There was a new location for this years bowshoot. The Black Hawk Creek Wildlife Area north of Morrison was the place. But everything else that makes the bowshoot a success was the same. The same great shooters of all shapes, sizes, sexes, and ages showed up to test their archery skills on August 17 and 18. What were the days like? Near PERFECT! They started off cool and this year mosquito free!
If you've been involved in planning events especially outdoor events, then you know that you worry about the weather. You worry about publicity. You worry about turnout. You worry.
Add to that the worry that comes with changing locations for that event. And the headaches that had occurred with the scramble to have everything ready after the spring flooding that wrecked havoc with the course. A course that had been laid out only last fall.
Shooters of all ages enjoyed the Scheels 3D Bowshoot on Aug 17 & 18 near Morrison.
Photo by Kevin Williams
Well, all the worry paid off. I don't know if it actually paid off but it ended in a super event with the course, location, and event receiving multiple compliments. The day started early for Conservation Board staff. The registration area needed to be ready for the shooters that would be arriving for the 7:30 AM registration. Only they began to arrive shortly after 7AM!
As I said, there were shooters of all shapes and sizes. That's one of the things that I like about the event. You can participate and enjoy the shoot whether you are sporting thousands of dollars of equipment or the $50 bow you bought from your uncle years ago.
The course included shots in prairie and woodland conditions. The targets were many and varied. From the comments, the archers enjoyed themselves and found the course challenging and more importantly fun. Out of a total 400 points, the results were:
1st 390, Jason Geodken, Oelwein ($50 Scheels gift card)
2nd 376, Dan Yoder, Webster City
3rd 373, Kody Nielsen Earlham
1st 371, Al Snyder, Elk Run ($50 Scheels gift card)
2nd 367, Matt Welsh, Redfield
3rd 364, Michael Smith, Newton
1st 319, Don Stangeland, Stanhope ($50 Scheels gift card)
2nd 247, Tom Murphy Marshalltown
3rd 238, Dayne Watson Reinbeck
1st 382, Amber Ralston, Oelwein ($50 Scheels gift card)
2nd 345, Sara Weissenfluh, Hudson
3rd 314, Christine Farley, Reinbeck
1st 360, Zach Snyder, Elk Run ($25 Scheels gift card)
2nd 360, Kevin Rewoldt, Reinbeck
3rd 257, Braeden Farmer, Cedar Falls
Orange Dot Challenge
Winner - Darren Gerdts, Marshalltown
A more complete list of winners can be found by going to www.grundycounty.org. Scheels representatives were present to demo bows and answer questions. And Scheels generously provided the prizes for each of the categories and the orange dot challenge. They also funded several new targets for this year's event.
Don't let another year go by. If you haven't yet attended this event, plan to be at next year's event.