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FEATURES December 2005 / January 2006

2005 SHOOTERS OF THE YEAR Linda K. Owen & Tim Gillingham...............6

Bowhunting short story by Marcia Jones.......................................25

From the Presidents Desk By Bruce Cull............................................10

NugeHuntStory I Love My Little Bucks By Ted Nugent..........................................30

Publish your club's online newsletter By Paul Davison........................................11 Teditorial MY BOWHUNTING By Ted Nugent..........................................12

Magnum Minute I Went to Church By Ward Parker........................................33

Ragsdales Straight Shots Calculated Absolute Distance By Bob Ragsdale.................................44-46 Nostalgia corner The 15-Target, 300-Round By Paul Davison........................................48 The Shot Doctor Dwell On the Positive By Terry Wunderle....................................49

NFAA Headquarters Report............35 NFAA Kids Corner...............................28

NFAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS................13 ANDREW, katrina, WILMA and THE EVERGLADES ARCHERS Triple Whammy Recovery by Tim Austin & Sherry Mascaro.........16-19

Vol. 25 • No. 6 © 2005 NFAA®

NFAA Section & STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS..................................................37-43


Happy Holidays!


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relaxed. Field archery is another strong point. I feel the number one factor in shooting field successfully is to be prepared. I have learned all these lessons the hard way. First ,great sight marks, proven cut-shot charts, a reliable angle-measuring device and a bow you know will shoot the center of the x out if you make a good shot. Secondly, a reliable and disciplined shot routine that assists you in avoiding making errors in mis-setting your sight and shooting the wrong target. I made 3 sight setting errors at the National Field which resulted in 7 points lost. The guy that won, 0 errors. I believe in my equipment. It is all tried and true. I have been accused of being a tinkerer. My answer: “If you never try anything, you never learn anything”. No one will ever accuse me of following the norm, I believe there is always a better way of doing things, it just has to be found.

Flint Creek Archery Association (President) 2006 Major Sponsors Mathews Easton Technical Products, Inc. T.R.U. Ball Sure-Loc Muzzy Products, Corp. Alpen Optics Shrewd Precision Other Sponsors/Equipment: Super Scope, Doinker, and Sims Vibration Laboratory Equipment 3-D and Target Bow: Mathews Conquest 3, with Mini-Max cam, 54 lbs. draw weight, 27.5” draw length, equipped with a Sure-Loc sight with Shrewd Precision 6x scope, Doinker 30” stabilizer, Shrewd Precision grip, SVL Limb Savers and Mathews arrow rest. Bow: Mathews Switchback, 59 lbs. draw weight, 27.5” draw length, equipped with a Sure-Loc sight with Sure-Loc .7 diopter scope, Doinker 28” stabilizer, Shrewd Precision grip. Bow: Mathews Apex, 54 lbs. draw weight, 27.5” draw length, equipped with a Sure-Loc sight with Super Scope 6x scope, Doinker 30” stabilizer, Shrewd Precision grip. Release: T.R.U. Ball BT Gold 3 finger Arrows: Easton ACE 520, 27” with 1.6” vanes and 70 gr. Points, or Easton Lightspeed 500 with 2.3” vanes and 80 gr. points. Optics: Alpen 8.5 X 50 Binoculars Hunting

Tim Gillingham

Tim Gillingham Tim is 36 years old and has been shooting for 24 years. He is a National Shooting Staff Manager for Gold Tip Inc. His draw length is 32”. Current Equipment Bow: Mathew Apex 60 lbs/field , 65lbs 3-D Arrows: Field-- Gold Tip Pro Hunter 7595 w/120 grain pts. and pin bushings; 3-D—Gold Tip 30x w/100 grain pts. or Gold Tip X-cutters w/ 110-120 grain points and pin bushings Nocks: Magnocks (c-nocks) Scope: Shrewd 5x with drilled .019 lense and Pro Light DX with blue fiber Sight: Toxonics Naildriver String: Mathews Barracuda BCY 452x Loop: Center loop Carter release rope material Release: Carter Hole Thing 2000 Stabilizer: Shrewd 20” w/offset bracket to the left with a down angle quick connect Vanes: Vanetec V-max 1.75/field Vanetec V-max 2.25 3-D right helical fletched Arrow Rest: Golden Key TKO with .010 blade set up as dropaway Quiver : FIST Custom leather field quiver Optics: Binoculars/ Nikon Monarch 8x42—Nikon Premier LX L 10x42 Spotting Scope: Nikon Spotter XLII 6 Archery Magazine December ‘05/January '06

Hobbies All disciplines of archery with my favorites being marked distance FITA and Field Archery, Bowhunting Release Style I shoot a command style release meaning it is not a surprise when I shoot the shot. I feel like it gives me more control in various conditions and fits how I aim better. Although mentally it is not for everyone, I personally believe a surprise release is not either. We all have different aiming abilities and the subconscious can be harnessed no matter how we fire the release. Focus Point I try to focus on where I want the arrow to go and try to train my subconscious to keep the follow through happening both physically and mentally. That keeps the mind from thinking about the release. Summary I set the goal to win Shooter of the Year this year because I felt it was a very attainable goal for me. My ability to command the release is a big advantage, especially when shooting unmarked 3-d targets. I concentrate so hard on a little shadow or piece of light and as soon as the sight settles in it is gone. I always found it hard to hold on nothing when shooting a surprise style release. I combat the target-panic in archery by visualization practice and using a surprise style release in practice when I am not aiming

Linda is an Engineering Supervisor for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, MS. She earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree, Drafting and Design Technology from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Release: T.R.U. Ball Arrows: Easton ACC 3-28, 26” with 4” Quick Spin vanes and 100 gr. Muzzy 3-blade broadheads.

Other Interests Outdoor and Wildlife Photography, Hunting, Bird Watching, Horseback Riding. I have been involved in the sport of archery for 17 years. I started bowhunting and shooting competitively in local tournaments in 1989. In 1991 I began competing on a national level, in NFAA indoor and field tournaments. In 1996 I started competing in the national 3-D tournaments (ASA), as an amateur, in addition to the NFAA tournaments. After winning the ASA Intermediate (Semi-Pro) Shooter of the Year and the NFAA Champion of Champions titles in 1998, I turned pro in 1999. I am an avid bowhunter. I have taken 28 whitetail deer with a bow, in five states, and antelope, wild hog and numerous small game animals, including squirrels, rabbits, grouse and pheasant. I have participated in several promotional hunts, including the “Does and Bows”, “Women out for Whitetails” (WOW), “Women’s Whitetail Rendezvous” and the “Halpino Lodge” ladies bowhunts. I have written stories about these hunts that were published in “3-D and Bowhunting Times” magazine. I actively promote the sport of archery and bowhunting as a family activity, and I am especially interested in getting more women and kids involved. I have participated in many bowhunting clinics, and help with the kids activities at tournaments. Active Memberships Archery Shooters Association Mississippi State Archery Association National Field Archery Association South Mississippi Archery Association International Bowhunters Organization

photos (including cover) courtesy of Greg Nielsen



Bow: Mathews LX, 58 lbs. draw weight, 27.5” draw length, equipped with a Sure-Loc sight, Doinker 7” stabilizer, Shrewd Precision grip, SVL Limb Savers and Muzzy Zero-Effect arrow rest. Optics: Alpen 8.5 X 50 Binoculars

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NFAA® Council

NFAA® Board of Directors

Officers President—Bruce Cull 2305 E. Hwy. 50 Yankton, SD 57078 605/665-8340

Great Lakes Judy McCutcheon Director - IL 23358 Virden Rd. Virden, IL 62690 217/965-5290

Vice President—Brian Sheffler 7006 Beargrass Ct. Indianapolis, IN 46241 317/244-7585 NFAA® Office 31407 Outer I-10 Redlands, CA 92373 909/794-2133 800/811-2331 Robert McCutcheon 23358 Virden Rd. Virden, IL 62690 217/965-5290 Mid-Atlantic Mike LePera 34 Kentwood Road Succasunna, NJ 07876 973/584-0637 Midwest Ray Jones 704 West South Winterset, IA 50273 515/462-6788 New England Kenneth Moore 730 Newman Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 508/761-5415 Northwest Bill Tiddy 3355 Pinecrest Drive Helena, MT 5960-2 406/475-3569 Southeast Tim Austin 1710 SW 76th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32607 352/332-1969 Southern Lee Gregory 112 Ridge Oak Drive Georgetown, TX 78628-7613 512/863-8296 Southwest Elaine Holmes 1090 Pennsylvania Canon City, CO 81212 719/275-6054


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NFAA® Council & Board of Directors

Rocky Kline Director - IN 1108 N. Korby St. Kokomo, IN 46901 765/457-7086

Earl Foster Director - MO 8709 Booth Kansas City, MO 64138 816/763-2699 Ed Christman Director - NE 3818 34th St. Columbus, NE 69601 402/563-3504

Bill Jones Director - MI 2049 Lake St. National City, MI 48748 989/469-3939

Marc Tebelius Director - ND 5292 8th Ave. North Grand Forks, ND 58203 701/792-3582 (home) 218/230-3258 (cell)

Dave Thewlis Director - OH 16423 Chamberlain Rd Grafton, OH 44044 440/926-2464

Jackie Meisenheimer Director - SD 48088 259th St. Brandon, SD 57005 605/582-7179

Bruce Timble Director - WI 650 17th St. N Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 715/421-9277

New England Volker Pense Director - AAE Carl-Ulrich-Strasse 2B 64297 Darmstadt, Germany 0615-653085

Mid Atlantic Ron West Director - MD 190 54th Street SE Washington, DC 20019 202/584-8015 John Pawlowski Director - PA 360 Madison St. Coatesville, PA 19320 610/384-5483 Douglas Joyce Director - NJ 30 Willow Ave. Somerset, NJ 08873 732/247-3892 Dave Hryn Director - NY PO Box 341 West Seneca, NY 14224 716/481-4699 Jim Quarles Director - VA 7911 Cherokee Rd Richmond, VA 23225 804/272-6512 Steve Cox Director - WV WV Archery Assn. P.O. Box 142 Waverly, WV 26184 304/464-5646 Midwest Rodney “Zeke” Ogden Director - IA 718 N. 8th St. Osage, IA 50461 641/732-5797 John Doub Director - KS 1125 E. 59th St. Wichita, KS 67216 316/524-0963 Bill Hakl Director - MN 5656 317th St. Stacy, MN 55079 612/462-1916

Mark Couture Director - VT P.O. Box 162 Irasburg, VT 05845 802/754-9403 Tom Schaub Director - CT 35 Benson Rd. Ridgegfield, CT 06877 203/748-3771

LeRoy Dukes Director - OR P.O. Box 422 Fairview, OR 97024 503/201-4961 T.C. Parker Director - WA P.O. Box 613 Hoquiam, WA 98550 360/533-4698 Daniel J. Kolb Director - WY 3571 Teton Casper, WY 82609 307/265-4418 Southeast Oliver Austin Director - FL 1620 Yearling Trail Tallahassee, FL 32317 850/309-1918 Earl Watts Director - GA 3672 Larkin Road SE Dearing, GA 30808 706/556-6145 Jerry Barr Director - KY 919 Manor Dr. Henderson, KY 42420 270/827-4570 Jim Skipper Director - NC 7608 Circle Dr. Indian Trail, NC 28079 704/882-1844

Dave Cousins Director - ME 354 River Rd. Standish, ME 04084 207/642-4530

S. Dale Smith Director - SC 149 Low Road Six Mile, SC 29682 864/868-9422

Alvie Carpenter Director - MA 7 Central Peterborough, NH 03458 603/924-3941

Gordon Oland Director - TN 8851 Highland View Lane Knoxville, TN 37938 865/925-0138

Michael Wright Director - NH PO box 237 Marlboro, NH 03455 603/876-4249

Southern Terry Dawsey Director - MS 710 Church St. Columbia, MS 39429 601/249-2988

Bruce Mulneix, Director - RI 6101 Post Rd. Trlr 73, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 401-885-5684

Dick Andrews Director - AR 11 Tuxford Circle Bellavista, AR 72714 501/855-6066

Northwest Leo “Sam” Weatherford Director - AK 19836 S. Birchwood Loop Chugiak, AK 99567 907/688-9528 Hubert Sims Director - ID PO Box 1713 Orofino, ID 83544 208/476-5377 Doug Tate Director - MT 3499 Blacktail Loop Rd. Butte, MT 5970d1 406/494-4393

Scott Bradford Director - LA 40340 Old Hickory Ave. Gonzales, LA 70737-6756 225/622-0838 Robert Wood Director - OK 75377 S. 280 Rd Wagoner, OK 74467 918/485-6552 Monty Heishmann Director - TX 10149 Heritage Pkwy. West, TX 76691 254-826-5788

Southwest Frank Pearson Director - AZ P.O. Box 308. St. David, AZ 85630 520/647-7847 Tom Daley Director - CA 11 Colton Ct. Redwood City, CA 94062 650/364-6730 Kenneth Buck Director - CO 1923 Shoshone Dr. Canon City, CO 81212 719/382-8919 George Kong, Jr. Director - HI 1255 14th Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816-3838 808/734-5402

Committee Chairmen Pro Chairman Michael Braden 723 Carmel Dr. Keller, TX 76248 817/753-6563 Administrative Chairman Tim Atwood 3175 Racine Riverside, CA 92503 909/354-9968 Celebrity Chairman Ted Nugent Promotion Chairman Fred Eichler The NFAA® has 50

Ray Clark Director - NM PO Box 5 Espanola, NM 87532 505/753-8601

chartered state

Jim Marshall Director - NV 195 Ridge Crossing Henderson, NV 89015 702/566-0819

affiliated clubs in

Ray Shephard Director - UT 41 E. 100 S, Box 906 Santaquin, UT 84655 801/754-5418

sport of archery

Professional Representatives

activity in which

Great Lakes Jeff Button 2889 Busston Rd. Cottage Grove, WI 53527 (608) 839-5137

the entire family

Midwest Sharon Henneman 3818 34th St. Columbus, NE 68601-4447 (402) 563-3504 Midatlantic Doug Williams 31 Gaylord St. Apt. A Auburn, NY 13021 (315) 258-9269 dwilliams Northwest Carolyn Elder 2319 Pe Ell McDonald Rd. Chehalis, WA 98532 (360) 245-3261 Southern Troy Wesley 2306 57th St. Lubbock, TX 79412 (806) 797-0546 Southeast Jim Pruitte 6717 Green Plantation Rd. Harlem, GA 30814 (706) 556-0738 Southwest Jonathan Pemberton 1652 N. 2100 W. Provo, UT 85604 (801) 323-3704

associations and over 1,000

the United States and abroad. The

is a healthy and exciting sport providing an

can participate.

Write us on how to obtain information about various programs offered by NFAA®. National Championship Tournaments, Sectional/State Tournaments, Indoor/Outdoor Leagues, Junior Bowhunter Programs, which include the Art Young Small / Big Game Awards, and the Bowfisher Program.

