This was the 3rd Black Powder Shoot, and there was a record 28 registered shooters. It was a beautiful sunny day, with the snow still frozen enough to walk on. Two relays made the shooting lanes a bit easier to manage. Targets were varied, from suckers at 20 feet to metal gongs at 70 yards. There was a swivel gong and paper buffalo bullís eye at 50 yards that showed a group 4 shots, a styrofoam cup of snow at 25 yards; and an X target which was used as a tiebreaker. The most challenging shot was at a 6 inch diameter gong at 40 yards, through 5 metal rings, from a crouched sitting position. 8 out of 28 shooters hit the gong, others hit the boards, the rings, and other connecting parts. The final shot was with a black powder pistol brought by Ed Benda, something new for most shooters.
Top shooters for the Ottawa Sportsmen Black Powder Muzzleloading Program.
Ribbons were givent to the top 6 shooters in each category.
Team Results [out of 130 possible points]
Teams of four were randomly chosen and competed with one team target requiring all 4 members to shoot strategically at it. Team scores were decided by adding team membersí individual scores and the team target for team average. Medals were given to members of the top three teams.
There were 13 lucky shooters (names were drawn from a hat) that received prizes donated by shooters and people who supported the shoot.
A special thanks to Ray Phillips of Escanaba, longtime black powder shooter, who did the scoring for the day.
A delicious hearty lunch of soup, sandwiches and dessert was served to the hungry crowd by Sue Dyke from the Ottawa Sportsmenís Club. It was definitely appreciated. Thanks, Sue!
Sarah Stephens from Crystal Falls displayed pre-1840 period clothes which she had made. Look for all the new mountain men and women at our next shoot, itíll be a trip to the past! Sheíll also be at the next shoot with more hand-made items for people who are interested in a more 'authentic muzzleloader' look.
Next shoot is May 4 at 10:00 AM. All are welcome. New shooters are encouraged to try it. No charge. We will have fun! Call Jon Henkel (906) 353-6511 firstname.lastname@example.org
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