Shoot Safely, Shoot Often & Share Field Target!
What's Going On
The final match of the 2020 season is now in the books!
Saturday was a perfect weather day with just a touch of frost on the ground when we arrived at the range. The sun was shining and winds calm which provided ideal scoring conditions for the 60 shot event.
A total of 19 shooters made it out including 3 new FT shooters; Marc B, Tony P and Andrew W (and they scored very well!)
Thank-you Chris for being the HAHA Match Director for all events this year and to Bob, Pete and Marc for their help with target painting and maintenance. Also, a shout out to all those that helped with setup and take down – you efforts have it easy!
To everyone, these events don’t run without LOTS of volunteer support! Thank you!
An last thought not least, thank you to the Hamilton Angling and Hunting Association for their continued support and use of the range.
Match High Score: James Liu 58/60 – nicely done!
See you all in 2021!
Below are the match results, with high score in each class in bold:
|PCP Open / 60||Score|
|PCP WFTF / 60|
|PCP Hunter / 120|
|Marc Beauchamp *||79|
|Piston WFTF / 60|
|Piston Hunter / 120|
|Tony Pan *||103|
|Andrew Wernham *||95|
|* new shooters|
Fudd & CAFTA AGM Write-up
The 2020 Fudd and CAFTA AGM are in the books!
First and foremost some thanks! Starting with the Hamilton Angling and Hunting Association, thank you for letting us use the rifle range and the years of support to Field Target. The ongoing support is very much appreciated, doubly so during Covid.
Following this – a huge shout out to all of those that attended. We had 25 active shooters. Our best turn-out for a Fudd in quite a long while. Thank you each and everyone one of you! We had four new shooters including Mike D and his son Daniel who shot his Crosman break barrel and inspired everyone so much that Joel shared with Daniel one of his winning targets!
Thank you to Peter and Rae for contributing guns and targets for the mystery lanes. Peter, your Benjamin was a great equalizer on the 62- and 73-yard targets! And Ray, your spinner rack was the better of nearly everyone!
Shout out to the top shooters – Marc Shelleau for the longest shot – 93 yards on a full size hit zone. Outstanding shooting Marc – enjoy your t-shirt! And Joel Goodwin for the White Rabbit shot at 62.5 yards with the Benjamin Maximus AND being the only one to clear the spinner rack – 8 spinners starting at 1.5” and decreasing size to .25” set out at 35 yards. Awesome shooting Joel, enjoy the new targets!
Finally to Brian Wernham and Chris Holmes for making chili AND Geoff MacGregor for the “Elmer Fudd” carrot cake. All of it was most welcome after shooting on a wonderfully, cool and sunny day.
On to the event itself, we had an outstanding day for the Fudd! Cool, sunny and surprisingly little wind. Chris H and Bob W got to HAHA about 8 AM with Brian W and Jeff H shortly after. We had a pre-match organizing conversation and got underway setting up the six Hunter lanes and two mystery lanes. Rob G followed shortly around 8:45 AM with other streaming in after him. Everyone pitched in with setup and the sight-in line was opened just after 9:30 AM.
By 10:30 AM we had the shooters meeting and the fun began just before 11:00 AM. With due respect to the Covid regs we shot the course and wrapped up by about 1:30 PM. Check FTCentral and the CAFTA site for the great pics taken by George H. Thanks George!
Not to be overlooked, Heather and Joel delivered 22 first edition FUDD t-shirts. Check out the pics and see if you notice them… Heather and Joel also ran a 50/50 draw in support of CAFTA. The pot was $290 with the winning ticket going to none other than Chris H. All in all, a successful set of fundraising initiatives with nearly $500 raised for future activities. Outstanding work Heather and Joel!
While digging into Brian’s and Chris’s awesome chili with Geoff’s carrot cake chaser, we held the 2020 CAFTA AGM. The highlights include:
- Geoff MacGregor has joined the board of governors. His position was acclaimed as no one else ran. Welcome Geoff! We look forward to your contribution.
- There is an open board position.
- We answered the questions around Port Colborne for 2021 – Zach H has stepped up again to be the match director and is going to work with Danny K on getting things ready for 2021 including major lane work and prep for the CFO re-cert.
- HAHA is actively working on expanding to a second course of fire which is located in the woods on the north east corner of the property. John B (HAHA VP) connected with Brian and Chris during the match and updated us on where things stand. Very encouraging and exciting! More to follow as we move into 2021!
- The 2021 Nationals will be held in Grenville, likely in mid to late September, so mark you calendars now!
- We are working up club schedules for the 2021 season including Grenville, HAHA and Port Colborne. More information to follow once the match directors connect.
