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New Ontario Shooters Association (NOSA)
2012 Activities or Events and Pictures

Here find details of the 2012 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).

This page is also intended to show some of our members' photos in club and related activities in and about Thunder Bay, Ontario -- or wherever our members travel for competitions or sport. We also feature some of their favourite wildlife photos. (See near bottom of this page.)

At the end of each calendar year, a particular year's activities and photos will still be available on its own NOSA page. For other years, see the top of the current Recent Activities webpage using the link at left.

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.

All photos here are by Banacek unless otherwise credited.

Our current upcoming events are outlined on our Upcoming Activities webpage.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

NOSA Indoor Shooting at Arnone Range -- 14 Sep 2011 through 18 May 2012

The fall to spring indoor shooting schedule began at Arnone Range:
--- on Wednesday 14 Sep 2011 for NOSA Junior Shooters;
--- on Friday 16 Sep 2011 for NOSA Adult Shooters.

The club has been shooting indoors on these evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and did so this year past April, with May extensions until the 16th and 18th, thanks to a contribution by Gerry K. for the Junior Shooters and a NOSA funded extension for the Adults.

Photos taken during formal NOSA indoor shoots are grouped with the particular event. We also receive the occasional picture from a regular shooting night and they will be found here.

28 March 2012
Tom W. helping
his daughter
Brooklynn, who
is a budding
Junior Shooter
age 4.
Pix by Rob R.

NOSA Gun Show in Murillo -- Saturday and Sunday, 10 & 11 March 2012

Gun Show Visitors

This annual 2-day NOSA Gun Show took place at the Oliver Paipoonge Township Community Centre, 4569 Oliver Road, Murillo, Ontario.

There were Club Displays and the opportunity for the public to buy, sell, or trade: Guns, Knives, Ammunition, Collectors' Cartridges, Reloading Supplies, Optics, and Accessories. There was also an interesting educational display by the Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre.

The show provided some of the annual funding for our NOSA Junior Shooters program, as well as promoted the club and safe shooting sports to the general public. Admission was $3.00 each day, with children under 12 free. 570 adult members of the public attended and bought a lot of good stuff. (You can never have too much good stuff ;-)

Daily timings were:
Friday 9 March -- 4:30 p.m. NOSA volunteers helped set-up tables and equipment.
Friday 9 March -- 5:30 p.m. exhibitors arrived and were helped to set up. (There was security present over both nights.)
Saturday 10 March -- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. open to the public.
Sunday 11 March -- 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. open to the public.

Sunday 11 March -- 3:00 p.m. NOSA volunteers helped exhibitors pack up.

NOSA Volunteers. We gratefully acknowledge the many hours of work contributed by our NOSA volunteers over three days towards making this show a great success. The overall show was organized and directed by our most capable Glenn H. with booking assistance from Gerry K. Volunteers at the show with Glenn included Trapper-John A., Steve B., Wray C., Dana C., Adam G., Larry P., John S., Wayne S., and Dave T. They helped set up and pack away tables and several tons of exhibitors' equipment, staff the admission desk, clean, and do any task needed. A very important and tasty food concession was also on site and it was most capably run by our own Bob M. with volunteers Don K., Tony M., and Warren W., with Dan G.'s assistance; these folks worked here and everywhere else as needed. Our Juniors doing a fine job staffing the club table included Cassidy J., Jarrett J., Aryanna M., and Kaleb M. [If I missed anyone's name, please let me know.]

We also sincerely thank the many other members of NOSA and the public who attended and paid entry towards helping to fund the club's Junior Shooters program.

This was the first major club event of 2012 and Banacek took some candid pix. And it is a glorious but simple fact that both the enhibitors and volunteers had a great deal of fun at this event, and got to renew old friendships and start a few new ones. Happily there were lots of sales and good fellowship.

