Freetrappers Club - Range is located at:
1390 SW 200th Rd, Holden, MO 64040
Club Contacts & Information
“We encourage and advance organized shooting of muzzle
loading firearms, to promote higher standards of sportsmanship, safety,
good fellowship among those who participate in such sport and to promote
understanding of our heritage though historical interpretations.”
We are a Black Powder shooting club in the center of western Missouri.
We have a primitive shooting range with camping for modern and primitive
(living history) campers. Please read our welcome letter for more
details on our club and its membership.
club holds the Missouri State Team Championship Shoot each spring, the first
weekend in April. The rifle teams are five person teams shooting paper
at 25, 48, & 85 yards. Each of the five member shoots four matches and each team
members aggregate score is added together for the team score. The
also count for the Missouri Offhand Score. There are
also championships for three person pistol and shotgun teams. In
addition to the team events there are also, individual matches with
novelty steel for rifle, pistol and trade gun. No need to worry about
not having a team, we have many shooters come out and teams are put
together as needed. The Team Rifle (Paper) Event is the first Missouri Off Hand
Association (MOHA) match of the year. MOHA is a state wide year
long tracking of black powder scores.
State Team Championship Black Powder Shoot & Rendezvous
- April 3 - 5, 2015
The Club holds regular monthly matches except for February when we have
our annual general membership planning meeting
and trade fair. January, March, May, June, July, August, September,
November and December the regular monthly club match is at the range on
the first Sunday of the month and the shoot starts and 12 – noon.
Preceded by a club supper at 11:00 am. Exceptions include the 3
day shoots in April and October. Each month a club member volunteers to run that
monthly shoot. The shoots are typically themed and are preceded by a 11
O’clock meal. All club events are open to the public, we encourage and welcome visitors to drop by and either watch or
participate with us. Most all of the time the monthly match is a rifle
shoot although, we have at times had contests with shotguns, pistols,
trade gun, tomahawk & knives and even primitive archery.
The Wednesday after each first Sunday, except February the club board of
officers holds a board meeting. The meetings are open to all
members that wish to attend. The board meets at
Lee's Summit, MO
In September Strother Freetrapper’s and
Ft. Osage Muzzleloaders are jointly hosting the
The Big Muddy 5th Annual Mountain Man Rendezvous September 17 - 20, 2015
This event is being held outside Lexington, MO. The novelty steel at
this event also counts for the MOHA scores. We will have several
different rifle events, trade gun, pistol & both breach and muzzleloader
shotgun at this event.
In the fall the first Sunday of October we have our annual three day
2015 Fall Rendezvous and Black Powder Shoot - October 2 - 4, 2015
have novelty steel rifle, pistol, and trade gun matches as well as
sporting clay black powder breach & muzzleloader shot gun matches.
a French word roughly meaning meeting or gathering was used in the fur
trade era from 1825 to 1840. The Rocky Mountain Rendezvous were annual
encampments held in close proximity to the trapping grounds of the
trappers. The trappers “mountain men” were harvesting fur, mostly
beaver pelts and traders used the rendezvous to meet with the trappers
to buy the fur & sell the trappers the supplies for a another year of
trapping. For the mountain men it was more than just business, this was
an opportunity to see friends and have some fun. In much the same
spirit we now gather at Rendezvous at different clubs to see old friends
and have fun.
our 2015 calendar for a listing of all the clubs activities and
We do not allow modern weapons
of any kind at the club
including in-line or modern rifles. Many
people in the club make their own rifles, clothes, tents and
everyday items that a mountain man, primitive hunter, plainsman or
pioneer would have needed. We prepare
meals, build shelter and live everyday life like our ancestors would
have lived, and in other words, we are really re-living
This makes for a very interesting hobby
as well as a study in self sufficiency. Our rifle shooters are
able to make any shot just as accurately as a modern day shooter with
the only limitation being the longer range of modern powders. We invite
please take a
have a wonderful small acreage just outside the city that allows us to
shoot our guns without disturbing the neighbors. There
are several forms of wildlife on the
property including deer, turkey and squirrels, but hunting on
club ground is prohibited. There is a
beautiful stream that runs right through the property and enjoy the many
creatures that call it home.
Members can individually enjoy camping and use the range any time they
want. There are no modern facilities such as power, water or
restrooms on the club grounds, as a
testament to the old ways. See the Club Page
for a map and directions to the range.
The club is totally a family
experience. We have shooting competitions during spring and
fall rendezvous where men, women and
juniors shoot in their own respective divisions, although any
women or junior shooter can be the best shots in the club.
Strother is one of many such clubs in
Missouri and all over the country that engage in this type of
experience. We are a charter club of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle
Association (NMLRA). Our club also participates in the
Missouri Offhand Association (MOHA) the annual Missouri State
aggregate shooting competition.