Western States Traditional Rendezvous in Richland, Washington

Two hundred fifty people gathered in Richland Washington to sling arrows and share stories and plans for past and future adventures. The weekend was wonderful on many counts. The weather was warm (it felt hot to mountain folk and balmy to locals) at highs of 85 degrees, so shooting was best done in the morning hours. A dramatic afternoon storm blew through with rain and wind just as we were sitting down for the Saturday barbeque, but very little damage was reported. The courses were great and varied, and people enjoyed the novelty shoots. Our local boys, Wyatt Garner won third place in the adult long distance shoot, and Barrett Garner was first place in closest to the ribbon. The Sunday evening raffle was a high point for lucky winners, with many great prizes donated. The “Western States Rendezvous” banner was passed to our Idaho club at the close of the raffle, so we are next to host the event in 2024. 

Shooters got in a few rounds on Monday morning before the course was dismantled and we broke camp and headed for home, tired but ready for the next adventure, the shoot in LaGrande, Oregon on June 9-11. Check out the “Gallery” on our website for more pictures of the Western States event. Before the LaGrande shoot our club will be having a Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 8, at 6:30pm (MST). We’ll be discussing plans for our New Meadows shoot, the weekend of June 23-25, so please join us if you can! The link is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81430716732 and can be accessed here or on our website.

Gratitude to all, 

Janet Houlihan

Published by Idaho Traditional Bowhunters

Idaho Traditional Bowhunters (ITB) was founded in 1988 by John Turner and friends. ITB’s envisioned the need to promote traditional bowhunting, and raise awareness of the growing number of Idaho hunters who choose to hunt with traditional equipment. ITB has helped promote and develop some of the best state bowhunting regulations in the U.S. We hope to begin chasing a traditional only season

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