Congrats Phil!!

Club Member Wins National Competition

Lake of the Woods Gun Club member Phil Nick was part of a small contingent from Kenora that
attended the Bench Rest Shooters Canada, National Bench Rest Championships held in Selkirk Manitoba July 1st and 2nd 2017. Competitors from Mission BC to southern Ontario and the US attended, including members of both Canadian Worlds Teams who will be representing Canada at the Worlds Bench Rest Championships in New Zealand in November. The competition was fierce and Phil shot consistently and steadily over the 2 days at both 100 and 200 yards to pull off the win. It is quite an honor that a member of LWGC is the reigning 2017 Canadian National Champion. In 2018 Phil will travel to Mission BC to defend his title. Congratulations Phil!

Submitted by Dwayne Cyr

In Memory

In Memory

Gord Dixon

August 1, 1937 – June 20, 2017

Shot gunning at Lake of the Woods Gun Club evolved under the guidance and leadership of long time member Gord Dixon. Gord was a competitive clay pigeon shooter. He was an accomplished Amateur Trap Association shooter and avid Sporting Clays shooter. Gord loved everything to do with shooting shotguns at clay targets. Over the years, many young and new shooters were coached by Gord who always tried to help those who were struggling to improve their skills. Gord also gave seasoned shooters a goal, to try to beat him head to head in friendly competition. Many tried, not many succeeded. Observers were in awe of Gord’s practiced gun mounting style developed from years of a high level of participation in shotgun sports. There was no such thing as a rained-out Thursday night of Trap. Gord was there. As well, Gord spent a couple decades on the Board of Directors and helped nurture the Lake of the Woods Gun Club into the jewel that it is now. His name will be added to the Departed Members Plaque on display in the main club house.

Dwayne Cyr

500 Meter Benchrest Match Results

Lake of the Woods Gun Club Rifle Division held our first ever 500 meter Benchrest match

Sunday June 25th .

Rank by Group Aggregate

1st Phil Nick 3.298” best 5 shot group 1.761”
2nd Burt Bastien 3.549”
3rd Matt Cyr 3.925”

Rank by Score

1st Phil Nick 226/250 two X, highest single target score 49/50 one X
2nd Rod Jack 214/250 five X
3rd Donovan Jack 206/250 one X

Overall Combined

1st Phil Nick
2nd Rod Jack
3rd Burt Bastien

Thanks to Official Scorer Al Carlson, Range Safety Officer David Neilan, Official Barbequer Rod


Submitted by D. Cyr

Rifle Division Match Results

Rifle Division Holds Short Range/Cowboy Metallic Silhouette Match June 11, 2017

Scoped Rifle

1st Helene Rannou 15 won tie breaker
2nd Al Mutch 15

Open Sights

1st Jacques Choquette 6
2nd John Tomkins 4

Cowboy Lever Action

1st Jacques Choquette 10
2nd Brian Prouty 9

Match Results

May 28th Rimfire Rifle Benchrest Match Results

Semi Auto Class

1st Ken Chambers 720-15X
2nd Brian Prouty 679-12X
3rd Al Mutch 630-3X

Sporter Class

1st Donovan Jack 724-12X
2nd Gavin Carlson 717-14X
3rd Jacques Choquette 713-18X

Unlimited Class

1st Phil Nick 750-39X
2nd Lawrence Zebiere 747-29X
3rd Rod Jack 744-29X

Submitted by D. Cyr

Rifle Division – 100M Match

Rifle Division Holds Spring 2017 100 Meter Score Match

Twenty competitors attended the April 30th Hunter Benchrest Match. Two new range records were set. In Varmint Hunter Class Gavin Carlson was on a streak to shatter his previous record until he dropped 3 points on his last target. Gavin still beat his old record by one point to retain his reign. In VFS/Open Class Phil Nick shot superbly, he shot clean with no mistakes to break Matt Cyr’s 2014 record by 6X dots. In Hunter Class, Katelyn Jack definitely earned first place with her .243.  

