Setting their sights…

Kerrie Beevers, of Clovis, takes aim at a Raptor dinosaur target while shooting Friday at the Clovis Bow Hunters Range north of Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth.

By Eric Butler

They’re not a bunch of straight arrows. Not all of them anyway.
About 50 people make up the Clovis Bowhunters Club, according to president Debbie Sanders, and about 75 percent of that membership is active in the group’s events.
One such event took place Sunday at the club’s range, which is just north of Ned Houk Park.
“We have a lot of fun doing it. It’s a challenge to get out and shoot your bows accurately,” Sanders said. “Of course, I’m not that accurate.”
A course has been set up at the range for monthly competitions. It’s complete with lifesize foam animals — including deer, coyotes, raccoons, turkeys, bears and more.
The archers fire at the replicas from distances up to 60 yards as they make their way through the 15-target course.
“We’re divided into classes, according to what kind of equipment we’re shooting with,” said Kerrie Beevers, who is part of an extended family of archers. “We usually shoot two rounds. You go and shoot from the farther stakes the first time and then the closer stakes the second time around.”
Beevers’ husband Walter, along with sons Trate (7) and Colt (3), all take part in the bow-and-arrow sport — as does Walter’s father Jim Beevers and his wife Stephanie.
“We have about 25 or 30 people come to the shoots,” Kerrie Beevers said. “We just want everybody to know we’re out here. I know there are guys out at the (Cannon Air Force) base and what-not who shoot, who don’t know that we’re out there.”
Paul Pratt, who owns the Hole-In-The-Wall archery shop in Clovis, said plenty of archers exist who aren’t part of any club.
“There is a pretty good group here. I know for a fact that there’s a lot of people not part of the group that do nothing but hunt,” Pratt said. “I’ve sold a lot of stuff to, like, people on the railroad who aren’t part of the club. But they are bowhunters.”
Sanders said start-up costs for archery are around $500.
“When you purchase a bow, it can get kind of costly,” she said. “But we have plenty of members who always have an extra bow to help someone get started.”