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2022 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' 2022 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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Ontario Government Restrictions Due To COVID-19

2022 has also commenced with the continued uncertainty as to how the pandemic is progressing and how the Ontario Government consequently places various changing restrictions on the population (and our ability to target shoot on our ranges) from limiting the number of participants in buildings to a complete lock down where folks had to stay in their homes except when on essential tasks.

On 05 January 2022 a fourth wave of viral outbreaks in Ontario resulted in a new government lockdown and all NOSA shooting indoors at the Fish & Game Ranges was halted until further notice.

Indoor ranges were back in operation starting 31 January 2022; consequently Juniors recommenced effective Wednesday 02 February and Adults on Friday 04 February.

Junior Shooters' Wind Up Shoot -- 04 May 2022

1st -- Ocean O.
2nd -- Sky O.
3rd -- PJ L.
Most Improved -- Maria F.
Mystery Prize (Outdoor Women's Donation) -- Liam C.

This fun shoot was followed by delicious pizzas.

Ladies' Night -- Friday 06 May 2022

NOSA paired up with our very own Jordan R. (The Outdoor Woman) in holding a ladies' night/competition on Friday 6 May from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There was no charge for this special event to give ladies and their children an opportunity to try the sport of safely shooting .22 rimfire rifles and hand guns -- under the direct supervision of Range Officers.

For this special event moms could bring their children ages 7 and up. There were prizes, snacks, and a whole lot of fun.

NOSA very much appreciates the strong turnout of member volunteers to assist these novice shooters in safely having fun. We also appreciate the support of organizations that provided prizes; their names were prominently displayed in the Club House.

NOSA Adult and Family Members' Outdoors Shooting at Nolalu

The NOSA Club Outdoor Shooting Range is known as the Nolalu Shooting Range or the JR Range. It was again in operation in 2022 for NOSA Club Days Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 05 May through the end of October, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. or darkness.

For detailed information and instructions regarding our Nolalu Range, or any other ranges we use, please read our Range Rules page -- link is in the column at left.

Kakabeka Falls Gun Show -- Saturday & Sunday, 27 & 28 August 2022

Gun Show Visitors

This annual now two-day event was held by NOSA. A fine kitchen was run by Legion staff. Details follow:

Location: 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:
09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 27 August; and
09:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 28 August.

Admission was: $5.00, 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.

The show attendance was a bit lighter this year, but that was also true of many post-COVID activities. Nevertheless our vendors sold quite a bit of merchandise and the exhibitors had the opportunity to speak with many interested people.

NOSA thanks its many volunteers for their tireless work and we all had a lot of fun being there together again after the long hiatus of no gun shows in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID.

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NOSA Club Appreciation Shoot and BBQ at Nolalu Range -- Sunday, 18 Sep 2022

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, and there was a delicious BBQ prepared by Bob M. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny.

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 there were fine prizes awarded.

Thanks to Samantha, who handed out targets and scored them, here are the shooting match results:
22 Rifle Bingo 20m 1st- Ron W; 2nd- Doug J; 3rd- Chris R; 4th- Don K
22 Pistol Bingo 20m 1st- Bob J; 2nd- Don K; 3rd-Ron W; 4th-Jordan R
Center Fire Rifle Group 100m 1st- Ron W; 2nd- Jordan R; 3rd- Chris R; 4th- George H
Center Fire Handgun Score 20m 1st- Bob J; 2nd- Cassidy J; 3rd-Dana C; 4th-John G
Rimfire Handgun Score 20m 1st- Doug J; 2nd- Cassidy J; 3rd- Bob J; 4th- Don K
JR Shooter 22 Rifle Score 20m 1st- Tristan J

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Mini Annual General Meeting 18 September at Nolalu Range

Bob M. handed out copies of the Financial Statement for 2021 and NOSA's New Membership Fee Structure for 2023. It was decided that a full AGM will take place indoors in January 2023. A revised copy of the new fee structure is posted here on our website on the About Us page (link in left column). This latter document will be updated if it is necessary to clarify details in response to member questions directed to President Dana C. or Membership Treasurer/Secretary Bob M.

NOSA Junior Shooters at Fall Outdoors and Gun Show Sunday 25 Sep 2022

NOSA Junior Shooters had an information table at the Fall Outdoors and Gun Show held at the CLE Coliseum from 9:30 am - 4 pm.

