Welcome to the MLA!
Thank you for visiting the Michigan Longbow Association website. Together, we are making the world a happier place, one longbow at a time.
In 1983 a group of enthusiasts gathered together to promote the use of the longbow and enjoy the camaraderie of other archers. After only a short time, it was evident they stumbled on to something special — something that could be shared and built upon.
Since then, hundreds of archers have joined us. We have constructed a vibrant community with members hailing from all over Michigan, across the U.S., and beyond. They come to us in celebration of the longbow, but stay for our family-oriented atmosphere and the connections they form at our events. The MLA is a wonderful place to be and the word is getting out.
Please explore our website to learn more about becoming a member. We think you will like what you find! Should you have questions, do not hesitate to ask.
We will see you soon!
You don't want to miss these coming events!
If you are AT ALL interested in Traditional Archery, this is a must attend. Archers and bowhunters alike gather from across the nation to attend this event, which is a culmination of vendors, organizations, and celebrity speakers. In 2017 there will be a competitive 3D competition within another wing of the Expo center. Archers from all over will compete for prizes. There is nothing like this for the archery enthusiast looking to brush the snow off their bow.
Every year is a memorable one in the MLA, and the stories accrued throughout, whether at the range or in the woods, are relived here amongst friends and family. It is a wonderful time for reflection and an even better time to think about the future, which is always bright in our case. You'll eat, you'll laugh, and you'll be sorry to leave when its time to shut the doors.
The Spring Shoot is our "relaxed" event. It is usually at the the Land O' Lakes Bowman's club in Fenton, a wonderfully wooded location with beautiful 3D courses and a club house that is ideal for our Saturday potluck and membership meeting. The Spring Shoot is absolutely free to members, which includes shooting, camping, and dinner on Saturday if you bring a dish to pass. Click for more information.
Elm Hall is one shoot you must experience to appreciate. With both 3D and broadhead targets, and courses arranged in a realistic setting, it is a pleasure to shoot. Saturday evening dinner for campers, novelty shoots, and campfires round out this traditional event.
The Great Lakes Longbow Invitational is the granddaddy of all traditional shoots. It has the distinction of being the first gathering of it’s kind in the modern archery era. It was then and is today a truly wonderful experience and we invite you to come and share it with us.