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   August 2007 Volume 9 No 4                    MAGAZINE

                                                         SHOT EXPO 2007 -
                                                       PHOTOS AND REVIEW

                                              AWARDS NIGHT INTRODUCES
                                    THE BERETTA SILENT AUCTION

BRANCH AND CLUB COMPETITION                                                     Proudly Sponsored by

      Front cover
      John Payne was kept busy at the mobile air range at the highly successful Shot Expo.
      Pic - Barry Oliver.

         The official publication of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Vic)
       The Australian

        SHOT EXPO 2007
                        Grand Pavilion, Melbourne Showgrounds, 26th & 27th May 2007

                    ell the 2007 SHOT Expo is now but a memory and                Merlino, Minister for Sport & Recreation and Youth Affairs and SSAA
                    I’m pleased to report that the Expo was a resounding          (Vic) President Mr Bob Cooper. Around 9pm the last of the exhibitors
                    success. We had over 7,500 people attend over the 2           finished up in readiness for the next day’s trade.
                    days with most enjoying what the exhibitors had to offer
                                                                                  Sunday saw another huge queue of people waiting to get in but things
       as well as visiting the mobile air range and the Working Gun Dog
                                                                                  went much smoother from go to whoa. Again everyone enjoyed what
                                                                                  exhibitor booths had to offer with many trying their hand at one of
       The Friday before the Expo saw an empty venue turn into a hive of          the air pistol, air rifle and archery ranges as they did on the previous
       activity as most of the 78 exhibitors arrived to set up their booths. It   day. The SHOT Expo for 2007 finished up at 5pm, with about an
       was most gratifying seeing the efforts that all exhibitors went to in      attendance of just over 3,500 on the second day, and then the pack
       displaying their products or services and on Friday night the Grand        up began for exhibitors with most being out by 8pm. It was quite an
       Pavilion looked fantastic.                                                 unusual feeling seeing a completely empty venue at 10pm when only
                                                                                  a few hours earlier it was packed full of people and exhibitors.
       Come Saturday morning the action began! There was a huge queue
       of people eagerly waiting to get in and all the volunteers who manned      An event of this magnitude doesn’t happen by itself and recognition
       the cash registers were swamped as soon as the doors opened at             must go to those who worked on the weekend and in the lead up to
       9am. This influx resulted in us running out of change and a mad,            the Expo. To all the volunteers, State Executive Committee and SSAA
       desperate search for change began (special thanks go to Melony             (Vic) staff my deepest thanks and appreciation goes out to you for
       Grand-Court, Zdenka McCaskill, Karel Zegers and Michael Gill during        your fine efforts.
       this hectic period). People then proceeded to look around and see
                                                                                  Some of the comments we received about the Expo include:
       what the 149 booths on display had to offer with nearly all of the
       feedback being positive on what was on display and on the venue            “All the Bendigonians were most impressed by the show...Keen to get
       itself. All the aisles were packed and it seemed as if no one was in       back there next year!”
       any hurry to leave. A major hiccup occurred around lunchtime when
       the car parking attendants decided to close the gates to stop cars         “Congratulations to all concerned with the “Expo”, what a fantastic
       getting in. Unfortunately they took this action without consultation       day.”
       with the SSAA (Vic) and I sincerely apologise for those who were           “Congratulations on the Expo - it was a terrific event and one that
       inconvenienced.                                                            certainly was a great showcase for the sport.”
       At the end of Saturday’s trade, which saw around 4,000 people              “Congratulations on a great effort - simply outstanding...Please pass
       attending, exhibitors were invited to catch up for a quick drink and       on our congratulations to the many people involved in putting on the
       nibbles to unwind. Most exhibitors took advantage of this opportunity      event.”
       to catch up and were treated to a short speech from Mr James
                                                                                  “I must say I was most impressed with the “Shot Expo” and will
                                                                                  certainly be attending next year and feel it should only get better.
                                                                                  Maybe need a bit more room to move if this year’s attendance was
                                                                                  any indication of how the show may progress for next year. Well done
                                                                                  Special thanks must also go to Beretta Australia who were supporting
                                                                                  partners for the Expo. Their commitment in promoting the sport of
                                                                                  shooting, as well as supporting the SSAA, is much appreciated and my
                                                                                  personal thanks goes out to Greg Chan, Luca Scribani Rossi and Gina
                                                                                  Di Lullu.
                                                                                  While we would love to hold the SHOT Expo every year, the consensus
                                                                                  is that it is best for the future of the Expo to alternate it every year
                                                                                  between Sydney and Melbourne. This will keep the Expo fresh and
                                                                                  vibrant in each state for years to come We wish the Sydney branch of
                                                                                  the SSAA all the best for next year’s Expo.
                                                                                  Thank you and see you at the 2009 SHOT Expo!

                                                                                  Shane Oliver
Don Piccoli from the State Office, Immediate past President Sebastian
Ziccone and Sports Administration Manager Shane Oliver were all smiles as         Sports Administration Manager
the crowd rolled in.

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                                                                      SHOT EXPO 2007 - PHOTOS

                  Our sister organization, Field & Game Australia, and the     Western Australia’s State President, Ron Bryant and Todd Russell kept the
                  Game Council of NSW were both kept busy throughout           SSAA Merchandise stand ticking over during the Expo.
                  the two days.

The SSAA’s Working Gundog Team always had an appreciative crowd.

              Gun dealers were kept busy. Here well known Victorian               Russell Mark and Luca Scribani Rossi of Beretta Australia at the popular
              shooter, George Azzopardi, checks out a possible purchase.          Beretta stand.

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                             One of the outstanding aspects of the Expo was the number of
                             young people who were in attendance. At the mobile air range
                             (where assistants were flat out) and throughout the Expo environs
                             there were plenty of young people enjoying themselves with mum
                             and dad.

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                                                                           SHOT EXPO 2007 - PHOTOS

                                                                             Fernanda Alberici of the State Office with Michael Diamond at Michael
                                                                             Diamond’s stand.

Russell Mark was kept busy over the two days with many
keen shooters eager to take advantage of his vast experience.

    Victorian State Secretary Judith Kent and Fernanda Alberici from the      Victorian State President Bob Cooper and National President Bob
    State Office were to be found at the SSAA (Vic) display.                   Green.

