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*Photos Courtesy of Ava Francesca

1 of 1000 Events at Friendship

The September 2017 National Championship Shoot at Friendship was an eventful time for the 1 of 1000 Endowment Program. The annual 1 of 1000 Match was held, immediately following the opening ceremonies, on the offhand line. Many members helped to make the match a success. NMLRA Director Andy Larson, #4, coordinated the match and served as range officer. Forty-six shooters participated, including Arlie Thayer, 1 of 1000 member #3. Susy Larson, #145, loaded her rifle 29 times for various shooters to use. Don Blazier, #363, loaded Max Vickery’s .54 caliber Hawken rifle for those wishing to use it. Jim Fulmer, #41, and Rick Repovsch, #79, plotted the shots on the target provided by Dick Chubb, #113, the 2016 match winner. Sharron Smith, #44, kept track of the shooters’ names and numbers. Pete Wygant, #555, won the match with his shot being closest to the secret winning spot chosen by NMLRA Office Manager Joyce Vogel. Pete is a very strong supporter of the NMLRA. For many years he has created and donated beautiful shooting boxes as prizes and auction items. His boxes are always highly sought after and treasured by those fortunate enough to acquire them. Pete will be providing the 2018 Match target. By winning the match, Pete won a 1 of 1000 bolo and a handcrafted domed wooden chest made and donated by Dick Truex, # 35. Like Pete, Dick has been donating his creations to support the NMLRA for years.

The annual 1 of 1000 members’ reception was held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Rand House. The food and fellowship were enjoyed by all attending. This annual event is looked forward to as an opportunity for members to visit together and support the 1 of 1000 Endowment.

The 2016 1 of 1000 membership goal was to reach member #600, representing a gain of 100 members over the 2015 goal. We achieved the goal and had a drawing for the 2016 1 of 1000 Powder Horn and accompanying accoutrements, made and donated by the Honorable Company of Horners member Roland Cadle and family. The drawing was held at the Sunday evening membership meeting. The horn was won by the Prairieland Frontiersmen, #554, of Illinois.
The 2016 horn and pouch were presented to the Prairieland Frontiersmen, #554, representatives Lyle Kruger and Alan Daters by Andy Larson, #4, at the Tuesday night banquet and auction. Also at the auction, a 1 of 1000 membership was offered to the highest bidder. The winner of the membership was the Joseph Cindric Family of Ohio, #604.

The 1 of 1000 membership goal for 2017 is to reach 650 members. Join today for permanent recognition as a supporter of the NMLRA, with a gift that will always be there protecting our muzzle loading heritage.
Individuals can and do make a difference!

The 1 of 1000 Endowment of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association was conceived by NMLRA Past President Merrill Deer. His idea was to create a $1,000,000 endowment fund to support the Association. This goal will be accomplished by offering participation in a special part of the NMLRA for a $1,000 contribution to the organization. The funds will be placed in a permanently restricted endowment fund. The principal will remain in the endowment, and can be used only to generate interest or to purchase a permanent asset such as land. The principal can never be used for the general operation of the Association. The interest earned produces income for the new and innovative programs that help ensure the long term viability of the organization and help it to prosper. Getting involved is very easy and you don’t have to be wealthy. You can join for as little as $27.78 monthly over the next three years. You may also pay $250.00 down and the balance over three years. Some choose to make a one-time contribution of $1,000.00 or more. Select the payment plan best suited for you and become a part of this unique group of NMLRA members. There will never be more than one thousand participants in the program. Each participant will receive a special certificate, a sterling silver pin recognizing their contribution to our financial security, and a FREE David Wright, limited edition signed and numbered print entitled, “The Spirit of America,” while supplies last. Shipping, if required, will cost the member $22. 1 of 1000 members names will be on a permanent, public display at the NMLRA headquarters. Members are also eligible to shoot in an exclusive 1 of 1000 Match at the NMLRA National Championship Shoot held each September at the Walter Cline Range in Friendship, Indiana, and at the Western National Shoot held each March at the Ben Avery Range in Phoenix, Arizona. The National Muzzleloading Rifle Association is a non-profit educational organization with a 501(c)3 tax exemption from the IRS. Donations to the NMLRA such as membership in the 1 of 1000 Endowment are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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The NMLRA has a commemorative brick program with all proceeds to benefit the restoration of the Rand House. These pavers are being used as part of a commemorative walkway around the Rand House. The bricks can carry the name of a current or deceased member, family, or club. There is no limit on the number of bricks you can purchase. For an additional fee, a logo can be inscribed if the artwork is submitted with the order. This is a permanent fixture at the Rand House, and will be a fitting memorial to any person, group, or company.

