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The AHEIA Calgary Firearms Centre

Provincial Hunting Day

September 25, 2021 

Alford Lake and Calgary Firearms Centre

The fourth Saturday of every September has become a special date within Alberta. In 2007, the Alberta Government declared this day each year to be Provincial Hunting Day. This year’s event will take place on September 25, 2021. It marks the 15th annual Provincial Hunting Day and is a reminder to all Albertans of our hunting heritage, and of the importance of securing a future for wildlife and wild places, especially within our province.

This year the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association is celebrating the Provincial Hunting Day at our Alford Lake AND our Calgary Firearms Facility. 

AHEIA and Hunting for Tomorrow are offering a daylong event at Alford Lake for those who want to explore the outdoors and expand their shooting and hunting knowledge.  A partial listing of the sessions we are working on are Crossbow Basics, Shotgun Shooting Basics, Centerfire Rifle Shooting, Rimfire Rifle Shooting, Archery Basics, Black Powder Shooting, Making Your Own Survival Kit, Make a Moose Call, Whitetail Hunting Techniques, Trapping Basics and Outdoor Cooking. 

AHEIA will also be hosting a daylong Provincial Hunting Day event at our Calgary Firearms Centre in De Winton in conjunction with the 20th Annual Pheasants Forever Youth/Novice Fall Shoot (ages 12 and up). On site shotgun coaching, provided by certified AHEIA instructors, will be on hand so participants can try trap, skeet and 5 stand shooting.  Archery, along with a variety of other activities, will also be available.

Choose your sessions on site the day of the event (as space permits). All sessions are hands on and provide the opportunity to learn by doing. This event is completely free and is fun for the whole family!

We will also be providing a complimentary lunch, snacks, and beverages at both locations.

Space is limited and you must pre-register for both event locations. Please register for Alford Lake by September 15, 2021 and Calgary Firearms Centre by September 22, 2021.

This event is subject to any AHS COVID protocols that may be in place. 

2021 Women's Archery League

Fall Session
Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Cost: $50
Instruction, bows, arrows and targets will be provided.

AHEIA membership is required, and if necessary can be purchased onsite, online or at an AHEIA office. Coaching provided by certified archery instructors.

6:00pm start time. Rain or shine.

COVID-19 Operational Update

This page will be frequently updated as our operations adjust to comply with the most current health measures and regulations. Check here for future updates.

View CFC Operational Update May 14, 2021
The AHEIA Calgary Firearms Centre operates an 80 acre Trap, Skeet and 5 Stand recreational shotgun shooting facility, which is open to the public year round.

Although we operate the busiest facility of its kind in North America, we haven’t lost our focus of offering an enjoyable visit to shooters of all levels and abilities. We continue to work hard at growing interest in the shooting sports and work towards spreading the news of firearms use in a safe and responsible manor. We want you to enjoy your visit each and every time you and your family come to the facility.

Features & Rates

Rates

  • Trap
    Member: $7.50       Non-Member: $11.50
  • Skeet
    Member: $7.50       Non-Member $11.50
  • Sporting Clays
    Member $7.50       Non-Member $11.50
  • Tower
    Member $7.50       Non-Member $11.50
  • Double Trap
    Member $15.00       Non-Member $23.00
  • Archery (Members Only)
    Youth $3.00/day
  • Adult $6.00/day
  • Family (2+ Participants under one AHEIA Membership) $10.00/day
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  • We also offer firearm rentals for $25.00/firearm. There are no bow rentals.

Amenities

  • 10 Trap Houses
  • 3 Skeet Fields
  • 5 Stand Range
  • Olympic Trap Field
  • Club House
  • 100' Duck Tower
  • International Skeet and Sporting Clays
  • Archery Range

All visitors to the CFC facility must watch the above video and sign a waiver before they are allowed access to the ranges.

Women's/Youth Shotgun Leagues

All Abilities Welcome

Including Those Who Have Never Held A Gun Before!


Welcome to the 2021 AHEIA Shotgun Leagues. This is an opportunity to learn something new, or improve on something you already know, and meet new people interested in the same thing you are! This year we will be offering three sessions starting in May and running through to September. Our first session will be May and June, followed by our second session in July and August followed by our fall session in September. Wednesdays are our league nights at the CFC. The Spring and Fall sessions start at 430 pm while our Summer session starts at 6 pm, but you may show up at any time! Each of these sessions will run independently and are open to all women or youth who wish to attend. 


