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Archers aim to get back on target – 100 Mile House Free Press

ByMary M. Ward

Mar 5, 2022

The Bighorn archers are aiming for a comeback after two years without shooting.

Club president Allen Pickering said the club is preparing for its members’ first “strain” session at Lake Woodfrog in Lac La Hache this spring. The social shoot usually also includes a skeet-style shoot, as well as target practice with a 3D animal, followed by hot dogs around the campfire.

“The plan this year is that as soon as we can get there and use it, it will be our first shoot,” Pickering said. “This will be our fundraising campaign this year to keep people coming back. It’s a hoot. It doesn’t matter if you know how to shoot. Nobody cares if you miss or hit.

Pickering said he was thrilled to return to the archery range after a two-year hiatus. The club, which has been around since the 1970s, typically holds indoor shoots one night a week at the Stan Halcro Agriplex from early October through late May. It also has a private shooting range on Gibson Road which members can access for $2 and hosts various social and competitive shoots throughout the year.

The club is also planning a traditional 3D shoot – for longbows, recurve bows or standalone bows – at the 99 Mile snowmobile area on June 25. A traditional course will be set up with thick foam 3D targets, along with a smaller “hunter” challenge course. In the hunt course, animals are strategically placed in the bush to represent typical hunting conditions.

The club expects to have people from the Island, the Kootenays and “from all over the northern part of the province…Prince George, Vanderhoof,” Pickering said. “We get a lot of people asking if we’re going to hold it again,” he said. “It’s a really fun shoot.”

Pickering said archery is the perfect family sport because it teaches young people “that there are rules to follow and to be careful and things like that.”

“But they can also move at their own pace. In some sports, if you’re not very good, you end up on the bench watching. With archery, everyone progresses, whether adult or young, at their own pace.

New archers can attend two club nights before deciding whether to become a member. Although the members are not certified instructors, Pickering said many are experienced and willing to take the time to explain techniques as well as equipment to newcomers. The club has a majority of traditional shooters, although many also shoot compound bows. The club cannot accommodate crossbows.

For more information: http://www.bighornarchery.com/

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