About Us

Who we are

We are Reno's premier archery club for active archers...
Formed in the 1950's, we were officially incorporated as a Nevada non profit corporation in 1984, when we also established our range at the north end of Lemmon Valley.  This is now the Washoe County Archery Facility/Silver Arrow Bowmen Range. We partnered with the Washoe County Parks Department and obtained a land grant from the BLM to accomplish this and we are now the managers of this Park.

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What we do


We manage and maintain the Washoe County Archery Facility/ Silver Arrow Bowmen Range, which is our local outdoor archery range (see map below). We keep it open to the public 7 days a week, with a practice range and 28 marked yardage bale butt targets on the range. We also have a designated broadhead sight in area, separate from the regular shooting areas (broadheads are Not allowed to be shot on the remainder of the range)

We put on quality archery shoots during the year, including an indoor 3-D league in the winter and spring, then an evening 3-D bow hunter league at the outdoor range from May thru July (see Calendar for specific dates)

The Winter & Spring Indoor 3-D  Leagues
Winter league:   Wednesdays from December thru February (Dec -2016 to Feb , 2017)
Spring League:  Wednesdays from February thru the first week of April (Feb  thru April , 2017)

20 unmarked distance 3-D targets each evening, ranging from 5 to 35 yards, we even have two 12 foot high elevated shooting stations!  Range finders are O.K., Arrows fly at 7 pm, $15 for members, $20 for non-members........ Wasting Arrows Indoor Archery Range, 4855 Joule Street, Reno

Winter Indoor 3-D  shoots
We try to have one indoor 3-D shoot per month on a weekend. These are great fun and feature a variety of 3-D targets including swimming sharks and flying dragons. Again, distances are anywhere between 5 and 35 yards. Watch the Calendar or you can go to www.watingarrows.com for up dates. ( this program was suspended in 2016 due to economic unviability

The Bow Hunter Bonanza
Our premier shoot each year, it is typically held in the last weekend in April every year ( April 23rd 2017). The Bonanza is an unmarked 3-D shoot with 40 target stations, two arrows per target station (for a total of 80 arrows), Most target stations will have two or more animals to shoot, all scored the same 12-10-8-6. We use a large variety of Rinehart and McKenzie targets, as well as a number of novelty targets. Awards are given out for winners in all adult divisions including young adult and youth. Cubs and pewees all get awards. A BBQ lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers and brauts is available at the concession stand.

The Bow Hunter League
Wednesdays from the 2nd week in May, thru July (May  to July, 2017)
20 unmarked distance 3-D targets each evening, range finders are O.K., Arrows fly at 6 pm, $7 for members, $10 for non-members........ $10 dollar one time park fee, BBQ Hamburgers, Brauts & Hot dogs available after the shoot

John Carlsen Memorial evening shoots
On the two Wednesdays following the league (July  2017) we shoot the same format, but it is just for fun and pre-season practice...20 unmarked distance 3-D targets, range finders are O.K., Arrows fly at 6 pm, $7 for members, $10 for non-members........ $10 dollar one time park fee if you have not already paid it for the year, BBQ Hamburgers, Brauts & Hot dogs available after the shoot

The Scheels Shoot (May 25, 2014 tentative date) Adults $20, Youth $15, Cubs and Pewees Free!
This shoot is sponsored by the local Scheels Store and put on by Silver Arrow Bowmen at the range in Lemon Valley
40 arrow unmarked yardage 3-D initial shoot, then all shooters (all classes)are handicapped and go to a five target shoot off..
Adult awards(18 & over):
$500 dollar Scheels archery gift card for first prize, 2nd $250, 3rd $100
Youth Awards (12-17)
$250 dollar Scheels archery gift card for first prize, 2nd $100, 3rd $50
Cubs and Pewees
Medals for all Cub and Pewee participants

With the handicapping of all the different classes of shooters, everyone has a fair chance of winning, so come out and shoot your best!
Sorry, this shoot is indefinitely canceled due to lack of sponsorship from Scheels

The Bow Hunter Finale' and Challenge
If there is enough time in the schedule, this is held as a wrap up of the bowhunter league in July... We are looking at July 9th 2017

The Turkey shoot
28 3-D Targets, unmarked, but range finders are O.K., 2 arrows per target, 21 regular (frozen) turkeys will be given out, all kids get a chocolate turkey (and some adults if there are chocolate turkeys left over), bow raffle, if you don't win anything, you are just unlucky!, 2nd week of November...Early-November  2017 tentative).

We also host NBHA shoots, this year we plan on hosting a the Sagebrush Classic Traditional Shoot and the Field Hunter Round, see Calendar for details

We sponsor Bowhunter Education classes, which usually are in early April of each year. These are International Bow Hunter Education Foundation certified classes and the certificates are recognized by all fifty states (including Alaska, which requires a shooting course), Canada and Mexico. The classes are conducted in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Wildlife who computerize the records.

We put out a monthly newsletter (see club news)

We are the local liaison with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the Nevada Bow Hunters Association and the National Field Archery Association

Where we are

Our range address is 1255 Matterhon Drive. From Reno, drive North on US 395 and take the Lemmon Valley Exit, go (right) North on Lemmon Valley Drive to Waterash, right on Waterash, then right on Tupelo, then Left on Matterhorn Drive. Take Matterhorn up the hill past the subdivisions, the next marked road to the right will be Silver Arrow Range Road, it has a large Washoe County Parks “Regional Archery Facility” sign also(see photo on Home page). This is a dirt road which takes you half a mile up to the parking lot.

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We also use the new indoor range in Reno- Wasting Arrows indoor range, 4855 Joule Street opened March of 2016, SAB members Deana and Lystra Pitts Proprieters   Go to
www.wastingarrows.com or 775-360-6556 for further information...

Page: About Us  Edited By: Kelly Dean  Edited On: December 31, 2016
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