Kamloops Bowbenders Presents:

The BC 3D Provincial Championships
June 16 – 18, 2023
2023

Archery

Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat. In modern times, it is mainly a competitive sport and a recreational activity.

KTSA Archery – The “Kamloops Bowbenders” (KBB)

Archery is a very popular and ever-growing shooting sport. Different equipment classes cater to recreational shooting, hunting and competitive archery. Although safety is always our first priority, introducing and teaching new archers is of equal importance to the Kamloops Bowbenders. 

It is the responsibility of all members to understand and comply with all KTSA Rules and Regulations, especially the archery rules and archery range etiquette. The archery rules can be quite different to the firearms range rules. 

Kamloops Bowbenders (KBB) enjoy their individual archery disciplines, but regularly come together as one to enjoy social events, shoot some targets and talk about archery.

Being a KTSA member and coming to the club shooting a bow is all you need to be considered a KBB – a separate membership purchase is not required!

An active core of volunteer’s plan club events and organize competitions. KBB members take part in social, community, club, regional, provincial, national & World archery events. Competition is not a requirement to be part of the Kamloops Bowbenders but an enjoyment of archery is!!

Archery Ranges

Outdoor Facilities

We currently have a large practice range of targets from 10 – 60 yards.

There are also two 3D courses (referred to as the upper and lower courses). Hard work from some of our amazing volunteers and an investment from the KTSA, saw the previous “bag course” receiving some upgrades with the addition of some new and permanent 3D targets. Therefore, the walking 3D courses now have a great mixture of both permanent 3D targets & burlap bags depicting animal images. Plans for 2024 include; increasing the number of 3D targets, structured numbering of target stations, shooting stakes & a scorecard station at the beginning of each course.

The two 3D courses are available for use by all KTSA members 7 days per week from dawn to dusk unless otherwise being used for competition or classes (check the KTSA events calendar).

REMINDER – Absolutely NO BROADHEADS or firearms projectiles to be shot at ANY target on the 3D courses. Absolutely no broadheads to be shot at hanging bag targets in the practice range. There are specific, square-block broadhead-safe targets provided for your use, which can be used for broadheads.

Indoor Season

As of Janary 16, 2024 our indoor venue is Moccasin Square Garden, Chief Alex Thomas Way, Tkemlúps te Secwépemc. Please bring indoor footwear to change into for indoor archery sessions at Moccasin Square Gardens. 

Archery Club Nights are from 6:00 – 8:30pm. Pre-arranged beginners & Tkemlúps te Secwépemc members attend for the first hour and we are nice & busy! We love everyone’s enthusiasm, but if Kamloops Bowbenders are able to consider arriving closer to 7pm, we will have quietened down some! Thirty minutes before and after each session is allocated for set up and takedown. Many hands make light work of the targets and backstop netting, please come by early and/or stay late to help out!

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23
  • Thursday, Feb. 1
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Tuesday, Mar. 5
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13
  • Tuesday, Mar. 19
  • Thursday, Mar. 28

You can also follow the Kamloops Bowbenders Facebook page for updates and current news.

NOTE – Indoor archery is not the place to sight in your compound bow. Our indoor venue is too precious to risk damaging by stray shots off powerful bows. So, please make sure your compound bow is sighted in before bringing it to indoor club night.

 

Beginners

Whether you saw it in a movie, tried it at a summer camp, or knew someone that enjoyed it…here is your opportunity to come and try archery! 🏹

We teach 2 x 1 hour  Beginners Introduction To Archery sessions over 2 consecutive weeks. 

This means, a one hour evening session in week one and a one hour evening session the next week.   

This course is suitable for individuals, couples, families, adults and kids. This cause is designed for someone with little to no archery experience. We start with the basics and progress through the required skills and techniques to have you feeling confident and bad-ass at the end of your second session. We have all the equipment and great volunteers that will have you hitting the target in no time!

The cost for a Beginners Introduction To Archery 2 week course, is $30 for adults & $20 for youth, 16 years and younger.

Each person is eligible to sign up for one Beginners Introduction To Archery course. We have many people waiting to take them which is why we have to limit it to one course per person.

Please head over to our EVENTS page to make an online booking. 

PLEASE NOTE: The event booking you choose is booking you for 2 x 1 hour  Beginners Introduction To Archery classes on the two dates specified. e.g. in the example shown in the photograph, if you chose this, your two classes would be on June 13 and June 20.

 

From January 16 to March 28, 2024, our Beginners Introduction To Archery sessions are held indoors at Moccasin Square Garden, 357 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Tkemlúps te Secwépemc. 