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Publishing Your Club's Online

by Paul Davison,


A Do-it-yourself Primer

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At the last count there are forty NFAA State Association and two Section websites linked to NFAA’s website, Likewise, there are hundreds of NFAA club websites linked, in turn, to these State Association sites. Some sites are inactive, while there may be an equal number of working sites not yet linked. Some use a very limited free web hosting service, while others use a fee-based, “by-the-yard,” web hosting service. Some sites are strictly do-it-yourself, while others are developed and maintained by a professional, or otherwise experienced, webmaster. Some websites are constructed using simple webpage “wizards” that come with your PC’s word processor, while others use more sophisticated website publishing programs, such as FrontPage®. Being on NFAA’s Editorial Board, which has responsibility for overall management of NFAA’s website, I decided to educate myself on what makes a good website click. I’ve opened every one of the 42 State and Section links, and all 42 have different formats and different levels of sophistication. At one extreme, there are those sites with lots of graphics and video clips, while at the other extreme there are those sites that overwhelm the real archery news with lots of ads and pop-ups. The sites I liked best were somewhere in the middle, mostly built around a classic newsletter format; which included, for example, recent tournament results, a schedule of upcoming events, a photo gallery, recent bowhunting experiences, human interest stories, etc. I’m also the NFAA Historian and staff writer for Archery magazine. For

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the past five years I’ve had one or two articles related to NFAA history published in every issue. I also do most of the national tournament write-ups. What does this bragging have to do with building a DIY website? In this case, it seemed to make more sense for any archery history buff to access all my articles and historical documents on a public website rather than searching thirty back issues of Archery. Yes, some of you may know that there already exists an archery history website (www., but it appears to be inactive and it’s certainly meager in scope. I’m also a grumpy old media critic, who has a passion for chastising people who publish something in a magazine or on the web, but then fail to update or maintain what they’ve published. Even though I knew nothing about building a website, I said to myself, “I’ve got the time to learn, and I can certainly do a better job than this ...,” and, “If I can do it, any halfway PCliterate person can do it.” Now, as you read the rest of this primer, please don’t laugh at my naivety. The first thing I did was buy a “For Dummies” book on creating family websites. Even though I had no plans for showing-off babies, vacations or weddings, the DIY manual was perfect for building a personal website to showcase my “stuff.” It told me how and where to look for a web hosting service, and where to buy a “domain name.” It told me how to create webpages using either basic MS Word® or the more complex MS FrontPage®, or a combination of both. There were three chapters on collecting, editing and organizing pho-

tos. T h e cookbook also told me how to maintain the website once it was published. Since I already had Word®, I decided to hold off buying FrontPage® until I got a little smarter. Total investment to-date: $22.47 for the book. Next, I looked for some web hosting service providers. Based on some recommendations in the book, I picked for both the domain name and hosting service. Domain name registration cost me $42.50 for five years ($8.50 per year). Because of my inexperience, I bought the “economy” hosting service for $37.92 for one year. That’s just $46.42 website cost for an entire year. Total investment todate: $68.89, and I was ready to go — no bells and whistles ... just simple HTML text (.htm) and standard (.jpg or .gif) digital photos. That’s good enough for a simple online newsletter. Considering the cost of printing and mailing a hard-copy newsletter, the less-than-$100 per year cost is a substantial savings. Besides, instead having to share space with non-related ads on a free “community” website, you could offset this $100 with paid ads, of your choice, on your club’s dedicated site. Since my website was to be a storehouse for many documents, some of them over 20 pages in length with lots of photos, I needed to improve my skills to the next level of website build-

continued on page 13

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Online Newsletter by Paul Davison continued from page 11



Food. Survival. Life. Now that’s what I call motivation. I will never forget the first deer I killed. If I remember correctly, it was right around the year 1000 B.C., and I recall distinctly that I was naked and really smelled bad. There was a fire and a sharp stick. There weren’t very many of us at the time. Seems that every time we tried to bring a mastodon or Irish elk to bag with rocks, most of my fellow hunters ended up trampled and gored to death. It was tough going. We had to get so close to the ornery beasts that we didn’t really have a chance. Rocks and spears didn’t quite cut it. Something had to give. What we needed was a longrange projectile to slay the mighty beasts and party on. I believe it was my buddy Gunga who constantly chipped away at this big rock claiming he was going to create some wheel thing. Nobody paid him much mind, but old Charlie NoseBone had it goin’ on, for he had taken some hard earned sinew and stretched it across a bent Triceratops rib from which he could fling a small spear with amazing accuracy. He kept mumbling something about the “mystical flight of the arrow” or some such gobblygook, but boy when he shot that contraption, everybody sure got all wild eyed


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and uppity. In between all our daily chores like skinning, knapping spearheads, breeding, gathering firewood and water and guarding our caves, it seemed everybody wanted to shoot this new bow and arrow. We would compete to see who could shoot the farthest and most accurately, and then we would wander down to the tarpits to do a little hunting. Meat, of course, was everything, and of course whoever killed the most meat got all the babes. Not much has changed.

learned to wallow about a bit in the dung of our intended prey so we smelled acceptable to them. We learned to use cover and to become silent and stealthy. Only the most patient, disciplined hunters consistently brought home the bacon. Sometimes the arrow would hit midship and we would end up tracking the beast for miles. Soon we all learned that though the procurement of meat was critical, just trying to outwit these amazing prey animals was turning into a challenge unto itself. We dubbed it “sport.” I liked to call it “bowhunting.” I had my eye on this gorgeous The giant exploded out blond living on the next ridge. across the river in a Her father and mother didn’t like pel mel splashing frenzy. me much. I think my long hair and angry loincloth spooked them. (I liked to wear live loincloths. Call me weird.) But I knew if I could just bring them a fresh haunch of venison, I’d have it made. So I tried everyday to ambush one of those most desirable giant Irish elk critters that followed the winding river in the valley. It wouldn’t be easy, in fact the sabertoothed We soon realized that even tigers and Tyrannosaurus Rex though we could now fling an were always about looking for arrow with some precision out some fresh haunch of their own, there to 30 or 40 yards, the and I knew my little bow and beasts still had the upperhand. arrow wouldn’t stop one of We stunk so badly, the slightest those suckers in time to save change in wind direction my life. It got a little hairy a time would blow an otherwise well continued on page 27 executed stalk. Eventually we

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ing. The way to do this is through the use of hyperlinks, which, quite simply, allows one to jump from one place to another place in the same document (file), or between two different documents. Here’s what I did: All my articles were originally prepared in MS Word® or Excel®. With just a click on a button, these documents are converted to, and “Saved As,” Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Instead of .doc ,.xls, or .htm, the files now have .pdf extensions. Each PDF file is then attached to the appropriate webpage as a hyperlink. By clicking on the hyperlink, and waiting a few seconds, the file is downloaded and viewed using the Adobe Reader. Adobe PDF Reader is free, but the Adobe PDF “Writer” (Adobe Acrobat) is a moderately expensive add-on to your home computer. What’s amaz-

ing about Acrobat is that it can convert any electronic document on almost any computer system. My website concurrently has 33 PDF files hyperlinked. There’s just one .htm spreadsheet displayed. My Adobe Acrobat 7.0 was purchased online for $269.99. Total investment to-date: $337.88. I now decided to advance to the next higher level. I ordered Microsoft FrontPage®2003 online for $170.99. I only did this because some other “experts” said I needed it. Not really. It has some built-in wizards for creating photo galleries and other enhancements, but as an editor, I found it too complex for this old man. I use the “free” MS Word® for almost all webpage editing. Total investment to-date: $508.87. Finally, let’s clean-up the photo discussion. Being a digital photography nut, I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements about two years ago. It’s a

fine photo editor, and one can save any digital image in a wide variety of file formats, including web-friendly .jpg and .gif. It can also convert and save photos as single PDF files or as a multiple-photo “PDF Slideshow,” which may be hyperlinked to a webpage like any other PDF file. My website has a mix of FrontPage photo galleries, PDF Slideshows, and a few, standalone, inserted, digital images. Photoshop Elements 3.0 can be purchased online for $84.99. My total non-recurring costs are now a tad less than $550.00, with an annual recurring cost of about $50.00. As noted earlier, however, any NFAA club or State Association can create a very effective website for little or no initial investment — just the $50.00 annual maintenance fee. Regardless, I’ve had a million dollars worth of fun.

NFAA® Calendar of Events 2005 North American Field Archery Champ............. Dec 10-11..........................................................Homestead, FL 2006 Southwest Indoor Sectional............................ Jan 14-29..................................................Various Locations Iowa Pro-Am.......................................................... Jan 14-15..........................................................Mason City, IA Lancaster Classic................................................ Jan 20-22.......................................................... Lancaster, PA Kansas City ShootOut......................................... Jan 21-22.......................................................Kansas City, MO World Archery Festival Vegas Shoot..............Feb 10-12............................................................ Las Vegas, NV Great Lakes Indoor Sectional............................Feb 25-26............................................................. St. Joseph, MI Midwest Indoor Sectional..................................Feb 25-26................................. Sioux Falls and Kansas City Mid Atlantic Indoor Sectional........................ March 4-5.................................................Various Locations Northwest Indoor Sectional......................... March 10-12...............................................Various Locations Southeast Indoor Sectional.......................... March 11-12..................................................... Tallahassee, FL Southern Indoor Sectional............................ March 11-12................................................... Bartlesville, OK NFAA Indoor Nationals.................................... March 18-19........................................................ Louisville, KY New England Indoor Sectional.................. March 31-Apr 2.................................................. Lunenburg, MA Great Lakes 3-D Sectional...................................April 8-9................................................................Rockton, IL WAF Atlantic Classic..........................................April 22-23........................................................Pittsburgh, PA NFAA Marked 3-D Championship..........................May 6-7................................................................ Redding, CA Western Classic Trail Shoot...............................May 6-7................................................................ Redding, CA Southern 3-D Sectional........................................ May 20..............................................................Wagoner, OK Southeast Outdoor Sectional..........................May 27-28..........................................................Gainesville, FL Mid Atlantic Outdoor Sectional.......................June 3-4................................................... Cape May Ct Hse, NJ SOUTHEAST 3-D SECTIONAL.....................................JUNE 24-25...........................................................MARYVILLE, TN Great Lakes Outdoor Sectional.......................June 10-11.............................................................. Chatham, IL Southern Outdoor Sectional............................June 10-11................................................. Oklahoma City, OK Midwest Outdoor Sectional.............................June 24-25...............................................................Waverly, IA New England Outdoor Sectional.....................June 24-25........................................................ Lunenburg, MA Southwest Outdoor Sectional.........................June 24-25........................................................... Las Vegas, NV NFAA Unmarked 3-D Nationals...........................July 22-23............................................................. Yankton, SD NFAA Outdoor Nationals....................................July 24-28............................................................. Yankton, SD December ‘05/January '06 Archery Magazine 13



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One of the more daunting tasks for a coach is making sure he/she is communicating clearly with the archer. This requires an understanding between the individuals with differing models of word representation. Miscommunication occurs often whether verbalized or not. What do you mean? Too often, the coach is not asked this question. Does you coaching style allow for such questions? Do you have the necessary rapport for questions within the team (archer and coach)? Does the archer ask you to clearly define your instructions? Do you confirm your directions when you think you may be misunderstood? These are often very difficult questions. The answers are often as difficult. This sounds like much ado about nothing, but if you wish to become a better coach it’s essential the team is on the same page. When you are trying to convey specific coaching instructions to an archer the definitions and directions need to match. I am reminded of the Jackie Chan movie when after talking to the would-be captors Jackie’s sidekick asks, “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” It is too easy to presume your

By M. J. Rogers

instructions are being understood. You should explain your definitions to the archer. Since time is often short when archer and coach interact, instruction is also given as short phrases or single words. When you say shoot a strong shot, what do you want the archer to do? Does strong mean, bow arm strong, strong fingers on the string until release, strong release and aggressive follow through? What specifically do you want? If you have worked with the archer long enough and you have discussed the meanings great, however most often the archer will nod and agree with an unknowing blank stare. I am as guilty as anyone of not using my listening and observation skills to make sure the instructions mean the same to both members of the team. The archer looking at the target has to understand and trust the benefit of the instructions. This team, for success and expectations to be reached, must communicate using words with the same meanings. Otherwise the outcome will create distrust because of the misunderstanding. So what is the resolution to this problem? Communicate clearly within the team (archer and coach). That was simple,

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next. Ah, if it was that easy everyone would do it. One of the hardest tasks and obligations of a coach is to give the best knowledge and experience, in the form of words, to the archer being coached. As with any skill, it is necessary for the coach to practice speaking. There are courses that help train these skills either in college, self-help books, speaking clubs, and so on. The resources are available and if you wish to become a better coach you should develop your ability to communicate. Positive communication is taught through the NFAA Basic instructor courses. Mature instructors from Jr. Bowhunter, DAYS, JOAD and the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) are seeing first hand the benefit of positive reinforcement training for beginners. However you describe something, positive reinforcement benefits the beginning archer. The method of positive critique after acknowledgement of success has been a part of National Field Archery Association’s basic courses and the National Archery Association for a number of years. Thanks to the author’s foresight, the last 10 years have seen this positive communication as a

major component of archery instructor manuals. Now incorporated into the NASP training, basic instructors are applying the skill to a new era of archers. At the elite level, the positive reinforcement skills often go unused because most of today’s older coaches have trained under the school of hard nocks. (Pun intended) With the old dogs / new tricks, many of today’s senior coaches would benefit from enhanced speaking skills, positive enforcement and clarity. For just over the shoulder of these old dogs is a new generation of coaches and archers willing to speak-up when instructions are imprecise. If instruction is vague or abrasive it is ignored, with a “kind to your elders” Uh-Huh and a nod. To be fully effective, a coach must be able to converse knowledgably and clearly with the archer. The archer must also understand instructions and apply the knowledge. The whole process of communication is training, primarily on the part of the coach. The archer is kept very busy with bow, arrow, and target management. A part of the training plan should include open discussions of archery, events, training, goals, etc. etc. The more the team talks, the better the chance of precision when the time is short for coaching. There are other factors which aid this communication, sometimes most difficult is trust. Trust within the team must be developed and this comes from a variety of places. Trust within the team takes work from both members; however it is the coach’s

responsibility to take the leadership role. The coach must be someone who is deserving of trust, who is on-time, who follows-through with tasks, and is truthful. The list of qualities for a trusted coach is long and specific to the needs of the team; maturity, experience, goals, additional members of the team, and so on. The coach needs to develop and refine his/her communication skills by questioning, then listening.. By becoming aware of how the archer interprets the given instructions, the coach can adapt to a given situation. There is a time and place for more stern directions as well a time for empathy in other situations. The coach’s role is to know when to apply direction or empathy, so as to be most effective. The coach should put as much effort into communicating as the archer puts in to training. If you feel awkward in your ability to provide the correct information to the archer you need to practice. Just as the archer does in a practice session, so should you practice your word use skills. Sometimes just talking while walking to and from the target will help. This is usually a very unproductive time. However with practice and time it can become productive instead of letting it slip away. Practice your coach communication skills. You will feel better about how you give instruction and you can enhance the bond within your archery team.

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ANDREW, KATRINA, WILMA Triple whammy recovery Once upon a time in America, there were archers who had the best of all possible worlds. They lived in a tropical paradise where they could shoot field archery all year around. All they had to do was put up with a little heat, a lot of humidity, and, of course, they needed to find a small patch of public land that could be used for archery in an area where land has always been scarce — Miami. By the time of the 1990 Sunshine State Games in Miami, Everglades Archers had developed a scenic 28target field range, with tall pines and a lake in the middle — an absolutely beautiful archery facility. The range was just south of Miami in a town named Homestead — just a hop, skip and a jump north of the Florida Keys. There is even a small bluff overlooking the lake where you can shoot 80 yards across water, and try not to mistakenly aim at the target reflection in the clear

lake. Many of the 78 competitors in the 1990 Games shot an arrow into a tree stump on a little island a few yards out in the water. The club continued to grow in the early 90’s, and was strong with 140 NFAA members. Then on August 23, 1992, while the Florida Archers were having their State 3-D Championship in Hudson (Pasco County), about 250 miles north of Miami, Hurricane Andrew came to visit. Jerry and Bobby Farris didn’t wait for awards but jumped into their car and headed for their home in Homestead. When December rolled around, the Farris family was still living in a travel trailer in their driveway, but they had mail delivery and telephone service. The massive Hurricane Andrew decimated Homestead ... flattened the city and destroyed homes. Over fifty club members had homes damaged or destroyed in the immediate vicinity, and

The parking lot and gathering area after the storm.

