Retired law enforcement officer and avid archer Less Conner crossed his fingers last summer hoping for a banner turnout at the Tonto Rim Sports Club’s first-ever 3D archery shoot.
He got his wish when a good-sized crowd, some from Globe, showed up at the shoot held Aug. 10 at the TRSC Jim Jones Shooting Range, located just south of Payson.
Due to the success of that inaugural event, Conner has schedule a second archery shoot for Nov. 9, again at the Jim Jones range.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the shooting starts about an 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 continues to grow, he’ll host even more. “Maybe every three months or possibly every month,” he said.
Conner touts the shoots as a big draw in the Rim Country because there are so many archery hunters around.
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 are 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 as prizes.
At the first shoot, Tom Gonzales took the gold and Denton Cline took the silver in the men’s open division.
Jeremy Ulmer was first in men’s release and Randy Morder was second.
Among those in the women’s release division, Crystal Slaughter took home the gold medal and Cassie Poeling earned the silver.
Among the club’s release shooters, for those under 14 years of age, Tanner Savage shot his way to first-place honors over runner-up Zack Ulmer.
For more information about the upcoming event, call TRSC Public Relations Officer Charles Thompson at (928) 468-1521 or Conner at (928) 474-7443.
Club Rim host tryouts
The Club Rim youth volleyball teams turned in banner seasons last year and coaches are hoping to repeat the successes.
The club will host tryouts for prospective members beginning at 10 a.m., Nov. 8 and Nov. 22.
The first tryout sessions are for players in grades four through eight. The second tryouts are intended for high school-aged players.
The teams compete in the Valley-based Arizona Region Club Volleyball League.
For more information, call Donna Moore at (928) 474-4400.
The Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club, booster organization supporting school district extracurricular activities, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Pioneer Title, 421 S. Beeline Highway.
The public is welcome and new members are invited to join.