Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres is a flintlock only muzzle loading gun club that meets at and supports Fort de Chartres through the support of special events and interpretation. The club has been meeting exclusively at the fort for over 40 years now.  Although some of the attire and firearms have changed since the club came to be, one thing has not changed over the 40 plus years and that is the passion for black powder shooting and the history of the fort and surrounding area. Unlike some similar gun clubs, Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres gets to meet and shoot at one of the most picturesque and historically significant historic sites in the Midwest, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site. Meeting at and supporting a historic site has its opportunities and challenges, of which the club welcomes with open arms. Among these opportunities and challenges are hosting special events at the fort, the summer and winter rendezvous (which are two of the largest events held at the fort), sponsoring workshops and providing countless volunteer hours at the site. It is safe to say that some of our members consider the fort to be their second home.

September 2015 Meeting


Les Coureurs des Bois holds a meeting and shoot on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 1:00 PM.  Anyone is welcome to participate in the shoot, but must be dressed in historic clothes and shoot a flintlock muzzleloader. If you are at all interested in black powder shooting or the history of the fort, feel free to swing by the fort on the second Sunday of the month and attend one of our meetings and shoot. We always welcome anyone who is interested no matter what someone’s experience level is. Each month one of the club’s members hosts the shooting competition, of which prizes are given out to the top shooters. Thank you for reading and we would love to have you join us at the fort!




Jason Duensing
President – Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres


For information about the Les Coureurs des Bois or how to join, you can contact: Fort de Chartres State Historic Site at, by phone, 618-284-7230 or Jason at 618-340-2928, or email – lcdbdfdc1976@gmail.com.

Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres  and Les Amis du Fort de Chartres

New 48th June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres 2018 Sponsors

Les Coureurs des Bois and Les Amis would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship of the 48th Annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres. Please let these businesses know that we appreciate their support of the event and the surrounding communities that benefit from the event!

$500 Gold Level-Fort de Chartres French Marines

$250 Silver Level-Ken & Jena Oakley-Kopriva,Red Bud VFW Post 6632

$100 Copper Level-Griggs Advertising, J & J Septic And Sewer Cleaning LLC, Mississippi Lime Company, Pioneer Seed Rohlfing’s Farm, Reid’s Harvest House, Reliable Sanitation, Rotary Club of Red Bud, Ted Sheldon-Sheldon Pewter

$50 Pewter Level-Robert & Kim Barber, Howell Financial Services, Mohr Softwater-Red Bud P.H.C.E. Contrs INC, Myers Korner Market, Ray Ray’s Salon, Stonetree Fabrications, Waterloo Animal Hospital, IGA-Red Bud

$25 Iron Level-HB Russell Truck Service, Jeff Kerkhover


List to be updated as 2018 donations are received.


Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres 47th June Rendezvous

at Fort de Chartres 2017 Sponsors

$250 Bronze-Econ-O-Johns, Jena Oakley, Red Bud Regional Hospital, Jennifer & Jason Duensing

$100 Copper Reliable Sanitation, Myer’s Korner Market, Red Bud Museum, Red Bud VFW post 6632, Reid’s Harvest House, The Rocher Pub, Sheldon Pewter

$50 Pewter-Ackerman Agency, Howell Financial Services, Masonic Lodge Morris #787, Mc Auliffe Chiropractic, Mohr Softwater, Ray Ray’s Salon & Style,Stonetree Fabrications, Traube Tent ($75), Waterloo Animal Hospital

Other donations-Crazy Cow, Heritage Products