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New Ontario Shooters Association (NOSA)
2023 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' 2023 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.

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

NOSA Annual General Meeting -- Sunday, 08 January 2023

Members at Club Meeting

Location. NOSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Ave., Thunder Bay. Refreshments were provided.

This AGM's agenda included presentation of the NOSA annual budget and discussion of club business and election of club officers. The current club officers are listed on the Club Contacts webpage (link in column to left).

The importance of club volunteers was emphasized for the continued success of our club programs and events. Please seriously consider helping out the various persons listed on the Club Contacts page; even helping with just one or two activities will make a big difference.

A question was raised as to whether the four days per week during the shooting season at Nolalu were being sufficiently used. It was decided that the Nolalu daily use sign-ins would be monitored in 2023 and this issue would be discussed again at the 2024 AGM.

Persons who are not continuing their NOSA membership in 2023 are requested to return their club Nolalu key to Dana or Bob or any of the Club Contacts (Club Contacts link is in column to left).

NOSA Adult and Family Membership Renewals become due effective 01 January for 2023. More information on memberships can be seen on the About Us page (link in column to left) and if you have more questions please contact Bob or Dana directly (Club Contacts link is in column to left).

NOSA Couples Shoot -- Friday, 17 February 2023

NOSA hosted a fun shoot for interested couples from the public, with the dual intention of exposing more folks to the safe and fun sport of target shooting and possibly interesting some new members.

Jordan R. sent the following remarks for publication:

"Jordan would like to put a shout out to all the NOSA volunteers who came out to help her with the outdoor couples' shoot event last [Friday] night. It would not have been possible without your help and guidance. Every volunteer had a couple each and supervised their shooting. Some couples had experience but for some they were shooting a handgun for the first time. My thanks to Dana C., Neil J., Bob J. (for his amazing lesson on shooting a handgun, stance, and grip, you rocked), Chris R., and Samantha R. (who baked the scones and help me organize the event; she also helped me make the 3 baskets for which we put all participants' names in a draw to win)."

NOSA Gun Show in Thunder Bay -- Saturday and Sunday, 11 & 12 March 2023

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:
            Saturday 11 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
               Sunday 12 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. We had 1237 admissions.

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.

Numerous volunteers from NOSA assisted Samantha D.-R. with the many various duties necessary to make this show a success. She did a wonderful job and joins the NOSA Executive in gratefully thanking all those persons for their tremendous help preparatory to the show, and then during the full weekend. Samantha wrote: "Without you it wouldn’t have run so smoothly. THANK YOU."

And yes this show proved to be a great opportunity for our volunteers and the public to catch up with old friends and vendors and discuss our favourite sport.

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Friday evening
started with
bare tables
but vendors
and volunteers
got busy
Saturday morning
tables were
well filled
Roy &: daughter
Easton are
very ready
Rick and Terry
share some
Dave and others
in final
And now the
public streams
by displays
You might see
many friends
gathered here
Sunday morning
before opening
last minute chats
Stan is an
ever regular
at our shows
Last chance
to share info
before crowds
Our specialists
compare notes
and displays
John in final
minutes before
Roy is talented
in various
arts & crafts
Jason with tools
from Antilla's
This table had
a huge variety
of knives
Almost open
with last
bit of silence
Jenna made lovely
crafts for our
lady visitors
Rick is totally
prepared and
Joe and Geoff
are historical
militaria experts
Dana at Jamie's
fine display of
her taxidermy
Dave is also
an expert
Stan is joined
here by
son Randy
Ron is a fine
machinist and
expert shooter
Albert brought
his son to
visit us

Junior Shooters Wrap-Up Shoot -- 26 April 2023

The Junior Shooters held their spring wrap-up shoot this evening and received their prizes. [Click on Samantha's photos to view a larger version]

Our Top Junior Shooters

Congratulations to our top shooters: Center (1st) Top Marksman 2023 Alex H.; Left (2nd) Ocean O.; Right (3rd) Gus G.

Junior Shooters and Instructors

And here are all the Juniors present along with their dedicated instructors.

NOSA Kakabeka Falls Gun Show -- Saturday & Sunday, 26 & 27 August 2023

Gun Show Visitors

This annual now two-day event was held by NOSA. A 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, 26 August; and
09:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, 27 August.

Admission was $5.00, and free for those under 12 when accompanied by an adult. This year's summertime show attendance was about average with 500 paid visitors.

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 gun show's team of Samantha and Chris and Jordan and Warren organized this event like a well oiled machine and the tables were set up in record time. Dana and Bob pitched in to help and the NOSA Executive sincerely appreciates and thanks its many volunteers for their tireless work and, as usual, we all had a great deal of fun renewing friendships with members and exhibitors and frequent visitors from the public. While working as volunteers, chatting and joking and socializing were a prime benefit of being there along with learning new facts and tips related to our hobby.

