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Local Businesses Support Archery

Local businesses support  archery at Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Society (NF&G). Last fall The Archery Division of NF&G launched a campaign asking local businesses to participate in a sponsorship/ partnership with NF&G by purchasing a 3D target for use in our archery program. The response was over whelming. We would like to thank all those that have expressed their support by participating and ensuring the longevity of our archery program.Group Shot of 3D Targets

The following local businesses, organizations and individuals stepped up to show their support for the NF&G and more importantly to support sports in the our local community.

Local 8 PPWC-Harmac Union, Copcan Contracting-Gregson Holdings, L’il Nib Lures, Nesvog Meats & Sausage Company, Milner Trucking Excavating & Disposal, Nanaimo Toyota, Nanaimo Wine Shoppe, Mark’s Import Auto, Lairad Wheaton GM, Chinook Scaffolding Systems, Yellow Point Drywall Ltd, Pactow Transport Services, Harbour Chandler Ltd, Inter-Kraft Contracting Ltd, Hub City Paving Ltd, Terrrier Blades, Robinson Rentals and Sales, Woodgrove Chrysler, Grouse Nest Farms, Columbia Fuels Ltd, M Knight Construction Ltd, Baker Auto Supply Ltd, Aurora Roofing Ltd, Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters and four anonymous donors.

St. Paddys Day 3D Shoot

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Nanaimo Fish and Game St. Paddys’ 3D shoot
March13 2016

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The buzz around the clubhouse Sunday morning was absolutely infectious, the smiles, laughter and friendly ribbing made everyone feel welcome and happy to be out enjoying the camaraderie. Standing amongst this jubilant crowd one could not imagine anything but a picture perfect day, blue sky, sunshine and warm breezes. The strength and future of Archery in our communities was clearly evident in the number and breakdown of the shooters in attendance. Women, men, seniors and youths, individual attending their first 3d shoot, groups of friends gathering together and entire families all coming together to test their skills in friendly competition. The turnout was more than a pleasant surprise with the final tally coming in at 114 shooters, an impressive number on its own but when you factor in the 14 cubs and 11 juniors it speaks volumes to the health of the archery programs in our communities.
There was a short but informative safety meeting at 9 AM with all being very attentive. The course lay out was explained and the groups were given time to gather their gear and head for their appropriate station for the start. It was at this time that reality set in; it became clear the dress for the day was not going to be sun glasses and coconut tanning oil but rather rubber boots and Gore-Tex. The really chic came in their finest formal attire, a souwester and the ever reliable Black Diamond Tofino Tuxedos. As all headed out the inclement weather did not dampen the mood as all were still expressing their unfaltering optimism for an exceptional days shooting.

 

Obviously Kylearchers are a hardy bunch as demonstrated. To see the contestants arrive in the clubhouse after the first round it was more of the same mood as expressed at the morning registration. Stories of wet feet, water proof hats that are not living up to their billing, cold hands, wet fletching, foggy glasses, water filled peep sights, rumours of flying fish… in no way deterred these hardy outdoorsmen ( women, men or the youth alike).
The afternoon round was lighter in numbers than the morning with an unusually high number of requests for assistance and over looked errands that sadly needed immediate attention. The number of requests for hot tub testers, hot shower inspectors, and dry clothing models were over whelming and took its toll on the afternoon numbers. Archers being a very selfless group by nature many reluctantly withdrew from what was sure to be an enjoyable afternoon to help those in need and fill the voids. We applaud you all for your selfless acts of kindness.
Puddles on the clubhouse floor from dripping clothing and gear emphasized just how wet and dreary the conditions on the trails were the entire day. This was in sharp contrast to the jubilant mood and high spirits of the shooters who fought through the conditions and completed the competition. A constant thread in the conversation amongst the contestant was the praise for a great event and a well laid out course.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to all those that came out and supported the efforts of all those that helped stage this event. It is only through the dedication of the volunteers which give freely of their time that is it possible to put on a competitions such as this. The course designers, trail cleaners, registration personnel, kitchen help, clean up helpers and many more need to be acknowledged and thanked.

Nanaimo Fish and Games next 3D Shoot will be the SUMMER CLASSIC June 11 and 12 2016 and this year will be bigger, better and MUCH DRIER…….. Hope to see you there.

Vegas Shoot 2016

IMG_1402The Vegas Shoot, known as the largest and most prestigious indoor archery tournament in the World, attracts novice to Olympic archers from around the Globe and includes 3-intense days of no error competition. Dates for the tournament this year are January 29-31, 2016. This will mark the 50th Vegas Shoot since 1962, and to help celebrate 50 successful Vegas Shoots, attendance is expected to surpass 3,000 archers with thousands of spectators.
One of those 3000 or more competitors will be Nanaimo Fish and Game Associations very own Ron Tuson . Ron has attended the shoot a number of times in past years and is looking forward to the competition and 50th celebration activities.
The weekend competition includes the traditional 3-spot 20-yard “Vegas Round” that made this tournament famous.

