Nine people have qualified already for the Elk Valley Extreme and nine more will qualify and shoot off this Saturday night, August 20, at the Fernie Rod and Gun Club’s 3-D Archery shoot for the $1,000 top prize.
Brian Buchanan, Darcy Wakaluk, Shawn Earl, Morris Sebolski and TJ Watson were the top five scorers at the Sparwood 3-D Extreme qualifying. Tammy Friel qualified as the top women shooter, Daniel Stephenson as the top junior and Dixie Evano and John Gawryluk made it into the finals as wildcard entries.
Shooters will have another chance this Saturday to qualify for the finals by placing well enough on the Extreme course which is comprised of ten 3-D Archery targets. Once again the top five shooters will advance, along with the top women and junior shooters and two wildcard entries. And just to note, Shawn Earl (2010 Extreme Shoot Champion) was a wildcard entry last year.
The “Elk Valley Extreme” is a joint effort between the Sparwood and Fernie Wildlife Associations to promote the sport of archery. Both clubs had very successful youth archery programs run this past summer and hope to have an indoor shooting facility soon to keep the youth programs running all winter.
The FRGC will be changing its 3D courses this weekend to three different courses of 15 targets instead of the two 20 target courses they have had in recent years. The shorter, more user friendly courses will allow the large number of shooters to get through the courses a little quicker and not have so many people jammed up on two courses. There will be 3D targets and kids’ events set up all weekend at the FRGC Archery Range and a small number of club bows for people to try out the sport of archery. Also on Saturday night there will be a dinner put on by Back Country Meats and Sausage (limited amount of tickets so please reserve so you don’t miss out.) There will be free camping at the range starting Friday morning for anybody that wishes to stay close to the activities. So if you are a target shooter, bow hunter or just an interested spectator, come on out and check out the activities this weekend at the FRGC 3D Fun Shoot. Everything will take place up Coal Creek road at the FRGC Ranges.