Back in August, Slave Lake Rod and Gun Club hosted the 2020 Alberta Provincials, sponsored by the Alberta Sporting Clays Association. This was the club’s first time hosting the event. Seven Slave Lake shooters took home nine medals.
“Slave Lake people did very well overall,” says club president Scott Iverson. “We had a lot of fun.”
This was the second year Slave Lake was asked to host provincials, says Iverson, but the first time it hosted. The last time the club was too small to run the event so declined. Provincials are hosted on a rotation, with clubs that rank high throughout the year asked to host.
Sporting clays is “like golf with a shotgun,” says Scott. Shooters walk through the course in the woods, which has 15 stations. Stations have traps which fling clay targets into the air or along the ground. Most have two traps per station.
Sporting clays is divided into levels: masters, AA, A, B, C, D, E, and Hunter (H).
Scott was third overall and first in masters. The highest and second highest overall winners were also in the masters’ category.
“This (third overall being first in masters) is due to a high overall prize and a runner up prize,” says Scott.
From Slave Lake, six other shooters placed in seven categories.
Shelley Iverson placed second in AA and first in ladies.
In the next level, A, Steven Dyck placed second.
Trevor Labrie won D.
In E, Chris Labrie placed second and Samantha Dyck placed third.
Jim Boisvert won the hunter class.
At the competition, 43 shooters competed. The majority were men, with four female shooters. Competitors came from across Alberta including Leduc and Lloydminster. One came from out of province – Fort Saint John, BC.