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About the Day Family

– Hello! –

Our mission is to create a unique, outdoor, shotgun shooting experience for members, families, guests, and private events within a safe, exciting, and social setting.

Silver Willow Sporting Club was founded in 1988 as a family-owned & operated business. Today, the club proudly maintains that distinction with the fifth generation of Days still enjoying the family property.

Originally established as a bird release club, Silver Willow has evolved into a full-service sporting clays, five-station “Duck Pond,” and skeet field facility. Silver Willow has been operating off the grid since 1988, using both solar and wind power, composting toilets and a full recycling program. Throughout the property, the fully automated clay target throwers are completely solar-powered.

Just 30 minutes north of Calgary, Alberta, Silver Willow is located 5 minutes west of the small country town of Carstairs and is home to 30 acres of a dedicated wetland Ducks Unlimited site.

Two separate courses await all levels of shotgun enthusiasts with targets for beginners/intermediates and more challenging targets for the experienced shooter. Feel the thrill of hunting as 40 and 65 foot towers throw clay targets over natural terrain simulating the excitement of wild game bird flight.

Silver Willow has become a destination point for all levels of local and international shooting enthusiasts. The original clubhouse, a cookhouse/conference centre, and the Gun Brothers café make Silver Willow the perfect setting for both registered and non-registered shoots as well as private and corporate events.

Interested in experiencing the thrill of shooting Sporting Clays, taking a lesson with a certified instructor, or hosting a corporate team-building event? Call today 403.337.2490 !

Have a shotgun enthusiast or hunter on your gift-giving list? Silver Willow is home to Day & Co. Shooting Sports retail store handling Browning, Winchester and Zoli shotguns.

 

 

Our Journey

 

1988 – 10 station sporting clays course opens with manual clay target throwers

 

1989 – Original clubhouse is built and powered by a “passive” solar system

 

1995 – Automatic clay target throwers are introduced

 

1998 – A solar-powered, fully automatic 14 station course is completed

 

2010 – A five-stand “duck pond” station is completed

 

2012 – A wireless, remote iPull control system is added to all 28 machines on the course.

 

2013 – The Cookhouse/Conference Centre opens
– A second seasonal sporting clays course opens
– The total number of automatic clay target throwers increases to 62
– The “Shotgun Academy” and “Day & Co. Shotgun Sports” retail store opens

 

2015 – Canadian Firearms Safety Courses are offered monthly
– Introduction of safety video for “walk-on shooters”
– Repurpose Shotgun Academy for safety orientation sessions, CFSC training, and office space
– Renamed Ringneck Lodge.
– Newsletter published monthly
– The total number of automatic clay target throwers increases to 70

 

2016 – The Blue “Winged Teal” Course reopens following the approval and acceptance of the Municipal Development Permit
– Roofs are added to shooting stands
– New washroom facilities are completed

 

2017 – Opened the Skeet Field
– 2 more target throwers were added to each station on the Blue Course as well as new, upgraded, wireless iPull system

 

2018 – Expansion of the Day & Co Store
– Became a members-based facility

 

2019 – Upgraded all golf carts – now offering 2-seaters and 4-seaters
– Added international wobble trap station to skeet field

 

2020 – Upgraded pathways
– Launched web store with shotguns and shooting accessories & apparel