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  • Here is what’s going on Down Range at North Lawrence Fish and Game

               Week ending Sunday December 3, 2023

    Nlfg is conducting its annual Christmas season food drive. If you are planning on attending a club function, please bring a non-perishable item with you. Our Thanksgiving food drive was a huge success. Everything that was donated went to the Chapel of the Cross.

    The clubhouse will be closed Sunday, November 26th. We will reopen on Sunday, December 3rd.

    The Club office will be open Sundays from noon until 2 pm for raffle ticket sales and 2024 dues payments.

    There will be a Turkey shoot Sunday, December 10th. Doors open at 8, shooting starts at 9. Breakfast will be available. The next shoot will be December 17.

    The Steel challenge shoots are finished for the season. Thanks to Don Bates and his crew of helpers and all the shooters who participated. Hope to see you all next year.

    The indoor Archery and air rifle programs start up Sunday, November 5th. Hours are 11 am until 3 pm. This program is for kids of all ages who are interested in Archery. Details at

    NLFG hosted the first annual Veteran’s Day Garand Match on November 11, 2023. The CMP sanctioned the match, so competitors were able to earn official CMP awards according to their scores. The most important thing is that everyone had a really good time, and more people are visiting our spectacular rifle range! We had 3 non-members compete, and one additional spectator.

    Here’s the Match Line up:

    • WINNER – Mike Heaberlin – 284 – 4X
    • 2nd Place – Scott Smith – 280 – 7X
    • 3rd Place – Art Karas – 263 – 4X
    • 4th Place – Anthony Shaum – 250 – 1x
    • 5th Place – Rick Walski – 243 – 1X
    • 6th Place – Jeff Cramer and Jeff Haneline tied with 227 – 1X
    • 7th Place – Brian Williams – 214 – 3X
    • 8th Place – Bradley Williams – 214 – 2X

    Our next match will be the third annual WHITE DEATH MATCH! Keep your eyes peeled for that one! It’s a lot of fun.


    At the Membership meeting in November, we had our second round of nominations for officers for 2024. We had no nominations for Treasurer for 2024. There will, however, be an election for 2 one-year trustees since we have 3 candidates for these offices. If you are interested in being on the Board, let us know.

    Traders Day will be Saturday, February 17th, from 9 to 1 at the Clubhouse. 15325 Lawmont Ave NW North Lawrence, OH 44666. 20 tables are available for rent. Only items allowed for sale are hunting, fishing, shooting sports, and sportsman’s related items. NO flea market goods. Tables are $20 each and are available for Club members only at this time. Contact Mike Heaberlin to reserve a table at or 330-807-0810.

    Euchre every Friday evening at 7 pm. Plenty of room for more tables and players. Call Joe for details at 330-353-0337.

    The raffle for an M1 Carbine was drawn at the November membership meeting. The winner was a member.

    The next gun raffle will be for a choice of an M1 Carbine or an M1 Garand. Same deal. $10.00 per ticket, only 200 tickets sold. Stop by the Clubhouse during open hours to purchase tickets.

    Want to do something to help the Club out? Something that won’t cost you anything and any of you can do. Sign up a new member. If you hear someone talking about Firearms, ask them where they shoot. Tell them about our club and bring them out and give them a tour of the place. Signing up new members will help keep membership costs down. If half of our members would sign up a new member, it would really help out.

    2024 Dues payments, According to NLFG bylaws article VI item 3 “member dues must be paid by December 31st for the next year.” To facilitate this, we will be accepting dues payments on Sundays during office open hours. Or you can mail your completed membership renewal form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Club. Membership forms are available for downloading and printing on the website. Thank you for your continued support.

    Muskrats. Are there any trappers at the Club anymore? Some members have reported several muskrat slides at the lake. If anyone is interested in trapping them, let us know. 330-832-2411.

  • 5 gun law facts you should know before toking that first legal joint
    Close-up of a man smoking a marijuana joint

    5 gun law facts you should know before toking that first legal joint

    by Joe D. “Buck” Ruth6:01AM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2023

    Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 2 on Nov. 7, paving the way for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

    The law takes effect 30 days after Election Day, but it still has to go through a planning and rule-making process. Once it does take hold, gun owners should be aware of how the new law affects them before firing up that first joint.

    Here are five facts you should know about your rights as a gun owner:

    1. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. “Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision,” according to a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration.
    2. Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), prohibits any person who is an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)” from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.
    3. You should be very mindful of points 1 and 2 when purchasing a firearm and completing ATF Form 4473, which is used to conduct a background check. The form asks in question 21(f): “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” You might think you are a lawful user of marijuana, but pay close attention to the question’s next sentence: “Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
    4. If you answer yes to question 21(f), you are “prohibited from receiving, possessing, or purchasing a firearm.”
    5. If you falsely answer no to that question, you are in violation of federal law. As the form states, “I also understand that making any false oral or written statement, or exhibiting any false or misrepresented identification with respect to this transaction, is a crime punishable as a felony under Federal law …”

    As we’ve stated, Buckeye Firearms Association doesn’t believe marijuana use should disqualify anyone from lawfully purchasing and/or owning a firearm.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit agrees. In August, the court unanimously ruled that the 1968 law is unconstitutional. The ruling in the case, United States v. Daniels, included comments from Circuit Judge Jerry E. Smith, a President Ronald Reagan appointee.

    “Throughout American history, laws have regulated the combination of guns and intoxicating substances. But at no point in the 18th or 19th century did the government disarm individuals who used drugs or alcohol at one time from possessing guns at another.”

    Smith said some limits historically have been placed on an intoxicated person’s right to carry a weapon, …

    but it does not justify disarming a sober citizen based exclusively on his past drug usage. Nor do more generalized traditions of disarming dangerous persons support this restriction on nonviolent drug users. As applied to Daniels, then, § 922(g)(3) violates the Second Amendment. We reverse the judgment of conviction and render a dismissal of the indictment.

    Patrick Daniels had been arrested in spring 2022 after a traffic stop in Mississippi in which a DEA officer found marijuana butts and two loaded firearms in his vehicle. Daniels was not administered a drug test, nor was he asked if he was under the influence, according to Smith’s ruling.

    You may remember this was the federal statute that led to Hunter Biden’s indictment.

    Before you get your hopes too high on that ruling, understand that it is limited to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

    Our goal at BFA is to protect gun rights and advance pro-gun legislation, but it is also to educate the public. And so now you know.

    Joe D. “Buck” Ruth is a longtime small-game hunter and gun owner who spent nearly three decades in the news industry.

  • Here is what’s going on Down Range at North Lawrence Fish and Game

    Youth Archery & Air Rifle Program

    Winter Schedule: Every Sunday* from 11:00am to 3:00pm

    First Sunday in November through the last Sunday in March (Indoors)

    Summer Schedule: See website for specific dates and locations throughout the area.

    We will instruct the fundamentals of Archery and Air Rifle to participants from age 5 to 95.

    This activity is FREE to all participants. We have all equipment required. Club Membership is not required to participate, but all inquiries about family memberships are welcome at the Club office.

    15325 Lawmont St NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666 

    Exceptions would be Holidays, bad weather, Youth Outdoor Day in June or any scheduling conflicts with other organized activities at North Lawrence Fish & Game Club. Please consult website calendar at

  • Here is what’s going on Down Range at North Lawrence Fish and Game

    Turkey Shoot

  • North Lawrence Fish & Game Club CMP 2023 Veteran’s Day Garand Match

    Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2023