Beginners Archery Course (December 2015)

Have you or your child always wanted to try out archery, but you’re not sure where to begin? Maybe you haven’t shot since you were a kid at camp and want to give it another try? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!


Due to high demand for our beginner archery classes, we have opened up one last session for 2015. Online registration for our Beginners Archery Course is online now. The first class starts at 8am on December 6th, 2015. There won’t be another session until Spring 2016. Class sizes are limited so make sure you register before the class fills up!

No experience or equipment is needed to participate. We’ll provide everything you need. Details are available on the event page. Just click the link below.


*photo by Kristy W

Halloween Shoot 2015 Recap


The Papago 900 – Halloween Shoot 2015 was held on October 31st at the Papago Park Archery Range. The morning began with a long line of  archers that were anxious to get through the gates. Even with the slight delay, everyone got checked in and ready to begin shooting by 8am.  The weather was gorgeous and the winds were calm all day.

Archers and spectators showed up in their Halloween costumes and festive apparel. We welcomed several new archers to the line this tournament and enjoyed helping them get a little tournament experience under their belts.  The Yeoman bales were quick to catch on with each passing end thanks to the help of our awesome ‘support staff’. They all successfully completed the tournament with smiles and many had podium finishes. It was such a joy to watch the next group of youth archers diving into competitive archery.

The compound archers (cub-master divisions) tried out the new target set up with two 122cm – 5 ring targets on each bale. Everyone appreciated the extra room to shoot and easier scoring down range. All Master’s divisions were separated into 50, 60 & 70 year old divisions this tournament and will continue to be for the future.

We encountered a slight delay during our 3rd round due to some parking restriction issues. After a quick 10 minute break and some relocating of vehicles we were able to wrap up the final ends and conclude the shooting. While scores were being tallied, the costume contest was held. 3 different winners were determined based on cheers from the spectators & other archers.

We want to thank all of our volunteers that came out to help make this tournament possible. Thank you PAA club members that helped set up the range, Arvid Veidmark & Chris Amundsen for providing additional judging support, and Kerry Nickerson & Rick Bachman for their assistance on the Yeoman bales.  The success of our tournaments rely on the support of the archers, the parents, coaches, spectators & tournament coordinators.  We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you at the next Papago tournament!



We are currently working on compiling all of the photos that were taken during the shoot. A photo album will be added to the website within the next week.


Papago Archery Range – Recipient of 2016 AZGFD Grant


The Arizona Game & Fish Department announced the recipients of their 2016 Shooting Range Development Grants. We are happy to say that The City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department was awarded a grant for $30,000 to assist with range improvements at the Papago Park Archery Range.

A huge Thank You goes out to Dennis Mowery  & Glenn Liptack for their hard work in assisting the Phoenix Parks Department with the grant proposal submission. The entire PAA Board is excited about what this means for the range, our club members and the public.

There are still huge fundraising efforts that will be needed to see all of the range improvement projects (shade canopies, safety signage & raising the berm) come to fruition. Stay tuned for more details on ways you can help Papago Archery Association and the Phoenix Parks Department raise the remaining funds needed.

Papago 900 Halloween Shoot – UPDATE

The registration for the Papago 900 Halloween Shoot will be closing this week. There are only a few spots still open in the following divisions.

3 Yeoman spots open (recurve, barebow or compound)
1 Cadet Recurve or Barebow
1 Cadet Compound
2 Junior/Senior/Master Compound

Current Registration List & Tentative Lane Assignments have been updated as of today.

If you want to fill one of the available spots, get your registration in today!
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Equipment Container Facelift

Papago Archery Association club members came together this morning for a much needed service project at the range. The equipment containers were in desperate need of some sprucing up! Thankfully, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation helped with the preparation by pressure washing the containers in advance.

The painting crew was ready to give the containers a facelift with all the necessary supplies donated by PAA.  Coach Kevin handled the paint sprayer like a pro and got the job done in record time.

Now, both containers share the same color and blend in beautifully with the natural landscape of the surrounding Papago Park.

Thanks to our club membership, Papago 900 registrants, and other donors for supporting the Papago Park Archery Range improvements!


PAA Aims to Help AZ Autism United


Papago archers came out in force this weekend to participate in the 2015 Target Autism Tournament. For some, this was a first time tournament and they all did excellent. Everyone had a great time shooting for this wonderful cause. Thank you DSA for putting on this fantastic event!

We want to congratulate all of the PAA archers that participated! We are proud of each of you for supporting a great cause and competing in this fun shoot. Many made it to the podium  – Way to go and keep up the good work!!

Recurve Bow – Master Men
Byron Gray (3rd Place)

Barebow/Genesis – Master Men
Ronn Shinn (1st Place)
George Berger (2nd Place)

Recurve Bow – Men
Allen Nearing (2nd Place)

Recurve Bow – Women
Linh Do (3rd Place)

Barebow/Genesis – Women
Bella Kozak (1st Place)
Melody Richards (2nd Place)

Recurve Bow – Cub Women
Zoey Wapniarski (2nd Place)

Barebow/Genesis – Cub Men
Kale White (1st Place)

Recurve Bow – Bowman Men
Waylon Hjerpe (1st Place)
Raymond Tsai (2nd Place)

Click Here for a complete list of results from the tournament.

2015 Fall Papago 900 – Halloween Shoot Registration is Now Open

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Join us for the upcoming Papago 900  Halloween Shoot taking place on October 31st, 2015. There will be a costume contest and fun prizes. Registration is now open and details can be found on the event page.  Register early to make sure you reserve your spot. This tournament fills up fast! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Beginners Archery Course – Fall 2015

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Legolas, Katniss, Bard, Link, Merida and Ygritte may be fictional archers, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Registration is now open for our upcoming Beginners Archery Course. Now is the time to learn more about the sport of archery. The first class starts at 8am on September 19th, 2015. No experience or equipment is needed to participate. See you at the range!


*photo by Kristy Wapniarski

2015 Summer Sizzle Success

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Some of our PAA archers spent the weekend shooting in the 2015 Summer Sizzle tournament being hosted by Desert Sky Archers at the Ben Avery Indoor Shooting Range. The tournament format was a Double FITA I – Indoor 25/18 meter Tournament (Star FITA).

We want to give a big shout out to both Linh Do & Arni Walia, members of our JOAD & AAP program, for taking the plunge and trying out competitive archery for the first time. Way to go archers, you all did an excellent job!

Kelsey Lard (Recurve Women) – 2nd Place
Linh Do (Recurve Women) – 5th Place
Zoey Wapniarski (Recurve Cub Women) – 1st Place
Arni Walia (Recurve Cub Men) – 2nd Place