Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a 58 years old bridge builder. I grew up in Richmond and now live in Cloverdale.
How did you get into trapshooting?
I didn’t grow up shooting but several years ago a good friend got me into shooting clays in the bush while we were working out of town. I was hooked. Got my PAL and bought a shotgun.
What club do you belong to?
After a few years, I decided to take clay shooting more seriously and joined the Langley Rod and Gun Club.
What shotgun do you use?
I enjoyed shooting trap but I didn’t seem to be progressing very far. I figured it was time to upgrade my gun and got a used Browning XT with a precision fit stock.
Did you shoot competitively before trying the LMFV league?
The LMFV Winter League was my first competition.
How did you hear about the LMFV league?
I was chatting at Langley and the subject of winter league and competitive trap came up. I decided to give it a try.
Did you participate in the LMFV clinic? If yes, what was your experience with the clinic?
No, I did not.
What was your experience during your first LMFV league shoot?
I have to admit I found it intimidating and didn’t shoot that well to start, but with perseverance and encouragement from other league members, I started to see my scores go up. I ended up winning 5th place unclassified on that first season.
What do you like about the LMFV league?
I like the camaraderie that the league offers. Others seem genuinely happy when you shoot well even when you shoot a better score than them.
What are your accomplishments in trapshooting thus far?
I’ve won a few more buckles but the ones that mean the most are those first 2 buckles. Recently in Summer League, I shot a 148/150 and my fist 50 straight handicap. Quite the feeling.
What advice would you give to those who are new to trapshooting?
My advice to new shooters is to not worry about your scores. With practice, the scores will come up. Take a deep breath, empty your head and enjoy yourself.