Finding Archery Places

I’ve decided to keep a directory of archery places in Colorado. You can find it


RIP: Ann Clark

Ann Clark passed away on 1-February-2018.  You can read more about Ann in the archived biography on this site:

USA Archery had this to say:

Ann Clark began her impressive archery career in 1955 and was a natural. She enjoyed shooting with her husband and decided to compete at the National Archery Association (now USA Archery) Championship and won first place that year. After placing third in 1957, Clark qualified for the U.S. team for the World Championships in Prague, where she won silver. Until that year, no other team had ever won full podium sweeps in both the men’s and women’s events. Clark again won the National Champion title in 1960 and was National Field Champion in the freestyle division in 1961.

Ann Clark’s Obituary:

May 2, 1925 – February 1, 2018

Ann Clark, 92, of Glendale, Ohio, passed on to her next life on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

Born on May 2, 1925, to Frank and Aleen (Dunlap) Knierim, Ann found her passion in archery in 1955 when her husband, Jack Clark, gave her a hunting bow so she could join him on his hunting adventures. Ann enjoyed it so much that she decided to try target shooting, and the same year she won the National Archery Association Championship. She won it again in 1960.

In 1984, Ann was inducted in the Archery Hall of Fame & Museum in Springfield, Missouri, following an illustrious career as a competitive field and target archer, bow hunter and coach.

She bested the field at the Ben Pearson Indoor Open Championship in 1961, and followed that victory by winning the National Field Archery Association Championship in 1962.  Ann was instrumental in developing and promoting the National Archery Association and the Junior Olympic Archery Development Program. In 1987, she received the National Archery Association’s Junior Olympic Development Award.

Ann spent most of her life promoting the sport she dearly loved. She spent much of her time in the Michigan outdoors. She was a longtime friend of Fred Bear, American bow hunter, bow manufacturer, author and television host; Darrell Pace, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Champion archer, and rock-and-roll legend Ted Nugent.

Upon learning of Ann’s passing, Nugent offered this comment: “Quality of life and the ultimate American dream comes from discipline, control and intellectual path of life guidance. That describes the mystical flight of the arrow and Ann Clark personified the mystical flight of life’s arrow. She was one in 100 million and she will guide our arrows home forever.”

Ann was the beloved mother of Sherry (the late Lou) Armstead, Diane (Terry) Carrier and Deborah Ohl.

Loving sister of June Hesselbrock, the late Isabelle Horton and Frank and Donald Knierim.

Cherished grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 22 and great great-grandmother of 7.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Visitation at St. Gabriel Church, 48 West Sharon Rd, Glendale, 45246 on Tuesday, February 6th from 9:30 AM until Mass of Eternal Rest at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Archery in the Schools Program, W. 4285 Lake Drive, Waldo, WI, 53093 or charity of choice.



Mentor Day for the older one with her fantastic mentor – K. It’s been a sluggish and snowy day and K made it all the way down from Fort Collins to help her with 1:1 time. It was a tough national shoot in Albuquerque last weekend and K injected Her with renewed confidence in her self and what she is capable of doing. The mentor program for No Limits Sharp Shooters may not always work out, but this pairing has really made a difference for the older one.

First Indoor 18M

The younger one is no longer a yeomen, she’s now a bowmen. More info here. She shot her first full distance indoor tournament. It was a predictable struggle for the little one, but she survived and completed the event.

Indoor Nationals – 2018: Albuquerque Edition

The older one headed to Albuquerque for Indoor Nationals. Indoor Nationals is combined with JOAD Nationals at many venues. More background information is here.

Albuquerque has its own unique attractions, but it doesn’t feel as elite as being in SLC at the Easton Archery Center with the home of Hoyt right around the corner.

The tournament is held inside the Albuquerque convention center.

Brady Ellison was also at this event, but shot his two sessions back to back and then disappeared.

It was a difficult shoot for her. She may have even suffered a bout of target panic. She persevered and completed all three sessions. For this event, most of her team and her coaches had selected SLC as their venue and date. As such, she was shooting alone.

Office Space Pieces of Flair on Quivers

At their schools, the tradition of self expression (as well as signaling their membership in different groups) is alive and well with backpacks. These keychains get clipped to book bags and will often equal the volume of scholarly materials.