The parking lot and gathering area after partial cleanup.

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the club’s range was totally razed. Bill Hagerup even lost his pet “gator” (really a caiman), but the large pet found his way home, only to die in a cold snap some time later. Not only did the people rebuild and carry on in the city of Homestead, but the Everglades Archers redeveloped their range from scratch. This is in the tropics where everything grows rapidly. Some trees were planted, the course is repaired, and it gets better and better. It’s only a few years and the South Florida club has one of the nicest courses in the entire Southeast US. Even ten years later, however, you can still see uprooted trees, stumps, and hurricane residue in the coral laced ground intermixed with tree roots. The vegetation has grown tall and full. It’s a marvelous recovery story. The range is wildlife friendly, and

After the storm, you needed hip boots to shoot target #4, a 40-yarder

in the past archers have seen foxes, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and even a large iguana. The lake always has fish and turtles, and bird life abounds throughout the range. Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice? Don’t you believe it! Oh, yes! Thirteen years later, along comes a little Category 1 hurricane named Katrina on its way to the Gulf. It hasn’t really gotten all of its power yet — it gets up to Category 5 by the time it hits Louisiana and Mississippi. But while over South Florida, it crosses Homestead with its churning growth, and just happens to blow and dump over 15 inches of rain on Everglades range. The range is the center drainage for its area. Water is three to four feet deep on a good portion of the continued on page 18

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Triple whammy recovery...CONT'D. FROM page 17

View from what was, before the storm, target #19's target house. Where are the stakes?

Now you can see the target #19 shooting lane. The stakes are 60 yards straight back.

range, half way up the sides of the storage containers, and up to the floor boards of the raised bathroom. At least thirty large trees are down with a couple of them falling on the bridges that cross the three lakes. Three large tent canopies are destroyed, all the

club’s target faces are a total loss, but at least most of the work equipment survived. With the lovely “flint” practice range under water, the target houses and butts float away, and what was grass becomes mud. In spite of damage to their own homes, many archers band together on weekends to start the recovery. Right in the middle of this recovery effort, Hurricane Rita passed over South Florida on its way to Texas and Louisiana. Maybe it was intervention by the archery gods, but Homestead and the Everglades Archers were spared from further serious damage. [Authors’ Note: Just as we finished writing this article, and as the range was cleared and fully shootable, out of the Gulf rips Category 3 Hurricane Wilma. It comes west to east and travels so swiftly that there’s no water damage, but it lambastes the peninsula from the Keys to West Palm Beach. The winds are over 100 mph and their strike is opposite from Katrina’s whammy. Club members have to crawl to get into the range. The oaks are gone, and the target houses are

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shifted and turned. Florida has just six weeks to rebuild and prepare for our NAFAC guests! The next issue of this magazine will have the Wilma recovery update to this story.] Home of the last four North American Field Archery Championship (NAFAC) tournaments, and host of this year’s event, the range has been developed for shooting four across; but after the storm ravages are cleared, we now have some targets with room for eight across and more. Everglades Archers is a 210 member, 100% NFAA Club that has been chartered for over 40 years. By early October 2005 the range was repaired to shootable, but now Florida’s dedicated volunteers are determined to have the range competition-ready for the NAFAC visitors. — the target butts are upright, though some may have a bit of a list. Various members and fellow archers will come out again with chain saws, pruners, four wheel buggies, and other equipment. Florida archers traveled from as far away as Tallahassee (eight hours one way) to join with the dedicated club members who have donated many hours of work in the effort. Financial donations were received from individuals in Canada and central Florida, as well as from our club members and Citrus County Archers and Ft Caroline Archers in Jacksonville. Sunbelt Rentals donated the use of a heavy duty Vermeer Chipper, which was incredible in its efficiency — turning trees into instant mulch; and Michael

Steen of Traeger Brothers and Associates, arranged to have a load of 2 x 4’s delivered at wholesale cost for rebuilding. The Florida Archery Association donated replacement target face stock to the club. It is a remarkable, and most gratifying, recovery. By mid November there are 76 registered to shoot 2005 NAFAC (42 out of state) and they know full well that their long trek to Homestead won’t be wasted. By the time you read this, the 2005 NAFAC, hosted by the Everglades Archers on their reclaimed (though very open) range, will be history. The results will be reported in the next issue of this magazine.

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he he ancient Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, Sanjusanguen-do was originally constructed in 1164 AD as part of the Imperial Palace of the retired Emperor, Goshirakawa. After being destroyed by fire it was reconstructed in 1266 and has remained unchanged with minor renovations since that time. Located on the south side of Shichijo-dori, midway between the Kamo River and the eastern hills in southeast Kyoto, the temple houses more than 1,030 Buddhist statues, and is 130 yards long by 20 yards wide, the lon-



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by Bob Markworth to be shot at a distance of 130 yards, the length of the outside wall of the temple. Because the extended ornate eaves of the temple’s roof were 14 feet in height, the trajectory of the arrows was limited and had to pass under that 14 foot height. Using the traditional bamboo, recurve horse bow and hollow bamboo arrows, the type of equipment available then and still used today, only the heaviest of bows could cast an arrow with a flat enough trajectory to reach the far wall without falling short or hitting the ceiling because of over compensation due to fatigue. The record was set by a young, eighteen year old boy named Wasa


2 (1) In Kyoto, Japan, the sacred Buddhist temple, Sanjusanguen-do, houses 1,001 statues of Buddha which face outward toward the inner walls of the temple. In this view, one of twenty-eight guardian deities, Naraenkengo, god of physical strength and defender of evil, looms as a sentinel protecting the Buddhist statues and their believers. (2) An exterior view of Sanjusanguen-do, the world’s longest temple and the site of an annual, traditional Japanese archery tournament. (3) Here, exhibition archer, Bob Markworth, stands under the eaves along the outside wall of the Buddhist temple, Sanjusanguen-do, in Kyoto, Japan, the site of medieval Japanese archery tournaments.

gest temple in the world. Midway through the 16th century, an archery contest was held annually on the west veranda of the temple, where each contestant would shoot as many arrows as possible within a twenty-four hour period. Although the target was a large wall, 14 feet square, (the proverbial “Barn Door”), the arrows had 24 Archery Magazine December ‘05/January '06

Daihachiro, who in 1686, shot 13,053 arrows in a 24 hour period. hitting the “target” 8,l33 times. His missed arrows had either fallen short of their mark, or embedded in the ceiling. The amazing strength and endurance of that young Japanese man, allowed him to shoot an average of nine arrows per minute over a continued on page 29

DEER HUNT For anyone that knows me, knows I have never used my bow to hunt anything but paper and Styrofoam for the past 25 years, until now. This year the World Archery Festival (WAF) held its 2006 Planning Meeting in Yankton, South Dakota, on September 29 thru October 2, 2005. Jennifer Cull (wife of Bruce Cull, President of NFAA) sponsored a Lady’s Doe Deer hunt for the women that were attending the meeting. Marihelen Rogers, Executive Secretary of the NFAA, Sharon Henneman, Midwest Pro Chairman, and I decided to participate in the deer hunt. Sooooooooooo once I decided I would participate, Ray got my black nichol Martin Shadow Cat ready for the hunt. Now most of you would say – That’s no problem, she shoots bowhunter division – Except this past summer!!!!!! Ray and I got to go to Redding, California in May for the NFAA marked 3-D, since I did not feel I could get sights set for the different yardage I cheated and got a sight tape from the Archer’s Advantage program and I shot Freestyle at the marked 3-D. Then between being busy and lazy I just left the same equipment on all summer and shot freestyle until I decided to go deer hunting!!! Once my bow was changed to bowhunter equipment, I started to practice in the shop at different yardages up to 30 yards, but since I shoot such wimpy (40) pounds Ray said I should stay around 20 yards, but I still had sights set up to 30! (You know just in case!) Being a non hunter my camouflage clothing was rather scarce also, so Ray picked me up camouflage pants at the gun show the weekend before we left, I already had a coat, and I figured I could wear a dark shirt or something. Ray had plenty of camouflage caps that could be made down to my rather small hat size, so I decided I was ready for the hunt. (Needless to say I did not expect 90 degree weather and swarms of mosquitoes!) On September 29, we headed to Yankton for the WAF Planning Meeting. Since we got there late, no hunting could be done that night. On Friday, after the meeting, was the chance to buy the license and go a hunting!! Being the green horn on deer hunting, Jennifer went with me to sit in a double bull blind at 5:00 p.m. We got


settled in the blind and about 45 minutes later 3 does walked into our vision. One big older doe, one middle size doe, and one baby size doe (no spots). I had a 10 yard shot at the baby size deer, but it was a “baby”, so of course I wouldn’t shoot it. Jennifer indicated with sign language to shoot the little deer, but I shook my head and mouthed that it was “a baby”, she laughed silently at me for not shooting “the baby”!!! About that time the older bigger doe (who never gave either one of us a shot) started snorting and stomping her foot, then the middle size doe did the same, then all 3 walked off. Jennifer informed me (the inexperienced hunter) that they smelled us and warned others not to come. So we waited, it was getting later (about 1 hour) then 3 more does showed up, all bigger than the baby, but not as big as the older doe. One presented itself to me at about 15 yards and I shot, hitting my mark. The deer ran off, but did not spook the other deer, one of the deer had her ears perked and looked right at us in the blind (as if she could see us), so neither one of us could get off another shot at either of the remaining deer. The shooting time was 7:05 p.m.; at 7:30 p.m. Jennifer said we could leave the blind after she looked around to make sure there weren’t any more deer. By the time I had gathered my things from inside the blind Jennifer had already found my arrow covered in blood and found the trail about 10 yards from my arrow. We left the arrow and marked the spot where the blood was then walked out of the woods to call and await our ride back to Dakota Archery to let the gang know I had hit my 1st deer. Two hours later, Bruce, Ray, Jennifer, and I returned to the site of my arrow and blood, then about 50 yards later following the blood trail we found my little doe under a pine tree, dead. MY FIRST KILL! It was a good feeling to know that my 1st hunt was successful. Ray and Bruce drug my deer out and then Ray field dressed it for me. (Luckily, Ray did not make me drink any of the blood.) Since we were supposed to go out to eat with the gang, we put the deer in the refrigerator to cool and would weigh it later. December ‘05/January '06 Archery Magazine 25

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Unfortunately, through all the hubbub of the weekend and the opening deer season in the area, my deer did not get weighed before it was processed right there at Dakota Archery, we are guessing it weighed around 80 – 100 # but I guess we will never know for sure! A big THANK YOU goes out to Bruce and Jennifer for making my hunt successful, having a great weekend, and to Dakota Archery for processing the deer so I came home with my meat and a caped head for mounting. My head and cape are presently up at DeSoto Archery for our good friend and fellow archer, Clark Brittain to mount. So if you would like to see Bambi’s big sister, later this fall/winter, come to Iowa Archery!

NOTE: Marihelen and Sharon also got does that weekend, but mine was the first shot, and we do not have a clue whose was bigger since Marihelen’s did not get weighed before processing either! But M J Rogers (being the only one to see both) told Ray there could not have been an ounce of difference between the two does! And we left before seeing Sharon’s. Top: Deer hunters left to right—VP Brian Sheffler, Marcia Jones, First Lady Jennifer Cull, Pres. Bruce Cull and NFAA Sec. Marihelen Rogers Left: Pheasant hunters left to right, front row— Brian Sheffler, MJ Rogers, Ken Moore, Marcia Jones, Marihelen Rogers. Back row—Sharon Henneman, Jennifer and Bruce Cull, Mike LePera, Erik Watts, Michael Braden, Lee Gregory, Bob McCutcheon, Sam Weatherford, Ray Jones, Raydell Clark, Tim Austin, Ed Christman.













3RD ANNUAL LANCASTER ARCHERY CLASSIC IN WINTER 2006 Archers have something exciting to look forward to in the cold winter months ahead, when Lancaster Archery Supply hosts its third annual “Lancaster Archery Classic” on January 20 – 22, 2006. There will be over $40,000 in cash, contingency money, and prizes for the skilled contestants. The world’s best target and 3D archers will be competing in the shoot. The event offers an opportunity for novice shooters to learn from the best, and for experienced shooters to compete against the best. The competition will take place in Lancaster Archery’s new shooting center and indoor range in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The event has five divisions to compete in: Men’s Unlimited Release, Women’s Unlimited Compound, Men’s Limited, Women’s Limited and Men’s Bow Hunter Release. Contestants have the choice of which qualification round to shoot in, either Friday, January 20th or Saturday, January 21st. A Shooter Reception will be held on Saturday evening to announce the results of the qualification round and there will be random drawings for a $500 Lancaster Archery Supply shopping spree as well as thousands of dollars worth in door prizes. The elimination, shoot-up finals and check presentation will take place on Sunday, January 22nd. Winners of this competition will go home with a pocketful of prize money. The first place winner of the Men’s Unlimited division will take home a guaranteed payout of $5,000. And if the 26 Archery Magazine December ‘05/January '06

lucky winners are shooting a Hoyt or Matthews bow they will also be taking home contingency money. Other manufacturer contingencies and sponsorships are also pending for this event. Contestants will have chances to win Lancaster Archery Supply gift certificates throughout the qualification and elimination rounds. The event is sponsored by some of the biggest names in archery: Matthews, Hoyt, Sims/Limbsaver, Sure-Loc Sights, Specialty Archery, Tru-Ball Releases, Cavalier, Stan Releases, Gold Tip Arrows, Easton Arrows and Leven Stabilizers. Registration for the event is $150 per shooter. Up to eighty percent of the registration fee will be used to fund the prize purses, which means the more shooters there are, the more prize money there is to win. A registration form can be found on Lancaster Archery’s website to print or complete online. You can also call their toll-free number (800) 829-7408. For complete details and format either call or visit www.lancasterarchery. com. Also, check out to see what other archers are saying about the shoot. Lancaster Archery Supply, 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602 • (800) 829-7408 • shootingcenter@lancasterarchery. com •

or two. But you know what they say about love. Fresh haunch is the way to a woman’s heart, so there was no stopping me. Time after time, something went wrong, and I kept coming up empty handed. Then on a perfect hunter’s overcast, cool fall day, it all came together. The beasts were going crazy this day. It seemed that critters were running helter skelter all over the place. I had just taken an extra hardcore dungbath, and I was sneaking into the riverbed when I saw massive sky-hi antlers bobbing below me in the ravine. The giant Irish elk, the largest species of the deer family in history, was beating the daylights out of some unsuspecting vegetation only 50 yards ahead. I was mesmerized to say the least. I hugged the ground and slithered forward as cautiously as I ever had. Arrow on the string, I slugged along with my chin dragging in the muck ‘til I got so close to the monster stag I could smell him. The shrapnel from his antler attack on the tree was landing on my head when I bent up to draw my bow, twisting ever so slowly. I guess all that time flinging arrows with the guys paid off, for all I remember is the beautiful feathered shaft zipping into and clean through his behemoth chest. The giant exploded out across the river in a pel mel splashing frenzy, and as he emerged on the far bank, he simply stood there majestically for a second and tipped over stonecold dead. I thought I was gonna implode I was so happy. I had done it! As I examine this defining excerpt from my distant ancestral heritage, I harken back to more recent hunts of less than a year ago in 2005. Though the contraption in my pure hunter’s hands today has wheels on each end and state of the art cables and strings and metallurgy breakthroughs, my bowhunting actions, joys and drive are lick-for-lick exactly the same as the original prehistoric bowhunting Nuge on that fateful day by the tarpits. Natural urge and desire to hunt-check. Protein craving-check. Scent considerations-check. Stealth-check. Practicecheck. Scouting-check. Scent cover-check. Wind direction-check. Cover-check. Stalking skillscheck. Pick a spot-check. Shot placement-check. The rut-check. Babes-check. Pure hunting needscheck. Meat shopping-check. Challenge-check.