Friday and
we start to
set up
Layout takes
some good
and those
tables are
Now starting
to assign
the tables
Dana C. preps
NOSA's table
A coffee
later with
Rick G.
his tasks
Lots of final
details to
and the odd
item to be
tidied up
Saturday A.M.
the traditional
helps waken
the crew
John A. demos
how to set
a trap
(L-R) Glenn,
Rodney, Dana
and Wayne
Bill C. has
been busy
making these
We all have
to touch
shiny stuff
A last minute
inspection is
in order
Stan and Wayne
We're open. Is
Tim R. describing
a fish???
No, it's a
really big
shiny blade
Gord finds
shiny blades
at Gary's too
Richard B. had
lots of well-
priced items
Wade W. is
busy with
Joe C. is
relaxed and
easy going
A record
crowd is
building up
and spreading
out in an
eager search
and it's soon
more packed
Deb and Rick
are getting
very busy
Jim Milne and
Don McRae from
Aviation Heritage
Rodney K.
is making
a sale
Tim's son
knows their
business well
George H. is
Jeff's stock
Deb B. from C.F.O.
fields constant
and has a
winning smile
for us all
Juniors (L-R)
Jarrett J. and
Kaleb M.
along with
Aryanna M.
and Cassidy J.
The kitchen
is constantly
serving folks
Good pals
Don A. and
Milan R.
Jim is helped
at display by
Denise Lyzun
Sunday A.M.
before the
open finds
and checking
good stuff
Roy R. and
Jim C. discuss
lure design
Gary C.
Monty and Tim
Knives get
Kris brings
his next-gen
April M. from
C.F.O smiles
all the time
Barry finds
Sunday ends
and we all
start to pack.

NOSA Annual General Meeting -- Sunday, 18 March 2012

NOSA Members at Club Meeting

New Location. NOSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at 1:00 p.m. at the Labour Centre at 929 Fort William Road (across the street from Intercity Mall). Refreshments were available.

The usual NOSA AGM topics like minutes from last year were passed. Under New Business, approval was given to purchase a new air rifle for the Junior Shooters program, and approval was also given (subject to funds available) to finish the roof at Nolalu Range this year. Considering the rising costs of maintenance to the owners of both our indoors and outdoors ranges, their rental fees will be higher in 2013; consequently it was approved that NOSA club dues in 2013 for Adult and Family Memberships will be raised an identical amount, somewhere between ten and twenty dollars (which is still a relative bargain); Junior Membership fees will be unchanged in 2013.

NOSA Club shoots and events in 2012 were discussed and many are now tentatively listed on the Upcoming Activities page at left. In some cases dates are not yet determined; be sure to check back regularly for confirmatory dates and details.

The Executive thanked the NOSA member volunteers for helping make our events successful, and particularly thanked the parents who help maintain the Junior Shooters program. We also presented plaques to Bill K. and Gerry K. in recognition of their tremendous support of this key program.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

The usual suspects
gathered for
the AGM
Dana and Bob
are ready
for the start
Warren and Dana
now on
high alert
Our thanks to
Bill K.
Gerry K.
for their
generous help

NOSA Junior Shooters Easter Shoot -- Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Image of paper target

We had an Easter shoot for the Juniors, and Bill K. provided the following information:
"Under 10: 1- Brady, 2- Guinevere, 3- Anthony S.
   Over 10: 1- Liam, 2- Jarrett J., 3- Kaleb M.

Prizes were awarded and Easter goodies were consumed by all. Thank you and have a Happy Easter! Bill K."

NOSA Adult Easter Shoot -- Friday, 13 April 2012

Image of paper target

This traditional springtime indoor shoot was held one week after Good Friday and started just before 7:00 p.m. Trapper-John A. organized the events and scored targets and handed out prizes. Events included rimfire pistol, centerfire pistol, and rimfire rifle.

Each shooting category and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place results follow:

Bullseye RF HG:   Dana C.,   Bob J.,   Chris C.
Bingo RF HG:     Lindsay L.,   Li Y.,   Chris C.
Bullseye CF HG:   Dana C.,   Bob J.,   Sean F.
Bullseye RF Rifle:   Ron W.,   Gord S.,   Li Y.
Bingo RF Rifle:       Bob J.,   Mark W.,   Li Y.

And as on any fine night at the NOSA shooting club, folks drank coffee and joked and enjoyed the good company.

NOSA Junior Shooters End of Season Indoor Match and Awards -- Wed 16 May 2012

Image of paper target

This traditional springtime indoor match and awards was held on Wednesday 16 May. Bill K. provided the following pictures and notes:

"Trophies and prizes were awarded and a BBQ wind up party finished the evening. Thanks go to Bob M. for cooking, Bob J. for coaching the event and Gerry K for supplying the drinks.

I would like to thank all the kids and their parents for making this a great and safe shooting year. Thanks also go to the NOSA executive and members for all the help to make this all possible! The Juniors are the club's future!!!

The match results for first, second, and third:
12 and under any rifle, any sight:   Aryanna M.,   Cassidy J.,   Austin S.
Over 12 Competition Air Rifle, off hand 10 meter targets:   Jarrett J.,   Liam,   Isaiah J."

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

NOSA Adult End of Season Indoor Shoot -- Friday, 18 May 2012

Image of paper target

This final springtime indoor shoot was held on Friday 18 May starting just before 7:00 p.m. under the capable supervision of Trapper-John A. Events included rimfire pistol, centerfire pistol, and rimfire rifle. There were also bingo versions of the rimfire shoots. We thank John for his continuing efforts to keep these club shoots both smoothly run and memorable.

