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Challenging shot. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Challenging shot
Joe Zuback takes aim for a shot at one of the stations.

Lion target. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Lion target
Many different life-like 3-D targets were set up for the Fun Shoot.

Prizes and raffles. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Prizes and raffles
There were prizes and raffles for those taking part in the Fun Shoot. Archery club members Nate and Lisa sign up archers in the Fun Shoot.

Scott  Kirko. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Scott Kirko
Scott Kirko and his wife came over from Riverton for the Fun Shoot. He will be going to Alaska next week to archery hunt.

Nailed the tree perfectly. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Nailed the tree perfectly
If the tree had been one of the targets, this would have been a perfect shot! "Gee, that's the first thing I've killed with my bow! A tree!"
3-D Archery Shoot
Wind River Archers Archery Club
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
August 13, 2006

The Wind River Archers held a 3-D Fun Shoot at the Half Moon Lake Resort archery course on Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13. The shoot was a great chance to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and hone skills for the upcoming archery hunting season, which opens September 1st in most areas of Wyoming.

This was a fun family event with full-size, life-like animal targets on an outdoor course in a realistic forest setting. There were 20 different targets, with shooting positions carefully staked out for men, women and youth archers. Life-like targets included elk, deer, pronghorn, black bear, turkey, badger, boar, mountain lion, an alligator and even dinosaurs for the kids. Some of the shots were extremely challenging and required careful positioning to hit the target around trees and obstacles in the line of sight. Missing the alligator target meant going into the pond to retrieve an arrow. The fun shoot also included raffles, prizes, trophies and medals for best shooting.

The Wind River Archers welcome new members, both youth and adult. Members can shoot at the outdoor range at the 3-D targets anytime during the summer. In the winter, the club uses the indoor archery range on the second floor of the Sublette County Ice Arena in Pinedale. The club holds several 3-D shoots during the year and members also enjoy traveling to other archery shoots in the region.

According to archery club member Joe Zuback, the group is working towards raising funds for several items on their club Wish List. They are trying to raise about $8,000 to purchase an enclosed trailer to haul their 3-D targets and equipment to the sites of their outdoor shoots, as well as another $9,000 to purchase targets to replace ones that are falling apart from wear and tear, and to buy some different ones to add more challenging targets to their 3-D assortment.

The Wind River Archers club currently has about 40 members. General memberships cost $25/year for adults, $35/year for families and $10/year for juniors. There is an additional fee to use the indoor range, which covers the cost of the facility rental and replacing the targets. The indoor range fee is $25/year for adults, $30 for families and $10 for juniors. The memberships and indoor range fees run from September 1 through August 31. The club member who brings in the most additional members by December 31st will get a $100 gift certificate.

17-year old Jeremy Brown, of Boulder, said he has enjoyed archery since he was 5 or 6 years old. I do it because I enjoy archery hunting, he said. Its a lot of fun! Jeremy was honored to be the club member who got to take the first shot at a target at the opening of the new indoor archery range in the Sublette County Ice Arena in 2004.

Zuback also said the club will again be offering a Bow Hunter Safety Class. This is a Wyoming Game & Fish certified course, which is required by many states for bow hunters. It is not required in Wyoming yet, but the information is still extremely valuable and worthwhile to attend for any bowhunter. Instructors come up from Rock Springs and donate their time to teach the one-day course. The class is free, with costs paid for by the club. The date for the next class has not been set yet, but will likely be in February or March. Were trying to see how many people are interested, said Zuback. The club pays for all the costs. Anyone interested in taking the class should call Joe and let him know you are interested so they can try to get enough people for the next class offering.

For more information about the archery club, please contact: Nate 307-367-4673, Jason 307-360-6552 or Joe 307-367-7221.

Photos by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!



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  • Haley Ritter. Photo by Brittany Ritter.
    Haley Ritter
    7-year old Hayley Ritter, from Kemmerer, won the Cub category of the 3-D shoot. She is pictured here with Wind River Archery club member Nate Parra. Photo courtesy Brittany Ritter.

    Cobra target. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Cobra target
    This cobra target was a favorite with the kids at the archery shoot. Other unique targets included dinosaurs.

    Sara and Dan Brown. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Sara and Dan Brown
    Sara and Dan Brown, from Daniel, both shot at the course.

    Sara Brown. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Sara Brown
    Taking careful aim.

    Fox target. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Fox target

    Matt Kroeger. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Matt Kroeger
    Matt Kroeger came up with his father, Mark, taking turns shooting at the targets. Matt also plays hockey, so the new Pinedale Ice Arena/archery range complex is great for him.

    Mark Kroeger. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Mark Kroeger
    Mark Kroeger checks their shots on the badger target.

    Nikki Mann. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Nikki Mann
    Nikki Mann takes aim for her shot.

    Alligator by the pond. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Alligator by the pond

    Alligator target by pond. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Alligator target by pond
    This target is out in the open, but you don't want to shoot high and miss it.

    I think it's over there. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    I think it's over there
    Missing the alligator target means going into the pond to retrieve the arrow.

    Found it!. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Found it!
    "Found it! I brought plastic shoes for a reason," joked Jeff Wohl, who was an incredibly good sport to go into the pond to look for a missing arrow.

    Fish target. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Fish target

    Jeremy Brown. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Jeremy Brown
    17-year old Jeremy Brown, from Boulder, said he has enjoyed archery since he was 5 or 6 years old.

    Forest target. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Forest target
    Color-coded stakes show archers where their positions are for each target. Red is for men, yellow for women, blue for youth. Archers are supposed to place one foot against their color stake when they take their shot. Each target has two staked shot positions.

    T Kirko takes aim. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    T Kirko takes aim
    "T" Kirko came over from Riverton with her husband Scott to take part in the Fun Shoot.

    Water station. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Water station
    Water and trash bag stations were placed on the course.

    Scott Kirko. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Scott Kirko
    Scott Kirko, from Riverton, takes aim at an elk target.

    Bonus Shots. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Bonus Shots
    Bonus target is made of metal, so you don't want to miss the hole!
      
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