In closing, a big shout out to Chris H for his on-going efforts to make HAHA a great place to shoot FT and pushing us to try new things at the FUDD. We’ll get a survey out in the coming weeks to gather your thoughts this year’s event as well as 2021. Last, and not least, a big shout out to Brian W for all his efforts in supporting Chris and FT at HAHA. You guys are a great team and the turn out reflects the hard work that you put into getting us all together. THANK YOU!
Looking forward to the next match (early Nov) and then the 2021 season!
Be safe, shoot straight and share FT!
Another year is in the books with the 2020 Canadian FT Nationals having successfully completed this past Sunday. Covid definitely added some challenges to this right up until Saturday of the match! After the push back in July, a reschedule in September and re-imposed lock down on the first day of competition the FT community prevailed!
First and foremost, thank you:
- Grenville Fishing and Game Club (GFGC) for hosting the match and the continued support. A special shout out to Lynn Holmes who has been a tireless supporter of FT at the club and made sure we had everything that we needed during the competition – thank you GFGC & Lynn!
- Everyone that made it out to the match. You came from near and far. We’re all grateful for your efforts, patience and participation.
- The unsung helpers – Blane L, Geoff M, John B, Richard O, Rich T and Rob G – you made things works and took amazing pictures. Thank you!
- The marshals – Joel G, John B, George H and Tim Mac. You guys kept things moving on the line through an unprecedented number of cold lines on Day 1. Thank you!
- A shout out to everyone that purchased GFGC raffle ticket for the berms and firearm ban challenge. We raised $250 towards the cause and, more importantly, showed the club our appreciation for all their support.
- Arbor Memorial Services for the sanitizer, clip boards and signage.
- Last and definitely not least, those who contributed to the prize table – Airgun Source, Canada Shooting Supply, Airgun Archer Fun, Airgun Target Systems, Splatter Pro Targets, Sniper Dan, Joel G, John B, Tim Mac, Pete E and Chris H
This year’s event was one of our most successful ever. It started Friday afternoon with a Quigley match and a round of Gun Slinger fun. If you don’t know what these are, you best plan on attending in 2021! Hats off to Tim Mac for taking the Gun Slinger with his springer!
We continued on Saturday with a near perfect day. It started out cool, with a light breeze and near cloudless sky. We chronographed all the guns, wrapped the shooters meeting at 10:45 AM and were on the lanes about 11:00 AM. Once we got into the course the light played with us, casting some fun shadows. Then our friend Murphy showed up and played havoc with targets… we ran into a number of cold lines as targets decided to give up and stop working. Though frustrating, as we had tested only a few weeks prior and again the day before, everyone stayed focused and had a great time. 25 shooters completed the course with the high score going to Joel G, a springer shooter, with 54 and a three-way tie at the top of the Hunter Piston board – Marc S, Bob W and Ryan L. Great shooting everyone!
Sunday dawned clear, sunny and cold. The intrepid campers Geoff Mac, James L, Jeff H, Tony L and Tim Mac shook off the frost to start another picture-perfect day. Everyone else gathered by 9:00, chronographed their guns and were ready for the shooters meeting at 9:30 AM. We got to the lanes by 10:00 AM and enjoyed an absolutely perfect day of shooting! With much friendly banter and a keen race in Hunter Piston, we wrapped up about 2:00 PM. Everyone met at the registration area where the results were tabulated and winners announced.
Congrats to the 2020 champions:
- Chris Holmes in Hunter PCP – 187/240
- Ryan L in Hunter Piston – 204/240
- Tom Peretti in WFTF PCP – 104 / 120
- Joel Goodwin in WFTF Piston – 107 / 120
Special mention to our sole Open PCP shooter, Pete Elsby for keeping the class alive and to Joel Goodwin for match high score, with a piston rig!
After the awards we enjoyed a sumptuous prize table. All the goodies were distributed by pulling names from a hat. Made it a lot of fun and spread things out across all shooters. Big shout out to everyone that contributed to the table. Check out the chart below for who provided the generous prizes.
