Oud Limburgs Schuttersfeest

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Two schutters of Koninklijke Schutterij Sint-Sebastiaan Sint-Huibrechts-Lille in Neerpelt
old newsreel footage of a Schuttersfeest with procession of schutters led by a guildmaster wearing guild shields
Guild shields of Overasselt

The Oud Limburgs Schuttersfeest (abbreviated as OLS, literally translated Old Limburgian Shooters' Festival) is an annual shooting tournament during which shooting associations (Dutch: schutterijen; Limburgian: sjötterie) from across the region of Limburg, nowadays split in a Dutch and Belgian part, compete against each other.[1] The winner organizes the event the following year and takes home "De Um", the highest prize for a shooter (schutter).

Each schutterij, or shooting association participates in the tournament with 6 members. Utilising an approximately 15 kg. carbine, with self-made bullets of lead, participants are required to shoot square blocks (called bölkes) from a stick. This is to be executed across 20 meter of distance.

Ten "schutter" unions unite approximately 170 schutterij guilds, with a total of approximately 10,000 members in the Netherlands and Belgium.[1]


  1. ^ a b Oud Limburgse Schutters Federatie (OLS) on Huis voor de Kunsten website
  • website of the Oud Limburgse Schuttersfederatie
  • List of Schutterijen