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FEATURES August/September 2006 FROM THE PRESIDENTS DESK by Bruce Cull ...........................................10 WESTERN CLASSIC TRAIL SHOOT by Tim Atwood........................................12 BOWHUNTING FEATURE OF THE MONTH Who Was Ishi? by Tim Atwood........................................20 BOWHUNTING SHORT STORY CBH Tilapia Jamboree by Tim Atwood........................................22
Vol. 26 • No. 4 © 2006 NFAA®
RAGSDALE’S STRAIGHT SHOTS Fast Is Nice by Robert Ragsdale .................................26
NOSTALGIA CORNER National Tournament Memorabilia by Paul Davision ......................................43
SHOOTING IN ADVERSE CONDITIONS, PART I Shooting in the Wind by Bernie Pellerite ...................................30
NFAA FOUNDATION 2006 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS & APPLICATION .....................48
THE SHOT DOCTOR Don’t Be a Bad Shot by Terry Wunderle ...................................34
MY BOWHUNTING Eldorado Getaway by Ted Nungent .......................................51 ASK THE NUGE Q&A with Ted Nugent.............................54
NFAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS ...............35 BOWHUNTING PLUS by Tim Atwood........................................23
ON OUR COVER:
SECTIONAL NEWS ..................................36
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NFAA® Council & Board of Directors NFAA® Council
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Frank Tolivar took his 16 lb. turkey on 12/24/05. Frank has been a long time member of the NFAA. Frank holds many records in his home state of Missouri.
Harold Anglin took his farrow hog at 20 yards while bowhunting Montgomery County in Texas. Harold shot his hog with one arrow from a tree stand; it traveled only 30 yards.
Eari Rider of Riverside, California, took his record book class antelope while bowhunting in WY.
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Mike Ray of Texas took his 115 lb. wild boar using a Bowtech Allegiance set at 70# and Gold Tip big game arrows with 100 gr. Magnus Buzz cut broadheads.
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ADVERTISERS INDEX American Log Homes ................................................2 Angus Brown Safaris................................................58 Archery Focus Magazine.........................................21 BCY Inc.........................................................................4 Brite Site ....................................................................55 Carter Enterprises.......................................................3 Easton...........................................................................7 Electronic Awards.....................................................59 Evelyn Bay Coffee Co...............................................53 Gold Tip .....................................................................60 Kwikee Kwiver .........................................................52 Limbsaver ..................................................................63 Maple Leaf Press .....................................................21 Mathews, Inc. .............................................................5 Mental Management ..............................................59 New Archery Products ............................................62 Ragsdale & Associates .............................................26
by Tim Atwood
his month’s pictorial tour shows a painting of the late Fred Bear carrying out a bobcat on his back, and to
his right a bear recurve with the famous compass handle. To the far right a quiver and arrows made by the late Art Young. When in California, stop by and enjoy our archery museum, located in the NFAA
Shot Doctor, the .......................................................34 Specialty Archery........................................................8 Spirit of the Wild, Ted Nugent...............................61 Stanislawski ..................................outside back cover Stringwalker/Paul Davison .....................................43 Sunrize Acres.............................................................58 Sure-Loc .....................................................................59
headquarters building. Bring your bow and use the archery range behind the museum.
Tru-Flight Feathers ...................................................52 US & International Archer Magazine ...................32 Walkers Game Ear ....................................................15 10 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
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3D Tournaments a Success by Tim Atwood
The 23rd Annual Redding two-day Western Classic Trail Shoot, and the 12th annual NFAA Marked 3-D National Championship was held May 6th and 7th in conjunction with the Redding Western Classic Trail Shoot. The shoot has been very successful in the past and was again this year. This year, unlike the past two year,s no rain was in sight. The temperature was in the 80s. Shooters and trade show reps were delighted, not to say the Redding Club itself was overjoyed. Seventy life size 3-D critter factory animal targets were shot in a two-day format. The action began Friday with the team money shoot and the manufacturers products display booths. Saturday morning opening ceremonies were held in the cool morning temperatures—ideal shooting conditions! After getting their instructions from the tournament director, the shooters headed out to their targets for a fun day of shooting. Registration was down just a bit, but gas costs
The shooters gather for opening ceremonies, and Saturdays instructions. 12 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
were up this year. The 2 percent attrition seems quite normal, taking into account gas costs this year. All of the 2006 3-D marked participants and their families had a great time and vow to be back next year. The NFAA ﬁnal results are listed below and at www.ﬁeldarchery.com. The NFAA ofﬁcers, Directors, and Staff wait to shoot their ﬁrst target.
The Idaho wild bunch ready o ﬁre away.
M.J. Rogers, Brain Shefﬁer, and Ray Jones take aim on the 80-yarder line.
Redding’s cooks take a much-needed brake.
National champion many times over, Louie Rangel, center of the photo, takes aim.
Top Hoyt Pro Staff shooters Dan Quintana and Carl Hicks, always top competitors.
Shooters gather at the practice range.
Tom Daley NFAA’s Ca. State Director, has a few minutes to enjoy himself and old friends.
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Game Ear Works For Me!
Shooters adding it up.
Tim Atwood and Alex Atwood at NFAA’s booth.
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Shooter looking up at the 14 foot tall Big Foot target. 14 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
Mike Le Pera Brite-Site Booth
NFAA member Cassie Breuer of Port Orford, Oregon shot a Robin Hood on the 50 yard Caribou. Cassie is 14 years old.
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by Tim Atwood, Bowhunting and Conservation Chairman
Sportsmen Should Remain Alert for Threats at Local Level A city ordinance that recently would have banned bowhunting in an eastern Texas town was defeated by sportsmen’s vigilance. The City of Marshall proposed to ban all bowhunting after a citizen complained that a hunting blind was placed too close to his residence. He believed that bowhunting in the city was dangerous. Marshall’s city commissioners tabled a proposal that would have banned bowhunting until November 4. Bowhunters attending the meeting helped convince city commissioners that bowhunting is safe and essential in controlling the deer population. On November 4, the council decided to reinforce current Texas law, allowing bowhunting on personal property or with the landowner’s permission. No additional restrictions were imposed Bowhunters, along with all sportsmen, should stay alert for these issues. Hunting bans at the local level can spring up quickly if a complaint is registered. These bans stem from complaints that bowhunting or some other form of legal hunting, is unsafe and dangerous to the community. Local ofﬁcials, many uneducated about such issues, often pass hunting bans just to quell protestors. In reality, a person is 20 times more likely to die from an insect bite than to be injured by a hunter (www. bowsite.com). Bowhunters and all sportsmen need to remain aware of local issues and should continue to educate local ofﬁcials on the safety and efﬁciency of hunting as a means of controlling wildlife populations. Sportsmen Fortify Defense Against Antl’s With Launch of Bowhunter Rights Coalition Columbus—A coalition of the nation’s leading national bowhunting organizations and communications ﬁrms have joined to combat the newly elevated threat to bowhunting posed by the merger of two national animal rights groups. the groups are uniting behind an initial U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance plan to mobilize bow hunters in defense of their sport. “Bowhunters have proven their resolve in the past and must again demonstrate their might to stave off promised attacks by anti-hunters,” said Rick Story, senior vice president of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. At a January meeting, the Bowhunter Rights Coali16 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
tion (BRC) was launched in response to the January 1 merger of the Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals. The new mega-animal rights group boasts of a multi-million dollar budget and has vowed to target bow hunting in 2005. State and local bowhunting organizations, as well as individual bowhunters and other sportsmen are being recruited to unite under the BRC ﬂag. Bowhunter Magazine, The Bowsite, The International Bowhunting Organization and Pope & Young Club have already joined the coalition. . “The BRC will build a grassroots network capable of defending against attacks in the courts, in legislatures or on the ballot,” said Story. “These allies will help to distribute issue alerts, urge sportsmen to contact lawmakers regarding hunting related legislation and dilute the burden of legal fees in defense of bowhunting.” The coalition’s main thrust will be the ability to effectively communicate and to have a rapid response capability. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is preparing a BRC website on which it will post the latest news about the assault against bowhunting for sportsmen and bowhunting publications. It will provide educational materials about bow hunter safety and more. A chat room will also be available to discuss issues and for occasional live chats with leaders of the bowhunting community. “The Alliance’s successes over the years have been attributed to our ability to organize,” said Story. “That was evident in the formation of the Bowhunter Defense Coalition in 1988 in response to increasing attacks on bowhunting. This effectiveness will be recreated with the BRC.” A report from the Humane Society of the United States released on January 31 lays out the group’s plans to ban hunting in 2005. Aside from previous plans to target bowhunting, HSUS is preparing a ballot campaign to ban Michigan’s dove season for which sportsmen arduously fought. For more information about how to join the Bowhunter Rights Coalition, call the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, (614) 888-4868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 Texas Animal Cruelty Bill Spells Big Trouble for Sportsmen Texas sportsmen should urge lawmakers to oppose legislation that will turn common hunting practices into criminal acts of animal cruelty. New York Considers Lowering Age Requirement for Bowhunters A bill in the New York Senate would allow the next generation of bowhunters to take to the woods at a younger age. Future of New Jersey Hunting. Wildlife Management Depends on Sportsmen’s Campaign The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is working with New
jersey sportsmen and lawmakers to overturn a dangerous Supreme Court ruling that jeopardizes the future of hunting, ﬁshing, trapping and conservation in the Garden State.
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance will honor the lifetime support of the NFAA
It is a tremendous tribute to the deep and abiding commitment the NFAA has for the right of American Outdoorsmen. The National Field Archery Association name will appear on the U.S. Sportsmen’s alliances lifetime living wall, to commemorate its support to the U.S Sportsmen’s Alliances work. The wall is a living recognition of all those who have provided the ﬁnancial support to ensure that the rights hunters will endure.
