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Youth 3-D archery shoot set at Denman

WHITE CITY — The Denman Wildlife Area, 1495 E. Gregory Road, will host its third annual three-dimensional archery event Saturday, July 31, giving bowhunters a chance to test their mettle on 40 animal targets scattered over a 2-mile course.

The shoot, sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Hunters Association, is the latest attempt by ODFW to promote archery in Oregon, which has seen growing participation in the National Archery in the Schools program.

ODFW in 2012 attempted to get serious about archery activities at Denman when the agency planned to build an archery park there, with an anticipated cost of $137,000. It was planned as a free resource for shooting clubs, youth programs and others with targets up to the Olympic distance of 90 meters.

It was based on an Archery Trade Association design meant to capitalize on a spurt of interest in archery created by the “Hunger Games” book and movies.

But it was abruptly halted when former state Rep. Sal Esquivel asked the agency to drop its plans. Esquivel said he would rather see the agency invest in ranges at the Jackson County Sports Park and not compete with indoor ranges and a private range outside of Eagle Point.

In the upcoming event, targets will be set at distances ranging from 10 yards to 100 yards, but the focus is on targets 60 yards and closer.

Participants will get up to two shots per target. Archers can keep score themselves, but there will be no overall scoring system and no prizes for top shooters this time.

Participants must bring their own archery equipment as well as lunch, snacks and drinks.

The course is set on the wildlife’ area’s Military Slough tract behind the green gate at TouVelle Road off Agate Road. It is relatively flat land, and participants will be required to remain on maintained trails or roads.

It can take anywhere from two to four hours, based on how large of a party is working the course together.

Archers can register in groups of at least four shooters, while those registering individually or in smaller groups will be paired with others, Vargas says.

All ages and skill levels are welcome, but all must preregister to participate. The cost is free for people 17 and younger, but they must be accompanied by an adult, and the adult must sign a liability waiver.

Those 18 and older can shoot the course for a $10 fee.

Registration is required at https://odfw.wufoo.com/forms/m1iip2om0qxaovf/

Starting times are 8, 9 and 10 a.m.