Category Archives: Club

Call for Nominations

Dear Members of the KTSA

It’s that time of the year again. The Club is preparing for its 2022 AGM (exact date in February 2022 still to be determined and will be annouced seperatly) and we are calling for nominations. If you are interested to help steer the club or know someone interested please read through the linked instructions (click here) how to nominate someone or get nominated.

IPSC Black Badge Training course

The KTSA IPSC discipline is offering a 2 day Black Badge training course at the indoor range, December 11-12, 2021. https://ipscbc.com/getting-started/ is a great place to learn about practical shooting on the IPSC BC site. Cost is $250.00/ person. This includes a years membership with IPSC BC. We are limited to 5 participants for the course. Registration closes on December 4th.

Contact: Geoff House, okanagan@ipscbc.com , 250-682-0442

British Columbia Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) Program

Dear Kamloops Target Sports Association:

I would like to re-introduce the British Columbia Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) Program in the Merritt area for the 2021 hunting season.

  • Program tasks:
    • Increase awareness of Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) surveillance in the target area.
    • Serve as a local point person for the program and liaison for First Nations, government staff including the Conservation Officer Service, hunters, private land owners, ranchers and the public.
    • Provide community outreach and educational materials on Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at local functions, radio, social media, and with local organizations.
    • Coordinate and lead the voluntary head collection program for the community.
    • Maintain drop-off locations with marked freezers and accompanying supplies (posters, instructions, ear tags and other sample supplies).
    • Monitor drop off locations to ensure cervid samples are properly stored in bags with completed ear tag attached and maintain an electronic database of samples.  
    • Monitor drop off locations for freezer capacity, report to contract monitor and coordinate transport of heads as needed.  
    • Respond to calls from local sources and highway contractors and collect road killed cervid samples
    • Assist Wildlife Health staff with sample collections as required at game checks and other opportunities.
    • Provide a written report on completion of contract that summarizes surveillance activities, outcomes and contacts and provides recommendations.

If you could please post on your website and/or your association newsletter for the hunters that hunt in Wildlife Management Units 3-12, 3-19, and 3-20 (Merritt area) that would be greatly appreciated. These areas overlap into the Kamloops area.

There are 3 freezers for the samples located at: Merritt Conservation Office, Douglas Lake (Upper Nicola Indian Band) beside their green shed, and Benny the Butcher in Kamloops on the Circle Creek Ranch / Running Horse Ranch. At these locations in the freezers are bags for the samples, ear tags please fill out and attach to the samples ear with a zip tie that is also provided. Please inform Beth Coutlee of your donated sample – there will be some type of draw (prize to be determined).

For the 2021 season – please let me know as soon as you can for any help and/or assistance you can give to this vital program. Post article/poster for hunters to initiate awareness and hopefully submit moose, deer and/or elk heads for sampling. (Posters, rack cards, detailed information on BTB / CWD were attached to last season’s emails)

If you have any questions, please contact me at the provided contact information.

Covid 19 protocols are being followed, including the: use of hand sanitizer, social distancing and wearing of masks.

Thank you sincerely,

Beth M. Coutlee, N.R.T., BTB Program Coordinator
British Columbia Conservation Foundation
Ph: (250) 378-0808
Cell: (250) 315-6141
Email: BethCoutlee@gmail.com

IPSC

KTSA IPSC will be moving to the Indoor range October 6 from 7 – 9pm. This will continue through the winter until we can move back to the outdoor range in the spring. I look forward to seeing our action pistol group back at practice.

Brent Andres

KTSA IPSC Director

Notice to KTSA Members: Closure of Outdoor Range

As you know, Kamloops has experienced an extreme wildfire hazard over the past few weeks.  Serious fire outbreaks have occured around and even within the city.  Even though weather conditions should improve for the next few days, it is expected to have little overall effect on our current hazard resulting from the unusually dry Spring and the recent record heat.
The City of Kamloops closed many of its outdoor recreation facilities a few days ago, including Kenna Cartwright Park which borders on our range.  Our landlord, DOMTAR, feels that they should follow the lead of the City in the use of their lands for recreation.  We agree that it is reasonable to align the use of our range with the status of that adjacent park and are doing so now.

Please be advised that our outdoor KTSA range will be closed as of 4:30 pm this (Monday) afternoon (July 5, 2021).
(The lock will be changed at that time.  The current lock will be put back once we are again open.)

We trust we have your understanding for this action that is being taken for the safety of our members as well as the protection of the land and our property.  We will notify you immediately when we are able to reopen.

