Post Date: 28 Nov 2019
By Fred Scheepers
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to present the Chairman’s report
for Alfred County branch for 2018/2019 year.
We presently have 222 members compared to 239 at the same time last year.
We are still the 4th largest of the 9 branches.
Our committee met on 3 occasions during the year and had an overall attendance of 70%. I attended 1 EXCO meeting during the year in Pinetown.
Craig Simms. Long battle with cancer.
A Nyala waterhole was held after every shoot at Mooidraai Guesthouse. All went well. Thanks to Mooidraai Guest house for hosting our Waterholes in Kokstad.
Clay Pigeon Shoot
We had 2 clay pigeon shoots this year that were well attended.
Our shoot on the 28 September was very well attended. We had 20 entrants for
Everybody left with a prize. Thanks to Khotso Sport and Ammunition for their sponsorship of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
Alfred County Golf Day in Harding
We did not have a golf day this year.
We had 3 rifle shoots this year that were very well attended. Most of our shoots were held at the Amanzimyama Shooting Range in Kokstad.
Our CHASA shoot was organized by Adriaan Roets and we had a good turnout for the day. Loads of prizes were sponsored and everybody left with a prize.
Then, just before the hunting season started, we had a rifle sighting day. Well attended.
We will be hosting another Chasa and gong shoot on the 23rd of November. Save the date.
Long range shooting
We attended the Matat club long range gong shoot. The event was hosted on Deal Miles farm. 5 of our members attended. On the day the wind pumped on the Cedarville flats and made it very challenging. Shooting at gongs at unknown distances made it very interesting. Ranges varied from 400m to 1000m.
We had a pistol shoot at Kromdraai farm (Dave Louwrens). Our invitation went out to members and farmers in the area. We had 28 guns on the day, which consisted of members, farmers and guests.
The nice thing was that we had a good number of female shooters. The shoot went off brilliantly and will most definitely become a fixture within Alfred County. Thanks to all who assisted with setting up of the course.
Senior Hunters Courses
Did not take place.
Junior Rangers Course
We hosted a Jnr rangers’ course at Mooidraai from 15 – 17 March. We had 15 attendees, mixed boys and girls. Between Cassie and Frits, they had their hands full. They kept them well informed and gave them enough time to relax and re-charge. They had lecture for the best part of the morning and field work in the afternoon.
They did rifle shoots and had the opportunity to shoot a shotgun at clays. The competitive side quickly showed when they started hitting the clays.
On their off times they would head for the river and hunt for crabs.
At night they were kept busy by braaiing their own meat and treasure hunts.
Thanks to Cassie and Frits and we hope to have another well attended Jnr Rangers next year.
We have had a very successful year in Alfred County.
This year we tried to have less events during hunting season to give the guys more time to hunt. The creation of the Sub-Committee branch was a very good move which has led to Alfred County, as a branch, being much more active.
Aim small miss small!
Herewith I move my report for adoption.