Great shooting everyone and look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
Grenville FT & 2020 Nationals Organizing Committee
|Class||Total||White Course / 120||Yellow Course / 120||Place||Rifle||Scope||Pellet|
|1||Chris Holmes||187||95||92||1||NP 500||Hawke 4-16×44||AA 10.3|
|2||Richard T||128||79||49||2||Marauder||Hawke Vantage||JSB Heavy|
|Hunter Piston / 120|
|1||Ryan Landry||204||104||100||1||Diana 56||Sightron 10-50×60||JSB 7.87|
|2||Bob Wall||195||95||100||2||TX200||AEON 4-16×50||JSB Exact 8.44|
|3||Marc Shelleau||193||93||100||3||TX200||Hawke 6-24×50||Crosman 7.9|
|4||Jon Miller||192||93||99||4||TX200||Hawke 3-12×44||JSB Exact 8.44|
|5||Tony Lau||192||99||93||5||HW97 KT||BSA 4-14×44||JSB RS 7.33|
|6||Blane Larone||189||92||97||6||TX200||Hawke||JSB Exact 8.44|
|7||Eric Clarke-Daws||166||80||86||7||HW97 KT||Optics Marksmanx10||FT Trophy 8.64|
|8||Rob Gastle||164||84||80||8||FWB 124||Hawke 6024||JSB Exact 8.44|
|9||Richard Oszpar||94||51||43||9||Optimus||Eagle Eye 4-16×44||JSB Exact 8.44|
|10||Reg Landry||81||48||33||10||AES 50||Tasco||JSB Exact 8.44|
|11||Jacbo Charlebois||56||56||—||11||AES 50||Tasco||JSB Exact 8.44|
|Open PCP / 120|
|1||Pete Elsby||40||20||20||—||510 FAC||Hawke 4-16×50||Crosman 10.5|
|WFTF PCP / 60|
|1||Tom Peretti||104||52||52||1||LG100||Leupold Comp 45X||JSB RS 7.33|
|2||Brian Wernham||101||49||52||2||FTP 900||Sightron 10-50×60||AA 8.44|
|3||John Bradley||92||48||44||3||AR20FT||Hawke 10-50 x60||JSB Exact 8.44|
|4||Denis St Jean||91||43||48||4||S400F||Hawke 10-50×60||JSB Exact 8.44|
|5||John Birch||88||46||42||5||FTP 900||Falcon x50||JSB Exact 8.44|
|WFTF Piston / 60|
|1||Joel Goodwin||107||54||53||1||TX200||Sightron 10-50×60||AA 8.44|
|2||Tim MacSweyn||101||52||49||2||TX200 HC||Leupold Mk4 35X||JSB Exact 8.44|
|3||George Harde||96||45||51||3||TX200||Sightron 10-50×60||AA 7.9|
|4||James Lui||87||41||46||4||TX200||Hawke 10-50×60||JSB 7.8|
|5||Heather Blain||78||39||39||5||TX200||Niko Gen1||AA 8.44|
|6||Jeff Hemming||77||34||43||6||TX200 HC||Sightron 10-50×60||JSB Exact 8.44|
|7||Geoff MacGregor||19||19||—||7||TX200||Hawke||JSB Exact 8.44|
PS for those that would like to send a personal thank you for the prise that your won in the raffle, here is a list of donations.
|Prize Provider||Contact / Email||Prizes|
|Airgun Source||Travis / email@example.com||Donation: Beeman AR2078A CO2 .22 cal Target rifle Walther Terrus .177 cal Beeman QB 78 .22 cal JSB Exact 8.44 .177 – 4.51 mm x 5 tins |
Prize: Beeman QB79 .22 cal Wklkins Pellet Pouch x 4 Diana Rabbit Field Target Pellet Trap x2 Hawk Vantage 4-12 x 44 AO Scope JSB Exact .177 call 8.44 – 4.53mm x 6 tins
|Airgun Archery||Wes / https://airgunarcheryfun.ca/contact-us/||Donation: Discovery scope x 2|
|Canada Shooting Supply||Raman / firstname.lastname@example.org||Donation: WF600 underlever spring airguns x4|
|Airgun Target Systems||Stephen Kenyon / https://www.facebook.com/Shooter2258/||Donation: High Power Ballastic panel target|
|Splatter Pro Targets||Duane Paulsen / https://splatterprotargets.com/||Donation: Shoot’n See targets|
|Sniper Dan||Donation: 5 tins of pellets|
|Pete Elsby||Donation: Soft case for a pistol Daisy 957 BB rifle Airsoft pistol|
|John Birch||Donation: Bum bag Knee Roll|
|Tim MacSweyn||Donation: Remington pull up targets x5|
|Joel Goodwin||Donation: Comma, 3D Printed|
Thanks to the HAHA club and Chris for the 2nd match at HAHA for 2020. We were able to get out for some fun, some yakking and the last chance to shoot before the Nationals.
The day was picture perfect – decent temps, blue sky with cotton ball clouds and the devilish wind that is HAHA – as an example, in the middle of the course there was about ¾” of lift and on the left berm the pellets were bending and lifting towards the berm!! Absolutely wonderful and frustrating at the same time. If you have not been to HAHA in a while you should check it out at the October match.
