Archery: Targets of all kinds await

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Popular from ancient times until today, the sports of archery and bowhunting are thriving in Linn County.

Whether you’re looking for friendly competition or to put food on the table, archery and hunting opportunities are here for the adventurous.

Horner’s Bow Shoot is a weekend summer event held near Sweet Home for the day-trip archers working to hone their skills. For a modest fee, archers follow a forest trail with 3D targets and diverse terrain, set up to mimic conditions that could be found on a real hunt. Check the Horner’s Bow Shoot Facebook page for times and updated news.

Many of these summer archers take a group hunting trip when archery season opens.

Bowhunting is popular in the fall for those who want to put their skills to the test in the wild.

Beginning bowhunters should visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website for information on when and where bowhunting is permitted.

Other archery opportunities such as clubs and ranges – both indoor and outdoor – are scattered throughout the county.

The Wapiti Bowmen, a club formed in 1949, meets east of Lebanon and holds outdoor shoots for both members and non-members. The club’s shoots offer food, camping, and kid-oriented shoots. Visit their website for more.

The Archery Hut and M2 Outdoor Sports in Lebanon both offer indoor archery ranges and a wide variety of services to archers with skill levels from beginner to expert. M2 also holds indoor competitions in the fall – check their Facebook page for updates.

Harrisburg offers the Harrisburg Archery Club (website), which holds shoots year round, and the Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers Association (website), boasting both an indoor and an outdoor range.