Archery Chairman: Anthony Meluso

Archery Dates for 2018:

  • April 29th
  • July 8th
  • August 5th
  • September 23rd

Monroe Chester Sportsmens’ club is a member of
Tri-County Archers Association. Since 2006,
the archery committee has been co-chaired by
Anthony Meluso and Paul Papitto. Domenick
Morelli is the head chef for all our featured
barbecue events.

Archery is considered an introductory level subset
to the shooting sports. Long before BB guns, this
is where youth are first exposed to how much fun
and enjoyment the challenging sport of archery
can offer.

The Archery and Youth Day committees purpose is to
expose youth to the outdoors through education and
instruction in a safe environment. each Youth Day
and 3D event is supported by volunteers and
instructors who are dedicated to the advancement
of archery as a means to build confidence in young
people from 5 years of age and older. In the past,
we have also hosted church groups, the NYS senior
games for those over 55 years of age. The Archery
Committee functions are at best a break even
proposition. The Monroe Chester Sportsmen’s Club
provides funding through membership fees for
capital improvements and for supplies.

The Archery Range features an 80 yard range with
stations set every 10 yards. The main range includes
field logic block targets. At times, some of the
older 3D targets are set out for the members and
guests to use, practice and enjoy. A cow elk and
a bison are currently set out at 45 and 50 yards.

The Archery Range also includes a 700 square foot
storage building constructed in 2012 by Belknap
Construction, at cost, for the Archery Committee
to store its targets, tools and mowers.

Many of the bows we have acquired are new Mathews
Genesis bows much like the National Archery in
Schools Program use. The bows are available for
use at any time to club members and guests.
Because we are a for profit organization, we
must rely on partnerships with archery pro shops
to discount the equipment so that we can continue
to promote the sport.

Recently, B&B Archery , located in Middletown, NY
has stepped up and provided eight bows at their cost
either to the club, or to the Boy Scouts of America at
Camp Tri-mount.
Davis Sporting Shops, located in Sloatsburg and Goshen,
NY has also been instrumental in
acquiring targets and inserts for the club at discounted
prices for several years. This is my way of acknowledging
their generosity and dedication.

3D Shoots:
The original 3D course was laid out and cleared by
Reese May and others in 1988 and traverses the 120
acre property. To the extent practicable, we try to
choreograph the shoots, placing the big horn sheep,
deer, bear and velociraptors at locations, you would
normally expect to see them in the wild. the club has
many Rhinehart and Mackenzie and Delta targets for a
variety of stations. The course starts next to the
range, traverses the property and returns to the point
of beginning. The course includes 30 targets at 28
stations and is self guided with score kept by the
honor system. Participation trophies are awarded to
youth under 12 that complete the course.

Committee work has included design and construction
of course, building and range improvements, assistance
in Deer Quality Management , Basic Hunter and Bow-
Hunter Education and support of the two annual youth
day events held the first Sunday in May (never Mothers
Day) and third Sunday in October. The work of the
Archery Committee includes trail clearing, signs and
marking beginning in March. Throughout the year the
committee is responsible for mowing and clearing
woodland trails, setting out the targets and
retrieving them after each 3D shoot. There are
ample opportunities to complete the mandatory work
requirement within the archery discipline.
We look forward to new members becoming familiar with
the course and the property through sharing of the
work load. By convention, all the 3D shoots are on
Sundays. The set up occurs on Saturday at 8:00 AM
and ends around noon. Registration for the shoots
is Sunday morning at 7:00 AM. Registration ends at
noon and the course closes at 3:00 PM. The targets
are collected from just after noon until 3:00 and
placed back into storage.

Tri County Archers:
Tri County Archers consists of six sportsmen’s clubs
located in Orange county, New York. The link their
web page is
Each club conducts an average of four 3-D archery shoots
between March and September. The Tri County Archers
Association has responsibility for promoting and
advertising the various 3D shoots. This is accomplished
through web, word of mouth and newspaper advertising
in the sports section. Funds for advertising are raised
from the annual Fathers Day 40 target fundraiser shoot
held in mid to late June. In the past, the registration
fee has included a T-shirt and coupons for sporting
goods for participants.

As a reminder, every person using the facility, must
sign in. Members are responsible for the actions of
their guests. Broad heads are never allowed on the range,
as we use this same range for Youth Day and want to
avoid injuries from errant broadheads lodged in the
grass. Cross bows are not allowed at this range due to
proximity to other club functions. For cross bows,
targets are available at the 50 yard pistol range.
Contact Jim Burnell to make inquiries into the requisite
procedures and safety precautions.

  • Bethlehem Rod & Gun Club
  • Monroe Chester Sportsmen Club
  • Black Rock Fish & Game Club
  • Otisville Sportsmen’s Association
  • Shawangunk Fish & Game Association
  • Walden Sportsmen’s Club