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MEMBERSHIP:
Membership in DRB
covers you, your spouse, and children under 18 years of age. Junior memberships are available for those under 21 at reduced price. Membership cost is $100 initiation fee and $75 annual dues. There is currently an annual $75 assessment in effect until the mortgage on the indoor range is paid. Junior members pay only annual dues.

Benefits of membership include: unlimited use of the Indoor Practice Range which has 0 - 35 yards of shooting on 17 lanes. unlimited use of the scenic Outdoor Practice Range which has a 10-80 marked yardage practice area for sighting in with target tips or broadheads, a 20 target 2-D bowhunter course, a 20+ target broadhead course both of have trails which wind through a hilly, forested course that includes three elevated shooting platforms, two permanent ground blinds, and several bridges that cross the meandering creek flowing through the property. The is also unlimited access to the regulation indoor range with 19 shooting lanes, kitchen, and "indoor plumbing." The range is gated with a combination lock for safety, security, and privacy.

We also offer two indoor and two outdoor shooting leagues along with several special events and organized hunts. Some of the special events in the past have been, Bowhunter Education classes (the club has two certified instructors), seminars with such folks as M.R. James and 'Maggie' Magee of Bowhunter Magazine and representatives of Indiana's DNR, and informative presentations and informal classes on such topics as bow tuning, shooting fundamentals, broadhead sharpening and selection, etc. We have also held pheasant, carp, rabbit, and groundhog hunts.

A typical year in DRB begins in January with indoor leagues at the range. We shoot each Monday and Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. and the league continues for up to sixteen (16) weeks. The indoor league consists of an indoor PAA '300' round shot at 20 yards. The purpose, of course, is to hone your skills and work on your form, but the net result is a night of shooting with friends. Discounted Range Passes are available for members at a 25% savings.

We also host indoor public shoots on Saturday evenings January through March. On alternating weeks there are either a '300' Round or an Indoor 3-D shoot.

In March we start shooting outdoors with our infamous, "Cabin Fever Shoot." This event heralds the beginning of another season of 3-D Shoots. The club currently schedules our 3-D Shoots every second, fourth, and fifth (when available) Sunday of the month. These shoots are one way to raise revenue to operate the club. We are a non-profit organization, but we still need revenue to maintain the club and its grounds.

Operating on a tight budget means that we must do virtually all repairs, grounds maintenance, and major renovations ourselves. To this end we have begun the practice of scheduling "work parties" for the Saturday before a scheduled shoot. This scheduling technique has taken the confusion out of when work parties are actually scheduled. During work parties the ranges are closed. Attendance/participation is the obligation of every member.

As old man winter begins to wind down, it is usually time to schedule our annual awards banquet. This is an opportunity for all club members to get together, outside the club, for a night of good food, good stories and awarding our plaques for the previous year's success. We try to have a quest speaker and it usually makes for a well spent night out.

In April outdoor league shooting begins. These shoots are held on Thursday evenings, through the last week of September. League targets are 2-D, freestanding Bowhunter Education targets. The league consists of a field-tip league, followed by a broadhead league. Discounted Range Passes are available for members from the League Secretary.

The second weekend in August is when the club hosts its largest open shoot of the year, the Art Sears Memorial Big Game Shoot. This event is a two-day shoot, with a "Smoker Round" on Saturday afternoon and novelty shoots running continuously both days. There are raffles and door prizes given away.

Throughout the year there are monthly meetings of the membership on the first Tuesday of the month. These meetings are held in our clubhouse at 7:00 p.m. This is where you make your membership voice heard. The club is run for the members, by the members. It is through this forum that all decisions effecting the club are made. If you don't participate, you are not fulfilling one of your obligations of membership.

When you join DRB, you are on probation for the first year. This is when you learn who your fellow members are, learn how the club operates, and begin to build what we hope will be everlasting friendships. You will receive a membership card, combination for the gate, a copy of the shooting rules and our schedule. You will also get a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of club news; meetings, shoots; legislative info and tips for better bow hunting.

With all the benefits you receive, comes one other benefit - responsibility. You have accepted membership in an organization that requires your involvement in order for you to reap the benefits. It is no longer just a club; it is your club. The membership is what makes DRB a club, not the name, not a flag, not a building or range. You joined to be part of an organization that will help you improve your archery skills. In turn, it will teach you the benefits of involving yourself in something that can be shared by the whole family and hopefully, will be in existence for our children's children, in years to come.

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