OFFICIAL VEGAS ROUND

Target: All Championship (including Championship Young Adult) Divisions and Flight Divisions will shoot on either the 40 cm, “Vegas” three-spot target face with gold – red– blue (10-9-8-7-6) scoring areas or the 40 cm single spot face with 10 through 1 scoring rings. The x-ring of the 40 cm Indoor Vegas Face will be used for tiebreaks in the Flights divisions and for 4th place or below in the Championship divisions.RonT3
Distance: 20 Yards
Rounds: Each round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will consist of ten ends; 3 arrows per end.

The Vegas Shoot is the first leg of the 16th Annual 3-Star Tour;
Vegas Shoot January 29-31, Las Vegas Nv.,
NFAA Indoor Nationals March 19-20 Louisville Ky.,
First Dakota Classic June 10-12 Yankton, SD

Turkey Shoot 2015

Cub Shooter1The  Nanaimo Fish and Game Annual Turkey Shoot  proved to be a very successful fund raiser.

The Archery Division is very pleased with the participation and contribution to the cause through the 3D shoot. In light of the weather leading up to the event the turnout was nothing short of tremendous. At final count 96 registered shooters came out to brave the elements and support the cause. The work (by dedicated volunteers) on the trail in the days leading up to the shoot showed the care and consideration given to the task. The trail was cleared and twenty targets were placed to challenge the participants. The word from the shooters on the trail spoke volumes as to how well prepared and laid out the trail was.Cub2

The numbers and mix of the shooters is a testament to the strength and future of our sport. Over hearing conversations on the trail and seeing seasoned shooters sharing experience and providing guidance to the young and novice shooters speaks volumes s to how welcoming and open the archery community is.

As this is the last shoot of 2015 hosted by Nanaimo Fish and Game we would be remiss if we did not recognize the efforts and hard work so generously given by our volunteers. It is only with the sacrifice and efforts of these individuals that the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association is able to bring events like this to you.

In closing The Nanaimo Fish and Game Archery Division would like to;

Wish Everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

Generous donations changes a dream into reality.

Forestry builds new archery facility in Nanaimo

Generous donations from the forest sector are building dreams for a fast growing sport in Nanaimo—ARCHERY.
Four forestry companies based in Nanaimo—Aggressive Timber Falling, Coastland Wood Industries, Dorman Timber and TimberWest—have donated five loads of second growth Douglas fir logs to build a new indoor archery facility over the winter for the Nanaimo Fish And Game Protective Association (NFGPA). Three of these four companies are Truck Logger Association (TLA) members—local small-to-medium sized forestry businesses providing jobs in Nanaimo.
Ted Beutler, President of Aggressive Timber Falling and Chair of the TLA’s Safety, Training and Industrial Relations (STIR) committee, coordinated the donation. “I made this a STIR committee initiative to promote the TLA’s belief that the people who work in our forests should share in the resource’s prosperity,” said Beutler. “Each log load is worth about $5,000. So we’re making a real contribution to sport and recreation in Nanaimo.”

John Noble, a director of NFGPA, explained the design, “The building will consist of fourteen indoor lanes, bathrooms, work space and common room totaling 5600 sq. ft. of floor space plus an outdoor covered area.” He’s particularly proud of the versatility of the building. “This new indoor facility will be used for many functions and sporting events the Nanaimo Fish and Game puts on each year for our members and the community,” said Noble.


This architectural drawing shows what the new facility will look like from the outside.

Clint Parcher, Vice President of Fibre Supply at Coastland and a TLA Director, organized Coastland’s two donated log loads. “As a small company, we’re happy to support a volunteer run organization that many of our employees belong to and enjoy,” said Parcher.
TimberWest has a long history with Nanaimo Fish & Game Protective Association. “We have worked with the NFGPA for many years to promote the responsible and sustainable use of our timberland for recreational purposes,” said Domenico Iannidinardo, Vice-President of Sustainability & Chief Forester at TimberWest. “We are pleased to support this new archery facility.”
Norse Log Homes’ donation is critical to achieving the Nanaimo Fish and Game’s goal of constructing a new indoor archery facility. “We’re donating the use of our construction facilities in Lantzville this winter for approximately four months,” John Dahle, owner of Norse Log Homes. “The archery facility—at 5,600 sq. ft.—is one of the largest footprint buildings ever prefabricated at our site and we’ve been here since 1984! Everyone at Norse Log Homes is proud to be part of this substantial upgrade at the Nanaimo Fish and Games Club.”