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New Ontario Shooters Association (NOSA)
2018 Activities or Events and Pictures

Here find details of the 2018 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' 2018 photos in club and related activities in and about Thunder Bay, Ontario -- or wherever our members travel for competitions or sport. (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.

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.

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NOSA Indoor Shooting at Arnone Range -- 20 Sep 2017 through 27 Apr 2018

The fall to spring indoor shooting schedule began at Arnone Range:
--- on Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 for Junior Shooters;
--- on Friday, 22 Sep 2017 for Adult Shooters.

NOSA Gun Show in Thunder Bay -- Saturday and Sunday, 10 & 11 March 2018

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 Legion food concession was also on site.

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

Show Hours for the Public:
            Saturday 10 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
               Sunday 11 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Admission for the Public was $5.00 each day, and free for those under 12 when accompanied by an adult. And this year we had a new record of 1354 paid admissions.

NOSA had an information display about our Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program. This show provides much of the annual funding for the Club to support the Juniors' Program.

The NOSA Adult Members and Junior Shooters very much appreciate the support of the vendors and exhibitors, whose participation was much more beneficial than just attending for sales purposes -- they enjoyed talking with and educating the public in their areas of expertise, and networking with both new and old friends. And we always appreciate the participation of the C.F.O. representative, Deb Bissonette, who puts a helpful and friendly face on this important agency.

Trevor B. did much of the organizational work and, with the assistance of Glenn H., kept everything on track during the show. Many other volunteers were vital to the success of this show including John A., Merv A., Dana C., Kristina P., Ron G., John Gi., Jodi H., George H., Victoria H. (who also organized the Junior Shooters' contingent, that provided great service to the public and to the vendors), Neil J., Verner K., Dave and Jo-Anne and Kayla L., Bob M., Chris R., Samantha R., John S., Gord S., and Li Y. [If I've left anyone out, please drop me an email.] Banacek took the accompanying photos.

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Friday evening
and Trevor B.
is ready for us
Last bit of
prep before
vendors come
George H. checks
Jeff B.'s book
Terry D. preps
while Vinnie
is planning
Friday evening
and the tables
go to sleep
Saturday and
John S. chats
with Joe C.
as Jim M. is
his display
as Rick G.
last touches
Stan and Wayne
are always
here with us
Sarah and Jodi
staffing the
Fish&Game table
Gus is in
from SS-Marie
with nice stuff
Albert H. taking
from John A.
Deb Bissonette
represents the
CFO proudly
Susan and Wes
love being at
our shows
Wayne S. helps
Joe C. with his
tons of goodies
Spencer always
has great books
and neat stuff
Siri joins James
at the Combat
Club display
Terry sets
prices very
Len S. gives
some useful
Warren W. is
a fount of
Yes, Jo-Anne,
that pesky
camera is back
The Aviation
Centre has
lots of goodies
Joe C. is
It has been
very busy
all Saturday
These ladies
have talent
at their crafts
TBBC regulars
are hanging
Victoria H.
and her Junior
Shooter helpers
Sunday at the
door: John, Glenn,
Kristina, & Merv
Vern K. has
made some neat
camp/tent stoves
Tim Ross
makes fabulous
custom knives
Brian and John
have some
neat stuff
Gary runs
Great Northern
Gun Works
End of Show
packing up
and work is
in harmony
and our main
2018 Show is
over now

NOSA Annual General Meeting -- Sunday, 18 March 2018

Members at Club Meeting

Location. NOSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Ave., Thunder Bay. Refreshments were available.

This AGM's agenda included presentation of the annual budget and discussion of club business.

Most items discussed were routine follow-ons to normal annual club activities. There were however two notable discussions and conclusions about our regular shooting programs:

Junior Shooters Program will have a two phase enrollment starting in the fall of 2018. Those signing up by the cutoff date [yet to be announced] for September 2018 will have dues of $60 and participate until the end of April/May 2019. Those who are too late for that earlier phase may sign up for $30 for the portion from January to April/May 2019. In this way each group will experience full initial coaching attention for the beginning of their phase, as well as ongoing coaching commensurate with their needs and progress. More details will be announced well in advance of September.