Bowhunting Feature of the Month
by Tim Atwood NFAA Bowhunting and Conservation Chairman
WHO WAS ISHI?
This is the story of a captured wild Indian that made headlines in California’s newspapers in August of 1911. Closely related to the discovery and capture of this Indian, is the tremendous impact that his existence made on the life of Saxton Pope, the father of bowhunting. This story began in Oroville, California, on August 2nd, 1911. Barking dogs aroused the operators of a slaughter house and they went outside to investigate the cause of the disturbance, but they were not prepared for what they saw outside, because it was so incredible and shocking. There, they saw, a frightened, emaciated and almost naked Indian, huddling against a corral fence. They immediately notiﬁed the local authorities and the “savage” was taken to the city precincts without any resistance on his part. The daily San Francisco newspapers published the event, with much sensationalism, and caught the attention of two anthropologists from the University of California, Professors Kroebel and Waterman. Once Professor Kroebel veriﬁed the veracity of those reports, he headed for Oroville. Witnessing this event was especially important, since it conﬁrmed a prior report of an incident that happened three years earlier. In 1908, a group of surveyors came across a small company of Indians, a few miles north of Oroville. At that time, Waterman had spent several weeks trying to locate the tribe with no success, and now, he thought it must be a relation between the Indians from the earlier group and this newly discovered Indian, sensing they belong to the same tribe. Waterman visited the Indian at the sheriffs ofﬁce and tried to communicate with him using a phonetically transcribed list of words from Northern and Central Yana. As he got close to 20 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
the end of the list, he said the word “swini” which means yellow pine, and as he said it, the Indian’s face radiated, indicating recognition of the word and he repeated the word. After this initial recognizable, sound others followed and it conﬁrmed that he was indeed, a member of the lost tribe, Yahi. The two professors sought and obtained permission to have him to travel with them to the University Museum, whose staff would assume responsibility for the welfare of the Indian. This Indian was, indeed, the last wild Indian left in America! The ﬁrst man from the Stone Age ever subjected to civilization in the 20th Century. His age was calculated to be past the middle age. At his arrival at the Museum, the Indian met with two other patrons, and although he was friendly to them, he never revealed his own Yahi name. Professor Kroeber nicknamed him “Ishi.” In the autumn of 1912 Ishi was introduced to Dr. Saxton Pope, who had recently been appointed to the University Staff. The two of them got acquainted as Dr. Saxton examined and treated Ishi at the University Hospital, and this patient-doctor relationship might never evolved, had not Dr. Saxton seen Ishi outside the Museum assiduously fashioning a bow. Dr. Saxton joined him and Ishi demonstrated for him his shooting stance, hold and method of release. Saxton became fascinated and ﬁlled with a strong desire to learn from this man that grew practicing this skill, not as a hobby but rather as a way of life and so it began the initiation of the mastery of Saxton in the art of the bow. Archery and big game hunting were Saxton’s passions in life and his ambition was to perfect his skills at pursuing these two disciplines. Having a true wild Indian as his teacher was beyond his fondest ambition. They shot Ishi’s bows and English bows and they even borrowed bows
from the Museum whenever possible. As years went by, these two spent many hours together pursuing this teaching. Week after week and month after month, spending their time together, they became close friends and developed their own language; a type of pigeon English-Yana idiom. They lived in a happy communion in their world and in the world of the swift and soundless bow. In May 1914, a Yahi expedition was formed. Part of the group was composed of Dr. Saxton Pope, his son Saxton Pope Jr., Ishi and the two professors, Waterman and Kroeber. They lived the life of Indians. Ishi and Pope provided meat and ﬁsh for their meals, thanks to the use of their bows. Ishi’s response surpassed everyone’s expectations. Each new day they visited new places and experienced new insights into Ishi’s way of life. In December of the same year, Ishi became sick with a cough. Later on, it was discovered that that cough was the beginning of tuberculosis. He went through his illness in the tradition of a true Indian; stoically and never complaining. He ﬁnally died on March 25, 1916, with
his friend Pope at his side. Ishi’s last words to Pope were: “you stay. I go.” Although Ishi’s new life lasted only ﬁve years, everything indicates that this new life was happier than his previous one. He lived happy and content with his good friends from the Museum. This great friendship was certainly a ‘ tremendous inﬂuence in Dr. Pope’s life. In 1962, the National Field Archery Association Club introduced the idea of a Special bowhunting award be named after Ishi, to honor and recognize the fact that Ishi instilled and taught to Dr. Pope. This idea was embraced with great enthusiasm and unanimous approval. What could be more appropriate than honor and recognize the man who inspired the fathers of modem bowhunting? Ishi’s Award is the highest award given for any recording period, and is only awarded to truly outstanding North American trophy animal, that is judged to be worthy of this recognition. So far, there have been fourteen presentations of the Ishi Award during the history of the Pope and Young Club record program.
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Bowhunting Short Story by Tim Atwood
CBH TILAPIA JAMBOREE This is a short report on the Tilapia Jamboree held at Colorado River, near Palo Verde, CA and AZ border. Good preparation and scouting once again pay off. The beautiful, sunny and warm weather brought the ﬁsh to their spawning run in the slow-moving tule lined drains of the Imperial Water District at Palo Verde. Once again Gilbert Olivas had made cast tilapia out of plastic and brass replicas of Tilapia on plaques. The plaques were truly works of art, it was apparent that all the bow ﬁsher participants would seriously vie to win one of
these works of art. Carp was again a side cash jackpot. Everyone had a chance at the big ones, as the event lasted all day Saturday and Sunday. A special award is given for every Tilapia over four pounds. (A brass Tilapia) This year ﬁsh were there on their spawning runs as the hot sun bore down. They were in the right place at the right time, this made for lots of shooting and fast shooting fun. This is a sportsman’s paradise and the Colorado River is really something for the bow ﬁshermen to enjoy.
CBH TILAPIA JAMBOREE PHOTOS
3. Gilbert Ollivas shows his work of art, the Tilapia plaques
4. Tilapia participants start to gather for the weigh-in
1. From L to R Chandler Anglin and Trais Schwartz (Tilapia Youth Winners) 2. Sunday’s weigh-in
5. Gorden Eno ﬁshing the tule lined drains takes his ﬁrst Tilapia. 6. Bow hunter Chairman Tim Atwood takes a Tilapia out of his secret Tilapia Hole.
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by Tim Atwood NFAA Bowhunting and Conservation Chairman
I once spoke at a seminar of bowhunters and offered some general, rather superﬁcial reasons for why men hunt. They do so for many reasons, any one of which may be enough. A common one, of course, is the meat reason. The woods are full of people who claim to be hunting for prime meat. Then, of course, there’s the trophy reason. In its most shallow context, it is simply an exhibitionist effort to display prowess and status. In deeper context, it goes beyond that. Aldo Leopold once observed that: “Poets sing and hunters scale the mountains primarily for one and the same reason - the thrill of beauty. Critics write and hunters outwit their game for one and the same reason - to reduce that beauty to possession.” Those trophy antlers on the wall may not only be a hunter’s effort to possess beauty, but also to keep something important to him from slipping away and being forgotten. And if the trophy testiﬁes that here is a strong and skillful hunter, well, what’s the use of denying it? Ten thousand years ago the hunter might have stood by a ﬁre and recounted the great deed to his clan, while the old men nodded their approval and stripling boys back in the shadows listened in wonder. It hasn’t changed much. The trophy hunter - the ethical killer of the great stag or bare or ram - still commands attention by the ﬁre as he recites his deeds. His peers still salute him, the old men still nod and remember, and the boys still dream of tomorrow’s hunts. Most of us will never kill the great stag, yet we have all taken deer that held special trophy value for us. Such value is not always a measure of time and beam. It may be just a measure of hard, solid hunting in which both man and deer conducted themselves well, so that neither was shamed. Trophy hunting has been bitterly condemned for an alleged deterioration of a game stock by killing off the best males, yet neither the math-
ematics of genetics nor the observed facts of breeding within wild life population add support to that contention. A ﬁve-by-ﬁve mule deer buck is nearing the end of his days and has already done his share of genetics work. Companionship can be a strong element in hunting and sometimes the companionship and the ritual become more important than the hunt itself. Sometimes the greatest pleasure is in the anticipation and recollection with the hunt only serving to bond the two. Our critics are fond of pointing out that wildlife has scarcely a chance against our highly efﬁcient technology. But the fact is, wildlife has an edge of its own and is likely to be enhanced by our increasing dependence on gadgets and less reliance and our diminishing reliance on our legs, eyes, ears, patience and the savvy that accrues from years of experience. A good working deﬁnition of a game species is one that is ﬁtted with survival equipment enabling it to take advantage, while a genuine sport hunter is one constrained by ethics and respect to give advantage. But as much as anything else, one of the greatest urges impelling such a hunter is his search for freedom and for the genuine personal adventure inherent in such freedom. Just as game species may be the truest indicators of quality natural environments, so hunting can be an indicator of quality natural freedom. The genuine hunter is probably as free as it is possible to be in this technology-laden earth of ours. Free not because he sheds civilized codes and restraints when he goes into the woods, but because he can project himself out of and beyond the ordinary, to be wholly absorbed in a quieter, deeper and older world. You know how it is. When you go into the woods, your presence makes a splash, and the ripples of your arrival spread like circles in water. Long after you have stopped moving, your prescontinued on page 24 Archery Magazine August/September 2006 23
