Sir Gordon Traditional 3D Shoot and SoCal Archery Clubs Appreciation Day

Sir Gordon Traditional 3D Shoot and Southern California Archery Clubs Appreciation Day, July 23, 2023

A Novelty Fundraiser Tournament

Gordon Vail Bow PlatformThis novelty 3D Round includes 32 3D targets (instead of the usual 28 targets), with each participant allowed two arrows per target. The scoring system is 10-8-5, and the maximum score is 640.

* Rangefinders are not allowed during this unmarked 3d event.

Types of Bows Allowed

While this is an unmarked 3D Target shoot, with a variety of high-quality Rhinehart and Mackenzie targets specifically set up for traditional shooters in mind, there will be “one” Compound bow class for those shooting bows with “gears”.

Two arrows per target!

The San Diego Archers host four novelty shoots each year: The Flying Pig, Iron Turkey, King Arthur and Sir Gordon’s Trad Shoot. Each of these 3D shoots now include two arrows per target.

Target Ranges

As an unmarked shoot, you have to estimate the distance to the target yourself without the assistance of a range finder. This is a difficult and challenging aspect of these shoots, so don’t let your shooting partners know what you think the distance is!

  • For Adults, 15 yo or over, and Youths (under 15 yo), the longest distance  is 40 yards.
  • For Cubs, 11 yo & under, the longest distance is 25 yards.

About Mulligans and Doe Tags:

Mulligans.  A maximum of two mulligans may be purchased at registration for an additional $1 each. If you miss your target, a mulligan allows you to take another shot at a target. If you use a mulligan, your score is determined by that mulligan arrow, even if you score worse than the previous arrow. You may use the second mulligan on the same target.

Doe Tags.  There will be one and two buck-doe spreads in the field, where the doe placed between the buck and the archer. If you hit the doe and do not have a doe tag, you score -5 on the target. If you have a doe tag, you score zero. You cannot use a mulligan if you hit the doe, whether or not you have a doe tag. If you hit the buck or miss completely, you may use a mulligan and your score is determined from that second arrow.

The Sir Gordon Traditional 3D Shoot is also our “SoCal Archery Clubs Appreciation Day

Get ready, archers! The Sir Gordon Traditional 3D Shoot is just around the corner, and we’re excited to announce that it’s also our “SoCal Archery Clubs Appreciation Day”!

We’re inviting all archery clubs in southern California to join in the celebration. Bring along your club’s banner and proudly display it anywhere you like, inside or outside the practice range fence. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase your club’s spirit and camaraderie.

But that’s not all! We’re also offering a platform for you to share more about your club. If you’re interested, we’d love for you to say a few words during our safety briefing. It’s a great chance to tell us all about your club’s mission, achievements, and what makes it unique.

So, let’s come together to celebrate the sport we love and the clubs that make our archery community so vibrant. We can’t wait to see you there!

There is even a rumor that we’ll be providing a free BBQ lunch to all attendees (depending on the number of online registrations received).

Below is a list of Southern California archery clubs. Did we miss anyone?


Name of the Club Website Address City
720 Archery 720 Archery Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Asociación de Arqueros de Baja California A.C

Asociación de Arqueros

Aguascalientes City, Mexico

Invictus Archery Club Invictus Archery Range Tijuana, Mexico
El Dorado Archers El Dorado Archers

Long Beach, CA

LionHeart Academy – El Cajon

El Cajon, CA

Millennial Archery Club

Tijuana, Mexico
OC Archery OC Archery Orange County, CA
Oranco Bowmen Archery Club Oranco Bowmen Archery Club Chino, CA
Pasadena Roving Archers Pasadena Roving Archers Pasadena, CA
Riverside Archers Riverside Archers Riverside, CA
South Bay Archery Club South Bay Archery Club Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


San Diego Archers Buck Doe

• Tournament preregistration and pay online today

First Time to the Rube Powell Balboa Park Archery Range?

First Time to the Rube Powell Balboa Park Archery Range?

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It’s a walking course, just like a golf course.
Always walk in the proper direction!


This unique archery range sits on ~30 acres in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park. It is surrounded by the 163 Freeway to the west, the San Diego Zoo to the north, and the Old Globe Theater and Museum of Us to the east.

Rube Powell Archery Range

The entrance to the Range is on the south side of the Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel St.), near the SW corner of the Alcazar Garden Parking Lot.


The Balboa Range also has a small practice area at the entrance, with target butts at 10, 20, 30 and 40 yards.

The Balboa Range is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, 365 days/year for just a $2 day use fee. 14 targets are open year-round (Targets #15-28).

The remaining targets are only open during tournaments, held twice each month on the 1st & 3rd weekends.

The first open target (#15) is on the north side of the Cabrillo Bridge, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the entrance/practice area (noted in the map above).

Each target has yardage markers (tabs) varying from 5 to 80 yards, depending on the target. This is a NFAA-certified course!

The Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range and the Morley Field Archery Range are both maintained by volunteers from the San Diego Archers (and non-members, too!)


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