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Sharpening archery skills with aim and purpose

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shooting for a good cause. Professional archery instructor John Wilson works with a group of young kids during a recent 3D shoot hosted by the Arch Angel Archers.
As a businessman, Jim Reed, a State Farm representative in Monett, is always looking for ways that he can contribute to the local community. As an avid hunter, Reed is also always looking for ways to feed his passion.

Two years ago, Reed engaged in a conversation with a friend about an organization his friend belonged to called the Arch Angle Archers. Reed was intrigued with the idea, because it appealed to both his professional and personal interest.

The Arch Angle Archers are a faith-based 3D archery group that uses archery as a tool to teach about Christ and to help four or five needy families.

"I was immediately excited about this group," said Reed. "Our shoots are designed to promote bow hunting, to challenge the professional bow hunters and to help hone in bow skills, but we're more than just a bunch of good ole boys out having fun. We have a mission to help those in need."

Once a month, throughout the non-bowhunting season, the members get together to host a 3D shoot to help raise money for their charity work.

"Eighty percent of every dollar we raise goes to helping someone in need, and that is 80 percent of the gross, not the net," said Reed. "The 20 percent goes to the club and that usually doesn't cover our cost. We are a group focused on helping others and not making our club rich."

At the 3D shoot archers walk a five-acre path and shoot at 30 pop-up targets such as bears, turkeys and deer. Points are awarded for accuracy.

"Start to finish, it usually takes two hours to complete the course," said Reed. "We have 40 to 50 people shoot at each event. It truly is a lot of fun."

The Arch Angel Archers have two 3D shoots left, one is selected for Sept. 10. A hunters special event to help raise additional funds for the Christmas season will be on Dec. 10 registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost is $10 for adults is , $8 for youth 13 to 18 and free for youth under 13. You do not have to be a member to participate.

The 3D course is located on Highway Z between Monett and Aurora. For more information, call Richard Simpson at 229-2295.

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