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 -- 10/3/22    

The 2023 Shoot schedule has just been posted under the Calendar of Events tab.  Check it out and save those dates!

We will end our Thursday evening shoot and eat on the last Thursday of October (Oct. 27th).  At the present time we do not have any more events planned for this year. 
The Sluder Branch range will be open for members as usual.
Note that Thurday night gatherings take 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.

On a sad note the mother (Lucille Wagner) of our president Scotty Wagner died this week.  She was 100 years old and lived in Swannanoa. The service will be on Monday at Swannanoa First Baptist church at 503 Park street. They will receive friends at 1pm  with the service at 2pm. Harwood Home for Funerals is handling the service and has an obituary on their web page, Make donations to the church in lieu of flowers. 

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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