Now accepting Applications for Part-time Shotgun Cashier

Cashier during all shotgun hours.

Maintain accurate accounting for the day
Load Target System cards for shooters

Spot clean clubhouse as needed

Hours are:
Sundays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm and Thursdays 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Pay is hourly $10.00 per hour.
Paid training will be provided

Fill out job application and email to
Drop off/mail to BWSA 4866 Ravenswood Rd Kimball, MI 48074

The Volunteer by Mike McAlpine

The Volunteer by Mike McAlpine

Article shared by Bob Johnson

What was all the commotion about over at the clubhouse? Everyone was standing and looking at Bill’s Scorecard. There was a big fat 99 on it, and Bill was proud of his accomplishment.

Bill was a real go-getter, someone who was always there for his sport. One might say that Bill was the perfect member of any club.

On any Saturday you would find Bill out at the club, and he always seemed to beat us there. Our club is like any of a thousand clubs across America. It is really a great place, because all we have to do is shoot. There is no work to be done. The grass is some special type that doesn’t grow much and never has to be mowed or watered. Another amazing thing is that they make those targets we shoot, right there in the skeet houses. There must be a big, old machine in there cranking them out as we sleep because when we are ready to shoot the houses are full. Of course, the ATA, NSSA, and NSCA must always send someone down to put on those registered shoots that we enjoy on Sundays. I am pretty sure that our local newspaper writes the newsletter that we receive every quarter.

Well, friends, let me tell you what happened a few Saturdays back. I happened to drive out to the club a little early and do you know what I saw? There was old Bill with his pick- up truck loaded down with targets. Of course, I knew he had to be stealing them right from that big machine that makes them for us. You know what I did? I went over there and gave old Bill a piece of my mind. When Bill told me he was hauling targets to the club from a warehouse in the next town, I couldn’t believe it. I can tell you I was sure surprised. When I looked in the house, I could see he was right because he was stacking the targets. Of course, his stacks were in the wrong place and were too high so I thought it was my duty to tell him, how targets should be stacked. I had seen them stacked at the gun club I used to belong to and I knew about such things.

As the year went on, I straightened out quite a few problems at my club. I found out that old Bill wrote the newsletter. Of course, he wasn’t very good at it and I told him how it should be done. He offered to let me take over the writing, but I am a busy man and I don’t have time for such things. Old Bill would always take new shooters and shoot a few rounds with them. He seemed to think he was doing them a favor, but what did he know about teaching? I always beat him in our shoots.

One thing I didn’t like about old Bill teaching new shooters was it always slowed down the squad, and all of us regulars would have to wait. Old Bill sure had an attitude. I told him he was interfering with the harmony of the shooting-you know, just like the rulebook says. You will never guess what he said to me. He told me we had four other skeet ranges and that I should go open up one of them. What nerve! Who does he think he is? I am not out here to work. I am here to shoot. He should open that other range; after all, the club must be paying him pretty well for the work he does. That reminds me, I am going to find out how much they do pay him, because I don’t like those directors wasting any of my money. Speaking of directors, what a bunch of boneheads we have at my club. They are always telling us how to run things.

A few weeks later, I went out to the club again, early Saturday morning. There was old Bill again. This time he was messing with the traps on the sporting clays range. I thought to myself that this guy was trying to slip in a few stations of his own for the shoot we were going to have the next day. I knew those NSCA boys would be mad, so I jumped on old Bill again. This time he told me he was setting the course for the whole shoot. Well, what did this guy know about setting targets? After all, I am the best shot at the club, and everyone knows it. I have been to two other clubs and know how targets should be set. Sunday, after we finished the shoot, I knew I was right. There were three stations I could not break more than a six on. One of the stations was too far, the other way too fast, and who can hit a rabbit, and a teal thrown at the same time. Boy, what a jerk.

Well, last Saturday I decided to go out to the club and do a little shooting, but when I got there I couldn’t find a case of targets anywhere. The grass must have reverted to its original genes and was a least a foot tall. I checked the bulletin board and found out our monthly registered shoot had been cancelled, I guess the NSCA slipped up. I didn’t see old Bill that day. I wondered where that goof off was. Well, who cares, he couldn’t do anything right anyway. I had not received a newsletter in more than three months.