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 PRESIDENT’S REPORT                                                                                               FORMER SSAA (VIC)
                                                                                                              PRESIDENT AWARDED OAM IN
 Firearms Act Review                                   sorrow for his family and friends for this man to      QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS
 I know I mentioned this in the last edition but       be taken away by such a cruel act. Similarly, our
 the matter has progressed, and I am happy to          feelings go out to the Dutch backpacker, Paul
 report that I believe we have covered the various     De Waard, for his bravery on that morning and             John Gorman, former President of SSAA
 issues adequately via the Firearms Consultative       we trust he makes a full recovery. Can anything
 Committee (FCC). Whilst there were some
                                                                                                             (Vic), was awarded the Order of Australia
                                                       good come out of such a tragedy? In a way I
 contentious issues initially these have been          believe it can. Nothing can bring back Mr. Keilar,
                                                                                                             Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours. A
 discussed and modified without detriment to the        but at least the tragedy has put the spotlight        long time member of the Association, John
 shooter, or removed altogether. The matters of        strongly on illegal firearms. We, as responsible       represented Australia in the 1973 World
 Intervention Orders and Prohibited Persons are        licensed shooters, have for many years tried          Moving Target Championships, at Munich
 two related items that are still to be addressed      unsuccessfully to have greater emphasis placed        in 1975 and at Seoul in Korea in 1978. He
 and we will be looking to have these back on the      on the illegal firearms market and the ease with       was also involved in S.S.A.A. administration
 agenda of the FCC.                                    which the wrong element seem to be able to            for many years and is a Life Member of the
                                                       obtain illegal firearms, but with little success. If   Association.
 Firearms and Safe Storage Audit                       nothing else comes out of this tragedy at least
 Again, I mentioned this subject earlier in the        this point has, and we will continue to push              Outside of the sport he has been a
 year but it requires mentioning again. An audit is    authorities to increase their efforts against the     prominent exporter of hides and skins
 in progress and as a responsible firearm owner         illegal firearms market.                               and, since 1962 has been director of
 you need to make sure that your firearms and                                                                 the Sheepskin Exporters Association of
 ammunition are stored accordingly to the law. If      Awards Night                                          Australia. For more than 10 years he has
 you have any doubts at all on the adequacy of         Just to finish, Saturday 25th August 2007 is           been President of the Hide, Skin and
 your storage facilities please contact Licensing      all but with us. It may almost be too late to         Leather Exporters Association of Australia,
 Services Division on 9247 3227.                       nominate for this year, but if you have someone       and from 1999 to 2004 he was President
 The main reason for me bringing this to your          in your Branch/Club deserving of recognition for
 attention again is that, despite an intensive
                                                                                                             of the International Council of Hide, Skin
                                                       the work he/she has done over the past year,
 campaign by SSAA over recent years, “Secure           contact Fernanda at State Office today. Likewise,
                                                                                                             and Leather Traders Associations. While
 your gun, secure your sport”; statistics show that    if you want to attend and have a good night out       in that position he was able to favourably
 the Australia wide storage audit has revealed         give Fernanda a call today on 8892 2777.              represent the Australian hides and skins
 that non compliance runs as high as 40%. This is                                                            industry, securing a permanent presence
 an indictment against responsible shooters and        AGM                                                   in the Chinese and Vietnamese markets for
 a statistic that is indefensible. We can’t expect     A reminder that the 2007 AGM will be held at the      Australian products.
 support from the authorities in discussions on the    Springvale Range on Sunday 26th August 2007.
 matter of storage requirements when faced with        A notice appears elsewhere in this edition of The         Since 2000 John has chaired the Bomber’s
 such a high incidence of non compliance. Please       Victorian shooter                                     Cancer support Group at the Royal Melbourne
 make sure that your storage is compliant, and                                                               Hospital. He received his OAM award at
 take the next step of asking your shooting friend                                                           Government House, Melbourne and is shown
 if their storage is also compliant.                   Enjoy your shooting and bring a friend                in the picture with the Governor of Victoria,
                                                       Bob Cooper, President                                 Professor David de Kretser, at the function.
 SHOT Expo
 The weekend of 26/27 May 2007 has been and
 gone but is certainly not forgotten. The SHOT
 Expo was an outstanding success and our sincere
 thanks go Shane Oliver and the Staff at State
 Office and all the Volunteers that contributed
 to the success. The Expo was in planning for
 nearly 15 months and a lot of work went into the
 organization of an event that SSAA (Vic) can be
 justly proud. We had about 8,000 people through
 the doors to see a wide range of Exhibitors
 showing off their merchandise. The feedback
 has been very good and I am hopeful that we
 can sponsor the Expo again in 2009. Some
 comments to me were around the lack of second
 hand goods as seen at the Gun Shows so I feel
 the need to respond by saying that we had no
 intention of running a Gun Show. The purpose of
 the Expo was a Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor
 Trade Expo to enable Exhibitors to display their
 latest merchandise to the trade as well as to
 us, the prospective purchasers. Yes, it is good
 to have the opportunity to look over the second
 hand firearms etc. on offer, but that is what our
 Gun Shows are for.

 Illegal Firearms
 The tragic event on Monday 18 June 2007 when
 Brendan Keilar was killed will not be easily           John Gorman receives his OAM from the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser
 forgotten and I’m sure that you all felt, as I did,

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                                                                       HUNTING & CONSERVATION

                    FOX AND WILD DOG BOUNTY
   As part of its $138 Million Bushfire Recovery                                               combined with shooting remains the best method
Initiative, the Victorian Government has                                                      of achieving a sustained reduction in fox numbers.
announced a $1 Million Fox and Wild Dog Bounty
program.                                                                                         Fox scalps and wild dog skin pieces will be
                                                                                              collected from members of the public at specified
   The Bounty program has a focus on providing                                                DPI depots which are scheduled as collection
increased opportunity for hunters and landholders                                             centres at specific dates and times. Collections will
in fire affected areas to control foxes and wild                                               be made once per month at each centre. Times,
dogs. The program for wild dog bounty collection                                              dates and addresses for each collection centre
will be restricted to areas affected by wild dog                                              are detailed in the BFR Fox and Wild Dog Bounty
attack in eastern Victoria and the fringes of the Big                                         Collection Schedule.
Desert and Whyperfeld National Park areas.
                                                                                                No scalps or skin pieces will be accepted at any
   All Victorian residents are eligible to submit fox                                         public counter or DPI office.
scalps at designated collection centres.
                                                                                                 The depots indicated on the schedule will only
   However, only landholders in wild dog control                                              accept bounty applications at the designated
areas in the North East and Gippsland, and                                                    collection times.
private land bordering Big Desert and Wyperfeld
Parks (defined by the Wild Dog Control Areas),                                                   Fox scalps will be remunerated at $10 a scalp,
are eligible to submit wild dog skin pieces at                                               while wild dog skin pieces (which must include the
designated collection centres. Victorian members of the Sporting         snout, ears, backstrap and tail) will be remunerated at $50 a skin.
Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA), Field and Game Australia       For general information about the Fox & Wild Dog Bounty please
(FGA), Australian Deer Association (ADA) are also eligible to submit     contact the DPI Customer Service Centre:
skin pieces of wild dogs hunted in these areas.
                                                                         • Phone: 136 186
   Responsible persons participating in the bounty programs are
supporting ongoing, coordinated pest animal projects which promote       • Email:
an integrated approach to effective pest control.                        • Website
   Wild dog control programs integrating trapping, shooting, exclusion   Fox Fact File
fencing and baiting will continue to be implemented.
                                                                         • The fox population in Australia is estimated at 7.2 million. It is
   Co-ordinated pest control by groups of neighbouring landholders,      estimated this population consumes 190 million birds every year.
using baiting programs followed by den fumigation and destruction,
                                                                         • The fox is threatening the survival of many Australian mammals and
                                                                         birds including the Western Quoll, Greater Bilby, Black-footed Rock
                                                                         Wallaby and Long-footed Potoroo.

