Retired law enforcement officer and avid archer Les Conner is hoping for a banner turnout at the Tonto Rim Sports Club's first-ever 3D archery shoot.
"Because there are so many archery hunters in this area, it would be a great thing to get this type of archery up and going," he said. "We think this is going to be really popular."
The shoot will be held Aug. 10 at the TRSC Jim Jones Shooting Range, located just south of Payson.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the shoot starts one hour later.
The registration fee is $20 for adults, $30 for a family and $15 for youth 14 to 18 years of age. Children under 14 years may enter for free. The competition is open to the public.
Conner, who took up archery about 11 years ago, and was a member of a California archery club before moving to Payson, says if the turnout for the upcoming event is encouraging, he'll host even more, "Maybe every three months or possibly every month."
In the upcoming shoot, archers will walk the new archery course at the Jim Jones Shooting Range firing arrows at McKenzie life-sized, foam, three-dimensional targets.
The targets are of bear, deer, mountain lion and other wild animals.
"There are 14 targets and they will be shot at twice from different distances making 28 targets," Conner said. "It will be a lot of fun and good practice."
Also on the agenda is a Clout shoot and a raffle.
The Clout shoot will be at a bull's eye target from about 90 meters and feature a 50-50 payoff to the winners.
"The champion will get one-half the pot, the rest will go for range improvements and maybe more 3D targets," Conner said.
Prizes will also be awarded to winners of the 3D shoot and there will be a raffle with selected archery equipment given out as prizes.
"We want to make it fun for all," Conner said.
For more information about the upcoming event, call TRSC Public Relations Officer Charles Thompson at (928) 468-1521.