Self test for excellence-check. Instinctual drivedouble check. Man. Life. Meat. Next. And so it goes from time immemorial to who knows when, the always enticing higher level of awareness that causes most of us to exercise the ultimate independence of rugged individualism and self sufficiency that is bowhunting throttles on in the soul of man wherever you find it. I crave arrows from my original Osage and yew longbows, and I get downright giddy when I shoot my old Fred Bear, Wing and Shakespeare recurves, no doubt. Shooting my state-of-theart compound bow doesn’t compromise the primal scream of archery and bowhunting one spit. When it’s all said and done, bowhunting hasn’t really changed at all in actual hands-on functionality from where I stalk the beasts. All the technology known to man isn’t going to bag a deer until the deerhunter demands that wonderful reasoning predator touch from within. Know it. Believe it. Live it. Celebrate it. Oh, and by the way, ol’ Aboriginal Nuge got the blonde, of course, and as they say, the rest is history. I try to make history everyday of my precious hunting season. It’s inside of me. A better stalk, a more clever stand decision, finessed moves, a better arrow, a better tracking job, always introducing new people to the spiritual ecstasy that is the hunt. Upgrade comes from what is in the heart, seldom from what’s in the hand. Gratification in life comes from intelligent, genuine effort. I love a solid crosshair, a well placed shot from my handgun and blackpowder arms. I will forever thrill at a day afield with family, friends, dogs and scatterguns. It is all good. Bowhunting elevates the physics of spirituality by its sheer closerange demands. Enjoy and celebrate every nerve tingling moment afield that you can. And accentuate the sensations by passing these passions on to the next generation of sporters by sharing and introducing someone new to the glorious world of the great outdoors hands-on conservation lifestyle every chance you get. Our ancestors did it for us and we should make sure we keep it alive. Me, I’m heading out right now to find my spirit somewhere out there. The mystical flight of the arrow is timeless. Perfect. For more Nugent writings or to book a hunt with Ted, visit or call 517-7509060. December ‘05/January '06 Archery Magazine 27


This summer I was hired by the Blue Sky Meadow Summer Camp to instruct the Summer Science Challenge Archery Instruction Camp. The solution to the problem of hooking kids on

archery—and promoting our great sport as a life-long venture—or as a means to earn a trip to the Olympic Games: summer camps. That’s right, summer camps. Summer camps could potentially train and help retain thousands of young archers every year. To give a bit of insight into the numbers of kids that could potentially be hooked on archery at summer camps, the following statistics were gathered by the ACA, the American Camping Association. The report shows an estimated ten million kids will attend one of the twelve thousand summer camps in the U.S. The majority of these camps host an archery program. Of the twelve thousand camps, about 2,500

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are accredited. Summer camp enrollments are around eight to ten percent every year. My thought is, if three thousand summer camps (25% of the nation’s total) can each get eight kids hooked on archery every summer, we could be adding 24,000 new archers per year to our sport. The possibilities are limitless, but only if we take the imitative to act. We need good coaches at these camps so the young archers have good experiences, not the often unpleasant ones. Remember if we all work together we can make the sport we love one of the most popular in the nation.

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(4) A close view of the actual veranda of the Japanese temple, Sanjusanguendo, where hundreds of thousands of arrows were shot annually under the 14 foot eaves of the temple roof.



24 hour period, a record that has never been broken. This grueling and enduring archery tournament has since been replaced by the annual temple festival, Yanagi-no-okaji. This event is held on the second Sunday of every January and it features an all day toshiya, (archery tournament), where many 20 year old women join the competition wearing colorful “hakama” dress that they have prepared for their “Coming Of Age Day.”



By M.J. Rogers

What a busy summer. Hope you made time shoot your bow or help someone learn about this great sport. The following is a group of youngsters enjoying archery. The photos are of students from Mesa Grande 6th grade in Hesperia, CA. An evening of food and fun was hosted by Nelson and Barbara Sickul of Victorville. Barbara is a teacher at Mesa Grande and has provided a “thanks for being great students” summer fun party for several years. She has a large number of past and present “great students” as the photos attest.

(5) These are a few of the 16th century Japanese arrows that are on display inside the temple, where the medieval archery tournament was held each year. (6) Each of the 1,001 Buddhist statues housed in the Kyoto temple, Sanjusanguen-do, has an individual facial expression, with no two being alike.

Nelson contacted friends and fellow archers Jonathan O’hayon, Eric Schindler, and myself to help share archery with the kids. As you can see we had lots of kids— and their parents—shooting. We utilized the bow box equipment from the NFAA headquarters and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all the members of the Mesa Grande 6th Grade and to the Sickuls for the hospitality and the opportunity to share our great sport of archery.

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I LOVE MY LITTLE BUCKS I crave wild, and the majestic marsh in Michigan’s big timbered North Country that spread out forever before me was as wild as wild gets. I knew her glowing golden waves intimately, for I had tread upon, investigated, explored, wallowed within and cherished her hallowed grounds for more than 40 exciting bowhunting years. I smiled joyously that she had not changed a bit in all this time. I love perfection, and I was smack dab in the middle of it. Talking about feeling right at home! The frosty sea of reedgrass created a twisting, flowing network of colorful fingers weaving in and out amongst the strips of fiery ferns, darker dogwood and alder patches, punctuated by the towering white pines, like the giant I sat in today. Nestled in the camouflaging boughs nearly twenty feet up, I was well hidden but could see it all, and the eye candy factor alone was enough to keep me mesmerized and turned on. But it was the tawny shapes coming up out of the little babbling brook that got my heart really slamming, for on a cold November day in God’s country, backstrap fever was imminent. I smiled at my ace vidcam man Big Jim above and behind me, and the twinkle in our eyes was a sure signal that it was showtime, baby. Spirits soared on high. My binoculars revealed a hint of chocolate bone protruding from one deer’s handsome head and Jim was already making him a TV star. With steam-emitting flaring nostrils, this little butterball buck was giving the trio of does one hell of a hard time. It was rather comical and cute. He was obviously just a yearling buck, but his six inch spikes gave him a studly appearance, and being the diehard, hardcore old world Michiganiac bowhunters that we were, surely we would try to kill this buck if everything went right. I bowhunted so many seasons in my youth without even drawing my bow that I remain just like the vast majority of my bowhunting buddies, and to get a crack at a legal buck in the big National Forests is like a gift from heaven. It was getting more intense by the minute. The handsome spiker chased and harassed the does in and out of the sawgrass marsh and finally worked to within about 75 yards of our little brushzone edge when I let loose with some soft bleats with my mouth. All four deer immediately perked up their heads and looked our way. The little buck began methodically strutting straight towards us, but hugging the line of alders that were still quite a ways off. 30 Archery Magazine December ‘05/January '06


A hand cupped grunt brought him closer yet, but he stayed on the 40 yard trail instead of taking the cut that would bring him into the ideal 20 yard trail. Jim was rolling tape and I was in full ready position to draw my NugeBow when he paused on our side of the puckerbrush. Like a dream come to life, his broadside statue-like form looked exactly like my 40-yard 3D deer target at home, and I knew I could make this shot. The bowhunter’s ballet had a life of its own and that stunning, all-white arrow arching across the autumn tapestry square into his ribcage was so beautiful I thought I would cry. The 500 grain carbon arrow was in and out of his 150 pound muscled body in a flash. Now all red, the arrow stuck into the fern strewn ground behind him as he raced and leapt into the golden reeds and out of sight. I fell back as Big Jim slowly panned the vidcam onto my glowing, smiling face. Time stood still. It always does, doesn’t it? Our recovery on film was a ceremonious celebration that only hunters know. The little buck had dashed a short 40 yards and came to rest on a trail I knew well that lead into the tall timber of the forest beyond. We rejoiced as we must for the heart and soul appreciation of such a hard-earned magical gift. He was indeed handsome, but small. From a deerherd that is hammered each season by over 800,000 deerhunters, he represented the typical year-and-a-half-old buck that most hunters gladly take home. We take them home happy and proud, I assure you. Down home in Southern Michigan and on most of the deergrounds I hunt in Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois and elsewhere, such a puny spike buck would not be killed in anticipation of an older, more mature trophy specimen more than likely to show up. But tradition runs strong here in the North, and we still get giddy over our beloved spikes, forkhorns and small, young trophy bucks. I still believe that any good, cleanly killed legal animal will forever be a genuine trophy with the bow and arrow, no matter how you cut it. As I type this, I have just filed numerous photos received today of gargantuan monster beast whitetail bucks that friends have recently killed. Gene Wensel’s outrageous Iowa beast is beyond description it’s so wide, tall, heavy and massive. Jack Brittingham and his family have, of course, once again slayed outsized B&C behemoths, and so many others rejoice what can best be described as once-in-a-lifetime trophy bucks.

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I LOVE MY LITTLE BUCKS, by Ted Nugent Continued from pg. 30 Fellow Michigan bowhunters have broken records for both typical and nontypical giants and we should all celebrate and promote that records like these are the ultimate indicator that our modern day management of wildlife is irrefutable in its positive effect. But other that noting this important promotional detail that further shuts up the antihunting fools out there, a true trophy will always be in the eye of the beholder. And with the difficulty of bowhunting, any good kill should always be celebrated as such. Me, I’m getting more disciplined, patient and selective in my old age, but something about an encounter with that

wild country butterball buck that still gets me all pumped up on my annual safari up North each fall that continues to pretty much overwhelm me. It’s how I get high, and it’s so damn perfect I don’t think I’m going to mess with it. Plus, the backstraps are the ultimate reward and my family loves every spiritual morsel that God blesses us with. Little bucks are cool. Ted used his Renegade NugeBow set at @53# with GoldTip 5575 Zebra arrows, Magnus Stinger 100 grain 4 blade heads and AccuSharp sharpener, Martin SuperQuiver, Mossy Oak ScentLok clothing, Medalist longjons, A-Way calls, Delta targets, Swarovski optics, James Valley lures and Critter Dreams packs.

by Ward Parker

For more Nugent hunting stories, autographed copies of his revised and reissued book, “BLOODTRAILS II-THE TRUTH ABOUT BOWHUNTING” is available at www. or 800-343-4868.

I went to church this morning.

I Went to Church The church I attended wasn’t awash in religious rituals. My seat wasn’t a polished wood pew and there were no hymnals or Bibles at the church I attended. Nevertheless, the spirit of God enveloped me. I could feel His presence. I go to church early this time of year. This Sunday morning was not all that different than other Sunday mornings. I was greeted by the pre-dawn moon and stars. Silent night. All is calm. The moon lighted my way to my seat. As I sat quietly in the dark morning allowing the cold breeze to wash my face, the pink hint of a new day filled the sky. No artist could paint the canvas I witnessed this morning—or any other sunrise or sunset. It was as if God was gave me a front row seat to watch the rebirth of a new day. It was spectacular. The steeples of my church are not straight. There are no crosses atop them and they bend in the wind. But the steeples in my church still arch towards the sky, as if to pay homage to their creator. They are prettier than any man-made church steeple. I feel at home in their perch. Though I was the only person in my church, the spirit of fellowship was strong. The choir was wonderful as usual. I was serenaded to any number of beautiful songs by the birds who signaled the arrival of dawn. I closed my eyes and let them sing their songs to me. I smiled. How Great Thou Art.

Watching the deer amble by reminded me that I had a special invite to this beautiful sanctuary, which is their home and my Season Of Harvest Church. I can think clearly there, have conversations with God. In this church there is no clutter, no e-mail, no cell phone, no pagers, no one to steal my attention. I’m at peace there. I like to be alone there with just my thoughts and memories and rest and recharge my internal batteries. In a mere few days, the woods will come alive with activity of buck deer. And I will be there in this sanctuary to bear witness to it—as I should be. To be somewhere else would be against who I am. Something from deep inside me pulls me to Season of Harvest Church. If you listen closely, you hear the voice of God in the wind as it blows through leaves and the treetops. Enter quietly and be still and you’ll be welcomed into the sanctuary where you will witness the beauty that God has created.


As the dawn’s light opened my sanctuary to my tired, old eyes, I slowly and quietly turned my head to and fro to see what other of God’s creatures were in my sanctuary. The gray body of a whitetail deer materialized out of the fog seventy yards in front of me and then disappeared back into the sanctuary. Squirrels chattered. The distant sound of ducks added to the splendor. I thanked God for being alive to witness the beauty of His creatures, both great and small. Dead leaves quietly drifted to the forest floor. As I watched individual leaves fall and coat the ground with their beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red, I was literally watching God’s natural cycle of the Fall take place in front of me. If you havenít sat quietly in the woods and watched thousands of leaves fall lazily to the forest floor, you are missing one of God's most beautiful art shows. Go and watch this and you will thank Him for it. Even amongst the beauty that surrounded me, my predator extinct was on full alert. That’s natural, the way it is supposed to be during this season of harvest. As I slowly turned to see what was behind me, three does cautiously picked their way through the underbrush towards me. They sauntered directly under the tree I was sitting in. It wasn’t time to kill. It was time to observe and learn. The time to kill and feed my family is coming soon. 32 Archery Magazine December ‘05/January '06

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The NFAA Board of State Directors will Outdoor or 3-D championship, unless meet Feb. 5-7, 2006 at the Riviera Hotel a reciprocal non-resident membership in Las Vegas immediately preceding arrangement is made between adjacent the Vegas Shoot. Each NFAA State states. association has the opportunity to send Change the voting at the Board a representative to this meeting to make of Directors meeting from weighted decisions concerning how the NFAA will (number of members determines number run in the next year. of votes) to one state, one vote. Changes to our Constitution and Change the annual Board of Directors By-Laws are made through a system meeting to bi-annual. of agenda items presented by NFAA Allow individual state associations to officers, State Directors and committee recognize NFAA Bowhunter memberships chairmen for a vote of the State Directors for competition in state championships. present at this annual meeting. As a Change the age for women competing member of NFAA, you should let your in the Master Senior division to 60, leave State Director know your opinion on the the men at 65. items that will be discussed and decided continued on page 36 in February. As space here does not allow for a complete list of all items, a few pertinent ones are featuring: listed here. • Three size blades available New Senior Life 5/32" - 3/16" - 1/4" members (those joining • For aluminums or carbons after 7/1/07) would be • Positive ball detent .007 click stop adj. • Numbered windage micro adj. required to pay 50% of the • No tools needed for adjustments pre-registration fees for • No moving parts to wear out (bushings & springs) Sectional tournaments. • Extra strong and durable NFAA members may The Original Brite Site "The Rest of Your Life" compete in only their state 34 Kentwood Rd. | Succasunna, NJ 07876 | (973) 584-0637 • (973) 927-6779 | email: of affiliation for Indoor, 34 Archery Magazine December ‘05/January '06

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NFAA Headquarters Report—continued from page 35 Give state associations the option to consolidate styles to insure a minimum of 3 archers per division. Allow for the consolidation of age divisions, styles or classes in National and Sectional tournaments, to insure a minimum number of competitors per division. Change the penalties for shooting the wrong face or the wrong distance on field courses. The penalties would remain as is for the Professional archers and be reduced for the amateur archers. Remove or reduce term limits for the NFAA President and Vice President. Place deadlines on the NFAA and the host clubs for contract completion for National tournaments. Remove the 3% variance now allowed on the 280 fps. speed limit. Remove the use of a chew strap in all

non release divisions. Eliminate the Bowhunter division from competition. Change the Traditional style to shoot “off the shelf” or “off the hand”, no mechanical arrow rests or plunger buttons will be allowed. Change the name of Freestyle Limited Recurve/Longbow to Freestyle Limited Recurve and add a division for Longbow for adults and seniors. Eliminate the Freestyle Limited equipment from the Professional divisions. Add Bowhunter Freestyle equipment to the Professional divisions If there are other matters of concern to you or your NFAA club, please let your State Director know. Their names and contact information is in the front of this magazine.

