Victoria Bowmen Newsletter June 2015

Hello Everyone,

Here is the latest news including our last Board Meeting (June 22):

Your Membership Card Needs to be Visible

Please ensure your membership card is visible on your person (or quiver) while you are at the range — that saves us having to ask if you’re a member. It’s a simple gesture that saves a lot of trouble!

Camera Recording Equipment

The club had purchased a video system for shooting videos at all angles on your device or one of the club’s – an ideal coaching tool. If you are interested in trying it out, contact Jarrod.

Landscaping At The Range

If you’ve been to the range lately, you will have noticed the hard work that’s been put in adding some more shooting space at short distances. We have just had the delivery of 2 more butts, which will be at the short distances. Because our range is in a riparian area, that’s all the soil we can bring in for one year, so we hope to have it all level next year. Please do not walk on that area, we are trying to encourage some grass despite the weather we’ve been having!


There is still interest for more workshops, so we are planning some more in the near future: watch the website for more information as it is available. We’ll be taking names to be sure we have enough participants to make them worth holding.


Please do not leave targets on the butts when you’re finished shooting. Either take them with you (dispose of them if they’re completely shot up), or pin them securely to the back of the butt being careful that they do not blow away.

Judge Clinic

The Judge Clinic is still delayed. The BC Judge Chair, Darcy Falk, is not available until later.

Outdoor Mailmatch 720s

The summer outdoor mailmatches are underway and will run from June through the end of September, with shooting on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.

These shoots are informal and will be run by the participants. A minimum of 3 participants is required. If you miss a Sunday, you can still shoot any time during the week as long as there are 3 participants.

There may not always be access to the container, so if you are planning on shooting, please pick up score cards at one of the club shooting times. Submit your completed and signed score cards to Rick Ellis at one of the regular VB tournaments or club shooting times.

There is a onetime fee of $10 for the entire program. If you are registered for the program, the scores from regular VB tournament 720s will be entered into the mail match.

More info on the mail match can be found here. To register, contact Rick Ellis.

Summer Range Program

  • Club nights Wednesday 6:30-9:00PM (Club & NAP), club afternoons Sunday 12-3 PM and JOP 3-5 PM.
  • Lessons Friday nights 6:30-7:30 PM and Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 PM. Butts on the east side of the range are still open during these times. Those practicing are to follow the shooting/scoring timings of the lessons.

Drop Ins/New Archer Program

Members are reminded that during the outdoor season, drop-ins can only be accommodated on Wednesday nights — it is always a good idea to let Dave Ballknow in advance. Speaking of drop-ins, members are reminded that this is a one-time initiative to show prospective members our facilities. Our insurance will not allow for more than 1 visit per guest.

Latest Board Meeting

The minutes from our latest meeting (June 22) have been posted to our meeting page.

Several arrows shot into a target on an outdoor butt.

Upcoming Tournaments

Upcoming Shoots: Next shoot (720/900) Sunday July 12. See the events calendar for more details.

Lock The Gate

If you are the last one at the range, please take the responsibility of checking to make sure everything is locked (container compound and gate). Best to go ahead and lock it if you’re not sure.

A few reminders of etiquette and procedures for outdoor shooting:

  1. Always be sure your membership card is visible!
  2. Whistle rules (always ensure someone is designated to the whistle):
    1. 2 short whistles – Archers to the line.
    2. 1 short whistle – Begin shooting.
    3. 3 short whistles – Retrieve arrows.
    4. 4 or more whistles – EMERGENCY – All stop shooting!
  3. Do not nock arrow until everyone is on or behind the shooting line, and whistle is blown.
  4. Shoot 6 arrows; more allowed if you don’t hold up others.
  5. Step back from the shooting line when finished shooting.
  6. Never draw above top of butt. Ensure your arrow will hit the butt; if not, move the butt closer.
  7. When pulling arrows, be careful of those behind you.
  8. Check your equipment before shooting.
  9. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  10. Please help set up, take down, and clean up. Don’t leave this to others — someone has to set up and take down, and it doesn’t take long if EVERYONE pitches in! Come a bit early and stay until the end.
  11. Ensure container and gate is locked if you are last to leave.
  12. There is no garbage pick up at the range – please take all garbage away with you. Don’t leave it for someone else to pick up after you!
  13. There is NO shooting during work parties. When a work party is called there is no shooting until all the work is complete and the last of the workers has left. The President will open the range when it is appropriate.

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!

Coming Up: BC Indoor Championships, April 19-21