Range Work – May 27th 2020

Thank you to all who came out last night to pick rocks on both ranges. We had about 25+ members who did a lot of work. With the help of one member’s Gator and trailer, another’s quad and trailer plus Marty Botincan’s little Bobcat both ranges are looking great.

We have some signage to post, the new pistol area firing line pad to form. We’ll be notifying the membership with the next work crew which will be a smaller one due to the nature of specialized work that has to be done to complete this last portion.

We’re almost there folks!

Stay warm and cover any vegetation/flowers for the next few days, starting tonight. It’s cold out there!

Colette – BRGFA Membership Chair

Photos by Jason:


Blair bans 12-gauge, 10-gauge shotguns and hunting rifles! CSSA Post

Blair bans 12-gauge, 10-gauge shotguns and hunting rifles!

Blair bans 12-gauge, 10-gauge shotguns and hunting rifles!

May 05, 2020

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) demand the immediate withdrawal of the flawed Order in Council.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Bill Blair looked Canadian gun owners in the eye last Friday and said they would not take guns suitable for hunting away from us.

Minister Blair is either too inept to comprehend the scope of his regulations…or he lied to the Government and Canadians.

In the legal opinion of our firearms legal team – headed by Edward Burlew L.L.B., one of the foremost experts in Canadian firearms law – Blair banned almost every modern 12-gauge and 10-gauge shotgun in Canada with removable chokes because they exceed the maximum bore diameter of 20 mm as defined in SOR/2020-96.

It is estimated there 1.5 – 2 million of these common hunting firearms in Canada.

As well, many large bore hunting rifles – some more than 100 years old and valued at more than $100,000 have become prohibited. None of these firearms are semi-automatic or “military style.” They encompass common bolt-action rifles such as the .460 Weatherby, break-open single and double rifles. These firearms are captured because the powerful cartridges they shoot – designed to humanely dispatch the largest game animals. PURE hunting rifles.

Canada’s firearms industry body, the CSAAA, is advising retailers to stop sales of “large hunting calibre, non semi-automatic rifles such as the Weatherby Mark V .460 as these rifles exceed the 10,000 Joules energy restriction.

Remington – 870 Express 12 Gauge Shotgun

Weatherby Mark V .460 hunting rifle
Additionally, CSAAA advises retailers to cease sales of many 12-gauge or larger shotguns with removable chokes.”

Despite open hunting seasons across much of Canada, lawful firearms owners should refrain from using 12-gauge or larger shotguns with removable chokes or large calibre rifles capable or exceeding the government’s energy ceiling.

Those firearms are PROHIBITED and may not be used or transports for any reason.

Intentional likes or incompetent mistakes? You decide.

The Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) and the Canadian shooting Sports Association (CSSA) demand the immediate withdrawal of the Governments’s flawed Order in Council and the immediate removal of Minister Blair from the Public Safety file.

READ THE LEGAL OPINION HERE SOR2020-96-CSAAA-Legal-Opinion-re-12-gauge-shotguns

For more information call:

Alison de Groot, CSAAA 1-705-875-2302 info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)csaaa.org

Tony Bernardo, CSSA 1-905-571-2150 info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)cssa-cila.org


Dear Volunteers and Shooters:

Great news this week from the Province! We are getting back to shooting some clays and enjoy the great outdoors! Phase 1 begins Monday, May 4th.

BRGFA Sporting clays will be opening but it is very important that we all understand that it is not the same as it was, but it is a start and we can now build towards what our “NEW” normal will be for a while.

First, we are under strict guidelines with how we conduct “business” with this phase 1 opening.  As we have tried to remain in contact with all of you over the past couple of months, as some of you may already know, we have a new website that will be our avenue to run our venue and follow the guidelines BRGFA has in place and adhere to all Provincial Guidelines. www.brgfasportingclays.ca

It is VERY important and we are asking for all to utilize technology as much as we can to make things flow hopefully with a bit more ease.  Booking online will make things easier, but if you absolutely cannot use our website to book online, we are asking those of you to contact us at (204) 444-4109 or (204) 791-7295  or email kellybourns(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)xplornet.com , that way we know who you all are and can get you registered and information out to you!

Please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.  This will enable us to communicate with all of you in a quicker response time and will be our avenue to let you know if we need to cancel due to weather and/or to provide all of you with any important information. Our website also provides an avenue to contact us with any questions you may have and because Pre registration is MANDATORY, you may register for upcoming events and get more information with the guidelines and safety measures we will be implementing and following.

There are going to be hiccups, and issues that we will face as this will be a learning experience! Please be patient, flexible, accommodating and understanding.  We need to work together to make this happen and to continue to happen.  We don’t want to have to shut down again!

