A steady downpour didn't bother the Estevan Trap Club Friday, as shooters took down targets down at Boundary Dam.

It was the third annual shooting competition put on by the Oilfield Technical Society.

"We're braving the elements, old Mother Nature's been trying to scare us for two or three days," said OTS Committee Member Tony Sernick. "But either we play in it or we work in it. Would rather play in it than work in it."

"Bring your rain suits, and pretend you're a duck for the day."


Each team fired 100 shots each. There were about 110 shooters who came out to participate.

"Lots of southeast Saskatchewan (shooters). It's an Estevan event obviously, but it's an oilfield event. We've got Carlyle, Redvers, Oxbow here," said Sernick, adding that a team from Virden, Manitoba was also coming. "It's the only trap shooting event going on for the oilfield and it brings a different crowd than the curling and golf. It's just another option for everybody and it goes well."

Sernick joked that participating comes at a price for the shooters.

"Just the way their shoulder will feel tomorrow morning," Sernick said. "The old kick back, the old 12-gauge kick back. You don't feel it while it's happening but the next morning you wake up and there's a little purple around your shoulder there, and it's a little sore. But again, just the smell of black powder makes it all worth it."

The Estevan Trap Club will be holding another event in June.

Trap ShootingPhoto credit: Nolan Kowal
Trap ShootingPhoto credit: Nolan Kowal