Welcome to the Wisconsin Muzzle Loading Association
The association was started in 1982 by a dedicated group of individuals who envisioned a need to keep the black powder tradition alive. Thirty five years later the association is still going strong and groups through out the state gather to shoot matches or celebrate the traditions of the rendevous.

If you are a member, thank you for your support. If you are not, come out and join us at an event or better yet become a member. We are always happy to see new faces.

Membership page for contact information and a membership form.

Please consider becoming a member or keeping up your membership,
the association can use you.

​​​​​​​​​ Upcoming Events​ 

Aug 18      Coon Valley ML, WMLA Sanctioned Hunter's Match - see flyer Open to WMLA members and public
​Aug 18      Rock Run LR, Jim Towne WMLA sanctioned log shoot

Aug25-26  Chippewa River Rendezvous, Cornell, WI

2018 Rendezvous Events​​​​

Aug25-26  Chippewa River Rendezvous, Cornell, WI

Sep 1-3     Hidden Prairie Rendezvous, Obema, WI - north of Medford, follow signs

​Sep 14-16 Buckskinners Encampment XXVII, Hartford, WI(Woodlawn Park)

Sep 28-30   Hivernann Muzzleloaders 38th Annual Fall Romp n' Stomp - see flyer

Oct 5-7        12th Indian Summer, Ashippun,WI. Corner City Why P & O

There are a number of instances where members of the association do not have up to date contact information. This is often with life members.  The chairman of the membership committee, Charlie Brown, is asking that if any association members know of anyone who may have moved away or not updated this information, please contact him. A Badger State Quarterly, that has been returned as undeliverable, will not be mailed again to an old address. See membership page


May 16 and 17 the WMLA took part in the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo at the Mckenzie Ctr In Poynette Wi. Over 2000 students came thru the program and all enjoyed it.
The WMLA  had 5 lodges set up along with a gun exhibit and a fur trade exhibit, we also had a shooting demo, also the students were afforded a chance to throw a hawk.
Want to thank Joe Ash, Rick Ellis, Jim Meili, Chuck and Mary Baum, Rick Hotz, Duane Heim, 
Richard Lyons, Gary Marciniak, Mark Conklin, Charlie Brown, and a volunteers Sandy Syring and Andrew Howe.
All of you folks gave a 110% and I thank you very much for a job well done. Hope I didn’t forget  any one. 
Don Ellis 
President WMLA

 WMLA Demonstration Presentation Application

Over the past months there has been several requests to the WMLA to do demonstrations. As an organization we want to provide these but under certain conditions due mostly to timing constraints we are unable to take these tasks on. Therefore in the future we are asking groups to fill out a request form and present it to us. Following is a printable copy of this form with information on where to send it. We deeply appreciate these requests and want to keep the spirit of muzzle loading alive.

 WMLA Demonstration Presentation Application:

The WMLA has representatives throughout the state. If there are any questions about the association or black powder shooting please feel free to contact one of these reps.
Contact information:

2018 Shooting Event​​ 

Aug 18      Coon Valley ML, WMLA Sanctioned Hunter's Match - see flyer Open to WMLA members and public

​Aug 18      Rock Run LR, Jim Towne WMLA sanctioned log shoot

Aug 26      Charlie Foster Flintlock match, Smoky Hollow ML, starts at 10:30 am

Aug 24-26  Rock Run LR, Rendezvous, contact David Freise at 815-814-8305 - see flyer

Sep 1         Holman Traditional Muzzleloader Shoot - see flyer

Sep 7-9      Rock River Buckskinners Fall Meat Shoot and Rendezvous - see flyer

Sep 15       Beloit BPL, sanctioned "Lou Braggo Chunk Gun shoot", starts 10:00 am

Sep 16       Beloit BPL, WMLA sanctioned "Hunter's Match"

Sep 14-16  Coon Valley ML, Fall Muzzleloaders Weekend-Sat. 1:00 pm Rifle Shoot

Sep 16       CVCC 8th Annual "Muzzleloader Pheasant Hunt" at Badgerland Pheasant Farm,

                  Wesby (reservations required) 8:00 am-12:00 noon

Sep 28-30 Hivernann Muzzleloaders 38th Annual Fall Romp n' Stomp - see flyer

Oct 7          Black Powder Trap Match, Hope Rod and Gun Club, McFarland, WI

Oct 6-7       Fox Valley ML, 32nd Annual Capote Classic Rendezvous - see flyer

Oct 6          WMLA Fall Quarterly meeting - Fox Valley ML-starts 10:00am

Oct 7          Howard Meier's Rifle Bench Frolic, Rock Run Run LR - see flyer

Oct 13        Rock Run LR, WMLA sanctioned log shoot

Oct 14        Rock Run LR, WMLA sanctioned Program "B"

Oct 20        Holman Silhouette Muzzleloaders Shoot - 11:00am - see flyer        

Oct 27-28   Beloit BPL, Ed LeCrone's Turkey shoot, WMLA sanctioned Program "B"


Nov 4         Rock Run LR, Special turkey shoot


Dec 2         Rock Run LR, Toy for Tots shoot

Dec 8         Fox Valley Muzzleloaders Winter Rummage/Trade sale - see flyer

Dec 15-16  Beloit BPL, "Frost on the Lodge Shoot", WMLA sanctioned Program "B"

​Jan 12        WMLA Winter Quarterly meeting - Deerfield Pistol and Archery Club, Deerfield, WI 

"Old Bill Burrows"

Wisconsin Muzzzle Loading Association, Inc.

6108 Woods Crossing McFarland WI 53558 US 

Phone:     +1.6085767779

E-mail: jmeili@rocketmail.com

One way to support muzzle loading is to join the 
"National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association"

Wisconsin Muzzle Loading Association

​"To Preserve and Promote Muzzleloading Heritage"

Saturday, May 5th the WMLA and "Justice For A Cure" held 'a shoot the hell out of cancer' event at the Hope Rod and Gun Club in McFarland  WI. We had 9 people that attended the shoot . 7 members of WMLA put on the program. Chuck Baum, Charlie Brown, Rick Ellis, Jim Meili, Joe Ash, Mark Conklin, Harley Whitt and Don Ellis. Beside the instruction on muzzle loaders and shooting them Rick Ellis had two hawk blocks set up and Mark Conklin had archery set up. Joan Kamholtz, the head of JFAC stated every one had good comments about the program. She was very happy the way things went and reported the program made $850 for the cause.
I thank all that helped out, "good job".
Don Ellis
WMLA President