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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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.
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.