Newsletter February 2022
Canada's Premier Shotgun Sports Facility
** Important Notice **

Silver Willow will be closed for their
annual winter break from
February 3rd to February 16th, 2022
On Thursday Feb 17th, we will return to regular hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Remember if it is -20C or below, please call to check if we
remained open before driving out.
Safety First At All Times!
Whether you are an experienced shooter or novice, if you have booked a shoot time or if you are out for a fun shoot, please remember safety always comes first at Silver Willow.
 
Just a few important reminders: Please review the safety rules.
 
  • Action of your shotgun must be opened at all times.
  • The muzzle of your gun must always be pointed in a safe direction.
  • The only time the shotgun may be loaded and closed, is when the shotgun is through the opening in the shooting stand.
  • No more than 2 shells in the gun at any time with only target load shells.
  • The shotgun must be unloaded and the action open before the shotgun is withdrawn from the shooting stand opening.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot
  • Please respect the group shooting ahead of you, by standing 10 meters back from the stand and not talking loudly while they are shooting.

Gun safety is everyone’s responsibility!
Last Months Results
Frosty Finger January 23rd

We had a great turn out of some hardy shooters, for the Frosty Finger Shoot.
It was a beautiful warm winter day with temperatures of +7.
Congratulations to Bob Ferguson
who was our winner with a HOA of 116/120.
Way to Go!!

Up Coming Events
Pump Gun Shoot
Saturday February 26th
120 Clays - (Fun Shoot)

Lorne Howes Cancer Fundraiser Shoot
Saturday March 26th
100 Clays - (Fun Shoot)



Waiver of Liability/Team Lead Form 2022
We would ask all members to stop by the reception desk, next time you are shooting, to sign & complete a 2022 Team Lead / Waiver of Liability form. This form covers insurance requirements and provides us with the names of regular guests, also ensuring that they have seen the safety video. Your assistance in completing these in a timely manner is greatly appreciated.
A Blast from the Past

The History of Silver Willow
Silver Willow ….Someone asked, how did you come up with that company name? 

What is in a name? That is a great question. 

It’s years of competitive clay target shooting by Don and Gwen Day. 

It’s years of dreaming of building a business they could do together on the 3rd generation family farm. 

It’s years of serving clients with quality live pheasant hunts on their property while still working full time. 

It's the traditional family value of hard work that led them and Don’s parents to develop the Silver Willow grounds. 

and the short answer really is......"Silver Willow” is the name of a native prairie tree that grows on the property. 

The Day family, when Silver Willow Opened. Don, Andrea, Josh, Gwen and Chantal
Don visiting with a client when the the original Clubhouse was built in 1989
Perry McCormick, then working for Ducks Unlimited, Buster and Bessie Day, and Don after a DU Shoot
Silver Willows first logo
Some of the first sporting clays clients. Notice the shooting stand !
Gwen and Don Day, with Lorne Howes's father, Harvey Howes. Photo was for the Calgary Herald
Don and Gwen, circa 1997 for the World Police Fire Games. Silver Willow hosted the shotgun shooting events for these games..
Membership at Silver Willow Auto Renews
March 1st 2022
 Thank you for your loyalty to Silver Willow, it is truly our privilege to serve such amazing clientele.

If you are NOT planning on renewing your annual membership for 2022, please contact the clubhouse at 403-337-2490 
or email us before March 1st, at info@silverwillow.ca 
Changes to membership after the above date will be subject to an administration fee.
FITASC
Introduction to FITASC Sporting

Josh has graciously agreed to set up an “old style” parcour on the blue course during the
weekend of April 23 and 24. We are doing this to give folks a chance to see the game of FITASC
Sporting up close, but outside of the competitive setting. That is to say the layout will be run like you will find at a World Cup or a Gran Prix event, but it will also include assistance from the referee and even some coaching for those who would like the help. At a big competition, you can expect no help from the officials. During this demonstration, we will provide as much help as we can. We want this to be fun and educational at the same time.

If you are curious and have 20 minutes, Ed Solomons, a FITASC World Champion, has a decent video on YouTube at Click the link below.
Dogs at Silver Willow
Just a Reminder!
To anyone bringing a dog out to Silver Willow, we require your dog to be on a LEASH. It would also be greatly appreciated if you kept dogs away from the clubhouse area due to our working dogs, Duchess (Yellow Lab) and Kwatali (Black Lab). Our working dogs can be rather protective of the area near the clubhouse in regards to other dogs. Please be aware of this.Thank You!
The Day and Co.

Choose Day & Co.
 for all your shotgun and shooting accessory needs
 
If there is a type or style of shotgun you're interested in
call Josh or Don at 403-337-2490 or email them at josh@silverwillow.ca or don@silverwillow.ca
BLOG Article - Luther Cutts
SHOOTING LESSONS AND GETTING OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Author: Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3) and shotgun competitor


It is amazing how seemingly insignificant actions can have such powerful consequences.

I was in the chair at the Endodontist’s office, having a root canal performed, when the doctor mentioned to his assistant that he was reading a book that, part way through the book, he was getting the feeling that he had read it before. But, he said, the book was so interesting, that he was going to read it again anyway. The book, “The Secret Letters of the Monk who sold his Ferrari”, is about a very successful American lawyer who leaves his practice and travels the world to find the real meaning of life. It is a fictional work, but what intrigued me was the concept advanced by the book of the advantages of being forced out of your comfort zone.

Canadian Firearms Safety Course
Non Restricted Course - FULL
Saturday, Feb 19th -
Course time 8:00 am till 4:00 pm
(at minimum), 
Individual testing 4:00 - 7:00pm (approximately) 
$201.00 + GST, includes: coffee, tea and water.
OR register for both courses at $301.00 + GST

Upcoming Course Dates - 
March 19th & April 9th
Restricted Course
 
Sunday, Feb 20th - registration deadline - Feb 17th 
Course time 8:00 am till 12:00 pm (at minimum), 
Individual testing 12:00 - 2:30pm (approximately)
 $155.00 + GST, includes: coffee, tea and water. 

OR register for both courses at $301.00 + GST 

Corporate Team Building or Private Events
Our guided, private events and BBQ's are a great way to get everyone together. Whether it is family and friends, staff team building, or giving back to your clients. 

Check out our extensive "Book Your Event" page on the website and pick the Group Package Option that's perfect for your group! 

Book before March 1st for your event in 2022 and receive $200.00 in store credit for your event.

Contact our Events Coordinator today to book your event or for details
Email: events@silverwillow.ca  
Direct Line: 587-834-2490
Feature Artist
" Late Day Farm Yard "
9 X 12 - Oil on Birch Wood Panel.
Framed ready to hang
$436.00
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more!
Tony Robbins
Summer Hours Apr 1 – Oct 31

Wednesday – Thursday
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
(ceasefire at 7:55 pm)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(ceasefire at 4:55 pm)

Blue Course - 14 Stations
Green Course - 10 Stations
Duck Pond - 5 Stand
Skeet Field
International Wobble Trap
Winter Hours Nov 1 – Mar 31

Thursday to Sunday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm or dusk

by reservation, call 403-337-2490
or book on line

Call if below -20 C


Winter Course - 14 Stations 
Green Course - 10 Stations
Duck Pond - 5 Stand
Skeet Field
International Wobble Trap
30133-Rg Rd 20
Mountain View County
(403) 337-2490
info@silverwillow.ca