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Extreme archery with the Fernie Rod and Gun Club
By Kevin Marasco
The Fernie Rod and Gun Club (FRGC) held its annual August 3-D Archery shoot and the ‘Elk Valley Extreme’ finals at the weekend.
More than 250 shooters, including 68 youth shooters, embarked on three courses of fifteen targets last weekend at the FRGC archery range. Some of the targets on the courses were full sized moose, elk, sheep, deer, bears and exotic targets including poisonous frogs, crocodiles and dinosaurs!
All of the youth participants received awards for their participation (sponsored by Teck) and enjoyed a balloon and zombie shoot Saturday afternoon.
The second leg of the Elk Valley Extreme qualifier was held all day Saturday and the finals were Saturday night.
The first qualifier shoot was held during Sparwood’s 3-D shoot in June. The two clubs and Kootenay Archery sponsor the Elk Valley Extreme.
144 shooters tried to qualify for the 22 spots during the two qualifier shoots. The top five shooters advance, along with the top two women and top two youth from each shoot. Two wildcard positions are chosen at each event also.
15-year-old Ross Grimm from Medicine Hat was the overall winner of the Elk Valley Extreme and took home a $1,000 gift certificate from Kootenay Archery. Chris Mummery took second place and claimed a $500 gift certificate and third place went to last year’s champion Jamie Brehaut.
All 22 participants received a prize for qualifying this year.