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To the Good People of OSTA,
First of all I would like to thank all the folks at Claylick for all their hard work.  I know they have been working very hard on improving their grounds and facilities and it shows.  Very well done ladies and fellas.
I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at the shoot and if there is anything you see that we can improve on feel free to comment.  It sounds like most everyone had a good time except for getting caught out in the rain on Saturday. (It is OSTA after all)  I appreciate everyone’s help, especially since I was a bit gimpy this weekend.  I was glad to see some of our members that we haven’t seen much this year.  It was especially nice to see Lauby make it out and he was appreciative of all of our thoughts and prayers. 
I want to remind everyone who wasn’t at the meeting that we will be voting on the standing rules at the state shoot.  If you are not familiar with the changes and have not seen them in the newsletter or on the website please feel free to contact me and I will send a copy.  Copies will also be available at the registration table at the state shoot.  Also, the issue of having a memorial shoot in the name of Sonny Iman was brought up and agreed we should pursue this as a possible shoot for next year.  This will not be changing the shooting schedule in any way but name alone and does not need to be voted on as I understand, but I would like the club’s feedback.  It was brought to my attention after the meeting that instead of doing a shoot solely dedicated to Sonny, we should do a shoot with a more inclusive list of those who have been a big part of OSTA and have passed.  Perhaps a “Legends of OSTA” type shoot and name the different events in the honor of those legends.  This sounds like a viable option to me but I would like the club’s input on it at the state shoot before the schedule is set for next year.  Nominations are still open for the offices of president and secretary and will be voted on at the state shoot.  In the event I am to remain president, a vice president will be needed to fill out next year’s term.  This can be done as an appointment and does not have to be voted on.
We will be needing donations for the kid’s auction at the state shoot to help raise money for the kid’s fund.  Currently, the kids program is doing well and we are well stocked very well.  With that in mind, I would ask that any donations be quality items no matter how big or small. Thanks to Nancy Miller for volunteering to model the auction items.  (Be on time this year Nancy)
We also need items for the raffle and kid’s giveaway so if anyone has items they would like to donate that would be great.  If you see a good deal on items pertaining to hunting or camping feel free to contact me to see if we can use those items. 
I have contacted several vendors and I believe we will have more vendors this year at our shoot.  If anyone knows of any potential vendors please have them call or email me. 
I hope to see you all at the state shoot at Willard and bring some friends
.Matt Fout


Secretary notes;
Old stuff, The subject of a Sonny Iman memorial shoot came up,  questions, if we host, which shoot do we use, if we do, will we be ready for the extra people, will members step up? Bill Laub wants to launch arrows in memory of lost members. In a show of hands the members voted for a memorial shoot of some sort. The position of president and treasurer will expire after the banquet, nominations welcome.                                 
New stuff, Kids auction, fund going well. We need donations for the kids auction, There should be more vendors at the state shoot. We are ordering hoodies, shirts, hats. This is a big expense, hoodies should be prepaid to help out if possible .We set out a paper for ordering, none ordered…. Pins ordered for competition awards, once again a BIG expense. Dan New would like input for keeping the kids shoot safe, donations for prizes. There is a Kevlar net that would help with errant arrows, can we look into buying? Matt ended the meeting with thanking Claylick. We had 54 shooters, 8 kids on a dreary Saturday. 89 shooters, 23 kids on Sunday. 37 people shot competition. 


OSTA Shoot Schedule

2014 Shoot Schedule 

OSTA Banquet
March 2
Cardinal Shooting Center, Merengo

April 5 & 6
Apache Bowhunters

May 3 & 4
Ross County Bowhunters
Chillicothe, Oh

June 7 & 8
Blackhoof Bowmen 
Jamestown, Ohio 

July 12 & 13
Rushcreek Sportsmen 
Belle Center

August 2 & 3
Claylick Bowhunters

August 30 & 31

Willard Conservation League



Don’t forget to bring your canned goods / non perishable food items with you to each shoot.
Items are give to the local club to donate or distribute to the needy in their area.

Thanks for helping OSTA to give back to the communities we visit.

Please support these vendors, they support us!