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CAMPING RULES AND RATES

Walter M. Cline Range, Friendship, Indiana

Camping Contact Person: Brenda Hooton – 812-667-5131 ext 223

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The National Spring Shoot will be held June 9-17, 2018 and the National Championship Shoot will be held September 8-16, 2018. The annual membership meeting will also be held during the Championship Shoot in September.

Retaining Campsites – If you wish to retain the campsite you held the previous NMLRA National Shoot, you must send the full combined fee of $450.00 for both National Spring Shoot and the National Championship Shoot. This pays for the reservation of the campsite for both shoots. For the National Championship Shoot ONLY, the fee is $225.00. Campsites may not be retained exclusively for the National Spring Shoot. Reservations may be made starting October 1, 2017 and the deadline for retaining a campsite and trailer lease (if applicable) is February 28, 2018. If you do not receive your confirmation by February 28, 2018, please call 1-812-667-5131 ext. 223 to confirm we have received your payment.

If you miss three consecutive shoots (June and September Nationals) you may not retain your campsite.

Reserving Unretained Campsites – Unretained campsites are not assigned until after February 28. Please designate the area desired, size of camping unit, and shooting range interest. Fees are as follows: $25.00 per night per site (electric only). Full hookup $35.00 per night per site. (For up to 6 adults per site.)

 

NMLRA CAMPING RULES AND INFORMATION

Revised Edition November 21, 2016

REGISTRATIONThe head of each immediate family or group, or any other individual must be a member in good standing of the NMLRA, and must register with the Campground Attendant.

1) CAMP FEESmust be paid for each camping unit occupying campsites. The established rules and regulations will govern your conduct on the Walter Cline Range camp ground. YOUR PERMIT MAY BE REVOKED for violations of any of the rules and regulations. NO REFUNDS.

2) FEEis collected in full for each site occupied. Fees are set by the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

3) CAMPSITEreserved campsites taken on pre-reservation basis after MUZZLE BLASTS publishes the date.

4) CAMPINGpermitted only on established campground or in emergency designated areas.

5) SUBLEASINGof sites, tents, trailer and “skip occupancy” is prohibited.

6) CAMPSITESmust be cleaned daily and waste deposited in provided containers. Please wrap garbage and place in the nearest dumpster.

7) No PETSpermitted on NMLRA grounds, during June and September Championship Shoots.

8) QUIET HOURS 10:00 p.m.6:00 a.m. The Playgrounds are off limits to anyone during these hours.

9)NMLRAis not responsible for any camping gear.

10) BEHAVIORMust act with responsible behavior. Public intoxication, under the influence of drugs, fighting or excessive foul language will not be tolerated.

11) ALTERATIONS TO GROUNDSAbsolutely no alterations are to be made to the grounds or to the campsite (Walter Cline Range) without prior written approval of the camping committee. This includes, but is not limited to, alterations to the service poles, breaker boxes, and burial of electrical conduit or wiring, addition of gravel, drainpipes, railroad ties, decks and out buildings. Under no circumstances will any electrical work be done except by the Electrician of the NMLRA. Anyone violating this rule may be removed from the grounds.

12) FIREWORKSprohibited at all times.

13) BARN & EDUCATION BUILDINGSoff limits to everyone except during scheduled programs.

14) NO COMMERCIAL EXHIBITSpermitted in camping areas.

15) WASTE DISPOSALgray or black water waste to be disposed of at the dumping station or held in your holding tank except in the Frontier Heritage Campground where sewer is provided. This is also a State Campground rule in addition to the rules of the Health Department. Action will be taken immediately if gray or black water is discharged inappropriately.

16) FIREARMSthe discharge of firearms, muzzleloaders, or air propelled projectiles, the throwing of knives or hawks and archery is expressly prohibited except in designated areas.

17) NO FIREWOOD FURNISHEDcutting of trees, shrubs and growing plants is prohibited. Contact the Camp Shack for information on where to buy firewood. No firewood may be transported from another state or restricted areas due to Emerald Ash Borer.

18) BATHHOUSES please note: Maintenance Staff will begin closing all bathhouses except the stone bathhouse and the bunker in primitive on or after October 1. They will be reopened approximately April 1. These dates are subject to change due to extreme cold weather.

19) Washing of vehicles, campers & RV’s is to be washed with bucket only. No washing of aforementioned from Friday prior to the shoot to the last Sunday of the shoot (Approved 9/14/10).

20) All units on campsites must be unplugged when camper leaves. There is to be no electric plugged in when no one is occupying campsite (Approved 9/14/10).

21) SATELLITE DISHES and ANTENNAS – are not allowed on a NMLRA post or put on a separate post in the ground. They must either be on a tripod or attached to your trailer (Approved 6/14/11).

22) Storage of any vehicle, trailer, or similar property on the camping site is strictly prohibited.