Nolalu Range condition was discussed and several members elaborated on the maintenance issues affecting particularly Range 2 (100, 200, and 300 metres). Should the range fail the upcoming 2018 CFO inspection, or fail to meet NOSA's needs, alternate solutions will be examined.

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NOSA Juniors Easter Shoot -- Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Image of paper target

Report and photos by Victoria H.

The Easter Shoot for Juniors took place on 28 March and Easter chocolates were awarded to all Junior participants.

Scores are a combined tally of Scored targets, Bingo Targets, and a Mystery target.

Unsupported (combined scores): Mliss: 127; David: 124; Mallory: 123

Supported (combined scores): Xander: 121; Rhys: 89; Carson: 84

Shut the Box (remaining tiles): Bella & David 1; Rhys 3; Mallory & Tristan 4

There was also an experiment with reactive targets which seemed to be a hit as well, however not included in the score.

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NOSA Adult End of Season Indoor Shoot -- Friday, 20 April 2018

Image of paper target

This annual shoot was the last adult indoor competition before summer, but informal shooting for adults continued up to 11 May inclusive.

Shoot Results, with first through third place:

CF Handgun Bullseye: George H., Tom S., Dave L.
RF Handgun Bullseye: Kendra P., Dave L., Tom S.
RF Handgun Bingo: Doug P., Dave L., Tom S.
RF Rifle Bullseye: Dave L., Doug P., Dana C.
RF Rifle Bingo: Dana C., Kendra P., Trevor B.

And having fun was the prize that everyone got.

NOSA Juniors End of Season Indoor Shoot -- Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Image of paper target

This fun evening for Juniors was the last formal event before summer break, but Junior shooting was also extended to include Wednesday, 02 May. Report and photos here by Victoria H.

Shoot Results, with first through third place:
Target Junior: Aiden 88, Rhys 80, Landon 67
Target Senior: Bryce 81, David 80, Heath 79
Bingo Junior: Bella 41, Landon 30, Ristin 29
Bingo Senior: Byron 46, Kolten 40, Reeghan/Bryce 35

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NOSA Inaugural Nolalu Shoot -- Saturday, 26 May 2018

Image of paper target

This shoot formally celebrated the beginning of another season shooting outdoors at Nolalu and started at 10:00 a.m. Despite a forecast of possible showers, the weather at Nolalu was warm and mostly sunny.

Shooting events were free to participate and included rimfire (RF) and centerfire (CF) handguns and rifles. There were prizes for first through third place in each event.

Our thanks to Trapper-John A. for organizing this event, and Warren W. for assisting him, and to all the good folks that participated.

Shooting Matches

Adults 25M CF handgun bullseye: Dana C., George H., Dave L.
Adults 25M .22RF handgun bullseye: George H., Dave L., Dana C.
Adults 25M .22RF handgun bingo: George H., Dana C., Barry W.
Adults 25M .22RF rifle bullseye: George H., Dana C., Chris R.

Adults 100M .22RF rifle 5-shot group: Dave L. 1 1/8", George H. 2 3/8", Don K. 2 3/4"
Adults 100M CF rifle 3-shot group: Dave L. 1 1/4", Chris R. 2 3/4", Don K. 2 7/8"

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Some Range Days at Nolalu in 2018

A change in scheduling has affected some of the small group of NOSA members known as the Irregulars, and on 22 June they started shooting at Nolalu on Friday evenings instead of Thursdays. We have some photos of Jeff B. on the first evening providing a black powder smokescreen to ward off bugs. And yes he shot a very nice group.

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Jeff B. inserts
powder charge
and ball
and takes aim
with this
and produce
a huge cloud
of smoke

Kakabeka Falls Gun Show -- Saturday, 25 August 2018

Gun Show Visitors

This annual one day event was held by NOSA at the Kakabeka Falls Legion on Highway 11/17. A kitchen with delicious meals was run by Legion staff. Show Hours for the Public were 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission was $4.00, and free for those under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

NOSA Volunteers set up the hall on Friday afternoon preparatory to the arrival of exhibitors, helped them set up, and performed general duties during the show on Saturday before helping pack up at end of day.

