Cranbrook Archery Club prepares for a busy season ahead – Cranbrook Daily Townsman

By Corey Bullock

The Cranbrook Archery Club is delighted to host the 2022 3D Provincial Championships this year, followed by the Canadian Outdoor 3D Archery Championships in 2023.

Like so many other sports organizations, it has been a difficult two years for the Cranbrook Archery Club.

But now that spring has arrived and provincial restrictions have eased, it’s time to get back into the sport.

“It’s been a tough two years, especially when it comes to funding,” said Cranbrook Archery Club Vice President Ed Shaw. “We haven’t had access to any funding from the province, and after being closed for a while, our memberships have struggled.

Most archery clubs in the province rely on membership fees to fund everything from equipment to rent and insurance.

Despite a few difficult years, the club is ready to host several upcoming events, including two outdoor 3D spring shoots, as well as provincial championships in June.

“We are very lucky to have the location and the land that we have, not only for our fun outdoor shoots, but also for provincial competitions,” Shaw said.

The provincial championships will be held June 24-26 at the Fort Steele Outdoor Range. Participants must register for the event. Early bird registration is available until May 14 and ends June 10 at midnight. There are different competitive and non-competitive categories, equipment regulations and other rules to follow, which are established by Archery Canada. Participants must be members of the BC Archery Association.

“Athletes competing at provincial championships are the best of the best. It is a qualifying event for junior, provincial and national shooters,” said Dom Volard, club director.

“It will also be our club’s training for next year when we host the national championships. This event will be very exciting – we will have all the best shooters in town.

The club also organizes two 3D shoots, open to all in walk-in mode.

The first takes place on April 23 and 24, with the second filming on May 28 and 29 – both at the Fort Steele Outdoor Firing Range.

Shaw explained that the setup for 3D shoots is very similar to that of a golf game. There are three different loops with around 15 targets in each loop.

Stakes are set up at varying distances, depending on your age group and bow type, and that’s where you shoot from. Participants will typically be in groups of four to five, again similar to golf, as they head to each target.

“Some targets are definitely more difficult than others. You might be shooting on a hill or through trees. We have a really nice set of terrain,” Shaw said. “Provinces are very different, there are very specific guidelines for targets.”

Primitive Beach Campground is open for all events on a first-come, first-served basis, with no hookups or water, but with ample parking for campers or RVs.

Volard adds that the club was able to restart its indoor shooting range last winter, with modifications such as dividers between each shooter. The club has seen a slight drop in membership, however, and hopes to be able to accommodate more people, especially now that the outdoor beach is open. Anyone is welcome.

Adult and family drop-in nights at the Cranbrook Archery Club will move to the Fort Steele Outdoor Shooting Range beginning Tuesday, April 19. They will take place every Tuesday evening until the end of school for the summer. Families are welcome, children shoot from 6 p.m. at 7 p.m. and adults from 7 p.m. at 8 p.m. There is a $5 registration fee for the first three visits, and after that a membership is required. Family home evenings resume indoors during the winter months at the indoor shooting range located in the same building as the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.

There is also a driving range at Fort Steele that is open to the public, which will be subject to updates over the next few weeks.

Anyone interested in getting involved can email [email protected] or visit the Cranbrook Archery website and Facebook page.

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Pictured is a 3D target used in 3D shooting and competition events. (Photo courtesy of Dom Volard)

Earnest A. Martinez