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Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club to host Primitive Biathlon


In the spirit of the “Original” Smugglers Notch Primitive Biathlon, the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club at 1158 Garfield Road, Morrisville, VT will host the fourth annual Primitive Biathlon on Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022.  Start times will be from 8:00AM to 2:00PM on Saturday, and 8:00AM to 1PM on Sunday. The approximately 2 mile long course will start and end at the Clubhouse. 

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall, 1st Smoothbore, 1st Pistol, 1st Woman, 1st Elder (6o and over) and 1st Junior (under 16). There will also be a class for those 70 and over based upon shooting scores only.  In the event of a tie, the eldest shooter will be declared the winner.  

Please understand we cannot allow non- participants to accompany competitors on the trail. However, we will consider allowing an experienced shooter to accompany a registered youngster or newcomer.

Registration cost is $15 and re-entries $10.  We are not accepting pre-registrations this year.

Please spread the word and join us for a fun, winter, black powder weekend!

Attached is a copy of the Biathlon Rules. 

If you have questions regarding this event, call

Harland Blodgett 802 899 3889 or Keith Ulrich 802 730 9340





Club members are needed to volunteer


Two people are needed for each of the four stations to record competitor’s scores and tend the warming fires. (If you are inexperienced with black powder, you will be paired with an experienced person)

 Time commitments: Saturday, 8am - 11am    OR     11am – 2pm  

                                      Sunday,   8am – 11am   OR     11am – 1pm 

To volunteer, contact Keith Ulrich at  or 802 730 9340 

Primitive Biathlon Rules and Regulations 

  • Safe and responsible firearm handling is mandatory!! 

  • Muzzle loading firearms only. 

  • Prize eligibility is limited to the entrants who observe the following: 

  • Single-barrel traditional style muzzleloaders 

  • No optical sights 

  • Traditional wood-framed snowshoes

  • (modern snowshoes are welcome, but not eligible for prizes) 

  • Inline muzzleloaders are welcome, but must shoot at specific targets. 

  • Participants must follow the marked trail. 

Along the wooded route will be three target shooting areas. At each target stage, participants will load and fire two shots at designated targets. At the finish will be a fourth, open shooting range at which participants will take three additional shots. All nine shots, including the finish line stage, will be ‘on-the-clock’. All shooting will be from a standing position, unaided by ‘shooting sticks’ or other external aids. 

We will be using steel ‘gong’ type targets – either a hit or a miss. A misfire will be considered a miss. 

This event will be held regardless of weather. Remember the concept of Primitive!!! In the event that there is insufficient snow for snowshoes, please bring good walking boots. 

All times will be adjusted based on shooting scores. 

In the spirit of the event, and in the interest of fairness, the use of round ball ammunition is requested. 



Good firearm safety practices are to be observed at all times. Participants MUST traverse the course with their firearm unloaded!!! 

Please observe the instructions of the event officials at all times. 

In the event of a question regarding rules, regulations or results, the decision of the organizers is

2022 Vermont NMLRA Terratorial Muzzleloading Copetition

May 19-22 Contact Harland Blodgett

Join the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club for the annual Vermont NMLRA Territorial Muzzleloading Competition

They will have aggregates for

  • Offhand

  • Flintlock

  • Bench

  • Musket

  • One Gun

  • Cross Stick

  • Ladies

  • Junior

  • Sub Junior

  • Pistol

  • Primitive Hawken, Free trapper and Rifle Frolic

  • Hunter’s

  • Sighted Smoothbore

  • Unlimited Longhunter

  • Smoothbore

  • Light Bench

  • Revolver

  • Inline Bench


With Class for men, women juniors and sub juniors, this territorial is the perfect way to get the whole family together to burn some powder together. The facility is open for camping at noon May 19 and the competition is from 9am-5pm Thursday-Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sunday

For more information about this NMLRA affiliated event, reach out to Harland Blodgett at 802-899-3889 or via email at

Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club are an NMLRA Sponsored Charter Club, to find out more about the benefits of being an NMLRA Charter Club, click here

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