/obituary.html#content-start
Sporting Clays will take place this Thursday July 16th instead of Wednesday July 15th due to heavy rain in the forecast.
The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has made changes to the provincial Wildlife regulations to permit the use of crossbows to hunt big game and small game species; and the use of .17 calibre HMR ammunition for hunting small game and furbearers. Changes take effect for the 2020 big and small game hunting seasons.
Find out more here: https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2020/flr/0710n03/
From Thursday to Saturday (9-11 July 2020) the trap range will be closed due to work on the traphouses. The clays stations will remain open but please be careful to avoid shot falling in the trap field.
The Exec, SJRGC
Summer sporting clays will start this Wednesday July 1st at 2 pm. Keep in mind that there will NOT be food available until further notice due to Covid restrictions so plan accordingly. Sporting Clays shoot cards will be available for purchase on site.
Significant increases of the Club's green space= we need grass cutting help! Calling for volunteers to either use club's push mower or anyone with a lawn tractor and way to transport it.
Contact Andrea Bassan email@example.com or cell / text: 709-746-8426 if you can help.
Update on orientations. There will be a weekly orientation on Wednesday’s starting at 2 pm. No appointment necessary. If there are more than twenty people in attendance, orientations will be done in two groups consecutively. We will update this at a later date once it ends.
We will be starting steel shoots on Tuesdays at 6pm starting tomorrow, 16 June 2020. Fee will be $5. For contact info call Monty at 746-4147 or Dave Layte 697-0978 .
1) NFA and CCFR have submitted a notice of application regarding the May 1,2020 gun ban. You can find links to the submissions here https://sjrgc.com/page.php?page=canadian_coalition_for_firearm_rights_(ccfr)
2) A group of local individuals have created a group on facebook for NL Firearms Advocacy. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/NLFirearmsAdvocacy . The page shares articles and information regarding the gun ban. This group is not operated by the SJRGC but it might be of interest to our club members.
Attention alll members! New updated rules and guidlines for Club usage for Alert Stage 4.
As most of you know, this past Friday the federal government made sweeping changes via order in council with regards to re-classifying over 1500 firearms to prohibited. This was done without proper consultation and no discussion or vote in parliment. Please see the attached petition regarding this absurd policy.
Remember to confirm your signature. You have to check your email for the confirmation link for your signature to be recorded.
Attention all Members.
The SJRGC Executive has decided to amalgamate our Facebook social media and continue solely with and focus our volunteer efforts on our Offical Facebook Page. Follow our page at www.facebook.com/sjrgclub to stay updated on the covid-19 situation impact on the club, updates, cancellations, future news, events, photos, shoot winners, and more.
Please be advised that effective Friday, May 8, 2020 our Offical Members Group will be removed and no longer accessible. As members may have photos there they want to save or want to make connections with other members we are giving 3 days’ notice to allow for this. Please save any posts, pictures, or connections from our Members Group page before Friday.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to ongoing communication through the Official SJRGC Facebook page.
Well folks what many of us most feared has come to pass. The Liberal Government has arbitrarily banned over 1000 firearms. I am truly disgusted and angry as hell. Their next focus will definitely be pistols. Let’s not let that happen. Start writing letters, emails, editorials, make phone calls, sign petitions. Do what ever you can think of to let people know that we are not the bad guys. Speak up, be heard. Don’t take it lying down.
To all of you who have not yet taken any action. Please write a letter or email, make a phone call or take what ever action you can to be heard. We need many voices to get our message across.
Chair, Firearms Advocacy Committee
Are you opposed to the Liberals circumventing democracy by using an OIC for mass gun bans on legal owners?Call:Bill Blair 613-995-0284PMO 613-992-4211I dare you :)I have already done so.Gerry CarrFirearms Rights & Advocacy Committee
MEMBERSHIP:Membership processing is continuing as normal. Please continue to mail your properly completed renewal form along with payment to the mailing address listed on top of the form. Canada Post has resumed operations although delays in delivery are possible. Emailed forms and electronic payments are unavailable to the club at this time.NEW ORIENTATION SYSTEM:All regular Sunday orientation sessions have been cancelled until further notice. We are replacing this system with a pre-arranged, booked/scheduled system incorporating multiple volunteers. Sessions will take place based on volunteer availability and can occur any day of the week & time in small groups of no more than 5 people (with proper social distancing measures in place). If you prefer a smaller group or a one on one session, please let our membership consultant know when you book your appointment. (more info below). Orientations will continue to be free under this system.
