From left: Young archers like Trysta Gilbert

Mad Trapper Shoot aims to raise funds

Bow-and-arrow enthusiasts will wind their way up Bear Creek Road to participate in the annual shoot that raises money for non-profit groups

The 11th annual Mad Trapper Archery Shoot is taking aim at another successful event June 20-21 at Secret Creek Ranch.

Bow-and-arrow enthusiasts will wind their way up Bear Creek Road to participate in the annual shoot that raises money for non-profit groups and this year the proceeds will go towards the Trail local of BC Special Olympics.

“It’s important that we sell tickets and get people here participating, all the funds are going towards the Special Olympics, a great cause,” said Mad Trapper organizer Jay Mykieten.

“We are very careful of who we pick, so we ask around and we think about it, and toss it around, toss it around, and that’s who we came up with.”

Last year 75 archers participated, as the Mad Trapper Shoot teamed up with the KBRH Critical Care Campaign and raised over $10,000.

“A lot of guys that usually come, couldn’t make it last year, so I’m hoping for 100, that’s my goal this year,” said Mykieten.

The Shoot is a great event for the whole family with mini-cubs categories for shooters up to eight years old, Cubs ages 9-12, Youth from 13-17, and Adult categories. Participants will shoot at 40 targets on  Saturday and 20 Sunday with a variety of classes including Men’s and Ladies cross bow, Men’s freestyle and unlimited, Men’s bowhunter, ladies bowhunter and unlimited, and Men’s and Ladies’ traditional.

About 50 3-D targets will be strategically placed in the forest and pastures of the ranch’s 18 acres, including a small pond with a flat-bottomed boat that must be paddled to an area where the archer takes dead aim at a 3-D alligator.

The fundraiser is notorious for its great prizes and this year is no different with top raffle prizes including a ladies crystal watch and rainbow sapphire necklace and ear rings, a trip for two to Las Vegas, a 50-inch TV, a pair of skis, a crossbow, a guided fishing trip, a Steve Yzerman jersey, and many more.

One of the highlights is the steak dinner on Saturday, June 20, that is open to the public, but tickets are limited and should be purchased before hand.

For adults, the cost for the weekend shoot is $35, youth 13-17 is $20, for cubs ages 9-12 and mini-cubs up to eight years is $10 and $5 respectively. Archers can also sign up for a one-day shoot.

Tickets for the Mad Trappers annual draw can be purchased at  Pharmasave-Trail, Playmor Power Products, Integra Tire, Performance Fitness, RHC McDonald Insurance and Magaw Motors in Fruitvale.

To participate in the Mad Trapper Shoot, or reserve a steak at the barbecue dinner, call Mykieten at 368-5619.

Secret Creek Ranch is located on Bear Creek Road behind the Wanteta Plaza.

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