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By: Tom Daniels, President

Dear Club Members,

   My Name is Tom Daniels, I have been chosen to support our archery Club as your President. 

   Thank you all for supporting Cedar River Bowmen.  I want to thank the 2018 board of directors for supporting the Club and keeping things moving forward.  I am looking forward to a fun year at the Club.  We will have a total of 6 shoots this year, including an EXTEREME shoot, a benefit shoot for Youth Outdoors Unlimited, and of course the Big One, BOWNANZA.  Other shoots will include our Field Shoot and the Kill Zone Wire Shoot.  I encourage everyone to test your archery skills at each one of these.

   Super Bowl Safari, (Key Exchange and Membership renewal) will be the first shoot of the year, February 9th and 10th.  This is a great opportunity to renew your membership and meet fellow club members.   

   I hope to meet all of you out at the club, remember aim small miss small and shoot straight.

Tom Daniels




The February Board meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on February 14th at the Neuwaukum Grange Hall, 38402 180th Ave. SE, Auburn, WA. 98092. All CRB members are welcome! Come see how you can contribute to your club! Guest comments and feedback are welcome.


Tuesdays in the Clubhouse

6:00pm Potluck Social
6:45pm Shooting Begins

Indoor league has started! Come join us for some friendship, food and some friendly competition.  A great time is had by all!  This is an Open House event, if you have family or friends that want to try shooting or just watch, bring them along.

Adults: $2

Kids: Free




By: Jim Walker

   CRB is raffling of a 2019 Bowtech Realm compound bow. The winner will be able to get it in right or left hand and the draw length and poundage they want. Tickets are $5 each with a maximum of 1,000 tickets. Tickets will be sold through Bownanza and drawn at that time. Contact Bocci Delphino (last page here for his contact information) for information and tickets. Please try your luck!



By: The Board

   We need your help at our work parties and tournaments. The work is not hard, but it does take time and we need people to help out. You’ll find there is much to be learned about what goes on at the Club and that the people here are very nice to work with. Look over our work party and tournament schedules and give us a hand by pitching in. For the work parties; just show up. As far as the tournaments go; we typically set up on the Friday before the shoot, starting at 9 AM. Please help us out and volunteer! Thank you.


Cook Shack Help Needed!

By The Board:

Concessions are a key part of our tournaments and helps with shooter turn out.  ANY AND ALL HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.


CRB 2019 Work Party Dates

By: JimWalker

Please mark your calendars as Your Club can really use your help!

February 2nd, March 23rd, April 27th, May 18th, June 8th, July 13th and 20th, August 10th , and October 5th.

   Work parties start at 9:00 am and last until about 1:00 pm. Lunch is provided after the work party.



   It’s not too early to start thinking about Bownanza as a Club. Our annual “Bownanza” tournament is a three-day extravaganza with thousands of dollars’ worth of door prizes, raffles and money dots. “Bownanza” is considered to be the premiere 3-D tournament by many in the Pacific Northwest.

   It is also your chance to serve your club by DONATING TO OUR RAFFLE TABLE.  Last year we had a number of club members bring items to the Raffle Table.  We hope that you can support this huge event by donating something nice as this is our biggest money maker of the year. 


By: The Board

   Please be aware that there are NO CENTER DOTS on the targets at the Flat Range, NOR DO WE WANT ANY!  We have done this purposely, as for years the centers have been shot and the target bales are getting tired. Shooting the perimeter will help promote the longevity of the bale. Please do not bring your own stickers and attach them to Club targets.


Membership News

By: Mike Stefanick

   This is my last article as Membership Chairman.  I decided that it was time for someone younger and more energetic to take over the position.  Fortunately, Shad Hulse has stepped forward to take over.  He has already discussed some interesting ideas that would help transform CRB membership paperwork. 

   Shad and I are working together to make the renewal process a success.  There is a bit of paperwork and organization needed for the key exchange on Feb 9th, but I’m sure we’ll have it all well in hand before the event.

    I want to thank everyone for making my task easy and enjoyable.  I will miss the membership encounters with many of you, as I have made some wonderful friends from these meetings.  I look forward to pursuing archery and continuing to help with other CRB projects.


Membership Cards

By: The Board

   Since we are starting a new year please remember to have your membership card with you. In the past there have been some incidences where nonmembers have been let in, or have borrowed keys, and are not with a club member. So please be aware of who is at your CLUB. Ask to see membership cards if you are unsure, and please introduce yourself.


Puffs Articles

    We are always looking for articles and ideas for the “Puffs” Club Newsletter especially with this season upcoming hunts. Please send any photos, articles or ideas to Mike Spalding. Thank you.



By: Jim Walker

   Free for club members. Have something you don’t need? Need something you don’t have? Get the information to Mike Spalding by the 14th of the month and get it listed in the “Puffs”.



