Presidents Report 2008
Well with our first year for SAWWS in the books I must say it was busy and fun filled summer in 2008 for all the Cowboy Action Shooters.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work last year and remind us all that soon a new one begins.  We will be soon setting the date for our AGM and that means an election of officers.  I would like to encourage all of our members new and old to consider letting your name stand for one of the positions.  While starting a new provincial organization is exciting as we watch it grow we need new blood and new ideas, so don’t be afraid to step up.
 
Over the past year we shot twice a month from April to October alternating between The PAPRC West range and the Candle Lake Sportsman’s League ranges during their club shoots.   Lots of lead bullets were sent down range resulting in many satisfying bangs and clangs from the targets amid cheers and yeehaws from the cowboys and cowgirls in attendance.  We attracted western style shooters who traveled to Prince Albert and Candle Lake to shoot with us from Manitoba and even as far away as Nova Scotia this year.  Our sport is growing in Saskatchewan and SAWWS continues to grow as well as the result of the promoting that has happened at gun shows and demonstration shoots, but more on that latter.  
 
In addition to all the fun we had at our regular shoots the provincial group put on two, two day matches and everyone left with prizes that were worth more than their entry fee thanks to the local businesses and shooters who sponsored prizes and food.  To the businesses who donated prizes Timber Line Gallery, Frontier Taxidermy, Arnie’s Guns, MT Chambers Supply, Frank Dunn Toyota, Carlton Honda, Birch Hills Co-op, the Candle Lake Sportsman’s League for the use of the range and all the individual members who donated prizes thank you for your support.    While donations and prizes are important it was the hard work of the local members that really made these shoots successful. Thank you all for your support, dedication and hard work.  The August shoot included a home cooked meal of cowboy fare like deep fried turkey, well ok maybe the turkey isn’t traditional fare but the chilli and baked beans supplied by Icebox certainly was.  Congratulations to Risk N Hope from Flin Flon Manitoba and Granny Oakley who shoots out of PA and Candle Lake for taking the men’s and women’s Top Gun Awards.  
 
Our group of shooters also traveled to Saskatoon in June and put on a two day promotional Cowboy Action Shoot at the Saskatoon Muzzle Loader’s range.  Many of the shooters were first timers trying their hand at cowboy action style shooting.  It was a great success and the Saskatoon Bunch is helping to host two shoots there this coming summer.  In September members of the SAWWS group traveled to North Battleford and in February to Saskatoon to put a promotional table into the gun shows.  Lots of interest was generated with a number of new memberships purchased and more continuing to arrive in the mail.  You have to admire the spirit and dedication of the people who shoot cowboy action to reach into their pockets and promote the shooting sports the way they do.  They are all such genuine people that I’m proud to be part of their circle and call each and every one of them friends.  
 
The Cowboy Action Shooters never miss a chance to dress up and promote Cowboy Action Shooting as was evidenced by their attendance in costume at the PA Wildlife Wild Game and Auction Fundraiser.  If any one wants to give the sport a try you simply need to contact one of us and we will be happy to supply firearms and bullets for a day at the range.  Who knows you may like it, after all where else can you dress up and role-play without being arrested.  So check the link for an updated shoot schedule and don’t be a stranger.  See you at the range.   
 
Submitted by
Grey Beard

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