Bill was really proud of the ninety-nine. Of course, it would have looked good on the shooting range, but old Bill had given up shooting. It seemed golf was much more relaxing.

The names in this story are fictional, and any similarities with your gun club are purely intentional.

The next time you are out at the club and you see old Bill, stop and see if he needs any help. You might find out old Bill is a pretty good guy, and you might just learn something about the other side of shooting “behind the scenes,” the work.

Fun for all ages at the Woods Walk & charity Chicken Egg Challenge

October 21st was a great day for a woods walk. Shooters of all ages enjoyed the challenge of hitting the Halloween themed targets.  Hearty chili and a warm fire welcomed back the participants to Homer’s Bay. It was good to see everyone on the trail having fun.

BWSA also held a new charity event, the .22 Chicken Egg Challenge, in conjunction with the Woods Walk. 33 shooters tried to shoot an egg at 200 yards with a .22lr rifle and 11 hit it.

Congratulations goes out to 1st place Ed Allbaugh and 2nd place Fred Juziuk. Sam LaVere won the Hawk Optic spotting scope.

We were able to donate $500 and a box of cell phones and hygiene items to Safe Horizons. Thank you to all shooters who came out for the challenge. Looking forward to doing this again next year!


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Blue Water Sportsman’s Association $500.00 Scholarship

Blue Water Sportsman’s Association
$500.00 Scholarship


  1. Attend a 2 year or more accredited college or university or an accredited
    vocational school.
  2. Must have been a junior member of Blue Water Sportsman’s
    Association for a minimum of 1 full year.
  3. Must be a Junior or Senior in high school.
  4. Provide current high school transcript.
  5. Provide full name, phone number, mailing address, and membership

Write a 250 – 500 word essay on 1 of 2 topics listed below:

  1. How has shooting as a sport helped me in life?
  2. What can we as a society do to stop violence in America?

Open Period November 1, 2018 – February 1, 2019

Submit all documentation listed under requirements and essay to:

Blue Water Sportsman’s Association
Attention: Scholarship
4866 Ravenswood Rd.
Kimball, MI 48074.

Click here for printable flyer

Open range nights are back on the Indoor Range

It’s that time of year again! Open range night starts October 1st and takes place every Monday, except the 2nd Monday of each month
due to the Board of Directors meeting, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You can shoot any caliber pistols, except magnum, or .22lr rifles on our indoor range. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. See our monthly calendar for exact dates and contact information.

Precision Rifle is not Service Rifle, nor is it Hi-Power

Precision Rifle is not Service Rifle nor is it Hi-Power. There is a misconception amongst shooters that the Precision Rifle discipline is somehow related to Service Rifle or Hi-Power shooting-this is not the case.

Precision Rifle involves using a rifle (usually in a short action caliber) and an adjustable scope to hit targets that are “precise.” Explained in a little more detail, the goal of precision rifle shooting is to engage targets of various sizes at distances that maximize on the rifle’s accuracy and scope capabilities. For example, “1 MOA,” or one minute of angle target, is usually the benchmark to measure precision rifle targets by. This roughly equates to a roughly 1” target at 100 yards, or a 6” target at 600 yards. The size of a target will often vary based on the difficulty of a particular position or course of fire. So for example, it’s possible to have a 3 MOA target at 400 yards if a stage calls for a shooter to be in a supported standing position (this size target would be similar to the steel wild board targets we use during our matches and practice).

The biggest difference between Precision Rifle and disciplines like Service Rifle and Hi-Power Rifle is the lack of rigidly in the sport. Service Rifle and Hi-Power are very strict in the types of equipment you can use and also the courses of fire. In contrast, precision rifle is basically open to all centerfire rifles and scope combinations that shoot projectiles under 3,100fps. Note, however, you wouldn’t want to use a 30-30 for precision rifle shooting due to the ballistics of the round. People usually opt for the flatter shooting calibers for Precision Rifle shooting.

