Our very first archery shoot was held on Sunday December 3. In all we had four beginners and four experienced archers walking the field.

Setting the targets: Greg Waller, Iain Christie and Jeremy Hassan with the beautiful views of Nepean Bay in the distance. Photo: Alison Higgs.
Setting the targets: Greg Waller, Iain Christie and Jeremy Hassan with the beautiful views of Nepean Bay in the distance. Photo: Alison Higgs.

The day dawned dismally for our very first archery shoot on Sunday December 3. The wind was gusting but thankfully, there was no rain. As the range is set in a well-wooded gully, the wind did not affect the shooting.

Target faces were placed on all targets and distance markers were set up. Many thanks to Dave Hickman, who accurately measured the target distances and set up the distance markers. In the beginners range, bows were set up in preparation. 

Soon, our first beginner arrived, very eager but nervous. Then a few experienced archers arrived. Things were looking good for our first shoot. In all we had four beginners and four experienced archers walking the field.

Iain and Anne Christie were the instructors for the beginning archers who shot in the practice target area. All beginners very quickly picked up the art of shooting a bow and arrow and were led to the field range. If any archers are wishing to go further with their recurve archery, Iain is available as a coach and will take your archery skills to FITA competition levels.

As this was a novelty shoot, animal paper targets, eg rabbits, pheasants, squirrels, a deer and also a bear were placed around the course. Archers would walk the trail until they came to a marker, turn and they would face their target. The targets offered various degrees of difficulty, both in size of the face and also the length of distance they needed to shoot. As an incentive, for each arrow lost in the bushes, the guilty archer would buy the instructors a beer. Sadly, there were no beers for the instructors at the end of the day as all arrows were accounted for.

The day finished with a BBQ and the signing up of new members. The Archery Club now boasts a membership of nine. 

If you are interested in trying Archery, our next shoot is on December 17 from 9.30am for beginners and 10am for experienced archers. Visitors are allowed to shoot for a maximum of three times before they will be expected to join the club. There is a range fee of $10.00 for each adult shooter, and children are free. There are a variety of bows that can be borrowed on the day, which are suitable for both children and adults.

To become a member of Kangaroo Island Archers, contact the President, Anne Christie, on 8553 1222.