- This system will only be for NEW members or members lapsed 3 membership seasons or more.
- There will be no membership paperwork taking place at these sessions. We can't accept applications or payments, membership cards will be mailed after the session.
- At this time sessions will only be booked for members that have already submitted applications and have been processed to help clear the backlog of people waiting.The executive has voted on and approved a brand new temporary Orientation Refresher course that will take place via standard mail or email for members who have lapsed for one or two membership seasons. This will greatly reduce the number of people required to attend in person orientations making this whole system faster, more efficient and therefore safer. Members lapsed 3 membership seasons or longer will still have to attend an in person orientation. Members who qualify for this course will be contacted directly by our membership consultant within the next 5-7 days.Thanks,Mike SmithPresidentSJRGC
The 2020 AGM was held last week and we would like to extend thanks all members who attended, voted, and voiced their opinions. Elections for the Executive and for 3 director positions were conducted during the AGM. For the executive we have returning Mike Smith (president), Dave Reddin (2nd VP), and Alice Barbour (treasurer). New to the Executive team is Greg Elms filling the 1st VP and Diana Boyd filling the Secretary positions.
Executive (Term 2020-2021)
- President- Mike Smith
- 1st VP- Greg Elms
- 2nd Vice President- Dave Reddin
- Treasurer- Alice Barbour
- Secretary- Diana Boyd
There were 3 Board of Directors positions up for election. The first round of voting ended with a tie for 2 of the 3 positions. This results in a second voting round. The Board of Director positions come with a 2 year term. Re-elected for the 2020-2021 term are John Tucker & Gerry Carr. Newly elected to the Board of Directors is Robert Kennedy.
Board of Directors
- Troy Coldwell
- Steve Pink
- Scott Pike
- John Tucker
- Gerry Carr
- Robert Kennedy
We would like to thank all members who put their names in for nomination. Our Executive and Board of Director members will strive to provide top services, supports, and promote the club for all club members.
Due to recent changes in relation to the covid-19 situation, the NLschool board has cancelled all use of gyms for community groups.Due to this, all archery shoots have been cancelled until the situation changes. We will update you as soon as the situation changes.
Congratulations to Jeff Thomas who is a member of the Tankard winning team Gushue at this year's Briar. Jeff is also a member of SJRGC.
Well done Jeff.
Monday, 9 March 2020. Club road is open up to the clubhouse. The road is very icy especially in parking lots so be careful. Also road is narrow in places. We are running out of places to shove the snow.
The paths to the outhouses are not dug out so if someone could take that on it would be appreciated.
The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is seeking input from the general public and stakeholders to help inform the review of the following hunting regulations:
- Aligning of Island Moose Management Area (MMA) season starting dates
- Permitting hunting with crossbows
- Permitting the use of small calibre [.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (HMR)] rifle ammunition
A public survey has been posted at www.engagenl.ca with a further explanation of the proposed changes. We encourage all club members and the general public to participate in this survey and consider the potential impact of these changes.
Here are a few questions to consider when responding to the survey:
- Would Eastern Newfoundland moose hunters benefit if the season is extended by three weeks and opens three weeks earlier than our normal first Saturday in October start date?
- Could there be an impact on Eastern Newfoundland’s moose population if our season is lengthened by an additional three weeks?
- Would outdoor enthusiasts (hikers, berry pickers etc.) on the East Coast be impacted if the moose season starts three weeks earlier (second Saturday in September)?
- Will bowhunter’s on the East Coast be negatively impacted if the two week archery pre-season begins on the last Saturday in August?
- If crossbows are legalized, when will they be permitted for use – during rifle season, during archery season or both?
- Will there be a requirement for crossbow hunter education if they are legalized for hunting?
These are just a few questions to consider when responding to the survey. The survey closes on April 3rd. https://www.engagenl.ca/engagement-initiatives/hunting-regulations-review
You can use this link https://sjrgc.com/page.php?page=proposed_hunting_regulations_changes_in_nl_ if you want to share this post on your social media page.
