Local archers had an opportunity to match their skills against competitors from Idaho, Canada, and Western Washington last Saturday at the second annual Northwest Animals on the Mountain 3D Archery Tournament.
Archers walked a trail on the hill overlooking the home of Dean and Barbara Hanley on Quarry Browns Lake Road, stopping to shoot at three-dimensional targets set at various distances.
“There were 40 top quality 3D Rinehart targets, all set at what we call unmarked distances,” explained Lady Red, one of the organizers of the tournament. “The targets ranged in size from a three-foot fish to an eight-foot full-size elk, and there was also a dinosaur target.
The course was set up for all ages and skill levels of shooters. Stakes in the ground specified the place from which each classification of archers could shoot.
“We had 78 shooters on Saturday,” said Red. “They ranged in age from seven years old to those up into their 70s. We added a senior class this year at the suggestion of one of our visitors, and we had competitors this year in that classification. They walked the course in groups, stopping at each shooting stake to take a single shot at the target.
“The stakes for each target were at different distances, depending on the different divisions of the shooters. The only exception was the Pee Wee Class, which could shoot from anywhere they wanted.”
Bow hunter freestyle was the most popular division again at this year’s tournament.
“There must have been about 50 shooters in the bow hunter freestyle category,” said local bow hunter Gib Earl. “The targets were set at up to 65 yards away.
“There was also an open class for shooters with more gadgets and gizmos on their bows, like movable sights and scopes.”
And, of course, there was a division for traditional archers who shoot longbows or recurve bows.
“It took most shooters a half-day to walk the course,” said Red. “The course was challenging for experienced shooters, but it was set up so that even beginning shooters could enjoy it. The course was not set up just for professional shooters, but for every level of experience, including families. We probably had 25 local shooters. The rest were from out of town.”
Lunch was provided by the local 4H Club as a fundraiser to promote its programs and activities.
“This is one way we try to give back to the community,” said Red. “Last year, the lunch was served by the youth trap club.”
Trophies were awarded up to fifth place in each division for Saturday’s shoot.
“We will have two more tournaments this summer, one on July 14 and the other on August 18,” said Red. “Both will be at the same location on the Hanley farm along Quarry Browns Lake Road.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff