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UPMLA Monthly Black Powder Shoots for 2023
Open to: Any safe shooter. (UPMLA membership is NOT
required to participate.)
in cooperation with the
Ottawa Sportsmen's Club
When: Usually first Saturday of the month, January
Dates for 2023: Jan 7, Feb 4,
Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3.
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 must 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
• 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
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
For further information please contact: