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Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club holding Memorial Day shoot

After COVID-19 cancelled last year’s event, Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club is once again providing an outlet for hunters and shooters of muzzleloaders at its 44th Memorial Day Weekend living-history events at its 22-acre range, located off Route 183, south of Summit Station.

Gates open for this year’s Eastern Pennsylvania Rendezvous and Muzzleloader Shoot Thursday, May 27, at noon for early arrivals to setup both pre-1840 primitive and modern camps. Final breakdown is Monday, May 27, and shooting events will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in 15-minute relays.

In addition to the competitive target shooting for traditional muzzleloaders with flintlock and percussion ignitions loaded with blackpowder and shooting patched roundballs, informal matches will be held Saturday evening. All formal shooting events award prizes to the top three competitors and are open to campers and day visitors and will be presented 6 p.m. Sunday.

Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association there is no charge for competitors 16 and younger to participate in any event, including the Juniors Match. That is also true for juniors participating in the archery woods walk and knife and hawk.

D.G. Yuengling and Sons Brewery, Pottsville, is continuing its sponsorship of the Yuengling 50-Yard Challenge.

Separate from the firing line is a primitive archery woods walk and a knife and tomahawk area. There are also non-shooting events and contests and primitive games for children.

For information on Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club email brrifles@gmail.com or access the club page on Facebook.