Arrows, archery and an alligator in the woods

Rod & Gun Club hosts upcoming archery event

Life-sized foam animals will be lurking around the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club range hoping to avoid the shots from your bow.

All kinds of creatures from a bear to a moose, elk, alligator, sheep, turkey and maybe even a dinosaur or two will be posed in the woods like giant pin cushions for the Bighorn 3D Archery Shoot on June 8th and 9th.

“It’s like being Robin Hood or Peter Pan and you’re in the woods with your big bow,” said Evy Walker, one of the organizers.

The event is for everyone from experienced archers who pack their own bows to novices and first-timers who need to borrow their equipment.

Those of all ages are welcome, said Kayla Ferguson, another organizer who won a different archery competition and who uses her bow for recreation and for hunting.

“If you can pick up a bow, if you can keep holding onto a bow, (the event is for you),” she said.

Even her three-year old, who just got his first bow, will be taking aim at the shoot, where plenty of safety measures will be in place.

“No one’s going to get shot in the bum, hopefully,” Ms. Ferguson said.

Ms. Walker said the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club is hoping to see lots of families and kids at the event, which is taking place during the club’s 100th year.

“What kid doesn’t like you to give them a weapon and say ‘let’s go into the woods?’” Ms. Walker asked rhetorically. “Kids, no matter the age, you give them a bow, you show them how to do it, and they have a great time… They have to work at it. It’s not easy. It’s not like The Hunger Games where you go: ‘I’m going to shoot this arrow and kill this thing’. They have to practice. There’s some skill involved, but once they figure it out they can hit the target no problem.”

There will be three courses of varying difficulty levels from “fairly easy” to “super extreme” at the shoot, she said. Some of targets will be behind obstacles, obscured by trees or higher or lower than the shooter.

There will also be a concession, balloon shoots for kids and prizes.

Guests are welcome to camp out at the range for the weekend – if they don’t mind sharing the darkness with the holey foam beasts they’ve killed or enraged.

Registration will take place onsite. The shoot starts at 8:30 a.m. both days, but participants and spectators – no shields required – can start their days whenever they’d like.

For more information, check out the event poster at https://lwdrodgun.com/bighorn-3d-archery-shoot-june-8-9-2019/ or email bighornshoot@gmail.com.

“It’s good practice for out in the wilderness hunting,” Ms. Ferguson said. “I love the sport of it. I love the practice that it gives me. I like being outside. And the archery community is a really nice community to be a part of.”

Just Posted

Canal Flats pavilion gets a financial boost

Trust provides over $1.9 million for 12 community projects

Windermere carnival this Sunday

Fundraiser event features bouncy castles, games, reptile room, laser tag, food and fun

Victory for the Rockies in first season game

Catch the next game Friday, Sept. 20th against the Thundercats

Local climate action strike

Friday, September 20th strike in downtown Invermere

Third instance of Trudeau in skin-darkening makeup emerges

Another instance of Trudeau using makeup to darken his face has emerged, within 24 hours of the first

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized, BC SPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

Elderly B.C. man gets 10 years in prison for sexually abusing young daughters

WARNING: This story contains graphic details and is not appropriate for all readers

‘This is not a drill’: Whistler Blackcomb gets first snowfall of the season

The 7th Heaven Summit had a dusting of snow Tuesday morning

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

Photos surface of Conservative candidate at B.C. event with people in blackface

The controversial “Black Peter” character has been a feature at Sinterklaas celebrations

Arrest made after fourth threat closes a Kamloops high school in nine days

Mounties have been chasing down a series of threats made to schools across Kamloops

VIDEO: Party leaders react to Trudeau’s brownface photo bombshell

Fallout from Justin Trudeau’s brownface photo, and two other instances, sure to dominate campaign

Most Read