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"Bowhunting - Conservation - Fellowship"

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Welcome to Deep River Bowmen's website! Deep River Bowmen, Inc. was founded in 1962 by a group of bowhunters who regularly bowfished on Deep River in Northwest Indiana. The bulk of the charter members consisted of members of the old Potawatomi Archery Club. Membership in the club has grown steadily since that time and today, DRB inc. is recognized as the largest organized bowhunting archery club in northern Indiana.

The club holds memberships in the National Field Archery Association, the Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, and actively supports the Indiana Bowhunter Association, and the National Bowhunter Education Foundation. DRB inc. is the first local organization to become involved with the WLFA's "Protect What's Right" program.

DRB has been featured on Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN Channel 56). Watch the video HERE


It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Morris Bates, longtime member of Deep River Bowmen.

Obituary for Morris A. Bates

Morris A. Bates, age 76 of Portage, IN passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on September 8, 1942 in Fayetteville, TN to Mary Frame and Leon Bates.

Morris is survived by his wife, Janet "Cookie" (Zrabkowski); daughters, Denise (Robert) Chupp, Debbie (Mark) Fleming, Lori (John Stroud) Dixon, Lisa (Mark) Kizer and Jennifer (Dale) Fehlman; grandchildren, William Jones III, Matthew and Emily Jones, Christopher (Jessica) Bates, Michelle (Ryan) Rokicki, Cassie (Alyson) Dixon, Samantha (Nico) Hernandez, Jayla Groves, Zak and Luke Kizer, Kyle Baugh, Madilynn and Andrew Fehlman; great-grandchildren, Abri Kroledge, Kaz and Jordy Rokicki, Christopher Bates Jr., Cadence Tungol, Connor Longacre, Gabby, Jr., and Olivia Hernandez and Mason Peich; son-in-law, Jim Dixon; two sisters and two brothers. Morris was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Alex Bates and a brother.

Morris was an avid sportsman and a member of the Deep River Bowmen Club. He coached his daughters in Jr. Miss softball for many years and was married to the love of his life Cookie for almost 57 years. He loved the Chicago Cubs, bowling and his motorcycles. Morris was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10:00 am at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home (Portage Chapel) 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN 46368 with Deacon Rich Huber officiating. Burial to follow at Heritage Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

More information can be found here



June Newsletter has been emailed out! Also make sure to check the attached flyer for the Burns Harbor Youth Shoot Event on July 13th. The codes to the Club Members (Only) tab tab has been changed as well as the gate and door!

Its officially Outdoor Shoot season at DRB! Flats league is now ongoing with BRAND NEW FLATS TARGETS! On most Saturdays before our 3D shoots we are having work parties to help improve the club grounds! Outdoor 3D Shoots are underway and we will be keeping track of scores on our website and Facebook page. If you havent liked out Facebook page please do so!

Our next Outdoor 3D shoot is June 9th, June 23rd, and June 30th! Below is a link for the updated Calendar!

Click here to print the 2019 Shoot Calendar!

DRB needs your help to spread the word! Archery lessons at the club are underway! The June class was a success! There isnt a class offered in July. We are now enrolling for the August 3rd class. Please call (219)762-4664 to register. We have 4 new USAA/NFAA Level I instructors. Thank you to Jon Cooros, Rudy Miller, Don Spradlin, and Mary Ann Flanagin for taking the time to become certified!
Check out the class information HERE



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