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Indoor Traditional Archery in Lincoln City

Archery at Lincoln City Archery

It rains. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know about the Oregon Coast. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is; the weather can turn on a dime, rolling in from the ocean like a gray wave. Real Oregonians don’t let the rain stop them from doing their outdoor activities, generally speaking. However, there are some good reasons to avoid the outdoors and inclement weather, especially when there’s a place inside that will allow you to do what you want.

If you’re looking to shoot some arrows downrange, Lincoln City Archery can help. We have four lanes for traditional archery shooting of bows less than 40#. Fifteen minutes is $15, including equipment and instruction. If you’ve never shot a recurve bow, this is a good place to learn. You can even bring family, who find your compound bow to heavy to draw. We have 15# bows for children 8 and up.

Traditional archery is a way for me to regain control and focus. It allows me to calm my thoughts and be in the moment as I send arrows toward the target. We do a lot of things that take away our personal power; traditional archery helps me regain some of that. Whether I miss or hit the target, the responsibility and the ability lie within me. And I like to shoot zombies.

At Lincoln City Archery, we provide a safe place for people to shoot bows and arrows. We have classes that introduce people to the basics of traditional archery, including learning to shoot both hands, using different stances, dealing with arrows. Later classes allow archers to sample moving targets, walking while shooting and walking while shooting moving targets.

Shad and Jenya Engkilterra own Lincoln City Archery. The indoor traditional archery range is located at the Lincoln City Outlets across from Tools and More and next to Maurice’s. Book online to ensure your lane. Shad learned archery from Armin Hirmer in Malta, where Armin allowed him to run Malta Archery’s indoor range for a year. From May 5, 2021 to May 15, 2022, Shad and Jenya taught over 3,000 people the basics of traditional archery. Shad has published “How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow” with photos by Jenya to help people remember the steps they learned while at Lincoln City Archery. The indoor range opened on May 15, 2021. We stock a small amount of traditional archery supplies including bows. Those who need compound archery equipment may order it from us.

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Plugging in Zombie Apocalypse Arcade Game

Zombie Apocalypse Arcade Game Cabinet

After repairing the Zombie Apocalypse arcade cabinet to the best of my ability and cleaning the electronic components making sure they were dry and dust free, I decided it was time to try the game. I plugged it in.

The lights flickered and dimmed, then flashed to a brilliant white as I came around the front of the cabinet. The company logo glowed on the cathode ray tube screen and shambled forward until it was so close it disappeared. Then the game’s opening video rolled:

Looking down the hill, Kevin could see the fog sitting over the ocean and sand straining at the confines of the concrete wall that separated the beach from the parking lot. There were a few cars in the parking lot, and a couple of people stood at the railing looking into the fog. Kevin could tell that they wouldn’t be able to see anything of the ocean, no matter how high the tide was.
One woman focused intently at the fog. She squinted, leaned forward, and that’s when the fog broke loose. It engulfed the parking lot and rolled over the highway. It rolled up the hill toward Kevin. That’s when the tsunami warning siren went off.
Kevin looked at his watch. It was 11am. This was no drill. A tsunami was on its way. Underneath the blare of the siren, Kevin heard something else, the grumble, rumble, groan of the approaching disaster. The smell of death and decay preceded the fog as it crept closer. Kevin turned and ran. It was only a block from the tsunami safe zone. He was sure he could make it.
He didn’t look back until he passed the huge blue sign that marked the border of the safe zone. The fog was close behind him. There was something else in that fog. Kevin looked closer. The siren blared in the background of his thoughts. He squinted. There were shadows in the fog, slow-moving shadows, hundreds of them.
“Hurry up!” Kevin shouted. “You’ve got to get here before the water does.” He tried to encourage the people in the fog to keep moving. Then his ears picked out the sound of the groans and his brain connected the smell of death. Those weren’t people. Kevin ran farther up the hill and into the outlet mall.
He found the archery shop open. There were two employees and one other person who had decided to wait out the tsunami here. Kevin told them what he had seen as the fog and stench rolled through the building and grew denser. The manager reached the door as a hand slammed against the outer windows of the store – a decaying hand. He locked the door as a zombie shambled into the glass. Then another and another and another. Soon, they were surrounded by the horde.
The manager strung bows, moved everyone to the most defensible place in the building, and put baskets of arrows in front of the three others. The zombie horde broke through…

