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Virginia bow-hunters wrap up a practice round before starting the 2019 VBA Indoor Archery Tournament at Fort Belvoir’s Outdoor Recreation.

More than 40 bow hunters and competitive archers converged on Fort Belvoir’s Indoor Archery Range to compete in a 2019 Virginia Bowhunters Association indoor sectional championship tournament, Saturday and Sunday. 

The event, sponsored by the Belvoir Bowhunters, MWR and Outdoor Recreation; and hosted by Belvoir Bowhunters president, Larry Readal; gave some of the state’s most accomplished long-and compound-bow practitioners a chance to face off against each other across several age divisions, each vying to ultimately claim the crown of state champion at the end of the year-long tournament series. 

“Belvoir Bowhunters is one of four Virginia archery organizations that are hosting one of the formal sections of the VBA’s State Indoor Archery Tournament,” Readal said. “This annual, state-wide event involves hundreds of archers across Virginia, ranging in age from 7 to 70. It’s also a great way to recognize the relationship and support between Belvoir Bowhunters and Fort Belvoir’s MWR.” 

Participating clubs at this weekend’s event included Belvoir Bowhunters, Bowhunters of Rockingham out of Keezletown, Sherwood Archers from Roanoke, and Kingsboro Bowmen visiting from Suffolk. 

The archers competed in three rounds each on Saturday and Sunday in every age and skill division. Participants fired at a regulation five-disk target array (40 cm square) and the shooters who planted the arrowhead closest to the centers advanced to the ensuing rounds. 

Belvoir Bowhunters is a more than 20-year organization, with members who are civilians and active and retired military. The club requires the highest standards of sportsmanship and ethical conduct, and its main objectives include perpetuating archery and bow hunting programs; promoting archery and bow hunting education; and conducting related charitable activities. 

For information about archery programs available at Belvoir, call Outdoor Recreation at 703-805- 3081 or go to belvoir.armymwr. com/programs/outdoor-recreation. More info about the Belvoir Bowhunters is available via e-mail to Readal at lreadal@gmail.com or go to www.belvoirbowhunters.com

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Casper Bing, 9, of Springfield competes in the opening round of the 2019 VBA Indoor Archery Tournament at Fort Belvoir’s Outdoor Recreation facility.

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Rick Stark competes in the opening round of the 2019 VBA Indoor Archery Tournament at Fort Belvoir’s Outdoor Recreation. Stark took runner-up honors in the Bare-bow Open division at the National Field Archery Association’s 2019 Vegas Shoot in Las Vegas.