Some New Construction at F&G Range 10

The Fish and Game Range 10 is 200 yards long and has undergone significant improvements over the past couple of years. The building from where F&G Members shoot from benches has had a poured concrete floor added, walls enclosed, and then was insulated. On Monday 03 October I took these photos as Range Operator Larry E. and Benchrest Club President Byron R. were putting finishing touches on the new huge wooden baffles filled with pea gravel as mandated by our Ontario CFO. The intent of these baffles is to reduce the potential of errant shots going over the backstop bank where the target stands are located, and also the possibility of richocets off the ground in front of the targets. The third photo was taken from the middle #3 bench inside the building, with camera at rifle barrel sight height; this is that shooter's view of the two baffles and the white line of target stands visible in between them.

In 2023 NOSA Members who shoot at these F&G Ranges must also be full F&G Members and will have the opportunity 7 days per week to shoot properly on any range here that has not been booked by another club. (The F&G website has a calendar of range bookings.)

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NOSA Junior Shooters Thanksgiving Shoot -- 05 October 2022

The Juniors had a Turkey Shoot, the first fun shoot this fall, also enjoying prizes and treats.

Shoot Results: 1st - Ocean; 2nd - Alex; 3rd - Maria. Congratulations.

NOSA Junior Shooters' Christmas Shoot -- Wednesday, 14 December 2022

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The shooting results for this evening: 1st-Ocean, 2nd-Peyton, 3rd-Alex.

We all enjoyed pizza and treats.

Merry Christmas! We will be off for Christmas holidays and will resume Wednesday, 04 January 2023.

Juniors' Xmas Shoot
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NOSA Adults' Christmas Shoot -- Friday, 16 December 2022

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There were delicious snacks, as well as cash prizes for 6 shooting events.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place shooters are listed for each event:

.22 RF Pistol Target: Don K., Tom S., Dana C.
CF Pistol Target: Dana C., Chris R., Jordan R.
.22 RF Pistol Bingo: Dana C., Chris R., Samantha D.-R.
.22 RF Rifle Target, with Iron Sights: Barry E., George H., Samantha D.-R.
.22 RF Rifle Target, with Scope: Ron W., Barry E., Don K.
.22 RF Rifle Bingo: Samantha D.-R., Chris R., Don K.

This Christmas Shoot was the occasion for our 2022 annual trophies to be awarded for outstanding skill:
Barry E. won the John Aarnio Memorial Trophy For Rifle, and
Dana C. won the Warren Wanson Memorial Trophy For Pistol.

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2022

Every year we feature some of the members' photos of their recent outdoor adventures -- sometimes from their hunts, but mostly candid photos of wildlife and scenery that they have encountered and enjoyed while just observing through a camera lens. We're looking forward to seeing some new photos.

On 14 January a fine Timber Wolf crossed behind the house. Only seen for seconds a couple of times this year. They are very skittish.

In August, Patrick C. sighted in his sporterized Springfield rifle and went to South Africa for his third hunt there. On this page below are photos of two of the game he took. Much more about the rifle and several chapters detailing his adventures and showing many more photos can be found through his article My 2022 South African Hunt on the NOSA website's Member Ramblings page. A fascinating read.

On 21 September a Red Fox took a nap on our hill in the sunshine.

On 3 October, Wayne Sm. enjoyed this gorgeous sunset near his hill.

In October Brian W. sent proof of a successful grouse hunt: "That was the first day! Lots of birds."

Samantha reported that Jordan R's hunting adventure was successful this weekend; she got her limit. This was the first bird of the day! She was using a .22/.410 over/under.

On 20 October this young Whitetail Buck was cropping my lawn. (Yes he's still okay and is a regular visitor.) The next day some Cedar Waxwings dropped by to rest during their migration south.

In 2022 Healey G. has again proven to be a very successful hunter and is shown here with two fine Whitetail Deer.

Wayne Sm. observed this fluffed up cold Grey Jay on Christmas Day, and some very cold snow drifts along his hillside driveway.

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One fine Timber
Wolf paused for
a second
Patrick C. took
a big Bull
Black Wildebeest
and later a
fine Nyala
This Red Fox
napped in the
sun on a hill
Gorgeous sunset
near Wayne Sm's
hill top
Brian W. and
party found
these Grouse
in two
locations on
opening day
Jordan got her
limit of Grouse
this weekend
Here she holds
up the first
Grouse of day
This young Whitetail
Deer Buck helped
crop my lawn
Cedar Waxwings
rested during
their migration
Healey G.
took a fine
Whitetail Buck
and also a
very nice
Whitetail Doe
Wayne Sm. saw
a cold Grey Jay
on Xmas Day
and snow drifts
from the wind
storm Xmas Eve

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