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2020 Annual Pumpkin 3D Shoot

Attention Archers!

The Annual Pumpkin 3D Shoot is a go on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the Nanaimo Fish & Game Club. Changes have been implemented to this years Pumpkin 3D Shoot due to COVID-19 Regulations. Please read all instructions and follow them accordingly.

Open to current Nanaimo Fish & Game Members Only. Each round (day) limited to 35 Archers.

Registrations Fee: $20.00 per Archer per day. We ask registrants to bring the exact amount to pay at the morning check-in. Change will NOT be given out in helping to reduce unnecessary contact with money for COVID Regulations.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Preregister by emailing Corinne at by Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Include your full name, Membership Number, phone number, and your first choice for which round, Saturday or Sunday. If the 35 spots do not fill, Archers will be given the opportunity to register, and pay, for the second round as well.

Check-in opens at 8:00 a.m. in the new Archery building. Archers Meeting 9:00 a.m., with Archers at their starting point on the course for a 9:30 a.m. start.

Archers are required to bring their own snacks, lunch, and beverages as the food booth is closed at this time.

NOTE: Participating Archers Only – Unfortunately spectators, fans, and family members ARE NOT PERMITTED on the 3D Course, nor the NFG property, during the event. COVID-19 Regulations limits the number of people allowed on The Club’s property at any one time.

Please Remember to Respect and Practice Social Distancing During The Pumpkin 3D Shoot.

The Club and the Executive appreciates your cooperation in following the new regulations put before us, and for your continued support.

Volunteers are needed to set up the 3D animals on the course the day before the event, Friday, October 16, 2020. Please email Larry at, or Ross at to volunteer.


Attention Nanaimo Archers-3D Shoot Cancellation

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and closures, the April 4-5, 2020 3D Shoot at the Courtenay Fish & Game has been cancelled.

It’s frustrating, but let’s all work together in stopping the spread of this virus by avoiding events, crowds, and staying home as much as possible.  Looking forward to this darn virus disappearing so we can all get back to the activities and friends we all enjoy so much.

Take care everyone.


Another Successful St. Pat’s Day 3D Shoot

The Nanaimo Fish & Game Archery Division held its annual St. Pat’s Day 3D Shoot on Sunday, March 8, 2020.  A frosty, sunny morning welcomed archers from all over Vancouver Island to Nanaimo’s first 3D Shoot of the 2020 season.

There were 93 archers of all ages, from Cubs to Seniors, registered to take on the challenge of a course with a new layout.  Starting out with 21 animals, organizers added a 22nd animal due to the awesome turnout of archers.

After the 9:00 Archer’s Meeting, the group headed out into the forest to their selected starting posts.  As the temperature rose from the warming sun and the overnight frost melted, steam rose in the open field distorting the site line to some of the awaiting animals.  In the forest, the melted frost rained down from the treetops.

With the exception of three animals, the majority of the course meandered through the forest across the creek which runs through the property.  Archers had a variety of animals to zero in in with their bows.  This included deer, bear, bison, sheep, and a caribou.  Shots were made challenging by varying distances, animal positions, and those darn trees standing in the way (One of my own arrows seemed to have a tree magnet in it).

Walking up to post #20, archers came upon a bedded down elk.  The challenging twist to this one was that archers had to send their arrows over the creek to hit the elk.  Animal #21, the alligator, was placed in its “natural habitat” in the forest of Vancouver Island….hahaha.

After a well-deserved lunch break, archers headed back out to tackle the course for round two.  Going by all of the happy, smiling faces and laughter throughout the day, a great time was had by all.

Thank you to those archer and spectators who assisted with the animal round up and clean up by bringing their last animal and signs to the main trails.  The animals are all tucked into their stalls waiting for the next 3D Shoot.

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who were involved in the preparation, set up, take down, and during the event itself.  Events like this would not take place without all of your help.

Mark your calendars with the next Vancouver Island 3D Shoot scheduled for April 4-5, 2020 at the Courtenay Fish & Game. CANCELLATION UPDATE – Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, the 3D Shoot at the Courtenay Fish & Game April 4-5, 2020 has been cancelled.


Volunteers Setting Up

Archer’s Meeting

Hiding Behind Grizz

Caribou In The Mist






Archery Meeting

With the dismantling of the old email program we lost the archery division membership list (some 120 members) we NEED your help to build this list up again.
Anyone interested in identifying or wishing to receive Archery Division specific information and emails please CLICK HERE
Please provide your Email Address, as well as, your First and Last Name to aid in re-establishing our divisional list. Also please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting.
What do you as members want from the archery division? Your input is important to ensure the Archery Division is meeting the needs of all our members. Please come out and join in the conversation.
Please join us at our first Archery Meeting of the 2019 year on Thursday January 17, 2019 held in the ready room at the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club. This meeting is a Meet and Greet, as well as, discussions with regards to the upcoming Archery season.
For a copy of the itinerary please CLICK HERE

St Paddys Day 3D Shoot

March 11 2018, what a glorious day.

The luck of the Irish was certainly with us this day. Sunny and warm almost T-Shirt weather. Walking around the property one would find alligators in the river, moose in the trap field, buffalo in the brush and many more animals (targets) strategically placed to challenge the 109 participants of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Archery Divisions annual St Paddy’s Day 3D shoot. We would like to thank those that gave of their time in setting up the course, taking registration, arranging the draw table, preparing the lunch, the cleanup  and most importantly the 109 registered archers. Undoubtedly the weather leading up to and the day of the event helped bolster the numbers. The enthusiasm of the attendees speaks volumes to the health of archery on the Island.

I never even caught site of a single leprechaun the entire day but they are sly little fellows, not to say they were not around in disguise? A Sunny warm day, good health, meeting old friends, making new acquaintances and shooting arrows …. That was my pot of gold, what could be better?

