Our strength has always been in our events and gatherings. Traditional archery is one of those things that needs to be experienced to fully grasp. You can shoot a bow alone of course, but doing so with others like you makes it all the more enjoyable. Give a group of people bows, arrows, and a place to shoot and a good time will be impossible to avoid.
The MLA hosts two events annually: the Great Lakes Longbow Invitational (GLLI) and the Annual Spring Shoot and Membership Meeting. Please mark both on your calendars, but consider attending the events below as well.
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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.