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NMSU's Quay County Extension holds annual 3-D archery shoot

TUCUMCARI, N.M. - Ready? Aim. Fire!

Paul McAlister takes aim at a standing black bear 3-D target as Lonnie Pickle looks on. The annual archery shoot is Oct. 16. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Bishop)

New Mexico State University's Quay County 4-H Shooting Sports Program is holding its annual Route 66 Fall Classic 3-D Archery Shoot Oct. 16 and the public is invited to attend the fun, family event where they can improve their archery skills and practice for real hunting situations.

"The goals of the Quay County Shooting Sports Program are to raise funds to purchase back stops for their practice range and materials to build target stands for the rifle range," said Extension agent Brenda Bishop. "It is also for funds to maintain equipment and a trailer to haul equipment."

There are eight different classes participants can choose from at the shoot: open, bow hunter fingers, bow hunter release, traditional, women, young adult, youth and cubs. Prizes will be awarded to all classes.

The course has 20 targets, shot twice to equal 40 targets, and rules set down by the International Bowhunting Organization will be followed.

A lunch concession will be provided, run by 4-H members and parents. 4-H members will also set up and tear down the range.

Tickets for a Drenalin bow raffle are $5 each, or six for $20. They will be available at the 3-D shoot as well as at the Extension office. The winning ticket will be drawn the afternoon of the shoot.

Participants are encouraged to bring their GPS units for a special GPS shoot. Entry for this shoot is $10. There will also be a long distance novelty shoot. The cost to participate is $1. The winner of the extreme shoot jackpot gets to take home half of the pot. Entry into this event is $10.

At the event, people can purchase two mulligan's for $5.

Bishop said members of the 4-H program are grateful to the various organizations in Quay County for helping them purchase 3-D targets as well as the county shooting sports leaders for helping to plan the event.

Entry fees for the shoot are: $20 for adults, $10 for youth ages 12 to 17 and $5 for cubs ages 8 to 11. Children under the age of 8 can enter for free.

Registration for the shoot begins at 9 a.m., and will take place at Mesa Redondo Mesa, approximately 15 miles south of Tucumcari on Highway 209. Signs will be posted along the way to direct people to the mesa.

Camping will not be allowed at the mesa, Bishop said, and participants are encouraged to look for accommodations in Tucumcari.

The event is being sponsored by the city of Tucumcari, Lodgers Tax Board, NRA Foundation, BPO Elks and Mesalands Community College.

For more information, contact the Extension office at 575-461-0562 or e-mail at quay@nmsu.edu.