A Short History of Wapiti Bowmen, Inc.
Wapiti Bowmen was originally formed in 1949 by a group including Mel Schmidt, a close school mate and hunting buddy to legendary bowhunter and archery manufacturer Fred Bear, Maynard Thompson, Gene Lueck and Ed Neustal. The club used property on
With an interest in bowhunting, but finding no place to shoot, Jess (Jay) Stalcup and cousin Duane McKinney ran an article in the Lebanon Express in 1970 inviting local bowhunters/archers to a meeting with the purpose of gathering support to find a place to shot. Over 30 people attended that first meeting. Individuals interested in archery were able to start shooting indoors by October 1971 using the Lebanon Junior High gym. The school system needed a name for the group using their facility, so former Wapiti members suggested Wapiti Bowmen and some funds remaining from the original club were transferred to the new club. The rest is history!
Right from the start, the membership set objectives for the future of archery as stated in our Constitution:
1. To promote and encourage archery as a sport and recreation in the vicinity of
2. To promote archery facilities and properties for the mutual benefit of club members.
3. To sponsor competitive archery events and games.
4. To cooperate with Oregon Bow Hunters and other organizations to encourage the use of the
bow in hunting all legal game birds, animals and fish. To protect. Improve and increase the
rights of the bow and arrow hunters.
5. Promote and encourage bow hunter education.
Wapiti hosted a paper animal shoot in the
By 1973-74, Wapiti Bowmen had started many programs, including the April-Invitational Shoot (Field/Hunter round), August Pow-Wow (later renamed Mel Schmidt Memorial shoot), and June-Shortcake shoot (renamed Strawberry Pro-Am). Wapiti Bowmen became chartered with the Oregon Bow Hunters and National Field Archery Association. The Bow Hunter of the Year Contest, Photo Contest, Member of the Year Award, an annual potluck dinner which became our banquet and our monthly newsletter were started during this period. The club sponsored a 4-H archery club and six Wapiti Bowmen members became Hunter Education instructors because some of our youth wanted to bowhunt.
Wapiti Bowmen was an early pioneer in putting on 3-D trail shoots in
In August of 2000, a dream was realized when Wapiti Bowmen purchased its own property for an archery range and associated development, largely through the efforts of John Stone and Harold McCraven. In 2001, Wapiti Bowmen held our first 3-D shoot on our Beaver Creek property. Since buying our range property, a lot has happened in a short time. A practice range, parking lots, a covered picnic area, registration building, upgraded concessions, fenced children’s play area, new well, 14 target (Field/Hunt/Animal) marked yardage field course, a new access road and a recently completed covered area at the practice range to help keep members dry have all been developed. Some of those improvements were done with the help of grants, but all required major effort by dedicated Wapiti Bowmen members.
Future projects in the planning stage include an indoor shooting range and a permanent toilet building, and there is no doubt that these projects will be completed in the coming years. Until such time as a new indoor range can be completed, Wapiti Bowmen uses an indoor range at The Archery Hut for its winter indoor shooting activities.
Wapiti currently sponsors five 3-D shoots each year: January-Test Your Gore-Tex, February-Slip & Slide, May-Cinco de Arrow, June- Bowhunter Bonanza, August- Mel Schmidt Memorial. The club has also hosted other functions such as fund raiser shoots, memorial services, weddings, family reunions, and annual men’s church groups campouts.
Over the years, Wapiti Bowmen has had a strong level of state-wide archery involvement. Club members have often helped lead Oregon Bow Hunters (OBH) on the executive level with 3 Presidents, 3 VP Tournaments, 3 VP Bowhunting, 1 Secretary, 2 Treasurers, 1 Director of Hunting Games, 1 Midwest Director, 1 NFAA Director, 1 NW Councilmen with NFAA and a Bowhunter Education Chairman of Oregon.
Building on the strong foundation of the past, Wapiti Bowmen is strongly committed to the future of archery and bowhunting in the
Our Range's Physical address is: 34861 Richardson Gap Rd
Lebanon, OR 97355
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