A Father’s Day Archery Shoot
By Wapiti Wire Staff
(Left to right) Mason, Jeff, Emily, Lily and Ella Jewkes all pull their weight to make the Utah Conservation Archery Shoot a success.
“Jeff and Emily Jewkes are great examples of a father and mother who spend time in the outdoors with their children,” says Bill Christensen, RMEF Utah Regional Director. Jeff has developed one of the largest RMEF Conservation Archery Shoots in the country. Last year some 190 shooters enjoyed the Conservation Archery Shoot at the Timpanogos Archery Range near Provo, Utah.
“This year is especially exciting with the archery shoot happening on Father’s Day weekend, and RMEF Team Elk host Brandon Bates will be a featured guest and shooter. This is real opportunity for fathers and mothers to shoot with their kids,” Christensen says.
Jeff and Emily Jewkes are active RMEF volunteers with the Provo Chapter, and Jeff is also a member of Utah’s State Leadership Team. Their three children—Mason (10), Ella (5), and Lily (3)—are always ready to lend a hand, too.
The archery shoot started four years ago as a way to bring the local community together, promote archery hunting and support wildlife, Jeff says. It gets bigger every year—from $900 raised in year one to $9,000 last year. This year’s goal is $15,000.The fundraiser helps fuel on-the-ground conservation projects.
“The main reason I got involved with RMEF was it was something bigger than myself,” Jeff says. “Six years ago I went to a meeting. They gave me a hat, and ever since my family has gone back. We’ve met great people, and they’ve become great friends.”
The event is family-friendly—something important to Jeff since the entire Jewkes clan loves archery and everyone contributes to the event’s success. “My son Mason will be the first one to ask if you want a membership. He’ll tell you it’s 35 bucks,” Jeff says. “My girls are my Foundation girls. Everyone knows them as the Foundation girls. Every time I put my bow in my truck, my girls ask, ‘Dad, are we going to do Foundation stuff?’ Emily helps run the raffles and puts together the registration bags. She’s my biggest support. I couldn’t do it without her.”
Jeff also credits the event’s success to his dedicated committee members and volunteers, saying they make the whole thing possible. He thanks them for their continued support.
For the Jewkes, family time revolves around volunteering or getting outside—and sometimes both at once, like when they help with guzzler projects at Utah’s annual summer rendezvous.
“The way I think of it, volunteering is our way of giving back to something bigger than ourselves. It teaches the kids to work harder, that nothing is free in life and you’ve got to be conscious of your surroundings. You have to give back. It’s not always take, take, take,” Jeff says. “I just want my kids to know there is more than video games, tablets and smartphones. There are so many cool things in nature. Seeing an animal in the wild and understanding where your food comes from are more important to me.”
The Jewkes will celebrate Father’s Day by doing what they do best—giving back. “The Jewkes family is an example of a great RMEF family enjoying holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, along with great times the rest of the year,” Christensen says.
The Conservation Archery Shoot will be held June 17-18, 2017 at The Timpanogos Archery Range near Provo. For more information, visit utahrmef.com.