*UPDATE – ALL INDOOR BEGINNER SESSIONS ARE FULL, SO WE ARE TAKING ONLINE BOOKINGS FOR 2024 OUTDOOR SESSIONS*

From Thursday April 4 2024, Beginners Introduction To Archery sessions will be held outdoors at the Kamloops Target Sports Association Outdoor Facility, Hillside Dve, Kamloops. The times are 5.30pm – 7.00pm and the dates of outdoor beginners sessions are:

  • Thursdays April 11 & April 18
  • Thursdays May 2 & May 9
  • Thursdays May 16 & May 23
  • Thursdays May 30 & June 6
  • Thursdays June 13 & June 20
  • Thursdays June 27 & July 4
  • Thursdays July 11 & July 18
  • Thursdays July 25 & Aug 1
  • Thursdays Aug 8 & Aug 15
  • Thursdays 22 & Aug 29
  • Thursdays Sept 5 & Sept 12
  • Thursdays Sept 19 & Sept 26
  • Thursdays Oct 3 & Oct 10

This means, please arrive at the main range access gate on Hillside Drive at 5.30pm. Accessing the locked gate at the end of Hillside Drive, driving down to the archery range, parking & getting into the range will take a bit of time! You will receive further instructions by email after you are booked in and before you attend your first session.

Beginners FAQ’s

Q – IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN ARCHERY?

A – For children, there is technically no minimum age to try archery. However, we see the better experiences with kids aged 8yrs and older. A child needs to be able to follow instructions independently of their parent/guardian and hold/draw a bow. We have small bows for younger children and will always try to accommodate! If you have any questions about this, please email us at archery@ktsa.ca

Q – CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF WITH YOU?

A – Children brought to a beginner session must always be accompanied and supervised by a parent/guardian and children may not be left unattended by their parent/guardian for the duration of a beginner session.

Q – HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR BEGINNERS WHO ARE NOT KTSA MEMBERS ? 

A – As a non-KTSA member beginner, the cost of the 2 week Beginners Introduction To Archery course is $30 for adults and $20 per youth aged 16 years and under. That works out at $15 and $10 respectively, per week. This is paid at the time of completing your online booking.

Q – HOW MANY BEGINNER SESSIONS CAN I ATTEND?

A – As a non-member beginner, you can attend a maximum of 2 times, for your pre-arranged Beginners Introduction To Archery sessions. If you enjoy it and would like to continue using club facilities, you need to join the KTSA.

Q – CAN I “DROP-IN” TO LEARN ARCHERY?

A – Our beginners sessions are STRICTLY by pre-arrangement only. We cannot accommodate unscheduled drop-ins. If you attend a Beginners Introduction To Archery session without a pre-arrangement in place, unfortunately we won’t be able to assist you.

Q – WHAT KIND OF ARCHERY WILL I LEARN?

A – We teach all of our beginners archery using recurve bows. That way, you can learn the basic fundamentals of the simplicity of archery, without the need for much complication. While you are learning, you will see club members using recurve bows, longbows and compound bows. You should definitely observe and talk to these club members about their gear if something catches your eye or intrigues you!  

Q – WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

A – If it’s indoor season, you will need to bring indoor footwear. If it’s outdoor season, bring clothing suitable for the weather and water.

Q – WHAT DO I WEAR?

A – We won’t advise what to wear, but rather what to avoid wearing! Avoid drawstrings and extra-loose clothing like long coats, that could get caught in your bow string.

Q – DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN ARCHERY EQUIPMENT?

A – You do not need to bring archery equipment to beginners sessions. We have everything that you need.

Q – IF I HAVE MY OWN EQUIPMENT, SHOULD I BRING IT ?

A – For beginners sessions, please don’t bring your own archery equipment. For consistency of the group and our volunteers, everyone will learn using club recurve bows. 

Q – HOW MANY BEGINNERS CAN YOU TEACH INDOORS?

A – Tha maximum number of bookings we can make is 6

Q – HOW MANY BEGINNERS CAN YOU TEACH OUTDOORS DURING YOUR CLASSES?

A – The maximum number of bookings available for outdoors is 10

Q – IF I AM BOOKED FOR BEGINNERS ARCHERY AND THERE ARE UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES ON THE DAY I AM BOOKED IN AND I CAN’T COME, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

A – Please send an e-mail to archery@ktsa.ca as soon as possible, so we can try and offer your place to someone else.

Q – IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY BEGINNER SESSION BEFORE WEEK 1, CAN I JUST COME TO THE SECOND OF THE TWO SESSIONS ONLY?

A – Yes, you can, but you won’t get as much out of the learning experience, coming for just one week.

Q – IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY BEGINNER SESSION BEFORE WEEK 1, CAN I JUST DISREGARD THE SECOND WEEK ALSO AND THEN COME TO THE NEXT 2 WEEK BEGINNERS SESSION?

A – Please check the online booking system here, for the next available space. 

Q – IF I AM BOOKED FOR OUTDOOR BEGINNERS ARCHERY STARTING APRIL 11, 2024 AND I BOOKED USING THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM….IF I ATTEND WEEK 1’s BEGINNER SESSION BUT HAVE TO CANCEL WEEK 2’s SESSION, CAN I JUST SHOW UP THE WEEK AFTER THAT?

A – The Beginners Introduction To Archery courses are booked in two week slots, you would need to check the online booking system for the next available two-week space. 

Q – CAN I CANCEL A BEGINNER INTRODUCTION TO ARCHERY COURSE BOOKING I MADE ONLINE?

