Current Active Members: 213

RED RIVER ARCHERS

7/21/2022

Hi All,

As promised, here is the next news letter for Red River Archers. Let’s get started. If you are new to the club, and even if you’re not, let me remind you that this is YOUR club. All work is done by volunteers.

First things first, thank you goes out to:

 Dave Grubb – He talked to our neighbors about parking their vehicles on our property. This has been an issue for a number of years. All vehicles have been moved and Dave put up posts and cables to prevent through traffic on the west end of our lot.

Ryan Langseth – He installed the new Suggestion box, target pay box and Guest pay box. He also moved the outlet by the drinking fountain. AlsoRyan has been a big help in keeping the club room in shape.

Max Hoefs – He picked up the lockers the club purchased in Mankato and brought them to Grand Forks.

Also, thank you to everyone who does there part to keep the club picked up, maintained and looking good. Please take a moment to thanks a boardmember, they do a lot of work behind the scene without any expectation of recognition.

In case you haven’t noticed there have been a couple of new additions to the club room. The first is a suggestion box. It is to the left of the TV. Please feel free to use it (anonymously if you want). We have also installed a box with targets for sale, $1 each. We are going with the honor system, but we do have security cameras if this system is abused.  So far so good.

New key fob system

The distribution of fobs for the new access system has gone well, but we still have members who need to exchange old for new. If you still need a new fob, contact me or another board member and we will arrange a way to get a new fob to you. 

New foam for target butts

This pretty much speaks for itself. Periodically the foam in the target butts is replaced so we can continue to have a good shooting experience. Please, shoot at different parts of the target, so the centers don’t get shot out so quickly. Remember broad-head use is OK if you use your own target butt. If you shoot broad-heads into the range targets, you will lose your membership.

Storage lockers

We are still working to install the 30 surplus lockers from Mankato. The plan is to locate them in the storage room (zoo). I will send out an email if/when we need help installing them We will also send out an email to see who would like to rent one.

Leagues

Next month there will be 3 hunting warm up opportunitys. 3D targets will be set up August 17th, 24th and 31st for any member to shoot .Justin Brooks will be sending out more information soon.

Up Coming Maintenance Projects

·                     Clean up storage room (zoo)

·                     Clean up Storage garage

·                     Fix roof leaks

·                     Scrub range floor

·                     Paint club room

·                     Install permanent barricades on the west end of the property.

·                     Replace foam in target butts.

North Dakota Bowhunter’s Association (NDBA) Events

·                     Saturday August 13 thru Sunday August 14 – Roughrider Archers Outdoor 3D, Medora

·                     Saturday August 20 thru Sunday August 21 – Velva Wildlife Club Outdoor 3D

Details can be found here: https://www.ndbowhunters.org/events

Alliance of Competitive Archers (ACA) Events https://www.acarchers.com/

  • Congratulations to the RRA members who competed in the ACA events this year:
  • Jim Bisson – Indoor 3D, State 600, State Field Round, Outdoor 3D
  • Cole Fredrick – Vegas 600, NFAA 300, Indoor 3D, State Field Round
  • Max Hoefs – Vegas 600, State Field Round
  • Darin Johnson – State 600
  • Ryan Langseth – Vegas 600, NFAA 300, Indoor 3D, State 600, State Field Round, Outdoor 3D
  • Jason Whitesock – NFAA 300, State Field Round
  • Note: Ryan Langseth competed in evey ACA event this year!
  • The Red River Archers annual general membership meeting and “Banquet” will be held Wednesday September 14th at the range. Please plan to attend. We will be approving the new budget and electing club officers. Pizza and beer will be provided.

RRA Leadership

President – Grant Dunham

Vice President – Ryan Langseth

Treasurer – Justin Brooks

Secretary – Emily Dumbeck

Board Members

Jim Bisson

John Brewinski

Cole Frederick

Max Hoefs

Darin Johnson

John Marchell

Calvin Thelen

Jason Whitesock

That’s enough from me. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things. Good news, there will be another news letter in a few months. Please share your love of archery with a kid.

Grant Dunham

RRA President


Hi All,

Well, it’s time to try this again. It has been many years since we have had a news letter. I figure since we have lost touch during Covid it would be a good idea to reach out and let you know what has been and will be happening with your club. We have a small group of members that have volunteered their time to affect a few changes at the club. They include:

New key fob system

If you have been out to the range recently, you have noticed we have a new key fob system. Jason Whitesock and Ryan Langseth did a great job of implementing this. I think everyone has swapped out their old fob for a new one, but if not let us know, and we will work with you to get a new one. The new system gives us greater flexibility in sourcing new fobs and activating/deactivating fobs remotely.

