A dozen of Alberta's top skeet shooters took part in the 2016 Alberta Provincial Skeet Championships at the Lone Pine Clay Target Club east of Olds on June 24 -26.
Shooters came from Calgary, Provost, Red Deer and Olds for the competition.
The shooters competed in four categories: 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge and 410. In skeet shooting, competitors stand at one of eight shooting stations and shoot at flying disc targets.
Oscar Long from Provost won the 12 gauge and 28 gauge events. Brad Semaka from Olds won the 20 gauge event, and Greg Ward from Calgary won the 410 event.
The high-overall winner was Greg Ward (based on 400 targets), and the high all around winner (based on 500 targets in all four gauges and in doubles) was Oscar Long.
Club secretary-treasurer Joe Vasek said he was pleased with the level of competition at this year's provincials.
“The weather could have been a little better, but other than that it was good,” he said.
The Royal Canadian Air Force used skeet shooting to help train aircraft gunners during the Second World War, said Vasek, himself a Canadian Army veteran.
The Western Canadian Championships are scheduled to be held at the Lone Pine Clay Target Club on July 22-24.