Each shooting category and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place results follow:

Bullseye RF HG:   Banacek,   Gord S.,   Kris K.
Bingo RF HG:       Dana C.,   Banacek,   Li Y.
Bullseye CF HG:   Dan G..,    Bob J.,     Kris K.
Bullseye RF Rifle:   Ron W.,   Kris K.,    Li Y.
Bingo RF Rifle:       Li Y.,      Dana C.,   Melissa G.

Once again members gathered and participated and then joked and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

NOSA Outdoor Shooting at Nolalu Range -- 03 May through 28 Oct 2012

The spring to fall outdoor shooting schedule began at our Nolalu Range on Thursday 03 May and continued every week on NOSA Club Days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) until Sunday 28 October 2012 inclusive.

Photos taken during formal NOSA outdoor shoots are grouped with the particular event. We also receive the occasional picture from a Nolalu Range regular outdoor shooting day in 2012, and they will be found here.

Click on the images here for a larger view.

Trapper-John shoots Harry W's .338 Lapua

Thursday 07 June. Gerry K. provided a picture of Trapper-John A. shooting Harry W.'s new Savage 110BA rifle in .338 Lapua. The factory muzzle brake apparently reduced felt recoil to about that of a .308 Winchester. The .338 Lapua ammunition also has a similar effect in reducing the felt thickness of your wallet ;-)

Thursday 14 June. Gerry K.'s phone captured a sequence of pictures showing Dave V. playing with his CZ Model 550 Tropical Magnum in .505 Gibbs for the very first time. Muzzle brakes may not be such a bad idea after all. Or fire extinguishers for that matter ;-)

And individual picture(s).

Kris K.
firing M1
19 July 2012
(Bill K's pic)
Scott E.S. was
firing at 300M
on 7 Sep 2012
2 fine groups
that he shares
to promote
interest in
precision shooting

NOSA Kakabeka Falls Gun Show -- Saturday, 25 August 2012

Gun Show Visitors

This event was held from 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday 25 August at the Kakabeka Falls Legion in partnership between NOSA and GMK Armoury Specialties. This year, Gerry K. has officially turned over the event to NOSA and donated his portion of revenue to our Juniors Program. A kitchen and fine meals were run by Legion staff.

NOSA had an information display about our Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program. Adult visitors totalled 333, with many more youngsters accompanying them. The strong participation by youngsters bodes well for the future of this sport. There were quite a few families expressing interest in joining NOSA together.

It soon became apparent that sales were well up this year, and dealers and exhibitors were pleased with their results. We greatly appreciate their support in helping make our Juniors Program funding a success.

We also fully appreciate the NOSA volunteers who worked tirelessly on Friday and Saturday to set up and tear down tables and chairs and help exhibitors with their masses of equipment, and staff the entry and NOSA Club table, and help in any way needed. Of course they were again under the capable event leadership of Glenn H. and Gerry K. and Dan G. with further active participation by Trapper-John A., Dana C., Bob J., Bob M., Gord S., Rick J. (who ran a knife-sharpening table with all proceeds to the Juniors), Wayne S., Warren W., and Banacek -- who also took the pix here.

Last year Gord S. appeared in more pictures than anyone else present but that was not the case this time, with Dan G. probably in the lead. Carefully check the pix, including the background, for other persons present and keep score. If you make a scoring table, the pix here are numbered from 01 to 36. [No prizes, it is just a game for a rainy day.]

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

Trappers' Association Turkey Shoot at Nolalu Shooting Range -- Sunday, 9 Sep 2012

Image of turkey

The Trappers' Association Shoot was held at the Nolalu range from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There were some very good prizes including a turkey for first place in each event. [And no, they did not shoot an actual turkey at the range, only paper targets.]

Trapper-John A. and Warren W. officiated over the actual shooting events, while members of the Trappers' Association and their spouses assisted with target sales and prize giving and the food table. Pix here by Banacek.

The weather cooperated with a magnificent day, and a truly fine time was had by all.

Events included:
    Standing Rimfire Rifle, event with scope and event with iron sights;
    Standing Centerfire Rifle -- smallest group at 100 meters;
    Mystery (Bingo) Target;
    Powderpuff Ladies' Rimfire -- any position;
    Kids' Rimfire -- any position.

