What are Oakley’s connections to NMLRA? She died in 1926 and NMLRA did not organize until 1933. However, she was exhibiting in the “off season” in Dayton, Ohio, shooting at an indoor arena there. A young man named Walter Keenan was a protégé of Rollo Hikes, a famous and skillful trap shooter of that day. Hikes backed Keenan in a $100 bet that Keenan could best Oakley over the tricky course laid out in the arena and he did. Gracious in defeat, she gave Keenan one of Sitting Bull’s arrows from her collection. Keenan became one of NMLRA’s early directors.
National-class competitive muzzleloading shooting is a strong focus of this gathering. There are so many matches that there is truly something for shooters of all skill levels, and with all types of muzzleloading equipment. A special feature of the competition area is the youth range, developed by NMLRA as a way to safely teach children how to shoot muzzleloading firearms and get them involved and engaged in the sport at a young age.
The event’s GPS address is 6219 S. State Road 62, Friendship. Handicap parking is available. Gate hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is charged for visitors 18 and up, and a portion of the parking fee benefits the local American Legion.
More information on the national championship shoot is available at 800-745-1493 or www.nmlra.org.