Since the club AGM is fast approaching, this note is just to let you know the procedures for the election of club Executive and Board of Directors. Each year, a Nominating Committee is tasked with finding a good candidate for each position. This list of candidates will be presented at the AGM for consideration by members and vote. Other members wanting to run can do so by putting their name forward at the AGM. They will require a seconder.
Due to events at our shoot location, changes in the archery schedule will be made over the next few weeks. There will be No archery tomorrow Friday March 6th. Our commitee head was able to procure a make up date for Sunday March 8th from 3:30-5:30p. Due to other events, please do not show up any earlier than 3:30pm. We will shoot till 5:15 and then members have to help with the take down so that we can be out by 5:30,
It was recently noticed that the club's news rss feed url wasn't working. It has been fixed as of now. If you use the feed, you may have to re-connect it to your rss feeder of choice. https://sjrgc.com/subscribe_info.php
Attention archery members. Due to an event in the gym this weekend there will be no archery tomorrow night.
Good Day Folks,
Our Annual General Meeting newsletter and membership renewal form has gone in the mail so all 2019 club members should be receiving them very soon. Our newsletter was delayed due to the State of Emergency declared in St. John's after a record breaking snowstorm back in January. Unfortunately that was the same week the newsletter was originally set to be printed and mailed. The executive proposed, voted and passed a motion to delay our Annual General Meeting from February 27th to March 12th to allow for 30 days notice to our members of the meeting.
Our AGM will take place on Thursday March 12th, 2020, 7pm at the Elk's Club on Carpasian Road in St. John's. We encourage every member to attend to learn what took place at the club last year, to hear what we have planned for the upcoming year and to have your say as well. Attendees must have been a member in good standing in 2019.
Mike Smith, President, SJRGC
The sporting clays annual St. Valentines Shoot went ahead on Saturday, 15 February 2020. It was a fun shoot inspite of the cold and deep snow.
The homemade soup for lunch was very welcome after a couple of hours in the cold outdoors. Thanks to those who arrived early and helped with shovelling and set up.
Sporting Clays Comm.
If weather cooperates tonight our regular archery shoot will be going ahead. If the freezing rain makes for dangerous driving conditions, a decision to cancel will be made between 5:30-6pm tonight. Regardless, you are asked to make your own decision regarding hitting the roads tonight as we are unable to tell the driving conditions in all locations.A makeup shoot has been scheduled for this Sunday morning from 9-11am.
Orientation Scheduled for February 2nd has been postponed until next Sunday February 9th due to the pending forecast of heavy snow.
We do not want people travelling to or from the club in weather that poses a significant safety risk.
See you next week!
Renewals will be going in the mail early next week. This delay is due to the blizzard and the State of Emergency impacting the printers and Canada Post operations.
Due to the inability to access the gym for indoor shooting, the following fridays archery is cancelled.
- Jan 24 - cancelled
- Jan 31 - cancelled
- Feb 7 - to be determined
We will advise of any changes as they occur.
Attention members of the St. John’s Rod and Gun Club. Please view the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uecUrs7JaMg&feature=youtu.beAlso , just a reminder, the Club AGM is coming up in February. Please come out and support you Club. Watch the Club website for details.Gerry Carr
Firearms Advocacy Committee
Due to continuing state of emrgency, there will be no archery this evening.
There may also be scheduling conflicts over the next two weeks as well. Notification will be sent later in the week to confirm the next couple of shoot s.
Leo's Invitational is cancelled for this year. Hopefully conditions will improve and we will have our February shoot.
Santas Challenge went off in fine weather. A very fun course was set by our target setters. Twenty two shooters participated. Top gun was Steve at 64, Bob with 58, and Leo with 57. Top lady shooter was Nina with 46 and Jack our Junior with 46.
As always many thanks to all the people who make these shoots possible. These include the chefs in the kitchen, target setters, and those who helped set and clean up.
Merry Christmas to all and all the best for a safe holiday.
Sporting Clays Comm.
Update for the archery shoot schedule for the next couple of weeks as we enter into our transition from our indoor to our outdoor season. Please see below:
May 17th - regular shoot
May 24th - no shoot (grad weekend at school)
May 27th - 3D shoot and start of our regular Monday 3D season
May 31st - indoor shoot (final Friday shoot for season)
June 2nd - indoor tournament (details to follow)
As always, these dates are subject to change, however if you do not see a posting stating otherwise our shoots are a go each week.