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Starting to
register for
their targets
Line is longer
and there are
fine prizes
Many events
to choose
Warren W.
calls first
C.F. relay
and they
down range
to put up
targets at
100 meters
At the 100M
firing line
they take
their time
before going
to retrieve
their targets
A fine effort
with a .30-06
pump gun
The first relay
with a .22
rimfire event
And tasty food
is always

NOSA Indoor Shooting at Arnone Range -- 12 Sep 2012 to 26 Apr 2013

The fall to spring indoor shooting schedule began at Arnone Range:
    Wednesday 12 September 2012 for the Junior Shooters, and
    Friday 14 September 2012 for the Adult Members.

Junior Shooters have all non-holiday Wednesday evenings and Adults have all non-holiday Friday evenings until the end of April 2013. (There is sometimes an extension in May.) Timings are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

NOSA Moose (or Deer) Sight-In Session at Nolalu Range -- Sunday, 23 Sep 2012

Moose image

This service for the public was hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and NOSA.

Sighting-in took place from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Despite weather forecasts for a pleasant sunny day, the sun was rarely seen until the event was nearly over. But a very chilly and persistent wind was present. Nevertheless, attendance by the public was strong and there were a lot of folks very happy with their shooting results.

Ross Johnston, Conservation Officer from M.N.R., was on site to answer any questions relating to hunting. Ross also pitched in to coach and help several hunters do their sight-ins. And he provided some very welcome refreshments for the volunteer staff on a cold and windy and mostly overcast day. Thank you Ross for your tremendous assistance towards making this event a great success.

And our thanks to a goodly number of NOSA volunteer members who were on site to run the 25M and 100M firing lines and assist individuals needing help with the actual sighting in process. They are mentioned in the picture captions below. Pix by Banacek.

Members of the public who shot paid $5.00 for use of the range. (The fee is used to cover the cost of shooting insurance for this day at the range.)

GMK Armoury Specialties in Thunder Bay (807-346-4088) had issued a coupon to cover the sight-in fee to anyone who purchased a firearm at GMK recently. Gerry K. was present for the complete event and assisted folks who had problems with rifle sights or equipment, and there were several who benefited from this free and very vital service. Thanks Gerry.

And a good day was had by all.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

Dan G. staffing
the reception
Trapper-John A.
helping on
the 100M range
Dana C. and
Bob M. on
the 25M range
Gerry K. helps
with rifle or
sight problems
Warren W.
monitors a
100M shooter
Ross Johnston
(Right) providing
hunt info
We experience
a very loud
muzzle brake
In line for
the next
100M relay
Bob M. provides
pointers and
Dana C. takes
a break with
a Winchester
A typical
scene for a
100M relay
Gord S. (Rt)
Vern K. (Left)
a shooter
Bob M. shows
calm and
Ross Johnston
and Warren W.
Yes it looks
cold for a
good reason
Wrapping up as
Jeff B. signs up
with NOSA

Junior Shooters Halloween Shoot -- Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012

Pumpkin Picture

There was a Halloween Shoot for the Junior Shooters on Wednesday, 24 October, exactly one week before the actual holiday.

There were prizes and lots of goodies and everyone enjoyed the fun.

NOSA Club Appreciation Shoot and BBQ at Nolalu Range -- Sunday, 28 Oct 2012

Image of paper target

This shoot was for all NOSA club members, including Junior Shooters and began at 11:00 a.m with shooting events under the able direction of Trapper-John A. There was an excellent BBQ at lunch time thanks to Bob M.'s cooking, with food and beverages provided free by NOSA. Our thanks to the volunteers who helped run the various events., and to Bill K. and Tim M. and Cam D. for sharing some fine pix from this day.

This annual event is in appreciation of the volunteerism and support shown by all members, whether at special events or just in the day to day help provided to others.

This event in 2012 happened much later in October than the last couple of years, so it was colder but the forecast snow held off until later in the day.

Shooting events included rimfire and centerfire handguns and rifles.

Each shooting category and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place results follow:

25 M Bullseye .22 RF HG, Standing:   Li Y., Bob J., Dana C.
25 M Bullseye CF HG, Standing:   Dana C., Li Y., Dan G.
25 M Bullseye .22 RF Rifle:   Bob J., Ron W., Bill K.
25 M Bingo .22 RF Rifle:   Kevin M., Gord S., Bill K.
100 M CF Rifle for 3-Shot Group, Standing:   Bob J. 4.125", Brian W. 4.375", Merv A. 5"
100 M CF Rifle for Points, Bench:   Li Y., Don M., Gord S.
25 M Junior Bullseye .22 Rimfire Bench:   Jared T., Mi B.
25 M Junior Bingo:   Jared T., Nevin L., Mi B.

Click on the individual images here to see a larger view.

These first pix were thanks to Bill K.