ence widens in rings through the woods. But after a while this fades, and the pool of silence is tranquil again, and you are either forgotten or accepted; you are never sure which. Your presence has been absorbed into the pattern of things you have begun to be a part of, and this is when the hunting really begins. You can always feel it when those circles stop widening; you can feel it on the back of your neck and in your gut, and in the awareness of other presences. This is the real start of the hunt, and you’ll always know when it happens and when you are beginning to hunt well. There were those times when I was a kid, hunting and spending several days and nights alone in the woods, when I’d have a ﬂash of insight that was often gone as swiftly as it came. A vague sense of what aboriginal hunters must
feel, and what real hunting - the pure quill, honest-to-God real hunting -is all about. One strong ﬂash of this to a boy, one swift, heady taste of an utter wild freedom and perception is enough to keep him hunting all his days. Not just for meat or horns, but for that ﬂash of insight again, trying to close the magic circle of man, wilderness and animal. Why do men hunt? I’ll use a quote I heard Bob Del Ray recite at the NWF Annual Meeting. Sitting Bull, the legendary Sioux leader, is said to have said: “When there are no buffalo we will hunt mice for we are hunters and want our freedom.” As hunters, perhaps we understand all too well what Sitting Bull meant and maybe, what he felt. •**
RELEASE NEWS RELEASE NEWS RELEASE NEWS RELEASE NEWS RELEASE NEWS RELEASE GROWTH OF THE NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAMTM REQUIRES AN EVER-EXPANDING TEAM OF COORDINATORS Sparta, WI—The National Archery in the Schools Program continues to grow at a remarkable rate. Introduced in 2002 to just 22 schools in one state (Kentucky), the NASP program has gained tremendous momentum and has now exploded onto the scene with approximately 2,000 schools in 37 states! By June 12th, Kansas and Nevada will be added to the program. More than 500,000 children have participated in the NASP program in their schools thus far. The plan is to have NASP implemented in all 50 states by 2007. NASP has also successfully expanded into Australia and Mexico. A successful program such as NASP requires good talent to make it grow. The following people have recently been named state NASP coordinators: Arizona Game & Fish has hired NASP Coordinator, Denise Raum. Denise was formerly the Penn24 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
sylvania NASP coordinator. Michigan DNR has recently hired NASP Coordinator, Mary Emmons. Iowa: Departing NASP Coordinator, Laverne Woock, will be replaced with new volunteer coordinator, John Carlson. Minnesota DNR has added Kraig Kriger as NASP Coordinator in that state. Maine DNR made its state the 37th, joining the NASP family on May 20, 2006. Emily Jones is the Maine NASP Coordinator. Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks has hired Tracy Jonas to be the coordinator of its NASP program which launches June 5, 2006. For more information regarding the National Archery in the Schools Program, contact Jon Gauthier at 608-269-0832 ext. 205 or email@example.com The National Website can be viewed at www.archeryintheschools.org
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FAST IS NICE. B E C A U S E H I G H E R S C O R E S A R E A U T O M AT I C , R I G H T ? A fast arrow is comforting, it might even be called “the American way” but what about “fast at any price?” Many of the inquiries I deal with concern what’s involved with increasing arrow velocity and what it’s true value really is. We were all doing just ﬁne simply setting our sights on 50 and hitting at 50 and never knowing or caring what our arrow velocity was, until the 3D tournaments began to catch on. Then, with some decent money becoming more and more available plus the fact that you only get to shoot one arrow at a very few targets
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to win, the pursuit of scores much nearer to perfect quickly became a obsession, often regardless of what it “really” cost. The “unknown” distances of 3D target games have become the overwhelming cause. Everyone in archery knows that the #1 excuse in archery is, and will always be: “I didn’t know the distance to the target.” Of course the fact that my 40 yard setting was actually 38 and the arrow I used always hits low-right and that I was moving when I shot the arrow and all that other trivial basic stuff is never the reason I missed. The real truth is that if I had just been using a faster arrow it would have made up for all those things and touched the line enough to reap the higher value. Sure it would. LOWER TRAJECTORIES FROM INCREASED VELOCITIES. Just because a faster arrow doesn’t rise quite as high or drop quite as far as a slower one enroute the target, understand there is no guarantee it will thereafter continually improve your hit location by enough to be of any tangible scoring help. Understand also that only when you are using the actual perfect sight setting needed for that speciﬁc target, can you expect to at least “nip the line” when standing precisely at either end of the up-down impact tolerance range for that arrow speed. That is, if you can stand as much as 80.5 inches farther away and still barely nip the bottom of the 5 ring you can still miss low if you either used a sight setting that was too short for that particular targets needs or if you are actually standing 81 inches too far from the target. Yes, it’s still the EXACT SAME situation you face at every target, regardless of your arrow velocity. That is, if you are standing beyond the tolerance range for your
speciﬁc arrow velocity it will always impact low, period. And if the perfect sight setting needed for that speciﬁc target is longer than the one you set your sight on then you are actually too far away so you will still impact low. Terrible isn’t it? Nothing has changed. The only beneﬁt of having a faster arrow is that the plus-or-minus tolerance range does increases very slightly as your arrow speed rises so you can gain an extra few INCHES that you can stand closer or farther from the target and still nip the bottom or top of the higher scoring ring. But just how often can you expect that to really make a difference. What keeps us thinking along these lines is that every time we have one of our arrows miss a scoring area by a couple thousandths of an inch at either 6 or 12 o’clock the ﬁrst thing we think is “if I had a faster arrow it would have caught the line.” Wrong. Sorry, but generally that’s exactly where you caused it to go, the others shots were okay weren’t they? JUST HOW MUCH HELP IS AVAILABLE? Understand that with a perfectly executed shot, if you have set your sight on exactly what that particular target requires from your sight settings you can still nip the top or bottom of the 5 ring if you are within the tolerance range for that arrows velocity. However, if, for example, your sight is set longer that what the target actually requires of you, you will of course impact too HIGH if standing at the closer end of the tolerance range, not because the tolerance range was incorrect but because you used a sight setting that was longer than required. As you noted on my YARDAGE MARGIN OF ERROR CHART in the Dec-Jan06 issue, if you have absolutely perfect sight settings with a 225 fps arrow, with perfect execution you can still nip the top or bottom of the 5 ring on a 65cm Field or Hunter face while standing precisely at 60 yards using any setting from 58.8 or 61.2 yards. Or conversely, using a perfect 60 yards setting while standing at anywhere from 58.8 to 61.2 yards. Depending on your point of view, this TOLERANCE RANGE listing can be confusing since there are these 2 ways to look at it. The theory is and the mathematics reveals that in a perfect situation if you are too close by 1.2 yards at 58.8 the arrow will not have enough fall time enroute so it has the 2 1/2 inches above the center of the 5 inch diameter 5 ring as a safety margin to still barely reach it at 12 o’clock.
If you are standing farther away at 61.2 yards the arrow will have too much fall time on the trip so it has the 2 1/2 inches below the center of the 5 ring as a cushion so it will can still catch at 6 o’clock. Again, only when everything is as perfect as it should be. Also remember that when this happens, you are again right back where you started having to decide if you should shoot another arrow and chance missing or increase the yardage setting and risk overcorrecting and cause a miss up at 12 o’clock. Again, nothing has changed with a faster arrow “when you don’t know the acceptable sight setting required for that particular shot.” Understand that the ﬁgures given on the chart in the Dec-Jan06 issue can be off slightly since the radius of your arrow shaft has to be allowed for as well. That is, the ﬁgures cannot possibly be identical for 2 arrows of the same speed if one shaft is a quarter inch wide and the other is a half inch wide since the measurements are based on the absolute center of the shaft with the radius added since the wall is what will actually touch the scoring ring. Darn, things were a lot simpler and much more fun when I wasn’t so serious about “winning.” If I’m not going to gain 25 fps or more I’m just not going to bother changing and here is the reason I believe that velocity gains of only a couple of feet per second are always more trouble than they are worth. Even with a 25 fps velocity gain to increase your 225 fps arrow up to 250 fps, for that same perfect-distance, perfect sight setting, 60 yard target you will now be able to nip the top or bottom of the 5 ring with any sight setting from slightly greater erroneous distances of 58.6 to 61.4. Or, as I said, with a perfect 60 setting on a perfect 60 distance target you can also stand anywhere from 58.6 to 61.4 yards and still nip the 5 ring. Let me see now, with 225 fps I can still squeak out a hit when I misjudge the distance by plus-orminus 1.2 yards, but with 250 fps it becomes a whopping 1.4 yards. WOW! With that extra 25 fps I can now misjudge the distance long or short by an another 7.2 inches (.2 of a yard) so take a guess at what another mere 2 feet per second would be worth. Since our 60 yard 5 ring is just barely over 5 inches in diameter this is a clear indication that the 225 fps arrow actually falls 5 inches in the last 86.4 inches (2.4 yards) it travels. But, with the “much” faster 250 fps arrow it now travels 100.8 inches (2.8 yards) before it drops that same 5 inches on the target face. Ka-ching, money in the Archery Magazine August/September 2006 27
