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What to expect at the Jamboree

By Nate Nelson and Eric Albrecht
Jamboree Co-Chairmen

Every year on the first weekend in August, NBA members congregate in the Nebraska National Forest for a weekend of fun and hardcore bow shooting. The event this year will run Thursday, August 4th to Sunday, August 7th. 

We will have a registration table set up from Thursday through Saturday at the main picnic area. Please stop in when you arrive at the forest and sign in. Our volunteers will be happy to help you get signed in, hand you your registration button, and answer any questions you may have. The registration cost is $20 for an individual or $35 for a family (a couple dollars more if you register online). The registration cost covers the unlimited shooting at the 3D Ranges. It also includes the Saturday evening BBQ dinner and Kid's activities. It does NOT include membership dues, camping, novelty shoot costs, or any activities paid to the forest. If you want to register early, pre-registration is available on our website as an option for those who wish to spend less time at the registration table. If you pre-register online, you will still need to stop at the registration table to check-in and grab your buttons.

This is a MEMBERS ONLY event. If you are not a current NBA Member or your membership has expired, you need to join or renew. You can do that on our website or at the Jamboree Registration table. 

During the event, we will have our amazing 3D archery ranges set up. On top of that, we will have competition shoots Friday and Saturday. At these novelty shoots, you can test your skills and compete against other skilled archers for your chance at winning a medal at our Saturday night awards BBQ. 

When you want to rest your arms from all that shooting, there are a variety of things to do throughout the forest. Hiking trails, the lookout tower, and a fishing pond are some of our favorite attractions. There is poison ivy throughout the forest, so you may want to brush up on your plant ID skills. Located in the heart of the forest is the middle Loup river which offers attendees a great area to go cool off in the heat of the day. You will find a lot of NBA members down in the river enjoying the water, good conversation, and an ice-cold beverage.

This year there will be a couple of changes we want to make everyone aware of.  The State meeting this year will be held Friday at 11:00am. We are also bringing back the Dutch Oven Seminar, presented by Shawn Riley.  This will be held Friday at 1:00pm in the picnic shelter.  If you ever wanted to learn how or perfect your skills, you won’t want to miss this.  Next will be the addition of a fifth 3D range, with an “extreme” feel to it.  Kids night will be changing to Family Fun night as we want everyone to come enjoy the games and movie with us Thursday night.  Any other changes will be printed in the schedule of events that will be available at registration.

As always, we will have a barbecue picnic and raffle Saturday night located at the main picnic shelter in the forest for all attendees to enjoy. The meal is a free-will donation and there will be some great raffle items there, including the Kid’s Only bow raffle, for which tickets have to be earned not purchased. Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy a good meal and stay for the fun! 

Online pre-registration is open soon!  So get your camping spot, hotel room or back of your pickup ready as this will be another awesome year.  

2022 NBA Summer Jamboree

August 4-7, 2022 - Nebraska National Forest, Halsey

This is a member's only event, please JOIN THE NBA online now or when you get to the Jamboree. 

Jamboree Pre-Registration OPEN SOON!

General Information



The Ranges

Novelty Competition Shoots

Kid's Activities

Other Activities

Questions or to Volunteer: Eric 308-627-2784 or Nate at 308-660-5437

Absolutely NO BROADHEADS or CROSSBOWS allowed at the Jamboree

About us

In 1984, the idea of an organization that would bring bowhunters together with a common goal to preserve and protect bowhunting was formed and the Nebraska Bowhunters Association (NBA) was born. Now, the NBA is one of Nebraska's premier hunting organizations, with a growing membership, family friendly events, and a firm passion to continue to preserve and promote bowhunting in Nebraska. 

Become a member

Although bowhunting is often a private, quiet affair, members of the NBA benefit greatly from organizing together. Besides the political clout and united front against those opposed to hunting, the camaraderie is perhaps the best bargain for the money. NBA members meet across the state throughout the year at our Banquet in March and Jamboree in August. We would love to have you join us! 

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