Editor’s Note

Even though you may have read the note in the previous issue explaining this new format, bear with us while we summarize the more significant features: Instead of Sectional Tournament Information and Sectional Tournament Results being reported in separate parts of magazine, each NFAA Section now has its standalone newsletter, including all news from its State Associations. The NFAA member will no longer have to search the entire magazine to “find out what’s going on in my Section.” It’s now in one place. All NFAA Councilmen and State Directors have been apprised of this revamped format, and have been solicited to “beat the bushes” for news that you, the NFAA members, want to read. If you have any item that fits this bill, please send it to your NFAA Director, or to: Paul Davison 2787 Winston Way Duluth, GA 30096 E-mail (preferred): Fax: 770-476-7488 (note the number change)

Special Note to SW and NW Section NFAA Members The Southwestern and Northwestern Sections are two of the four Sections having their 2006 Indoor Sectionals at multiple sites. If you’re not sure of when or where you’re to shoot, or where to send your registration info, then contact your state’s NFAA Director.


Bob McCutcheon, Councilman-elect

Sectional Tournament Info 2006 GREAT LAKES INDOOR SECTIONAL February 25-26, 2006 Come join us for a weekend of fun and archery. This year, the Great Lakes Indoor Sectional will be held in St Joseph, Michigan. It will be held in the brand new Field House on the campus of St. Joseph High School on Stadium Drive. Host Location Directions

Registration Deadline Late Registration Schedule

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All Seasons Archers St. Joseph High School, St, Joseph, MI Exit 27 off I-94 and take SR 63 (Niles Ave) north for about 3 miles, then left onto Kingsley Ave, then right onto S. State St, then left onto Wallace Ave. Turn left onto Stadium drive and into parking lot where there is plenty of parking available. Dave Overhiser, 6384 107th, South Haven, MI 49090, Tel: 269-637-5005 February 1, 2006 On site. Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 4:00 pm, if necessary. There will be a Pro-Am shoot Saturday evening.

Accommodations Miscellaneous Info

Baymont Inn, 2601 W Marquette Woods, 269-428-9111 Boulevard Inn & Bistro, 521 Lake Blvd, 269-983-6600 Clarion Hotel, 100 Main St, 269-983-7341 Econo Lodge, 2723 Niles Ave, 269-982-3333 Holiday Inn Express, 3019 Lakeshore Dr, 269-982-0004 Hampton Inn, 5050 Red Arrow Highway, 269-429-2700 We have seating above for spectators during the shoot.

2006 GREAT LAKES 3-D SECTIONAL April 8-9, 2006 Host Location Directions Registration E-mail: Deadline Late Registration Schedule Accommodations Campgrounds

Blackhawk Field Archers 10086 Forest Preserve Rd., Rockton, IL 61072 For directions and map, see http://mywebpage. Brenda Lee, 128 N. Caryl Ave, North Lake, IL 60164, Tel: 708-562-7431 April 3, 2006 At the range. Casual start. Ramada Inn, South Beloit, IL, 800-756-2341. Fairfield Inn, Beloit, WI, 800-228-2800 Comfort Inn, Beloit, WI, 608-362-2666 Holiday Inn, Beloit, WI, 608-365-6000 Econo Lodge, Beloit, WI, 608-364-4000 Super 8, Beloit, WI, 608-365-8680 Holiday Inn (I-90 at US BR 20), Rockford, IL, 815-8982200 Baymont Inn, Rockford, IL, 877-229-6668 Best Western, Rockford, IL, 815-398-5050 Days Inn, Loves Park, IL, 815-282-9300 The club can handle approximately 35 campers. No electric or septic available.

2006 GREAT LAKES OUTDOOR SECTIONAL June 10-11, 2006 Host Location Directions

Panther Creek Bowhunters Chatham, IL From I-55, Exit 88, go south on Frontage Rd toward Chatham for 0.9 miles. Turn right on Chatham Rd for 1 mile to Gilreath Rd. Turn left for 0.5 miles, then left on 1W for 0.8 miles. Ranges is on the left. Registration Judy McCutcheon, 23358 Virden Rd, Virden, IL 62690, Tel: 217-965-5290 E-mail: Deadline June 3, 2006 Late Registration At the range clubhouse. Friday, 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, 7:00-8:00 am. Schedule Saturday, 28 Field and 14 Animal, and Sunday, 28 Hunter. Shotgun start at 9:00 am both days. Accommodations Baymont Inn, I-55 Exit 90, 217-529-6655 Motel 6, I-55 Exit 90, 217-529-1633 Hampton Inn, I-55 Exit 94, 217-524-1100 Campgrounds Double J Campground and RV Park, located approximately 5 miles from range, 217-483-9998 Miscellaneous Info For additional information and accommodations, call Springfield Tourist Information at 800-545-2300.

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Late Registration Schedule

Dave Thewlis, Director

OHIO ARCHERS 2006 SHOOT SCHEDULE DATES EVENT HOST All January District Champ. Classifier Host Clubs Jan 7-8 Indoor Bowhunter Host Clubs Jan 21-22 Flint Round Host Clubs Feb 4-5 Vegas Round Host Clubs Mar 4-5 Indoor 300 Championship Silver Eagles Jun 3-4 3-D Bowhunter Championship Wayne Co. Archers July 15-16 State Field Champ. Sherwood Archery Aug 20 600 Shoot Hunters Outlet Sep 16-17 Bowhunter Jamboree Wayne Co. Archers

Accommodations Miscellaneous Info LOCATION Mail-in Mail-in Mail-in Mail-in S. Webster High School Wooster Steubenville Suffield Wooster

MID-ATLANTIC SECTION Mike LePera, Councilman

Sectional Tournament Info 2006 MID-ATLANTIC INDOOR SECTIONAL March 4-5, 2006 Host Location Directions

Registration Deadline Late Registration Schedule Accommodations

March 4-5, 2006 Host Location Directions


E-mail: Deadline Late Registration Schedule Miscellaneous Info

March 3-5, 2006 Host Location Directions

Registration E-mail: Deadline

March 4-5, 2006 Host Location Directions

Wa-Xo-Be Archers Major Road, South Brunswick, NJ Take US 1 south toward Princeton from New Brunswick to Major Rd. Go 1/3 mile. The entrance to the range is on the left. Douglas Joyce, 30 Willow Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873Tel: 732-247-3892 February 25, 2006 At the range. Saturday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Red Roof Inn, 208 New Rd. and US 1, South Brunswick, NJ, 732-821-8800

Cape May County Archery Association The Fletcher’s Corner, 212 South Route 47, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 Garden State Parkway south to exit 6. Left at end of ramp, take to end, then left onto State Route 47. Range is 100 yards on the left. The Fletchers Corner, Attn: Guy Kanas, 212 South Route 47, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, Tel: 609 465-4949 February 25, 2006 At the range. Saturday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Jim Mitchell, 732-264-2728 or Guy Kanas, 609-4654949.

Mayberry Archers 2549 Mayberry Rd, Westminster, MD 21158 Follow MD Rt. #140 west from Westminster approximately 6 miles to Mayberry Rd. Turn right at Mayberry Rd. Go 1.1 miles to clubhouse on right on top of hill. T Sandy Rowe, 817 Otterdale Mill Rd, Taneytown, MD 21787, Tel: 410-775-7013 February 25, 2006

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Registration E-mail: Deadline Late Registration Schedule Accommodations Miscellaneous Info

March 4-5, 2006 Host Location Directions Registration E-mail: Deadline Late Registration Schedule Accommodations March 3-5, 2006 Host Location Directions

Registration Deadline Late Registration Schedule

Accommodations Miscellaneous Info

March 3-5, 2006 Host Location

At the range (space permitting). Friday: 7:15 pm: Saturday: 9:00 am, 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am, 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm, only if needed. Days Inn, 410-857-0500 Comfort Inn, 410-857-1900 Boston Inn, 410-848-9095 This is a double NFAA 300 Round shoot. No crossbows. Please include phone number in registration in case your shooting time preference is filled. Plenty of food available on Saturday and Sunday. Prince William Archers Izaak Walton Dr., Brentsville, VA From I-95, exit at State Route 234, north toward Manassas, then left on 619 (Bristow Rd.), then left on Izaak Walton Dr. to club. From I-66, exit at 234 Bypass, south on State Route 28 past airport, then left on 619 (Bristow Rd.), right on Izaak Walton Dr. to club. Jim Little, 13705 Santa Rosa Ct., Manassas, VA 20112. Tel: 703-791-3659 February 25, 2006 At the clubhouse from 6-9:00 pm Friday, and before each round. Saturday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Best Western, 703-368-7070 Holiday Inn, 703-335-0000 Super 8, 703-369-6323 Red Roof Inn, 703-335-9343 Range open house on Friday, March 3rd, 6-9:00 pm for practice and registration. Lunch both days. Upper level for spectators.

Indian Mountain Archery 342 Walker Lake Ontario Rd., Hilton, NY 14468 From SR 104, take SR 260 south 7.4 miles. From Hamlin Beach State Parkway, take SR 260 north 0.5 miles. Phillip Race, Indian Mountain Archery, 342 Walker Lake Ontario Rd, Hilton, NY 14468, Tel: 585-964-5880 February 25, 2006 At the range. Saturday: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Sunday: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Holiday Inn Express, Brockport, 800-423-0908 Econo Lodge, Brockport, 800-454-6837 Comfort Inn West, Greece, 585-621-5700


Registration Deadline Late Registration Schedule Accommodations Miscellaneous Info March 3-5, 2006 Host Location Directions

Registration Deadline Late Registration Schedule Accommodations Miscellaneous Info

From intersection of I-81 and SR 17, go west on SR 17 toward Elmira. At Exit 67, go north to Endicott. Go 0.5 mile and take SR 17C (Main St) west. Range is about 1.5 miles on left. Neil’s Archery, 122 W Main St, Endicott, NY 13760.Tel: 607-786-7535 February 25, 2006 At range. Friday: 6:30 pm. Saturday: 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Sunday: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Econo Lodge, 607-754-1533 Kings Inn, 607-754-8020 Courtyard by Marriott, 607-644-1000 Best Western of JC, 607-729-9194 Hot dogs available on site. Wildwood Sports Center 5740 Fikes Rd, Elbridge, NY 13060 From Syracuse, take SR 695 west to SR 5 west for about 6 miles. Turn right on Fikes Rd for 1.4 miles to Wildwood entrance on right. From Auburn, go east on SR 5 for about 15 miles to Fikes Rd, turn left, and proceed to Wildwood as above. From SR 31, turn south on Laird Rd, then right on Whiting Rd, then immediate left on Fikes Rd for 2 miles to Wildwood entrance on left. Wildwood Sports Center, PO Box 922, Elbridge, NY 13060, Tel: 315-689-1066 February 24, 2006 At range. Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am, 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. Holiday Inn, Auburn, 315-253-4531 Best Western, Weedsport, 315-834-6623 Micro, Auburn, 315-253-4000 Thomas Motel, Camillus, 315-672-3441 Mention Wildwood Sports Center at Motel Thomas for special rates.

New Jersey Doug Joyce, Director

of the secretary’s responsibilities and could step in when needed. Pawlowski was also elected Pennsylvania NFAA State Director. The PFATA indoor championship for 2006 will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in April, and the outdoor championship will be held at Mechanicsburg Archers in May. Actual dates for the tournaments will be decided in November, and tournament registration forms will be mailed to PFATA members in early 2006. No late fees will be attached to either tournament. Four agenda items to be submitted to the NFAA annual meeting were discussed. Mention was made that the NFAA indoor championship for 2006 will be in Louisville, Kentucky, and the outdoor championship will be in Yankton, South Dakota. Crossbows can be used at the national indoor championship. The National Archery in the Schools Program is doing very well In Pennsylvania. Anyone living in Pennsylvania who is a Level I or Level II archery instructor and would like to be part of the NASP program in Pennsylvania should contact John Pawlowski. Hopefully, in time, every school district in Pennsylvania will be affiliated with NASP. To get more information about National Archery in the School Program, Pennsylvania, use this website, www.nasppa. net. Denise Raum is the NASP coordinator for Pennsylvania. You can reach her at Denise Raum, c/o Lancaster Archery Supply, 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602, phone 717-394-7229, ext. 205, or e-mail denise@ An announcement was made urging PFATA members to participate in the Mid-Atlantic sectional tournaments for 2006 as well as other NFAA sponsored tournaments. A leg of the Mid-Atlantic indoor sectional will be held March 5 and 6 at York & Adams Archers, Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, and crossbows can be used. Two 60-arrow NFAA 300 rounds using the blue and white target will be shot. The Mid-Atlantic outdoor sectional tournament will be held at Cape May County Archery Association, Cape May, New Jersey on June 3 and 4. Sectional tournament application forms are available in the NFAA’s Archery Magazine. Membership information concerning PFATA is available at or from Al Towler, 250 Summer Ave, Horsham, PA 19044, phone 215-675-4025, or e-mail

West Virginia Steve Cox, Director News from New Jersey On August 27th and 28th, the Cape May Archers held the New Jersey State Field Championships. This was their first attempt at such an important tournament. Their efforts are to be applauded. The ranges were groomed and on the money. As usual, this all comes about with the efforts and hard work of some very dedicated people. Kudos go to the Mitchell, Pew, Peters, Lashley and Denight families, as well as Matt Cox, Skip Hoffman and Mike Grogan. Again, a great job and a big Thank You!

News from the mountains of West Virginia. Terry Howell has decided to hang up his Treasurer/Secretary/State Director hat and adopt a more flexible life style. Terry has served for six years and turned over the reins to Steve Cox this October. Terry will be spending more time on his motorcycle and will start wintering in the South. It was noted that the bank account was within $20 of the amount Terry started with — truly WVAA is a non-profit organization.

York & Adams Archers 413 Country Club Rd, Abbottstown, PA 17301 Abbottstown is about halfway between Gettysburg and York on US 30. From the Abbottstown Circle in the center of town (intersection of SR 194 and US 30) go east three blocks on US 30, then right (south) on Country Club Rd. Club is 1 mile on left. Joel E. Downin, 584 Oxford Rd, New Oxford, PA 17350, Tel: 717-624-1606 February 25, 2006 At clubhouse. Friday: 7:00 pm: Saturday: 9:00 am, 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am, 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm, only if needed. Hampton Inn, 717-633-1117 Super 8, 717-630-8888 Cross Keys Motor Inn, 717-624-7778 Food and beverages will be available. Also, our indoor range is crossbow friendly; so, crossbow archers are welcome.

Tournament reports and election of officers highlighted the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Field and Target Archers, the Pennsylvania affiliate to the National Field Archery Association. The meeting was held Saturday afternoon August 20 at the Mechanicsburg Archers range, Mechanicsburg, PA.

Sectional Tournament Info 2006 MIDWESTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL

Neil’s Archery 122 W Main St, Endicott, NY 13760

The newly elected officers are John Pawlowski, president; Al Towler, vice president/secretary; Robert Wertz, treasurer; and Brandi McRoberts, back-up secretary. McRoberts is called a back-up secretary because she is kept abreast

February 25-26, 2006 Host Independence Bowhunters Location 6423 Railroad St, Raytown (KC), MO Directions I-70 to I-435 South (Missouri side) to Exit 66 (SR 350)

The area boasts some of the finest restaurants in South Jersey. If you like sea food, this is the place. For all the Mid-Atlantic shooters, this is also the place for the 2006 Outdoor Mids on June 3rd and 4th. Bring the entire family for a great weekend vacation! See the next issue of Archery for all the details.

