Blue Ridge Bowhunters Archery Club

Leicester, North Carolina, USA



Located just 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC, the Blue Ridge
Bowhunters Archery Club is dedicated to promoting field archery,
3-D archery, and bow hunting.

We have one of the largest club memberships in the state of North Carolina,
and are proud to offer opportunities for archers of all ages, from the
 novice to the professional, to practice, compete, and enjoy camaraderie
 with other archery enthusiasts. 


  All of our activities are family-friendly.
Safety and fair play are paramount.

We firmly believe that passing on these traditional skills to our children and grandchildren is the only way to ensure that our sport remains viable in the future.


While many of our members shoot the finest and most advanced compound bows,
        our club also includes a large number of traditional archers.  If you are interested in
  any aspect of archery, you will find someone in our club who speaks your language.
Crossbows, however, are not allowed on the property
of Blue Ridge Bowhunters at any time!


We regret that we are unable to offer formal archery lessons.  If you are interested in archery but do not know where or how to begin, we invite you to attend one of our weekend or Thursday evening events.  You'll find no shortage of expert advice and tips for beginners as well as advanced archers and bow hunters!


FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS:  A great way to get into archery, or to sharpen your skills, is to join the Blue Ridge Bowhunters.  Membership allows you free access to the range all year, as well as the Thursday evening "3D and Dinner" gatherings each week during Daylight Savings Time.   The fun begins around 4 PM and continues until dark.  Hot dog dinner is always available, and everyone is encouraged to bring a covered dish if you can. To become a member you must come out to the club property during a weekend shoot event or one of the Thursday evening gatherings and one of the officers will show you around and discuss membership options.  We do not accept new members without an in-person meeting!  


   N.F.A.A. approved field archery range 

  25-target 3-D range

    We proudly support: North Carolina Bowhunters Association
  National Field Archery Association   
North Carolina Field Archery Association
Western North Carolina Archery Circuit


Blue Ridge News    

Our next shoot is coming up on August 13 (one day).  This is a traditional equipment only shoot. No compounds or crossbows.  The cost is $15 and you can shoot all day.  There will be food available.  Grab your stick and come on out - it will be great fun.

The next day, August 14, we will have our annual club picnic.  This is a members-only event, but if you aren't a member but want to be come on out and we'll sign you up.  Everyone needs to bring at least one covered dish.  Club will provide cold drinks.  After we eat you are welcome to shoot the 3D's.  All equipment welcomed (but, as always, no crossbows).  Picnic starts at 2:00 PM, and use the Red Rock Drive entrance as we will be eating at the Penley cabin instead of the clubhouse!

The always-popular "3D and Dinner" events are taking place each Thursday evening.  The group starts gathering around 4:00 PM. 
Shoot the 3D targets as much as you want until dark, then stay for dinner.  Cost is still $3.00 per person / $5.00 for a family.
  Covered dishes are always welcomed! 
This gathering takes place at the Penley cabin on Red Rock Drive, not at the Sluder Branch Road entrance.  Use the map link at the bottom of this page for detailed directions.

Long-time Blue Ridge Bowhunters President, Ken Penley, passed on September 7, 2021 after a multi-year struggle with his health.  Please keep Nancy and the rest of his family in your prayers. 



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In Memorium:  Kenneth Penley

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