Well the time of year is upon us again. Next week the Nebraska Bowhunters Association will invade the Halsey National Forest for the annual Jamboree.
I have been attending this event since I was a little tike. It is one of the highlights of my year.
As a kid I remember The Jamboree being the last hoorah of summer before school started. Crossing that river bridge to enter into the forest brought an excitement that caused me to not be able to sit still. Seeing my "NBA family" again and camping together was and still is such an amazing time.
As a kid I remember loving the 3-d ranges and the competition shoots, running wild in the forest and shooting the kids range. As a teen I loved it even more, shooting ranges in the mornings, hanging in the river with friends in the heat of the day, trading hunting stories and good food in the evenings, and onto college the feeling was the same.
I started bringing my wife (girlfriend at the time) with me and she loved it as well and as a family we look forward to it every year.
I have so many great memories from The Jamboree and look forward to the ones we will make in the future as I start bringing my own children to it to let them experience it for themselves.
This year however my wife and I will not make it to the Jamboree as we are expecting our third child any day now. (She doesn't think the forest is a good place to have a child despite my best efforts to convince her it would be!)
So all of you will have to enjoy it this year without us (I know it will be tough).
If you have never experienced the jamboree then I am here to highly recommend trying it out for yourself. This year the jamboree goes from August 4th - August 7th. It is fun for all ages. The forest has many accommodations for camping, whether it be in a camper or a tent they have it. There is also the 4h cabins at the forest, or a nearby hotel in Thedford, Nebraska.
It is a members only event so ensure you go online and Join the NBA or look for the registration table right across from the pay station when you get there to sign in and say hello.
I promise you will not regret it. It is a "fun for the whole family" event and if nothing else it gives you a great excuse to go camping and shoot some 3-d ranges just in time for antelope season.
In closing I want to remind all of us first timers or Jamboree lifers that this event doesn't just happen every year with no sweat. There are people behind the scenes who work tirelessly for hours on end in the August heat to make this event possible. The NBA is blessed with a ton of great people who volunteer their time to make sure all of us have an awesome experience when we go to this.
Don't let there work go unnoticed, let's give them all a thank you and a helping hand.
There is always something that they need hep with, whether running the registration table for an hour or two, assisting setting up or taking down targets, helping run the competition shoots for awhile, to volunteering your time to the highway litter clean up , along with many other countless details that go into making this event so special.
If you are interested in volunteering your time contact:
Roger Sears: 308-530-3167
Matt Lucas: 308-520-2164
Harlin Welch: 402-760-0532
Last but not least, it is a privilege that the NBA has a location like the Halsey National Gorest to put on such a massive event the forest is an incredible place.
Even outside of the Jamboree. As citizens of the state what an awesome place we ALL have to use for hunting, camping, or any other kind of recreational activities we can enjoy there.
Ensure you thank the forest service for there work they put in to making it such an awesome place.
We must all remember to clean up what we carry in and try to leave it nicer than we found it.
Your help will be most appreciated, most importantly to all of you, enjoy The Jamboree! If you've never been there go check it out it will not disappoint. And you're a seasoned jamboree veteran...may this year be the best one yet! I'll be thinking of you all!
The Lighter Side of the Arrow