Bowhunting ‘Walkabout Shoot’ bringing archers from all over NSW

Matt Kearney, Matt Farrell
Matt Kearney, Matt Farrell

Orange will be bristling with budding Hawkeyes, Legolases and Katniss Everdeens this weekend.

While we’re hoping one mis-step in town won’t lead to a very quick ticket to becoming a pincushion, with the Orange and District Bowhunters Club – and nearly a dozen other clubs from around NSW – on the prowl, you can never be too sure. 

The club is hosting its annual ‘Walkabout Shoot’ in Orange over the long weekend, held over the Saturday and Sunday.

Club president Gavin Kuczynski said he was expecting a decent number of archers to make their way out to Orange for the event. 

“It’s one of the Best shoots on Branch F's Calendar,” he said.

“Clubs as far from Eurobodalla, Campbelltown, Wagga Wagga, Tumut, Lithgow, Forbes, Parkes, Dubbo, Canberra, Shellharbour, Snowy Mountains are expected to have members participate.”

Kuczynski said the course would prove something different for travellers. 

“The terrain of the Orange Club is very challenging due to the undulating layout creates many deceptive shots that will bring the very best of the best unstuck,” he said. 

Saturdays competition will start off with the popular 3D Archery event, which involves a life like animal target being placed at unknown distances throughout Orange and District Bowhunters’ new course.

The 3D targets are shot out to a maximum of 55 metres for seniors and is handicapped accordingly for juniors and cubs.  

The competition on Sunday will consist of vinyl animal printed targets, with the same distance and handicap format being used as per the previous day's shooting.

Two rounds will be shot on each day, one in the morning and then another after lunch. Awards will be presented each afternoon to various disciplines and divisions, which include compound to recurve and longbow.  

Bowhunting has become more and more popular across the country in recent years, with clubs having a surge in members, particularly youngsters. 

Those that wish to get in contact with the Orange club and try their hand at archery, look up Orange and District Bowhunters Club on Facebook. 

People can also arrange a come and try day. Fore more information contact president Gavin Kuczynski on 0438 370 831.