     GOT SOMETHING TO SELL?                                              • A female fox can produce more than 20 cubs over an average
                                                                         lifetime of four years, with cubs beginning to eat prey from 4 weeks
                                                                         of age.
  Looking for a customer? Need to get your name
  or product out there? Remember, the SSAA (Vic)                         When you consider that this massive fox population consumes an
                                                                         average of 190 million native birds each year, building on current
  has 25,000 members. Why not place an ad in Vic
                                                                         control efforts using licensed hunters in a more organized manner will
  Shooter and support the organisation that helps                        help turn around negative environmental impacts in the long term.
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            Notice of Annual General                                                        2007 AWARDS NIGHT
                 Meeting 2007                                                      The SSAA (Vic) is inviting members and
             and State Conference                                                   guests to the 4th Annual Awards Night
                                                                                              and Dinner Dance!
              Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (Vic)
                    (A Company Limited by Guarantee)
                                                                                    Guest Speaker Dr. Jenny Mouzos, Senior Research
      The AGM is to be held at 2pm on Sunday 26th August 2007 at the
                                                                                    Analyst - Manager, Crime Monitoring Program of the
      Springvale Range, 710 Dandenong Road, Springvale, 3171.
                                                                                    Australian Institute of Criminology.
      The Postal Ballot will open on Monday 9th July 2007 and will close at
      5.00pm on Friday 10th August 2007. The results of the postal ballot           The Beretta Australia Silent Auction - This year
      will be announced at the 2007 Annual General Meeting.
                                                                                    we are introducing a Silent Auction featuring a HUGE
      Attention all Sub Clubs and Country Branches                                  diversity of Beretta Merchandise, including accessories,
      The State Conference will be Held just prior to the AGM at the                knives, firearms, etc. PLUS many other items for
      Springvale Clubrooms.                                                         shooters and non-shooters. Great Bargains will be
      Commencing at 10.00 o’clock on August 26th.
                                                                                    picked up!

                                                                                    The event will commence with a three course meal
                                                                                    followed by music from the “Teddy Boys” band.
                               VALE                                                 Date: August 25th 2007
                           Ken McLaine                                              Venue: Malvern Town Hall (Cnr. of High St and
                                                                                    Glenferrie Rd)
      On the 4th April, at the age of 83, Ken McLaine passed away. Ken was          Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
      a National Life Member of SSAA and there were few who deserved that
      honour more. After making a valuable contribution in SSAA (Vic) for           Tickets: $50 per ticket or $45 per ticket if 2 or
      many years, Ken held the positions of National Secretary and Treasurer        more tickets are purchased per booking.
      simultaneously, as well as that of accountant for the Australian Shooters
      Journal. He was meticulous in carrying out those duties and held the full
      respect and trust of all his fellow Association administrators. He carried
      out his tasks in a most professional way and did it all for an honorarium,    If you are interested in booking tickets or for further
      which, even by the standards of that time, was a pittance.                    information please contact Fernanda Alberici at the
      The Association owes Ken McLaine a debt of gratitude for setting up our       State Office on 8892 2711 or via email at:
      National accounts in such a way that funds were available to finance the
      many projects which have today become accepted.

      The three jobs grew beyond what one man could cope with and, of                    Don’t miss out on this magnificent night!
      course, Ken was looking to enjoy some real retirement. On his retirement                    Book your table NOW!
      from the positions he was honoured with the award of National Life
      Membership but even after that he continued to be available for help and
      Such loyal and valuable members are indeed rare and the Association          Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in some
      mourns his passing. We offer our sympathy to Ken’s wife Anita and the
                                                                                   articles and by some contributors are not necessarily those of
                                                                                   the SSAA (Vic).
                                                                                   The Victorian Shooter is the bi-monthly magazine of the
                                                                                   Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Vic).
               Winchester shot gun, single shot 410 Model 37A. Good

                                                                                   Editor: Barry Oliver
               condition. Serial number C1048093.
               Also cartridge belt for same.
               M.E.C. 600 Jnr 410 reloader, as new.
                                                                                   ATTENTION ALL CLUB SECRETARIES/PUBLICITY
               Will not separate $200 neg.
               Licence number 595-456-30B
                                                                                       Editorial Deadline for the October 2007 edition of The
               Ph.0408334129 Central Vic.
                                                                                           Victorian Shooter is Friday 24th August 2007.

