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New Ontario Shooters Association (NOSA)
2019 Recent Activities or Events and Pictures

Here find details of the shooting activities and related events at NOSA, the family-friendly Thunder Bay rifle and pistol shooting club. Events or subjects are in approximate date order (usually based on the earliest date if an activity is spread out).

Photos here are by Banacek unless otherwise attributed. This page is also intended to show some of our members' 2019 photos in club and related activities in and about Thunder Bay, Ontario -- or wherever our members travel for competitions or sport. Member photo contributions are much appreciated. And please be kind.

At the end of each calendar year, a particular year's activities and photos will still be available on its own NOSA page.

Click Year for Previous Activities
2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015
2016 2017 2018

Nolalu Range Improvement Projects, pictures and text, during a particular year can be seen on the individual year pages above, but for your convenience several years of such projects have also been gathered together here on a summary webpage.

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts are similarly reported in each year's activities, but prior years have also been gathered here in a summary webpage.

Photos on these web pages are optimized for viewing at the low resolution of a computer monitor. If you wish to print particular photos, identify them in an email to the Webmaster, and he will email you a higher resolution version. If you have an objection to a particular image of yourself or your family member, send an email to the Webmaster and that image or the complete photo will be removed from the website.

Spelling of Names. We try hard to spell folks' names correctly but errors can creep in. Please advise any corrections needed.

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NOSA Indoor Shooting at Arnone Range -- 19 Sep 2018 through 26 Apr 2019

The fall to spring indoor shooting schedule began at Arnone Range:
--- on Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018 for Junior Shooters;
--- on Friday, 21 Sep 2018 for Adult Shooters.

NOSA Junior Shooters' Valentine Shoot -- Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019

Image of paper target

The Junior Shooters had a Valentine's shoot on February 13. Samantha D-R kindly provided this report and photos.

Overall we had a fun night. The juniors all shot well. We had gift certificates and chocolates as prizes. Also a big shout out to Gerry for supplying the juniors with refreshments, and to Bob for getting the gift certificates.

Mystery target winners were Landon age group 12-17; and Rhys age group 7-11.

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Heart Tgt 7-11
1st Mason,
2nd Xander,
3rd Kallia
Heart Tgt 12-17
1st Heath,
2nd Courage
3rd Jordan
Comp. Tgt 7-11
2nd Mason
3rd Rhys
1st Xander
Comp. Tgt 12-17
1st Jordan
2nd Heath
3rd A.J.

Northwestern Fur Trappers Association Show -- 1 & 2 March 2019

Photo of NOSA table at Trappers' Show

The Trappers hosted a show for the public demonstrating skinning and featuring trapping related contests. There were also tables for vendors of outdoors sporting equipment and gear.

Gerry K. kindly provided the photo showing our new club banner on the NOSA information table, staffed here by Jordan and Samantha.

Displays were open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday 01 March; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday 02 March.

NOSA Gun Show in Thunder Bay -- Saturday and Sunday, 9 & 10 March 2019

Gun Show Visitors

This annual two-day NOSA Spring Gun Show featured the opportunity for the public to buy, sell, or trade: Guns, Knives, Ammunition, Collectors' Cartridges, Reloading Supplies, Optics, and Accessories. A food concession was on site.

Location: The Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Ave., Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 2S7 Canada.

Show Hours for the Public were: Saturday 9 March from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 March from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Admission for the Public was $5.00 each day, and free for those under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

NOSA had an information display about our Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program. This show provided some of the annual funding for the Juniors.

We gratefully thank the vendors for putting on some very interesting displays and educating the public about the history of firearms. A special thank you to Deb Bissonette from the Chief Firearms Office for again helping the public understand safe use and proper storage of firearms.

We very much appreciate the show organizers Trevor B. and Glenn H., and the many volunteers from NOSA that made this show run smoothly: Merv A., Dana C., Samantha D-R, John Gi., George H., Vern K., Dave and Jo-Anne and Kayla L., Bob M., Kristina P., Chris and Jordan R., and Neil. Also kudos for the many vendors who pitched in to help their fellow exhibitors carry heavy merchandise in and out. [If I've left anyone out here, please drop me an email.] Banacek took the accompanying photos.

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8 March and
set-up begins
in earnest
Warren W.
chats with
Bob J.
Stan K. sets
up with his
son, Randy
Still lots of
and chatting
Saturday and
we're almost
open now
Jesse B. meets
the rush at
his table
Terry D.'s
table is
full here
Jamie Black
is an awesome
Deb Bissonette
chats with
Bob M.
as she staffs
the C.F.O.
table again
Vinnie A.
chats with
Susan C.
Gary from
Great Northern
Gun Works
Rick G. chats
with a
Jeff B. is
our history
and B.P. Wiki
Wayne S. is
always a
fount of info
Tim R. points
out his knife
These lovely
ladies are
very talented
Trevor makes
sure vendors
are happy
Tim M. is
helpful to
Samantha D-R
staffing the
NOSA table
Cassidy is
at lunch
Fred J. and
Gord S. are
always here
Albert H.
always helps
Gary shares
Jamie displays
some of her
terrific work
and takes a
moment to
share a smile
Warren W. is
a constant
as are brothers
Randy & Wayne
S/K Enterprises
Trevor & Glen
& Bob near
Sunday's end
John Gi. and
Jo-Anne L.
at entrance

NOSA Annual General Meeting -- Sunday, 17 March 2019

Members at Club Meeting

NOSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the Slovak Legion from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A door prize was won by Vern K. and refreshments were provided.

