To The Good People of OSTA,
Another great year of shooting, camping and telling stories with our friends has
come to a close. We ended the year with a great State Shoot at Claylick.
Claylick done a really great job again this year getting everything prepared for
us and setting us up to have a great weekend. I really appreciate all the hard
work the members at Claylick done to make things run smoothly. The upgrades done
at the memorial tree were an especially nice gesture and appreciated. Thanks to
Roger and all those involved in that project. We were graced by the flyover of
two bald eagles Sunday morning to start the day off right. Overall, we had @340
shooters for the weekend as well as several folks who came just to visit with
family and friends. I’m looking forward to going back there next year for our
State Shoot. Without going into a long list of thank you, I would like to say
that I truly appreciate all the help from everyone that pitched in to make this
a great shoot. You know who you are.
Saturday was a pretty busy day with not much stop in action it seemed like. Mike
and Ted worked like crazy trying to get everyone registered and peddle shirts
and what not. We tried to move everyone along as quickly as we could. Ed Jarvis
ran the kids balloon shoot in the afternoon. I didn’t get to see much of that
but it looked as though the kids were having a good time. Not long after the
kid’s shoot we gathered for our meeting. During the meeting we had basically two
main issues to discuss. The need for a secretary and the discussion of a
possible change in arrow materials rules. After what seemed like an eternity of
nobody stepping forward or making any nominations for secretary, Bobbi Fry was
nominated and was confirmed unanimously as our new secretary. I hope everyone
understands that her willingness to do this task saved our club from
implementing several changes which many wouldn’t have liked. She should be
commended for her effort. No nominations were made for the office of president
so you all are stuck with me for a little while longer. We didn’t talk about
nominations for vice-president or treasurer but those offices will be up for
nominations next year (FYI).
Now, the arrow rule. After much debate, research and deliberation, It was
determined by the executive committee to vote on the arrow change rule at our
banquet, which by the way, is scheduled for March 5 at Claylick. Originally, I
announced that the vote would be held at the state shoot meeting. However, since
the language of the proposal was changed and had not been discussed on or
published the appropriate amount of times according to our Constitution and
By-laws, it was necessary to push the vote to the banquet. Measures are being
taken to help better define how Standing Rules will be voted on in the future.
With that said, the proposal for the arrow rule change is as follows:
(Longbow and Selfbow classes must shoot wooden arrows; anything else
constitutes Recurve Class for competition.)
Proposed change – “All classes may shoot arrow material of choice
including natural arrows such as wood, bamboo, or river cane; aluminum or carbon
arrows.” To replace existing verbage in black and in parenthesis.
Basis for the change is to encourage more people to participate in our shooting
events and to simplify the classifications to the bow being shot for the
competition, not the bow and arrow combination. The proposal has now been
published and discussed the appropriate amount of times and will be voted on at
the banquet. Any changes will take effect beginning at our May 2017 shoot.
Saturday evening we had a good dinner provided by Claylick and then moved on to
the Scott Gensert Memorial Kid’s Fund Auction. Thanks to all who brought items
to auction off and to those who bid on items. We had some spirited bidding and
some good fun in doing so and raised $1,866 for the Fund. Well done folks. Make
sure that if you still owe for items you get with Mike Peters to settle up.
Money is due by the banquet. This past year there were several unpaid accounts
that just drug on all year. If this happens again this year we will likely not
accept credit on good faith next year. Also, I was not pleased at all with how
rude some people were during the auction. Hoot and I couldn’t hear each other
from four feet away at times because of all the jabbering going on. Actually
having to yell at adults on numerous occasions during an auction for kids in
memory of Scott was ridiculous. So disrespectful. It seems to be the same people
over and over. This WILL NOT HAPPEN NEXT YEAR. Removal from the function or
event is possible, pulling of score cards, member in good standing status
revoked ect. It is all on the table. The same will be true for meetings.
Sunday morning was a new day. A wake up call from Huff’s dad flying overhead,
morning Church service and a pair of bald eagles gracing the sky over the first
few targets going up the hill. I heard we had a little congestion on one of the
courses and that will be looked at for next year. We ended up having a few
shoot-offs and awards were handed out shortly after. Raffle winners were
announced and door prizes handed out to both adults and kids. I hope that
everyone enjoyed the shoot and if you have any suggestions on how we can do
better, let me know.
With the days getting shorter and the leaves starting to turn colors and fall,
it won’t be long till we switch from foam to the real thing. Best of luck to
everyone who makes it out this year and be sure to post pictures of your hunts
PLEASE! If anyone has photos from the Apache, Blackhoof,
and the State Shoot 2015 send them to
If you have any photos from shoots you would like posted, please
send them to me. I will be
happy to get them online to share.