bank. Know what that extra 25 fps is worth at 30 yards on that smaller 5 ring? When it actually requires your 30 yard setting, at 225 fps you can be standing anywhere between 28.6 and 31.3 yards with that correct 30 yard setting and still nip the 5 ring, with perfect windage. After bringing your arrow up to 250 fps you can now be standing anywhere between 28.2 and 31.6 which means the extra 25 fps will allow you to stand another 14.4 inches (.4 yards) too close or another 10.8 inches (.3 yards) farther away and still touch the 5 on that smaller face. But once again, nothing has really changed, You see, on that 30 yard target at 250 fps if it really needed your 31 yard sight setting from your bow but you used your 30, because of that extra yard you didn’t know you needed you will miss LOW if you stand back at the 1.6 (31.6) yard greater distance listed. That is, the 1.6 yard tolerance is correct, but only when based on THE SIGHT SETTING YOU SHOULD BE USING and not the one you are using in error. Think about it, anytime you change to a faster arrow the only scoring increases you can “even hope to expect” would be from those few, if any, targets you previously missed by whatever small amount you actually gained, which may only be a few thousandths of an inch. Again, ONLY when you are using the perfect, absolute sight setting that speciﬁc target requires of you does the “tolerance range” for your arrow speed apply to allow you to still nip the maximum scoring area at the top or bottom. Again, all with perfect windage and perfect shooting form. I’d hate to have to prove that I actually “gained XX points” simply because I added another “XX” feet per second and not because of something else I had accomplished. “SOUPING UP” YOUR EXISTING BOW FOR MORE VELOCITY When you have a speciﬁc bow and you want more velocity out of it, there are only 2 games in town, more peak weight or a lighter arrow. Or both. Forget those ideas about re-cabling with some new name eccentrics or trying to conjure up some magic setup you think the factory hasn’t thought of yet or trying to make your old bow become the same as that new model they just released. Invariably pursuing such things means you might end up spending more than a new 28 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
bow would cost or at least waste a lot of time and effort only to end up totally disappointed and disillusioned. Keep in mind that I suggest that if your change will not guarantee you of an increase of 25 fps or more it is probably will not be worth the effort. Sadly, people often go out and spend hundreds for a new bow based on rumor or some confusing velocity ﬁgure in the ad they saw only to end up with no more than 1 or 2 fps or even less than they had simply because they didn’t understand the complete picture. In a great number of situations signiﬁcant velocity increases of up to 40 FPS or more are actually possible from their present bow from using more peak weight, and a lighter arrow. As I reﬂect so often, rather than spend a ton just for another 1 or 2 feet per second, instead, just reach up and add a quarter turn or so to each limb bolt and it won’t cost you a dime. WHEN HEAVIER SPINES ARE NEEDED When your arrow is underspined you can effectively “stiffen the spine” of the arrows you have by making them shorter or lightening their point, or both. That is, for every inch you can shorten them it increases the spine enough to handle about another 4 or 5 pounds and for every 25 grains you can remove from the point it does it again for about another few pounds of peak weight. But, if you are already dramatically underspined like so many people are these days from trying to use lighter arrows in higher velocity rated bows, these still may not stiffen them enough so don’t forget you can also help the situation by lowering the peak weight of your bow. Additionally, if you “set your arrowrest back” into an “overdraw” conﬁguration you can even cut your original underspined arrows off up to another 4 inches shorter to really stiffen their original spine rating. An “overdraw” is nothing more than a method of utilizing the same shorter arrow used by “the other guy who has a shorter draw length.” Plenty of speed crazed folks have been found to be 20 or 25 pounds underspined so carrying it this far to prevent buying more arrow shafts is not that unusual. SAFETY NOTE: If you add an overdraw arrowrest, be certain there is a safety shelf above your bow hand as in Figure 1, particularly if you will be shooting broadheads. If you have exhausted your shorter length and lighter point options and are still underspined, it may ﬁnally call for a completely different shaft
with a stiffer spine If you have to buy stiffer shafts for example you may also be able to kill 2 stones with 1 bird and both ﬁnd a better spine that also happens to be lighter in mass weight. THE LAWS OF PHYSICS RULE Despite what you might think the ads suggest. Compound bows are like automobiles in the sense that after you settle on all of your components it can “run only as fast as all its features will allow” and there is virtually nothing you can do about it. The point is that once all the mechanical advantage features are assigned to your particular bowmodel it can only possesses the total capabilities of those features and no more. From that point, the only way you can get more velocity out of it is with peak weight increases and lighter arrows or both. No magic, just circumstance. It’ not unheard of for someone to go out and buy one of the average-velocity-rated models and then do nothing more than these 2 things to it and manage to end up with the fastest arrow at the tournament. Others shop and shop for whatever new model is hyped to be the fastest in town and then they unwittingly load it down with a heavier, slower arrow only to possibly end up with the slowest arrow in town. So you can see how academic it all really is. But then, when you realize that the tournament was won by the guy with the slowest arrow in town it begins to dawn on you that there must be a little more to winning than just launching a faster arrow than the other guy.
phased in and have become socially acceptable and are now even all the rage. That, 1 or 2 or 3 fps comes from the extra weight each archer now has to pull as the peak arrives quicker and stays longer for the archer to pull and feel because of continual eccentric design touchups. So much for bows that are comfortable to draw anymore. To me there is one bright side, with bows such as this if you have to “throw the bow into the sky” in order to rip it open it is a dead giveaway that you are trying to use much more peak weight than you actually need. Which brings me to also suggest that before making any change, anywhere on your setup, to always ask yourself or your mentor; “if I make this change and accomplish a little more arrow speed, how much do you guarantee my accuracy will improve instantly with the same amount of effort on my part?” Instead, consider for example that working for a more precise aiming technique by being more comfortable or keeping a very close check on how consistent each of your numbered arrows impact with the others or that even converting to a release aid might serve to increase your score 50 or 100 points or more. I profess that an arrow speed of 225 fps or so is all anyone really needs and that adding another 10 or 20 or 30 FPS may not result in any tangible accuracy improvement at all. Yes, even in 3D events.
ENJOY And why do we shoot arrows in the ﬁrst place? TO HIT WHAT WE ARE AIMING AT of course, so it THE LIMIT IS NOT “THE SKY” is no disgrace to shoot well if you want. After all, As you can imagine, there has to be a limit to this is a recreational sport and we can seek any the mechanical advantages that can be incorporat- level we wish and enjoy it in the process. ed into a compound bow. Actually, the compound bow industry has been at this point for several years now, at the point of puttering and tinkering for virtual insigniﬁcant velocity gains. For many years now we have been more into the tweaking of public tolerance mode than anything else. In earlier times, if someone had offered you a compound bow that climbed in weight so fast that it had to be thrown into the air simply to draw back the same peak weight you had been drawing for years, or one with its low-weight-valley so Figure 1. This 31 inch bow with the arrowrest set back steep that if you lost only a very little bit of tension about 4 inches in an overdraw conﬁguration allows the owner to use essentially the same 27 inch arrow that his buddy the bowstring would be ripped out of your hand uses with the same model and weight in a 27 inch draw. you would have told them you wouldn’t shoot it Shorter usually means lighter and therefore faster out if it was free with a $50 bill taped to the handle. of this bow than a 31 inch cut arrow. Note the safety shelf. But now, bows such as this have very slowly been Archery Magazine August/September 2006 29
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Shooting In Adverse Conditions, Part I Shooting in the Wind Some of the toughest things to do with a bow and arrow include shooting while the wind is blowing, while it’s raining, or while you’re shooting uphill, downhill or on side hills. Because I have produced over three dozen archery videos with over a dozen world and national champions, I have been able to “pick their brains” and discover their techniques for shooting in these conditions. Also, because my wife and I spent six years shooting competitively in Hawaii where the wind blows almost constantly, we got a lot of experience practicing these “do’s and don’ts of playing the wind.” And since then, I have picked up some additional tips that make up a fairly comprehensive “arsenal” against wind, rain, and on hills that I now teach. Due to the length, and since the conditions are so different, we’ll look at each separately. In this issue, we’ll discuss shooting in the wind. In the next issue, we’ll cover shooting in the rain and on hills. The following should better prepare you to make the best of a bad situation. DON’T PRACTICE IN THE WIND If you shoot a compound bow with a release, you cannot 30 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
effectively practice while the wind is blowing you all over the target. It will also cause most people to start punching the trigger of the release (or worse!). If you shoot ﬁngers (without a clicker), you can end up plucking the string or snapshooting. Rule #1: The wind never blows consistently. Rule #2: Practice is, by deﬁnition, a controlled environment in which we try to duplicate excellent archery shots.
Aiming Off We do this to ultimately absorb those techniques and/or feelings into our “muscle memory” (subconscious program). Rule #3: You can’t (effectively) practice shooting a stationary target if you’re in a rowboat during a storm, or while riding a bucking horse, or shooting in an unpredictable wind . . . without causing more problems than you solve. Consistency is the key. But by all
by Bernie Pellerite ©2006 means, go out on a windy day and try out or test the following “wind systems” once you’ve practiced learning them under controlled conditions. This will give you a feel for what or how shooting in the wind affects your head and your system . . . but don’t try to learn your system in the wind! Practice on a calm day and log your results. Finger shooters with clickers (which dictate “let-go”) may be able to get some beneﬁts practicing in the wind. But for the majority of us, especially those with, or on the verge of, target panic . . . it’s a major no-no!
mind is always trying to put your sight in the middle of the target . . . naturally! You have a natural self-centering subconscious. You are now trying to contradict that natural tendency, and very few people can do it effectively. Some shooters who focus or concentrate on their apertures rather than on the center of the target can do this more effectively. But, most of them don’t hold as long at full draw and/or they aren’t using telescopic sights (scopes) that magnify movement. These archers are usually ex-riﬂe or pistol shooters that are more comfortable with focusing on the sight; not the target. These individuals may ﬁnd it more effective and
I have picked up some that make a fairly comprehensive ARSENAL against wind, and on hills.
easier to aim off (see diagram), than to cant the bow.