IPSC Practice Covid Policy

IPSC BC COVID-19 Protocols have been developed in conjunction with
viaSport British Columbia and were accepted by ViaSport in December
2020, under the Public Health Order restrictions at that time.
The current Public Health Orders however preclude any events or
gatherings and once the orders have been cancelled or relaxed to allow
for competitions, the protocols will again be reviewed with viaSport.
The layout of each event is different and Match Directors will be responsible for establishing protocols /controls to address the potential intermingling of squads at the stages and on paths, walkways, parking areas and other areas where competitors may congregate.
IPSC
The International Practical Shooting Confederation, IPSC, promotes the sport of practical shooting and practical shooting competitions.
Definitions:
EVENT – IPSC sanctioned match conducted at facility consisting of a number of ranges.
RANGE – a portion of a facility that has been designed and approved for shooting activities
STAGE – A portion of an IPSC match containing one course of fire and related supporting
facilities, amenities, shelter and signage
MASK – non medical face mask which covers the nose and mouth
SQUAD – a group of competitors, assembled as a cohort for the duration of the event.
VENUE – a specific range within a facility
Events:
Events consist of, usually, 5-15 stages, spread out over multiple Ranges. The spacing and layout of the stages on the ranges provides for physical distancing. Each range will be considered a separate venue. No more than 50 people may be present at any venue at any time. There is strict cohorting of Squads, with no mixing of squads. All individuals arriving at any event must wear masks upon exiting their vehicle and where possible ensure physical distancing throughout the duration of the event.
Event Screening:
Each participant or staff member will be required to participate in Covid Screening immediately upon entering the property.
Range:
A shooting Range may consist of one or more Stages. Only one Stage will be active at any one time on any given Range. Each Range is physically isolated from the others, for safety reasons. Physical distancing within a Range is straight forward, and necessary for Firearms safety. The stages within a range will be operated by only one group of Range Staff
One squad only is allowed on a range. The next squad cannot enter the range until the previous squad has exited, and any sanitizing of any common touch surfaces has been completed. This isolates each cohort (Squad) from all others.
On Range Staff:
Staff consists of three Range Officers (CRO, RO and Tablet official) to coordinate the safe operation of the stage by monitoring safety requirements, supervise competitor activities, scoring and recording results. Additional range staff (usually 7 individuals) are required to restore and reset the stage.
Range Officers will at all times while officiating, wear a mask, and utilize hand sanitizer prior to starting a competitor.
The tablet official (TO) will display the competitors score, to the competitor on the tablet for acknowledgement and the TO will accept the score. The competitor will not touch the tablet and will retrieve a copy of their score from the mobile printer.
Timers and tablets will not be shared between officials without first sanitizing the items.
Gloves will be available to on range staff if desired. The use of gloves will not replace good hand hygiene and the requirements to wash or use hand sanitizer.
Squads:
Competitors move through the Stages in Squads, usually of less than 10 people. Squads do not mix with other groups. Squad size will be limited to the smaller of:
• 10
• That number that can safely distance on the most restrictive of the ranges,
Physical Distancing and Range Precautions
Each Range is physically isolated from the others, for safety reasons. Physical distancing within a Range is straight forward, and necessary for Firearms safety. All individuals will use hand sanitizer upon entering or leaving any range, sanitation stations will be
provided. Masks will be worn by all individuals at the event and may only be removed by a competitor following the ‘Load And Make Ready’ command. The competitor must also don their mask prior to the RO issuing the ‘Range Is Clear’ command. Eye protection will always be worn by everyone on the range.
Safety Contact
While the Range Officer may need to stay with the competitor, 3-meter distancing needs only to be broken in the case of safety concerns. In this case, the range officer will be wearing a mask and will have used hand sanitizer prior to starting the competitor. The competitor can immediately sanitize equipment if there is physical contact.
Sanitizing
In addition to the general recommendation on sanitizing, IPSC competitions will ensure that either:

  1. Only one person will touch any target, or
  2. Non-touch techniques are used to patch targets.
    While scoring the stage, the designated patchers will patch the targets and set up any moving targets. Any target backer will either be replaced or sanitized between individuals contacting them.
    Written Stage Briefing and Walk Through
    After the Briefing, the Range Officer will allow 4-5 minutes for the walk through. Physical distancing must be maintained during this process and the Range Officials must ensure that physical distancing is maintained. This may include limiting the number of competitors that may walk through at a time or establishing designated routes to be used to maintain two-meter physical distancing.
    Competition
    The competitor may remove their mask while competing, (following the ‘Load And Make Ready’ command) but the Range Officer will not issue the “Range Is Clear” command until the mask is in place again.

Resuming New Member Orientations

After about a two month pause, we are pleased to resume orientations – new members can now join the club! We are committed to following both the letter and the spirit of Public Health guidelines, working our way back to “normal” (whatever that turns out to be) in a cautious and graduated way. The KTSA is determined to keep the safety of our members and our community top of mind as we reintroduce club activities as conditions allow. Here is how we will begin to conduct orientations.

1. Small groups only – maximum of 5 individuals per orientation session.
2. Transportation – people must use their own vehicles throughout the orientation.
3. Physical distancing – we will maintain the 2 meter distancing requirement throughout the orientation session.
4. Health – do not attend if you have symptoms such as persistent cough, sneezing, fever or if you are feeling less than completely well. Obviously, you cannot attend if you are self-isolating or quarantined due to recent return from travel or known contact with infected persons.
5. PPE – use protective masks and gloves is encouraged, though not compulsory.
6. Bring your completed and signed application form. Payment by cheque is encouraged. We also accept cash, but please bring the exact amount to minimize money handling.
7. Bring eye and ear protection as we will likely be entering active shooting areas.
8. Review the range rules and be prepared to bring forward any questions for discussion.
9. You are certainly welcome to bring firearms if you wish to stay at the range and shoot after the orientation!

To arrange an orientation, please contact Jim Bartlett at 250-374-6651 or at jrbartlett@shaw.ca. (Please leave a contact phone number if you email).