Archers jamboree is this weekend near Stanley


Brock Gage takes aim on a bull elk target. Archery shoots give hunters practice on life-sized targets in a field setting.

ROGER PHILLIPS — Idaho Statesman file

Idaho State Bowhunters will hold its annual jamboree starting Friday. The event runs through the weekend and is open to anyone interested in bowhunting or archery.

It is expected to attract about 1,000 archers to the Stanley area for what will likely be the biggest archery event of the year with target shooting, contests, vendors, raffles, auction and more.

The event is family friendly, and camping is free. There are also other Forest Service campgrounds nearby, as well as lots of places for undeveloped camping.

People heading there for the weekend should check road reports because there are fires in the Lowman area.

On Friday, Amanda Lowrey of Sandpoint, winner of the 2014 Extreme Huntress reality show, will be at the event at 6 p.m.

Lowrey is a wife, mother and avid hunter who enjoys archery hunting and will share her hunting tips and experiences.

The event will have about 140 3-D archery targets on five different shooting ranges, including one for traditional archery gear.

There will be a competitive shoot Saturday, and people must register in person Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Competition starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

There will also be a competitive shoot for young archers.

Idaho State Bowhunters President Tad Sherman said competition is part of the jamboree, but not its focus.

3-D ranges will be open the entire weekend for recreational shooting so people can grab their buddies and shoot targets.

Some ranges will be used for Saturday's competition, but ranges and targets will be available all weekend. Using the ranges requires a $15 annual membership to ISB and $10 per day.

Saturday evening will have the Idaho state championship elk calling contest. Competitors must register by noon on Saturday for the contest, which will have about $3,000 worth of prizes.

The contest will start around dark after the raffle and auction, and will continue into the night.

"The whole camp turns into an elk-calling contest," Sherman said.

There will be food trucks available, including Kanak Attack of Boise and other food vendors.

There will also be information booths from various archery companies, hunting groups and others.

The event is the annual fundraiser and membership drive for Idaho State Bowhunters, a group that serves to "protect and improve Idaho's wildlife heritage of bowhunting for present and future generations."

To get more information about the club go to

Getting there: From Boise, take Idaho 21 toward Stanley. Go past Thatcher Creek Campground and then turn right at the marked entrance to the jamboree, about 17 miles west of Stanley.

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