What a day for a shoot, it was a nice cool morning and I decided to shoot a little closer to home than a 2 hour drive one way. So today I thought I would stay a little closer and shoot at the Western Wayne County Conservation Association Club in Plymouth MI. I knew very little about the club even though I lived in the same county only about 20 miles south and probably 15 miles east of the club.
WWCCA is much more than just an archery range. When I arrived at the club it was taking a walk into my past. There was a huge clubhouse with a full Kitchen and bar for members and out front they have several skeet and trap houses set up to practice with shotguns. When I was just a youthful boy about 10 I started my career working at a gun club sitting in a trap house putting clay targets on an arm to be thrown out for the shooter to then shoot at the targets and try to break as many as they could out of 25 possible targets. So when I saw the skeet houses it felt like I was home again.
They have a 25 yard and a 50 yard range for pistol shooting, and 200-300 yard rifle range for sighting long range rifles for the up-coming hunting season. As I look around, I saw that it was not just a gun club but that they dedicated to Archery as well. In fact, there is as much emphasis on archery as there is on gun hunting and shooting.
The club has 93 acres of land and they dedicate about 30 acres to bow hunting. They have several bulletin boards up on a wall with all activities that are going on in the Club. In talking to several people in the club, they are very strong supporters of archery as the method of hunting. When the club was young the first thing that was developed was an archery range. Maybe not a walk through archery range, but still a range no less. Now, I don’t think they were 3-D targets but to know that they established an archery range says a lot about a conservation club in my opinion. I mean we are talking in the late 1930’s they first established an archery range. Pretty impressive!!!!!
As I wrote my name in the register, they were looking for someone for me to pair up with to shoot. I told them I wouldn’t mind shooting alone because I wanted to take pictures of the course as well as some of the animal targets mostly, if not all targets, Rinehart targets. I found that shooting at the targets, there was plenty of challenging shots. Quite a few were 25 to35 yard range and there were a couple out to 45 or so; but the one that got to me was the Grizzly Bear. He was out about 62 yards, man I don’t even have a pin set up to 50 yards let alone 60 yards.
Unfortunately I was unable to finish entire course. I have a bad shoulder and having shot another 3D shoot the day before, I had reached my limit. So, I decided it was time to just take pictures and walk the course. I wish I could have shot the entire course as it looked mighty challenging. I would recommend any one looking for a 3-D shoot to look into the WWCCA club and maybe join them in their quest of educating people on all aspects of the outdoorsman activities.
You can visit WWCCA website here and see what they have to offer.