Approximately 160 shooters came from Alberta, Montana, Idaho and B.C. to participate last weekend at the FRGC’s annual June 3-D archery fun shoot. Amongst the 160 shooters were 30 youth shooters aged from three to 17 that participated over the weekend. There were two 20 shot courses for everybody to shoot that took anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours to finish. Each target had four shooting stakes set up for all different shooters. The longest stake was for the Open/Rangefinder class, the next closest was for the women/youth shooter, next closest was for the traditional shooters (longbow/recurve) and the closest pin was for the young youth shooters.
Some of the targets out on the course included a sasquatch, crocodile, polar bear, grizzly bear, lion, jackelope, dinosaurs and a giant moose that stands over eight feet high. And this year there was a kids’ course set up with eight targets for newcomers. These participants had the chance to use the club’s bows to shoot a mini-course and be part of the 3-D action. There were also numerous 3-D targets set up on the range all weekend to entertain all the youth shooters.
The new dinosaur target took a beating but it was well worth it to see all the smiling faces on the kids! Other activities included a balloon shoot for the kids, a long distance shooting competition and an evening shoot. The long distance competition was won by Darcy Hutchinson, with Kevin Marasco coming second, Tim Ewing third, Daniel Stephenson fourth and Hank Harry coming fifth. The final shot was at 100 yards at a giant bison 3-D target. The evening shoot winner was Daniel Stephenson, once again showing all the adults how to shoot! Next up for the FRGC is their August 3-D fun shoot and the much anticipated “Extreme” shoot.
This year the grand prize in the Extreme shoot is $1,000 with an additional nine great prizes being handed out. Shooters can qualify for the finals during the August 20 Fernie shoot or at the shoot this weekend in Sparwood. Nine qualifiers from each shoot will advance to the finals on August 20 at the Fernie Archery Range including two women and two youth shooters. The finals will take place in front of a large crowd and the participants will not know what kind of shoot they must perform until just before the event. It will be a great time for all!
The FRGC’s Youth Archery program is well under way and will continue on until the end of July. The club is offering the Junior Olympic Program for advanced shooters and will hopefully continue this on throughout the entire year if a suitable indoor facility is found. The summer youth archery program is on Monday evenings starting at 6 p.m. at the Archery range along with the youth rifle shooting at 7 p.m. There are plans in the works to start a ladies program this summer also. Final dates and a schedule will be worked out soon. For information on the archery programs call Brian 250-423-0268 or Kevin 250-423-3495 (firstname.lastname@example.org)