Speaking of the October match, we’ve a special this year. It is going to the be place for the Fudd and the CAFTA Board elections. Yep, that is correct, the Fudd is moving from Port Colborne to HAHA for 2020. Yet another reason to come check us out! Definitely more information to follow.
A big shout out to everyone that came out and a hearty thank you for pitching in to set up and take down. Made everything go super smooth and quick. Also, a welcome to Jon M, some fine shooting with your new TX200!
Biggest shout out to Chris H for getting us all together. We appreciate your hard work and persistence Chris – thank you.
Below are the results from the match.
See you all in October!
September 12, 2020
|OPEN PCP||Score / 60|
|Peter Elsby||40||AA 510||Hawke||Crosman 7.9|
|Hunter PCP||Score /120|
|Chris Holms||100||Kral NP 500||Hawke 4-16 x44||AA 10.5|
|Randy Ryan||79||Crosman||Bushnell 4-12×40||Crosman 7.9|
|Hunter Piston||Score /128|
|Robe Gastle||87||AA TX200||Hawke||JSB 8.4|
|Marc Shelleau||98||AA TX200||Hawke 6-24 x44||Crosman 7.9|
|Bob Wall||101||AA TX200||—||JSB 8.44|
|Jon Miller *||90||AA TX200||—||JSB 8.44|
|WFTF PCP||Score /60|
|Brian Wernham||53||AA FTP900||Sightron 10-50 x60||AA 8.44|
|Jeff Hemming||41||AA TX200||Sightron 10-50 x60||JSB 8.44|
* New Shooter
It is a great pleasure to write this post! We finally had our first match of 2020!
With the recent openings we were able to get together at the Grenville Fish & Game Club. A big thank you to the club for moving forward and allowing us to hold matches!
We had an excellent turn out with 16 shooters – some from the local area and others from as far away as Kitchener and Port Colborne. Thank you all for making the journey and some rather early starts!
It was a great day for shooting with everyone arriving by 9:00 AM and on the sight-in range shortly afterwards. We started out with very humid and windy conditions on the sight-in line.
The shooters meeting started at 10:15 AM and we were on the course by 11:00 AM.
Being typical Grenville, as soon as we went in the forest the wind vanished and the sun cast lots of shadows. Just as we got to the last few lanes, the sky opened, and we got about 30 minutes of rain. The cedars gave some protection though we all were wiping down and drying our guns when we got back. The rain was welcome as it chased the mosquitoes away, yes there were a few!
The club set a challenging opening course with a everyone gaining an appreciation for the “F”… ing lane. It was set as a kneeler – 16 yards and 3/8 kill zone followed up with two 38 yarders with full kill zones… one at the base of a large oak and the other about 20 feet up! Yeah, it was a challenge!
We were cleaned up and awards presented by 2:30 PM and everyone on the road by 3:00 PM.
The biggest thank you to everyone that came out! We were excited to host you all and look forward the next get together for the Canadian Nationals on September 18-20th. Stay tuned to your email and the forums for more information. Also, for those down Hamilton way, there will be a match at HAHA on August 29th.
Finally, if you have questions about field target, visit CAFTACentral.ca or check us out on Facebook, @CanadianAirgunFieldTargetAssociation. And, if you’re in the Grenville area and looking for a place to shoot, visit Grenville Fish & Game Club.
Shoot safely, shoot often and share field target!
All Rifles are .177
Match Director: Tim MacSweyn
|Open||PCP||Denis Eden||38||LG100||Schmidt & Bender||JSB|
|Open||Piston||Tim MacSweyn||37||TX200 Mk3 HC||Bushnell||JSB|
|WFTF||PCP||Denis St. Jean||29||S400F||Hawke||AA|
|WFTF||Piston||James Liu||42||TX200 Mk3||Hawke||JSB|
|WFTF||Piston||Jeff Hemming||42||TX200 Mk3 HC||Sightron||JSB|
|WFTF||Piston||Dave Cunningham||36||TX200 Mk3||Hawke||AA|
|Hunter||Piston||Tony Lau||100||HW97||BSA||JSB RS|
|Hunter||Piston||Marc Shelleau||92||TX200 Mk3||Hawke||Crosman|
|Hunter||Piston||Bob Wall||88||TX200 Mk3||Hawke||JSB|
|Hunter||Piston||Rob Gastle||77||TX200 Mk3||Hawke||JSB|
|Hunter||Piston||Blane Larone||75||TX200 Mk3||Hawke||JSB|