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By Emily Bontrager
The 3rd Annual Earl Hunziker Bow Shoot will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the Clark County Archery Range, which is located north of Kahoka. This event is sponsored by the St. Francisville Masonic Lodge #588.
Three years ago, Matt Shannon, 45, came up with the idea to combine archery and fundraising to raise money for the St. Francisville Masonic Lodge charities.
“We had a Mason member pass away, his name was Earl Hunziker and I never had the privilege to meet the man, but he was a big bow hunter, and he was in a lot of different magazines,” Matt said.
“To honor him we named it after him.”
The 3rd Annual bow shoot will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and the last scorecards will be handed out at 3:00 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.
To find the range, head four miles north of Kahoka on highway 81, then take a left on the marked gravel road and follow the signs to the archery range.
The bow shoot will be split up into five different classes, including Bowhunter, Women’s, Kids, Traditional, and Open.
The cost to enter each class is $10.00 per person (14 years old and older), $5.00 per child (13 years old and younger), or $25.00 for a family.
1st place winners in each class will receive an engraved wooden trophy made by Industrial Opportunities.
There will be 12 targets set up at this year’s bow shoot.
Each target will be a certain distance and colored stakes will mark where each class stands to shoot at the targets. Each person has the option to shoot at the target twice or walk the course twice.
“Every target has a different sponsor. There are banks, insurance companies, and local individuals that sponsor them,” Matt said.
Archers are allowed to shoot a variety of bows, including compound, recurve, or crossbows. Binoculars and rangefinders are welcomed as well.
There will also be concessions available at this event.
All of the money raised at the bow shoot will go back into the community in some way.
“The Masons do community support, and we help families in need. We do a couple of scholarships a year and this all goes towards that kind of stuff,” Matt said.
Anybody is welcome to come participate in the event.
“I hope to see you there,” Matt said.
If you have any questions about the bow shoot you can contact Matt Shannon at 660- 341-5104.