Pennsylvania John Pawlowski, Director

The West Virginia Archery Association has a new web site, www.wvarchery. org, and we have posted all 2005 scores and the new 2006 schedule. Please feel free to drop by and take a look.

MIDWESTERN SECTION Ray Jones, Councilman

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E-mail: Deadline Late Registration Schedule

Accommodations Miscellaneous Info

February 25-26, 2006 Host Minnehaha Archers, Inc. Location North Harvestore Rd, Sioux Falls, SD Directions I-29 to SR 38 (Exit 83) on northwest side of Sioux Falls; then west on SR 38 to North Harvestore Rd (first road); then north on North Harvestore to range, which is third building on right. Or, if coming in on I-90, exit south on I-29 to Exit 83 then west on SR 38, and follow directions as above. Registration Jackie Meisenheimer, 48088 259th St, Brandon, SD 57005, Tel: 605-582-7179 E-mail: Deadline February 24, 2006 Late Registration At tournament site. Pre-registration is suggested and appreciated. Schedule Friday: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm practice. Saturday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am, and 2:00 pm. Sunday: To be announced. Scores will be flighted and coordinated at both Midwestern Section sites on Saturday after the last round of shooting. Accommodations Day’s Inn, 605-331-5959 ($59.00 double/$49.00 single). Full continental breakfast, waffles, etc. Comfort Inn, 605-331- 4490 ($53.99 double / $49.00 single). Pool, hot tub, continental breakfast. Super 8, 605-339-9212 ($50.99 two double beds). Continental breakfast. Miscellaneous Info These motels are located on North Cliff Ave east of the archery range on SR 38 (approximately 2 miles). When calling for reservations, please state you are in Sioux Falls for the Midwestern Sectional Archery Tournament.

South Dakota Jackie Meisenheimer, Director

50 Years of Field Archery in South Dakota This past year, the South Dakota Archery Association celebrated the 50th anniversary of field archery in South Dakota. For the occasion, our esteemed historian, Evelyn Buckley (who was a participant at that first tournament), mailed invitations to all the living participants of that first field tournament held in 1954, as well as to participants of other early state field tournaments. Much to our amazement and excitement, approximately 25 participants of the first tournament showed up for a catered dinner and a great time. This amazing group of archers came bearing volumes of exciting photos, memories and stories, as well as the bows and equipment they shot in that first tournament! It was phenomenal to sit and listen to them tell stories of

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camaraderie, funny shooting mistakes made, and skills needed in those early days to shoot field archery. And today there are some that complain about shooting 80 yards with fancy new compounds! A practice range was set up and with a little persuasion from the “newbies”, and the “seasoned” archers enjoyed flinging arrows. Today’s “finger shooters” could still learn a thing or two from these archers. The proper “form” was still there, not forgotten, and bullseyes were shot! Most amazing is that some of the archers who competed in 1954 are actively involved in archery in their communities, serving on local archery boards, and still teaching archery to newcomers to the sport! The South Dakota Archery Association and members wish to extend a public THANK YOU to this group of archery pioneers! Names will not be listed as I would feel badly forgetting any names. However, one of the founding fathers of archery in South Dakota is Charlie Bledsoe, a former NFAA Director, who is pictured. The SDAA feels privileged to have South Dakota chosen as the host site for the 2005 National Outdoor Tournament, as well as the 2006 National Outdoor Tournament. Field archery is alive and well in South Dakota and growing!

Charlie Bledsoe


to 63rd St. Left on 63rd to Raytown Rd, then right for two blocks to 6423 Railroad St (before the bridge). Alternately, I-70 to Exit 9, then south on Blue Ridge Cutoff to Raytown Trafficway. Left on 63rd St for one block to Raytown Rd, then right for one block to Railroad St Tobi Rogers, 5728 NW Flintridge Ct, Kansas city, MO 64151, Tel: 816-505-9331 February 24, 2006 At tournament site Friday: 7:00 pm practice. Saturday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday: To be announced.Scores will be flighted and coordinated at both Midwestern Section sites on Saturday after the last round of shooting. Drury Inn, 3830 Blue Ridge Cutoff ($62.99 king), 816923-3000 Clarion Inn, 9103 E 39th St ($70.00 king or double), 816-737-0200 Hulsing Hotels, 4011 Blue Ridge Cutoff ($92.00 king or double), 816-353-5300 All three hotels are within a few miles of the range. Room rates subject to change. The Drury Inn offers a hot breakfast and three evening beverages plus snacks to all guests.

NEW ENGLAND SECTION Ken Moore, Councilman

Sectional Tournament Info 2006 NEW ENGLAND INDOOR SECTIONAL March 31–April 2, 2006 Host Lunenburg Sportsman Club Location Reservoir Rd, Lunenburg, MA Directions From SR 2 in Massachusetts, take Exit 35 to SR 70 heading north (Lunenburg Rd). Then turn right onto Leominster-Shirley Rd, then left onto Reservoir Rd. Follow Reservoir Rd to club on left. Registration Ruby Shannon, 96 Lakefront, Lunenburg, MA 01462. Tel: 978-345-0479. Make checks payable to NESFAA, and please include your phone number. Deadline None; however a reservation is suggested to ensure a desired line. Late Registration None Schedule Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Sunday: 8:30 am and 11:30 am Accommodations Super 8 Motel, 482 N Main, Leominster, MA, 978-537-2800 Sheraton Four Points, 99 Erdman, Leominster, MA, 978534-9000 Best Western, 150 Royal Plaza Dr, Fitchburg, MA, 978-342-7100 Campgrounds Camping available at club, call Ruby Shannon for confirmation and availability at 978-345-0479

2006 NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR SECTIONAL June 24-25, 2006 Host Location Directions

Lunenburg Sportsman Club Reservoir Rd, Lunenburg, MA From SR 2 in Massachusetts, take Exit 35 to SR 70

heading north (Lunenburg Rd). Then turn right onto Leominster-Shirley Rd, then left onto Reservoir Rd. Follow Reservoir Rd to club on left. Registration Lori LePage, 5 Sunrise Dr, Bradford, MA 01835. Tel: 978-372-8459 Make checks payable to NESFAA, and please include your phone number. Deadline None Late Registration None Schedule Saturday: 28 Field and 14 Animal by assigned course. Start from 8:00 am until noon. Shoot all 28 Field, then shoot 14 Animal beginning on target #1 of same course and with same group. Animal targets are to go up at 2:00 pm. Sunday: Pick up scorecards at 8:00 am, general assembly at 8:30am, and then shoot 28 Hunter by assigned target with shotgun start at 9:00 am. Awards at 4:00 pm. Accommodations Super 8 Motel, 482 N Main, Leominster, MA, 978-537-2800 Sheraton Four Points, 99 Erdman, Leominster, MA, 978534-9000 Best Western, 150 Royal Plaza Dr, Fitchburg, MA, 978-342-7100 Campgrounds Camping available at club.


Bill Tiddy, Councilman

2006 NORTHWESTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL March 10-12, 2006 Host Olympic Archery Location 2726-B Blacklake Blvd SW, Tumwater, WA Directions From I-5, take Exit 104 (US 101) west. Go to second exit (Blacklake Blvd), turn left, go south toward Black Lake. Range is 2 miles on the left, behind black and yellow espresso stand. Registration Jamie VanBlaricom Olympic Archery, 2726-B Blacklake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, Tel: 360-786-8315 E-mail: Deadline March 1, 2006 Late Registration At range by 9 am Saturday. Late registration fee of $15 will apply. Schedule Friday, 7:00 pm. Saturday, 9:00 am, 12:00 noon , and 3:00 pm. Sunday, 9:00 am, 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm (if necessary). List preferred line times on pre-registration. Comfort Inn, 1620 74th Ave SW, Tumwater, 360-352-0691 Accommodations Guesthouse Inn & Suites, 1600 74th Ave SW, Tumwater, 360-943-5040 Red Lion Olympia Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, 360943-4000 March 10-12, 2006 Host AS&J Archery Location 2603 Ahtanum Rd, Yakima, WA Directions From I-82, take Exit 36 at Valley Mall Rd. Turn left on S 3rd St, right on Ahtanum Rd, then 2 miles to shop. Registration Brandon Porter & Tom Shinkle, 421 N 62nd Ave, Yakima, WA 98903, Tel: 866-457-4856 E-mail: Deadline March 1, 2006 Late Registration At range by 9 am Saturday. Late registration fee of $15 will apply. Schedule Friday, 7:30 pm. Saturday, 9:00 am, 12:00 noon , and 3:00 pm. Sunday, 9:00 am, 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm (if necessary). List preferred line times on pre-registration. Accommodations Oxford Inn, 1603 E Yakima Ave., 509-457-4444 Days Inn, 1504 N First St. 509-248-3393 Quality Inn, 12 E Valley Mall Blvd, 509-248-6924

March 11-12, 2006 Host Fletchers Archery Location 540 Hjellen Drive, Wasilla, AK Directions Exit Parks Highway at Chevron service station and take dirt road across railroad tracks. Registration Fletchers Archery, P.O Box 872068 Wasilla, AK 99687, Tel: 907-373-7770 Deadline None Late Registration N/A Schedule Call range at 373-7770 for shooting schedule. Accommodations Alaska View, 907 376-6787 Best Western, 907 373-1776 Grandview Inn & Suites, 907 357-7666 Miscellaneous Info Practice available before shooting times. March 11-12, 2006 Host King’s Nock Archery Location 3204 International, Fairbanks, AK Directions From Mitchell Expressway, go south on Lathrop St, take right exit onto 30th St, and take next left on International. Building is gray and on left side of street at 3204 International. Registration King’s Nock Archery, 3204 International, Fairbanks, AK 99701, Tel: 907-479-4339 Deadline Call ahead to schedule time. May register 1st day prior to shooting time. Late Registration At range 9:30 am, Saturday, March 12, 2006. Schedule Two lines both days: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Accommodations Best Western 877 456-6602 Aspen 907 457-2288 Captain Bartlette Inn 888 478-7900 Comfort Inn 907 479-8080 Miscellaneous Info Practice available before shooting times. March 11-12, 2006 Host Black Sheep Bowmen Location Elmendorf Air Force Base Recreational Center, Alaska Directions Enter Boniface Security Gate, drive 1.2 miles, turn left onto 2nd St, go 2.1 miles to Elm Street. Turn right and go Recreational Bldg. #7271. Entrance to range faces runway to the east. Registration Black Sheep Bowmen, PO Box 6075, Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506. Tel: 907 753-1855; or Rod Miland at 907 952-2191. Deadline None Late Registration N/A Two lines both days: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Schedule Accommodations Available in Anchorage and Eagle River Miscellaneous Info Practice available before shooting times. If you are not a member of the Black Sheep Bowmen and do not have a security pass, call Rod Miland and make arrangements to be meet at the Boniface Gate, and be escorted to the Range. Rod can be contacted at 952-2191 to make arrangements for the escort. March 11-12, 2006 Host Pocatello Field Archers, Inc. Location Pocatello Creek Rd & Archery Club Lane, Pocatello, ID. Directions East on Pocatello Creek Rd., from I-15, left on Archery Club Lane to range. Registration Jeanne Beebe, 477 Packard, Pocatello, ID 83201 Tel: 208-233-5196 or SanDee Quinn, 4925 Galena, Chubbuck, ID 83202. Tel: 208-238-0819 Deadline None Late Registration On site. Schedule Call for shooting schedule. Accommodations Cottontree Inn 208-237-7650 Red Lion Hotel 208-233-2200 Holiday Inn 208-237-1400 Ameritel Inn 208-234-7500 Miscellaneous Info Contact Pocatello Convention & visitors Bureau for accommodations and rates. March 11-12, 2006 Host Archers Afield Location 11945 SW Pacific Hwy, Ste #121, Tigard OR 97223 Directions Between Hall and Greenberg on 99W at Tigard Plaza,

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lower level. Archers Afield, 11945 SW Pacific Hwy Ste #121, Tigard, OR 97223 Tel: 503-639-3553 E-mail: Deadline None Late Registration N/A Schedule Fri. 7:00 pm, Sat. 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm if needed. Sun 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, 3:00 pm if needed Accommodations Howard Johnson 503-245-6421 Registration

Washington T. C. Parker, Director

parts, and how to inspect the class equipment to ensure it is safe to use. The teachers worked in two lab stations to learn to perform simple maintenance on arrows (replacing nocks and re-fletching) and for bows (setting draw weight, installing nock sets, waxing the string). After a review, learning was evaluated with a written test! The third day, the class was joined by additional students, for their Level I instructor qualification. After another intro to NASP, the new Level II instructors performed their “practical,” each presenting a portion of the material they had just learned themselves. In this effort, they had plenty of supervision and assistance from their peers and the staff. Then these new Level I instructors took their turn being on the spot, practicing their new archery skills and the teaching techniques by repeating the lessons with their own peer group as the students. Their course also concluded with a written test for certification.

SOUTHEASTERN SECTION WSAA “Does the Puyallup” By Linda Parker, WSAA President For the umpteenth consecutive year, WSAA has a booth at the Puyallup Fair. This is the third year of our current format, bringing the fair visitors (focusing on the kids) into the booth to shoot a few arrows, using the Genesis bows. Our new location in the “Northwest Outdoors” building was the incentive to spruce up our presentation, and put our best foot forward. We have three new banners: (1) Washington State Archery Association (with WSAA logo), (2) There’s a place for YOU in WSAA (with Club and Shop names on state map), and (3) NASP — On Target for Life (with NASP logo). The wooden parts of the booth were painted and the floor was carpeted. Our setup was the best it has been in several years. The Fair is one of those opportunities for us to pitch Archery in general, and WSAA in particular to people from the general public — those who are not already archers or the archers and bowhunters who are not members. We use the shooting activity as an attention-getter, and try to get a few words across about the value of archery as a family sport, and as a life-long recreational activity. Many of the visitors are at least casual archers, and are happy to get information about places to get equipment, and where they can shoot or places for beginner lessons. We pass out our brochure, and a card which lists the WSAA Chartered Clubs and Shops. I worked three of the 17 days, and coordinated the Calendar. We ended up with some coverage for each day of the fair. Still could have used a few more folks! Thanks to those who pitched in. It is a lot of hard work, but our payback is the delight expressed by “kids” (of all ages) when they launch an arrow and hit the target. Washington State Kicks Off Archery in the Schools Program By Linda Parker, WSAA President The Washington NASP kick-off is history, and now the fun begins. For three intense days, physical education teachers from 15 schools around the state underwent training to implement an archery unit in their school PE classes. Leader for the course was Roy Grimes of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was assisted during the practical exercises by Level 3 and Level 4 qualified instructors from Washington: Carolyn Elder, Sherrie Crisp and Chan Evans. Class sessions were held at Brookdale Elementary in Tacoma, one of the participating schools. The presentation started on 17 August, with introductions of the staff and attendees and an overview of the National Archery in the Schools Program, followed by guidelines for safe archery range setup. Significant emphasis was devoted to establishing the beginning archer’s form and the “eleven steps to archery success.” For many of the prospective instructors, this was their own introduction to archery shooting technique! The evening concluded with coaching concepts — how to best observe student archers, and to provide correction that will help develop their skills. That was enough to cover in the first, abbreviated session. The following morning, each of the Level II Instructor candidates was challenged to demonstrate their knowledge in operating a safe range, demonstrating shooting techniques, and supervising their peers in initial shooting and retrieving arrows. They also learned the terminology for bow and arrow

