Bimojige Archery Experiences

Bimojige (he/she shoots with an arrow). Click below to hear. 

Whether it’s your first time or you are looking to deepen your archery skills, we offer a unique experience to learn archery through an Indigenous perspective and what hunting with bow and arrow meant to us as Indigenous people.

Archery can be conducted as an individual lesson or tailored to accommodate large groups, and can even be used as a team-building event. Painted Warriors supplies all the equipment and targets and the owner/operators are certified coaches. We have an outdoor course of 3 dimensional foam animal targets as well as a field archery course.

When you learn with us, you’ll gain more than new skills.

Dates: Offered Mid-May to Mid-Oct
Length: 1-4 Hours

When you learn with us, you’ll gain more than new skills.

Basic Archery Target Practice
(one hour)

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This is an ideal experience for beginners or anyone needing a refresher course. Participants will learn to shoot from a maximum distance of 20 yards so archers can become comfortable with the equipment and develop proper form. This experience is a great way to gain some new skills and practice on a variety of targets in an indoor setting. Over a one-hour period, you’ll get hands on instruction and gain confidence in a new activity that may just inspire you for a lifetime!
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Field Archery Practice
(three hours)

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Our field archery experience takes place outdoors and involves shooting three arrows at marked distances anywhere from 10 yards to 80 yards. The arrows are scored according to how close they are to the centre of the target. You’ll learn archery in a safe and fun environment while gaining skills and confidence with the equipment. Please note we require a minimum of four participants for this experience.

Note: We offer private experiences for 1-3 people. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us to discuss pricing and more.

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Stories of Hunting and Gathering with Bow and Arrow

Hunting and gathering from an Indigenous lens is an engaging and enlightening new perspective on how important archery was for our traditional way of life.

Our adventure begins as you immerse yourself in learning traditional Indigenous methods of cooking as our chef takes you on an interactive journey, sharing traditional food preparation. You’ll learn ways of using of traditional plants for flavour as well as for medicinal use as your meal is being prepared.

Next, you’ll take part in in an archery lesson and get comfortable with the basics before we proceed to the 3D course. We’ll go on a simulated hunt using realistic foam targets in the shape of different animals from large elk to giant mosquitoes. The targets are set out at unmarked distances and we’ll help guide you to make a good shot and correctly judge the distance. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, we’ll help you gain confidence through this fun archery experience.

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Each target will have information on that specific animal including the skills required to hunt the animal. The archers will put their skills to use and try to hit a bull’s-eye on each realistic animal target.

After completion of the 3D course, we will go back to the campsite for a traditional meal that the guests have helped prepare at the beginning of the program.

What should I know before I arrive?

This is a 4-hour experience. Please wear comfortable shoes. We recommend bringing a warm jacket and extra sweater as the weather can change suddenly. Please bring your own water bottle. If you need to refill, we’re happy to supply clean water to keep you hydrated!