Allen County Archers open for new season


By Mackenzi Klemann - [email protected]



Michelle and Wade Cole, president of the Allen County Archers sporting club. The club is planning two dozen special shooting events for the 2022 season.

Michelle and Wade Cole, president of the Allen County Archers sporting club. The club is planning two dozen special shooting events for the 2022 season.


Allen County Archers 2022 schedule:

• February 19

• March 5-6, 19, 26*

• April 2-3, 16, 23*

• May 7-8, 21, 28*

• June 4-5, 18, 25*

• July 2-3, 16, 23*

• August 6-7, 20, 27*

• September 3-4, 17, 24*

• October 15, 22*

• November 12

• December — closed

* indicates stump shoots for recurve and longbows only. Stump shoots are held the fourth Saturday of the month in March through October. All other events are open to all shooters.

Youth under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for youth and free for children 12 and under. Stump shoots are $7 per person, cash only.

SPENCERVILLE — Hidden from view along state Route 117, the Allen County Archers can be found practicing in the rain, snow or sunshine.

The non-profit archery club, previously known as the Wapak Bow Hunters, welcomes everyone from skilled marksmen to beginners in search of a new hobby, including youth.

The club held its first shooting event of the new year Saturday, featuring a practice range and 15-target outdoor course—the first of nearly two dozen shooting events the Allen County Archers have planned for the 2022 season.

“We love it out here,” said Wade Cole, president of the Allen County Archers club.

The archery range is located on a 41-acre wooded lot at the corner of state Route 117 and Defiance Street in Spencerville.

Members have access to the range anytime from January through November, even during inclement weather, while the public is welcomed for special shooting events held at least once per month when experienced shooters are available to demonstrate technique.

The course is even open to youth, so long as an adult guardian is present for anyone younger than 16.

Life-sized foam targets shaped like mountain lions, turkeys, deer and other exotic creatures decorate the main course, which is designed for traditional bows, crossbows and compound bow sets.

For recurve and longbow users, foam targets are replaced with two-dimensional stump targets on special shooting events organized just for recurve and longbows.

The Allen County Archers were founded nearly 70 years ago. Membership has declined in recent years, creating new challenges for the non-profit sporting club—new targets can cost thousands of dollars to replace, while memberships are only $35 per year.

But the archers are still planning an eventful year.

And for beginners, there’s always help: “Just come out and shoot,” Cole said. “There will be somebody here who is willing to help.”

Michelle and Wade Cole, president of the Allen County Archers sporting club. The club is planning two dozen special shooting events for the 2022 season.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_CJO_5633-2-.jpgMichelle and Wade Cole, president of the Allen County Archers sporting club. The club is planning two dozen special shooting events for the 2022 season.

By Mackenzi Klemann

[email protected]

Allen County Archers 2022 schedule:

• February 19

• March 5-6, 19, 26*

• April 2-3, 16, 23*

• May 7-8, 21, 28*

• June 4-5, 18, 25*

• July 2-3, 16, 23*

• August 6-7, 20, 27*

• September 3-4, 17, 24*

• October 15, 22*

• November 12

• December — closed

* indicates stump shoots for recurve and longbows only. Stump shoots are held the fourth Saturday of the month in March through October. All other events are open to all shooters.

Youth under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for youth and free for children 12 and under. Stump shoots are $7 per person, cash only.

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