Vermilion River Archers lined up for their first practice of the season last night.
Approximately 40 people attended with both new and returning members learning or practicing basic and enhanced archery skills.
President, Orest Popil, and director, Tim Pardely, assisted junior and adult participants in the proper way to draw their bows in order to improve their accuracy hitting balloon targets.
“This club has been operating in Vermilion since 1983,” said Pardely.
“It’s one of the longest-running archery clubs in the province affiliated with the Alberta Bow Association.”
Throughout the winter members enjoy having an indoor course to practice at, including a selection of 3D animal targets.
Members tried out bows with different curves, and Pardely said each person has a preference of what bow is right for them – some using compound bows, and others traditional.
Pardely has a traditional preference and is also a director for the Alberta Traditional Bow Hunter’s Association.
“Archery is a great individual or family sport that you can start inexpensively and shoot for fun, or become as competitive as you want,” said Pardely.
After many of years of being involved, he still finds the sport fun, and that the club provides added comradery.
If you join the Vermilion River Archers, you receive full insurance with the Alberta Bow Association, who provide both big game and small game awards. To register, you can message Vermilion River Archers on Facebook.