The Archery Practice Range is open to Gun Club members at any time year round. We encourage your entire family to visit a shoot. The organized tournament 3-D Shoot dates may be found on the main Gun Club calender.
WHAT IS 3-D ARCHERY
The term 3D archery generally refers shooting at 3 dimensional life-like targets made from self healing foam in situations which would mimic real life hunting experiences. Early use of the targets was primarily for bow hunting practice but over time, shooting clubs began setting up courses to challenge hunters which led to more competitive venues leading into what we know today as 3D archery. Most early targets where made to resemble deer but today, manufacturers like Rinehart and Mackenzie make all kinds of animals in various sizes.
Whether you want to shoot for practice or plan on competing, 3D is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family while gaining valuable experience shooting your bow. Setting up a 3D venue could be as simple as a single target in your yard or as large as a national event run by an archery organization as , ASA Archery Shooters Association, or , International Bowhunting Organization. IBO
Shoot what you have. There is nothing special needed to get started in 3D archery, just a desire to have fun! Bring a bow and field point tipped arrows - everything else including a sight and release are optional. When you attend an event, you may see high tech target rigs with long stabilizers but they are not needed to do well - many archers do extremely well with a recurve or long bow. Remember, as you start shooting 3D events, HAVE FUN!
No need to even keep score if you don’t want to. If you just want to practice - Great! If you want to be serious and compete - Great!
ARCHERY SAFETY & ETIQUETTE
If you have never been to an event like 3D before, be sure to ask about range safety and etiquette. Here are basic things to consider:
Safety is of primary concern so know what you are shooting at and what is behind it. Be sure any children with you stay behind the current shooter at all times.
Be courteous to other shooters by not talking while other members of your group are at the shooting stake. Don’t let kids goof around!
Don’t spend too much time at the stake glassing the target or guessing yardage. Most 3D organizations set time limits on how long you can be at the stake to ensure the event moves along well. You should not need more than 1-2 minutes once in a position to shoot.
Since these events are meant to involve all genders and ages, be cordial and do not use foul language.
Typically 2 separate people keep score and one calls the shots. Cards are compared at the end to confirm no mistakes were made in adding up the score.
For outdoor events, bring something to drink and snack on – the walk through courses can exceed 1 mile in length and take several hours. You may also want to take an Allen wrench set and an extra release (if you use one). An umbrella is also nice if you care to take one on a rainy day.
If your group is moving slower than others, allow the groups behind you to “shoot through” to keep the event on track. If you are consistently being passed by groups of similar size, you are likely going too slow and should consider picking up the pace.
Group sizes are typically from 3 (min) to 5 or 6 (max) depending on the event. At large competitive events, you will not be permitted to shoot in a group which just includes your friends/family.
If you miss a target, don’t spend too much time looking for the arrow as it will back up the entire event. Just like hunting, misses do occur and arrows will be lost. Be sure to bring 8 or more arrows with you on the course.
Have Fun! Don’t think you need to shoot perfect . . . just enjoy yourself.
If the event is large, a shotgun start may be utilized where groups are assigned to a specific target then the group walks out to that target. At a set time, the event organizer will utilize some kind of signal to let shooters know they can begin. This would only be used to start the event – after the group shoots the target assigned to start at, the group would proceed to the next numbered shooting lane (again, like golf, if you start on #5 in a shotgun start, your second hole would be #6).
ARCHERY WORK DAYS AND VOLUNTEERS
There are many opportunities to volunteer within the ARCHERY DIVISION. These include set up, light manual labor, sign in shooters, collect scorecards, enter scores, data entry, tear down.
Questions? Need more information?
Contact Mark Woodward