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                                                                                                   HUNTING EDUCATION
      DSE’s hunter education plan environmentally sound
        Recently the Department of Sustainability and     ire, a hunter education program launched by the        program? The answer to the second question is
     Environment, Field and Game Australia and the        Department of Sustainability and Environment           emphatically “Yes”. But the key factor is that the
     SSAA (Vic) combined to bring Tom Roster from         is copping the flak. Most vociferous have been          DSE planners have headed straight for world’s
     the Co-Operative North American Shotgunning          members of the Coalition Against Duck Shooting,        best practice. They have not spent precious time
     Education Programme (CONSEP) to Victoria to          whose campaign director, Laurie Levy, is well          and money on re-inventing the wheel.
     conduct two courses at the SSAA’s Eagle Park         known as the long term nemesis of duck hunters.
     Range, a five day course and an evening/day                                                                       Finally, we should broach the question of the
                                                          Emotive words like “barbaric” and “blood lust”
     course.                                                                                                     morality of hunting. Dr Tim Flannery clinches
                                                          pepper their protests, along with claims that
                                                                                                                 a central point cogently: “I think people who
         The course attracted some media attention        duck hunters are an immoral minority.
                                                                                                                 kill their own meat, in as humane a way as
     with the usual suspects proclaiming the whole                                                               possible, are the most moral of us all. “In doing
                                                               The Victorian Government’s allocation of
     exercise a waste of taxpayers’ money. The                                                                   so they develop the understanding, courage
                                                          $200,000 to the education program has earned
     following article appeared in the Weekly Times                                                              and compassion for life that are fundamental
                                                          that hoary old cliche, “a waste of taxpayers’
     and gave a more balanced view of the aims                                                                   requirements of the ‘decent’ person, things that
                                                          money.” Sadly, public debate about the DSE
     behind the programme. It is reprinted here with                                                             those of us who receive our meat in plastic trays
                                                          initiative has been simplistic. In fact the subject
     the permission of the Weekly Times.                                                                         have little opportunity to achieve.” Dr Flannery is
                                                          is multi-faceted and one should avoid a quick,
                                                          gut-level opinion about the rightness of what the      renowned internationally for his contributions to
                                                          DSE has done.                                          biology, mammalogy, palaeontology, conservation
           Lessons hit the spot                                                                                  and environmental science. He has spent three
                                                              One should look first at the issues involved.       decades in field work and is a best-selling author.
        The Victorian Government’s                        Let’s canvass some of the issues now, starting         Owing to his constantly active intellect, his long
         hunter education program                         with the perceived need to lift the shooting skills,   rural experience and his big-picture thinking, that
                                                          environmental knowledge and habits of duck
       deserves community support,                        hunters. The DSE wants to reduce the rate of
                                                                                                                 quote ranks as a carefully considered opinion and
                                                                                                                 deserves our further thought.
          argues ROSS WILLIAMS                            wounding of waterfowl and increase hunters’
                                                          use of non-toxic shot. Though the actual level              The product of a hunt can take many forms.
                                                          of need is disputed, both changes are seen             With duck, it’s chiefly meat in the pot. If it is
       A FURORE erupts every year over                    as worthy aims and are supported by hunters’           wrong to derive satisfaction from such things
     duck hunting.                                        organisations (Field and Game Australia and the        because an animal has died in the process, then
                                                          Sporting Shooters’ Association), as well as the        it is equally wrong to buy leather shoes or enjoy
        This time, however, there’s a different target.   Victorian Hunting Advisory Committee.                  a T-bone steak - or, for that matter, to sell them.
     With no duck season to rekindle the anti-hunters’
                                                              Ian Miles, the executive director of the               Some opponents of hunting, however, say
                                                          DSE’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, says        they are allowed to eat meat and use animal
                                                          “having a more skilled and educated hunting            products because they do not do the killing
                                                          community” will bring other benefits, too. He           themselves. Yet they have paid someone to do
                                                          cites more sustainable hunting, more ethical,          the killing for them, however indirectly it may at
                                                          aware and compliant hunters and less waste.            first seem. Hence it can be argued that hunters
                                                                                                                 are more honest than those who try to distance
                                                              While duck hunting remains a legal and             themselves from animal death. They accept the
                                                          traditional activity, any improvement in that          responsibility, not only for the killing but also for
                                                          activity and its outcomes must be called               ensuring that the end is humane.
                                                          worthwhile. If we can point to a possible
                                                          improvement, then something can be made                Ross Williams is The Weekly Times shooting
                                                          better. In our society such realities confer an        writer
                                                          obligation: authorities and participants must act.
                                                          Is the DSE program likely to succeed?
                                                               The linchpin of the scheme is CONSEP, the         Martini Henry action and pistolgrip stock set,
CONSEP in action. Tom Roster (USA) with SSAA and          Co-operative North American Shotgunning                577/450 action fully customised and blued,

                                                                                                                                                                         FOR SALE
Field & Game Australia members at the Shotgun             Education Program, which leads the field in             serial number 4859. $595-00
Education Program at the SSAA (Vic) Eagle Park            waterfowl hunter training. CONSEP provides
Range.                                                    research services and education programs to            Francotte 297/230 action, polished ready for
                                                          hunters and wildlife management agencies. Thus         blueng, good condition, serial number 6897.
                                                          far, it has run more than 1200 seminars and            $250-00
                                                          workshops for more than 150.000 hunters and
                                                          agency personnel. As part of the DSE program,          Photos available, contact Jack Millar on 0353
                                                          Dr Tom Roster, from CONSEP, has already given          481 204 or
                                                          intensive training to leaders in our hunting           License Nr. 404.338.90B
                                                          community at Little River, near Werribee. So
                                                          the two-stage approach accords with sound
                                                          educational practice: thoroughly prepare                Sako P94S .22 Heavy Barrel, St Trigger
                                                                                                                                                                         FOR SALE

                                                          those who can teach the specialised skills and          Tasko 6 to 18 by 40 Jap. Scope with AO
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                                                          holistic design, which fosters long-lasting             Price $1,150
                                                          changes in attitudes and behaviour.
                                                                                                                  Contact Michael
                                                             Two questions immediately raise their heads:
                                                                                                                  Ph. 9366 6677
                                                          Should we pay for imported expertise? Don’t
                                                          we have Australians to plan and deliver such a

                                                               SSAA (Vic) proudly sponsored by                                                                       9
  Game Management Course
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          he University of Queensland,                    Eagle Park - Little River                 Rimfire Field Rifle & 3P
          School of Animal Studies is calling                                                       And Silhouette
          for applicants for their new Game               26th Aug      am Silhouette CF
          Management Course.                                            pm Field Rifle RF            6 – 7 October, 2007
                                                          23rd Sept     am Silhouette RF
  This is probably the first tertiary level                              pm Field Rifle CF            Venue: Majura Range
  course of its kind offered by any Australian            28th Oct      am Silhouette CF            Canberra ACT
  University. With examples from Australasia
  and around the world both the history                                                             Program: Friday 5 Oct 9am – 6pm
                                                            Club Championships
  and the current implementation of game                  25th Nov      am Field Rifle RF            Sighting in by arrangement
  management are covered in detail. The                                 pm Field Rifle CF            Saturday 6 Oct : 9:30 am Rimfire Field Rifle
  science behind community ecology and                                                                              : 2pm Rimfire 3 P
  population biology is covered as well as the                                                      Sunday 7 Oct : Rimfire Rifle Metallic
                                                         Vic State Championships
  social and political context in which game                                                        Silhouette
                                                             9.00am for 10.00am start
  management occurs. The course takes 12                    12.00noon for 1.00pm start
  weeks and can be undertaken by anyone             All welcome - questions ring Bill 0408 323      Competition days – Sat weigh-in and practice
  with an interest in game management.                                 060                          8.00 am/Comp 9:30am
                                                                                                    Sunday practice 8.00 am /Comp 9.30am
  This course will include the following topics:
                                                              Springvale Range                      start – early finish
  • The history of game management                            9th Sept Field Rifle RF                3pm ish Presentations
  including models of game management                  14th Oct 3PRF 12.00 for 1.00 start           Competition to be held in two age groups:
  developed in North America, Europe, Africa              All welcome - questions ring              12 -- 15 years and 16 -- 18 years.
  and more recently in Australia.                               Bill 0408 323 060
                                                                                                    Separate events for former Juniors,
  • Attitudes to wildlife will be described                                                         18-24 years will be run concurrently
  in relation to their utilization, animal                Youth Training Scheme
                                                                                                    • Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
  welfare and other issues including cultural                   Springvale Branch
                                                                                                    in each age group for each event & overall
  differences?                                                    Field Rifle - RF
                                                                                                    Junior winner
                                                             1st Sunday except Nov
                                                                                                    • Nomination fee is $10 per event/day
  • Basic population models and how they                      (no comps Dec & Jan)
                                                                                                    • Rules Competition conducted as per SSAA
  relate to resource use will be described.            Must book in with Mary 9580 2166
                                                                                                    Rule Books
  Methods of determining population size                            Remember
                                                                                                    • Canteen will be operating during the
  will be described and their strengths and         the Interstate Challenge Nov 5, 6&7
                                                                                                    competition :
  limitations discussed.                           You may like to join the exodus of kids and
                                                                                                    • Sat Night BBQ & Fun $5 per head/ at range
  • Techniques used in game management,              Ring Mary for more info 03 9580 2166
  and the regulations and quotas imposed on                                                         Pre-nomination required, before 24
  game (in Australia) will be described, and                                                        September, by phone, fax or email to:
                                                   see last Vic Shooter or Aust Shooter for ad
  their strengths and limitations discussed.                                                        Wendy Whisker, Junior Development Section,
  To demonstrate the breadth of game                    Victorian Junior Field Rifle                 Phone/Fax 02 6161 3878 or email:
  management and better understand the                        Championships               
  preceding topics a number of case studies                      Springvale Range                   At nomination please advise if you wish to
  on game management will be examined.                               Nov 11th                       sight in on the Friday
  These will include examples from Africa,                      Mary 03 9580 2166                   All participating Juniors must be SSAA
  Australia, Europe, New Zealand and North                                                          members and if applicable produce a Junior
  America and will cover examples of species        Keep this day free, full ad to follow in next   Firearms Licence/Permit from their state of
                                                                      edition                       residence. All firearms and ammunition
  management as well as farming/ranching
  of game.                                                                                          must be transported by a licensed adult.