AIMING IN THE WIND There are only two ways to aim in the wind . . . bad and worse! Just kidding! You can aim off to one side of the bullseye and let the wind blow the arrow into the center (pray it will) . . . or cant your bow to one side . . . and aim in the center. Whichever method you choose, don’t expect to hold rock steady or get perfect results . . . it won’t happen! AIMING OFF Aiming off is not recommended for most personality types. This is because your subconscious
CANTING THE BOW I have found that this is the method that works best for most people. Simply tilt the top limb of your bow into the wind . . . 3, 4, or 5 inches (or 5, 10, or 15 degrees, etc.) off normal (or plumb), and aim in the center of the target. The cant (or tilt) automatically casts the arrow away from the point of aim in the direction of the cant. For example, you might ultimately ﬁnd that, if you cant the top limb 5” (or X degrees) to the right into a 10 MPH crosswind (right to left) from 30 yards . . . then your arrows will end up Record all of your results in a logbook. close to the middle. You can practice this method on a calm are being consistently executed, you can trust the results! Then, take all of this information to the range on a windy day. Try out what you have discovered against the wind, and record your day by aiming in the middle and results. This logbook could save canting the top limb different you at the next tournament. amounts, to ﬁnd out how far left or right your bow shoots the ar- DON’T OVER-HOLD rows at different distances. If you Shoot in the wind with the have a level mounted on your same timing as you do on a calm bow or sight, practice using the day. Let down and start again, if bubble in the level. For example, you can’t get the shot off with at 45 yards with all of the bub- your normal timing. ble to the left of center (top limb One of the most common canted to the right), your arrows mistakes is to try and hold lonmight hit 6 inches to the right. ger (and therefore better). This Record this information in your is wrong! If your natural shot selogbook. At 50 yards, you may quence is 8 seconds and you try be 8 inches to the right. Record to hold an extra 3 to 4 seconds . this also. Next, practice at dif- . . you’ll probably stay in trouble ferent yardages with 3⁄4 of the because of the wind. bubble off center, then 1⁄2 of a Over-holding causes severbubble, etc. and record your re- al bad things to happen. Your sults. muscles (and therefore your Get as much information as sight picture) will start to shake you can. If you practice on a calm continued on page 32 day when you know your shots
Canting the bow to the right (from the archer’s perspective) casts the arrows to the right.
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Shooting In Adverse Conditions continued from page 19 from oxygen deprivation and fatigue, if you try to hold past your physical comfort zone. Because the wind is blowing your sight around anyway, this is aggravated by the shaking from muscle fatigue. Even worse, over-holding causes your mind to leave the target . . . and go to the release (where it should not be), in an effort to time the shot, causing all kinds of fear, anxiety and panic to build. This situation can cause you to start punching the trigger or plucking the string, causing bad shots and bad habits to form. Also, the longer you tend to hold, the greater your tendency will be to push excessively with your bow arm because you start to feel it collapsing, or in an effort to “help the shot.” In righthanded archers, this will cause left arrows. DON’T OVER-CONTROL If you try to “muscle the bow” into holding steady, that will only make it worse. Again, recruiting muscles causes movement! Relax, and let the sight move around . . . it’s going to, anyway! Also, focus on the spot you are aiming at . . . not the sight, and shoot the best shot you can. Shoot through it . . . don’t alter
the shot sequence or timing! ADD YARDAGE (MAYBE) You will probably ﬁnd you have to add yardage to the shot because the crosswind will “kill” some of the arrow velocity, causing it to drop low . . . even if you canted or held off correctly! CONSIDER ADDING MASS TO YOUR BOW You will ﬁnd it much easier to hold steady in the wind if you add mass weight to your bow. You might add a heavier stabilizer or a set of Vbars or a back weight. Any of these can make a big difference on a windy day. It will also make you steadier when the wind isn’t blowing! Caution: Make sure to keep the added weight close to and preferably, below your hand. And, don’t just add the weight when the wind blows! The extra mass weight changes your shot dynamics and your physical comfort zone, so work up to the heavier weight slowly in practice (so you don’t injure yourself) and record the results in your logbook, so you know what to expect when you shoot on tournament day. SET REALISTIC GOALS As with normal shooting, it is important not to set your expectations past a point that you can reasonably expect to reach. Don’t expect miracles!
Remember, all these methods will vary from shooter to shooter, bow to bow, and arrow to arrow, depending on the speed of the wind. It is not an exact sciConsider adding mass to your bow with a ence! What they will do is give back weight or v-bars. Either could make you that few extra points that your bow steadier in the wind. 32 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
your opponent won’t get! You’ll have a plan and are much less nervous and afraid . . . because you are more aware of and prepared for what is probably going to happen when the wind does blow. In the next issue, we’ll cover Part 2 of Shooting in Adverse Conditions: Shooting in the Rain and On Hills.
The School of Advanced Archery Instructor Certiﬁcation
The School of Advanced Archery & Instructor Certiﬁcation, a.k.a. “A Weekend at Bernie’s,” is well into its third year. So far in 2006, the ever-popular mobile Shooter’s School (formerly the NFAA Shooter’s School) has conducted 27 schools. Over 330 students have attended with 313 becoming Certiﬁed Instructors. Interested shooters should contact your pro shop owners or club presidents and book a Shooter’s School near you! Remember, the host shop or club receives 10% and the contact person attends for free. Through a mutual agreement in early February between the NFAA Council and Bernie, his Shooter’s School has begun offering NFAA Level III Certiﬁcation. To date, there are 52 new NFAA members and 62 new NFAA Level III Instructors. The following picture of lists Shooter’s School graduates alphabetically (* denotes new NFAA member; # denotes NFAA Level III Instructor). Graduates of school hosted by Petawawa Archery Club, Petawawa, Ontario May 5-7, 2006 #Norman Beland, #Andy Bourgeois, #Renee Brouillette, *Roch Brouillette, #Don Crawford, *Dwayne Deevey, *Sam Genge, *Brenda Henderson, *Kyla Johnson, *Scott Johnson, *Maurice LaFramboise, *Richard Mongeon, #Nikolay Rassolkov, #Peter Ray, #Paul Revenboer, *Dale Sigsworth
SHOOTER’S SCHOOL SCHEDULE June 23-25
Blue Ridge Backwoods, Monticello, IL (25 miles SW of Champaign). Contact: Scott or Debbie 217-762-3123 July 7-9 Southern Hunter, Kaufman, TX. (45 miles SE of Dallas). Contact: Trace 972-9327100 cell 214-608-4405 August 18-20 Pin Oak Archery, Purdy, MO (SW Missouri) Contact: Clay Brown 417-632-4767 or 417-860-2289 September 8-10 C & B Archery, Hicksville, NY. (L.I.) Contact: Danny or Ralph 516-933-2697 Robinhood Videos 1600 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd. Blacklick, Ohio 43004 614-322-1038 • fax 614-322-1039 E-mail AskBernie@aol.com • www.robinhoodvideos.com For more information about attending or hosting a school, go to www.robinhoodvideos.com. Archery Magazine August/September 2006 33
ow many times have you said, “ I shouldn’t have shot that arrow?” Is your answer frequently, occasionally, seldom, or never? Your answer to the question probably reﬂects the level at which you shoot.
It is a breakdown or deviation from the form you normally shoot in practice. This breakdown in form is frequently caused by a different thinking process than normally used in practice to execute the shot. The concentration and focus Archery is a sport of concentration and disci- become misdirected towards score, winning, or pline. The lack of either of these two mental pro- some other distraction. When this happens, you By Terry Wunderle
Don’t Shoot a Bad Shot cesses hinders an archer from having a consistent performance. To understand a bad shot, we need to look at what causes it. The main reason is bad form. It seldom comes from the pin not being on or near the desired mark. What causes bad form?
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become tense and extra muscles tighten, causing excess pin movement. To compensate for the pin movement, more muscles are tightened in an attempt to reduce pin movement. This causes several seconds to be added to the normal shot sequence and by this time, the shot process breaks down. The shot should be let down. This isn’t the only thing that causes a bad shot, but it is by far the most common cause. Many things can distract and breakdown the concentration of an archer. Maybe it is the pressure of a big tournament, something a friend or opponent said to you, or perhaps you just daydreamed about something other than shot execution. You need to train your mind to think the same thoughts in practice as you do in a tournament. When you do that, you should shoot the same shot. Occasionally, you will draw on a target and your mind will say, “Something is wrong.” You don’t have a clue what is wrong, so you go ahead and shoot. Too often you ﬁnd out that your mind was correct. Something was wrong. Listen to your mind. You wouldn’t have thought something was wrong if it was not. Your deviating from your normal shot set-up in some way triggered the thought.
There are numerous things that can cause a breakdown in concentration. The more you work at raising your level of concentration, the more consistent you will be in your performance. In order not to shoot a bad shot, you have to ﬁrst recognize that it is going to be a bad shot. Then comes the discipline. Don’t shoot it! Let it down and start over. When you shoot a shot that you think is going to be of poor quality, you will probably only hit the mark less than 50% of the time. Those are poor odds. Discipline is learned during practice. If you shoot bad shots during practice, chances are you will shoot them in a tournament. Implement the discipline in practice and then it will become more automatic in tournaments. When you read the title “Don’t Shoot a Bad Shot,” you probably thought, “Why would anyone shoot a bad shot?” After looking at the situation objectively, maybe you do shoot an occasional bad shot. Eliminate those from tournaments and your performance will rise. If you do not shoot bad shots, I would classify you a disciplined, high-level archer.
