There’s a membership lull in the Uchee Creek Archery Club, but with deer bow-hunting season in Georgia right around the corner in September, president Brandon Moak said he hopes for more new members.
“Hunting is huge at Fort Benning,” he said. “If you are an archer, this is the perfect place to come (to zero in or practice).”
The Uchee Creek Archery Club range is located at the Uchee Creek Campground. The membership, open to Soldiers, family members and civilians, costs $15 per year and is for anyone who is an archer, whether they hunt or compete in tournaments.
Members have access to four ranges including a practice range, a tree stand area and 3-D targets and can compete in club tournaments.
Whether a beginner or expert archer, the club is for everyone, Moak said.
“If you are new to the sport, you shouldn’t feel intimidated about joining,” he said. “There are plenty of archers to help you.”
Moak said the majority of archers in the club are there to practice for hunting season.
Al Bunn, a member of the Uchee Creek Archery Club, said he is counting down the days until deer bow-hunting season — shooting at Uchee Creek Archery Club range every chance he gets.
Bunn, a drill sergeant with C Company, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment, practices at the range every day when he’s not in cycle.
“I love bow hunting,” he said. “It’s more of a thrill when you get within 30 or 40 yards (to an animal) versus a rifle you get within 400 or 500 yards.”
Bunn said patience, breathing and concentration are key in bow hunting. And practice is important, too.
The club is a perfect fit for him, he said.
“The membership fee is cheap and it’s convenient,” said Bunn, who lives in Phenix City. “The other closest range is an hour away. I think there are a lot of people at Fort Benning who don’t know about the club. The club would be more popular if people knew about it.”Although membership is down compared to recent years, Moak has high hopes for the club.
Currently, there are 50 members, Moak said. Eventually, he would like to have 200 members, a beginner youth and adult archery program. And he would also like to schedule member cleanup days at the range.