BONUS - Earlybird Shooting for the spring and fall sessions will start at 4:30 for those who can be there before 6:00. You can show up anytime after 4:30 and we will get you shooting. Arrive when you can, leave when you must!

Register Here

SPRING 2021 SESSION

May 5 – June 9

CANCELLED

SUMMER 2021 SESSION

July 7 - August 11

FALL 2021 SESSION

September 1 – 29

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Pre-registration is not required but requested. To register, or for more information, contact the Calgary Firearms Centre at 403-256-0665 or the Calgary AHEIA office at 403-252-8474, or email info@aheia.com. 
First-time shooters should arrive at the Calgary Firearms Centre by 5:30 on the first evening of your session.

Shoot Program

Major competitions with registered targets are held each year, as well as several less competitive "Fun Shoots". The schedule of these events can be found in the Shoot Program. We have parking for 250 and an RV, tent and tent trailer area. Shooting is year-round and includes league competitions, special training seminars and corporate events.

On behalf of all of us at AHEIA and the Calgary Firearms Centre, it is my pleasure to once again extend a warm welcome to each of you and the best of luck in the 2021 shooting season.

Download the 2021 Shoot Program
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What is Trap?

The word “trap” refers to the usage of a trap in which a live bird was placed and released on command whereby an attempt was then made to shoot it. The earliest printed description of this sport was in February 1793 in England. It became one of England’s most popular sports and migrated to the United States in 1831. The evolution of the sport replaced live birds with glass balls and then clay targets. The clay is called a “bird”, and the machine which throws the bird is the “trap” and it is housed in a “trap house”.

What Constitutes a Round of Trap?

A round for one person consists of 25 shots, five each from five shooting stations, the object being to score the greatest number of broken targets.

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What is Skeet?

The term “skeet” refers to an old Scandinavian word meaning “to shoot”. It stands for a competitive, target shooting sport that was invented in America in 1920 by several Massachusetts men who wanted to improve their aim before hunting season. Their system of simulating the flight patterns of live birds with hand-propelled clay targets began as a spirited game between hunters. Today, a modern version of that game has become an international sport in its own right for non-hunters and hunters alike. It is the skill and thrill of marksmanship that unites all skeet shooters.

What Constitutes a Round of Skeet?

A round of skeet for one person consists of 25 shots, the object being to score the greatest number of broken targets. The first shot scored last in any round shall be repeated immediately and the result is scored as the twenty-fifth shot. Should the first 24 targets of a round be scored as broken, the shooter shall take his optional shot, a low house eight only.

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FAQ's

I’ve Never Shot a Gun Before ... Is this a Safe Sport for Beginners?

Membership at a centre such as this offers you the finest and safest means of learning to shoot from scratch. In addition to personal help from qualified coaches, a variety of local and regional  clinics  are  held  each  year  for  the  beginner  and  the  advanced shooter. Rigid safety rules are enforced strictly at all times for your protection and the safety of others.

Is Shooting an Expensive Sport?

It depends on your personal objectives. You can have a life-time of fun and fellowship in a local club in return for a small investment in  the shotgun of your choice, safety ear and modest ammunition costs.  

On the other hand, if shooting all regional and national tournaments is what you prefer, then, like any other form of recreation, the costs can be as high as your ambitions and budgets will let them go.

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What Kind of People are Claybird Shooters? The Best Kind!

Men and women of all walks of life who believe in the safe handling of guns, who take pride in shooting well and who enjoy competing with themselves and others for prizes, self-satisfaction and self-achievement. In most clubs you will find a wide cross-section of wives, husbands, children and grand-parents alike. 

Hours of Operation

  • Monday
    CLOSED
  • Tuesday
    CLOSED
  • Wednesday 
    12:00pm - Dusk (May 1 - September 30)
    12:00pm - 6:00pm (October 1 - April 30)
  • Thursday
    12:00pm - 6:00pm (Year Round)
  • Friday 
    12:00pm - 6:00pm (Year Round)
  • Saturday 
    12:00pm - 6:00pm (Year Round)
  • Sunday 
    1:00pm - 5:00pm (Year Round)