  Assessment will primarily be from a case             ELECTRONIC VIC SHOOTER                       Juniors – this is a great opportunity to
  study developed by the student relevant to                                                        compete shoulder to shoulder against
  each student’s particular needs (e.g. species    The Victorian Shooter is available on our
                                                   website for downloading. Simply click on the     interstate competitors.
  management, property management) and
                                                   link below to go to our website and choose
  ‘take home’ examinations based on material                                                                         LETTERS
                                                   which edition of The Victorian Shooter you
  covered in the course.
                                                   would like to view.An archive of The Victorian   An opportunity is available for members
  Anyone anywhere in Australia may apply as        Shooter back to January 2004 is available for    to have their say in each edition of The
  the course is offered by correspondence.         viewing. The Victorian Shooter is available at   Victorian Shooter. Have your say by writing,
  Places will be limited each year. Those          the following address where members can          faxing or emailing your comments to The
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  at before 20 July                                                          Pde, Box Hill 3128, fax 03 8892 2700 or
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                                                                                                   From Highland stags of Scotland, down to
           SSAA Bendigo                                    SSAA NATIONAL                           darkest Africa.
                                                                                                   At last they reached the crossing point, but
           Proudly Presents the                                                                    danger did ignore.
                                                   5 STAND CHAMPIONSHIPS                           Why, all had made this crossing, many, many
                                                                                                   times before.
                                                                                                   The Wonnangatta was in flood, a swirling
  Victorian 3 Position Titles Shoot                 Eagle Park Range, Gifkins Rd.,                 thirty yards across,
                                                           Little River Vic                        But they would lick the swollen stream, make
          On the 30th of September 2007                                                            camp without a loss.
            at the Marong Rifle Range.                           11/ 12 August 2007                 Bill and Sig got safely through, but Zebish had
                                                                    9-00am start                   a bath.
      The SSAA Bendigo Branch announce the                                                         Then old Doug was set to go, since they had
            Victorian 3-Positional titles.           200 targets over two days on four layouts     shown the path,
                                                       with practice from 1-00 pm on Friday        Although of three score years and two, a
   Rimfire 3-Pos (60 shots): starts at 9:30 am,                                                     tough old sport was he,
          Sighting in starts at 9.00 am.                SSAA National 5 Stand Champion,            He grabbed a pole and prodded, confident as
          Noms to be paid by 9.30 am                selection of 2007 SSAA Australian Shotgun      he could be.
  Centrefire 3-Pos (60 shots): starts at 1.30 pm     Team to compete against NZ for the Trans       He made it into midstream, nothing here at
          Noms to be paid by: 1.30 PM                             Tasman Trophy                    all to fear,
         Nom fees: $10.00 per match.                                                               Not half as deep as one would think, his
                                                            Grades: Open AA, A, B, C               scrotal gear was clear,
               Range Fee : $6.00                    Other: Ladies, Jun (U15), Jun (U18), Vets      But on a hidden rock he slipped, and then
      Catering: Soft drinks, tea and coffee.                          (60+)                        disaster struck !!
  Barbeque lunch available at reasonable prices.        Noms: Open $120 Other: $100                Down went hunter, pack and gun, and
                                                      Championships to be conducted as per         someone yelled out “…Help !”
                     Contacts:                          current SSAA Shotgun Rule Book.            But Ernie Hair was getting set, for he was
            Mic Ohman: 0439.631.869                 Competitors without a SSAA 5 Stand grade       next to go,
           Vic Alexander: 0438.353.425               will be graded after the first 50 targets.     And seeing Doug’s predicament, he burst into
                                                                                                   the flow.