NOSA Volunteers participated under the capable leadership of Trevor B. and Glenn H. and included Merv A., Janice and Steve B., Dana C., Barry E., George and Victoria H., Bob and Cassidy J., Vern K., Dave and Kayla L., Bob M., and Warren W. (If there are other persons not mentioned here, please advise -- I had a table and could not observe all volunteer activities.)

NOSA had an information display at the show about the NOSA Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program, and Juniors helped Victoria and Dana staff this table.

The weather cooperated and we had very good attendance. And yes, we all had a great time, just like always. Following are some pix by Banacek.

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Friday starts
show prep for
Bob and Don
during more
and vendors
with purpose
Still lots
more tables
to fill
Warren & Barry
chat with
Tim R. forges
some wicked
Saturday and
it's now
Gary's table
attracts early
Dave L. checks
in with the
NOSA table
Our lovely staff:
Victoria, Cassidy
and Kayla
Displays and
food both get
Wes imparts
and humour
Jamie explains
her taxidermy
Gord and Fred
in matching
red garb
Everyone is
packing up
at show's end
Susan demo's
how strong
our wives are!

Moose (or Deer) Sight-In Session at TB Fish & Game -- Sunday, 16 Sep 2018

Moose image

This annual service for the public was jointly hosted in 2018 by NOSA and TB Fish & Game on Sunday 16 September at the F & G Range from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

As can be seen from the photos, many of the usual volunteers from NOSA and F & G helped hunters with their scope and iron sight adjustments to get squarely on target. Most hunters started at 25 yards for an initial rough sight adjustment, that was then fine tuned on the 100 yard range.

Weather was a bit strange this morning with heavy fog persisting throughout the day; the strange part was a fairly strong breeze that normally should dissipate a fog but in this case made it heavier until about noon when it stabilized. Nevertheless targets even at 100 yards were visible well enough to achieve a good zeroing of sights.

Our thanks to the volunteers from both clubs that provided this important service to area hunters to improve their skills and contribute to a more humane and successful hunt.

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Dave, Vern,
Trevor & Dana
final prep
Trevor spots
hits for
a hunter
while Dana
helps another
at 25 yards
and then
spots his
target hits
Doug provides
& advice
A short break
to discuss
Dale directs
100 yard
Dana notices
the camera
and laughs
while Ian
gets serious
with .45-70
A young lady
enjoyed her
shooting too
Dave practicing
a retirement
pose ???

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 Club Appreciation Shoot and BBQ at Nolalu Range -- Sunday, 30 Sep 2018

Image of paper target

This shoot for all NOSA club members, including Junior Shooters and young family members, began at 10:00 a.m with shooting events organized and scored by Trapper-John A., and there was a delicious BBQ at lunch time prepared by our master cook, Bob M. Food and beverages were provided free by NOSA.

This annual event was 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.

Shooting events were free to participate, and included rimfire (RF) and centerfire (CF) handguns and rifles. [Black Powder firearms are allowed in the outdoor centerfire events, but none turned up this year.]

Fall weather for this event can be unpredictable, but this year it was quite sunny and pleasant. Some photos by Banacek follow the match results.

Shooting Matches with 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Winners

25M Centerfire handgun bullseye: Dana C., George H., Dave L.
25M .22RF handgun bullseye: Wray C., Dana C., George H.
25M .22RF handgun bingo: Dave L., Dana C., Wray C.
25M .22RF rifle 5 bulls: Jordan R., Trevor B., Dana C.
100M .22RF rifle 5-shot group: George H. 1 7/8", Dave L. 2 1/8", Samantha R. 2 1/2"
100M Centerfire rifle 3-shot group: Dave L. 3/4", George H. 1 3/16", Trevor B. 1 1/2"

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Trevor finds
Rugers do
shoot better
George has
been practicing
for days
and is now
joined by
Mike and Trevor
and Wray
Dana chats
with Bob
at BBQ
Jordan shows
George now
shoots Ruger
Victoria looks
Dave smiles
Food brings
NOSA Execs
Samantha with
Nylon 66 and
Chris assists
Dana shoots
a vintage
2 BSA .22
Bill K. is
firing a BSA

Junior Shooters Halloween Shoot -- Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Pumpkin Picture

Our Halloween fun shoot was on November 7th to allow the juniors to trick or treat at home on October 31st.