Standing Rules of OSTA, Inc.
Proposed Revision for 2014.
The Standing Rules of OSTA are not considered part of the OSTA Constitution. It is the responsibility of OSTA members and non-members who attend OSTA events to familiarize themselves with the Standing Rules. The following rules apply equally to all members and non-member guests at OSTA events. Any person, member or non-member, violating the Standing Rules will be immediately disqualified from competition and may be ejected from the event. Any OSTA member violating the Standing Rules will also face potential expulsion from the organization by the Executive Committee.
Part 1 - Memberships
  1. Family or individual membership costs $35 per year.
  1. A family includes spouse, children and grandchildren under the age of 18.
  2. College students living at home are included in the family membership.
Part - 2 General Rules of OSTA
  1. The USA flag and the OSTA flag will be flown at all shooting events.
  2. Broadhead/arrowhead tipped arrows are not permitted on the shooting course or practice range for any reason. Only standard screw on or glue on field tipped arrows are permitted.
  3. All participants must register as either a non-competitor or competitor to participate in each event.
  4. The age for determining the correct shooting class for competition is established by the date of the first shooting event of the season (Fun Shoot not included). Youths, Cubs and Peewees can move up one shooting class, but may not return to the younger class after moving. At age 16 a Youth Boy or Girl may move up to the adult class but cannot return to the Youth class after moving.
  5. Children and young adults under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult while on the shooting course and practice range.
  6. Please be courteous to groups or individuals who catch up to you on the course and allow them to “shoot through” in order to keep the course moving.
  7. All pets brought to an OSTA event must be kept on a leash at all times. It is the owners’ responsibility to control their pet and keep the camping and shooting course areas clean of the pets waste. If the pet owner is not able to keep their pet leashed and controlled they will be asked to remove their pet from the event.
  8. Those wishing to participate at an OSTA event who do not desire OSTA membership must sign a waiver releasing OSTA and the Host Club from all liability and that they will adhere to these Standing Rules.
  9. The Executive Committee may make exceptions to any of the Standing Rules to accommodate participants who have special needs. The decision to make an exception will be made by a minimum of two members of the Executive Committee and the decision will be made known to the Range Captain.
Part 3 - Event Registration and Fees
  1. Registration will be open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Sunday at each shooting event. No score cards for competition will be issued after registration closes. You may pre-pay for Sunday on Saturday.
  2. The shooting course is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. No one will be admitted to the shooting course for competition after 12:30 pm on Sunday. Non-competitors can enter the shooting course after 12:30 pm keeping in mind the course closes at 3:00 pm and they must exit the course at that time. Only officers and vendors are permitted to enter the shooting course before or after the designated times.
  3. Awards Meeting for competitors and OSTA kids will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday. In the event of a shoot off to determine placement in a class, the Awards Meeting could be delayed.
  4. OSTA member shooting fee is $10.00. Non-member shooting fee is $13.00. The Family cap is $25.00 for OSTA members and $30.00 for non-members. Competition shooting fees are an additional $2 per competitor with no family cap excluding PeeWee’s, Jr. Cub, and Cub participants and must be paid at time of registration.
  5. Life Members, PeeWee’s, Jr. Cub, and Cub participants incur no shooting fees. However Life Members who wish to be included in competition must pay the competition fees.
  6. If someone competes in multiple classes they must pay the shooting and competition fees for each class.
  7. Additional rounds of shooting are $3 per person/round and no score card will be given. 100% of these fees collected will be paid to the host club.
Part 4 - Rules and Equipment for Non-Competition
  1. Bow must fit description of equipment as defined by Article IX of the OSTA Constitution.
  2. No optics of any kind are permitted on shooting course.
  3. No arrow restrictions.
  4. Shooting from the competition stakes is not necessary.
  5. No score card will be issued for non-competition.
  6. Groups larger than 6 (six) adults are not permitted.
  7. Participants must observe the open and closing times of the shooting course.
Part 5 - A note about competition within OSTA.
OSTA’s primary function is not to provide competition at its events. Because some members and non-member attendee’s desire to compete at our events we provide competition. The Shooting Course will be set by the Vice President who will be the Range Captain. In his absence another member of the Executive Committee will take his/her place. The Range Captain can recruit and accept help from OSTA members to set the shooting course.