Another major difference focuses around where the shooting disciplines were derived from. Service Rifle and Hi-Power are derivatives of military style courses of fire and still are strictly aligned with these set courses of fire. Whereas, Precision Rifle is really a blend of long-range hunting, benchrest, and military style shooting. Because Precision Rifle shooting is a “hybrid,” so to speak, stages and match formats vary across the board. In contrast, a Service Rifle match will be the same whether you shoot it in Michigan, Ohio, or California (if people can still own guns there).

All the differences aside, there are some similarities between Precision Rifle, Service Rifle, and Hi-Power. First and foremost, all of the disciplines above center around being a good marksman, so the fundamentals of breathing, trigger control, sight alignment, and sight picture all still apply. Second, the use of positional shooting and slings for support are consistent amongst all three of these disciplines. Lastly, in an effort to “modernize” Service Rifle shooters are now permitted to use adjustable scopes. Although Service Rifle shooters are limited in the types of scopes they can use and magnification range, this does have the slight effect of making the discipline more practical and adds one more similarity to Precision Rifle shooting. Nonetheless, all three disciplines are welcome activities within the shooting sports world.

Every match the Precision Rifle Division has people who just come out to watch for fun. On October 20th, we are having our Varmint Shoot, which would be a great match to come and see. I hope to see some new faces!

Will Thompson

.22lr Egg Challenge

Join us on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 9:30am – 3:00pm for a fun shoot to benefit Blue Water Safe Horizons. There will be a donation box in the clubhouse if you wish to donate items or cash beforehand. Click here for a list of wish items.

You will get up to 10 shots with your .22lr rifle at eggs on our 200-yard range.The cost is $10.00 for up to 10 shots. We will have CCI .22lr ammo for sale on site or bring your own.

You will be able to use iron sights or any scope. The shooting position is up to you as long as it is safe. You may use a front bipod or a sandbag, but you must have control of your rifle. You cannot use iron sleds.

All participants will fire up to 10 shots until they hit 1 egg. If you hit an egg, you will take 5 additional shots on a paper target for a chance to win a Vortex scope. Top scorer will win the Vortex scope. All participants who enter the shoot and look through a Hawke spotting scope will be entered to win it. We want to give a big thank you to our sponsors who helped make this happen: THS & Sporting Center, Hawke Optics, and Vortex. If you have any questions contact Don Morgan. We look forward to seeing you there.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Don’t forget to enjoy our Haunted Woods Walk at the same time! A day of fun for everyone!

Join us for a Haunted .22lr Woods Walk on October 21st

Haunted .22lr Woods Walk
Sunday October 21, 2018
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $10.00 per shooter for members and guests
Where: Blue Water Sportsman’s Association
Registration is at Homer’s Bay (Bay 4).

Course is 25 Halloween themes targets of varying size and set a distances of 5 to 50 yards.

At Registration you will receive 50 dimes. For each missed shot you place a dime in the cup by the target. You keep the remaining dimes once you finish the walk. Shooting begins as you arrive and ends when you complete the course.


Pete Galante 810-488-6405 or Ed Allbaugh 586-764-7123

Hunters Education approaching on September 29th & 30th

The next Hunter’s Education class is coming up in September. This class is full. Learn more about our program on the Special Training page.

Held at Blue Water Sportsman’s Association
4866 Ravenswood Rd Kimball, MI 48074

Class Dates: September 29 & 30, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days

Students 10 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. There is a course fee of $10 assessed to attend this class.

Eye and Ear Protection required both days.
Bring a Lunch Both Days.

2018 Michigan State SASS Championship is Labor Day Weekend

Once again BWSA will be Hosting the Annual Michigan State SASS Championship. This is the 20th anniversary of this event for our club. Come on out and watch the fun!

Please pay close attention to your monthly calendar for range closures from Thursday, August 30th thru Monday, September 3rd.

  • 200 yard closed Thursday, August 30th thru Monday, August 3rd
  • Bays 5 thru 11 closed Wednesday, August 29th at 5pm until Monday, September 3rd.
  • Bays 1 thru 4 closed August 30 thru Sept 3.
  • Clubhouse closed Thursday, August 30th until Monday September 3rd
  • All bays should be open by noon on Monday September 3rd.
  • The 100 yard will remain open the entire event.

Thank you for your cooperation during this major event.