Costumes were allowed and encouraged so long as they did not interfere with the safe use of firearms. Yes a good time was had by all.

Shoot Results with 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each category:

Fun Shoot:
Seniors: Jordan 61, Kolten 57, Mliss 52.
Juniors: Callia 71, Rhys 61, Ristin 54.

Scored Target:
Seniors: Ryan 74, 2nd had a shoot out between Jordan and Heath. Both initially shot 72. Jordan took 2nd and Heath took 3rd.
Juniors: Callia 81, Ben 78, 3rd had a shoot out between Rhys and Courage. Rhys took 3rd with 71 and Courage took 4th with 68.

Adult Fall Shoot at Arnone Range on Friday, 9 November 2018

Image of paper target

There were three handgun shoots with targets provided for free: one for centerfire bullseye, one for rimfire bullseye, and one for rimfire bingo.

In order to encourage participation, there were more fine prizes than just first through third place.

Shooting Matches with 1st through 6th Place Winners

25M Centerfire handgun bullseye: Tom S., Bob J., Dana C., Don K., Dave L., Wray C.
25M .22RF handgun bullseye: Dana C., Tom S., Bill K., Bob J., George H., Don K.
25M .22RF handgun bingo: Chris R., Bill K., Ron W., Wray C., Dana C., Bob J.

Juniors Learn About Trapping -- Wednesday, 28 November 2018

On this evening Katie Ball of Silver Cedar Studios spoke to our Juniors about trapping. She brought along some beautiful examples of furs from various species that were handled and admired by our members. Victoria H. took these photos.

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NOSA Adult Christmas Indoor Shoot -- Friday, 14 Dec 2018

Image of paper target

This annual December holiday season shoot run by Trapper-John A. included events for CF handguns, .22 RF handguns, and .22 RF rifles. One specified target (free) was provided for each competition category entered.

The main category prizes included hams and turkeys. Mystery Prizes were gift packs of sausages. Shooters at all skill levels had a chance to win, and today it turned out that everyone who shot did win a prize.

Shoot Results, with first through third place and mystery:

CF Handgun Bullseye: Dave O., Dana C., Wray C., Bob M.
RF Handgun Bullseye: Dave L., Dana C., Ron W., Mike H.
RF Handgun Bingo: Trevor B., Dave O., Warren W., Arja P.
RF Rifle Bullseye: Victoria H., George H., Mark W., Brad G.
RF Rifle Bingo: Dave O., Phil W., Wray C., Samantha R.
Appreciation Prizes: Mark W., Trevor B., Jordan R.

We all appreciated a delicious spread with beef on a bun and assorted goodies.

NOSA Juniors Christmas Shoot -- Wednesday, 19 Dec 2018

Image of paper target

This annual December holiday season shoot at Arnone Range focused on the skills the juniors have learned over the fall term.

Shooting results in order of first through third place follow:
Junior: Callia, Risitin, Rhys.
Senior: Heath, Jordan, Kolton.

There were good prizes and lots of treats and Victoria H. took some photos.

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NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2018

Our members are encouraged to submit their 2018 pix, including memorable wildlife photographs. Thank you all.

Samantha D-R kindly provided excellent photos of a Whitetail Buck and Doe.

Bob M. started crossbow hunting this year and used a ground blind to take a Whitetail Deer.

Dave O. took a magnificent Whitetail Buck this fall in a heavy brush area where 45 yards would be about the longest possible shot. His full story is in the Member Ramblings section (link at left side of this page).

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Samantha D-R
filmed this
Whitetail Buck
as well as
this very
fine Doe
Bob M.'s blind
is located
near a point
and a Whitetail
got too close
to his crossbow
Dave O. took
a magnificent
Whitetail Buck
in November
2018 in fairly
heavy brush

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