Ray White Applications

   Do not forget to fill out a Ray White Application. You can print it from our news letters or pick one up from the registration booth or inside the clubhouse. You can email the form to me at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,) give a copy to one of the board members or mail it to me. My address is 18636 SE 268th St. Covington, WA 98042.


Ray White Awards

   All successful hunters this year; please remember to fill out a Ray White Big Game Award application, as you will be recognized at the annual banquet. The form is at the end of this newsletter. Please include a photo for the album and don’t forget to send an article for the Puffs. Since there may be multiple elk and deer taken this year, you will need to get a Pope and Young official score sheet to send in with your application. Since there may be both Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt bulls and Whitetail, Blacktail, and Mule Deer bucks, the percentage of the record for that species for each animal will be used to determine whose name goes on the Big Bull and Big Buck Awards. Note: Turkeys have been added to the Ray White awards.



By: Jim Walker

Feb 9th and 10th           Super Bowl Safari  S and M3

Mar 30th and 31st        Boar’s Head Extreme       3D

May 4th and 5th            Shoot the Field                F

June 15th and 16th         Y.O.U. BENEFIT SHOOT   3D

July 27th thru 29th        BOWNANZA                      3D

Aug 17th and 18th         Kill Zone Wire Shoot       3D


Reminder about Club Gates

 By: Jim Walker

   As we start a new year, please remember that the first gate (Community Gate) to the Range is to be kept closed and locked at all times by all members entering or leaving the Range. The second gate (Club gate) may be left open while the Range is in use. The last person leaving the Range is responsible to make sure the Club gate is closed and locked. Thanks.


Except for Cougar, General Season Hunting has ended for 2018

By: Robert McVicker

Cougar Hunting Area Openings and Closures

Three things to know:

   Anticipated closures are not official until considered and approved by the director of WDFW. 

   Hunters can also verify closures by calling the toll-free cougar hotline  (1-866-364-4868, press 2 after the recording). 

   After January 1, 2019, all hunters must report their kills via the cougar hotline within 72 hours (press 3 after the recording), and kills must sealed by WDFW staff within 5 days (unfrozen).

Harvest guideline system:
  In hunt areas with a harvest guideline, the Director may close the cougar late hunting season after January 1 in one or more GMUs if cougar harvest meets or exceeds the guideline.

   Starting January 1, cougar hunters may hunt cougar from January 1 until the hunt area harvest guideline has been reached and the GMU(s) is closed by the Director or April 30, whichever occurs first.

   All cougars killed by licensed hunters during the early and late hunting seasons, and seasons authorized under WAC 220-440-030 shall be counted toward the harvest guideline.

    It is each cougar hunter’s responsibility to verify if the cougar late hunting season is open or closed in hunt areas with a harvest guideline. Cougar hunters can verify if the season is open or closed by calling the toll free cougar hunting hotline (1-866-364-4868) or visiting this website.

The hotline and website will be updated weekly beginning January 1, 2019

Ray White Awards

   Some big game Ray White applications are starting to be turned in for the 2018 season. If you were a successful during archery season please turn in your application. You will be recognized at our club banquet. Biggest Buck and biggest Bull will get your name etched on a plaque. Get your applications to any of the board members, email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or send them via mail to 18636 SE 268th St. Covington WA 98042.

    We have extra copies at the registration booth and inside the club house.


Brand new starting in 2019!

   A Ray White award will be recognized for the 2019 season and seasons to follow. Turkey’s will be added to the Ray White Awards. Good luck to all those who challenge themselves with these smaller targets!



60# or 70# BOWS





I purchased some left over Elite inventory from a dealer. I have both 60# and 70# bows available. These bows are Brand New in factory boxes and are Ninja (All Black) and have 28” mods on them. I have most mods needed. If you are interested, Contact Jim Walker at 253-740-3653.


Garlic & Bourbon Duck Breasts

Jeremiah Doughty | From Field to Plate



·         4 duck breasts, skin on 

·         1/4 tsp sea salt 

·         1/4 tsp cracked pepper 

·         2 Tbs Butter 

·         2 Tbs olive oil 

·         5 cloves garlic, minced 

·         1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced 

·         1 cup bourbon 

·         2 cups duck broth (can sub chicken, or any other game bird broth)

·         2 cup peas 

·         2 Tbs cilantro, chopped 


1.      In large cast iron skillet over med-high heat, heat up 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs olive oil until its starts to foam. 

2.      Slice skin on duck breasts with a sharp knife, scoring the skin in a checkerboard pattern. This will help render the fat. 

3.      Season each breast with salt & pepper, place in skillet skin side down, cook about 5 minutes until skin is crispy and fat has rendered. Remove breasts.

4.      Add remaining butter and oil, add onions and garlic, sautéing until soft. Do not burn. 

5.      Add stock and bourbon and bring to a boil. Cook on high for 5-6 minutes to burn off alcohol. Reduce heat to simmer, ad pinch of sea salt and pepper. 

