On August 21, 2005 archers from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska are invited to showcase their finely tuned archery skills at the first annual outdoor 50 shot 3-D tournament. The Full Draw Archery Club invites archers of all ages to participate. Prizes are awarded for all classes and door prizes will be available to add to the fun along with the available concessions. The tournament will take place at the club's outdoor range located two miles south of Cherokee on Highway 59.
The entry fee for the tournament is $12 for adults 18 years and older, $8 for youth 12-17 years old, and $5 for cubs ages 11 and under. Registration for the event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no pre-registration required. It will be a continuous event that begins at 8 a.m. with the first group of archers to register and ends when the last group registering by 2 p.m. completes the course.
Officers of the Full Draw Archery Club have been working for the last several months to make this event a reality. When the club began about three years ago they were able to get their start with the help of a $2,000 grant from the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors which was then earmarked for the purchase of youth bows available for use at the club located above the Victory Gym in Cherokee. They also set aside some of the money for the purchase of 3-D targets for use in this tournament.
Club president, Bruce Johnson, credits the grant as the spark for a new business in Cherokee, Roy's Archery, because the success of the club provided a market for archery products. The spark then ignited Howard's desire to bring people to Cherokee in the form the Iowa Archery Association's Indoor Tournament that he hosted this past winter.
In addition to the original grant, there have been many donations for the purchase of the 25 targets designated for use in the tournament. Holzhauer Motors donated a bear, Mongan Painting and Design Cutz went together to provide the alligator, Tyson Foods sponsored the wolf and Scheels All Sports is expected to donate items for door prizes. Four other targets were donated by a person who wishes to remain anonymous, they include the ground hog, black bear, brown bear, and a bedded deer. The remaining targets were able to be purchased by the Full Draw Archery Club.
The 50 shot tournament will consist of 25 stations with two shots at each station. Some stations will have two different places where shots must be taken and some will have two shots from the same position. Distances are unmarked and range finders are not allowed to add to the challenge. Distances for the different age brackets and male and female brackets will be set differently.
A running score is kept on a score card. Shots are scored 10 points for arrows within the inner circle of the target, 8 points within the outer circle, and even a body shot gets you 5 points. A perfect score is 500 points. According to club vice president, Roy Howard, the challenge lies in the way the course is going to be set up. They have designed it to be as close to a hunting situation as possible. For example, the ground hog will be located next to a real ground hog hole and the elk will be placed on a hill top meadow. The alligator will be next to a pond full of cattails and if an archer isn't careful, he or she will lose their arrow in the water.
As the Full Draw Archery Club rounds out their third year they are looking forward to this tournament, as well as the indoor winter leagues they offer beginning in December, (after hunting season, of course). Membership is offered to individuals and families at a rate of $75 per year. The club currently has around 35 active memberships, which include family members.
Membership includes the use of an indoor range with full key club access open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Members also enjoy the use of an outdoor range open from May through September with 14 field target butts. Members also get reduced rates on league fees for the indoor spot and animal and outdoor spot and animal leagues. Families have access to youth archery equipment for use at the indoor range at no extra charge. The membership fee includes all members of a person's immediate family and are good from January 1 through December 31.
For further information on the 50 Shot 3-D Tournament and/or membership to the Full Draw Archery Club contact President, Bruce Johnson at 225-2913 or Vice President, Roy Howard at 225-5314.