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UPMLA Monthly Black Powder Shoots for 2024
in cooperation with the
Ottawa Sportsmen's Club

Open to:  Any safe shooter. (UPMLA membership is NOT required to participate.)

When:  Usually first Saturday of the month, January thru June.
  Dates for 2024:   Jan 6,   Feb 3,   Mar 2,   Apr 6,   May 4,   Jun 1.

Where:  Ottawa Sportsmen's Club, Hiway M-38 about six miles west of Baraga, Michigan. See map below.

Time:  Registration begins 10:30 AM (Eastern time). Shooting begins at 11:00 AM.

Fees:  $3 for each participating shooter. There are no fees for non-shooters. A donation of $5 per person is requested for lunch; see below.

Firearms:  Shooters may use any traditional muzzle loader, sidehammer or underhammer, flint lock or cap lock, rifled or smoothbored, loaded with patched round lead balls, equipped with open sights. Peep and optical sights are generally not permissible. Contact organizer (see below) with any questions about what may be acceptable.

Course of fire:   Most shots will be taken from the off-hand position, in which the upper arm may rest against the chest. Other positions, for example seated on a stump, prone behind a log, etc., may be required for a particular target. Modifications of position may be permitted on request for shooters who are under 12 years of age or who are handicapped.

Shoot participants should plan on a total of 16 to 20 shots. The format will typically be as follows:
  • Six shots outdoors, paper target, distance 25 yards.
  • Six shots outdoors at gongs or novelty objects, distance 5-100 yards.
  • Six shots at paper or novelty targets, indoors, distance about 50 feet.
Shoot organizers reserve the right to alter the format based on weather or other circumstances, including the whim of the shoot organizer.

Teams:   At these shoots, some targets must be shot by two-person teams. Team members are chosen semi-randomly from the shooters that are present. Members of a team will have to coordinate their shooting on the selected targets.

Awards:  Place ribbons will be awarded to high-scoring individual shooters or teams.

Range Facilities:  An outdoor covered range helps to keep some of the snow or rain off shooters.  An indoor range provides some warmth on cold days and is used when shooting at some close-range targets.

Lunch:  A volunteer-prepared lunch is usually made available after shooting has ended.

Sponsorship:  The UPMLA sponsors the shoots held in February and May. The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club and the UPMLA are co-sponsors of the shoots of January, March, April, and June.

FUN:  Guaranteed.  Friendship provided at no additional charge.

For further information please contact:
  • Monthly Shoot Organizer:
      Jon Henkel
      phone 906-353-6511
      email: jonhenkel@up.net

  • UPMLA President:
      Andy Schumer
      phone 906-370-1570

Location of 2024 Monthly Shoots [img:map24]
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