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Here we go!

The last big tune up of the summer before the big game seasons start is coming up July 19, 20, and 21 near Leadville.

The Colorado Bowhunter’s Association’s Jamboree is a long weekend of camping, friends, fun, and, oh yea, lots of shooting!

The Colorado Bowhunter’s Association (CBA) has celebrated the upcoming bow hunting season for the past 37 years by holding its annual Jamboree in the mountains of Colorado.

First held in the Kremmling area, the Jamboree moved from site to site until settling, for the past five years, at the Quail Mountain Recreation Area near Leadville.

Long time CBA member and Jamboree co-Chairperson, Rose Ashurst, drives these events and has been responsible for the Jamboree’s success over the past several years.

She said, “The CBA (Jamboree) is the largest family oriented Bowhunting/Archery Event in the Western US and continues to grow each year. This year’s event is sure to be as memorable as the last 36!”

Ashurst expects upward of 2,500 participants at this year’s event.

Unlike many large scale archery tournaments that draw competitors from across the nation, the CBA Jamboree isn’t a contest.

There are no score cards or trophies at the end, just the bragging rights between friends and groups and the chance to spend some time with a bunch of other folks who love the sport.

And while there will be seven different 3D archery ranges set up, including an “extreme” range and a kids range, for those who want to meander through the courses and sling arrows at a variety of different animal targets, there will be a lot of other fun activities, too.

The Jamboree kicks off on July 19 with the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids.

This one day camp provides kids with fun instruction in game calling, tracking, survival, and other skills in a safe, supervised environment that the kids are sure to love.

From there, the Jamboree really gets going with on-site camping, swap meets, a dance, chili cook off, and a variety of other fun stuff that even the non-archer in your family will enjoy.

Having participated in several Jamborees in the past, I can attest that the bow hunters in your family will love have a blast at this event.

For the cost of a dinner out with the family, shooters can spend the entire weekend on the 3D ranges testing their skills.

I personally love this event for the simple fact that I can spend the weekend shooting life sized foam animal targets, set in realistic hunting situations, where I have to judge distance and contort my body to shoot over, around, or under limbs. It’s the most realistic practice that a bow hunter can get, and with the ranges opening at around 7:30 a.m. each morning and staying open until 8:30 p.m. at night, there’s really no limit to the number of targets that you can shoot during the day.

Situated between Buena Vista and Leadville on U.S. Highway 24, the Quail Mountain venue is a great location for the Jamboree.

With Twin Lakes and the Arkansas River nearby, participants can take a break from all the shooting to wet a line, or they can head into town to shop or stroll through the historic mining towns.

With the hunting season just around the corner the Jamboree is a great way to make those final adjustments to your shooting form and to share stories around the fire with others who understand and live your passion. Entry fee, camping, and event information can be found on the CBA’s website,

Pueblo West resident Bill Claspell is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman who also enjoys writing about his adventures. He can be reached by e-mail at

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