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

Here find details of the 2019 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. 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 -- 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 Jr’s 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

Kakabeka Falls Gun Show -- Saturday, 24 August 2019

Gun Show Visitors

This annual one day event was held by NOSA and the kitchen was run by Legion staff at the Kakabeka Falls Legion on Highway 11/17 a couple of minutes East of that town, or 20 minutes West of Thunder Bay. 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 had an information display at the show about the NOSA Club, and our activities promoting the shooting sports including our Junior Shooters Program.

This event was organized by Glenn H. and generous volunteers included Trapper-John A., Merv A. (who did most of the set-up of tables and chairs), Dana C., Barry E., Bob M., Samantha D-R, Chris R., Jordan R., John S., Warren W., and Phil W.

This was the first show that had a federal M.P. candidate present, Linda Rydholm for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, who is enthusiastically supportive of our responsible target shooting and hunting and fishing sports.

NOSA is extremely appreciative of the support to our club provided by our wonderful vendors and exhibitors and the general public, as well as our ever helpful volunteers -- thank you all.

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Friday p.m.
found some
gather to
help vendors
set up
Gord S. and
Fred J. are
busy here
Barry gets
a briefing
from Alex
There's always
a discussion
about gear
Early Saturday
is traditional
Vendors chat
while waiting
for the open
"He's the
handsome one
for a photo."
Final prep
is nearly
Stan K. with
other son
Linda Rydholm
our sports
of shooting,
hunting, and
Joe C. smiles
as the door
just opened
Peter has some
fine knives
and gear
Samantha & Jordan
staffing our
NOSA table
Angie is alone
while John S.
Visitors have
their sights
on a deal
These are our
three amigos,
always here
The crowd has
increased and
are buying lots
Brian is keen
to answer
Jamie Black
smiles amid
her great work
Glenn & John
are welcoming
our visitors
Bruno staffs
our affiliate
NOSA's table
Rick G. of
L.A.R. Arms
giving advice
Len S. has
a fine table
of goodies
Folks enjoy
chatting with
Linda Rydholm
John rejoins
Angie at
their table
Wayne is an
of knowledge
about firearms
and militaria
alongside Joe
Dale and Wade
chat with
Peter and Len

NOSA Indoor Shooting at Arnone Range -- 18 Sep 2019 through 29 Apr 2020

The fall to spring indoor shooting schedule began at Arnone Range:
--- on Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 for Junior Shooters;
--- on Friday, 20 Sep 2019 for Adult Shooters.

Moose (or Deer) Sight-In Session at TB Fish & Game -- Sunday, 22 Sep 2019

Moose drawing

This service for the public was jointly hosted by NOSA and TB Fish & Game on Sunday 22 September at the F & G Range from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Our thanks to the NOSA and F & G members who were available to assist individuals needing help with the actual sighting in process. Initial firing was at the 25 yard distance on Range 1, followed by final sighting in at 100 yards on Range 2.

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

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Folks arrive
and wait
their turn
to use a
bench at
25 yards
George looks
right at home
shooting here
Dana monitors
each shot for
and provides
advice and
Final sighting
in is done
at 100 yards
Here Dale
tweaks a scope
that's off a bit

NOSA Club Appreciation Shoot and BBQ at Nolalu Range -- Saturday, 28 Sep 2019

Image of paper target

This shoot for all NOSA club members, including Junior Shooters and young family members, was organized by Trapper-John A., and there was a fine BBQ at lunch time, run as always by our super-chef, Bob M. Food and beverages were provided free by NOSA.

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. Shooting events were free to participate and included rimfire (RF) and centerfire (CF) handguns and rifles. Black Powder (BP) firearms could also participate in the centerfire events but none turned up this year. Maybe next time.

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

25M CF handgun bullseye: George H., Samantha R., Don K.
25M .22RF handgun bullseye: Bob M., Dave L., George H.
25M .22RF handgun bingo: George H., Dana C., Bob M.
25M .22RF rifle 5 bulls: Dave L., Bill K., Jordan R.
100M .22RF rifle 5-shot group: Ron W. 1", George H. 1 1/8", Barry E. 1 3/8"
100M CF rifle 3-shot group: Vern K. 5/16", Ron W. 1/2", Don K. 3/4"
Junior 25M .22RF rifle bullseye: Jordan R., Charlotte Z., Beatrice Z.
Junior 25M .22RF rifle bingo: Jordan R., Charlotte Z., Beatrice Z.

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Jordan & Samantha
& Barry get
targets from John
Chatting as
the BBQ is
warming up
Ron shoots over
a custom rest
that he made
George takes
careful aim
for precision
Barry is using
a rifle still
awaiting finish
Jordan is keen
and determined
as always
Dave L. on Range
One shoots a
pistol here
while Bill K.
shoots a .22
classic BSA
Martini action
at a rimfire
while Don K.
makes some
Dave here has
a .22 Remington
rolling block
while Don has
a .22 from
the USSR
George and Bob
are enjoying
the sunshine
Bill is now
on the 100
yard range
as too is
Don, now for
Dave appears
to be deep
in thought
Oooh, lunch
is being
served, yum!
So the lads
chat and eat,
chat and eat...
Our future
Juniors had
a fine time

Junior Shooters Halloween Shoot -- Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Pumpkin Picture

Samantha: "Thank you to all the volunteers tonight -- Don, Neil, George, and Chris. Big shout out to Jordan for putting together all the loot bags the Juniors received. Without volunteers like you this program wouldn’t run."

Click on Samantha's individual images here to see a larger view.

Age Group 5-12
Scored tgt L->R
1st Carsen
2nd Charlotte
3rd Olavi
Age Group 5-12
Bingo tgt L->R
1st Zoe
2nd Beatrice
3rd Dawson
Age Group 13-17
Scored tgt
1st Jordan (Middle)
2nd Dylan (Right)
3rd Heath (Left)
Age Group 13-17
Bingo tgt
1st Aj (Middle)
2nd Eva (Right)
3rd Heath (Left)

NOSA Juniors Christmas Shoot -- Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019

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. Samantha wrote: "All the juniors shot so well. We are so proud of all of their progress!"

There were fine prizes and delcious food and treats from NOSA, along with contributions thanks to Gerry K.

Events and top shooters in order were:
Battleship: Jordan, Tristen, Charlotte, Jack;
Age 5-12 scored target: Dawson, Jack, Caius;
Age 5-12 bingo target: Caius, Kaylan, Dawson;
Age 13-17 bingo target: Lucus, Tristen, Jordan;
Age 14-17 scored target: Jordan, Heath, Eva.

Click on Samantha's individual images here to see a larger view.

Caius, Kaylan, Dawson
Caius, Jack, Dawson
Lucus, Tristen, Jordan
Heath, Eva, Jordan

NOSA Adult Christmas Indoor Shoot -- Friday, 20 Dec 2019

Image of paper target

This was our annual December holiday season shoot and there were great snacks.

This Adult Shoot included events for CF handguns, .22 RF handguns, and .22 RF rifles.

One specified target (free) was provided for each competition category entered. There were prizes for first through third place, plus there was a mystery prize, for each event. Shooters at all skill levels had a chance to win a prize.

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2019

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.

One of a pair of Snow Buntings that visited my yard in mid-November, eating grass seeds while migrating South. They moved over the surface of this shallow snow with a swimming motion of their wings.

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Immature Bald
Eagle on Wayne's
high hilltop
Snow Bunting
eating seeds
on way South

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