We currently have 490+ members of the 1 of 1000 Endowment. Our goal is a total of 1,000 members, creating, an Endowment of $1million or more. This fund will contribute to the long-term financial stability and security of the NMLRA, and help insure the future of the muzzleloading heritage we all love.

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H. David Wright

To help celebrate reaching our halfway point of 500 members and especially to draw attention to this milestone, we will be auctioning 1 of 1000 membership #500 to the highest bidder. The member with the winning bid will receive print #500 of “The Spirit of America,” especially remarqued by artist H. David Wright. David is also creating and donating an original, framed, pencil drawing valued at $ 2,000 to be awarded to the winner.

The auction will be conducted by the NMLRA office staff and will start September 12, 2015 and conclude November 15, 2015 at 8 pm EST. Bids may be made using the form below, online at nmlra.org/1-of-1000-auction or by phone 812-667-5131 by November 13, 2015 at 4pm EST. Daily, during the auction, the highest bid will be posted and updated online on the 1 of 1000 page. Upon completion of the auction, the winning bidder will be notified, and announced, upon completion of the transfer of funds. The winner’s photo will be published in a future issue of Muzzle Blasts along with an interview by Muzzle Blasts centered on why the winner was motivated to submit the winning bid.

Individuals can and do make a difference! The 1 of 1000 Endowment makes a real difference for the NMLRA. Join today and make your name and your contribution a part of NMLRA history forever. If you love the NMLRA, it’s just the right thing to do!

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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.

Two rifles made by Mike Miller and Edward Henson lay atop a lovely quilt made by Nancy Thelen. These items are prizes in this year’s Gunmaker’s Hall Giveaway . Photo by Terri Trowbridge.

Two rifles made by Mike Miller and Edward Henson lay atop a lovely quilt made by Nancy Thelen. These items are prizes in this year’s Gunmaker’s Hall Giveaway . Photo by Terri Trowbridge.

CAMPING RULES AND RATES

Walter M. Cline Range, Friendship, Indiana

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

Click here for Camping Rates

The National Spring Shoot will be held June 11-19, 2016 and the National Championship Shoot will be held September 10-18, 2016. 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, 2015 and the deadline for retaining a campsite and trailer lease (if applicable) is February 28, 2016. If you do not receive your confirmation by February 28, 2016, 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 March 31. 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 INFORMATIONRevised Edition October 2010

    1. REGISTRATION – The 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.
    2. CAMP FEES – must 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.
    3. FEE – is collected in full for each site occupied. Fees are set by the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.
    4. CAMPSITE – reserved campsites taken on pre-reservation basis after MUZZLE BLASTS publishes the date.
    5. CAMPING – permitted only on established campground or in emergency designated areas.
    6. SUBLEASING – of sites, tents, trailer and “skip occupancy” prohibited.
    7. CAMPSITES – must be cleaned daily and waste deposited in provided containers. Please wrap garbage and place in the nearest dumpster.
    8. NO PETS – permitted on NMLRA grounds, during June and September Championship Shoots.
    9. QUIET HOURS – 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. Playground off limits to anyone during these hours.
    10. NMLRA – is not responsible for any camping gear.
    11. BEHAVIOR – Must act with responsible behavior. Public intoxication, under the influence of drugs, fighting or excessive foul language will not be tolerated.
    12. ALTERATIONS TO GROUNDS – Absolutely 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.
    13. FIREWORKS – prohibited at all times.
    14. BARN & EDUCATION BUILDINGS – off limits to everyone except during scheduled programs.
    15. NO COMMERCIAL EXHIBITS – permitted in camping areas.
    16. WASTE DISPOSAL – grey 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 grey or black water is discharged inappropriately.
    17. FIREARMS – the discharge of firearms, muzzleloaders, or air propelled projectiles, the throwing of knives or hawks and archery is expressly prohibited except in designated areas.
    18. NO FIREWOOD FURNISHED – cutting 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.
    19. 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.
    20. Washing of vehicles, campers & RV’s is to be with bucket only. No washing of aforementioned from Friday prior to the shoot to the last Sunday of the shoot (Approved 9/14/10).
    21. 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).
    22. 22. Satellite Dishes and Antennas – are not allowed on NMLRA post or put on a post separate in the ground. They must either be on a tripod or attached to your trailer (Approved 6/14/11).

Revised 11/2/10

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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. 221; jvogel@nmlra.org
CLUB SECRETARIES: TO UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO, PLEASE CLICK HERE
For more information about a club or its shooting dates, call or write the contact person listed for the club in question.

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Charter Club News 2015-16

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 National Charter Club Championship It’s time again to enter the NMLRA National Charter Club Championship. The championship consists of teams of four members from the same club competing against other NMLRA Charter Club teams. This is a great opportunity for your club to compete on a national level, receive more publicity, and have a great time shooting. Below are the rules and entry form. If you have any questions you may contact Joyce at the NMLRA office at 800-745-1493 ext. 221). Each team consists of four Charter Club members of the same club. Charter Clubs may enter more than one team. A shooter may not represent more than one team. 2) The Charter Club Championship Aggregate consists of the following: Offhand, AMS, 2 targets: 6 Bull at 25 yds. and Big Bull at 50 yds.; Buffalo, AMS. 2 targets: 5 Bull at 50 yds. and Big Bull at 50 yds.; Primitive, OPEN sights, 2 targets: Animals at 25 yds.; and Pistol, OPEN sights, 1 target at 25 yds., 10 shots, (note: all rifle targets are 5 shots each.) 3) Aggregate cost $10/person or $40/team total. 4) All orders for Charter Club Championship targets must be for the entire team and must include appropriate fees. 5) All orders must be in to the NMLRA office, postmarked no later than April 1st of each year, with checks or money orders made payable to the NMLRA. 6) Target bundles will be sent to the clubs on or about May 1st of each year. 7) All targets are to be shot by members of the teams, and witnessed and signed by three other charter club members (not on that team) at regularly monthly shoots of the club or times specified by the club. 8) Targets are to be signed by the shooter and the three witnesses and returned to the NMLRA office in a complete set by August 15th of each year. (All four team members’ targets returned together). 9) Targets are to be scored by the Charter Clubs themselves, and the NMLRA scoring staff will check the scores of the top three teams. 10) Winning team shall have their club’s name added to the permanent plaque (supplied by the NMLRA). Each member of the championship club team shall receive a gold plaque. The second place team members will receive silver plaques, and third place team members will receive bronze plaques.

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, now or in the past, at the Spring, Fall, Winter, 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. Exhibits a good character and sincere concern in maintaining and preserving the competitiveness and ownership of the antique firearms of our forefathers.
3. Willingness to work with fellow members and officers to enhance the success of the NMLRA.
4. 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 returned to the NMLRA Office at P.O. Box 67, Friendship, Indiana 47021 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 are 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

 

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

CLICK HERE FOR THE LONGHUNTER SOCIETY FEATURED PHOTOS
2016 NMLRA HUNTING REGULATIONS

 

LHS RECORD BOOK #7 COMING IN 2016

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

LH Hat MO0337Longhunter hats Longhunter Red T-shirts

 Click here for the Longhunter photo gallery.

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.

Click here for State Game Agencies.