Public Open House

Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Association held their 10th annual open house event on Saturday, June 4th 2016.

Well folks we had another successful Open House with many people well fed and a great deal of ammo sent down range. It seems that everyone that I talked to was having a great time and thanked us for putting out a wonderful program for the day. Great job everyone!  Attendees were provided with a free lunch,  and free shooting and instruction including use of member and club owned firearms. The ammo, ear and eye protection was courtesy of the Wolf’s Den Gun Shop in Hugo. BESA provided bottled water and soda and chips as well as burgers and brats with all the trimmings. Meats provided through Grunhoffer’s Old Fashion Meats in Hugo, along with pizza delivered from Majestic Pizza in White Bear Township.

The event included Cowboy Action Shooting with club members in period costume, WWII and Korean War era M1 Garand, and carbine battle rifles, some historical rifles, and many calibers of pistols and revolvers. There was also Trap, Skeet, and 5 stand clays for shot gunners. And there were  archery lessons with Jack Wachlarowicz, former MNNASP State coordinator to aide children of all ages in the fine art of archery.

Several of the parents at the NASP tournament made it a weekend by staying overnight so they could enjoy the open house too! They talked up the open house so much that quite a few of the parents will be making BESA a DESTINATION weekend next year!

There was a tent for black powder arms, and Labrador Retriever demonstrations in the pond by the Retriever club of the TwinCities. There were two laser shot booths on loan from the DNR for virtual shooting that were manned by DNR certified instructors.

Also on display that afternoon was the MN DNR wall of shame booth displaying models of trophy bucks that were confiscated from poachers in MN. The ammo held out for the afternoon, (even the coveted M1 ammo) and Shooting ran well past 4PM.

Many thanks to the following companies and groups that have help put on this event:

Claybuster Wads – Majestic Pizza – Mossberg Shotguns – J. P. Enterprises – CZ USA- CVA Blackpowder – The Minnesota Weapons Collectors Association – Wolfs Den Gun Shop – Birchwood Casey LLC – Grunhoffers Old Fashioned Meats – The Minnesota DNR and ALL the members of BESA that have donated time and equipment to this event.

David Arcand
President BESA 2015

Click here to view the Open House flyer from this year