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.

BWSA mailing address has changed!

BWSA no long uses a P.O. Box for mailing. Please do not send items to the old P.O. Box. All mail should be sent directly to the club’s location. The correct address is:

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

Brayden Ingles Shoot and Fish Fry on August 16th

1pm – 8pm

$20.00 per person
$5.00 for fish
$5.00 for your 50 bird game
Remainder funds donated to the Ingles family

This will include a 50 bird game, fresh fish, French fries, and the shotgun fields will be open for regular shotgun shooting.

*Note-this is on the usual potluck Thursday, but will not be a regular potluck. All who eat must pay*

From the “Support the Ingles’ Family” gofundme page on June 12, 2018:

“On Saturday (6/9/18) 15 year old Brayden Ingles had a work related injury that required his lower right leg to need to be amputated.  His parents, Jeff and Sarah are staying close to his side at Children’s hospital during this process.  (Many of our hockey family may know the Ingles family through Brayden’s younger brother, Bryce.)  Brayden had the leg amputated on Saturday and today (6/12/18), he had surgery on his left hand to place pins and fix a couple of fractures that he received in the accident.  Brayden has been keeping a positive attitude and his family has been finding their strength through God through this process.  His family could use your support at this time.”