President’s Message

For the past couple of months I have had an issue with Canada Post wherein I shipped a paid-for gun to a person in western Canada and the tracking information shows it was delivered to his home – left on the front doorstep in plain view by a contract delivery service even though no one was home to receive it. No surprise that it wasn’t there when he arrived home from work a few hours later. The parcel was not insured so now, almost 3 months later, Canada Post has given up the search and offered to compensate us only for the shipping cost even though they apparently did not follow their own protocol that would have had the parcel delivered to the nearest depot for later pickup. In retrospect I will always require a signature upon delivery (about $2.00 extra) but I am still not convinced there isn’t more liability with Canada Post and we are pursuing full compensation – now with the Can Post Ombudsman. I relate this sad tale only to caution everyone to consider postal insurance or at least “signature upon delivery” for any parcel of value.

Meanwhile, we had some casino funds in jeopardy of being clawed back by the AFSS and we need some targets so I have ordered enough targets to last the ABPA a long time and we have some to sell for a donation of $40 for a parcel of 250 or $80/500. There should be individuals and clubs interested at this very attractive price so please pass the word to anyone or any club that might be interested.

Although we lost some rendezvous events to potential forest fires it was encouraging that the Fort Mac Hangingstone Ravens were able to host a fun weekend and hopefully can get back to having an annual gathering again.

As we head into the colder part of hunting season I wish all our hunters a safe and successful hunt – and keep your powder dry. To everyone else it is the time to check that guns are all cleaned and put away until spring.

Meanwhile, please plan to attend our AGM in January 20, 2018 at Red Deer.