           SSAA Bendigo                              Further information and nomination forms
                                                                                                   Fearless as a man could be, he’d have to be
                                                                                                   the best,
                                                    John & Nancy Disher 03 9742 5450 Mob.          They said he was the “fastest, bloomin’ wader
           Proudly Presents the                        0438 425 450            in the West”
                                                   or Warren Brown Chairman SSAA Shotgun 02        For he rescued the old timer, from the torrent
                                                                                                   cold as ice,
           Gary Jones                                               6962 3161
                                                             wbrown@dragnet                 As he battled with his gun and pack, which
                                                                                                   pinned him like a vice,
         Memorial Shoot                                                                            And he helped him to the east bank, to the
                                                                                                   shelter of the bush,
                                                                                                   Little worse for his encounter, so on to camp
 21st October 2007 at the Marong Rifle Range.         DEERSTALKERS CLUB                             they’d push.
                                                                                                   Now when hunters round the campfires, all
  Range opens at 12.00pm, Sighting in starts
                                                                                                   the legends do recite,
                    at 12.30pm.
                                                                                                   With bawdy jokes and banter, or of trouble
    The Gary Jones Memorial Shoot starts at        THE RIVER CROSSING                              making light,
                                                                                                   They’ll recall the feat when Ernie, rescued
  Rifle Specs. .22lr rifles, max. weight 4kg, any    In August, seventy nine it was, the stalkers    Mum’ry from the flood,
                  scope allowed.                   went out back,                                  And wrote his name in history, ne’er again to
   20 shots benchrest at 50mtrs, scoring in 20     North from Dunge’s homestead, on the            be a dud.
                      minutes.                     Wonnangatta track,                              But these legends have a habit, with the years
                   Sponsored by                    They left the four wheel drives behind,         they tend to grow,
           Hartleys Hunting and Fishing            shouldered weighty packs,                       And Ernie might just wish to be, like Someone
                 and A & L Guns.                   Then struggled up the river’s course, nursing   Else we know,
                Bendigo 4 Positional               broken backs.                                   So to put the record straight, lest you hear
  Rifle Specs, as above. 5 shots each: standing,    There was Ern, the burly Scotsman, he had       from some odd quarter,
                     kneeling,                     done this trip before,                          The rumour has no ounce of truth, that Ernie
   Sitting, prone, at 50 mtrs, 2.5 minutes per     And Rudi Peine and Siggy too, with proud        walked on water.
                      position.                    teutonic lore.                                  The moral of the story is, for you, the younger
        Sponsored by Winchester Australia          Bill of course was walking strong, to keep      hunter,
 Range Fee – Adults $6.00          Juniors Free    them on the line,                               Never take the river cheap, in these things be
 Comp Fee – Adults $10.00          Juniors Free    But Ernie thought he’d had his share, of        no punter,
               (Bendigo 4 Pos. free)               Sambar stags last time.                         For should you get into some strife, when
       Excellent prizes as per usual, including    And dauntless Douglas Mummery, was there        Ernie’s not about,
                 Juniors and Ladies.               to claim a stag,                                Gabriel’s horn, that’s what you’ll hear, for luck
                                                   The ‘Bwana’ of the bushveldt, a trophy he       is running out.
      Enquires welcome to: Vic Alexander 0438
                                                   would bag.
                     353 425
                                                   He’d taken big game trophies, in the places     By Bill Woolmore
                                                   near and far,

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                                                                                    CLUB & BRANCH NEWS
                                                  the position of secretary. It’s great for both    Grange 5825 1188, Geoff Morton 58219064 or
A couple of these characters have passed on       the present and future of our branch to have      Geoff Wilson 5821 9015, calendars available
to that great hunting ground in the sky, but      the involvement of families with keen junior      at the range.
you can still meet others at club meetings.       shooters.                                             Don’t forget club working B’s, first Sunday
The Deer Stalkers Club meets at 8.00 p.m. on                                                        each month, we will provide food & drinks!
the third Wednesday of every month except         Contacts
January in the SSAA Springvale club rooms.        Secretary Andrew and Sandy May                    Geoff Wilson
Our free Hunter Training program for 2007         Phone 5154 1226
started in April.                                 Email

                                                  President    Clive Hammet
                                                  Phone 5156 4697 mobile 0429 182 073
                                                                                                       SPRINGVALE PISTOL
 The Deer Stalkers Club has scheduled a
extra Hunter Training session for the weekend
8/10 September, based at our Woods Point
lodge. This is in response to country members
who have difficulty getting to our week
                                                       KYNETON BRANCH                                    The Springvale Pistol Club (SPC) was
                                                                                                    formed on 17th June 2004 to provide:
                                                                                                    • affiliation with the peak bodies in Victoria
night sessions in the metro area. Places are
                                                                                                    and Australia for National and International
limited to only 12, and are open to any SSAA      The Branch Secretary who can be contacted
                                                                                                    handgun competitions
member. Small Lodge Fee applies plus your         on:
                                                                                                    • instruction, coaching and training for
food costs, course is free (for hunters, by       Mobile 0418356712
                                                                                                    competition-oriented shooters
hunters).                                         Postal Address P.O Box 472 Kyneton 3444
                                                                                                    • a home base at the SSAA Springvale Range
Contact Sieggy (03) 9801 4585, or Hans email
                                                                                                         The SPC has approximately 30 members to stake your          The Kyneton SSAA Branch holds a Smallbore
                                                                                                    many of whom actively train for and shoot
claim.                                            Shoot on the last
                                                                                                    competitions at the local, state and interstate
                                                  Saturday of each month at the Kyneton
       EAST GIPPSLAND                             Smallbore Rifle Clubrooms.
                                                  Starting time 1.00pm .22 Rimfire 20 Metre
                                                                                                         Shooting is a sport that does not present
                                                                                                    a barrier to anyone who wishes to get
                                                  Range. All members welcome.
          BRANCH                                                                                    involved - neither age, physical ability nor
                                                                                                    gender are barriers to enjoying the sport of
                                                                                                    pistol shooting. It does require a high degree
    We already have members waiting for our
next CPM accreditation course. There is still
                                                   SHEPPARTON BRANCH                                of self-discipline, attention to detail and
                                                                                                    willingness to learn if you are to progress to
room in the course for a few more members.                                                          high levels of performance, but it is also a
Please contact us if you want to participate in        Range officers have just completed level      great pastime for those who have less time to
this course to be run in the next few months.     one & C.P.R. course, next R/O’s course,           practice.
This accreditation is a necessary requirement     Sunday 5th. August 9am, contact S.R.O. Alan            The SSAA Springvale Range Complex has
for shooting on our “Trust for Nature”            Nichols, 5821.3220 for bookings,                  many facilities for the use of members. Those
properties and for Feral Animal Control with           SSAAGV Pistol Club held their first AGM       who wish to learn the disciplines of target
Parks Victoria.                                   in June. The new executive is Dave Pickford       shooting and how to shoot them well are
                                                  president,                                        welcome to join our growing membership.
    We are able to use the Bairnsdale Pistol      Anthony Gullo secretary & Brett Maag
Club 50m range for .22 rifle shooting for                                                            SPC shoot on Wednesday nights.
our juniors and adult members. As well as              Lots of ongoing work with the new pistol
learning safe firearm handling skills, the                                                           Contacts : 0411 250 997
                                                  range, new & old members please support                      03 9700 3865
juniors take part in a postal shoot with other    this new sub branch, don’t leave all the work
juniors across Victoria. The adult shooters                                                                    Email :
                                                  to the ‘hard core’.
run their own competition while shooting at            Please return the Western Action metal
the same time, and enjoy the social aspect of     targets taken from the range, a big” thank          HISTORY PROJECT SSAA (Vic)
sharing hunting news with fellow shooters.        you” to Bryan Brewer & Mal Davey who were
                                                  interim secretary & treasurer,they will both       Bill Woolmore (03 9890 2465) would like to
   We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month
                                                  continue with the club in other roles. Western     hear from members interested in assisting
from 10amfor juniors and 1pm for adults.
                                                  Action club needs a name & more members,           with research for preparation of the history
Our monthly meetings are held the first            all enquiries to Bryan Brewer, 5829 9434,          of the first 20 years of the Association. The
Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the CFA         fundraising is very important to our club,         work will be Melbourne based, mainly at the
Meeting Rooms in Main Street, Bairnsdale.         please support all club activities.                State Library etc. and can be done at times
These evenings provide a chance for plenty             Our club is conducting an indigenous          to suit the members involved
of enjoyable informal discussion with fellow      shooting sports program over 10 weeks,
shooters after the actual meetings. Members       July/August /September with co-ordination
in the Gippsland area are encouraged to           of Shane Oliver, Brad Watt & A.S.H.E.
                                                                                                                                                 FOR SALE

