Blackstone Raids Archery - Call for shoots & ranges
- As many of you may know, Blackstone Raids is moving to Cedar Lakes near
Ripley, WV. This is a much bigger site than the previous one, so, as a
result, there is now a *lot* of room for archery.
This presents a wonderful opportunity for a number of great ranges and
shoots, but I cannot take full advantage of this glorious bounty by myself.
Therefore, I am putting out the call for any and all marshals, archers, and
other interested parties to bring their favorite shoots, ranges, or other
interesting and unusual targets.
To give everyone some idea of just what there is to work with, I have
posted in the files section an aerial view of the site from Terraserver.com.
The file is named Raids_Archery_Map.JPG, and has both the confirmed archery
area and potential second range marked and labeled. I'll give you a moment
to retrieve the file to follow along. (A color view, which might make some
things a little bit clearer, is available from Google maps at this link:
Ready? Then let's go!
The main archery area is section A, outlined in purple. I've indicated four
potential ranges, labeled C through F, in light blue - more on those in a
moment. There are some elevation changes within the site, which I have
attempted to indicate with the green arrows, said arrows going higher.
Section B, the secondary archery area, is in yellow. We are waiting
confirmation of the absence of potential hazards, such as gas or water
wells, which would prevent our using this range. If clear, then we have
somewhere between 180 and 200 yards to play with.
Range C will most likely be the main 20-30-40 yard range, in part because
this section is already marked as such, more or less. Firing line will be at
the left, targets at the right, toward the lake. As there is a ten foot or
so berm (?) behind the targets, arrows are unlikely to go into the lake,
unless some is shooting way high.
As marked, range D is about 100 yards - again, firing line on the left, and
target (I'm thinking clout shoot, perhaps?) on the right. Range C will be
closed if and or when range D is in use.
As you may have noticed, this range crosses a lake - which could make for
an interesting clout shoot. And while it is posted no boating or swimming,
we have received permission to have one life-jacketed person and boat for
arrow retrieval. Anyone up for a water shoot?
But we could also set up any number of firing lines (positions?) along the
perimeter of the lake, giving us anything from 100 yards down to 20, still
using the target area on the right.
Range E has potential, but I'm not quite certain what to do with it. Again,
firing line is on the left, target area on the right, distance about 100
yards. But the firing line is actually a fire pit/campfire circle, complete
with a ring of small bleachers. And it is uphill - a bunch. With trees.
Lots. And a path, although no shrubbery.
Range F is flat, about 75 yards, firing line at the bottom, targets at the
top. Again, if F is being used, B will not, and vice-versa. Perfect for the
advancing man, I would think.
I also understand that there is a good area for a walking woods range, and
I am working on arranging that.
There is some great potential here, and I don't want to see it go to waste.
I am planning on doing the assassin shoot again, along the the revenge of
the assassin, and royal rounds for anyone who wants, but I think that we can
do so much more.
I would also like to have one or two beginners classes, if anyone is
interested in teaching. (I know I could take advantage of a longbow/recurve
class.) And I'm thinking of doing an intro to crossbow shooting, with
emphasis on the Whamo Powermaster, myself.
So if anyone has any range they'd like to set up, or targets that they'd
like to bring, or a class they'd like to teach, then let me know. Just send
me an e-mail to my new address - baron.jvn@.... (And while I'm
thinking about it, if you would like to volunteer to help set up and/or
marshal, let me know this, too.)
However, the sooner you could get in touch with me, the better. The
autocrats would like to get the schedules finalized as quickly as possible,
so that we may have sufficient lead time for the printers.
Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested,
especially to anyone in our neighboring kingdoms.
Two final small requests - first, if anyone has some spare royal round
targets that they could bring, it would be greatly appreciated. And second,
I need to come up with a not too difficult one-off shoot for one person,
using a crossbow. E-mail me for details.
Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing everyone at Blackstone Raids.
Baron Johannes von Solingen
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