Tenterfield Traditional Archers host first event since bushfires

After the 2019 bushfires burnt out much of their course, the Tenterfield Traditional Archers have been busy raising funds and re-building to once again host more events.

The club formed in 2017 and were granted the right to host the national muster by Traditional Archery Australia and after hosting their first one in 2018, they couldn't host the 2019 event.

Their hard work to rebuild their courses came together at the weekend with an invitational shoot and Tenterfield Traditional Archers' Marian Rogan said it was a well-supported competition.

"It was called the Blacked Out because we were blacked out literally, we had no colour," she said.

"We named it because it was like a recovery shoot from the fire. It was a fundraising type shoot as well. All the prizes were donated for the raffle tables.

"We made quite a lot of money out of that, all the nominations and stuff like that so we raised a bit of money for the club to try and help with rebuilding.

"All the trophies for the event were made out of timber that was burnt out on the range itself so it didn't cost us anything to make trophies.

"The plates that go onto trophies were donated from a company from Sydney."

Competitors came from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and as far as the south coast for the event.

"We were quite happy with what we got there because it was like our initial one," Rogan said.

"We had nothing but compliments about it from all the visitors so we were quite proud of that."

Rogan was also proud club juniors Willem and Benjamin Gutsmanis finished up with trophies in their divisions. As for whether they will have the opportunity to continue hosting the national muster, Rogan believes the work they've done, combined with a successful shoot at the weekend, means they will be given the go ahead from the association.

"This was an introduction to the association that we were up and running again," she said.

"They were very happy. The shoot we had was a 20 target course and it was all set out through the bush and they were all 3D targets, animal life-like targets that were freestanding and simulating hunting."