Cascadian Bowman aims to connect through sport of archery
published in the Fern Ridge Review November 2016
You may have noticed the sign for Cascadian Bowmen archery club while winding down scenic, woodsy Poodle Creek Road but what you may not know is that the facility has been there since the mid-1950s. The club itself has been around since the year 1935, though its initial home was in Springfield. The site on Poodle Creek Road was purchased approximately 20 years after the club was established.
Offering traditional target practice, meaning paper targets posted near tree trunks and on hay bales, as well as 3-D target practice which includes an actual life-sized elephant, the club serves as a 24-hour access facility for beginners and professionals alike. President Jim Steele mentioned that the club includes at least one member who’s held a profession in competitive archery.
Ranked as one of the top 5 archery clubs in the nation—and a recipient of a 5-star rating—true bow-and-arrow enthusiasts are no strangers to Cascadian Bowmen. In fact, the club hosts up to eight tournaments per year. During the tournaments, participants stay at one of the twenty campsites located on 53 acres of land purchased by the club in the mid-1950’s—land that the club members themselves had scrambled to afford.
“We’ve had a long history,” President Jim Steele explained, “but recently the club has had a revival. Six years ago we rebuilt the trails, reconstructed the targets, we focused more on marketing, and made the course more accessible for those with handicaps.”
Designed for building target competition skills, the archery course at Cascadian Bowmen includes both indoor and outdoor options. Indoors there is a target practice range, the only in the state of Oregon. Out-of-doors there is a large target practice range, numerous campsites, a playground for small children, and meandering through the woods is an archery course with four trails to choose from: Elk, Deer, Bear, and Cougar. The Cougar trail was designed specifically for individuals with handicaps and is wheelchair accessible.
To help with the upkeep, members (of which there are over 200) have the option of donating 16 hours of their time and labor per year, thereby cutting their membership cost in half. The majority of members are families, and their time can be divided among them. With the standard cost of a membership at two-hundred dollars per year, a family can reduce their membership fee to just one-hundred dollars per year by donating their time at the course.
Cascadian Bowmen opens the facility to the public one weekend per month, February through August. It is required that you bring your own gear, and the cost is twenty dollars for the entire weekend or fifteen dollars per day. It is recommended that an individual has had some exposure to archery, at least through a friend or relative. There is no age requirement and the club is family-friendly.
You can learn more by visiting http://www.cascadianbowmen.org or by contacting President Jim Steele at 541-335-9892. The club is located at 91714 Poodle Creek Road in Noti. You can also find them on Facebook.