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July 2020 Update

The CUSF has had another busy month preparing a bundle of programs to roll out in the fall! Progress has been made in our Conservation Program, as we have made headway with various conservation organizations. The aim of this program is to provide opportunities for mentored hunts, environmental initiatives and hunters education.

Other areas of focus include our Women's Program, Field Officer Program, Shoot Safe initiative, CUSF Shotgun Clinics and Air Rifle Competition. Our team is hard at work to bring these developments to students across the country. More developments to come as the summer wraps up!

Introduction to Skeet and Trap Shooting

Coming up this fall the CUSF will be holding our inagural Introduction to Shotgun Clinics!

This will be an opportunity for new shooters to learn the fundamentals of trap and skeet shooting. The Clinics will consist of both in-class on on-field lessons with our instructors.

Students will be able to walk away with a strong base of knowledge that they can use to improve in either sport.

Have you been to the CUSF store?

Check out our wide range of apparel in both Men's and Women's sizing. All proceeds help our efforts to fund more post-secondary sport shooting and conservation clubs! Visit cusf.ca/store and contribute to the future generation of shooters in Canada.

Partnership Highlights

Each month we recognize organizations and individuals who have been working with us to further sport shooting and firearms education across Canada. This month we are excited to share our new and developing partnership with Project Mapleseed!

Our clubs in Ottawa, Calgary, London and potentially Vancouver have upcoming dates this Fall to learn and become more involved within the sport shooting community, with many more schools across the country to follow. Big thanks to Mapleseed for the awesome work they do with new shooters.

Club Spotlight: BCITSA Firearms Association

In January 2019, a few BCIT students and alumni started getting together to go shoot at a nearby range. Posters advertising this and inviting other interested students were put up around campus, and more interested students joined the beginnings of the BCITSA Firearms Club, largely organized on Discord.
Small groups going to shoot together has been the foundation of our club, introducing several new shooters to the experience, principally just plinking, but occasionally more organized activities like target shooting or Trap.

In December 2019, our club applied for and was officially recognized as a BCIT Student Association club at BCIT, holding our first Clubs Day event on campus in January 2020, and gaining almost 30 new members. Not long afterwards, the student council suspended our club’s ability to promote group club events off campus pending BCIT’s insurer’s satisfaction of appropriate insurance being secured. Proof of insurance coverage was provided both from individuals with PALs and from several local ranges, unfortunately COVID19 complicated getting the club’s approval for such events reinstated, as well as put a damper on regular range visits.

Despite that, several local ranges have offered to host club events with larger groups and RSOs on hand, and a variety of local businesses have offered the club discounts on CFSC, CRFSC and CORE courses. In June 2020 the club transitioned to a new club president, while the old one remains on the club executive.
Several of our club members are interested in Multigun, F-Class long range shooting, or IPSC, and there are several PAL holders and hunters in the club as well, offering advice and experience to students, as well as guidance through the process of getting licensed.

This upcoming year, we’re hoping the fall school club fair happens again so we can generate more buzz with the larger group of September students rather than the smaller January admissions group. We’re going to be asking for more support from the school student union this year, in the hopes of introducing more students to the shooting sports. We’re pursuing having the student association’s suspension of off campus club events lifted, if COVID19 dangers also decrease enough to not pose a concern given the need for close supervision of unlicensed shooters, and the sharing of equipment.

We believe the best way to bring people into the shooting sports is to bring them to a range and introduce them to safe practices, and educate and share information as much as we can. For now, given the pandemic, we don’t encourage any unnecessary meet ups with large groups of club members.

- Qinzhou Bai, BCITSA Club President
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