Summer is almost here and the range is waiting for you! The days are getting longer and the range is open dawn till dusk so be sure to come out and shoot – and meet some other archers! There is lots happening over the next while and as well a lot of updates so please read the whole newsletter below to keep up to date!

Targets at the range – where to shoot/where not to shoot – save the centres!

One of the biggest expenses of the club is repairing/replacing target butts. You can help by not wearing out the butt centres. When you’re shooting on the closer butts (15 – 25M), please do not place the target on the centre of the butt, but rather move to the side so you are not wearing out the centre. There should never be 122cm targets on these closer butts. If you are having problems or are new to our sport, by all means put your target on the centre and when you’ve got a bit more proficient, then move it over please! Save those centres!

Meetings Minutes – May 28, 2019 Meeting.

The meetings minutes for the May 28, 2019 meeting have been sent by email and have been posted on the website. If you missed the email, please be sure to visit the website for the meeting minutes to keep up to date on what is happening with the club. Next meeting is Tuesday August 20th at 7:30 pm in the Pacific Dogwood Room at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The Annual General Meeting is Tuesday September 24, 7:30pm, same place.  All members are encouraged to attend all meetings year round.

Secretary position – soon-to-be vacant

Lisa Lange is stepping down as club secretary (and equity director) as of the September AGM.  The club will be in need of a secretary. To volunteer and find out more about this much-needed position please contact Lisa at

Outdoor Mailmatch is On! DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JULY 15

The Victoria Bowmen will once again be shooting the Archery Canada Outdoor Mail Match! This year, the Outdoor Mail Match will run from June 1st until October 5th, for a total of 18 weeks of shooting! DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JULY 15

As with the Indoor Mail Match, each participating archer may submit ONE score per week, for a maximum of 18 weeks.  A minimum of SIX scores must be submitted to qualify.  All scores must be double-scored by a club member. Shooters may shoot in a variety of equipment divisions, including Recurve, Barebow, Longbow Para Open Recurve, Compound, Compound Unlimited, Compound Fixed Pins, Para Open Compound, and Para W1 Compound. This tournament is open to all members of the Victoria Bowmen in good standing.  DEADLINE to REGISTER is July 15

For more information on the Outdoor Mail Match, visit the Archery Canada Mail Match website at, or e-mail Brad Barclay, the Victoria Bowmen Mail Match Coordinator at

Judge Training

The club is in need of more qualified judges, we are investigating hosting a clinic in the fall or assisting members with attending one run by another club, so if you are interested, please make the Secretary Lisa aware. Email her at In the mean time, you can get an idea of what is involved by coming a Range Safety Officer, which is a completely online course offered by Archery Canada, you can access the program at this link

JOP  – Summer Session Update

Huge thanks to Solly Lazar and Greg Cargill for running the JOP program during the past year.  Last outdoors JOP is June 9th and JOP indoors will resume September 8th at Saanich Commonwealth Place. HOWEVER, Helena Myllyniemi intends to be at the outdoor range on most Sundays during regular JOP time at 2:30 for kids who have their own equipment – no extra bows etc will be at the range. Parents must be there. 

Archers Anonymous – Saturday’s at the range -11am to 1PM

Are your archery skills rusty? Is your bow collecting dust? Are you wanting to meet more club members? Be sure to come out to Archers Anonymous on Saturdays (weather and tournament dependent) at the range from 11 – 1pm. Sergey and the gang will be there – support and encouragement plentiful!

Club Tournaments – 900/720’s

Canadian 900 and 720 tournaments are a great way to work on goal-setting. Be sure to check out our website on tournament info or email the tournament director at

Upcoming tournament dates are

July 6

August 17

September 7

October 5

November 2

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