West Kootenay Archers host Spring Shoot

West Kootenay Archers invite all arrow launchers to its annual Spring Shoot at the Trail Wildlife Association range in Casino this weekend.

The West Kootenay Archers invite all arrow launchers to its annual Spring Shoot at the Trail Wildlife Association range in Casino this weekend.

Bow-and-arrow enthusiasts will roam the course taking aim at life-size 3-D targets ranging from Moose and elk to fox and coyotes, with shooters taking home door prizes and trophies.

“We usually run around 120 or so, a good variety of kids, women, and men,” said long-time organizer Mike Mailley. “So it is a family thing.”

The Shoot has become a popular event for families and friends with archers as young as age four or five participating in a modified course.

Archers compete in compound bow, traditional bow and cross bow categories, hitting five courses, each with 15 3-D targets over two days. A course takes about two hours to complete and competitors shoot three courses of 15 targets on Saturday and two courses of 15 on Sunday.

Mailley also encourages the public to come out and watch the event, especially with sunny skies forecasted, and Kiwanis making breakfast and flipping burgers in the concession all weekend.

“The public can come watch on the Saturday, they are welcome to come and see what goes on there, we do encourage that, because there are some people that have never come before, and they might see it and say, ‘Hey this looks like it might be kind of fun,’” added Mailley.

The shoot goes Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 367-6283 or 231-4241 to register.