When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible. -Dale Earnhardt


By Piet Buys

Another eventful year has come and gone for the Upper Tugela Branch. Once again, we managed to host eight shoots in various formats, catering for hand gun, shotgun and rifle enthusiasts.

Our Night Gong Shoot has become even more popular, with entries doubling last year’s numbers. Although these events are well supported, I would like to see more participants at our Handgun shoots in the future.  It seems that more focus is placed on rifle precision than self-defense practice with the use of a handgun.

I would like to thank Rob Fortmann and Cobus Botha for organising and hosting our Ka-Ching shoot this year in Winterton. It was great fun and well supported.

Both our clay shoots were a success, but thanks to the predicted 50km/h wind on the day of the Fin Fur Feather shoot, we saw far fewer entries than expected.

Our annual Ding Dong Gong Shoot and year-end function saw more than 60 entries in 2016 and we expect more interest in this event this year.

Upper Tugela was again well represented at the National CHASA Shoot in Bloemfontein this year and I would like to thank these members for their time and effort.

In 2016, we had a complement of 90 members in the branch, and even though we lost a couple at the beginning of this year, we still managed to grow to a total of 103 members.

I would like to thank Jan Human for his time in keeping our finances up to date, as well as Owen Geekie for looking after our equipment and for the use of his farm as venue for
our shoots.