2006-2007 NFAA® CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2006 BIG SKY OPEN NEVADA ........................................................NOV 3-5...........................................................MESQUITE, NV NORTH AMERICAN FIELD ARCHERY CHAMP ...................... DEC 9-10 ....................................................... HOMESTEAD, FL
2007 SOUTHWEST INDOOR SECTIONALS.................................... JAN 13-28 ...............................................VARIOUS LOCATIONS WORLD ARCHERY FESTIVAL VEGAS SHOOT ........................FEB 9-11 ........................................................ LAS VEGAS, NV MIDWEST INDOOR SECTIONALS .........................................FEB 23-24 ................................. KANSAS CITY & SIOUX FALLS MID ATLANTIC INDOOR SECTIONALS ............................... MARCH 3-4 .............................................VARIOUS LOCATIONS NORTHWEST INDOOR SECTIONALS ................................ MARCH 10-11 ...........................................VARIOUS LOCATIONS SOUTHEAST INDOOR SECTIONALS .................................. MARCH 17-18 .............................................SHEPARDSVILLE, KY NFAA INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ................MARCH 31-APRIL 1 ................................................ LOUISVILLE, KY SOUTHEAST 3-D SECTIONAL .............................................APRIL 28-29 ............................................... FORT GORDON, GA WORLD ARCHERY FESTIVAL STANISLAWSKI OPEN ..........APRIL 21-22 ................................................... PITTSBURGH, PA MID ATLANTIC OUTDOOR SECTIONALS.............................JUNE 16-17 ...................................................JACOBSTOWN, NJ SOUTHEAST OUTDOOR SECTIONALS .................................JUNE 16-17 ...........................................DURHAM COUNTY, NC MIDWEST OUTDOOR SECTIONALS.....................................JUNE 23-24 .................................................COON RAPIDS, MN SOUTHWEST OUTDOOR SECTIONALS ................................JUNE 23-24 ............................................................. PROVO, UT NFAA OUTDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP....................JULY 23-27.................................................. DARRINGTON, WA Archery Magazine August/September 2006 35
SECTION & STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS GREAT LAKES SECTION Bob McCutcheon, Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Directors Meeting, June 10, 2006 The annual Directors meeting was held after Saturday’s shooting at the Outdoor Sectional. All states within the Section were represented. Sectional tournament dates and locations were set for the 2007 season. Proposed agenda items were discussed along with reports from individual states on their NASP programs.
Judy McCutcheon, Director email@example.com
2006 Great Lakes Outdoor Illinois’ Panther Creek Bowhunters again had the privilege of hosting the Great Lakes Outdoor Sectionals. Sunday morning was a little soggy, but the weather cleared by mid-day, and the mosquitoes didn’t carry anyone off! Thank you to all who participated, and to the members of Panther Creek Bowhunters for yet another quality tournament. The range was in wonderful shape. For all of you who were unable to attend this year, you missed a good one! Hope to see you next year!
Great Lakes Outdoor Sectional Results June 10-11, 2006 Panther Creek Bowhunters, Chatham, IL 28 Field + 14 Animal + 28 Hunter
PL SHOOTER AFBHFS C RHONDA COX AFFS C JULIA STOVER 2 KATHY PINDELL 3 RENEE POWELL LORA SMITH LAURIE SCHUH AFTrad C DAWN SMITH AMBHFS Championship Flight C STEVE STOVER 2 MIKE FLIER 3 JOHN POWELL MARTY SINGLETARY JOHN KANTER BILL MOHN STEVEN BINGER STEVE HICKMAN Flight 2 1 KEVIN CRAMBERG 2 DUSTIN HEEG 3 GERRIT DUMOND TIM BUSH
IL IL WI MI IL
537 521 516 503 513
288 283 283 279 284
531 530 527 498 INC
1356 1334 1326 1280 797
IL IL WI WI WI IL WI IL
546 544 533 536 537 533 528 534
289 285 283 284 282 279 284 283
543 539 533 524 525 531 527 517
1378 1368 1349 1344 1344 1343 1339 1334
IL WI MI IL
523 526 514 504
283 283 283 279
540 527 519 509
1346 1336 1316 1292
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GAIL KILLION IL BRIAN SHEFFLER IN AMFSL C RICK KNORR IL PMFS C SCOTT TURNER MI 2 BOB WOLFRAM IL 3 BILL SCHUH IL JEFF HEEG WI RICK HOTCHKISS MI MSMFS C KARL NELSON WI 2 RAY L. JONES WI 3 CLAYTON VENNE WI DON WILL IL VICTOR DAVIDSON IL SFBHFS C PAT WHITLOCK IL SFFS C LILY VANWORMER MI SMBHFS C RON WHITLOCK IL SMBHFSL C JEFF WYLER IL SMFS C GARY SANDERS MI 2 JOHN SMITH MI 3 DOUG GRADE WI VINCENT BAKER IL EDDIE FLIER IL AL CHICKERNO WI ROCKY KLINE IN SMFSL C JOHN BRONSON WI SPMFS C STEVE BOYLAN IL 2 BOB WEBB IN 3 MICHAEL STRASSMAN WI LYLE VANWORMER MI SPMFSL C LARRY SMITH WI YAFFS C JESSICA HEEG WI
549 547 541 538 539
288 284 289 284 283
546 541 538 538 533
1383 1372 1368 1360 1355
529 532 525 513 451
283 286 278 280 265
531 516 519 503 461
1343 1334 1322 1296 1177
534 528 530 520 512 513 509
281 281 276 284 281 278 285
526 531 532 534 503 494 INC
1341 1340 1338 1338 1296 1285 794
552 547 535 530
291 282 283 287
556 545 545 527
1399 1374 1363 1344
MID-ATLANTIC SECTION Mike LePera, Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2006 “Mids” and Annual Directors Meeting A little rain did not hamper the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Sectional Championship held June 3 and 4 at Cape May County Archery Association in Villas, New Jersey. Over 100 archers enjoyed shooting on ranges not far from the famous south Jersey seaside resort of Wildwood Crest. The Cape May area is a great place for a vacation. The ocean, boating, fishing, great sea food restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, and lots of New Jersey history. Those NFAA members who did not attend this Sectional, missed a great tournament. I can not say enough about the Cape May range. There are two 28-target ranges in beautiful condition. This comes from dedicated and hard work by caring members. Kudos to Don Denight and family, Keith Pew, Jim and Sherill Mitchell, Pete and other members of the Cape May Archers. Thanks to Claire and Peg, too. Thank you for doing such a great job and making my job easier.
Following Saturday’s shooting, the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Section State Directors was held in the clubhouse. Attending Directors were Jim Quarles, Virginia; Dave Hryn, New York; Ron West, Maryland; Doug Joyce, New Jersey; and John Pawlowski, Pennsylvania. Representing West Virginia was John Grossl. The following important tournament dates and rounds were discussed and approved for 2007: Ten locations in the Section were selected to host a leg of the 2007 Indoor Sectional, scheduled for March 3 and 4. The blue and white target face will be used. One 300 round will be the official score per archer. However, archers have the option of shooting one round for an official score, or shooting two rounds and selecting the better of the two rounds for an official score. Archers choosing to shoot two rounds can do so in one day or over a two-day period. When possible, archers should notify the respective ranges how many rounds they will be shootingm as well as their intended shooting times. The sectional host locations in New Jersey are Wa-Xo-Be Archers, South Brunswick; Wo-PeNa Archers, Clifton; and Cape May County Archery Association, Villas. In Virginia, Prince William Archers, Brentsville, and A & A Supply, Amherst. In Pennsylvania, York & Adams County Game & Fish Association, Abbottstown. In Maryland, Tuscarora Archers. In New York, Neil’s Archery, Endicott; Smith’s Point Archery, Patchogue and Gander Mountain, Tonawanda. Open practice on days of the indoor tournament is not restricted. The 2007 Outdoor Sectional will be held Saturday and Sunday June 16 and 17 at Garden State Archers, Jacobstown, New Jersey. On Saturday a 28-target Field round and a 14-target Animal round will be shot. Then on Sunday a 28-target Hunter round will be shot.
Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Sectional Results June 3-4, 2006 Cape May Archers, Cape May, NJ 28 Field + 14 Animal + 28 Hunter PL SHOOTER FLD AFBB C CAY McMANUS 440 AFBHFS C DEBORAH TILTON 439 AFFS C SUSAN WEINSTEIN 532 2 COLLEEN McGOWAN 517 3 DIANE GALLAGHER 506 AMBB C JOHN MASON 443 AMBH C NICKOLAS GIANNETTI 432 2 JOE McMANUS 414 AMBHFS C NELSON MENGEL 530 2 CHRISTOPHER MOSER 532 3 PHIL MENTZER 528 GREGORY KULP 514 AL TILTON 495 MIKE BURON 472 AMBHFSL C MARK WILLIAMS 451 2 JAMES GALVIN 413 AMFS Championship Flight C CHRIS JOHNSON 555 2 JAY BRADWAY 546 3 NICK VICKERS 546 RANDY HINKELMAN 546 MATTHEW LASHLEY 544 TRENT ARLEDGE 541 MIKE GERRISH 539 AL SODEN 536 Flight 2 1 GEORGE WONDER 530 2 GREGORY BENNER 532 3 BRIAN TOWNSEND 530 CASEY PARKELL 524 MICHAEL BARRY 515 MARK LASHLEY 513 BRANDON GIBSON 512 PATRICK KELLY 512 Flight 3 1 WILLIAM HAYMAKER 519 2 DALE GROSSL 487 3 BRIAN SHRIMP 500 JOE ALLEN 501 ROBERT FLEMING, JR. 484 ELMER McKISHEN 484 BASAN ABUSCHINOW 510 MICHAEL YOTSKO INC DANIEL COLLINS INC AMFSL C DAVE HRYN 515
286 282 273
539 508 524
1357 1307 1303
285 284 283 275 271 258
534 530 525 515 496 INC
1349 1346 1336 1304 1262 730
286 290 287 284 287 288 285 286
552 553 551 551 547 545 541 531
1393 1389 1384 1381 1378 1374 1365 1353
284 283 282 285 283 283 285 284
531 528 525 528 528 526 524 523
1345 1343 1337 1337 1326 1322 1321 1319
267 277 269 280 278 278 283 INC INC
503 518 512 493 504 494 INC 503 501
1289 1282 1281 1274 1266 1256 793 503 501
AMTrad C MIKE ORLIC 400 CMFS C ZACK GROSSL 472 SPFFS C JAN LOCKWOOD 492 SPMFS C TOM COBLENTZ 545 2 RON WEST 539 SFFS C GWEN McMURRAY 510 SMBB C BILL VRABEL 413 SMBH C RONALD THOMPSON 393 SMBHFS C MIKE COLLINS 517 2 RAY MAY 520 3 VERNON VANDEVENDER505 CHARLES BOBROWSKI 502 SMFS Championship Flight C LARRY HIX 546 2 DAVID TOWNSEND 544 3 BILL LOFTEN 541 DOUG JOYCE 526 SONNY FOOTE 519 CHARLIE MYERS 519 ED ALBRIGHT 526 LOUIS HAVEL 516 Flight 2 1 GENE GRODZSKI 517 2 JEFFREY VICKERS 516 3 PATRICK GALLAGHER 505 MIKE FARREN 509 LEW BARBERA 508 STEVE TINCHER 486 JESS WILLIAMS 472 SMFSL C JIM GREAGER 236 2 JOHN GROSSL 222 MSMBB C ROY STURGILL 413 MSMFS Championship Flight C JOW BAUERNFEIND 533 2 JIM FRENCH 524 3 ERNIE MEDINA 523 O.J. AVERY, JR. 509 WILLIAM MASTERS 517 Flight 2 1 DAVID M. TARRY 506 2 MIKE LePERA 503 3 WARREN MAGEE, SR. 504 WOODY HURLEY 480 JOHN KNOX III 471 CARL HAINES INC MSMFSL C LARRY WORRILL 472 2 AL TOWLER 405 YAMFS C BLAKE LOPER 529 2 JOHN PETERS, JR. 459 3 DONALD DENIGHT III 428 YFFSL C DEVON GOTTMAN 394 GUEST - SMFS 1 ALAN HINES 535 2 TOM SAUNDERS 479
285 284 271 279
537 527 530 503
1339 1331 1306 1284
284 283 285 284 283 286 281 285
547 542 534 537 540 527 519 514
1377 1369 1360 1347 1342 1332 1326 1315
279 284 278 273 283 278 273
520 508 523 517 504 497 481
1316 1308 1306 1299 1295 1261 1226
283 283 279 281 282
525 528 524 529 513
1341 1335 1326 1319 1312
282 281 281 280 279 INC
526 512 490 483 491 514
1314 1296 1275 1243 1241 514
278 245 263
511 494 466
1318 1198 1157
John Pawlowski, Director email@example.com
Pennsylvania Field and Target Archers’ NFAA State Indoor Championship Growing The first PFATA indoor state championship saw 28 archers participating. The second annual tournament had 48 participants, and the third annual tournament had 56 shooters. The 2006 indoor championship was held Saturday April 1st at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A 300 NFAA round was shot using the blue and white targets. Twelve perfect 300’s were posted and X’s broke all ties. No shoot-offs were needed. Regular NFAA awards were presented to the winners. Here’s the list of medalists: Archery Magazine August/September 2006 37
PL SHOOTER PMFS C Dan Williams 2 Joe Kapp YAMFS C Dallas Fuhrman 2 Brian Hill 3 Dylan Rutherford YMBHFS C Daniel Cosgrove YAFFS C Donyelle Haymaker AFFS C Brandi McRoberts 2 Pauline Imbro-Allen 3 Ruth Gronchick SFFS C Stella Devore AFBHFS C Kristi Peterson AMFS Championship Flight C Dave Gilbert 2 Gary Schuler Jr. 3 Scott Patterson 2nd Flight 1 William Jenkins 2 Glen Thomas 3 Scott Kearny AMCXB C Odrun Stevens SMCXB C Terry Butler SMFS C George Pazel 2 Richard Alexander 3 Raymond Caba AMBHFS C Gregory Kulp 2 Greg McBride 3 Bob Showers AMFSL C Paul Donahoo SMFSL C Rick Hunsinger SMTrad C Jack Thorpe MSMFSL C Alfred Towler MSMFS C Darrel Gehman
300 276 216
48 20 4
297 295 285
29 30 19
300 300 300
58 55 54
298 298 297
44 34 41
300 299 299
38 47 44
299 298 293
31 47 40
MIDWESTERN SECTION Ray Jones, Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Midwestern Outdoor Sectional Results June 24-25, 2006 Waverly Archers, Waverly, IA 28 Field + 14 Hunter + 14 Animal PL SHOOTER ST AFFS C Kathy Faber SD SFFS C Judy Doub KS AFBHFS C Julene Hakl MN 2 Marcia Jones IA AMFS Championship Flight C Joe Determan MN 2 Jim Hutchinson IL 3 Tom Hood MO Joey Sutcliffe IA Jody Pletan SD Rick Peters MO Donald Robinson MO Jim Hunt IA Flight 2 1 Matt Graesch IA 2 Todd Furguson MO 3 Ron Sykora IA
551 548 549 549 541 540 537 538
278 271 267 270 275 274 272 271
291 291 290 286 284 284 284 283
1120 1110 1106 1105 1100 1098 1093 1092
530 530 526
265 265 268
287 283 285
1082 1079 1079
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Allen Robinson IA Forrest Goodman IA Bryan Corley IA Larry Mestad IA Carl Johnson IL Flight 3 1 Arnie Veen SD 2 Alex Kingery IA 3 Scott Wymore Sr IA John Heying IA Mark Tebelius ND Keith Hofer SD Dwight Pesehong SD John Shappell IA Bob Manifold IA AMBHFS C Bill Hakl MN 2 Steve Christian MO 3 Bob Shipman IA Dave Harms IA Dale Determan MN Tim Sargert IA Scott Dahle MN AMBHFSL C Dean Conrad IA AMBB C Roland Noel IA AMFSL C Ron Lewon IA 2 Jeff Stevens MN 3 Steve Plein IA CMBB C Samuel Reiher IA YMFS C Brandon Hood MO YMBB C Michael Reiher IA YAMFS C Michael West IA MSMFS C Al Tuller MO 2 Tom Stelk IA 3 Gary Thorson IA Edward Will MO Ron Cravens MO Wally Miller Sr. IA Bob Bridge IA SMBH C Tom Jurik IA SMBHFS C Earl Goodman IA 2 Shorty Faber SD 3 Jim Borg MN Ray Jones IA SMBHFSL C Finley Manifold IA SMFSL C Dick Stream IA 2 Don Iverson SD SMFSL(R/L) C Earl Lysne MN 2 Ray Kramer IA SMFS Championship Flight C Ed Christman NE 2 Carl Thiessen TX 3 Roger Bakken MN Dave Barnhart IA Denny Amberg SD Flight 2 1 Lynn Umbarger KS 2 Terry Diefenderfer SD 3 Mike McCarty MN John Doub KS Don Chipman IA SPMFSL C Ken Yeater IA PMFS C Richard Potter MO 2 Jackie White MO 3 Randy Ballard IA SPMFS C John Carlson IA 2 Roger Wilson IA PFFS C Erika Anschutz NE
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NEW ENGLAND SECTION Ken Moore, Councilman email@example.com
Former New England Councilman George Ossola awarded NFAA Medal of Merit George Ossola was awarded the NFAA Medal of Merit on April 1, 2006. The award was presented during the New England Sectional meeting, and during the Indoor Sectional Tournament. George has been a driving force for NFAA archery in New England. He served as a State Director, President, Secretary and Treasurer for the Connecticut State Association for a number of years. George also served as the New England Councilman in excess of 20 years. He only stepped down from his position as Councilman for health reasons. George is both a NFAA and NBEF Certified Instructor. During his archery career George has won many awards and championships, as well as setting records in Adult Male Barebow at the state and section level.
ADULT MALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE C CRIS MIZNER ME 524 282 2 GARY MARRIER VT 520 285 3 KEN HATT NH 466 261 ADULT MALE FREESTYLE LIMITED R/L C MATT HOPKINS RI 432 258 ADULT FEMALE FREESTYLE C DARLENE MARRIER VT 497 280 2 KATHY AINSWORTH NH 464 262 YOUNG ADULT MALE FREESTYLE C CORY MONAHAN MA 543 286 SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE C FRANK MINUTO CT 530 280 2 DAN WHITEHOUSE VT 523 288 3 JOHN FORNIER RI 516 282 PAT PETTENGILL MA 509 281 HARRY SWOYER VT 499 279 DANA WHITE NH 486 262 SENIOR MALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE C DUKE WILLARD MA 517 280 SENIOR MALE TRADITIONAL C ROB RANDALL MA 351 233 MASTER SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE C JACK E TRIPP NH 453 268 2 KEN VIVENZIO NH 450 253
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NORTHWESTERN SECTION Bill Tiddy, Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwestern Outdoor Sectional Results June 17-18, 2006 Cascadian Bowmen of Eugene, Noti, OR 28 Hunter + 28 Animal + 28 Field Ken Moore presents Medal of Merit to George Ossola
New England Tournament Info 2006 NEW ENGLAND SHOOT September 2-3, 2006 Host: Location: Directions:
Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule:
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. Lori LePage, 5 Sunrise Dr, Bradford, MA 01835. Tel: 978-372-8459 Make checks payable to NESFAA None None Saturday Schedule: 28 Field targets, by assigned course. Start from 8:00 am until noon. Steak fry at 4:00 pm. Sunday Schedule: Pick up scorecards at 8:00 am, general assembly at 8:30am, then shoot 28 Hunter by assigned target with shotgun start at 9:00am. Awards approximately 3:00pm. Super 8 Motel, 482 N Main, Leominster, MA, 978 537-2800 Sheraton Four Points, 99 Erdman, Leominster, MA, 978-534-9000 Best Western, 150 Royal Plaza Dr, Fitchburg, MA, 978-342-7100 Camping available at club.