                                                                                                Revised 11/21/16

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Would you like to have your club chartered with the NMLRA?
Charter Club info packet Contact NMLRA at: P.O. Box 67, Friendship, IN 47021 (812) 667-5131 Ext. 224; lparks@nmlra.org
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For more information about a club or its shooting dates, call or write the contact person listed for the club in question.

 

CHARTER CLUB BENEFITS
Charter Club Maching Grants.  The NMLRA sponsors a grant program to assist Charter Clubs with various projects and activities.   NMLRA Charter Club Matching Grant Application
Reduced Price on Advertising.  If your Charter Club hosts an invitational shoot or an open shoot, the informational shoot ad in MUZZLE BLASTSis published at half price. A Thank You ad acknowledging your appreciation to dealers, services, etc., are full priced ads.
Free Listing. Once a year the names, addresses, phone numbers of contact persons, and your Clubs name will be published in MUZZLE BLASTS. Charter Club Shoot Dates will be published free of charge every two months.
Access to Information. The office at the NMLRA Headquarters in Friendship, Indiana is the focal point for all information, expertise, and service data on muzzleloading. Charter Clubs are encouraged to call for any sort of help they might require at any time.
Territorial Match Host. Charter Clubs are encouraged to host the NMLRA TERRITORIALS, and are given first consideration when there are non-chartered clubs in contention.
Individual Membership.  The Charter Club may retain $5.00 for their Charter Club and remit $35.00 to the NMLRA for a single year’s membership for the club members.
Charter Club Discount.  Charter Clubs may deduct 10% from their target order when purchasing same through the NMLRA. Click here for target price list

NMLRA BLACKPOWDER HALL OF FAME

Requirements:

1. Any adult member in good standing, or one who has been and is now deceased.

2. Not an employee of the NMLRA at the time of nomination.

3. Registered shooter that has shot, now or in the past, at the Spring, Fall, Western

or nationally sanctioned rendezvous shoots.

4. Must be nominated by an adult member with endorsement by two (2) members’ signatures, accompanied with a brief statement why the member is worthy of nomination.

5. Marksmanship, craftsmanship, and service, but not necessarily in that order.

Qualifications:

1. Contributes time and effort unselfishly above and beyond regular member

participation. (Regular member participation being; attending all events, shooting, shoot participation at other events or postal shoot, enrolling in an education class, gunsmith seminar, etc.).

2. Makes significant contributions to the association for the benefit of the entire

membership and not for personal gain. This may be in the form of service,

volunteering, professional guidance, serving on committees, increasing

membership or otherwise improving the NMLRA for existing and future members.

3. Exhibits a good character and sincere concern in maintaining and preserving

the competitiveness and ownership of the antique firearms of our forefathers.

4. Willingness to work with fellow members and officers to enhance the success of the NMLRA.

5. Promotes and supports the NMLRA to fellow members and throughout their community.

Stipulations:

1. Not more than four (4) living inductees in any one year, and not more than four (4) posthumous inductees in any one year.

2. Hall of Fame Screening Committee made up of five (5) members, with the chairman appointed by the president of the NMLRA, will screen nominees and present names to the Executive Committee for endorsement

by the Board of Directors.

3. Hall of Fame Committee ineligible for endorsements or nominations.

4. Nominations to be turned in and received by May 1 prior to the Spring National Championship Shoot for approval by the Hall of Fame

Committee and for presentation at the Fall National Championship Shoot.

5. Nomination applications provided by NMLRA office. Name and address of nominee, submitter’s name, at least one paragraph not to exceed

fourteen (14) lines explaining why member should be considered, and accompanied by two (2) members’ signatures of endorsement.

6. Authenticity of application to be checked by Hall of Fame Committee and, following the guidelines for requirements and qualifications, make decision as to what nominees’ names will be placed before the Board for endorsement.

7. Nominees not inducted can be resubmitted. (A letter of inquiry may be requested from the Hall of Fame Committee by the nominator of a

nominee not selected).

Awards:

A large wooden board with the heading “National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Blackpowder Hall of Fame”, with brass bars and star with name and date of posthumous inductees, and stainless steel bars without a star for living inductees.

Each living inductee will receive a small plaque with like language to be presented at the Fall National Championship Shoot Annual Membership Meeting. Posthumous awards to be a letter of notification to family, if possible.

Large board to be displayed in the NMLRA Clubhouse. Location to be determined by the Board of Directors.

Representing 175 years in membership, the Public Relations Committee feels that a Blackpowder Hall of Fame for the membership would be a sincere asset to our sport, our organization, and would be an acknowledgement of and an honor to those inductees to be held in high esteem.

