Polar Bear Fun Shoot

By far the most widely attended regular activity at Maple Leaf, the Polar Bear Fun Shoot takes place on the outdoor range every Sunday morning at 10:00 am regardless of weather conditions.  If you spend a few February mornings out there with us, you’ll understand how this activity got it’s name.

The Polar Bear Fun Shoot is the best opportunity for new member candidates to come out to the range, to meet some members and experience the club vibe.

Typical weeks see over 30 participants of all ages and skill levels taking part in a .22LR elimination competition.

The Rules

  • participants choose their shooting lane and shoot sequentially, from lane 1 to lane 30, at increasingly difficult reactive targets in the .22LR “bunker” located 50 meters down range.
  • .22 caliber rifles only
  • shooters are allowed a specific number of misses before elimination based on the type of sighting device they’re using:
    • those using irons sights are eliminated after 5 misses
    • those using peep sights  are eliminated after 4 misses
    • those using optical or electronic sights are eliminated after 3 misses
  • shooters must be standing; no leaning, kneeling or prone
  • the first shooter eliminated each week wins the Teddy Bear
  • first time shooters get an extra “miss”, as does the previous week’s Teddy Bear winner
  • last week’s big winner starts with a one less “miss” handicap

The Cost

A donation of $2 each week gets shooters into the competition.  Proceeds from the event are donated back to that week’s winner, the club building fund and to help with the cost of the annual banquet.

Weather

The Polar Bear Fun Shoot is held regardless of the weather condition.  If it’s safe to drive out to the club, the shoot is on!  But be sure to dress warmly in the winter.

After the Shoot

Many participants often stay for the barbecue on our clubhouse deck.  Kitchen staff prepare a fabulous and inexpensive BBQ as well as another tasty lunch item  or two from the kitchen.

Annual Champion

The person with the most weekly wins the Polar Bear trophy for the year.  The trophy, with inscription, is on display in the club house.

Here is a list of our annual champions:

2017
Chuck Cressey
2016
Norm Botts
2015
Nick Rizzardo
2014
Nick Rizzardo
2013
John Kellaway
2012
Norm Botts
2011
Norm Botts
2010
Norm Botts
2009
Norm Botts
2008
John Kellaway
2007
Norm Botts
2006
John Kellaway
2005
John Kellaway
2004
Norm Botts
2003
John Kellaway
2002
Norm Botts
2001
John Kellaway
2000
John Kellaway
1999
Norm Botts
1998
John Kellaway
1997
John Kellaway
1996
John Kellaway
1995
John Kellaway
1994
D. Belanger
1993
D. Veit
1992
P. Tonini