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2023 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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

These Juncos used
our feeders and
seeds underneath
This Mallard pair
were our first
to arrive

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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