 

Hall of Fame Application

Black Powder Hall of Fame Inductees

Name                                           Year Inducted

Roy “PA” Keeler ……………….…… 1995

W.A. “Bill” Carver ………….………  1995

Charles B. Haffner ……………….….. 1996

Merrill P. Deer ……………………….. 1996

Turner Kirkland ……………………… 1996

Maxine Moss …………………….….. 1996

Lt. Col. Vaughn K. Goodwin ……….. 1997

Max Vickery ………………………… 1998

Claude Willoughby …………….…… 1998

Robert Bottoms ………………..……. 1998

John Barsotti ………………………… 1998

Vic Beeson ………………………….. 1999

Jack Rouse ………………………….. 1999

Willis Boitnott ………………………. 1999

Helen Evans …………………………. 1999

Edward “Bud” Garrott ……………….. 2000

Web Terry ……………………………. 2000

Clark Frazier ………………………… 2000

David Boggs …………………………. 2001

Jim Doyle ……………………………. 2001

William R. Brockway …………..…… 2002

Joe Yocum ……………………….….. 2002

Roy O. Kornmeyer ………………….. 2002

Liz Wilcoxon ………………………..  2002

William Carmichael …………………. 2003

Marshall H. Gardner …………………. 2003

Dan Kindig …………………………… 2003

Robert Reiber …………………….….. 2003

George Call ………………………….. 2004

William A. (Bill) Roberts …………… 2004

Edwin D. (Tiny) Van Sant ……………2004

Thomas Schiffer………………………. 2005

Ken Bresien……………………….…. 2005

George Wortner……………………… 2007

Harley Donaldson……………….…… 2007

Charles “Chuck”  Dixon…………..…. 2008

William C. Trigger ………………….. 2010

Richard Truex …………………… …. 2010

Homer Dangler …………….… 2011

Charles (Charlie) Maggard …. 2012

Marty Murphy ……………….… 2012

Betty Boitnott …………………… 2013

Gene Fahey …………………….… 2014

Mike Luma  …………………….… 2014

George D. M. Arnold…………… 2015

Andy Larson………………..….… 2015

Guy R. Smith……………..…….… 2015

Susie Goll Szynalski………….… 2015

Marion Hammer…………………2016

James Lemon, Sr. ………………2016

James McIntosh…………………2016

Nelson Simonds…………………2016

Bob Copner……………………… 2017

Donna Gatlin…………………… 2017

Richard “Dick” Kop………….. 2017

H. Armstrong Roberts, III….2017

 

Inducted Posthumously

E.M. “Red” Farris ……………….. 1995

Roland E. Harper ……………….. 1995

Virgil Hartley ……………………. 1996

Walter M. Cline ………………….. 1998

Boss Johnston …………………… 1998

Powell Crosley, Jr. ……………… 1998

Lewis Sanchez ……………………. 1998

Robert “Bob” Watts …………….. 1999

Morris Van Way …………………. 1999

Lee T. Good ……………………….. 1999

Wilford Shaw …………………….. 2000

Sgt. Alvin York ………………….. 2000

Walter Grote ……………………… 2001

LaDow Johnston ………………… 2001

Don Schuerman …………………. 2001

H. Phil Orem ……………………… 2002

John Bivins, Jr. …………………. 2002

Wes Kindig ……………………….. 2003

Jesse Booher……………………… 2006

John D. Baird…………………….. 2007

Dr. John “Jack” Riddell………… 2008

Don Thornton ……………………. 2011

Kathy Elliott …………………….… 2013

Jerome Wilson  ……………….… 2014

Paul C. Griffith ………………..… 2015

Jack Weichold ……………………2016

Elaine Arnold……………………..2017

Roy Gatlin………………………….2017

 

Longhunter book #7 now available

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Welcome to the world of Longhunter

Hunting with a muzzleloading gun is a magical experience. It takes the exhilarating sport of hunting one step further by combining the one-shot challenge of muzzleloading hunting with the nostalgic awareness that it has been done this way for well over 250 years.

The Longhunter was formed in 1988 by the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association to promote muzzleloading hunting throughout North America. It brings deserved recognition to hunters who have chosen to pursue North American big game with the type of guns used by their forefathers. The Longhunter recognizes the increased challenge accepted by muzzleloading hunters who abide by stated fair chase standards. The Longhunter also honors the trophy animals taken with muzzleloading guns. The Longhunter fully supports the conservation of all North American Wildlife. Continuing effort to preserve habitat and manage wildlife resources is crucial to the preservation of our sport.

For all information concerning Longhunter contact the office at (812) 667-5131

Order Longhunter Big Game Record Books

Longhunter shirts

Longhunter hats 

NMLRA Longhunter Field Report

Longhunter Entry Fee Application

Longhunter Fair Chase

Longhunter Information

Longhunter Official Measurer Form

Longhunter Minimum Entry Scores

Longhunter Pin Program Application

Longhunter Pin Program Pics

Longunter Society Policies

Longhunter Measurers by State

 

For more information contact the NMLRA office (812)667-5131.

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