The video turned to the credits roll and then sputtered out and shut off. I couldn’t figure out what had happened. I unplugged it the Zombie Apocalypse arcade cabinet and plugged it in again. Nothing. It was getting late, so I left it alone, cleaned the store, and went home. (If you want to face the zombies, check out the rules and then get to Lincoln City Archery.)

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Lincoln City Archery Grand Opening Press Release

Archery at Lincoln City Archery

Lincoln City, OR (April 26, 2021) – On May 15, 2021, Lincoln City Archery will hold its grand opening at the Lincoln City Outlets at 11am. The indoor archery range will allow people to learn the art of traditional archery focusing on the meditative and intuitive aspects of using a bow and arrow.

People ages eight and older will have the opportunity to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow without any of the modern-day trappings. This is the same type of shooting as depicted in movies like Brave and Robin Hood.

“People rely so much on technology and advances in equipment that they forget they can do it themselves without help,” says Instructor and Owner Shad Engkilterra, who trained under Master Archer Armin Hirmer in the country of Malta.

Archery has mental and physical health benefits. It allows the archer to feel empowered. However, those aren’t the main reasons to go according to Engkilterra.

“Archery is fun,” says Engkilterra. “I love the peace it brings and the sense of calm and focus, but I also like to delve into the games aspect of archery.”

Future events will include Zombie Apocalypse Arcade, Duck Hunt, and the possibility of staving off a killer pumpkin invasion. Engkilterra is also looking for people who would like to participate in an evening Archers’ League.

“Traditional archery can be done as an individual, but when people get together to support each other, it becomes an even more powerful activity,” says Engkilterra. “Making connections with others is one thing that soothes the core of who we are.”

Bookings can be made online at www.lincolncityarchery.com. Those who wish to book the range for parties can call 503-409-8371.

The range is currently using small poundage bows. Those who hunt are welcome to come practice their form using the smaller pound bows and field tips. The store can order archery equipment of any kind for anyone. It will carry a small number of items in stock.

“As we grow, we will look to expand our inventory,” says Engkilterra, “but for the moment, we will be happy to make special orders and have them available for pick up or to send them by mail.”

Bows and arrows aren’t the only things you’ll find at Lincoln City Archery. The store will also carry books on archery and books written by Indie authors.

“We’re looking forward to holding author signings for people looking to break into the business,” says Engkilterra. “Drue M. Scott, author of a series set in the fictional town of Blackwood Forest, Or, has already committed to coming out for Memorial Day weekend.”

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What People Are Saying about Lincoln City Archery

Lincoln City Archery Coming Soon

From May 5 through May 12, Lincoln City Archery held a soft opening and showed its appreciation for those employed at Lincoln City Outlets. The soft opening allowed Lincoln City Archery to test its systems, spot some weaknesses, and correct those weaknesses before the grand opening on May 15. Participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire about what they liked and what needed improvement. Here are some of their comments:

  • The range included professional instruction and was very safe.
  • It was a very unique experience.
  • Great environment, nice people.
  • This was a lot of fun!
  • The instructor was very nice and made the whole experience very enjoyable.
  • It’s great for beginners.
  • It gives my husband and I something to do together.

They also liked the clear, personal instructions, tips for shooting, and the experience of learning and getting to know archery.

At Lincoln City Archery, we strive to bring each individual the amount of instruction he or she needs or wants while maintaining safety and keeping the arrows on the target. We would love to help you learn to shoot a bow and arrow in the traditional way using the Mediterranean draw technique. We are a family-owned business.

If you would like to join us at our range, reserve your space online at https://penguinate.com/lincoln-city-archery-booking-form/.