Regional 3-D Unmarked

Regional 3-d unmarked is being hosted at Black Mountain on Sunday, 20 May 2012. There will be team event for the trophy.

Rich Sandkuhle

Monday, 30 Apr 2012


Scores from the BHU Traditional Shoot

BHU Traditional Shoot Success

BHU dominated the Traditional Shoots this year.

BHU Team Trophy
The BHU Traditional Shoot team trophy winners were Tim Hart, Nick Hart, Russell Hill, and Debbie Golzen.

SFA Team Trophy
The San Francisco Archers Traditional shoot team trophy winners were Tim Hart, Nick Hart, Russel Hill, Don Whitney, and John Buettner.

Congrats to all!

Saturday, 21 Apr 2012

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012

League shoot is cancelled today, Tuesday 10 Apr due to rain

Thursday, 05 Apr 2012

I have a few items for our members. This was also sent as email to our members. If you didn't get a copy, then we don't have a valid email address for you.

  • On Saturday, April 21, We're having our Traditional Shoot. We have a few surprises for you at the shoot that should add a bit of extra excitement and adventure, so be sure to show up.
  • There will be a work party on April 14. If you can, please show up in the morning around 8:30 or 9 to spend a couple of hours for a bit of springtime cleaning. We could really use your help, and you'll even get a free meal out of the deal.
  • Remember that the weekly League Shoots have started. April is for warmup, where your scores don't count. Then scores in May and June count for Leg 1 awards and July and August is another 8 week leg with another award.
    Just show up on Tuesday evenings, preferably around 5 PM. It's a short, 14-target shoot, but you need to pace yourself so you end the course with a half hour or more of sunlight left as the crew needs to be picking up the targets while there is light.
    We add your scores over the 8 weeks that make up a leg and toss out your two lowest scores. We then hand out awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class on the Tuesday following the end of each leg.
    Fees are $6 for members and $10 for non-members for each weekly shoot. This is an excellent way to keep up your skills for the monthly shoots as well as keeping up your storytelling skills with your friends each week.

See you every Tuesday night and then on April 21.--Mike W

Tuesday Night League Begins 03 April

Please note that the Tuesday Night League shoots begin on 03 April. This is just around the corner, so make plans now to participate! Please see the event calendar for information on this and other BHU events.

Monday, 12 Mar 2012

Great weekend of archery altogether. Started out Friday helping set up for the Mud and Muck shoot. We had plenty of help, which is always a good thing. Those helping out - Dickerson, Tim, Dave, Rob, John, Ron, and more people showed up in the afternoon just in case we needed anything. The 2 in 1 class was a success in my opinion. The only complaint I heard all day was Tim giving me a hard time over some deer target that I set up. Hey they can't all be twenties, you malcontent. I thought the top 5 or 6 scores in that category were pretty darn impressive. It did add a little time to the shoot, but I don't think anyone was butt hurt over it. There are a few people in our group that just aren't quite fit for public, it kinda surprises me that anybody can even shoot at all with all the shenanigans that go on out there. It's also really cool to see so many of Al's family travel out here for the shoot. A big shout out to Trish Porter for taking the time to make us brownie pops, Ron for picking up all the targets, Tim for making the coolest trophy ever, Tim T. for all the cooking, and all the people who did a ton of stuff that make for a nice day.

After the fun was over at BHU Saturday, four of us headed to Newman for the shoot at Orestimba. Making the trip were John, Willy, Jesse, and Linda. Beautiful evening camping on the River. Found out that people are like moths. We built a big hairy campfire and people were gravitating to it like it had a magnetic field or something. We all slept in a little, ate a breakfast, and started shooting around 10. The course was set up really fun. Of course I kicked ass as usual, order of finish among the misfits- John, Jesse, Linda, Willy. Lots of long shots, branches, weed thickets, and water hazards made it a perfect day. Highlights included a running rat, a flying javelina, pop ups, and a cool variation of a speed round. But the coolest thing is when the twister hit.

It started with a noise equivalent to a small plane crashing. we all turn to see what the commotion was and were treated to seeing hundreds of two foot by two foot square objects spiraling upward. When I say upward, I mean upward! Thousands of feet upward! The guy running the pop ups said he thought they were tin, which had me planning my escape route into a nearby grove of trees. Turns out it was shot out cardboard from all the target butts. They had replaced them all and placed them in a stack with big sheets of tin on top of them. When the dust devil hit, it lifted the tin and sent all the cardboard upward, the tin came crashing back down. We all stood and watched the twister head south til it was out of sight. Maybe I am easily amused, but I thought that was a neat thing to see.

For those of you that haven't been to Orestimba, you should consider going to one of their shoots. Super nice club with super nice members.

Upcoming events to consider- Chamberlain Ranch, Pacifica Trad Shoot both in April. Yahi bowmen are having a trad shoot in May, and The Western States Traditional Rendezvous on Memorial Day weekend near Petaluma. Hope to see a bunch of BHU members show up at these events...

--John Buettner

Saturday, 03 Mar 2012

Don't forget the shoot this Saturday -- see the link on the left for details. Especially read about the special "Two Bow Challenge" happening at the shoot. It's a chance for a novel shoot and a special prize.

BHU Lessons begin this Sunday March 4 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

There is a 2012 Western States Traditional Rendezvous shoot coming up on May 26–28. The flyer can be found HERE.

Hello, Fellow Archers

As the Tournament Director for the California Senior State Championship Archery competitions, I invite you to come shoot in the very best event ever. This year is also the year you can qualify to compete in the National Senior Games in 2013 in Cleveland if you desire.

The following message from Bay Area Senior Games gives you all the details. Every archer whether using NAA or NFAA bow class can participate in 5 year age brackets from 50, 55, 60, etc. in one or two rounds. There is something to challenge every archer.

PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN YOU AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY or they will lose their bragging rights and a chance for setting a new record.

SEE you on the range,
-- Mel Leach

Register Now!

March 24-25 Stanford Archery Corner
Fee: $8.00 per each day event

National Qualifying NAA Bow Divisions: Recurve (sights), Compound Fingers (sights), Compound Release, Barebow Recurve (no sights), Barebow Compound (no sights).

Non-qualifying NFAA Bow Divisions: Freestyle, Freestyle Limited, Bowhunter, Bowhunter Freestyle,
Bowhunter Freestyle Limited, Traditional

Times: Saturday, March 24 - Double 300 Round - 11:00 am - 60 arrows at 20 yards on 40 cm face.

Sunday, March 25 - American 900 Round in Yards 8:00 am - 30 arrows at each distance of 60, 50, and 40 yards on 122 cm face.

NAA Target Rules, as modified by the NSGA, govern the tournaments. Dress Code: White, navy or khaki bottom; any color top. Please provide your own bows, arrows, shade, and seating. Lunch is provided on Sunday. Archer may enter one or both events. NAA bow divisions are the only ones that enable an archer to qualify for the 2013 National Games in Cleveland, Ohio.

Commissioners: Mel Leach - 562-594-63686; Email:

From March 3

Thank you Russel for coordinating the work party today. The range look fantastic! There is now a donation/membership slot on the outside of the shed.


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


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