Hunter Class

1st Katelyn Jack 227 – 1X
2nd Ken Chambers 220 – 1X
3rd Rod MacDonell 219 – 2X

Varmint Hunter Class

1st Gavin Carlson 245 – 6X new range record
2nd Donovan Jack 242 – 8X
3rd Rod Jack 235 – 4X

Varmint for Score/Open Class

Phil Nick 250 – 14X new range record
Dwayne Cyr 249 – 9X
Ron Pettigrew 249 – 7X

Thanks to competitors who traveled significant distances to attend. Thanks to the Rod Jack family for pitching in barbequing, running targets and filling in where needed. Thanks to Official Scorer Al Carlson and the RSO’s and Referees who helped run a smooth event.

Submitted by D. Cyr

Road Partially Open

UPDATE:  The rifle range road is now open.  The pistol range road is still closed.

The road is now open from the highway to the main club house for members to drive in. There is a still barricade preventing vehicle traffic to the pistol and rifle ranges, but it’s a much shorter walk than from the gate. The Pistol and Rifle roads are still too soft to drive on for another week or two.
Thank you for your patience

Spring Thaw

Spring is here so the gate will remain locked until the road is in suitable condition to drive on. The range is still open and available to be used but you will need to walk in.

Congrats Tim!

Kenora biathlete rises to top in national race against World Cup qualifiers in Canmore

Miner and News

Tim Wehner returned home with a gold medal from the 2017 Canadian Biathlon Championship in Canmore, but standing on top of the podium wasn’t his most cherished memory from the event.

The 51 year old finished first in the masters men 7.5 km individual race on March 9, after a fourth-place finish the day before in the six kilometre sprint, but it was the final race, a 7.5 km pursuit, that gives Wehner goosebumps when he recalls his second-place finish.

“In the individual race we all start 30 seconds apart so in the master men’s competition it took six minutes to start everybody. I didn’t know it was over and I saw the result that I had won, but in the pursuit you can tell because it’s first guy across the line so you can tell where you are,” said Wehner. “It was very exciting because it’s very dynamic to be in that situation.”

Wehner said in the final race as he went in for his final round of shooting his coach informed him the leader, former World Cup stalwart Eric Gosselin of Quebec, was in the penalty loop after missing three shots. Armed with this intel, Wehner ended up shooting a perfect five-for-five in his final standing bout, and finished with a personal best, hitting 16-of-20 targets overall. Wehner and Gosselin ended up racing down the slope together to the finish line.

“I tucked in behind him for one and a half kilometres ski and as I was climbing the bridge a bunch of spectators, including my family, were cheering me on by name at which point Eric looked over his shoulder to figure out who they were cheering for and saw it was me,” said Wehner. “For the next kilometre he looked over his shoulder as I chased him into the finish line.”

Gosselin finished the pursuit in 0:30:11.7 with Wehner coming in 2.3 seconds behind.

“I was super happy to be chasing him to sort out who was going to be first in the race because he’s someone who has a great deal more experience then I do,” said Wehner.

Wehner finished in 0:29:17.6 in the indivisual race and in the sprint he finished in 0:23:33.2. About 170 biathletes were in Canmore from March 7-11. For Wehner it was nice to be a part of Team Manitoba instead of as a solo representative.

“This time around there were eight athletes from Manitoba, myself and seven younger people, so it was great to have that team feeling,” said Wehner. “I was able to provide them with some mature advice.”

Great Job!!

Kenora Biathletes Continue To Rule The

Manitoba Circuit  

Local biathletes continue to excel this season on the Manitoba circuit.

Local skiers picked up six first place finishes and two seconds at the Manitoba Provincial
races over the weekend in Falcon Lake.

Adam Johnson was first in the two kilometer sprint in the men’s developmental division on Saturday and first in the Sunday Pursuit Race, hitting all 30 targets in both races.

Jennifer Findlay was first in the two kilometer women’s developmental sprint race, and also finished first in the Pursuit Race.

Tim Wehner was first in the master’s men’s in the two kilometer sprint and first in the pursuit.

The Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club credits their work at the Lake of the Woods Gun club for their
strong performance this season.  

Posted with permission from CJRL Kenora – 89.5 The Lake