Out N About: Archery Club aims to find more help

August 11, 2003|BUD BARNARD

FRANKFORT - Tim Farmer, host of KET's weekly show, Kentucky Afield, was the host for the final archery 3-D shoot of the year for the White Oak Archery Club here at the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Game Farm last week.

The White Oak Archery Club is headquartered at the Boyle County Fish and Game Club.

Farmer is an ex-Marine, as am I, so we had a common ground to talk to each other about. He is a down-to-earth individual, and I enjoyed meeting him.

The targets at this particular location were placed mostly in open areas and were easily seen. However, there were a few targets back in the trees that were hard to see.

There is a lot of work behind the scenes to putting on one of these 3-D shoots. The targets have to be placed, shooting lanes have to be cleared, shooting stakes placed, and after the shoot, the targets have to be picked up, shooting stakes have to be pulled up, and the targets have to be transported to the storage shed back at the Boyle Fish and Game Club.


The archery club would like to add new members, and also have some of those new members volunteer to help put on these shoots. It isn't hard work, it just takes a little time.

If you are an archer that enjoys shooting a bow in the most realistic field conditions to be found, then this is a scenario that is tailor-made for you. A discounted shooter's fee is also yours if you help set up the course.

The shooting stakes are placed at different distances to accommodate different shooting classes. A stake cannot be over 50 yards from the target, and this yardage is usually shot by the "open class" shooters. The "open class" is a designation given to a shooter that shoots a target bow with moveable sights and a release aid. There are five classes, but I'll save the complete explanation until next year when the shoots start again, probably in February.

I had not been on the Game Farm property since I was in high school, and that covers more years than I like to admit since I haven't been there since 1958. I had forgotten about the animals that were there. I don't even remember seeing any when I was there before. It stands to reason though, that it is a "game farm," and that it would have a few animals in residence.

I saw buffalo, deer and elk while I was walking around among the shooters taking a few pictures. I only took one picture taken from in front of a shooter. Most of the pictures were from behind the shooter. It kind of distracts a shooter with someone standing in front of him in the line of sight.

Unusual catch: Rick Bottoms, our local license examiner and a state policeman, was fishing Kentucky Lake recently and caught something that was a bit unusual. While reeling in his line he noticed something attached to his hook that he took to be a leaf. The leaf turned out to be a dollar bill. Bottoms is now in the process of having the dollar bill mounted on a plaque that he plans to display on his wall at home.

I asked him if that was his "buck bass."

No comment.

Of course, I would suppose that considering Rick "caught" one dollar bill, he probably cast in the same area enough times to dredge out the area to the point a new marina could be placed there.

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