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"Trackers Earth" opens archery range on Milwaukie Avenue

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Trackers Earth has bought this building, on Milwaukie Avenue just south of Holgate, to convert it into a new archery range, coffee shop, and outdoor gear store. Itll be open to the public. Trackers Earth, the outdoor survival skills school at 5040 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, just south of McLoughlin Boulevard, is developing a new archery range nearby.

Owner Tony Deis purchased the former Barbo Machinery Co. building at 4617 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, and is converting it into a new archery range, coffee shop, and outdoor gear store. The 18,000-square-foot space is three times larger than Trackers’ current indoor range.

Trackers has been teaching students the arts of wilderness living, homesteading, and primitive skills related to nature and land restoration, for ten years in the former PPS Vocational Village building. Among the classes are wild plant identification, blacksmithing, and hide tanning basics – and boat-building, archery, and outdoor shelter skills. Classes also address hunting, food gathering, and learning to respect the land. Classes are held after regular school hours, and during school breaks.

Says Deis, “We offer camps and outdoor programs for all ages through innovative education and authentic outdoor skills. Our purpose is to create a connection to the land, and we have been recognized with several awards for our creative programming. Our setup is organized into four guilds: Rangers, Wilders, Mariners, and Artisans.”

The archery range will be open to the public during evenings and weekends, with all ages welcome. Deis continues, “There will be classes for making bows, including longbows, at the range. Other classes that will be available will be camps (our primary programs), blacksmithing, woodworking, fiber arts, and other ‘folk school’ programs.

“The opening of the building coincides with the release of our new book, which teaches outdoor survival skills to kids.”