Monday Night Sporting Clays, May 11th.  There are limited time slots available. First booking time is 5:00 pm and will be every 15 minutes, with the last time slot being 6:15 pm.  First come~First served. Registration will close Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 pm or once all time slots are filled.

Saturday, May 16th will be our first all day booking.  First time slot 9:00 am, every 15 minutes, with the last being 3:00 pm.  Depending on response, we could start a bit earlier and go a bit later. First come~First served. Registration closes Friday, May 15th at 6:00 pm or once all time slots are filled.

I must also point out that online registration also enables us to close off registrations once all time slots are full and put people on waiting lists.  We are asking for 24 hour notice if you are not able to make it.  This will give us the opportunity to contact our waiting list to fill empty timeslots more efficiently. If you are sick…STAY HOME!!!!

Time slots are squad start times.  So for example, Monday nights there are only 6 squads that will be able to book. Squad 1 starts shooting at 5:00 pm, Squad 2 starts shooting at 5:15 and so on.

  1. Pre Registration is Mandatory – ONLINE  registration is preferred! Each date requires a separate registration submission.

**If you show up, you will either be turned away or asked to wait at the gate until there is an opening.**

  1. Squads are minimum of 2 to maximum of 4 people.
  2. If you have a squad, each member must register separately.  Please include names on each registration of your squad mates. If you are not able to get a squad arranged, please indicate on the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  3. All registrations are on a first come first served basis.
  4. All squads will be advised a start time.  We will do our best to accommodate time requests, but we are asking everyone to be flexible.

A Waiver of Liability must be filled out and signed by all registered shooters. Parents/Guardians of juniors (under the age of 18) must fill out and sign a Waiver for each Junior.  There are 2 forms, one for adult and one for juniors. Waivers can be found at the bottom of Event Registration Page and can be printed by clicking on the link.  There will be extra copies on the day of the shoot, but would appreciate if you could print off and have ready before arriving.

Scores cards will be available online, and on site if you wish to keep score.  There will be a box at your last station to put your scorecards in and we will track scores and averages on the website.  If you do not wish to have your average, don’t drop your scorecards off once you are done shooting.

Upon arrival to the Range, please utilize both front and back parking areas and keep a recommended distance of 10 feet between vehicles.

Arrive 10 – 15 minutes prior to your start time to get ready and report to the front of the clubhouse, there you will be provided with further instructions and directed to station 1.

So get ready, registration is open and live on the website!!! Apologies for the lengthy email, once we get a better understanding and flow, it will be so much easier!!!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dale at dale.bourns(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)umanitoba.ca or Kelly at kellybourns(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)xplornet.com">kellybourns(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)xplornet.com or www.brgfasportingclays.ca.

Looking forward to seeing everyone,

Dale and Kelly Bourns

BRGFA Sporting Clays


Trudeau Liberals declare war on Canada’s law-abiding gun community


May 2, 2020

Trudeau Liberals declare war on Canada’s
law-abiding gun community

Oshawa, ON – On Friday, May 1, 2020, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau launched an unwarranted attack against our community. With the stroke of a pen, 1500 guns were instantly banned.

No reasons were given other than Trudeau’s usual warm and fuzzy platitudes and virtue signalling on a subject he knows absolutely nothing about. While this is hardly a new role for him, the evil minions that do his bidding even went so far as to disable the Firearms Reference Tables for an entire day to prevent the transfer of firearms.

It was an unwarranted declaration of war against Canada’s firearms community.

Yesterday was a whirlwind of government briefings, media interviews, consultations with our General Counsel, political analysis and dealing with hundreds of phone calls, emails and inquiries.

The government said there is a two-year amnesty and, during that time, they will decide on a plan forward. That plan may include confiscations, buying your guns with your own money and possible grandfathering. But so far, there is nothing but their promise to seek solutions – for them.

We urge you not to over-react. Stay cool. Stay strong.


The Trudeau government made some foolish mistakes implementing these Orders in Council. We will use these errors against them in the coming months, but do not become complacent. The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau hates us, and they will continue to demonize us and denigrate our character at every turn.

To them, there is no room in this country for you or your culture of safety, freedom and responsibility. Do not forget this in the struggle ahead.

We need you with us in the coming days. Our strength is our members and your support and hard work will be critical to our survival.

Most of all, do not give up hope. The Trudeau Liberals have fired their volley. Now it’s our turn.


The question on the minds of our members is simple. What is the CSSA doing about it?


Today’s announcement, while repulsive and stupid, is not a surprise. The Liberals have talked about it for over two years. The only surprise is they would attempt to jam it down the throats of Canadians in the midst of a global pandemic – and when Parliament is all but shut down.

