ARCHERS PUT TO THE TEST AT EASTERN OREGON SUPER SHOOT
ANTHONY LAKES Archers put their skills, endurance and, in one case, reverse logic to the test last weekend at Ski Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.
The archers were competing at the annual Eastern Oregon Super Shoot. Almost 400 people took part in the scenic competition.
Archers rode a ski lift to the top of the course each day and walked down, firing at Styrofoam replicas of wildlife. Fifty targets were fired at Saturday, 30 on Sunday.
"It's an easy course to follow," said Mike Chandler of Baker City. "You don't have to go uphill. It's all downhill.''
Still, the high-altitude course tested archers' condition.
"You find out what physical shape you are in,'' Chandler said.
Archers who used an unorthodox approach to the competition included Jolene Smith of Hermiston. Smith wore a shirt that read "Ready, Fire! Aim.''
She did not literally follow this philosophy, although the words did describe her instinctive philosophy.
"Instead of overanalyzing, just do it,'' she said. "I try to correct mistakes as I go.''
Smith is a member of the largest contingent at the Super Shoot, the Roy and Joan Booth family. Twenty-seven members of the Booth family took part in the event.
Roy Booth particularly liked the portion of the courses at the top of the Anthony Lakes area.
"The view of the mountains and the lake is great,'' said Booth, who lives in La Grande.
Targets on the course included replicas of bear, buffalo, coyote, goats, mule deer, turkeys, white-tailed deer and other wildlife.
A bull elk by a boulder was one of the more popular targets, said Bob Reedy of the Elkhorn Archers. He attributed its popularity to a bull being what hunters dream of encountering.
"It's a perfect setting,'' Reedy said of the target site Sunday morning.
The course, which has a base elevation of about 7,000 feet, was unforgiving at times. Many targets were in front of rocks. Those who missed targets sometimes found their arrows shattered.
In addition to mountainous terrain, another feature of the course was money-spot targets. About $3,000 was won.
A total of 394 people took part in the shoot. The total included 303 adults, 22 ages 10-16, and 59 under 10.
The shoot was put on by the Grande Ronde Bowmen and the Elkhorn Archers.
The event featured a fundraiser for Chloe Deputy of Baker City, a 5-year-old suffering from leukemia. Chandler said that the fundraiser symbolizes what archers are about.
"We look out for each other,'' he said.
Members of the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol were on duty at the shoot, running the lift and providing emergency medical assistance. Patty Gooderham of the patrol said she could tell that some archers had never rode a ski lift before.
"They seemed nervous at first,'' Gooderham said.
Nobody was injured during the shoot, but the ski patrol did receive a report of a broken leg. Ski patrollers were relieved to learn that the broken limb was actually someone's artificial leg.
A number of people at the Super Shoot were preparing for bowhunting season, which begins for deer and elk Aug. 27 in Oregon. Other people were getting ready to compete at the International Bowhunting Organization world championships Aug. 14-17 near Snowshoe, W.Va.
"This course is very similar to the world championship course,'' Chandler said.
2005 Super Shoot
Girls Cub Unaided: 1, Brooke Greenshields, 111 points.
Boys Cub Unaided: 1, Beau Magley. 2, Damon Greenshields. 3, Victor McIntosh.
Girls Cub Aided: 1, Acacia Linde, 164. 2, Ashley Loughorn. 3, Kaitlyn Sliakard.
Boys Cub Aided: 1, Jamie Bruce 155. 2, Brendan Bruce 127. 3, Cotton Dramus, 122.
Boys Youth Unaided: 1, Chris Lien, 471.
Female Youth Aided: 1, Sara Harig, 415.
Boys Youth Aided: 1, Jordan Smith, 678. 2, Mike Parkinson, 654. 3, Brock Johnson, 603.
Women Traditional: 1, Jaque Readman, 221. 2, Kathy Nickerson, 154.
Men Traditional: 1, Brian Hughes, 516. 2, Charlie Marvich, 467. 3, Kelly Shively, 427.
Women Bowhunter: 1, Stephanie Johnson, 342.
Men Bowhunter: 1, John LaPlanche, 785. 2, Chad Osborne, 709. 3, Travis Copeland, 691.
Women Limited: 1, Ronda Davis, 548. Anita McIntosh, 159.
Men Limited: 1, Joe Copeland, 733. 2, Don Servi, 602. 3, Randy Carter, 555.
Women Bowhunter Unlimited: 1, Lisa Cain, 625. 2, Teresa Hall, 614. 3, Leila Parkinson, 551.
Men Bowhunter Unlimited: 1, Rey Serrano, 789. 2, Jerry Andrews, 774. 3, Darin Jenison, 773.
Women Senior: 1, Joan Booth, 644. 2, Nita Baker, 602. 3. Bonnie Davis, 579.
Men Senior: 1, Chuck Overmyer, 777. 2, Roy Booth, 766. 3, Russ Scharman, 701.
Women Open: 1, Tamah Ruth, 785. 2, Christina Campbell, 699. 3, Jolene Smith, 661.
Men Open: 1, Mike Slinkard, 830. 2, Paul Campbell, 811. 3, Tony Harbaugh, 794.
Smoker (34 entries): 1, Scott Springer, 59 points, $170. 2, Ben English, 50, $102. 3, Tom Sherwood, 49, $68.
Women's Money Class: 1, Joan Booth, 664, $37.50. 2, Jolene Smith, 644, $22.50. 3, Nita Baker, 602, $15.
Men's Money Class: 1, Mike Slinkarel, 830, $62.50. 2, Tony Harbaugh, 794, $37.50. 3, Jemy Andrews, 774, $25.