Chairman’s Report

 

By Alistair Wells                                  

 

With Christmas now just a memory it’s time to start thinking about and making preparations for the upcoming shooting season. I hope you have all had a good break and are well rested and raring to go. We will have all our usual events this year and will try to squeeze in a few extra events along the way to help you get the most value for money from your game licence and membership fees. We have been lucky enough to secure the use of a ball trap clay bird thrower which we have installed at the club range. The school boy shooting team are practising with it and word from the coaches Ray Mead and Colin Cawes  is that these boys will be showing us all how to shoot properly very soon which may sound a bit threatening but is really good to see these young guys doing so well. We have been having ladies shoots on the first Sunday of the month this is a great way to earn some of those brownie points we all seem to need during the hunting season so if you would like to get your wife /daughter involved feel free to get in contact and we can put you in contact with the ladies running the shoots. These are non competitive events with helpful advice and encouragement given. At the moment it seems duck shooting is a way off but I am sure it will roll around very quickly so now would be a good time to think about getting some prep work done on guns,  dogs and maimais so as to prevent the last minute rush. Our next organized event will be the eye opener shoot which we have tried to time so as not to coincide with any of the other local shoots I would hope you will all try to attend and help make this a success .This event is open to all shooters and is a good chance to bring along shooting companions that you can introduce to club activities. It is worth mentioning that as far as value for money goes our membership fees are still the cheapest and best value for your entertainment dollar at around the same price as a box of beer but membership lasts for a whole year unlike the beer which would be lucky to last 2-3 visits to the fridge especially in the heat we are having at moment. Our next committee meeting will be the third Monday in March 7.30 at Katikati R S A which any member is welcome to sit in on and is when we will try and confirm dates for upcoming events and publish them in the next newsletter. As some of these shoots are limited in numbers it is always best to get in as soon as dates are confirmed. The guy that came along to last year’s swan shoot has compiled his results and is going to send these to us. I look forward to finding out more about what is going on with these birds in our harbour. The last two times I have been fishing in the harbour I have noticed bird numbers seem to be increasing although this is only a personal observation which I hope will be backed up by fish and game trend counts and not too many will be taken out by wayward jetboats!  I look forward to seeing you all at eye opener.

Cheers Ali

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