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Victoria Bowmen Newsletter April 2014

Hello Everyone,

Here is the latest news including our last Board Meeting:

JOP Champions!

Special congratulations to our JOP members who competed in the recent JOP Indoor Championships last weekend. We had 7 of our JOP members place either 1st or 2nd, all looking very professional in their new ‘nockstars’ shirts! Great job Jarrod and Bradley!

Compounds on the Bag Course

You have probably noticed by now the new signs reading no compound bows on the Bag (Field) course. This course has never been for compounds, it is not safe and does not have the required safety corridors for compounds. The course is designed for long and Recurve bows only.

Spring Work Party

  • Please mark your calendars: April 26th, 10AM – Noon, This is our ‘Spring clean up’, so please bring along your wheel barrow, rake, gloves, shovel and pruners. We’ll be picking rocks and getting the range ready for a busy year. We’ll wrap the day up with a BBQ.

Tuesday Night Shooting

  • Our lessons will be conducted on Tuesday evenings again this year, so the lessons have priority, you are welcome to shoot on butts they are not using, but please follow their whistles and safety protocols.

Victoria Bowmen Clothing (2012 Canadian Championships)

There are still some T shirts, Women’s Bella ‘T’s and hats from the ’12 Canadian available at a great discount ($5 each), please contact Mary (474-4909) or Bev (478-9951). We’ll be bringing them out for shooting nights and they’ll be available at the workparty.

Introduction to 3D Archery May 3rd

  • The game of 3D Archery consists of judging the distance to, and then shooting at, foam animals in various settings.
  • We have organized an introduction to 3D in cooperation with the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association.   http://www.vfgpa.org
  • Here are the details:
  • Date and Time: May 3, 2014 @ 1:00 – 3:30
  • Location: VFGPA Archery Range — http://www.vfgpa.org/map-and-directions/
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Targets: a variety of sizes and types of foam animals
  • Distances: up to 50M (please have sight marks for distances from 15 to 50M)
  • Distances to targets will be known.
  • Agenda:
  • Overview of 3D archery – animals, scoring, judging, shooting challenges
  • Break into groups of 4 or 5 people accompanied by an experienced 3D shooter
  • Move from station to station on the 3D course and experience shooting at different distances, angles, and sizes of foam animals.
  • Wrap up and discussion
  • To register, please contact Rick Ellis

Ladies Only Shooting

  • Diana Kaun is organizing another ‘Ladies Shooting Day’, so if you’re interested, please contact her: (djkaun@hotmail.com)

Advanced Compound Clinic George Ryals IV

George Ryals (known as GRIV) is a successful pro archer, well known coach, excellent instructor, and owner/operator of the Archery Learning Center in Georgia.

He usually hosts a couple of seminars every year at the Vegas shoot. He has also produced instructional DVDs.

Format and content of the clinic:
The format of the clinic will be approximately a 50/50 mix of instruction and one-on-one coaching while shooting.

The general content of George’s clinics.
Dates: Oct. 24, 25, 26 2014
Location: Cowichan Bowman Clubhouse
Cost: $315 USD per person
For more information, please contact Rick Ellis (rick.ellis@telus.net) 250-544-2230

2014 Outdoor Tournament Schedule

We have just updated the listing of outdoor tournaments for 2014

Lock the Gate:

  • We have had quite a few instances lately of the gate not being closed and locked, if you are the last one at the range, please take the responsibility of checking to make sure everything is locked (container compound, toilets and gate).

A few reminders of etiquette and procedures for outdoor shooting: – Always be sure your membership card is visible!

1. Whistle rules (always ensure someone is designated to the whistle):

  1. a) 2 short whistles – Archers to the line
    b) 1 short whistle – Begin Shooting
    c) 3 short whistles – Retrieve arrows
    d) 4 or more whistles – EMERGENCY – All stop shooting.
  2. Do not nock arrow until everyone is on or behind the shooting line and whistle is blown.
    3. Shoot 6 arrows, more allowed if you don’t hold up others
    4. Step back from the shooting line when finished shooting
    5. Never draw above top of butt. Ensure your arrow will hit the butt, if not, move a butt closer
    6. When pulling arrows be careful of those behind you.
    7. Check your equipment before shooting.
    8. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    9. Please help set up, take down and cleanup. Don’t leave this to others, someone has to set up and take down, it doesn’t take look if EVERYONE pitches in! Come a bit early and stay until the end.
    10. Ensure container and gate is locked if you are last to leave.

Keep an eye on the website, and our facebook page, our tournament schedule is there are as are results, pictures and information on all facets of archery!