contact us for more information about our         [ “Aboriginal Sport Health Education] and         Pointer pups. Bred from top English
activities.                                       also a Junior Pathways secondary schools          and Irish trial and working lines. Sire:
                                                  .22 rimfire rifle competition, hopefully last       SSAA Field Champion.
 At our recent AGM Dave Weston resigned as
                                                  semester 2007. Plenty of things happening at
secretary with thanks from the committee for
                                                  the Shepparton Shooting Sports Complex.           Contact: Barry Oliver 0403380092
his good work, particularly in the preparation
                                                       For any enquiry please contact appropriate   email
of very thorough business plans for the
                                                  club person listed on our range calendar or
acquisition of proposed range properties.
                                                  Dave Pickford 0417.588.695, Greg Lundberg
Andrew and Sandy may have agreed to share
                                                  5822 2614, Dick Maag 5831 4945 Steve

                                                      SSAA (Vic) proudly sponsored by                                                           13

            WODONGA BRANCH
                                                            Wodonga Range Fees
                                                            Range fees: Members $8 /day, visitors                  Rekindle the Spirit of Black
                                                            $10/day and juniors’ Free. Alternatively you            Powder Firearm Sporting
                                                            can purchase an Annual Range Pass for $50
                                                            (Pensioners $35) and shoot at the range as                 Shooting with the
       The ‘Come and Try’ day. On Saturday                  many times as you want until 30th June 2007.
       the 16th of June a committed group of                                                                        SSAA-Victorian Muzzle
       members turned up to volunteer their time
       in support of our ‘Come and Try’ day. The
                                                                                                                        Loading Club
       good turn out was just as well because one
       hundred and twenty two novice shooters                                                                    (an Approved Handgun Target
       turned up to have a go at different aspects                                                                      Shooting Club)
       of various shooting disciplines. Participants
       arrived between 11 am and 3 pm and after
       completing the necessary paper work were                                                                    Relive the excitement of bygone days
       divided into groups of four. As groups they                                                             by shooting Black Powder firearms, a truly
       progressed along the range participating in                                                             engrossing and satisfying sport. Everyone
       the following 10 minutes activities:                                                                    is welcomed to attend the VMLC monthly
       • Firearm safety                                   Keen participants receiving expert coaching.
                                                                                                               competitions at SSAA Eagle Park near Little
       • Benchrest (.22 rimfire)                                                                                River on the third Saturday of every month,
       • Metallic silhouette (.22 rimfire)                                                                      except for May, when we shoot on the fourth
       • Black powder                                                                                          Saturday. Even if you don’t own Black Powder
       • Pistol (.22 rimfire), and                                                                              firearms, knowledgeable and generous VMLC
       • Clay bird shooting.                                Wodonga Range Matters
                                                            Upon arriving at the range, leave your firearms     Members are always eager to give you a few
                                                            securely locked in your vehicle and report to      shots!
       With so many novice shooters requiring close                                                                Competitions are organised for all black
       supervision and coaching, activity on the            a Range Officer (R/O) who will be wearing a
                                                            high visibility vest. The R/O will guide you to    powder original and reproduction firearms
       range was intense. After the initial rush in                                                            including cap & ball, cartridge and single shot
       the first hour we thought the steady influx            sign the range attendance sheet and take your
                                                            range fees. The R/O will instruct you on when      handguns, muzzle loading long-arms including
       of participants might slow. It didn’t, but the                                                          flint, percussion, patched ball, minie-ball,
       enthusiasm and ability of the volunteers carried     you may bring firearms from a vehicle to the
                                                            firing line and when you may take firearms           slug projectile, smooth bore musket as well
       the event.
                                                            from the firing line back to a vehicle.             as cartridge rifle, and muzzle loading and
                                                            The use of correct eye and hearing protection      cartridge shotgun
       The day was sponsored with donations from
                                                            is compulsory for all people on the firing line.        January is set aside for practice,
       local gun shops: Bluey’s Bait and Tackle, Elks
                                                            Sunglasses are not acceptable. A limited           experimentation and general chit-chat, as well
       Hunting & Fishing and Willoughby’s Outdoor
                                                            quantity of loan equipment is available from       as handgun events. From February to October
       World and The Boarder Mail ran an article in
       the Saturday paper promoting our event. A            the Range Officer.                                  competitions are held, with prize-winners
       broad range of novice shooters both young and                                                           presented with cards as well as shields for
       old clearly enjoyed the event and have now           Standing Range Calendar                            the various Championships such as Breech
       sampled our sport.                                   First Sunday          -- No shooting on 200 or     Loading Rifle, Military Muzzle Loading Rifle,
                                                            300 metre ranges                                   Traditional Muzzle Loading Rifle, Long Range
       Wednesday Shooting                                   Second Sunday         -- 11.00 am Hunter Class     Muzzle Loading Rifle, Flintlock Muzzle Loading
       If you can make it down to the range midweek         Rimfire Benchrest .22 lr                            Rifle, Muzzle Loading Shotgun, and Handgun.
       you’re invited to join the happy band who                                   -- 11.30 am BR 30. Thirty       For the month of November many
       meets each Wednesday morning for informal            shots benchrest .22 lr rimfire                      members camp at Eagle Park for the two-day
       shooting practice and a cuppa. Most leave by                                -- 1.00 pm .22 lr Rimfire    State Championships where lots of black
       noon. In cases of inclement weather ask the          Metallic Silhouette                                powder and lead is expended during the day,
       usual Wednesday Range Officers, Col Gray 021          Third Saturday        -- 1.30 pm Handgun Club      and at night everyone relaxes at the free
       7829 in Albury/Wodonga or Fred Weston 0357           Metallic Silhouette                                barbecue exchanging black powder stories
       223 255 in Wangaratta.                               Third Sunday          -- 11.00am Blackpowder       and generally having a good time. December
                                                            Pistol                                             is set aside for some traditional fun type
                                                                                  -- 12.30 pm Lever Action     competitions, such as cannon and team
                                                               25 rounds any L/A rifle                          events.
                                                                                   -- 1.00 pm Blackpowder          General meetings are held at the SSAA
                                                               Longarms                                        (Vic) Springvale Complex in June (AGM
                                                               Fourth Saturday -- 1.30 pm Handgun Club
                                                                                                               as well) and December. Attendance is not
                                                               Metallic Silhouette
                                                                                                               compulsory but all members are invited to
                                                               Fourth Sunday      -- 12.00 noon 300 metre
                                                                                                               attend. VMLC Membership also includes an
                                                               Fly Shoot for any firearm
                                                                                                               entertaining and informed newsletter, The
                                                                                   -- 1.00 pm Martini Shoot
                                                                                                               Ramrod, which is sent to members every
                                                               for any Martini actioned rifle
                                                                                                               month. The Ramrod includes shooters’
                                                               Fifth Sunday -- 11.00 am Novelty Event
                                                                                                               scores, VMLC record scores, coming events
                                                               Zeroing of hunting rifles and general            and additional articles of interest to the black
                                                               shooting practice is welcomed on all            powder enthusiast.
                                                               scheduled competition days.                     For additional information contact the SSAA
                                                               Contact us: President Robert Marks 6024         (Vic) on 03 8892 2777 BH, or visit the VMLC
                                                               1695, Vice President Mick Pressnell 6025        Web Site at:
Participants register at the Wodonga ‘Come & Try’ Day          6691, email
                                                               PO Box 501 Wodonga VIC 3689

