As I talked about in my previous post, HCB is a non-profit organization which helps develop responsible and outstanding youth into young archers and hunters. HCB also promote the archery sports and our rich Texas hunting heritage. Our HBC 3D shoots used to be a “men’s only” club for many years, a place where men would escape the pressures and responsibilities of their family. While there were many father and son shooter or even father and daughter duos, Mom usually stayed at home. As officers, we have changed that and started a new trend. Over the past few years, we have invited families to shoot our 3D course together and we have grown in our numbers of 3D archers to over 100 participants each weekend we have had in this 2014 3D season. Each shoot, we have new families joining us.
The Fun Shoot is our annual fundraiser to fund youth hunting adventures and this year I will be taking 9 youth hunters to DB Hunting Ranch (www.dbhunting.com) for a hog and exotic deer hunt sometime after the New Year. These youth all qualified by volunteering their time on the archery course setting up and taking down targets at our shoots.
At the FUN SHOOT, the officers and other members work hard to get donations for our silent auction and raffle. We also host an awesome Bar-B-Que lunch and it was some of the best brisket and sausage I have had in the recent past. The fun part of this event is the competitions we have for both adults and youth. Our whole course is set up for “real life” archery scenarios, some of them very challenging. That is what I love about archery hunting, bowfishing, and shooting 3D competitions. In any of these you are constantly honing your skills as an archer and it is a journey, not a destination. The Fun Shoot is bittersweet. It marks the end of the 3D archery season for HBC and the beginning of archery deer season. I miss the 3D shoots when we don’t have them. These are events my son and I have a ton of fun at and I wish we had them all year! On the bright side, hunting season is arriving and I am sure ready for it! Here are some pictures of the event. Check out this awesome group of folks at www.hillcountrybowhunters.com.