Shotgun Sheppard still has game

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August 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Lloydminster trapshooter Brian Sheppard recently came back from the Alberta Provincial Trapshooting Championships in Edmonton where he won the D class in Doubles. Over the years Sheppard has won the Canadian Championship four times between 1987 and 1994.

Lloydminster’s four time Canadian trapshooting champion, Brian Sheppard, is still pulling the trigger.
The 75-year-old marksman recently returned from the Alberta Provincial Trapshooting Championships in Edmonton, where he won the D in the Doubles category.
Though D isn’t the best score one can walk away with, the trapshooting veteran of more than 40 years still enjoys the challenge.
“Just the competition probably,” Sheppard said of what he loves about the championships. 
“I didn’t make out very well at it, I won one in Edmonton at the Alberta Provincial, I won what they call the D Doubles—that’s about as low as you can get.”
Doubles is when two targets are launched at the same time and the shooter has to knock them both out of the air in rapid succession, with the classes starting at AA, then A, going down consecutively with missed shots to B, C and D.
He may not have placed his best at this particular competition, but Sheppard has made quite the name for himself as a trapshooter in the past.
“Years ago when I could really hit ‘em I won three Doubles championships for Canada and I also won a Singles event,” he said.
“I’ve won four Canadian championships.”
The wins in the Doubles classes took place in ‘87, ‘88 and ‘94 respectively, with the Single class win being taken by Sheppard in ‘95.
Sheppard said he’s been into the sport since 1975 after a friend suggested he take it up because he’s in the sporting goods industry, owning Shep’s Sports Centre in the Border City, and perhaps another more straight forward reason, being that he simply loves to shoot guns.
“That’s what probably prompted it,” he said.
Nowadays Sheppard still practises about once a week, also using hunting as a means to keep his accuracy sharp.
He said he likes to hunt coyotes in the wintertime, gophers in the summer and birds in the fall.
When asked what his favourite game to hunt is, though, he goes with the first mentioned coyote.
“There’s no limit on them and you don’t have to clean ‘em,” he joked.
“I go out in the wintertime on a pair of skis with a game call and I call them; they come to me, so I don’t even have to chase them.”
Hopefully this winter there’ll be plenty of coyotes for Sheppard, so he can continue to hone his sniper skills and win that AA class next time around.

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