This AGM's agenda included presentation of the annual budget and discussion of club business as well as the election of NOSA Executives for the next two years. The incumbents were returned by acclamation.

Bob M. emphasized that the two persons organizing our gun shows, Glenn H. and Trevor B., were very thankful for all the volunteer help at the actual show. However, the complexity of making all the advance arrangements has become ever more challenging, such that in future they would gratefully appreciate some volunteer help there too.

Our guest speaker was Executive Director John Kaplanis from Team NOSA (the other "NOSA", namely Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance). He described the many advantages of affiliating with their group, and our NOSA has now formed a Limited Association Affiliation with them, working together for common goals.

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NOSA Adult Easter Indoor Shoot -- Friday, 26 April 2019

Image of paper target

This was our annual post-Easter, End-of-Season, Shoot, although regular adult indoor shooting this spring has been extended Fridays until 10 May.

Shoot Results, with first through third place:

CF Handgun Bullseye: Tom S., Wray C., Phil W.
RF Handgun Bullseye: Tom S., Jerry W., Wray C.
RF Handgun Bingo: Dave Li., Ron W., Joe Z.
RF Rifle Bullseye: George H., Wray C., Mark W.
RF Rifle Bingo: Dave Li., Ron W., Mark W.
Mystery prizes (in 3 Bullseye shoots): Chris Z., Samantha D-R, Phil W.

And having fun was the prize that everyone got.

Activities At Nolalu Ranges 02 May Through 31 Oct 2019

Photo of Nolalu Range 18 April 2019

Actually here's a preliminary photo taken By Gerry K. on 18 April that indicates we should be fine to start shooting on time.

The snow was pretty well gone and a few more days of warm and sunny weather should dry out the ranges enough to be comfortable.

But always bring some rubber boots just in case.

NOSA Adult Lady Members' Pistol Shoot -- Friday, 03 May 2019

Image of paper target

This was a fun pistol shoot on May 3rd, with events for centerfire and rimfire pistols. There were only three participants this year.

Other adult members still had a regular shooting evening, with some lanes left open for that purpose.

Shoot Results, with first through third place:

CF Handgun Bullseye: Holly A., Jordan R., Samantha D-R
RF Handgun Bullseye: Samantha D-R, Holly A., Jordan R.
RF Handgun Bingo: Holly A., Samantha D-R, Jordan R.

NOSA Juniors End of Season Indoor Shoot -- Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Image of paper target

This fun evening for Juniors was the last formal event before summer break. This evening's report and photos are by Samantha D-R.

"So very proud of the Junior Shooters this season; their shooting skills have improved so much. Looking forward to working with the Jrs again in September.

This year we gave out some trophies.

Most improved:
Age group (7-10) Callia
Age group (11-18) Tristen (free standing, no rests)

Top scoring Target of the year:
Age group (7-10) Xander score 99
Age group (11-18) Jordan score 100+4 (free standing, no rests)

Top Marksman of the Year: Jordan (voted in by fellow jr shooters and their parents)

Results of the end of season shoot (1st through 3rd or 4th)
Battleship Reactive Target: Jordan, Kolten, Mason, Heath
Darts Reactive Target: tie Tristen & Jordan, Mason, Harry, Callia
Scoring Target (age 7-10): Dawson, Mason, Callia
Balloon Crossword Target (age 7-10): Dawson, Callia, Ristin
Scoring Target (age 11-18): Jordan, Ashley, Heath
Balloon Crossword Target (age 11-18): Maddy, Jordan, Ryan

Start date in September 2019 is tentatively Wednesday, September 18. Have a great summer. Samantha & Chris"

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Callia was the
Most Improved
ages 7-10
Tristen was the
Most Improved
ages 11-18
Jordan had Top
Scoring Target
Free Standing
and also
Marksman of
the Year
The Juniors
had a
group photo

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2019

Our members are encouraged to submit their 2019 pix, including memorable wildlife photographs. Thank you in advance.

Wayne Sm. took this fine photo in April of an immature Bald Eagle who perched on a dead branch only 50 yards from his window.

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Immature Bald
Eagle on Wayne's
high hilltop

NOSA Member Photo Submissions. It helps me here if photographs submitted are mostly under 6 Megabytes in file size, but larger will still be okay. Note: special pictures like group shots or panoramas often turn out better if processing here begins with an even larger file size.

If you have access to a photo software program, the first editing step (always) is to make a copy with a new name to work on. [Keep the original file safe and untouched!] Crop the copy photo to get rid of unnecessary background. Then fix light levels. Finally save as a jpg file. Free programs that can improve photos and resize them include: Paint.NET (for Windows) which is simple to use and has many useful features; another very capable free choice is GIMP, GNU Image Manipulation Program, that is available for Windows, Apple, or Linux operating systems.

If you are not comfortable using photo programs, just email a copy of the picture just as it came out of the digital camera and I'll do any adjustments needed here. If you use a film camera and paper prints, loan me a print and I'll scan it for the website.

Email your pix as attachments to:
but first change the xxxx into the usual email symbol.

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