2017 memberships are $50 for individual and $75 for family (same price as last year). To join go to the "Join Brevard Archers" page and submit online with PayPal or credit card, or on that same page, use the "Print" link and mail the membership form with a check to the address on the form.
We will change the gate code at the archery range January 1st, 2017, and only current members be given the new combination.
The History of Brevard Archers
In 1981 about a half dozen archers began meeting at each others homes to shoot and talk archery. The late Fred Bremen was one of these gentlemen and became Brevard Archers founding father. The club was originally called Palm Bay Archers based in Palm Bay; the club grew quickly and soon outgrew the back yards of the fledgling membership.
An agreement was reached with Wickham Park to reestablish the archery range originally built by Nova Archers.
The members cut the field lanes were cut and installed target butts, bow racks and benchs. Over the years the practice range and 3D range were built. The club now regularly hosts archery competitions and beginner classes thanks to Fred and all of the dedicated archers who followed him.
Brevard Archers is actively involved with many youth programs around the county; with a hands on approach in keeping one of mankind's oldest abilities fresh in the mind of the next generation.
From the 4-H shoot programs to the Girl Scouts - Brevard Archers has been there to promote our sport of archery; donating targets and equipment, teaching safety lessons along with programs designed to instruct and encourage the young minds of our youth.
Our Officers, Instructors and Members
Brevard Archers members includes men and women of all ages and professions. Many of our members travel around the state and country to attend archery events. We also have hunters who like to keep their archery skills intact by shooting our 3-D rounds between hunting seasons.
Our instructors are seasoned archers capable of teaching levels from beginners to the advanced. All combined, they have countless years of experience.
"The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind." - Fred Bear
Exerting its influence on human development over a profoundly long time period, from approximately 25,000 BC to 1600 AD, archery is one of the most influential inventions in history. By greatly extending the effective lethal range over other weapons of the day, hunters were not only more successful, but also enjoyed greater safety hunting dangerous game. Thus, they were not only more likely to provide essential protein, calories and furs for themselves, their offspring, and tribal clan on a given hunt; but were also more likely to avoid injury and continue providing on future hunts.
Greater range also allowed archery empowered clans to migrate out of the dense forests into open plains and savanna - habitats that they were otherwise ill-equipped to master with previous weaponry such as spears, clubs, tomahawks, slings, and knives. The versatile bow and arrow allowed man, for the first time, to dominate landscapes he entered, harvesting the meat and furs of big game and predators.
Archery was a game changing technology in our nomadic past and remained a decisive military weapon until the widespread use of firearms in the 1400s.
As a result, it is highly likely that one or more occasions in the last 1200 human generations, the survival of one of your ancestors hinged on a particular arrow in flight finding its mark - to either satisfy a desperate hunger, or emerge victorious in battle. Thus, to learn archery is to experience a key element of one's own ancestral past.