Monday, 13 Feb 2012

Have you ever wondered how memorial shoots get their names?

It seems many archery clubs have one or more shoots on their calendar that are in memory of somebody whom you may not have known or heard of unless you ask who the person was. In the case of Bowhunters Unlimited, the memorial shoot is named for somebody who was well known in the California archery community. BHU recently renamed their traditional March "Mud and Muck Shoot" the "Al Harford Mud and Muck Shoot". The BHU range in Cupertino's Stevens Creek County Park in March can be muddy depending on the winter weather pattern. Making it a memorial shoot named after Al Harford is in commemoration of a long-time club member, former President, and and good friend who was known to many for his love of traditional archery and restoration of Bear and Wing bows.

Al passed away in October of 2008 and his family has traveled to BHU from multiple states to attend the Mud and Muck Shoots for 2009, 2010, and 2011. Many in Al's family inherited his love of archery and bowhunting. Hoping to see Al's family at the range again in 2012, the club renamed the shoot after him. We hope other friends of Al's can also join the club and his family on March 10 at the range.

-- Deb

Tuesday, 08 Feb 2012

From our friends at Black Mountain Bowmen


Hello Archers,

On February 12th the Black Mountain Bowmen Presents an American 900. Shoot 122 cm targets at 60-50-40 yards with 30 arrows each distance. Registration starts at 8:00 am. Shooting starts at 9:00 am. A ten minutes break between each distances to move targets, and other things needed. Fee; $7.00 male members. All ladies shoot free. Youth $ 5.00. Cubs $3.00.

If your club/group has a flier for an archery event send it to me, and I will post it on our brand new bulletin board.

Ben Armentrout BMB/PR

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Well, I thought the shoot today went well considering the conditions. Really, really nice to have a ton of help. Rob, Jesse, Rhyan, Linda, Willy, and Cary all helped set up yesterday. Tim T. did a great job with the food as usual. Tim H. showed up at 0 dark hundred with a nice easy up so Tim T. didn't have to stand in the rain and cook. Take down was a snap with so many helpers. Mike, Dave, Robert..., Don, Harvey, Rhyan, Jesse, Clint and probably someone else I didn't even see. Ron came out and handled all the sign ins with the help of Robert. Thanks to the shooters from SF archers for coming down and posting pics within hours. Sorry Linda, forgot to mention you helped with set up, target adjustment this morn, awards, and being a fine ambassador all day today. Love this club.

-- John Buettner

Here are some photos from the shoot, including a picture of the scores:
https://picasaweb.google.com/mwimble/20120121BowhuntersUnlimitedCamoBreakfastShoot?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bowhunters Unlimited Camo Shoot is this Saturday Jan. 21. Rain or shine. Come early and have a free hot breakfast. Help is needed to set up targets at noon on Friday Jan 20.

Thanks,
Deb

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Colder than a well diggers ass!!! That's how cold it was at the Cabin Fever shoot in Pacifica today.

BHU was well represented there, despite the wind and cold. We had our usual extra large group as usual. We were missing Wimble and Mellberg though. In our group we had John, Jesse, Linda, Tim, Lenore, Mel, Sandy, Cary, and some guy named Bill. Tim shot recurve today, so the winner of the one dollar long bow sweepstakes was..........drumroll please................... John Buettner.

Awards were too many for me to remember, if you really must know—go to my face book page for a look at the photo album, complete with pics of the scoreboard. Thanks to Wimble being tired and not showing up, I was handed the duty of scorekeeping. They were bitching a little cause I wouldn't "sell them points" like Wimble does [note from Wimble: I give away honest scores for free]. But they all got over it.

Other BHU members that showed up and shot well were Kirby and Marty, Harvey, Torralba family, Salinas family, Ron May Pumphrey, Rick Hanson, and probably a few others that I cannot recall right away. Willy did not make the trip due to illness. Nothing serious folks.