6.      Add ducks back to skillet skin side up and finish until medium-rare. Add peas last minute to heat. 

7.      Serve each each breast on a bed of peas or rice and finish with bourbon sauce drizzle. 

November 8, 2018

Braised Venison

Stacy Harris

Braises are one of my very favorite ways to cook. It is incredible to walk into the house filled with the aroma of slow cooked venison, herbs and vegetables on a cool winter day. Meals cooked with this method are always full of flavor and body. Meats that work well when braised are usually proteins that have a lot of muscle fiber and connective tissue. As this breaks down, it dissolves into gelatin which adds body and to the cooking liquid. Successful braises intermingle the flavor of the vegetables, herbs and liquids making it a delight to enjoy! To me, if the meat is marinated overnight with an acidic liquid such as tomato juice, wine, beer and even coke, the meat becomes more tender and succulent than if braised without the marinade. If I am in a hurry, I skip this step, but a little of the richness is missing in the final result.


This braised venison recipe is easy and seriously delicious. It is one that you will make weekly and is perfect for the hunting camp! I used my Dutch oven, but this dish would work equally as well in a crock pot and can be prepared quickly using a "can cooker." The trick to this recipe is to allow the braise to rest for 30 minutes uncovered.

Ingredients (serves 6)

·         2 pounds venison roast, cut into 1-inch cubes

·         1 1/2 cup red wine

·         Kosher salt and pepper

·         5 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

·         6 ounces no nitrate bacon, chopped

·         4 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

·         2 yellow onions, chopped

·         4 ribs celery, roughly chopped

·         4 cloves garlic, minced

·         1 pound potatoes, cut to 2-inch cubes

·         1 pound button mushrooms, halved

·         1 Tbs thyme

·         2 Tbs oregano

·         2 Tbs rosemary

·         1 quart beef stock

·         16 ounces canned tomatoes, crushed with your hands


1.      In a large bowl, place venison and red wine. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for at least 2 hours. while reserving wine marinade, remove the venison to a rack and dry with a paper towel. Venison needs to be dry to brown properly. Liberally salt and pepper the venison.

2.      In a Dutch oven or large cast iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil until almost smoking. Brown venison in batches adding oil to the pan as needed. Remove venison to a plate and set aside. 

3.      Add bacon, carrots, onions, celery and garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high heat until browned and onions are translucent (about 6 minutes). Add potatoes, mushrooms, thyme, oregano, rosemary, reserved wine, beef stock, tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper to the pan. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Turn the heat off and allow to sit uncovered for 30 minutes. This seems to allow the meat to tenderize even more. Serve with crusty bread.


CRB Board Meeting- December 13, 2018 at Newaukum Grange Hall - 6:30 p.m.

Attendance:  ( “X” indicates member present)

Galen Mauden   Pres             X

Jim Walker             Puffs        X

Tournament - Vacant

BJ Brewster         V-Pres         X

Ted Moore 2yr       Trustee   X

Secretary-        Vacant

Mike Stefanick     Mem.Ch.  X

JJ Ussery 2yr             Trustee X

Tom Daniels

Bocci Delfino        Range M   X

Jason Coleman 2yr Trustee  X


Dustin Veenker    Range A    X

Ron Hammerly 1yr Trustee  X


Dave Garrison      Range F    X

Patti Mauden


Robert McVicker  Hunt        X

Diane Daniels Treasurer       X



Meeting called to order at:                 6:35pm

Quorum is/is not Present:    Present.

Secretary’s Report –  Galen Mauden

-Motion was made to accept last month’s secretary’s report as written. 2nd, vote             accepted. For information purposes, the person wanting permission to use a crossbow at the club due to an injury is Darren Gardner.

Treasurer’s Report – Diane Daniels

            -A change at the bottom of the report as submitted: Should show $1200 not $700 in sponsorships for target butts.

            - Still no info in hand for the EMS account. No passwords, info on how to shut down the account, change passwords etc. Galen said he has the card readers for the EMS machine and will get them to Diane.

            - Jim to contact Ali about EMS info/Access and passwords.

            - Still missing the receipt(s) for reimbursement of $1300 for envelopes/supplies from earlier this year. Jim and Galen to follow up.

            - Still no previous Tax filings for previous years.

            - Motion was made/2nd, vote and passed to accept report as is for time being subject to audit.

Range Master Report – Bocci DelFino         

- Need to work on flat range targets.

            - Need more burlap targets painted up and made ready. (Jim/Dustin to try for 12/30 work party or possibly Jan 12th).

Assistant Animal – Dustin Veenker

-More discussion about burlap targets.

Assistant Field – Dave Garrison         

- Some of “A” targets have been replaced. 

            -  Fixed up “B” course.

            - “D” has some wrong distance targets that need to be swapped out, and some dead trees cut down and some down trees cut up. 


Bow Hunter Report – Robert McVicker

-Still have no Ray White Awards sent in.

- Articles about “Last Minute Hunts”? Recipes for “Tag Soup”?