When Russell Cooper decided to found an archery course, he drew inspiration from his Native American heritage and built it along the Saluda River following the archery-rich tradition of his Saluda ancestors. When the course isn't hosting state South Carolina Archery Association and National Field Archery Association tournaments, experienced instructors guide novice and experienced archers through the natural wilderness to shoot at targets lining forest trails and dodge spitballs from bears. Outside, visitors aim their compound bows at targets from marked stands, whereas in a 15-lane indoor range, they aim down a concrete hall at hanging paper targets and model deer. Halfway through the outdoor course, targets give way to a clearing populated by café tables and chairs, and benches surrounding a fire pit where visitors can compete to see who can shoot a s'mores in midair. Staffers at the clearing's snack stand serve breakfast ham and sausage biscuits, or lunches of hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches until the light sinks behind the trees.