The purpose of this organization shall be to foster, expand, and perpetuate the practice of archery and the spirit of good fellowship among all archers; to encourage the use of bow and arrows in hunting of all legal game, birds, and animals; and abide with the National Field Archery Association (NFAA), Washington State Archery Association (WSAA), and the Oregon Bow Hunters (OBH) in securing better hunting privileges and conditions for Bow Hunters; to cooperate with all conservation organizations in the conservation of game; to maintain a field course and conduct field tournaments and games in accordance with the rules of the Lewis and Clark Bowmen, NFAA, and or the WSAA and OBH
History of Lewis and Clark Bowmen
The Lewis and Clark
Bowmen is a local group of archers and bow hunters that formed and incorporated,
a not for profit club in 1985 to provide local support to the sport of archery.
Lewis and Clark Bowmen is actually the latest incarnation of the original
archery club in this area, the Vagabond Bowmen, which had been active in this
area as far back as the 1950ís.
Lewis and Clark
Bowmen, working with the Cowlitz Gun Club and the Cowlitz Game and Anglers,
built a 28 target National Field Archer Association certified field course and
practice area east of the I P Log Pond in 1985. This course was the site of a number
of Washington State Archery Association Championship Tournaments. Because of the
quality built into this course it was the site on which a number of WSAA State
Records scores were shot.
But in 1990, as had
happened several times in the past, just as we were getting well organized and
starting to provide a larger variety of sporting events to our members and the
community the land we were leasing was sold. Archery was not compatible with the
new owners intended use of the land and we found it necessary to relocate once
After almost a year of searching for a suitable permanent home, we
relocated to a memberís private property where we once again built a fully
certified 42 target field course and practice range. This time the club
recovered quickly, began adding improvements to the course and the membership
grew to just over 300 members making us the largest club in the state. Our
invitational tournaments were drawing over 100 participants per event. Our
membership included 14 NFAA certified archery instructors and we had State and
National Champion shooters in many Adult and Youth classes.
But in 1995 we once
again found ourselves looking for a new home. Unexpected family problems forced
our landlord to sell the land on which we were located.
In 1997 we were able
to lease 20 acres from the Washington Department of Natural Resources at 9435
Barnes Road. We once again built a 28 target NFAA certified field course and
practice area. We have continued to make improvements and are currently in our
third five year lease agreement. Currently have fewer than 100 memberships.
Our membership includes 10 instructors certified by the National Archery in the
Schools Program (NASP). These instructors are available to the public for
lessons to instruct the beginning archer as well as those who have participated
in the sport. Contact Bob's Sporting Goods, Archery Department for
Reservations at: 360-425-3870.
participates in local public venues such as the Longview Parks and Recreation
Mother & Son Event at the lake, NASP tournament events at the Kelso Middle
Schools as well as the State NASP tournament, the Go Play Outdoors events at the
Cowlitz Expo Center, instruction at Camp Singing Wind and other clubs as
We host four
invitational shoot during the year which draw approximately 100 participants for
each shoot and have club events at the range.
The Lewis & Clark Bowmen, Inc. range is open to paid club members only except for Sanctioned Invitational Tournaments and Special Events.