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OSTA Banquet
March 2
Cardinal Shooting Center, Merengo

April 5 & 6
Apache Bowhunters

May 3 & 4
Ross County Bowhunters
Chillicothe, Oh

June 7 & 8
Blackhoof Bowmen
Jamestown, Ohio

July 12 & 13
Rushcreek Sportsmen
Belle Center

August 2 & 3
Claylick Bowhunters

August 30 & 31
Willard Conservation League

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Notes from the Vice President Matt Fout


To the Good People of OSTA,

             The shoot at Blackhoof went well with the exception of a little weather on Sunday.  Friday and Saturday were beautiful and it was good to see my friends again.  I want to thank the members of the Blackhoof  Bowmen and everyone who attended for a great shoot.  I did miss seeing some of our regulars and I hope they are doing well.  We should keep those in our thoughts and prayers those who are in difficult situations. 

             I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement while Jim is away.  Jim has a great opportunity ahead of him and I hope you will all join me in wishing him well in his new job.  I will try my best to help him out or fill in when needed. 

            Thanks to everyone for keeping a clean course and camp area.  It looked much better than our last shoot.  We should ALWAYS leave a course and camp better than we found it. 

            To reiterate what I said in the meeting.  Moving stakes is totally unacceptable.  We have had this issue two shoots in a row now.  Anyone caught moving stakes will be removed from the event.  If there are safety concerns, the range captain or officers should be notified immediately to address the issue. 

            Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect on things and seek advice, I would like to address the issues we talked about in the meeting, namely, the comp. fees.  I was not as prepared for that discussion as I would have liked to have been.  I did not explain things as clearly as I would have liked.  I apologize for not answering the members’ questions or addressing issues as completely and clearly as I should have. 

            After much debate and careful thought, the executive committee deemed it necessary to address the cost of competitive shooting.  This issue was not discussed during the vote last year.  We determined an additional cost of $2 per shooter was necessary to off-set the costs associated with awards.   I believe this was completely justifiable and necessary for the competition side of our events to be self-sustainable.  Careful thought was also given as to whether the executive committee had the authority to do this and there was a consensus that it was agreeable with the OSTA constitution and rules.  I find it very disheartening, personally, that there has been such an outcry over ‘foul-play’ on a relatively small change in shooting fees (that is to the club’s financial advantage) when not ONE person complained about not having a vote on a completely free shoot--which is a relatively large financial issue.  Things that make ya go, “Hmmm…”

            As far as the issue that was brought up about the EC raising fees to eliminate competition:  that is completely bogus.  If that were the case the fees would have been raised substantially more to repress shooters.

 As Jamie pointed out in the meeting, these type of decisions were made a few years ago to keep the club fluid.   I think we should thank all those involved with that decision that we are where we are today.   

It was stated to me that members have been upset by the changes in comp. fees for two months now..  If is truly the case, it should have been addressed sooner.  The officers will entertain compliments and suggestions at any point.  There is no need to hold it in and get frustrated, my friends.  There are issues and we will deal with them the best we can.  If there is a burning issue, such as comp fees, standing rules, etc. and you have a question, feel free to contact  us.  My cell is 740-648-5493 and email at 

I want to mention that I appreciate Ted’s and Mike’s efforts to keep things running smoothly at the table.  It’s a thankless job, but we couldn’t do it without them.  I appreciate it fellas’! 

I also want to thank the group that set the course Saturday night.  I believe that was the largest, most diverse group we have had to set the course.  Well done.  Thanks again to Dave, Dan, Mark and Gregory for picking up my slack.  Thanks also to Blackhoof for pulling our stakes and bringing them back to the clubhouse. 

The next shoot will be at Rushcreek  Sportsman in Bellfountaine on July 12&13.  Hope to see you all there.

  Your friend,



                 ******* Jennifer Elizondo won membership bow*******


Our newest members. Welcome to the OSTA family! 

921 Cliff Dowdell 922 Greg Langley 923 David Cooper
924 Tim Nungester 925 Taylor Bolin 926 Steven R. Simpson
927 Dean Bogan 928 Brian Eady 929 Jason Egyed
930 Thomas Turpen 931 Dave and Nancy Smyers 932 Mike Zombek
933 Kevin Karnehm 934 Joseph Ralston 935 Julia Short
936 Matt Hensley  937 Christopher Neace 938 Jason Good


Pictures from Ross County. Thank you Mike and Linda Crawford!

Thank you Georgia and Ashley Byers for this years State Shoot Photos

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Check out these literary classics from previous newsletters! We are starting to gather any information you may have regarding the "Old Days" of OSTA to compile a History of OSTA. Any old newsletters, correspondence, photos, and even your own stories (be careful now!) can be sent to me at or you may bring it to the next shoot....

"Reflections", a look back at OSTA's first Year.

"A day in the Life of the President", by Hoot Gibson.

"Shoot For the Heart", Wayne Robinson

"My Turkey Hunt", a classic by Hoot!

This is a blog site sent to me by a very good friend from England, Wally Robson. We met at Cloverdale a few years ago and he took some ideas back home and organized this event to have the same fun with his "mates". Good to see how brothers of the bow enjoy our common love of archery across the pond.

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