By Shelly Thorene
On any day of the week people of all ages get out their gear and target practice at the El Dorado Bowmen Range just past the fire station on El Dorado Hills Boulevard.
If curiosity gets the best of you and you think you may want to join in on the fun, the range is open to the public seven days a week for a $5 fee.
El Dorado Bowmen has been in existence for 50 years and has 200 members ranging in age from 4 to 84. According to club president, Tom Grube, 69, of El Dorado Hills the club rules allow anyone younger than 16 to be a member if they are sponsored by a parent, neighbor or friend.
The 46-acre range has 28 targets at lengths of 10 to 80 yards to accommodate all levels of experience and skill. The club also sponsors a 3-D tournament where participants test their marksmanship against 40 to 50 life-size foam animals, including an 8-foot-tall bear, mountain lions, turkeys, wolves and an elk.
Archery is an affordable sport that the whole family can enjoy, said Grube. A single membership for one year is $30, plus a $25 initiation fee. Family memberships are $40 per year. Members enjoy free day use and visitors and guests pay a $5/day rate.
The land is owned by the El Dorado Hills Community Service District which publishes an activity guide listing classes in beginning archery usually running from March until October. If you are a beginner and would like to learn more about the club, or if you are interested in participating in upcoming tournaments and events visit eldoradohillsbowmen.com.