I have never been a member of an archery club “not one in my area” There are lots of guys here locally that shoot and I ave been thinking about starting a club. Love to hear some of the likes and dislikes some of you guys have about your own clubs. Dose your club have shoots? Meeting? If noyhing else looks like it might be a good oppertunity for local archery to get together see what other are doing to threr rigs and exchange there hunting stories. What do u guys think.
Joined: 1/10/2006think it’s both a good and bad idea. If you’re thinking about an indoor range, then you have to think about all those who want to shoot shafts that have tips that aren’t matched to the shafts (diameter wise) and they will shred the backboard. If you use something like spyderweb (I think), then those shooting those set ups will probably wreck and tear the web when trying to get their shafts out……….and possibly lose their tips/inserts causing an object in the backstop that will ruin tips or even shops (trust me on this, ruined 2 tips in 3 days)
If you’re thinking of an outdoor range, then keeping the non-members from using the setup would be the problem. There’s just so many out there now days looking for a free hand out and will trespass as long as they don’t get caught.
On the otherhand, if you start up a shop as well, you may be able to make a go at it indoors, and keep an eye on what’s being used.
I know some places have banned using the really fat shafts because of the wear and tear on the back stops.
For me, it’s not a even a thought. But I’ll pay membership to join a range.
Joined: 2/14/2008I just joined a archery club it was established in 1965. Starting your own club I would talk to your friends to see what kind of interest they have towards the idea!! then figure out the club equipment you will need to start it (targets,backstops, 3d’s ect!!)then there is the property issue is it yours or will you lease a place!! insurance and membership rules and regulations and fee’s to join!! thats just to start then I am sure there is state requirements and so forth!! so there is allot to it!! but if you want to do it and have the support then I say go for it it will be allot of work to make it happen!! good luck!!Our local club is in with a conservation club that has been around for years. Part of our dues go to join the conservation club so that their insurance covers the shoots. The only money the club is out is for the 3-D targets and the building to put them in.
Jeff K in IL
Joined: 11/1/2005Mostly bad, only reason being, is that it may be costly, and not as rewarding as you had hoped for.Clubs are alot of fun but make sure you are up for all the work before you start it.
They can be very costly to get started unless you can find some cheap targets.
Joined: 12/23/2007Well, it could be a good idea. I was once a member of a archery club called Kirkwood Sportsmen’s Assoc. in Kirkwood New York. This club is the worst club that I have ever joined and had numerous negative experiences while in this club. I can tell you do not let one or two people monopolize your club. Remember starting a club cost money like repairs, taxes, utilities, ect. Don’t do things “Half Ass” like the above mentioned club. What members that you do have will get tired quickly and quit. And before you know it, all the hard work that was put into starting your archery club will be for nothing and will have to sell it off because you can not afford it. I think it is a great idea staring a archery club but, think everything out first and good luck.
Joined: 7/9/2005good idea…but it seems like it will be a lot of work if you don’t have enough help.
Joined: 1/7/2008I think it is a good idea!
It could be costly but you may earn it all back through paying membersGood Idea but like said above tons of work. The very firest thing you need to do is to find out if there is any interest other than you and 2 or 3 others. This can be done by talking to guys and gals at your local archery shop. The next thing to do is ask the other archers that indated interest what they would want out of this club. At this point you at least have identified 2 major hurdles and then you can write out an actual propsoal for the project. This need to be a lenghty and complete description starting with the idea and vision you have, to your informal survey and what they wanted out of it, to start up cost, applications and paper work, to assigning officers and listing job descriptions, setting rules and enforcing those rules. Lotsa work. good luckClearly, getting the land, clubhouse, range butts, 3D targets, indoor lanes, or whatever are major obstacles, but if there is enough interest, usually there is enough talent to get over the obstacles.
However, certain things like liability insurance, insurance on the buildings, etc., and compliance with local laws probably would need legal advice; something to consider.
Then there is the problem if the club is to be affiliated on the National level and/or the State level. There are some advantages to being affiliated (insurance, sanctioned tournaments, etc.), and some real pains in the tush. You might ponder this item first and put out some feelers to see what the reaction is at least at the State archery organization level.
Joined: 3/11/2008Here are some pictures of my club on the outskirts of montreal, quebec
called “ASSOCIATION CHASSE ET PECHE REPENTIGNY”, ( Its french for repentingny hunt and fish club-quebec!) we have a 45 meter indoor course for 3d and FITA and a complete outoor 3d circuit and 90 meter FITA. We have a small resto-bar with tables , and small conference room for courses, often we host hunting seminars and give various courses for hunting licences , we host many provincial competitions. its a beautiful well run place, the best we have got! i hope it inspires you!
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