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Norfolk adult archery league set to start Jan. 8

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NORFOLK - Fans of Robin Hood, the Hunger Games series or archers in general may be glad to know that shooting season in Norfolk is coming soon.

The adult archery league is set to begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Norfolk Rod & Gun Club on Cemetery Road.

The league is organized and run by Norfolk Archers President Larry Butler, and his wife, Jill. All of the league’s events take place at the Rod & Gun Club.

“We also have open shooting on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. They can shoot scores for the league on Saturday morning also,” Mr. Butler said. “Typically the season runs 10 weeks. It will be every Wednesday for 10 weeks. After that we will keep shooting after that, as long as people continue to show up. At the end of the season, we have a banquet and awards as well.”

The league is for all experience levels, ages 18 and older. The club also has a junior league for those under 18.

All members of the program must be members of the Rod & Gun Club, which requires a $10 annual membership fee.

The league also accepts traditional and compound archers.

“Traditional is just stick and string, with the string on (the bow.) Compounds have the wheels on the end of the limbs that enables them to be drawn easier. It has all of the extra bells and whistles,” Mr. Butler said. “I typically get somewhere between 30 and 40 (people.)”

The Norfolk Rod & Gun Club features many amenities in its facility. They include a trap range, sporting clays course, an indoor and outdoor archery range, a 3D archery range, a 100- and 200-yard covered rifle range and a covered pistol range.

“We’ve had the league for many years. We were originally shooting in Massena and then moved to Norfolk about four years ago,” Mr. Butler said. “It is all indoor. It runs until pretty much the end of March. Then depending on the weather, people get antsy to get outdoors and they start shooting outdoors.”

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