March Club Meeting 6th (Thursday)
BCAC will be hosting it’s monthly meeting at Stalworth Realty at 7:00pm. We will be discussing upcoming events along with the current status of the club. As always all members and friends are invited to attend and participate.
March Night Shoot 8th (Saturday)
BCAC will be hosting a special night time fun shoot on March 8th. The cost will be $10 per person. The final format will be decided at the club meeting on the 6th but it in general it will include 10 targets (no deer targets) placed on the range. You will need to bring your own lights (lights will not be provided). If you don’t have a light we can see about putting you in a group with someone that is willing to share their light with you. We suggest that you use lighted nocks but they are not required. I would suggest you wear bright reflective clothing for safety. A start time will be announce as we get closer to this date (will likely be after 7pm due to lighting conditions). Please contact Ron Olive or myself at BrazosCountyArchery@gmail.com if you have any questions. Please also contact us at the club’s email address if you wish to attend. We would like to get a ballpark number of how many shooters we will be having so it is important to let us know if you plan to attend.
New Optional 9am Shoot Time for Traditional Archers
At the February monthly club meeting the board of directors voted to institute a new optional early shoot time for traditional archers. This was in response to requests from the traditional community that are BCAC members. The new policy that was enacted is as follows. Should a traditional archer wish to start shooting early, they have the option to arrive early, register early and shoot early at a club shoot. In order to participate in this early shoot the archer must be participating in a traditional archery class and must arrive early enough to be registered and ready to shoot by 9am on the date of the shoot. Those that have not registered and are not ready to shoot by 9am will be required to wait until 10am to shoot with the remaining shooters. If you have any questions please contact me at BrazosCountyArchery@gmail.com and I will attempt to address your questions or concerns.
March Club Shoot 9th (Sunday)
BCAC will be hosting is monthly club shoot at the range on March 9th. Shooting will start at 10am but we would suggest you show up by 9am to allow time for registration. BCAC will be honoring the new optional 9am shoot time for Traditional archers if they wish to participate. BCAC will be setting 30 3d targets for this shoot. All scores in this shoot will go towards Archer of the Year and Archer Appreciation standings. We would love to have volunteers come out to the club before and after the shoot to help us set targets. Last month we had a great group of volunteers that helped us get the range set in record time. If you would like to participate in the setup of the range we will be meeting at 7am. If you can’t make it until later please still come out and join in the fun. All volunteer hours will go towards becoming a qualified member (extra benefits as a club member). We will likely have a FUN shoot after the shoot but it we are yet undecided what the format will be.
Traditional Bow Building Class
BCAC will be hosting its first build your own longbow clinic for its current members on Saturday March 1st, at BCAC’s Practice range. The clinic starts at 1PM, and dependent on the turn out will end at 3-4PM. This will be the first of a series of 3 clinics to walk you thru building a longbow. If you are interested in participating please E-mail Jasonchollett@yahoo.com for further information and to register. This clinic will be limited to 10 people for this series to ensure quality instruction and safety while building. Some materials will be available at the class (dependent on species of the wood), supplies will be limited to what is available locally for quality bow material. When you register for the class an email will be sent to you explaining what to look for if you intend to bring your own wood (finding your own board is half the fun!). The class itself is free of charge.
If you choose not to find your own board from the local hardware store, I ask that you reimburse the instructor for the board you select from his stock. Most boards are about $15 dollars and up dependent on species
Completed Range Improvements
I want to personally thank Brad Timmerman (Vice President of the Range) and all others that helped to improve the practice range this weekend. The range has a new more user-friendly layout with all new bag targets and stands. The club has added a traditional/practice/youth range with 10yd and 15yd targets. Since this is a separate range it will allow these faster shooters to pull there arrows without waiting on the archers on the main range to finish. Brad came up with a layout that attempted to have at least two targets at each distance (many have 3 or 4). He attempted to spread out the targets so that many different archers can shoot the same distance at the same time. The club also attempted to level the shooting line in response to some complaints from members that the ground at the shooting line was uneven and sloped towards the targets. Finally, I wanted to give a personal thanks to Ike’s Small Engines LLC, Lone Star Plumbing (Jason please correct me If I got the wrong name), Woodson Lumber Co., and BCAC Membership. Without their generous donations we would not have been able to accomplish this ambitious task.
Improvements to Frac Tank
I also want to personally thank Brad Timmerman and Ron Olive for spearheading a project to reorganize the Frac tank. I also want to thank all others that participated. Many of the overhead bars were removed as a safety precaution for taller volunteers (like myself) and re-purposed to allow for shelving to store more targets more efficiently. The volunteers also added an lighting upgrade to the Frac tank including the addition of a third light (all three lights are now mounted also) and electrical wiring of 5 electrical plugs and a wall mounted switch to activate/deactivate the lights. This is a drastic improvement over the the previous method of lighting the Frac tank.
A committee has been formed to review/update the club’s logo. In recent meetings the Board of Directors has decided to update the sign at the front of the range and would also like to have some items for sale to advertise the club. We began looking at this possibility and it was discovered that the current logo (See top right corner of website for current logo) is not of a high enough resolution to meet the needs of the club. It was also brought up that the BCAC logo is similar to other logos for clubs in the state of Texas. Our understanding is that the original logo was developed in the 80s as a drawing and was later digitized. The current logo design has been in place for over 30 years.
The goal of this committee is to find a suitable logo to meet the branding and advertising needs of the club which also represents the club in the archery and surrounding communities.
With reaching the goal in mind, the committee will be tasked with answering the following two questions:
Can/should the existing logo be updated to serve the needs of the club?
If the logo cannot or shouldn’t be updated, what should the new logo be?
Indoor League at Live Oak Archery
Indoor league started Tuesday January 21st and a great time was had by all! This time the league will cost $10 for youth (13 years and younger as of the beginning of the league) and $60 for all others. Youth classes will not have a payout; however, there will be a prize for first place. All other classes will have a 70% payout split between the first, second, and third positions. All shoots will be held at Live Oak Archery. This is a great chance to hone your skills for the 3D target range or the hunting stand. Many of the members that attend are very knowledgeable and are willing to help you if you ask for their assistance or advice. We hope to see you all there. You don’t have to be a member of the club to participate.
Update (Membership Applications):
Brazos County Archery Club began in 1948 and it the oldest existing archery club in Texas! It exists to promote all forms of archery. The club hosts seminars, outside organizations shoots as well as their own monthly shoots. Members are welcome to shoot on the existing range at their convenience. The monthly club shoots in the woods consisting of twenty or thirty, 3-D animal targets at various ranges. Scores are kept and prizes are offered for many divisions. A list of upcoming archery related events can be found on our Calendar Page.
Come on out and join in on the fun!
P.O. Box 5785
Bryan, Texas 77805
1715 Louis Street