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4 p.m. Friday
and the setup
has well begun
Lots of tables
yet to filled
by vendors
Kim & Tina & Gus
here again from
Sault Ste. Marie
Saturday and
vendors are
getting ready
Tim and Doug
sharing a
table here
Dana checks
Jason's tools;
Dave has guns
Vendors often
consult goods
Susan is a
font of
Samantha takes
many questions
in stride
Ron takes an
time out
John and Joe
await Gord's
Gord answers
many questions
on antique ammo
Rick has neat
guns and
modern ammo
Merv's perch
while visitors
John relaxes
as friends
drop by
Dave has here
a large group
of fine guns
We all love
shiny high
quality knives
Geoff is our
goods expert
Clay and Larry
staff info table
for TBay F&G
Kim and Gus
their display
Jason and Dad
from Antilla's
Wes & Eugene
& Susan enjoying
a chat here
Chris and Bob
handling the
show entrance
Dan visits at
Bob's table
of good stuff
Future Junior
Shooter looks
at our show
Warren checking
and Jordan
always smiles
Samantha at
NOSA's table
for club info
Wayne (left) and
Joe (rt rear) have
quiet location
Sunday p.m.
near show's
Albert (center)
comes to
every show
Bob issuing
last minute
and our shows
are now done
till Spring '24

NOSA Club Appreciation Shoot and BBQ at Nolalu Range -- Sunday, 24 Sep 2023

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 BBQ at lunch time.

Our thanks to Dana for arranging the prizes, to Samantha and Chris for handling the many targets and careful scoring, to Jordan for facilitating the Juniors' shoot, and to Bob M. for preparing his delicious BBQ delights.

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.

Weather is always a gamble at this time of year; while it was sunny in town, at the range it was cloudy but dry and pleasant and bug free and thoroughly enjoyable.

Shooting events were free to participate and included rimfire (RF) and centerfire (CF) handguns and rifles. Black Powder (BP) firearms could also participate in appropriate centerfire events (and one actually did this year).

One event was reserved for Junior Shooters and young family members (and for this event, rifles were provided by NOSA for those Juniors who do not have their own).

Shooting Matches, with congratulations to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners:

Adults 20M CF handgun bullseye target: Tom S., Dana C., Bob J.
Adults 20M .22RF handgun bullseye target: Bob J., Tom S., Dana C.
Adults 20M .22RF handgun bingo target:Bob J., Dana C., Samantha D.R.
Adults 20M .22RF rifle bullseye target: George H., Chris R., Samantha D.R.
Adults 20M .22RF rifle bingo target: Chris R., Tom S., Bob J.
Adults 100M CF rifle for Group: Don M., Samantha D.R., Ron W.
Juniors 10M .22RF rifle bullseye target: Bella G., Gus G.

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Getting targets
was the first
Tom S. with
George H.
tried out
a rifle
Chris, Jordan,
and Warren
Chris coaches
a competent
Dana enjoying
Bob's delicious
as does Don
who chats
here with Bob
Tom is also
a keen shot
with a pistol
Dana demos
good form
with a rifle
Ron W. showing
some intense
Don and Wade
keeping Bob
Albert and
his son come
to many events
Geoff B. demos
correct loading
for this long
black powder
that George G.
makes smoke
Gus G. fires
at 10 metres
with rimfire
Then so does
his sister
Tom and Albert
with rimfires
at 20 metres

Junior Shooters' Halloween Shoot -- 31 October 2023

Samantha reported: "All the juniors shot very well, with loot boxes handed out to all participants and winning prizes for: 1st Bella G., 2nd Sol C., 3rd Gus G."

NOSA Adults' Christmas Shoot -- Friday, 15 December 2023

Image of paper target

There were delicious snacks, as well as prizes for 5 shooting events.

For rifles, rests on the bench that help support the rifle were permitted; however there were no vise/clamp styles that hard lock the rifle from moving. NOSA also made available some acceptable rifle rests to use at the shoot.

One warm up target (non-scoring) and one scoring target were permitted per target event.

The 5 shooting events and 1st through 3rd place winners were:
50yd .22RF Rifle Tgt Scope -- 10 rds: Bob J., Mark W., Ron W.
50yd .22RF Rifle Tgt Iron Sights -- 10 rds: Mark W., Ron W., George H.
11m CF Pistol Tgt -- 5 rds: Melissa G., Chris R., Joe Z.
11m .22 RF Pistol Tgt -- 10 rds: Joe Z., Bob J., George H.
11m .22 RF Pistol Bingo -- 5 rds: Mark W., John G., George H.

NOSA Junior Shooters' Christmas Shoot -- Wednesday, 20 December 2023

Image of paper target

There were delicious snacks at this annual fun shoot and get together.

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2023

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 22 April we were still feeding a newly arrived flock of well over 100 Juncos (some are out of the photo) that were having difficulty finding wild food under the snow.

On 29 April our first sighting of a pair of Mallard Ducks that walked around the house and found some bird seed. They then flew off, hopefully to find a suitable pond for nesting.

On 22 July a mother Whitetail Deer and her three fawns enjoy the grass and clover outside our house.

In November Dave O. took this photo of a Barred Owl while out hunting Whitetail Deer. He successfully took a nice buck shown here and wrote up his story for our website in the Member Ramblings section (link in left column).

On 03 December, Tom S and his hunting partner took two limits of Grouse.

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These Juncos used
our feeders and
seeds underneath
This Mallard pair
were our first
to arrive
Whitetail Doe and
her three fawns
dining together
A Barred Owl
kept an eye
on Dave O.
Later Dave
took a fine
Whitetail Buck
Tom S. with
two Grouse
on 3 December

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