SPRING BAY CLAY TARGET CLUB HISTORY
Clay target shooting commenced around 1964/65 when interested persons started competitions where the Fishmeal and Scallop industries are situated at the Slipway at Triabunna. The competition soon outgrew this area and the facility was moved to Little Swanport. A then prominent member of the club Mr Basil Castle negotiated with his brother Mr Bernie Castle to have the club moved to his property. At this point around 1967 the club sought registration with the ACTA as the East Coast Gun Club and competition continued firstly with a hand cocked/release plus trap and later around 1975 a Winchester white flyer.
Throughout the early 70ís the club prospered with some very enjoyable shoots and support from a very active Ladies Committee. Many shooters have fond memories of the New Years Day shoot.
Due to many crippling factors; the main ones being a drop off in local support and excessive fuel prices for travelling competitors the club went into recess from 2 January 1980. It was reassessed in 1981 and at a properly constituted meeting of all ex-members it was decided to stay closed and sell off the assets. The proceeds of the East Coast Gun Club remained in trust in Westpac Bank and interest was used to fund the State Single Barrel at the State Trap Carnival for many years.
Spring Bay Field and Game Inc was formed at a meeting held at Tandara Motor Inn on 16th July 1990. The decision to conduct clay target shooting was taken at a meeting held on 12 June 1991 and negotiations began with local farmers for a suitable site. By 8 January 1992 agreement had been reached with Ian and Paul Weeding to set up the range on their land at the bottom of the Slip Hill on Freestone Point Road at Triabunna (just across the road from the original site). The first competition was held on the third Sunday of the month on 17 May 1992 using the original East Coast Gun Club traphouse and a James trap. A clubhouse as constructed in 1993 and Spring Bay Field and Game continued with varying support until 1996.
The infamous Port Arthur massacre promoted resurgence in the club and this has continued. In late 2005 it was suggested that the club and its members could be better served by seeking affiliation with the ACTA. Accordingly membership was sought through the State arm of the ACTA. This was duly granted by the TCTA and Spring Bay Field and Game Inc became Spring Bay Clay Target Club Inc.
Our monthly competition is still held on the third Sunday of the month using an Ibis auto feed trap. The average attendance is approximately 25 competitors drawn from local and State wide. We look forward to bringing the joy of competitive clay target shooting to many for years to come.