The first Pope and Young Bowhunters Rendezvous is shaping up to be an incredible, action-packed, archery event that features more than $15,000 worth of hunts, $25,000 worth of 3-D targets, eight bow packages and a truckload of top archery gear.
The rendezvous is scheduled for June 10-12, with all proceeds going to the Pope and Young Club’s ongoing conservation and outreach programs.
The P&Y Rendezvous will be held at the MacKenzie Outdoor Education Center near Poynette, Wis., in Columbia County. With its centralized location and outdoor oriented facilities, it is the perfect location rendezvous. Just 25 miles north of Madison, the MacKenzie Center is one of the most diverse educational centers in Wisconsin with interpretive trails, exhibits, and museums. The Bowhunters Rendezvous promises to be a family-oriented, mega shooting event and social gathering.
Rendezvous attendees will have the opportunity to visit with top bowhunting equipment manufacturers, participate in hands-on demonstration of the latest traditional and modern archery equipment, enjoy shooting multiple unique hunting venues featuring the latest Rinehart, McKenzie and Shooter targets, enter hourly drawings for great prizes from event sponsors, see trophy class game mounts, meet with top outfitters and talk with hunting celebrities.
The Pope and Young Club will also partner with Kentucky-based Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) and the Wisconsin state NASP chapter to provide shooting venues for youth. S3DA trained instructors will be onsite to provide hands-on instruction and equipment. Shooting courses will be provided for both NASP and S3DA regional shoots.
The Pope and Young Club’s Bowhunters Rendezvous will feature:
—Six Themed 3D Shooting Courses Long-Distance Shoot 3D Pop-Up Range
—Aerial Archery Archery Tag Camping
—The Iron Bear Shooting Challenge Archery Shooting Games Muzzy Bowfishing Demo Area
—Kids’ Shooting Area Gear Giveaways NASP Midwest Invitational Shoot
—S3DA Regionals Top Bowhunting Companies Saturday Hunt Auction
—Huge Target Auction Outdoor Television Personalities Hourly Prize Drawings.
“We want to spread the news more effectively about the Club,” said Joe Bell, the Club’s executive director. “Pope and Young is so much more than a record-keeping organization. We stand for fair chase, high standards, and ethics. We are extremely passionate about it. Folks need to see that in action. By coming to this event, you’ll see just how dedicated and passionate our Club’s members are about bowhunting and wildlife conservation. We care about bowhunting and its future. Please come out to the event and be a part of this great bowhunting movement.”