I might add that after the shoot our group drove down to Half Moon Bay and enjoyed some fish and chips and a tall frosty beverage. Cary challenged yours truly to a game of shuffleboard, which yours truly accepted. He took a lead early on, I caught up, then took the lead, then the little cheater brought Linda in and they managed to squeak by with a very narrow victory. I want a rematch as soon as possible. I hope to see everybody at the Camo-Breakfast shoot this coming Saturday. Time to go now, on deck early for our annual MLK day trip to the Pinnacles for a family hike. Have a great week.

-- John Buettner

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Greetings fellow BHU archers.

There were six of us that made the trip to Diablo Archers today. We all met at Willy's house and made the trip in my van. We stopped for breakfast at a lovely little bagel shop near Clayton. Those in attendance were John, Jesse, Willy, Tim, Linda, Rob, and not to forget Mel came over from Walnut Creek to join us.

Cool, clear, breezy weather were the conditions. The course is absolutely beautiful. Long shots with lots of obstruction is a good way to sum it up.

Tim took first in senior recurve, Linda took first in female longbow, John took first in adult longbow (how the hell did they put me in an adult category?), Willy took third in Senior longbow. Jesse and Rob finished just out of the money. John won the money in our own little version of last man standing. I might add that they didn't have a primitive class, so Rob did pretty well shooting against all that glass. He did win the broken arrow championship with 9 breaks.

Next up is the Cabin Fever Shoot next Sunday in Pacifica, hope to see a bunch of BHU members at that one.

--John Buettner

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Well, it's been a busy few months for the traveling squad. November started off with the Awesome Lawson stick bow classic at Maya Archers in Roseville. It rained Saturday night before the shoot, but John, Jesse, and Linda didn't care. We were busy partying like Kennedy's in Auburn with one of John's lifelong buddies. We shot ok despite the late night and slight hangover. Tim was the smart one, he didn't go to Auburn with us. Not suprising, he shot better than us. John took second, Tim took first, Linda took first, can't remember where Jesse ended up. Willy didn't make that trip.

The next weekend we travelled to Dunlap for the Gene Foster shoot. We got wet off and on but had a good time. We were at full strength for that one with Willy making the trip and Rob too. Rob , Rick, and Lawson played some sweet music in the club house both nights. Tim and Linda shot well taking first place. Rob shot real well in primitive class, taking second place. Jesse and John shot ok, but not top three. Same with Willy. Tim was second in the last man standing and was in the finals of the action round. Linda shot pretty good in the action round, not as good in the last man standing.

We all made it home to shoot in BHU's turkey shoot. In early December it was off to Orestimba Archers for a fundraiser shoot. We had a great time there. If you haven't been there, you need to go. I think they are having a shoot in March. It was a tad chilly, 27 degrees when we woke up Sunday morn. Warmed up nicely by shoot time though. This one was not a competition, but Jesse was the winner of our group. (only because Tim was out on the ocean crabbing). Followed by John, Carey, Linda, then Willy. Rob did not make the trip. The Franklins were there on Saturday. I might add that Rob has a real talent for making jiffy pop! Who knew.

We came home again and shot the Toys for Tot's shoot. What a nice turnout that was. We had some new and exciting target set ups for that one, look for some more new things coming up. I got's some ideas. That's it for now. Hope to see some more BHU members show up at Mt. Diablo and Pacifica shoots in early January.

-- John Buettner

Saturday, Decemer 10, 2011

This just in! First pictures of the Toys for Tots Shoot can be found here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/mwimble/20111210BowhuntersUnlimitedToysForTotsShoot?authuser=0&feat=directlink

What a wonderful day at the range today for our annual Toys for Tot's shoot. Everyone was so generous and we took a sleigh full of toys to the children who would otherwise go without.

I would like to thank John Buettner for coordinating and for adding some extra fun games for us to enjoy. Timm made an excellent lunch and Russ and Jim Hill helped by being score keeper and barbecue pit master. Kirby doing registration with a smile and greeting everyone as they signed up. Adam taking the group of youngsters out on the trails. Ron, Kirby, Harvey, Tim, Jake, Don, Jessie, John, and others who helped bring in the targets. Matthew Barrett for overnight security.

I am always amazed by our members that do so much to make our range what it is today.

Deb

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