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Tim Austin, Councilman

2006 SOUTHEASTERN OUTDOOR SECTIONAL May 27-28, 2006 Host Location Directions

Registration Tel: E-mail: Deadline Late Registration Schedule


Miscellaneous Info

Sectional Tournament Info 2006 SOUTHEASTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL March 11-12, 2006 Host Tri-State Archers Location Tully Gym on FSU campus, Tallahassee, FL Directions To motel from 1-10: Take 1-10 to Tallahassee Exit 196. Go south on Capital Circle 11⁄4 miles to US 90 (Tennessee St). Take a left heading east 21⁄2 miles until you see Collegiate Village Inn on right. To tournament site from motel: Head east on US 90 (Tennessee St) and take the first right onto Ocala Rd. Go 1/4 mile on Ocala to Pensacola St. Take a left on Pensacola and head east 1/2 mile to Stadium Drive (Stadium is towards the right and you can’t go straight). Turn left one block, and turn right on Connector Way. Take Connector to the stop sign. Tully Gym is straight ahead with parking on your right (Tully Gym is next to tennis courts). Registration Tim Austin, 1710 S W 76th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607 Tel: 352-332-1969 or 352-332-1914 E-mail: Deadline By mail: Must be postmarked by March 2, 2006. By phone through March 9. $2.00 surcharge for advanced phoned-in registrations paid at shoot. Late Registration At Tully Gym. Late fees apply. Schedule Saturday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday: 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Collegiate Village Inn, 2121 West Tennessee St, TallahasAccommodations see FL 32301. Tel: 850-576-6121. The rate is $47.50 per night, 1-4 persons. Archers need to mention “Archery Tournament” when requesting a room. Other motels include: Days Inn North, I-10 and US 27 N, 850-385-0136 University Motel, 691 W Tennessee St., 800-578-7878 Holiday Inn Select, 316 W Tennessee St., 850-222-9555 Miscellaneous Info Crossbows will be allowed. The FAA/NAA Indoor Championship will be held Friday 7:00 pm and Saturday 5:00 pm shooting two 18 meter FITA I rounds under NAA rules. Out-of-State NFAA and NAA guests are invited to participate with registration fee of $22.50; and archers will be required to conform to NAA dress code and shooting rules for that event. Double registration is allowed (shoot both NAA rounds on Saturday night). Other Contacts

Host club contact: Oliver Austin, 1620 Yearling Trl, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Tel: 850-309-1918, weekdays 850-644-0289. E-mail:

Gator Bowmen, Inc. 10404 SW Williston Rd, Gainesville, FL Range is 3.4 miles southwest of I-75, Exit 382, on the right side of Williston Rd (SR 121). The driveway is just behind a right turn arrow, about 400 feet north of SW 105th Ave. Tim Austin, 1710 S W 76th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607 352-332-1969 or 352-332-1914 By mail: Must be postmarked by May 19, 2006. By phone through May 25, 2006. At host motel Friday evening, or at range by 7:00 am Saturday morning. Saturday: 8:00 am announcements, 8:30 am 28 Field, and 2:00 pm 14 Animal. Sunday: 8:00 am announcements and 8:30 am 28 Hunter. Host motel: Quality Inn, 3455 SW Williston Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608, 352-378-2405. Mention that you are with the “Archery Championship.” The host motel is on the south side of Williston Rd, immediately west of I-75, Exit 382, and is about 5 minutes from the range. Range is in a city park, and is closed from dusk to dawn. There is no on-site camping, but there are many campgrounds in the county.

Host Location Directions Registration Tel: Deadline Late Registration Schedule

Miscellaneous Info

Wagoner Archery Club PO Box 705, Wagoner, OK 74477 From intersection of State Hwy. 51 and 69, go 3.3 miles due east. Look for sign on north side of road. Charlie Burns, PO Box 705, Wagoner, Ok 74477 918-639-1996 May 15, 2006 At range, Friday, May 19, 5:30 to 7:00 pm Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm both days (shotgun start). 20 targets each day; you must shoot both days. For more info., contact Roger Hayes at 918-485-5728 or Robert Wood at 918-857-5924.

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Trosper Archery Club 2201 SE Grand Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73129 Take Exit 124 off I-35 east on Grand Blvd 1.5 miles. Range located on north side of road in Trosper Park. Dennis Lynch, 290 N Buffalo Ave, Guthrie, OK 73044, Tel: 405-282-3617 June 2, 2006 Contact club for info. Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am announcements and 8:30 am start shooting, both days. All major motels in the area.

2006 SOUTHEASTERN 3-D SECTIONAL June 24-25, 2006 Host Location Directions

Smoky Mountain Archers Maryville, TN From Maryville take US 441/129 south for 6 miles, then left on US 129 for 2.2 miles, then left on Walker School Rd for 0.5 miles, then right to Camp Tipton. Registration Gordon Oland, 8851 Highland View Rd, Knoxville, TN 37938, Tel: 865-925-0138 E-mail: Deadline None. Late Registration At site, Friday evening, or by 9:00 am Saturday morning. Schedule Shotgun start 9:00 am and 1:00 pm both days. 30 unmarked Saturday, 30 marked Sunday. Accommodations Many motels at the airport area near Alcoa and Maryville. Miscellaneous Info Camp Tipton is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and is close to the National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville.

SOUTHERN SECTION Lee Gregory, Councilman

Sectional Tournament Info 2006 SOUTHERN INDOOR SECTIONAL March 11-12, 2006 Host Osage Archers Location RR 3, Box 9250, Bartlesville, OK 74003 Directions From US 75, take Adams Rd (US 60) west to SR 123, then 1/8 mile on US 60. Range is in Armory Building on north side of road. Registration Albert Nitz, RR 3, Box 9250, Bartlesville, OK 74003 Tel: 918-336-0898 Deadline March 4, 2006 Late Registration Contact Club Schedule Saturday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, only if needed.

2006 SOUTHERN 3-D SECTIONAL May 20-21, 2006


Monty Heishman, Director

Looking Back at TFAA’s Very Good Year We started the year shooting indoors and using the “Shoot your way across Texas” (SYWAT) format for 30 indoor tournaments prior to our TFAA State Indoor and Hall of Fame banquet in April. At the banquet, two people were honored and inducted into the TFAA Hall of Fame: Lee Gregory was inducted for his past and present service to the TFAA, and David Hughes was inducted for his past championship performances. Lee Gregory was recognized for the following accomplishments since 1998: Printed sixty Texas Field Archery Newsletters (TFAN) while never raising the cost; Added color to the TFAN for no extra cost in 2001; Added full color to the TFAN for no extra cost in 2003; Always moved the work of the TFAA to the front so we could meet deadlines (Lee owns D & L Printing in Georgetown, TX); Led Williams County Archery Club in building a 14-target field range to host SYWAT and Top Gun events; Located and negotiated the space, and hosted five State indoor tournaments and one Sectional Indoor Tournament; Located and negotiated the space, and hosted four Hall of Fame Banquets; Picked up, stored, delivered and helped set up targets for eight TFAA State sponsored tournaments; Directed three TFAA raffles ... raising thousands of dollars; Served as District 6 Field Governor from July 02 to May 03; Served as NFAA Director from June 03 to August 04; Served as Southern Sectional Councilman from September 04 through today. As you can see by his accomplishments, TFAA newsletters and the organization would not be the same today without a hard working, dedicated archer named Lee Gregory. From all the TFAA archers we say, “Thank you, Lee!” Lee has been active in TFAA archery for approximately 33 years. David Hughes was recognized for the following accomplishments: Ten National Outdoor and one National Indoor Championships (this year at the National Outdoor, he’s added the SMBB Championship); Eleven State Championships (added two more in 2005: Indoor and Outdoor Senior Men Barebow); Ten Sectional Championships; Three Las Vegas Championships; The San Diego World Open David was also a staff shooter for the following bow manufacturers: Wing, Pearson, Groves, Carroll, Olympus, Rocky Mountain, Bear, Jennings, Viking and Native American Archery. David Hughes is back and shooting again,

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peak weight up or down in very small amounts to alter the bow to match the final spine of the arrow to reach this point.


Y O U U N D E R S TA N D " C A L C U L AT E D " P E A K W E I G H T, B U T W H AT A B O U T " C A L C U L AT E D " A B S O L U T E D I S TA N C E T O T H E TA R G E T ? Calculating the peak weight number you should use to select your shaft size on an arrow spine chart is how we make our best effort to select an “in the ballpark” spine stiffness. ON THE FIRST TRY, we prefer an arrow we can immediately live with and at worst tweak to improve and use without having to buy another dozen new size shafts. Calculating for an “absolute” distance is the same idea. ON THE FIRST TRY, the idea is to get it right after making every allowance we feel necessary to make our personal sight setting EXACTLY right by compensating for every possible condition which would cause our arrow to impact too high or too low. We should all understand that just because there is a marker insinuating a 50 yard shot there are any number of reasons why that may not be the best setting we could use to impact absolutely dead-center. That is, at every target you face an “implied” distance will surface for whatever reason, but the “absolute” distance is the precise distance where your particular sight must be set for the best possible result on every shot. CALCULATED PEAK WEIGHT Surely every serious archer understands that every 60 pound bow, for example, cannot possibly have a perfect bow-to-arrow, or arrow-tobow, spine match while using the same identical arrow. Besides the obvious, how hard you are going to hit the tail of the arrow to start it on it’s way, even the cut length of the shaft, the amount of weight on it’s point down to how you start it out from a dead stop will all effect how stiff the arrow has to

be to adequately accept the energy without launching it into a highly undesirable out-of-control state. In order to compensate for every condition the bow and the archer has applied we can modify the peak weight figure we will use on the arrow spine chart to select a more accurate weaker or stronger spine stiffness. Each of our “calculations” include an apportionment for some condition which does not perfectly match the standards upon which the basic chart is founded. So if need be we add a few pounds to our actual peak weight to select a slightly stiffer spine or remove a few pounds to gain a weaker spine. If not for calculating these recognized differences everyone with a 30 inch 60 pound bow of any type might try to use the same size arrow and that would be a total disaster since probably 49% would end up with seriously underspined arrows and 49% with overspined arrows. And, you ask, just how do you know when the spine is “as good as it can be?” To me, there is only one way, requiring a long and painstaking process that few, if any, ever carry out by making bow peak weight adjustments down to the “zillionth” of a pound. That is, when you reach the point that the bow and the arrow are so perfectly spined to each other you can actually shoot an EXPOSED BLADE BROADHEAD (not just close, but exactly) into the LITERAL SAME HOLE as your equal weight field points AT ANY AND EVERY Figure 1. If this was actually the result of the first 2 shots, it would reveal: DISTANCE you have reached Utopia. I submit that one 1. This archers shooting form was identical on both shots. 2. This archer used the best windage setting for conditions. cannot possibly achieve more 3. This archer calculated and used the absolute best possible distance setting for this absolute control over their situation. 4. This archer used 2 mated arrows that performed and impacted identically. arrow than that. But again, it 5. This archers arrows were identical in velocity but the total was inconsequential. takes finely tweaking the bow

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CALCULATING “ABSOLUTE” DISTANCES We often joke that the number-one catch-all excuse for a miss in archery is the ole-reliable “I didn’t know the distance to the target.” Hunters use it extensively, I know I do. However, for the statement to be even more accurate it should state: “I didn’t know the ‘absolute’ distance to the target.” Because technically, the exact perfectly measured distance to the target is not always the best sight setting to use. That is, even if the measured point to point distance is known and perfectly stated, your sight settings may not be that perfect or you may need to allow yardage depending on how extreme the up or downhill slope is, not to mention some wind condition. Worse case is when it is not accurate, understand that it is not unusual for the measured distance provided to you to not be totally accurate on a rough terrain roving course for several reasons. Let it suffice to say that when your sight settings are not totally accurate with the real world, that is one calculated allowance you must make when trying to “tweak” your setting for other compensations. Point being that it does no good to know the target is a perfect 60 if your 60 setting is really only 59. However when shooting on a perfectly measured, perfectly level, weather protected indoor course even if all of your sight settings happen to be inaccurate by 1 yard for example, you will quickly realize it and make a correction, possibly without losing even 1 point as we’ll discuss in a moment. Even so, small point losses like that on such well controlled course environments is a small price to pay when compared to the long list of things that can happen on a rough terrain roving outdoor Field course where every new target face might cost you 1 or 2 or more up-front lost points due to inherent compromising circumstances. For those who think that “a faster arrow will solve everything,” think about that perfectly measured, perfectly level, weather protected indoor course and explain how a faster arrow could possibly be of any help over slower ones. Despite what some may have heard, if you were 2 inches low when the bow fired the miss will not be less than 2 inches because your arrow is faster than any others. Yes, there are those who think that “all vertical misses are reduced” by faster arrows. Sorry, but if you aim and shoot 2 inches high it will hit 2 inches high with a 200 fps or a 300 fps arrow. So, even in an absolutely perfect target environment such as this calculating for the “absolute” distance for a dead-center hit still calls for tweaking up or down at each new distance if your own sight scale is not a perfect match to the measurements. ROVING FIELD COURSES But it is a WHOLE NEW BALL GAME when dealing with targets that can be inaccurately measured or have a steep up or downhill angle or actually be effected by the winds. An example of “calculating” for the absolute (necessary for this particular

situation) distance is making judgment calls much like this scenario: “1. It’s marked 50 but I’ve been about 1 yard long on everything all day so I’ll start with 49: 2. Virtually every hole in the target face is in the top half of the paper so I’ll use 48 1/2 to compensate for this obviously steep uphill angle. 3. I also suspect that it may be measured almost a yard short because that 52 yard stake is almost 3 yards from this 50 so I’ll tweak off another quarter yard or so. Then, after making a perfect shot I’ll know how good my first “educated guess” calculation is. If I perform a lousy, inconclusive first shot I’ll have to leave it and try to do better on the next shot but at least I’m making an effort to get it right for the first shot in hopes of losing no points at all.” Certainly none of my best scores have ever been anything to rave about but that was an example of how those who are working hard not to lose any more points than necessary stay alert and take the initiative to prevent unnecessary misses on the first shot at each new target. I may have, I suspect, learned a few things while practicing many hours with people who have posted such scores. FASTER ARROWS We all recognize that the basic value of a faster arrow is simply that it doesn’t rise quite as high or fall quite as far while enroute the target. Which is to say that with a faster arrow, when I inadvertently set my sight too short but do everything else right I’ll only miss low by (example) 31/64ths of an inch instead of continued on next page


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32/64ths of an inch. And that gigantic helpful improvement may, on rare occasions, be enough of a difference to actually nip the next higher scoring ring. Somehow this makes me think of the time a famous archer told me: “Just shoot’em all in the middle and you don’t have to worry about line-cutters.” Let’s discuss slightly faster arrows. POINT 1: When you change to a faster arrow the only scoring increase you CAN REALLY EXPECT IS FROM THE ADDED VALUE OF THOSE VERY FEW TARGETS YOU MISSED BY LESS THAN THAT SMALL (the 1/64th example given) DIMENSION YOU GAINED. That is, if you now duplicate your last round with the slower arrow where you missed 3 targets by less than this amount, you will add those 3 points to your total. Wow. Hopefully it was worth all the expense and effort of gaining the additional velocity just for those few points. POINT 2. ONLY when you are using the perfect, absolute sight setting for that target does the “tolerance range” (depicted on the chart) apply in which you should still nip the maximum scoring area at the top or bottom providing you are also shooting perfect windage and executing perfect shooting form in the process.

the 1.7 yard overall tolerance range from 79.1 to 80.8. Notice on the chart that with a considerably faster 325 fps arrow you can do it standing anywhere from 78.2 to 81.7 yards for a 3.5 yard overall range, essentially doubling the margin of error distance. But, to be more realistic, understand this is from a 100 fps velocity increase and few manage to ever achieve such a large increase all at once, or ever. A more typical gain of about 25 fps such as going from 225 to 250 fps at this same 80 yards still increases the tolerance range from 1.7 to 2.1 yards with a range of 78.9 to 81.0 yards. (Such trajectory information is available through the web site.) Thinking about making a good hit on the first shot in this fashion gives it an entirely new perspective doesn’t it? Now you can see why I continually suggest that rather than depending on the benefits of a faster arrow it is usually more productive to just get a moderately fast setup and then work to learn how to make a perfect sight setting scale, shoot more consistent form and learn every trick for setting your sight to the best possible position for each first shot at a new distance. Here is my definition of how a faster arrow can be beneficial. “The benefit of a faster arrow is that it can increase the odds of nipping the top or the bottom of the maximum scoring ring “without losing a point” by enlarging the range of tolerance for an incorrect sight setting. This also seems a good time to again remind ourselves that: (1) That if our shooting form is not TOTALLY consistent with the way the bow was setup to function then accuracy is compromised. (2) If the sight references you are using are not TOTALLY accurate under perfect conditions, accuracy is compromised. (3) If the arrow you shot is defective and does not impact as the others accuracy is compromised. (4) If the absolute necessary distance to the target is not calculated PERFECTLY you can still miss if shooting from beyond the limits of the tolerance range of the absolute distance. Darn, there seems to be no substitute for hard work, experience and calculating the ABSOLUTE distance needed for each target. Oh well, we took up the sport for the challenge, didn’t we? Enjoy.