Competition requires a certain level of difficulty to challenge the competitor but not so much that it makes it impossible to compete. The shooting course will be set to present possible bow hunting challenges with the majority of shots within an approximate range of 20 yards with various levels of difficulty for the adult competitors. There may be several appropriate longer range shots to challenge those competing. The youth shooting stakes will be appropriately set to their age and skill level. Competitive shooting will take place on Sunday’s at our regular events. Saturday is non-competitive.
Part 6 - Rules and Equipment for Competition
  1. Any bow used for competition must meet the design criteria for its particular shooting class as defined by Article IX of the OSTA Constitution. All shooting equipment is subject to inspection to insure qualification.
  2. No sights, release aids, stabilizers.
  3. String walking is prohibited. At least one finger must touch the nock of the arrow at full draw and anchor of the bow.
  4. No optics. (Monocular, binoculars, rangefinders, etc).
  5. No mechanical rests or plungers. Simple elevated rests such as brush rests, Bear Weatherest, feather rests etc. are permitted in the recurve class only. Any longbow or self bow equipped with an acceptable elevated rest must shoot in the recurve class for competition.
  6. No draw-checks or “clickers” will be permitted for competition.
  7. Quivers mounted on the bow are permitted only in the Recurve and Longbow classes.
  8. Longbow and Selfbow classes must shoot natural arrows such as wood, bamboo or river cane. Carbon and aluminum arrows constitutes Recurve Class for competition. Recurve class can shoot arrow material of choice including natural.
Part 7 - Competition Classes and Scoring
  1. The shooting classes are as follows:
  1. MEN/WOMEN RECURVE. Shoot from RED stake.
  2. MEN/WOMEN LONGBOW. Shoot from RED stake.
  3. MEN/WOMEN SELFBOW. Shoot from RED stake.
  4. OLE TIMERS- ages 50 and up. Shoot from RED stake.
  5. BOYS/GIRLS YOUTH- ages 13-17. Shoot from RED stake.
  6. CUBS- ages 11-12. Shoot from WHITE stake.
  7. JUNIOR CUBS- ages 9-10. Shoot from WHITE stake.
  8. PEEWEES- ages 8 and under. Shoot from BLUE stake.
  1. No one may shoot alone for competition.
  2. Groups larger than 6 (six) adults are not permitted.
  3. Must shoot from the correct shooting stake for chosen class.
  4. The forward foot must touch the shooting stake. The stake must be in front of the shooter.
  5. Only one arrow shot at each target.
  6. Scoring is 10 points for the entire target (ears and hooves included). 20 points for the entire kill area. The arrow must stick and remain in target for score. A complete pass thru is 10 points on any area of the target including the kill area. A deflection off of the target scores no points. A miss scores no points.
  7. The shooting stake must not be moved from the location placed by the Range Captain. Intentionally removing the shooting stake to a new location for shot placement will result in automatic disqualification from competition.
  8. Score cards must be correctly scored and tallied by the participant before submitting for competition. Score cards that are incorrectly scored or incomplete will be discarded and the participant will be disqualified from competition.
  9. Score cards must be turned in no later than 2:30 pm on Sunday. No cards will be considered for competition after this deadline. There will be no exceptions.
  10. Any violation of these requirements will result in disqualification from the competition and a possible ban from future competition.
Part 8 - OSTA State Shoot Rules and Fees
  1. All OSTA Standing Rules for non-competition and competition apply.
  2. The OSTA State Shoot consists of 2-30 target 3D courses (course A and course B) that competitors and non-competitors share.
  3. OSTA member shooting fee is $12.00. Non-member fee is $15.00. Family cap is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Competition shooting fees are an additional $2 per competitor with no family cap.  Peewees and Cubs participants are excluded from Competition Fees. Shooting and competition fees are per course.
  4. Non competitors can pay for both courses and have unlimited shooting if desired on either course.
  5. Competitors are required to submit their cards for score after they have shot either course the first time.
  6. Both courses are available for competition on either day of the State Shoot. However the score must be turned in for competition the first time either course is shot.
  7. A competitor cannot pay for both courses, shoot both or either course for practice on one day then shoot the same courses the next day for competitive score. The course shot, either A or B, can only be considered for competition the first time shot.
  8. A competitor is permitted to shoot the same course again after the score card is submitted. The opposing course is off limits until it has been shot for score and the card turned in.
  9. After competition requirements are met both courses are open for unlimited non-competition shooting during the specified times for the State Shoot event.
Part 9 - Shooter of the Year Rules
  1. Must be an OSTA member before entering the first shooting event of the year.
  2. Only those entering events as competitors will be considered. 
  3. Must adhere to the equipment rules for your chosen class or classes.
  4. Must adhere to OSTA Standing Rules.
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