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New Ontario Shooters Association (NOSA)
2024 Recent 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. Click on the year desired in the following table.

Click Year for Previous Activities
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023

Nolalu Range Improvement Projects, pictures and text, during a particular year can be seen on the individual year pages above, but for your convenience several years of such projects have also been gathered together here on a summary webpage.

NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts are similarly reported in each year's activities, but prior years have also been gathered here in a summary webpage.

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.

Spelling of Names. We try hard to spell folks' names correctly but errors can creep in. Please advise any corrections needed.

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NOSA Annual General Meeting -- Sunday, 14 January 2024

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. Delicious refreshments were available.

NOSA Adult and Family Membership Renewals for 2024 become due effective 31 December 2023, and NOSA Membership had to be current in order to vote on club business, or to hold NOSA office. More information on the several types of 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).

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

At the 2023 AGM, Member George H. was tasked with monitoring the NOSA Members' recorded use in 2023 of the Nolalu Range. At this AGM, club sign-in records for 2023 were presented and they confirmed that the Members' use of Nolalu had been extremely low, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays, and the fact was that the Members who only signed up for Nolalu were paying only about half of the club's costs for running that range. After considerable discussion of possible solutions to this budget shortfall, the motion to cut two weeks at the start of May and again two weeks at the end of October (worst weather periods for us there) and to eliminate Friday and Saturday rental was passed nearly unanimously. After discussion with the Range Operator, our new schedule at Nolalu has been confirmed and actual new dates for 2024 are now specified on our Range Schedules webpage (link in left column).

It was also noted, and Members are strongly cautioned, that sign-in to our book at the Nolalu Range, and at the Fish and Game Ranges (first at the F&G Main Gate and again at Pistol Range 8 if used) are mandatory and are required to maintain the validity of that Member's insurance while using those ranges.

There was also an announcement from Gerry K. that the once popular shooters' gathering at Nolalu Range (The Thursday Irregulars) was expected to be well attended this year; all NOSA Members are welcome; shooting starts around 2 p.m. on Thursdays during NOSA Club Days at Nolalu and should finish by about 6 p.m.

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Bob & Chris
& Dana start
the AGM
Jordan is about
to understudy
an ex sailor
Yes we are
all a very
happy bunch
Checking the
budget numbers
for 2023
Our members
chat with
old friends
in warmth
despite winter
cold outside
And soon we
get up to
enjoy snacks
and share tall
tales from
2023's fun
and start to
book Gun Show
March tables

NOSA Gun Show in Thunder Bay -- Saturday and Sunday, 09 & 10 March 2024

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 also on site.

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

Show Hours for the Public:
            Saturday 09 March -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
               Sunday 10 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. Attendance at this spring show was just over 1200 members of the public.

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

NOSA gratefully thanks the vendors and exhibitors for their participation and support towards making this show a success, and special thanks to the NOSA volunteers that made this show even possible.

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Dana & volunteers
help set up on
Friday evening
First vendors
are now
Saturday morning
and we are
almost ready
The variety of
sporting gear
is awesome
08:45 and a
last minute
look around
Fred and Doug
staffed their
Stan and son
Randy are
always here
Easton joined
her father
Roy again
Geoff is our
expert on
Chris with
a happy
Antilla's link
is in NOSA's
Useful Links
Larry at
NOSA's info
About seven
Nylon 66s
were present
Rick's L.A.R.
Arms have some
neat firearms
Chris and
John survey
the crowd
Tim's custom
knives & axes
are incredible
Eugene chats
with Don at
NOSA table
NOSA Junior
Shooters start
very young
Jordan coaches
Elizabeth and
all our Juniors
Geoff chats
with Lisa from
L.A.R. Arms
Kim and Tina
are here at
most shows
and Tina
poses for us
Antilla's has
huge variety
of old tools
Ammo beside
White Cedar
Sunday packing
up until our
August Show

Junior Shooters Wrap-Up Shoot -- 24 April 2024

The Junior Shooters held their spring wrap-up shoot and received their prizes. Elizabeth was Top Marksman and she also placed 1st in our Air Pistol Shoot. Aiden placed 2nd and Kaitlyn placed 3rd. Samantha sent us the photos.

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NOSA Members' Adventures and Hunts -- 2024

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.

Wayne Sm. sent us a photo of a puddy tat, who is definitely not that cuddly Sylvester.

On 13 June the snow is now long gone and two rabbits have begun grazing regularly on our front lawn; here's the closest. And yes we leave the Dandelions to grow for the bees and butterflies too.

Flickers have become quite common this year working the lawn for food.

For five years a large Groundhog named Gary has lived under the boulders at the edge of our front yard. And every fall he has disappeared over the hill to spend his winter hibernating. (That means our place is his summer camp.) This spring he brought along a cute blond we named Molly.

Over the past winter a pregnant Whitetail Doe visited our yard regularly and after giving birth hid her fawn in our woods nearby.

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Wayne's Snow
Kitty is right
at home here
One of two
Rabbits grazing
on our lawn
Flickers have
become common
visitors here
Gary is back
with cute little
mate Molly
Doe and her
Fawn live in
our woods

NOSA Member Photo Submissions. It helps me here if photographs submitted are mostly under 6 Megabytes in file size, but larger will still be okay. Note: special pictures like group shots or panoramas often turn out better if processing here begins with an even larger file size.

If you have access to a photo software program, the first editing step (always) is to make a copy with a new name to work on. [Keep the original file safe and untouched!] Crop the copy photo to get rid of unnecessary background. Then fix light levels. Finally save as a jpg file. Free programs that can improve photos and resize them include: Paint.NET (for Windows) which is simple to use and has many useful features; another very capable free choice is GIMP, GNU Image Manipulation Program, that is available for Windows, Apple, or Linux operating systems.

If you are not comfortable using photo programs, just email a copy of the picture just as it came out of the digital camera and I'll do any adjustments needed here. If you use a film camera and paper prints, loan me a print and I'll scan it for the website.

Email your pix as attachments to:
but first change the xxxx into the usual email symbol.

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