No one has reached the levels of the Japanese kids in the top photo, but plenty of bags look like the bottom bag.

This has carried over to quivers.

The younger one’s quiver includes declarations, awards, and totems.


At the range this weekend, we got to see the end of an indoor 3D tournament and then an unusual archer shooting a yumi

Wikipedia informs us that:

Yumi () is the Japanese term for a bow. As used in English, yumi refers more specifically to traditional Japanese asymmetrical bows, and includes the longer daikyū (大弓) and the shorter hankyū (半弓) used in the practice of kyūdō and kyūjutsu, or Japanese archery. The yumi was an important weapon of the samurai warrior during the feudal period of Japan.

I think this yumi was probably close to nine feet long.  The archer was close to 6’4″.  It was bamboo and full of natural features.  I suspect his bow was made locally, maybe even in the Boulder area.  What’s interesting about the Japanese bow making craft is that it is passed on in a documented inheritance.


December Rotational

The December rotational is in the books.  This rotational was slightly more agitated – it’s hard to schedule anything in December, the shooting times were not released until very late, and this tournament overlapped with Junior Dream Team.

For the little one, it was her last shoot as a yeoman.  She also got the 8:00 AM start, 7:00 AM check-in.  She has become pretty good friends with other yeoman recurve and barebow shooters.  Nearly all of them will be ending their yeoman (or “yo-women” as it is called in our house) status.



Her shooting was a bit erratic, but she was still doing pretty well.  She ended up with a slightly lower score compared to the November shoot and ended up with a second place medal.


The older one got the 4:00 PM start with of course the transitionary check in at 3:00 while the other session is nearly finished.  She shot well, getting past her scores in November, but not quite to her combined 450 goal.


Crowded place for bows.  Recurves take up a lot of space.

It was a day when her normal coaches were not around so she wore her favorite combo – galaxy skater skirt, Wonder Woman quiver belt, and Star Wars “vans”.

Her second half was not as good as her first, but she kept her form nearly throughout.


Shooting face to face with her teammate

Archery Science – Arrows and Fletchings

The older kid has chosen to study the affect of fletchings on arrow flight.  Her simple goal is to examine the results of feather fletchings and plastic fletchings for indoor shooting.  Her project includes shooting a lot of arrows which is underway.  Her paper has been submitted to her teacher.  You can read it here.


Second Indoor Shoot – Younger Edition

She has returned to the sport.  She couldn’t make the first indoor shoot because of another sport conflict.  For this tournament, scheduling was a bit strange.  The older one shot at 08:00 and she shot at 16:00.  All in all, I was at the range from 07:00 to 20:30.  A long day of being any type of archery parent.

Both sisters are on the same team which is focused on slightly older kids – Cadet and Juniors for the most part.  I would say that her team is also aligning around recurve with only a small number of kids shooting compound or barebow.  Other teams in our area have different niches and demographics.  She is the only Yeoman on her team and although it doesn’t bother her much at practice or on team night, it is sort of odd to show up at a tournament and not know anyone.  Thankfully, another club (from the hosting archery range) had plenty of Yeoman.  You can see them in the green shirts while the younger one is waiting for her line to shoot.  Yeoman tend to start in barebow too, so a lot of kids on the yeoman side are shooting barebow.  This archer is of course shooting recurve with her hand-me-down kit including a riser, ILF limbs, stabilizer, and sight; all not normally seen for the Yeoman class which is dominated by wooden risers and knock down limbs.  She is sporting her new archery Puma shoes (not officially archery shoes, but good for archery according to KiSik Lee).  She also likes her family to wear Puma shoes in support.

She made friends quickly with two girls from the green team – one a barebow shooter and the other a recurve shooter.  They became good enough pals that she has a holiday party invite waiting and a new FaceTime friend.  (This tournament is just about an hour travel distance and both girls are probably further away than the range).

Her scores seem to be a natural extension of where she left off last indoor season.   In the first 30, she shot 228.  In the last 30, she shot 200.  I could see that the event was beginning to grind on her – a lot of arrows, new friends, and shooting when she is normally getting ready for bed.  She persisted and came home with a first place finish and two new friends.  I don’t know which she is more excited about.  She’s already asked about next month’s tournament.