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 About Our Club

"Ideas won't work unless........You Do"


The founding Purpose of the Club:

To foster, expand and perpetuate the practice of archery in the United States
and a spirit of good fellowship among all archers.  To encourage the use of the
bow in the hunting of all legal game birds and animals and to protect, improve
and increase the privileges of bow hunters. To cooperate with the Federal and
State governments, and sportsmen and conservation organizations in the
propagation and conservation of game and its natural habitat, the forest
and fields.  To conduct a continuous educational program designed to
acquaint the public with the bow and its safe use.  To acquire real property by
purchase or lease for use in the promotion and practice of archery.  To protect
and improve and increase the privileges of bow hunters.  Perpetuate the use of
the bow in accordance with its ancient and honorable traditions

Our club was established in 1951 by five archers,  Jack Daub, John Daughtery,
Roy Cotozzi, Ab Lindsey and Bill McCart, and incorporated on Feb 4, 1954
with approximately 50 archers from the Bedford/Mitchell area.  These archers were
made up from all walks of life, Doctors, Lawyers, Farmers, Businessmen and
Factory Workers who hunted.  The groups shooting range was set up on the banks
of the White River on the old Murphy/Weitknecht farm, thus the name of the club
become “White River Bow Hunters”. 

Since the start of the club their headquarters has switched location numerous times. 
The club members were determined individuals who held shoots in old Pig Houses,
Chicken Houses, Warehouse Attics, Airport Hangers, Commercial Basements and
at City Dumps, just to keep the club alive.

The club grew in popularity and became known throughout the state as one of the most
competitive clubs in Indiana.  The members were never satisfied with the type of equipment
that was purchased off the counter of sporting goods stores.  One of these individuals was
Ab Linsey, who designed and built the fastest recurve bow of its time, “The Flimsey Linsy”. 
Linsey’s bows were in demand by shooters all over the country.  Jack Daub was another
top archer in competitive archery in the late 1950’s.  He was chosen as the archer in a film
shown to service men thru-out the South Pacific, to promote interest in the sport as a means
of relaxation and personal accomplishment.  The film was shot in Mitchell, Indiana.

The club membership has varied from 5 to 150 people, from the age of 6 years to an active
bowhunter 82 years of age.

The first shoot fees were $0.75 cents and winners received ribbons.  Over the years the
winners received bags of potato’s, turkeys (frozen or live), pies, silver dollars, trophies,
arrows. etc.

The club worked with other clubs in the area to promote the sport of archery.  When one of the
area clubs had no place to shoot, Our club, Orleans, Salem, Paoli, Bloomington, Pike County,
Greenwood and other clubs offered their grounds to each other to hold shoots on.

Field trips to Rabbit Hunt, Squirrel Hunt, Carp Shoots and Deer Hunts along with Camp outs,
cook outs and indoor leagues are some of the many things that the members have enjoyed
doing together.

Over the years the club has helped other hunting clubs outside of archery get established in the
area. We teach I.D.N.R. & N.B.E.P. Hunter Education classes to promote the safe use of
archery equipment while hunting. The many “Thank You Plaques” on the club house walls from
Indiana Dept. Natural Resources, Schools, Scouting Groups, Hospitals and other Clubs shows
our determination to live up to the “Founding Purpose” of the club which is to promote archery.

The club hosted its first “Bowhunters Jamboree” in 1966.  This has been an ongoing archery shoot
ever since.  This event was attended by 180 archers.  They shot on Laminated Card board 2D targets
and the top 25 shooters were allowed to attend the Crane Navel Ammunition Depot deer hunt.

In 1968 the club purchased 47.7 acres, where they are presently located.  Over the years they
acquired more land and now have 121.09 acres on which we have a Club House with Indoor
Range, Outside Practice Range, 14 Target Field Range,  15 Target 3D Range, Modern Camping
Area, Primitive Camping Area, Shelter House and a Catch and Release Fishing Pond.

In 1985 the club became affiliated with the International Bowhunting Organization and hosted the
2nd Jewel of the National Triple Crown.  This event has since grown to the largest archery shoot
in Indiana and has been attended by shooters from every state in the United States as well as shooters
from Canada, Australia and Spain.

Over the past years the club has produced some of the top male and female shooters in the field
of archery.  Championship “Bowhunter National’s” Teams, Individual State Champs and National
Title Winners.

Times were not always good for the club!  During the tough years, the members generously took
from their own pockets to keep the club afloat.

It is with both pride and gratitude that we recognize all our past and present members as true
promoters of archery.