In the Hills above Pocatello, there is a place for archers of all skill levels. The Pocatello Field Archers, tucked away on Pocatello Creed Road, offers a chance to pick up an old hobby or start a new one. This group offers opportunities for everyone to practice or learn the art of archery.
“The Pocatello Field Archers is a rather large group of archers. From traditional compound shooters to the Junior Olympic Archery Division, there’s something for everyone. A lot of times we just get together and go shoot a bow and arrow,” said Brandon Andersen, PFA President.
This organization relies on its members in many capacities. The entire operation is run in house. This means that maintaining the large range is a volunteer activity from its membership. They pick up litter, service the trails and do any repair work. In this way, the group is bonded and takes pride in its organization.
“It takes a lot of work a lot of man hours. We have to mow the trails and trim the trees back so that we don’t lose arrows and repack targets. That’s how we maintain it, it’s all voluntary we don’t pay anyone to maintain our place,” said Andersen.
Taking up archery is something that anyone can participate in. There is a mix of experienced competition shooters and those who are new to this pastime, Andersen said.
“People of any skill level can do it; I’ve got a two year old son that shoots and members as old as 84 that still come out and shoot with us,” Andersen explained.
One thing that may surprise you is that, according to Andersen, Archery is less about Braun and more about what’s between the ears.
“I like to say that archery is ninety percent mental. If you have the right frame of mind and the right mental and physical training to do it, the mental game is the hardest part of it.” Andersen said.
Today archers competed in a money buy in game, in which they paid a certain amount to be part of the competition, and the winner took home the pot. For this game they had to hike into the canyon where the targets were laid out to compete for the cash
Finally Andersen explained why he enjoys the competition when he added that, “To me the competitive aspect of it is challenging myself to shoot against some of the top shooters in our area that show up. Its bragging rights a lot of it. That’s what we did this morning was competitive edge.”