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2016 Shoot Schedule

OSTA Banquet
March 6
Claylick Bowhunters

Fun Shoot
April 2 - 3

Apache Bowhunters

May 7 - 8
Ross County Bowhunters
Chillicothe, Oh

June 4 - 5
Blackhoof Bowmen
Jamestown, Ohio

July 9 - 10
Rushcreek Sportsmen
Belle Center

August 6 - 7
Willard Conservation Club

September 3 - 4
Claylick Bowhunters

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Notes from the President Matt Fout

To the Good people of OSTA

I hope everyone’s hunting season has gone well so far and that everyone has had a good holiday season.  With the beginning of 2016, I am looking forward to another great year for OSTA.  We had many great shoots and good times last year and would like to build on that this year.

 We will be bringing our 2015 season to a close at the banquet to be held on March 6th, 2016 at Claylick Bowhunters.  The address is 12680 Lesley Rd., Heath OH 43056.  Please bring a side dish and/or dessert.  OSTA will be providing meat, drinks and dinnerware.  I would ask that you rsvp either by email, phone or text to me so that we can prepare more accurately this year.  Last year I took a guess at how many would attend and way overbought on some items.  I’m thinking, those that rsvp will be the first ones to be released to the food.  Probably an imperfect system but……. If anyone has a better idea, let me know.  Those who purchased items during the auction at the State Shoot and have not paid should be prepared to settle up their account with Mike.  Anyone wishing to camp at Claylick may do so.  Donations for electric hookups (usually $10) will be appreciated.  Those wishing to stay and play at Cherry Valley Lodge, located just a few miles away must make their own reservations.  Cherry Valley is a lodge and indoor water park.  I tried to get us a good package deal for families.  It looks like $179 for four people which includes room and waterpark passes is what we’ll have.  We will start having a social hour around 11 a.m., eat at noon, have a short business meeting around one, do awards and membership bow giveaway after that. After that we can hang out for as long as you’d like or until we get kicked out. 

A few items to think about as far as the club and rules go.  The age for the old timers class was brought up this past year.  I expect we will be talking about that more this year so I ask that everyone give that some thought as to how we will proceed.  Also, I have been contacted several times by varying people and/or organizations asking about OSTA’s stance on certain concerns regarding hunting issues within the state.  I personally have mixed emotions about if we should become more of a voice in political and regulatory issues.  I’d like the club to consider what we should do, if anything, about becoming more involved in these forums. 

March 6th-  OSTA Banquet, Claylick Bowhunters

April 2-3-  Fun shoot at Apache.  OSTA members shoot for free Saturday

May 7-8- Ross County Bowhunters.  OSTA Mothers shoot for free on Sunday.  Happy mothers day!!!

June 4-5- Blackhoof Bowmen. 

July 9-10- Rushcreek Sportsmen.  Mmmmm, fish

August 6-7- Willard Conservation Club

September 3-4- State Shoot Claylick Bowhunters

Matt 740-648-5493

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OSTA MEMBERS! How did your season go? Send some photos and share your memories! We will take Traditional archery & gun wheels please! You can send pictures to me by e-mail or bring them to the next shoot.

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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