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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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Standing Rules Voted Down

Notes from the President Matt Fout

To the Good People of OSTA,

It was great to get back to Willard this month. We had a respectable turnout of 80 shooters on Saturday and 65 shooters on Sunday. Well over half the shooters on Saturday were non-members. For the weekend the mix was about fifty-fifty for members and non-members. The crew at Willard had everything looking great and served us up some good food. Thanks to everyone at Willard for making an enjoyable shoot. We have been invited back for next year if we can fit it into the schedule.

We had a nice turnout for the meeting on Saturday. We discussed possible shoot locations again for next year. Hopefully, I will have a tentative schedule for next year by the end of our next shoot. We also discussed going to shows (free or low cost to set up) to help promote traditional archery and OSTA. I believe this would be a good idea and if we can get a group together to hit some of these events I think it could be beneficial. If someone would like to take the lead on this or for any given event, let me know.

Discussion was had on the proposed change to the arrow rule. We heard a wide variety of opinions and justifications for both sides of the issue. This issue will be voted on at the State Shoot next month. A simple majority vote will be used to vote on this issue. The proposed change will allow any arrow material for any class. The full proposal was in last month’s newsletter. If anyone needs a copy to review please contact me.

The need to fill the office of Secretary for next year is upon us. Ted will be vacating that office after the banquet. No nominations for that office have been made to date. As I mentioned at the meeting, if we do not have a secretary we will have to make several changes to our club and how we operate. Probably the biggest change will be that we will no longer do competition. I’m not sure just yet how we will handle memberships, mailings and other correspondence. This is a vital position to the club and we need someone or possible two people to step up and fulfill the duties of Secretary. The office of President is also open for nominations.

The State Shoot is upon us already. It seems like this year has just flown by and now we find ourselves preparing for our big shoot. I stopped in at Claylick after the Willard shoot and everything is looking good. There will be some changes to the course layout this year compared to last year. There should be plenty of camping and the shower house is up and running. Please remember that if you do hook up to electric at Claylick it would be respectable to give donation to help offset the electric costs for the weekend.

We are still in need of items for door prizes, raffles and the Scott Gensert Memorial Kid’s Fund Auction. If you find some good deals on items for door prizes please contact me before purchasing so I can keep track of everything. If anyone has bows ect. for the raffle please let me know what you have. We would like to have some nice quality items for the auction as well.

Remember, Claylick has allowed us to start a “Memorial Tree” to shoot arrows into to honor the memory of those we shared many great moments with. This can be done on your own time or I may possibly come up with a time (Sunday morning after Church service?) to do a group type shooting of memorial arrows if folks would like to shoot and share memories with others.

HERE is a FLYER for the State Shoot so feel free to share with others, print them off to display at clubs, shops or post on the interweb.

 I hope to see you all at the shoot.



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Thanks to Mike and Linda Crawford for the many new Pictures from 2015

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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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