Those, that for reasons unknown could not attend are most certainly ite ag an ead  (Irish gaelic) or green with envy (English)  for they most certainly missed one of the best shooting days this year so far.

The Nanaimo Fish and Game Archery Division like every other club rely on the greater Vancouver Island archery community’s support to make these events successful.

All of the clubs on the Island need our support so remember, get out there whenever possible, get involved with the operation of your local organization and attend as many shoots as possible, it makes us all stronger.

Don’t rely on the LEPRECHAUNS  to do all the work…..


“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!”       (Happy Saint Patricks day to you)

Building Update July 31

It has been a couple months since the last building update. Work on the new building is progressing along quite well. As of July 31 the metal roofing is nearly complete and the hope is to have the structure at lock up before the weather deteriorates.

Work is moving forward on a number of fronts including prepping for the soffit installation, interior wall rough in, lighting design, final touch ups to the door and window openings in preparation for installation, placing of the building wrap prior to application of siding on the gable ends and scheduling a general cleaning of the logs just to name a few.

Much of the work is contingent on availability of materials and of course volunteer manpower.



It would seem there is boom in construction and renovations in the local area which has lead to a shortage of some building materials and extended wait times for delivery.



Summer Classic 3D Shoot

Summer Classic 2017

The summer Classic is now officially in the history file. For those unable to attend all we can say is sorry, you missed a good one.  There was a great deal of trepidation on the part of the organizers this year mainly due to the short time available to pull it all together. With work proceeding on the new building and running in concert with the preparation for the Summer Classic there was a real concern about burning out volunteers. John and Ron did a phenomenal job as always. There is a significant amount of time that goes into laying out the trails and getting a crew out to clear trails and haul out targets. Once that task is accomplished the real work of setting up the shoots begins, position a target, layout pins to ensure the shot is challenging for the seasoned shooter and still enjoyable for the novice shooter. Then ask the questions… is the shot safe, are there any concerns for the taller or shorter shooter, and from the pin is it doable for the left and right shooter… adjust as required?  Once that is all cleared you go off and do it thirty nine more times…minimum.  Set out trail markers, build in safe in and out paths, making up course maps and on and on seems almost endless and is until the first arrow is shot… Many thanks to all that gave their time to help in the many tasked of setting up the course.

The galley crew ( Cathy, Ross and the Larry twins) as always had the early shift each day ensuring the coffee was ready and a hot breakfast available for those that were in need. In addition they were there to set up and prepare lunch each day and work their magic cooking the fish for the potluck Saturday evening.

Registration opened at 8 AM Saturday morning, with seventy nine shooters registering for the day. The numbers were a bit disappointing for the organizers but the attending shooters were a boisterous and enthusiastic bunch. Saturday had a twenty target two arrow round in the morning and a twenty target two arrow round in the afternoon. Comments following the first days rounds were the course were very, very well laid out. Many participants felt it very devilish on the part of the course designer to strategically place various objects (branches, trees, grass, rocks etc) to mess with their head when shooting. In their own defence the course crew was quick to respond “We never placed any of the mentioned objects, we only positioned the targets… that other stuff just happened to be there”.  Saturday evening there was an incredible potluck dinner in the back BBQ pit area. BBQed salmon fried oysters a whole array of salads and desserts. As always there was plenty to eat topped off with a generous helping of fun filled kidding and laughter.

Sunday morning brought out a few more shooters with the final tally coming in at one hundred and thirteen. The morning round was a two arrow round and the afternoon round was a one arrow round.

Awards for the leaders of each division were handed out followed by the prize draws. There was a fabulous draw table with over eighty items to be won.

We would like to thank all those members who came out and help pull this event together. It is only through their generous contribution that these types of events can be delivered.  Finally we would like to send out a special thank you to all that participated and made the shoot a success.

Archery Building Update

Since the last update on the Archery building there has been a beehive of activity onsite.

A great deal of work has progressed on the building with all the trusses being installed and braced as per the engineers outline. This job alone took a significant about of time with focused attention on the accuracy of the placement of each truss. Attention to detail and time  is required to ensure all the trusses are properly spaced, plumbed  and securely braced  to facilitate the application  of the sheeting which is to follow.

Once the trusses had been installed the false fascia was put in place, the gable ends framed to accept the sheeting, blocking for the installation of drywall on the interior of the structure and placing of the false purlins at each gable end.

This is no small feat when one realizes that it has all been accomplished with volunteers and during one of the wettest Aprils on record.

The month is not yet over and should anyone be around the NF&G property this week end you will see another crew working feverishly applying the sheeting to the roof. No easy task when one realizes there are in excess of 300 sheets of plywood to put down.

WOW what a great month……………

Archery Building Update

For any members that have not been around the Nanaimo Fish and Game Property lately you are in for a very pleasant surprise. The first stage of a couple major plans for the property is now under way. The long awaited Archery – multipurpose building is well on its way to completion.

The work under taken and completed over the past week is a testament to what can happen when a few volunteers step up and shoulder the load for the benefit of all. The work and effort expended over the last week (greatly appreciated) is minor in terms of time when measured against the accumulated efforts of a dedicated few who had the vision and determination to get us to this point. This project is still a ways from completion and help in a number of capacities is still needed. Many of us are restricted by other commitments and time restraints which may make it impossible to assist in this project but please do consider giving some time to one or more of the many undertakings on Nanaimo Fish and Game Associations calendar for the year.

Around noon Wednesday March 22nd  this is what things looked like………

placing the first row of logs was time consuming.


Tuesday March 28th the space was completely transformed……..


Trusses have been ordered and in the coming days will be installed and sheeted in preparation for the metal roofing.

Watch for more updates to follow…