First, we continue to do interviews with media across the country to explain some really simple facts to Canadians. As those interviews are made available on the web, we will share them with you.

Second, we’re working with our General Counsel, analysing all legal avenues and potential options, both legal and legislative. There are many potential avenues for striking this down in the courts, and we’re examining them all.

Third, we’re working with politicians across the political spectrum to educate them about the many pitfalls contained in today’s announcement. As you can well imagine, the Conservative Party is all over this, and we’re working with them at every level to ensure they know what we know, and vice versa.

Fourth, we are developing more communications vehicles to educate Canadians about why this approach to public policy does not and cannot work.

Fifth, we’re examining every aspect of today’s announcement to identify all the holes in it – and there are many.

Will we stop this gun ban overnight? No, of course not. But if even one of the many avenues we’ve already identified pan out, we are well-positioned to stop this garbage in its tracks.

So stay tuned… there is much to be figured out over the coming days… and all of it will be communicated to you as soon as we are able.

Until then, stay safe and keep your powder dry.

Tony Bernardo
Executive Director
Canadian Shooting Sports Association

Big Buck Draw Winner

Attention BRGFA Membership

As all of you were aware our Annual Banquet was cancelled but our Big Buck Draw was still held today, April 25th, 2020, as stated on the tickets.

Thank you to all of you who sold tickets. This is BRGFA’s only fundraiser.

BRGFA President Neil Jack performed the draw with both Glenn Collard and Debbie Draward as witnesses.

The winner is:  John Niemczyk

Congratulations John!

A video of the draw being performed can be seen if you click the link  here

Again, thank you to all of you who sold tickets

Have a good weekend

Colette Marr
BRGFA Membership Chair


As of today March 23, 2020 Brokenhead River Game and Fish Association Range will not be holding any Orientations.

We are complying with the current COVID-19 restrictions about ‘distancing’.

Once the situation has been resolved BRGFA will announce the next Orientation.

Thank you for your patience

Colette Marr -Membership Chair

Have you checked your PAL expiry date??

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming non-restricted course being held in Beausejour:

April 26th (Sunday)
Time: 9:00-5:00 pm
Location: Sunova Room – (Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour)

AND another being held in Beasuejour (venue not confirmed yet)

May 31st (Sunday) – venue to be determined, same time for registration
Contact Bob Austman: 204-268-1140 to reserve your spot

E-petition from MP James Bezan

From: james.bezan.c1a(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)parl.gc.ca

Date: January 23, 2020 at 8:47:44 AM CST
To: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)jamesbezan.com">office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)jamesbezan.com
Subject: Online e-petition

I’m writing to request that your organization circulates to your membership and patrons an online e-petition that opposes the Liberal’s plan to ban “military-style assault rifles” through an Order in Council.  In less than one month this e-petition has garnered over 86,000 signatures. Clearly, Canadians oppose the Liberals’ proposal to implement their gun-control strategy in a multi-step process.

Conservatives are committed to ensuring that Canadians are safe and secure in their homes and in their communities.  The Liberals soft on crime approach has done nothing to address rising gang and gun violence, or the drug crisis that has already taken nearly 14,000 lives. Forcing law-abiding Canadians to follow even more laws will not reduce crime. Instead the Liberals should focus on gangs, criminals, and illegal firearms.

Conservatives want to see a plan that includes:

  • Support for police anti-gang and gun units
  • Youth prevention programs
  • Action on rural crime
  • Tougher sentences for violent offenders
  • Support for courts and prosecutors
  • CBSA Firearms Smuggling Task Force
  • Increased access to mental health and addictions treatments

I encourage all concerned Canadians to sign the e-petition before February 15th, 2020 through the following weblink:  https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2341.


Member of Parliament

Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, Manitoba


Range Gate Padlock Changed January 1 2020

Remember that BRG&FA Range Gate Padlock is changed on January 1st, 2020 so if you want access to the Range you will need to renew your membership.

BRGFA Membership Application-2020

Renewals can be made in a couple of ways:

a) Mail:
Box 1404
Beausejour MB R0E 0C0

b) In Person:
Monthly Club Meetings held at Beausejour Legion @ 7:30PM on the first Wednesday of each month. January 8th, 2020 is the next club meeting.

c) BRGFA Events

Single: $90.00 [BRGFA fee plus Range user fee] / Family: $95.00 [BRGFA fee plus Range User Fee]. If you do not use the Range the fees are: Single: $45.00 or Family: $50.00
*Add MWF fees if you want to join the Manitoba Wildlife Federation*

*All new members must attend an Orientation in person at the Range prior to receiving Range cards and Range key.

Happy New Year