Having coffee
and waiting
for the start
Li Y. has a
huge scope
on his .22
Jarrett J.
with serious
Bob M. doing
QA on his
fine cooking
Gord S.
Trapper-John A.
between targets
and goodies
Cassidy J. &
Aryanna M.
always smiling
Bundled up
warm on
Range #1
the scores
Intense focus
on breathing
and squeezing
A very stable
adjustable rest
helps too
Gord S. has
his own
bipod rest

And some more pix of the Nolalu Club Shoot thanks to Tim M.

Bob M.
sighting in
Dana C.
a stapler
and adults
Many good
pix being
Young and
very eager
to succeed
Bob coaching
Aryanna M.
while brother
A last
Now that
rifle is
but not so
cute as
Cam D.'s
Dan G.,
Barry E.,
Gord S.
A pause to
change targets
on Range #1
Does it look
a tiny bit
cold today?
Warren W.
photog Tim
A look of
That Ruger
has a pretty
big scope
the action
on Range #2
Warren likes
his pump
.22 RF
John Gi. and
Range #1
is very
while Range #2
has more
Bob M. cooks,
Kaleb M. &
Kris K. wait
Food is
Trapper-John A.
monitors all
Some earmuffs
are kept on
for warmth!
We said
Range #1
is popular
Dan, careful
to keep hand
clear of muzzle
is important
The burgers

And some more from Cam D., shown here as individual frames extracted from videos. In each of the first two pix you can see one expelled casing in the air. In the pic with John, there are two in the air. This toy has an appetite.

Cam D. is firing
and having a
very fun time
and then invites
Bob M. to
make some noise
Trapper-John, one
casing is near sight,
also blur at bench leg

NOSA Adult Indoor Shoot -- Friday, 14 December 2012

Image of paper target

This was the annual December holiday season shoot organized by Trapper-John A.

This Adult Shoot included events for RF and CF handguns, and RF rifles.

Each shooting category and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place results follow:

Bullseye RF HG:   Bob J., Li Y., Warren W.
Bingo RF HG:       Tony M., Dana C., Ron W.
Bullseye CF HG:   Li Y., Dan G., Bob J.
Bullseye RF Rifle:  Ron W., Dana C., John Gi.
Bingo RF Rifle:      Bob J., Li Y., Dana C.

NOSA Junior Shooters Indoor Shoot -- Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Image of paper target

This was the Juniors' annual December holiday season shoot. Prizes were awarded and a party was held after the match. Our sincere thanks to the folks who generously provided assistance and goodies.

Each shooting category and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place results follow:

12 and Under Chance Targets: Avery, Aryana, Josh.
13 and Up Match Targets: Mykola K., Nevin L., Derek L.

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2012

Early last year Wes W. was in the Canadian High Arctic. This year he went with Sue on a big game safari in Africa. Once again, thanks for sharing your fine pictures. For their great story and exciting details, see the Member Ramblings section.

And Wes returned this summer to Nunavut for a walrus hunt. For more details, again see the Member Ramblings section.

Thanks to Bob M. for providing some fine pix from his fall moose hunt, where he acquired a large 3 year old bull at 330 yards with his .338 Win Mag using a 225 grain Nosler Partition bullet in a handload.

Don M. was happy to provide pix of this year's deer hunt, and in his own words: "I finally found a grown-up one."

Roy R. set up a trail camera (in a secret location of course) before the hunting season and got more than 200 pictures, including a rarely seen Canada Lynx. We also received pix of Roy and his hunting buddy Daryl H. with a very fine buck.

Warren W. kindly provided a summer picture of Willy L.'s hunting camp (nicely outfitted with warehouse and sauna), before their successful fall deer hunt featuring Trapper-John A. and Willy in the accompanying pix.

Wes' pal asks
"You lookin'
at me?"
Shooting sticks
and a neat
Sue and
her large
Wes is not
to be
trifled with
Wes was afloat
in dangerous
ice floes & fog
Bearded Seal
is whiskered
and wary
Bob M.'s hunt
for moose
in 2012
with base
camp on a
quiet lake
and a cabin
peaking from
the woods
seen here
Bob's .338 Mag
resting on his
bull rack
while the
meat is hung
to cool
Scenic views
into forest
in the area
are complex yet
peaceful with a
dusting of snow
while the
lake shows
small waves
on a fairly
autumn day
Don M.'s 2012
hunt was a
fine success
with this
A great day
for Don to
Roy R. caught
a pic of a
reclusive Lynx
and in the
2012 hunt a
very fine buck
shown also with
hunting buddy
Daryl H.
Now there are
two very
happy hunters
Willy L.'s camp
resting up
for the fall
Trapper-John A.
and a
fine deer
Willy L.
and John
at work

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