HELENA – With the start of Montana’s bow hunting season less than a month away, archers in the Helena area were getting prepared this weekend.
The Lewis and Clark Archers held a 3D warmup shoot at their outdoor range in Davis Gulch. About 50 people came out for the event, where they were able to take aim at a number of life-size animal targets to help get their bows sighted in.
“You can set them on different angles, behind some bushes – more realistic practice,” said club member Sam Lowry.
Lowry and his family just took up archery this year. He points to one major reason he got interested.
“Not freezing to death during hunting season,” he said. “Montana gets cold in November.”
He says he’d recommend anyone give the sport a try, whether they’re interested in hunting or not.
“It’s fun for the whole family – everyone from three or four years old all the way up to 70,” he said. “We’ve got people of all ages, all different skill levels. You don’t have to be super great.”
The Lewis and Clark Archers currently have about 260 members. A yearly membership costs $95 for one person or $135 for a family, and it provides access to indoor and outdoor ranges. Membership information is available at Helena archery stores, including Capital Sports and Western, Buffalo Jump Archery and Bob Ward’s.