New lights

In order to provide a better shooting environment, the fluorescent lights in the range out to 20 yards and the 40 yard line have been replaced with LED bulbs. The lights in the club room have also been changed over to LEDs. A small group of volunteers led by Ryan Langseth, did the change out over the course of a couple of nights and the results look great.

New foam for target butts

This pretty much speaks for itself. Periodically the foam in the target butts is replaced so we can continue to have a good shooting experience. Please, shoot at different parts of the target, so the centers don’t get shot out so quickly.

Storage lockers

We have obtained 30 surplus lockers from Mankato. These will possibly be located in the range and in the storage room (zoo). They will be painted (they are purple now) and made available for rent later this spring. If you are interested in helping with the paint, let a board member know.

Parking lot

The street paving on the south side of our lot is now complete. We have the option of having an apron poured (at our expense) or leaving the area between the building and the street gravel. The city will push the existing gravel back and put down a layer of cloth to help stabilize the gravel. Once that is done, we will look at options for the rest of the parking areas.

Leagues

League shooting returned to RRA after a 1 year hiatus because of Covid. In an attempt to attract new shooters, the format of the 300 league was changed to be more flexible. I wouldn’t consider this a success. We also had two youth shooting NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) format at 10 yards. Next year the league manager is planning to go back to a team format. Although participation was down, we all had a great time. Hope to see you next year.

The 3D league was also changed slightly to attract new shooters. The animal targets were set up Tuesday mornings and made available for the general membership to shoot during the day. This may be continued next year. Thanks to Jim Bisson, Pat Heffernan, Butch Fraiser, Rod Litzinger, Max Hoefs, Jim Brower, and Michael Herbert  for setting up the targets each week.

North Dakota Bowhunter’s Association (NDBA)

We are no longer including an NDBA membership as part of our annual dues. The money that was collected for NDBA dues will now go to pay the special assessment for the street paving project. We still encourage everyone to get an NDBA membership. The NDBA is a group of dedicated archers working to improve and protect the rights and privileges of bow hunters and to promote and expand the sport of archery in North Dakota.

WHAT DOES THE NDBA OFFER YOU?

  • ·         A unified voice for all North Dakota archers
  • ·         A bimonthly newsletter, “The Archers Voice”
  • ·         Reports and notice of area tournaments
  • ·         Annual big game awards
  • ·         A communication network to keep you informed of current events
  • ·         A chance for every archer to support and to actively participate in promoting archery

NDBA POLITICAL  ACTION

  • ·         Participate in Game & Fish Advisory meetings
  • ·         Lobby at the ND State Legislature
  • ·         Maintain a working relationship with the North Dakota Game & Fish Department

Alliance of Competitive Archers (ACA) State Vegas shoot

RRA hosted the Alliance of Competitive Archers (ACA) North Dakota State Vegas round Tournament on January 22. It was a great success. From the ACA website (https://www.acarchers.com/): The Alliance of Competitive Archers is the affiliated state organization for the NFAA.  Through this affiliation, ACA can/will:

  • ·         Certify ranges for clubs
  • ·         Keep state and national records
  • ·         Offer the same structure that youth are accustomed to within their organized shooting sport experiences. 

The ACA will host six state competitions at different venues.

  • ·         State Vegas, January 22 @ Grand Forks
  • ·         State 300, February 19 & 20 @ West Fargo
  • ·         State Indoor 3D, March 12 @ Bismarck
  • ·         State 600 May 15 @ Watford City
  • ·         State Field June 18 & 19 @ Minot
  • ·         State Outdoor 3D July 9 & 10 @ Hazen

State Champions will be crowned for each age group and shooting category.  Four Archers of the Year…Adult Man and Woman; Youth Boy and Girl will be recognized. Our own Jason Whitesock is on the ACA board. Check out the website for more details website (https://www.acarchers.com/)!

Up Coming Events

  • ·         ACA State 600 May 15 @ Watford City
  • ·         ACA State Field June 18 & 19 @ Minot
  • ·         ACA State Outdoor 3D July 9 & 10 @ Hazen
  • ·         The Red River Archers annual general membership meeting and “Banquet” coming this fall. Details TBD.

RRA Leadership

President – Grant Dunham

Vice President – Ryan Langseth

Treasurer – Justin Brooks

Secretary – Emily Dumbeck

Board Members

Jim Bisson

John Brewinski

Cole Frederick

Darin Johnson

John Marchell

Calvin Thelen

Jason Whitesock

That’s enough from me. I’m sure Ive forgotten some things. Good news, there will be another news letter in a few months. Please share your love of archery with a kid.

Grant Dunham

RRA President


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