Archery is America's fastest growing sport. Why? Because it's fun, fun, fun! We have something for all skill levels such as group lessons for those getting started in archery, a practice range, private lessons, and friendly competitions in 3D, field archery and target archery. We welcome your participation in our events.
Brevard Archers membership is made up of all levels of shooters from beginners to champions and all styles of shooting including traditional, Olympic recurve, and compound archery. Brevard Archers is an FAA/NFAA Charter Club. We are also chartered through ASA (Archery Shooters Association).
Our range at Wickham Park is open to the public during daylight hours. It includes an official 14-target Field Archery course, a practice range with target butts at 20 to 70 yards, and adjacent to it an area for target competitions, such as 900 and 600 rounds. We also have a beautiul wooded area with 20 lanes dedicated to our monthly 3D shoots. All shooters are welcome to participate in all of our events.
The History of Brevard Archers
In 1981 about a half dozen archers began meeting at each others homes to shoot and talk archery. Fred Bremen was one of these gentlemen and is 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.
An agreement was reached with Wickham Park to reestablish the archery range originally built by Nova Archers.
It's been through the work of the members that the field lanes were cut and maintained; target butts and stands installed and replaced as needed. Over the years the club has grown and survived while others came and went. We thank Fred and all of the dedicated archers who have joined in this huge responsibility.
At the age of 86 Fred Bremen is still active in our shoots and the management of Brevard Archers. He is much loved and respected by all who know 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.
2016 memberships are increasing to $50 for individual and $75 for family. However, for a limited time - now through 11:59 PM December 31, 2015 - you can join or renew for the low price of $30 individual and $40 for family. Additionally, your membership will be effective for the rest of 2015 and the entire year of 2016.
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 changed the gate code at the archery range January 1st, 2016, and only current members have the new combination.
"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.
Taking an archery class is an excellent way to see if you are interested in archery - all equipment is provided. If you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it. All lessons are at the archery range at Wickham Park, Melbourne, FL.