Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in East Van and now live in North Van, I'm a former commercial photographer, now, a photo based artist.
How did you get into trapshooting?
One of my brothers who lives in Wisconsin is an avid Sporting Clays shooter and got me interested in giving it a try. Before we had a chance to get together we were in lockdown with COVID and so our plans got put on hold. I heard about the first Winter League and thought I would jump in and give it a try and the hook was set, I really love this sport!
What club do you belong to?
The first two years I was a member at VGC which I really like but this year I am a member at Pitt Meadows with other members of my squad. We have shot at all the clubs with the Winter and Summer leagues and they are all really accommodating and welcoming!
What shotgun do you use?
The question should be "Which shotgun do you use?" I have fallen into the rabbit hole and really love finding well "loved" trap guns and trying them out for awhile, learning the history of the make and model and then passing them on to another shooter or putting them in the safe. I've probably had a dozen or more in the last three years but I am currently shooting a 1974 Remington 3200 that was bought at Reliable Guns in 1974 by Doug Hall and that I am shooting fairly well 50 years later. Love it!
Did you shoot competitively before trying the LMFV league?
I had never fired a shotgun before the LMFV league but when I was around 13 I shot 3 position rimfire at the old Capilano Rod & Gun club at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
How did you hear about the LMFV league?
I saw a poster at Italian Sporting Goods, thought, "now or never", bought a 1950's Model 12 that they had on the rack for $350, some shells and emailed LMFV to sign up.
Did you participate in the LMFV clinic? If yes, what was your experience with the clinic?
Yes, I did the very first clinic. I was horrible, everyone was so nice and encouraging though and I think out of about 60 rounds I fired I hit maybe 2 clays but I was hooked.
What was your experience during your first LMFV league shoot?
It was good, I was really nervous but everyone knew that we were newbies and were very supportive. I think that I shot a 12 and a 13 but I just made it a personal goal to figure out how to do this. SO MANY people have helped me out with tips, encouragement and heckling!
What do you like about the LMFV league?
I really like the 150 Bird format for the shoots and it is really great to shoot at 5 different clubs.
I'm still squadding with Jordan Crowe and Patrick Gray that I met at the clinic, so some new good friends and lots of casual friends that are always a pleasure to see.
What are your accomplishments in trapshooting thus far?
Mostly personal goals, like a first 25, then multiple 25's and I'm soooo close to my first 50. Once I fluked a D class singles win but mainly because hardly anyone showed up. Recently I squeaked into C class and I turned 65 so I'm now a Vet :)
What advice would you give to those who are new to trapshooting?
Come and join the league, there are lots of people who can help you get going in the right direction. Also, your local gun store can help you with gun fit and the proper kit to go shooting.