RANGE OF TOLERANCE What if I told you that with a typical arrow velocity of 225 fps you could set your sight on anything from 79.1 to 80.8 yards and still nip the 5 ring (see chart) on an 80 yard field target? Mathematically it is true, but not iron clad because there is a bit more to it than meets the eye. That 79.1 to 80.8 yard figure is correct only when the target is both accurately measured at 80 and also requires an absolute 80 sight setting. So you will not only need a perfect 80 sight setting but again use perfect windage and execute every shot perfectly. The rub is that if this particular target actually requires a 78.5 absolute setting to hit dead-center the tolerance has shrunken to only 77.6 to 79.4 yards so you can see that if you used your 80 yard setting in error you will impact high on the first good shot for a 5 ring miss because of standing .6 of a yard beyond the actual tolerance. So obviously the wider the tolerance range, the better chance you have to at least nip the top or bottom of that ring when your setting is not absolutely perfect with what is actually YARDAGE MARGIN OF ERROR TO IMPACT THE 5-RING WITH PERFECT WINDAGE needed. The attached chart (Based on identical arrows with identical drag characteristics) .1 equals 3.6 inches gives tolerance ranges to the FIELD YARDAGE 5 ring on NFAA Field faces for comparison from 20 FACE DISTANCE 200 fps 225 fps 250 fps 275 fps 300 fps 325 fps 350 fps through 80 yards in 25 fps increments from 200 to 350 35cm 20 18.2-21.5 17.6-21.8 17.0-22.3 16.2-22.7 15.1-23.2 13.7-23.6 12.5-24.1 fps. We have discussed that 35cm 30 28.9-31.1 28.6-31.3 28.2-31.6 27.8-31.9 27.3-32.2 26.8-32.6 26.3-32.9 when shooting the 225 50cm 40 38.8-41.1 38.5-41.4 38.2-41.6 37.8-42.0 37.3-42.4 36.8-42.7 36.2-43.2 fps arrow perfectly on an 50cm 50 49.1-50.8 48.9-51.1 48.6-51.3 48.3-51.6 47.9-51.9 47.6-52.2 47.2-52.5 absolute 80 yard target you 65cm 60 59.0-60.9 58.8-61.2 58.5-61.4 58.2-61.7 57.8-62.0 57.4-62.3 57.0-62.7 can still nip the top or the bottom of the 5-ring with 65cm 70 69.2-70.8 69.0-71.0 68.8-71.2 68.5-71.4 68.2-71.7 67.9-72.0 67.5-72.3 a perfectly calibrated sight 65cm 80 79.3-80.7 79.1-80.8 78.9-81.0 78.7-81.2 78.5-81.5 78.2-81.7 77.9-82.0 standing anywhere within 46 Archery Magazine December ‘05/January '06

Section and State Assn. News—Cont'd from page 43 despite having treatments for cancer, and adding to his championship totals. From all the NFAA Barebow Fraternity Members, we say, “Thank you, David, for coming back to support our sport!” TFAA Outdoor experienced a growth in our state tournament because of the 14 scheduled SYWAT tournaments from April until July. This growth is contributed to Ande Rushing and Troy Wesley, as well as the dedicated hard work they did getting the SYWAT started. The SYWAT has spurred new interest and reduced costs of holding outdoor tournaments at local clubs. As a result, there have been several old field clubs rechartered and holding field tournaments again. As 2006 approaches, we anticipate a 20% growth in archery participants for the indoor and outdoor state tournaments. In fact, the 2006 indoor SYWAT schedule is being started in November, and we already have 34 indoor events scheduled through the end of February. Some weekends have as many as four different shooting locations scheduled at the same time. There will be one weekend when Gander Mountain Outdoor stores will sponsor SYWAT events at their eight locations in Texas. TFAA held elections in July and the following were elected: President - Paula Dangler; Secretary/Treasurer - Betty Johnson; Editor - Bill Bowen; NFAA Director - Monty Heishman; Tournament Director - Merrisa Hughes; Field Gov. Dist. 1 - Tommy Fair; Field Gov. Dist. 2 & V.P - Fred Leggett; Field Gov. Dist. 3 - Bill Bowen; Field Gov. Dist. 4 - Robert Garcia; Field Gov. Dist. 5 - Charlie Hughes; Field Gov. Dist. 6 - Chris Stauffer; and Field Gov. Dist. 7 - Jeff Schulz All results for 2005 and all schedules for 2006 can be found on our website

SOUTHWESTERN SECTION Jerry Miller, Councilman-elect

Normally, the current Councilperson Elaine Holmes would be writing this note, but because the Sectional Indoor will occur after I take office in January, I am compelled to address the subject now. The Southwest Sectional Indoor Tournament is coming up in the month of January. I have been told by Elaine that in the past, the shops have seen fit to host the tournament without letting her know they’re doing so, and that she wasn’t aware of who was hosting until she received the scorecards in the mail. Up to the time of writing this article, I have received two bids: The first came from the Columbine Bowmen in Colorado, in care of Dawn Younger, 1324 7th St, Fort Lupton, CO 80621,; and the second from Joe Kim of Hi Tech Archery in Fullerton, California. I urge anyone who wants to shoot the Sectional Indoor to contact their local archery lanes, and ask if they are planning on hosting the shoot in their establishment. I have received quite a few inquiries, in regards to who, and where the hosts are located for the tournament, and maybe you the archers will be able to get the clubs and lane owners to commit themselves earlier, so we can get more publicity for the shoot and the hosts in advance of the tournament. The information on this mail-in tournament follows below. I hope you will all come out and compete, and have a good time.

Sectional Tournament Info 2006 SOUTHWESTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL January 14, 2006 through January 29, 2006 1. This is a mail-in tournament. 2. Rounds to be shot are two 45 arrow (15 ends of 3 arrows) 450 rounds using the Vegas target face. A time limit of 2-1/2 minutes per end will be used. The tournament will be shot from 20 yards. The two rounds may be shot in one day or two days at the discretion of the host club/shop. 3. Only current NFAA members may compete in this tournament. If you are not a member, you may join or renew your membership at the tournament. You can also join or renew by calling NFAA Headquarters using a Visa or Master Card. 4. Professional members competing in this tournament must show a current (2006) Pro Membership card and pay the $50.00 pro purse in addition to the regular registration fee. The purse will be paid from NFAA Headquarters after scores are tabulated and winners determined. 5. Official NFAA Vegas target faces must be used. Archers may choose either the Vegas 3 spot face or the Vegas 40 cm face. Archers must use double scoring with a minimum of 3 archers per target butt. Scoring is as follows: 10 through 1 on the single spot target, 10 through 6 on the three spot target. 6. Awards will be based on one of the NFAA flight systems, determined by the number of archers participating. Ties will be broken by x-count. Perfect score ties will be broken by having the archer that drops the first arrow out of the x-ring losing the tie. 7. Fees for the tournament are Pro $85.00 (includes purse of $50.00 per shooter), Adult $35.00, Young Adult, Youth, or Cub $25.00, Family $95.00. Please use the registration form published in Archery magazine, on the NFAA website (, or from your local club/ shop hosting the tournament. 8. All NFAA rules will be followed. 9. Awards and results will be sent to the host clubs or lanes that participate. 10. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Miller at 562-692-6105, or e-mail at You may also contact your State Director listed in this Archery magazine or at

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by Paul Davison

Dwell on the Positive By Terry Wunderle

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Back in the late 1960s and a few years before the compound bow, there was a quiet campaign to “get rid of the 80-yarder in NFAA field archery.” It was argued that shorter shooting distances were required to attract, and retain, more female, other light-bowed shooters, and bowhunters. Of course, this treasonous act was met with considerable resistance by the diehard, macho, NFAA Board of Directors. Then, a different line-ofattack was tried: Keep the “standard” 14-target round, with its 80-yarder, but create a new 15-target round with no distance longer than 65 yards. The 15-target round would also have the more recognizable

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“300” perfect score, thereby being in step with other “perfects,” such as in the NFAA Indoor Round, the NFAA International Round, the Vegas Round, and even bowling. Whoever heard of 280 or 560 as a perfect score? In order to pacify the “300” proponents, the1972 NFAA Board of Directors approved the 300 Round unit as an alternate, but “official,” NFAA Round. 15-target units were defined for all three field archery target faces: Field, Hunter and Animal. Here’s what make them different from the 14-target units: • 15-Target 300 Field Round Replace the 80-70-60-50 yard walk-up with a 65-60-5550 yard walk-up; and add a 30-25-20-15 yard walk-up. • 15-Target 300 Hunter Round Replace the 70-65-61-58 yard walk-up with a single position 58 yard stake;

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and add a 32-28-24-20 yard walk-up. • 15-Target 300 Animal Round Add a Group 4 (the smallest) animal target. Some clubs found that they didn’t have to clear land to make room for the 15th target. They just used one of the targets on the practice range. The ironic part of this story is that with the advent of the compound bow, the 80-yard target was reachable, and the wimpish 300 Round soon lost favor, even in Ohio, the leader of the revolution. Ohio used the 300 Round in its State Field Championships from 1972 through 1978. The usual composition was 30 Field + 30 Hunter + 15 Animal. Today, the 300 Round still has its proponents ... mostly because it’s more compact and is more readily compatible with a park-like, Target Round venue. With urban sprawl going rampant, and new subdivisions encroaching on your archery club‘s property, maybe it’s time to bring back the 15-target, 300 Round.

Once there was a little steam engine that tried to pull a big train up a hill. The process began very slowly and then the little engine started talking to itself, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” As the railroad cars chugged into motion, the little engine carried the train over the hill chanting, “I knew I could. I knew I could. I knew I could.”

At an archery competition, you need to have an upbeat attitude like that of the little steam engine. As you view the tournament and your performance with a “can do” attitude, you increase your chances of staying focused and shooting effective form. What your mind thinks, your body will try to accomplish. Through practice, an archer establishes a consistent form. In competition, it is important to picture yourself executing the same shot that you developed on the practice range. Attempt to feel the muscles that you use when shooting good form. This consistency in shot sequence is what enables you to shoot tight groups away from competition. It is also the same form that will produce tight groups on the tournament field. Dwell on the positive. Remind yourself that you do shoot a good, consistent shot and that is all you need in order to have a successful performance at a tournament.

When you think of an upcoming competition, how do you picture your performance? Do you see yourself shooting a strong and rhythmic shot like you do on the practice range? Are you calm and focused? If the answers to these questions are yes, the odds of having a successful tournament are greatly enhanced. I would estimate that over a third of the shooters are good enough to place at most archery events. Ironically, most of these people seldom or never place at a tournament. Why? They have developed their shooting skills, but have done little or no work in developing their mental game. Many archers can shoot, but very few can remain calm and focused at a competition. Developing mental imagery (see Aug/Sept., 2003, issue of Archery) to create a positive approach at tournaments is just as important as the practice of shooting arrows. Nearly all archers have to work at maintaining a positive attitude at competitions. Making a bad shot does not necessarily mean you will lose. It does indicate that you are going to have to work harder to place. Even if placing is out of the question, you owe it to yourself to do well the rest of the game. By turning the situation around and shooting well during the rest of the event, you will be building a stronger foundation to launch your next performance. If an archer can maintain a positive attitude concerning his or her ability to execute a perfect shot, the score and tournaments will take care of themselves. Logically thinking, shooting well is easy. All you have to do is stay calm, focused, and shoot consistent form. You do it in practice because that is your goal. Keep that objective at the tournament. Be positive and believe in your ability to execute form that will make you successful.

When my daughter Sally was a teenager shooting an indoor national championship, she shot a center ten on her eighth shot. The problem was it was in someone else’s target. She looked at me, shook her head, and stood there for a moment to recompose her thought process. Another coach standing beside me asked, “How will she do on her next shot?” I replied, “I have ten dollars that says it will be a ten in the right target.” The next shot was a bull’s-eye. When Sally came off the line we talked about how good her form was and the fact that there were over a hundred shots remaining in the two-day tournament. My advice was, “Shoot your great form and you will do the best that you can do.” She did and won the championship by one point. Every archer occasionally makes a bad shot. The effective archer puts it behind him or herself and follows up with a series of good shots. Rehashing the bad arrow leaves a negative picture in your mind, which will create self-doubt, change your point of focus, and perhaps alter the shot execution. Imagine yourself at the halfway point of an indoor tournament. You have hit twenty-nine of the thirty arrows on the mark. A friend walks up and asks you how you are doing. Are you going to answer, “I missed one,” and then follow this with an explanation for the missed arrow? You shot twenty-nine perfect arrows the first half. This means that nearly every arrow was released with perfect form. Why not take the highroad and dwell on your success? Positive thoughts yield positive results. December ‘05/January '06 Archery Magazine 49

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December ‘05/January '06 Archery Magazine 59

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Just B-Cuz

So, why did we make the just cuz

even better? Just B-Cuz

Our original Just Cuz, designed by Jerry Carter and World Champion, Dave Cousins, is one of the most winning releases in the world. So why improve it? Just B-Cuz we could. • NEW! Interchangeable Tension System allows you to change trigger tension springs without opening the cases. • Larger finger hole than the Just Cuz for more comfort. • Rounded cocking lever with smoother action. • Included attached release rope for shooting off the string. The Just B-Cuz is possibly the sweetest, most comfortable and adjustable release we have ever designed. Wrap your fingers around this one and watch Xs get crushed. And if anyone asks why you are shooting so well, smile and tell them -- Just B-Cuz. carter_quickie


Carter Enterprises • P.O. Box 19 • 487 North 2300 East 83445 • (208) 624-3467 •

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The Quickie


the fast lane GET A QUICKIE OR QUICKIE 2 If you’ve got the need-for-speed, you need the new Quickie or Quickie 2 from Carter Enterprises. The self-closing jaw immediately relocks following each shot, allowing for easier and faster loading on either a D-loop or serving. Other features include: QUICKIE 2 - Silent loading, Silent shooting - Torque resistant wrist strap design - Adjustable travel with set screw - Available in black or camo - High quality 440 stainless steel parts with smooth contours for comfortable grip. Chose from either the open-jaw of the Quickie or the reverse open-jaw of the Quickie 2. Both are fast enough for speed rounds and accurate enough for spot shooting. To purchase a Quickie, contact your local dealer or Carter Enterprises.


Carter Enterprises • P.O. Box 19 • 487 North 2300 East Saint Anthony, ID 83445 • (208) 624-3467 •

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