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Published: Wednesday, 5/25/2011

Archery club targets Memorial Day for first shoot

3-day event includes prizes, dinner at Benore Road location

BY PAYTON WILLEY
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The Mudjaw Bowmen Archery Club is hosting its first three-day public archery shoot starting Saturday through Monday.

There will be 30 three-deimensional targets set up for the event.

Each day will feature a different shoot.

The club will accept all archery equipment brought for the shooting, and trophies will be given to the best archers.

Registration is each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a fee of $8 for adults, and $3 for ages 14-17. The event is free to all those younger and considered "cubs."

A barbecue chicken dinner for $8 will be Saturday, starting at noon until all 100 meals are sold. Discounted meals for $5 are available to shoot participants.

President Audrey Berning-Matell expects about 100 participants ranging in ages, archery styles, and experience levels.

"When families come, they usually bring out their little ones," she said. "That weekend, there will be a mix of adults, youths, and cubs."

Member Bill Hassall has practiced archery throughout childhood, and the sport has been in his family for generations.

"Archery is actually pretty big, but people don't hear about it much," Mr. Hassall said. "This event has a laid-back atmosphere, and it's a great opportunity for family to come together."

The club, at 6240 Benore Rd. in Toledo, was founded in 1953 and is the oldest known private archery club in the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan area.

On 64 acres, the property includes two ranges, a clubhouse, and a practice area. The club has about 100 members in a wide age range.

A club member since 2004, Mark Vergiels was introduced to the club through a neighbor and has used the property for practice ever since.

He has attended other club shoots and said the Mudjaw Bowmen club offers some of the best.

"Here we have very thick woods and trails cutting across with large 3-D targets," he said. "Some other clubs have much more opened up areas, but this one makes you feel like you're on a real hunt."

The property is often visited by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The Broncos 4-H Archery Club began using the facility in March. Participants who wish to learn more about archery are invited to the club's Bowhunter Education class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18.

The class will be limited to 30 people. Registration and a $10 fee which covers lunch are required in advance.

Contact Payton Willey at: paytonwilley@theblade.com or 419-724-6065.



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