Archers fine-tune outdoor skills
Northern Lites heat up in Grafton
The Northern Lites Archery Club (NLAC) held their annual pre-season tune-up shoot last Saturday and Sunday in Grafton.
Forty-eight archers went through the 28 target 3D course that was set up north of Grafton Parks and Rec’s “Bark Park” in the northwest corner of the city.
Board members, Shawn Kasprick and Teresa Schuster were very happy with the turnout. Of the 48 archers, ten were under the age of 17.
According to Kasprick, the average time it took to complete the 28 target course was around two and a half hours. The course is within the treed area which provided some relief from the hot weather, but also provided a challenge for participants. Three dimensional targets consisted of a variety of mock animals including a life-size moose, an alligator and a raccoon to name a few.
The challenge shoot was to hit a nickel-size dot located on the moose target from a distance of 82.5 feet. Ninety-eight shots were taken in an attempt to win the $100 Cabela’s gift card that was eventually won by Jeremy Dvorak of Grafton and Allan Sitzer of Minto. They agreed to split the prize.
NLAC decided to draw for prizes in lieu of handing out trophies this year. “The trophies created too much competition and we don’t want to discourage anyone from coming out just to shoot and have fun,” said Schuster.
Mike Dietz from Grafton won a $25 gift card from Scheels Sporting Goods and Lee Bell from Grand Forks won a $25 gift card from Cabela’s.
NLAC has found success in spreading the word of the event to archers as far away as Warroad, Minn., Thief River Falls, Minn., Bemidji, Minn. and Walhalla. “Facebook has really helped us reach out to other archers that normally wouldn’t attend,” said Schuster.
“We have gained a few new members and received many compliments on our course,” Kasprick added.
New ideas were already being discussed for next year’s event. Kasprick described a couple of those ideas, “One of the ideas presented to me from an archer that attends up to 10 shoots a year was movable targets that use a simple pulley system. Another was to utilize the river and shoot a fish target.”
Membership for NLAC is increased new interest through a survey taken at the shoot.
“Many have shown an interest in taking lessons,” said Schuster. “And that is something we have already talked about.” Anyone that is interested can contact Jeremy Dvorak at 701-360-3344 or Shawn Kasprick at 701-520-8011.
The NLAC indoor adult 2-man league starts in January and runs for eight weeks. Yearly membership is $100 for a family or $75 for an individual. One of the benefits of signing up and paying dues by the August Pre-season Tune-up Shoot is to be entered in the “Big Buck” contest in which the winner will receive a free year’s membership and receive their name inscribed on the “Big Buck” plaque displayed at the NLAC building located at 37 1/2 E 7th St in Grafton. So far there have been 16 that have been entered in the contest.
Kasprick, on behalf of the NLAC welcomes Dakota Firearms to its sponsor list and would like to wish all hunters a safe and successful hunting season.