Scott Allen, left, instructs and gives advice to his son, Kadin, 4, about to how to successfully draw and shoot his bow as his daughter, Paige, 6, watches. (Joshua Dillen/WesCom News Service)
ANTHONY LAKES —Super shooting family fun was the name of the game at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort over the weekend.
Elkhorn Archers of Baker City and Grande Ronde Bowmen of La Grande hosted a two-day Super Shoot archery competition that started at the top of the 8,000-foot-high ski resort. More than 280 competitors shot their way down the mountain after riding the chair lift to the summit.
Archery enthusiasts of all kinds swarmed the mountain to enjoy the great weather and mountain air while partaking in a sport they love.
Clayton Lowe, president of Grande Ronde Bowmen, has a passion for the sport and the contribution this event has to it.
“It promotes family archery and gives hunters an opportunity to practice in an unmarked setting,” he said.
Shooters were separated into different shooting classes by gender, age and shooting equipment used.
Giant frogs, bears, wolverines and even alligators were just some of the different types of foam targets that the archers shot at from unmarked distances throughout the course.
Sunday’s competition had two courses for archers to choose from. The archers spanned all ages and all had a passion for the sport whether they were bow hunters or just loved to make an arrow fly home.
Scott and Elizabeth Allen from Baker City brought their children, 4-year-old Kadin and 6-year-old Paige, to the competition. Scott said his children started out with suction cup arrows as soon as they could pick up a bow. He said they learn valuable lessons from archery.
“It’s a good way to teach kids respect for the outdoors and archer safety,” Scott Allen said.
Sterling Needles from Hermiston accompanied the Allens and another couple as they all shot their way down the mountain.
He was the comedian of the group.
“I’m just here for comedy relief,” Needles said. “We’re all just out here having a good time with family and friends.”
Joe and Jennifer Etchamendy of Pendleton celebrated their one-year anniversary while at the Super Shoot. Joe gave insight about the difficulty of shooting at a target that was downhill from him.
“It messes with my head — especially when there is a money dot involved,” he said.
Money dots were on a select 10 targets throughout the course. Local businesses in the area sponsored a $3,000 pot that was split up between those who hit them.
Jeff Bond from Baker City was a standout shooter over the weekend.
He shot his way to first place out of 122 bowmen in the men’s Hunter Unlimited Class and took home $500 and a first-place buckle.