A – Yes, you can cancel your beginners introduction by emailing us at at any time archery@ktsa.ca. Please allow a few days for your refund to be actioned.

Q – CAN I BRING EXTRA PEOPLE WITH ME TO MY BEGINNERS SESSION?

A – Please don’t bring extra people that aren’t booked in for a Beginners Introduction To Archery course. Please check the online booking system on our EVENTS page to see if there is room in the class.

Q – HOW DO I JOIN THE KTSA?

A – After you have completed your beginner sessions, realized you love it and want to become a club member, please visit our membership page where you can find the membership application form and further details.

Q – CAN I GIVE YOU MONEY TO JOIN THE CLUB AT THE END OF MY SECOND BEGINNER SESSION?

A – We love your enthusiasm! However, all new memberships begin by going to the membership page where you will find the membership application form and all of the details you need!

Q – AM I JUST JOINING THE ARCHERY CLUB?

A – No! The KTSA is made up of many shooting disciplines and once you join the club, even though you may only have an interest in archery, you have access to the entire shooting sports facility.

Q – WHAT IF I JOIN THE KTSA AND DON’T HAVE MY OWN ARCHERY EQUIPMENT YET?

A – Please contact the archery directors at archery@ktsa.ca. If it is available, you may rent club equipment for $10 per session, but this is by pre-arrangement only. Availibility cannot be guaranteed due to equipment being used by pre-arranged beginners.

Q – HOW DOES IT WORK IF I AM ALREADY A KTSA MEMBER FOR FIREARMS REASONS, BUT NOW WANT TO LEARN ARCHERY?

A – You still need to book in for beginners sessions by going to the EVENTS page to make an online booking.. This is due to us needing to ensure we have enough equipment and volunteers available. The cost of beginners archery is the same for KTSA members, which covers wear & tear of equipment.

Questions? Please contact archery@ktsa.ca

Visiting Non-Members

As a non-KTSA member who is visiting Kamloops, unfortunately we do not have the ability to grant you access to our archery range for a “drop-in” fee. The range is a locked, member-only, keyed access facility. However, non-members are able to attend one-time as a guest in the company of a current KTSA member, in order to use the range. Please see our Range Rules Section 3 for the club rules concerning guests.

3D Archery

3D archery is shooting at life-like three-dimensional animal shaped targets placed in dynamic settings and at varying distances. The sport began as a way to allow archers to improve their skills as hunters, but in recent years the discipline has attracted a growing number of competitive-minded archers who may or may not be involved in bowhunting. All types of equipment are used in this sport; longbows, barebow, recurve and compound bows.

The KTSA is very fortunate to be the home range of Marc and Katie Britton. Marc and Katie have both competed, successfully at the Provincial, National and World level of 3D archery in “Instinctive” class (unsighted, recurve bow, unknown distance). They both have such a love and passion for the sport of 3D archery and are always happy to share tips and a story or two, or three!!

The Annual Badlands 3D Shoot

The Kamloops Bowbenders host the best-attended annual 3D shoot in British Columbia! In April 2023, “The Badlands 3D Shoot” saw 263 archers attend our two-day shoot. Unless anyone can tell us differently, behind the annual Oilmans 3D Shoot in AB in June, we believe we are quite possibly the second biggest 3D Shoot in Canada. Anyone?

The Badlands 3D Shoot consists of two 20-Target outdoor 3D courses. We have a selection of the best 3D targets available on the market – Rinehart, Kong 3D & Wildcrete. For those who like to compete, there are medals available across all age categories and disciplines. We are pleased to announce that our next Badlands Shoot is April 27-28, 2024 and online pre-registration is now live!

Click here to register 

Target Archery

When you think of an archery range you will imagine a series of large target butts with colourful rings on it. Target Archers shoot at targets with circular rings from specific distances both outdoors and indoors. Archers may use longbow, barebow, recurve, and compound bows in target archery.

We are interested in developing competition target archery at the KTSA and are seeking interested archer volunteers who are experienced and are interested in working towards becoming coaches through the National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP), BC Archery Association and Archery Canada. More information to follow as available.

Junior Olympian Program (JOP)

Although we do not currently run a JOP programme, we are interested in bringing this program to the KTSA. Currently we are looking for more volunteers to help organize and run this program. Volunteers are needed regardless of archery knowledge, positions like administration, instructors, and fundraisers are all needed.

Coach training is available via the British Columbia Archery Association, regardless of experience. The KTSA can facilitate attendance at a coaching clinic for interested members. Once qualified, volunteers will need to obtain a Criminal record check including vulnerable sectors and complete both the Safe Sport training Module and Making Ethical Decisions training module. Both of these can be completed online.

For more information please contact the director of KTSA archery at archery@ktsa.ca.

Affiliations

KTSA and the Kamloops Bowbenders are proudly affiliated with BC Archery Association and Archery Canada.

Contact

For further information please email the Archery Director.

Marc & Katie Britton
Email: archery@ktsa.ca