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                                                                         CLUB AND BRANCH NEWS
                                                 Benetti, Kathy & Barry Oliver for the effort
   WORKING GUNDOGS                               involved in training their dogs, performing,
                                                 and helping with the many tasks during the
                                                                                                        MILDURA SSAA
                                                 actual event… they will never forget it!             SPORTING RIFLE CLUB
                                                     WGAA conducted its second retrieving trial
    What a weekend! After several months of      of the year on Saturday 30th June. This was
training the WGAA demonstration team finally                                                              NORTH WEST VICTORIAN
                                                 an advanced trial, and on the day only one
got to show what it could do at the 2007 Shot    dog was able to complete the testing runs                  600 BENCHREST
EXPO. Twelve dogs – 3 GSPs, 1 Pointer, 5         – Coningsburgh Cardinal, owned and handled                  POSTAL - 2007
Labs, 2 L’Epagneul Bretons (Brittanys) and a     by Graham Hayes. Well done to both Graham
Weimaraner, ran, jumped and retrieved over                                                          This event is open to all shooters who are
                                                 & Cardinal.
the two days before hundreds of people.                                                             members of a recognised association. This is
                                                     Although the rain has been plentiful in        a .22 rimfire 60 shot event over 50 metres.
    It is worth reflecting on the point that      recent weeks, it came a little too late to be of   Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in all grades,
while there have been endless dog shows          much assistance to the quail numbers in the        Targets to be returned by the 31-10-2007
held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds,         State, and unfortunately all of the Pointer &
this was probably the first time that a working   Setter trials were cancelled for lack of game.     Entry Fees
gundog demonstration had been held. With         This was indeed a tragedy for many handlers        A,B,C,D & E Grade $15
shotguns used to fire blanks the dogs and         and their dogs, especially young dogs. A year      Junior (U/18):    $8
handlers put on a realistic demonstration        out of a dog’s life is a significant period of
that had the crowd both enthralled and           time and can be difficult to replace. Some          ENQUIRIES TO
appreciative.                                    thought will need to be given to compensating      Jim Spence         Ph. 03 5023 7074
    A special mention must be made of            for this lost opportunity with the conduct         Norm Mitchell      Ph. 03 5021 1218
the effort that Graham Hayes made to get         of Closed Season trials which can now be                              Mobile: 0423 564 756
the team together and to choreograph the         conducted under WGAA’s rules.                      Email:
event – an event that ran for almost 1 hour.         Some recent exciting developments in
It needs to be appreciated that such an
effort required training the team, writing the
                                                 the working gundog world has been the
                                                 establishment of two new WGAA State
                                                                                                     SSAA (VIC) YOUTH TRAINING
script, coordinating the dozens of pieces of
equipment and assistants, liaising with the
                                                 Branches, with Western Australia and                SCHEME SPRINGVALE RANGE
                                                 Queensland both recently setting up their
Showgrounds management and the SSAA              own Branches. WA conducted two closed
staff, getting permits, etc, etc, etc.           season Pointer & Setter trials on the weekend      - QUIZ -TRIVIA -GAMES - FUN -
   On behalf of the club many thanks to          of 7th & 8th July and Qld conducted its first          ANNUAL INTER SUB CLUB
                                                 retrieving trial on the 21st & 22nd July.
Graham Hayes, Gary Bristow, Bob Bant, Norm                                                                   CHALLENGE
& Tim Cloke, Alex Jevric, Kevin Phelps, Angie      A reminder to all interested handlers that
Bloomer, Alf Briffa, Andrew Yoemans, Joe         WGAA (Vic) is in the process of inviting Rick      When:       Saturday 13th OCTOBER 2007 - 7.00
Camilleri, Dean Watts, Dennis Maher, Jack                               Smith from the USA          for 7.30 sharp start. Bar open.
                                                                        to conduct a gundog         Where:      Springvale Range, 710 Dandenong
                                                                                                    Road, Springvale
                                                                        training seminar in
                                                                                                    What’s on: Annual Inter Sub Club Challenge Quiz
                                                                        late October, 2008.
                                                                                                    night - Games - Prizes - Raffles
                                                                        This will be a unique       Drinks:                Alcohol at Bar Prices - Soft
                                                                        opportunity to have a       drinks BYO or purchase from bar.
                                                                        hands on (bring your        Nibbles: Bring enough nibbles, chips and
                                                                        own dog) three day          yummy stuff (or order pizza delivered to range)
                                                                        training seminar with       to get you through to supper time when we will
                                                                        a world renowned            offer you coffee, tea and cake
                                                                        gundog trainer.             Who:
                                                                                                    Parents, Juniors, Coaches, family members,
                                                                             Training days          supporters, friends, Sub Clubs.
                                                                         will continue on the       Basically any group who wishes to be annihilated
                                                                         third Sunday of each       by the best.
                                                                         month, commencing          How much:              $10 per head (or $5 if 15
                                                                         at 9am at Tullidge         or under or pensioner)- Money and names in by
                                                                         Reserve, Melton            September 28th (earlier appreciated) Ring Mary
                                                                         (Melways ref 115           9580 2166 any queries
                                                                         D11). For training day     Tables:     Make up teams before you book. 8
                                                                         information contact        People per team – Individual bookings are also
                                                                         the training officer,       welcome and you will seated in a team at our
                                                                         Graham Hayes on            discretion.
                                                                         9743 7402. Training        Workers: Naturally these things need workers,
                                                                         and assistance with        offer your help. If you don’t help with the setup
                                                                         your gundog, new or        (5.00 onwards), food, quiz, raffle, bar, don’t
                                                                         old, is available to all   worry - you can help with the clean up.
                                                                         at this unique SSAA        For booking forms contact Mary
                                                                         event. Keep up to          Bingham on:
                                                                         date with WGAA’s blog
Bob Bant and his Labrador showing what a well trained                    at http//www.wgaa.         03 9808 5104 or 03 9580 2166 Fax 03
lab can do at the Shot Expo                                                   9580 8712 Email:

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