It sounds crazy, but Oct. 1 — the start of Michigan’s bow hunting season — is less than 90 days away.
A few hard-core bow hunters are sharpening their skills a few times a week at the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club’s 3-D Archery Course, and they’re hoping more people will come check out the course in the coming weeks.
The club is hosting a 3-D Archery League, starting immediately and running through Labor Day. It’s open to both members and non-members, and offers a great chance knock the rust off your bow before the fall.
“This is for guys who love to hunt, and who want to stay sharp on their archery skills,” said Eric McKay, who along with Adam Wessel has helped organize the league this year.
The course meanders through the woods and along a creek on the grounds of the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club, beginning on the path that heads back to the still-closed rifle range and ending on the north side of the trap and skeet range.
There are 30 stations, with targets ranging from deer and turkeys to an alligator, a carp, a baboon and a polar bear.
Most of the shots are in the 20-30 yard range, with the longest measuring 55 yards. Similar to a golf course with different tees, each station at the archery course has different colored stakes in the ground, offering easier shots for youngsters or beginners and longer shots for more accomplished shooters.
Wessel calls the course “a diamond in the rough.”
“We’ve had two traveling leagues that shoot at courses across the state, and they really like shooting here because of the different woods that you walk through, and because of some of the difficult shots,” Wessel said. “Right now, it’s low — maybe 10 people a week shoot out here. I pop out to shoot and there’s not usually anybody out here.”
For more information on the 3-D Archery League, visit the club or call Wessel at (616) 848-6205.
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