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!
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.
If you have ever wondered what our ancestors used when bow hunting, or how they made what they used, this is the event for you. Archery has a deep and rich history, and at the Marshall Primitive Archery Rendezvous you will get the opportunity to learn from the masters. If you ever thought about building a self bow, or a sinew backed bow, here is your chance. There will be bow building, flint knapping, arrow making, and much more. Bring the family and come explore our rich archery history.
For a fun filled weekend with the family, come out to Berrien Springs Sportsman's Club for the Compton Traditional Bowhunters Rendezvous. Vendors, specialty shoots, seminars, camping and of course lots of 3-D shooting on 4 3-D ranges.
We have MLA friends in Pennsylvania too! Join them for an extended weekend of 3Ds, competitions, trick shooting, primitive camping, live music, and novelty shoots. It's worth the trip!
Not just for modern archers, if you hunt in the great state of Michigan, consider heading up to Harrison for this years MBH Rendezvous. It is also a great way to show others how much fun longbow archery can be.
If you enjoy the fellowship of the longbow and recurve. Please consider checking out this shoot. It is fun for the entire family. Kids course, camping, hog roast, and of course plenty of 3-D and indoor targets, need we say more.
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.