New England Outdoor Sectional Results June 24-25, 2006 Lunenburg Sportsman Club, Lunenburg, MA 28 Field + 14 Animal + 28 Hunter PL SHOOTER ST FLD ADULT MALE FREESTYLE C MIKE LAMAR CT 553 2 CASEY GALLAGHER CT 538 3 JIM LECLAIR CT 513 CHRIS SOUSA MA 488 ADULT MALE FREESTYLE LIMITED C REX PARENT SR NH 474 2 PAUL LEWKOWICZ MA 477 3 KEN MOORE NH 451 ADULT MALE BAREBOW C MIKE WRIGHT NH 429
290 285 275 273
552 540 519 498
1395 1363 1307 1259
280 246 249
477 466 447
1231 1189 1147
PL SHOOTER ST HTR ANL PRO MALE FREESTYLE C Thomas Nealy OR 543 578 PRO FEMALE FREESTYLE C Crystal Parker WA 523 567 MASTER SENIOR FEMALE FREESTYLE C Liane Hickman WA 525 571 SENIOR FEMALE FREESTYLE C Donna Rogers OR 526 561 MASTER SENIOR FREESTYLE C Gene Lueck OR 523 558 2 Don Kudlacek WA 519 562 3 LeRoy Dukes OR 511 558 SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE C Karl Okita OR 528 565 2 Barney Mowery ID 514 565 ADULT MALE FREESTYLE C Ron Barndt MT 545 574 2 Rick Morgan WA 538 577 3 Mark Eaves OR 537 570 Larry Thurmond WA 531 520 Matt Anderson WA 525 567 Tom Nealy OR 524 521 Jim Moss OR 513 514 Dan Rennelk WA 500 562 SENIOR MALE BOW HUNTER FREESTYLE C Rich Newton OR 503 567 2 Wayne Rogers OR 508 555 3 Frank Acher OR 480 540 Gerald Hickman WA 494 537 SENIOR FEMALE BOW HUNTER FREESTYLE C Beverly Archer OR 462 536 ADULT MALE BOW HUNTER FREESTYLE C Dave Nelson OR 535 573 2 Tim Davis WA 531 269 3 Jerrod Vaughn ID 529 565 Chris Richards OR 524 567 Ben English OR 516 566 Jason Hartl OR 513 565 Jim Bevers OR 514 563 Mack Moen OR 509 571 Steve Phillips OR 501 556 James Archer OR 491 551 Bob Brown WA 478 551 John Mattson OR 442 522 ADULT FEMALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE C Michelle Vaughn ID 473 549 2 Mindi English OR 478 531 3 Cherylann Mattson OR 462 532
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SENIOR MALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE LIMITED C Jim Hendricks OR 469 560 476 SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE LIMITED C John Bacho OR 488 557 485 2 Jack Hendricks OR 490 554 470 ADULT MALE FREESTYLE LIMITED C Ed Forslof WA 468 549 473 SENIOR MALE BOWHUNTER C Bill Parker OR 459 531 473 ADULT MALE BOWHUNTER C Frank McCubbins WA 483 547 476 SENIOR MALE BAREBOW C Johnny Hale OR 339 480 247 ADULT MALE BAREBOW C Wayne Woedich OR 437 491 420 YOUNG ADULT MALE FREESTYLE C Josiah Brown WA 524 558 526 YOUNG ADULT FEMALE FREESTYLE LIMITED C Alyssa Bowen WA 380 474 401 YOUTH FEMALE FREESTYLE C Ashley Hartl OR 493 569 498 CUB MALE FREESTYLE C Hunter Nelson OR 562 479 524 2 Drew Vaughn ID 492 338 329
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SOUTHEASTERN SECTION Tim Austin, Councilman email@example.com
2006 Southeastern Outdoor Sectional A very warm range, in the 90’s, and a drought region (0.5 inch in May), and two weeks since any rain ... but at least we had shade throughout the facility. The combined State and Sectional Championship had 92 archers on the range with 76 Southeast Tournament shooters and 72 Florida State Field shooters. The new 28-target range, designed in two loops, each starting and ending at tournament registration, had five water barrels and three cold drink coolers to provide fluid for all. More than two dozen State and Sectional records were tied and broken in several divisions. Shooting started on time at 8:30 am each day, and it was a fun weekend. The Southeastern Section Directors meeting was held the evening before the tournament. Principal action was the selection of sites and dates for the 2007 SE Sectionals; namely: • Indoor Sectional: March 17-18, Shepardsville, KY • 3-D Sectional April 28-29, Ft. Gordon, GA • Outdoor Sectional: June 16-17, Durham County, NC
Southeastern Outdoor Sectional Results May 27-28, 2006 Gator Bowmen, Gainesville, FL 28 Field + 14 Animal + 28 Hunter PL SHOOTER ST FLD ANL HTR TOTAL CFBB C Breggin Eddy FL 370 203 329 902 2 Danielle Wilson FL 203 148 250 601 CMFS C Raleigh Boots GA 475 275 473 1223 YMFSL(R/L) C Kiley Larrick FL 459 267 447* 1173 YMFS C Keenan Adams FL 490 276 502 1268 YAMBB C Phillip Baldowski GA 139 172 160 471 YAFFSL(R/L) C Sara Sandlak FL 351 229 316 896 YAFFS C Samantha Pruitte GA 524 280 527 1331 AFFSL(R/L) C Shelly Mascaro FL 410 247 453 1110 AFBHFSL C Sandy Thater FL 436 257 412 1105 AFBHFS C Cathy Cook FL 496 281 507 1284 SFFS C Joan Hines FL 491 267 492 1250 AFFS C Debra Sieloff FL 504 271 526 1301 PFFS C Diane Watson FL 541 288 540 1369 SMTrad C Tim Van Voorhis FL 357 245 364 966 2 John Lackey FL 364 169 391 924 40 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
William Cisek Bob Wartenberg AMTrad C Erik Steinbring 2 Craig White MSMBB C Marty Shelton 2 George Denilen 3 Bob Worrell 2 Ben Brown SMBB C Jerry Barr AMBB C Glen Baxter 2 Lenny Schwade SMBHFSL C Hermit Gann SMBHFS C Tom Boots 2 Roy Peters 3 Pete Murphy Ken Dees AMBHFS C James Pettitt 2 Rick Dorey 3 Hugh Johnson SMFSL(R/L) C Larry Michael 2 Jake Veit 3 Ralph Galatz AMFSL(R/L) C Guy Learn AMFSL C Jim Brown 2 Ron Lucas MSMFS C Frank Gandy 2 Wayne Carr 3 Teddy Lynn Fred Stahl Tim Austin Alex Toser Oly Oland Bill McLendon SMFS C Kevin Bergenroth 2 Alan Hines 3 Tom Borkowski Thom Smiley Joe Raleigh Gerald Keller Fran Way AMFS Championship Flight C Richy Burke 2 Stephen Schwade 3 Mitch Wright Mike Hindmarsh David DiMascio Joe Rozmus Johnny Leonard Chris Wilson 2nd Flight 1 Shawn Hughes 2 Sean Cahill 3 Erik Helfritz Harley Napier Dave Palmer Brad Weinischke Don Kitchen Eddie James Oliver Austin SPMFS C Myers Parrish PMFS C Tim Rogers 2 Jim Pruitte
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2006 Southeastern 3-D Sectional The 2006 Southeast Sectional 3-D was completed on Sunday, June 25th, with a light drizzle of rain on a beautifully set course at Smoky Mountain Archers in Tennessee. Oly Oland, Tennessee Director, and the working members of the Knoxville club provided an unmarked course on Saturday and a marked course on Sunday, utilizing offset 12 rings and challanging uphill and downhill shots on a heavily wooded hillside. Although the turnout was small, the facility was inviting and the host organization simply outstanding. Archers traveled from as far away as 800 miles to shoot on the truly exceptional facility. Once again we had a longbow (traditional longbow with wood ar-
rows) shooter register in the Freestyle Limited (Recurve/Longbow) division not realizing that the division is a sighted shooting division following shooting equipment rules identical to those for NAA recurve. Unfortunately, not enough of our NFAA State Directors realize the confusion for the growing number of truly primitive equipment shooters — they see “longbow” and assume that it is the Internationally recognized unsighted longbow with wooden arrows. Here are the results of our 2006 Southeast Sectional 3-D event:
Southeastern 3-D Sectional Results June 24-25, 2006 Smoky Mountain Archers, Maryville, TN 30 Unmarked + 30 Marked PL SHOOTER YAMFS C Joseph Newton AMBB C Glen Baxter
ST Unmrkd Mrkd
SMBB C Jim Bowerman TN AMBHFS C Tim Newton KY AFFS C Debra Sieloff FL AMFS C Jason Ayers TN 2 Dale Smith SC MSMFS C Donald Huddleston TN 2 Tim Austin FL AMTrad C Roger Pallitt FL SMTrad C Lauren VanCleave FL
Oliver Austin, Director firstname.lastname@example.org
FAA State Field Championship Results May 27-28, 2006 Gator Bowmen, Gainesville, FL 28 Field + 14 Animal + 28 Hunter Medalists only PL SHOOTER CLUB SCORE CUB FEMALE BAREBOW C Breggin Eddy Xterminators 902 2 Danielle Wilson Xterminators 601 CUB FEMALE FREESTYLE LIMITED C Kimberly McCoy Brevard 719 YOUTH FEMALE FREESTYLE LIMITED (R/L) C Kiley Larrick Xterminators 1173 YOUTH MALE FREESTYLE C Keenan Adams Tri-State 1268 YOUNG ADULT FEMALE FREESTYLE LIMITED (R/L) C Sara Sandlak Xterminators 896 ADULT FEMALE FREESTYLE LIMITED (R/L) C Shelly Mascaro Everglades 1110 ADULT FEMALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE LIMITED C Jennifer Davies Zephyrhills 1236 2 Sandy Thater Aripeka 1105 ADULT FEMALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE C Cathy Cook Loxahatchee 1284 ADULT FEMALE FREESTYLE C Debra Sieloff Indian River 1301 PRO FEMALE FREESTYLE C Diane Watson Aripeka 1369 SENIOR MALE LONGBOW C Tim Van Voorhis Lee County 966 2 Bob Wartenberg Ft Lauderdale 774 ADULT MALE LONGBOW C Roger Pallitt Lee County 945 2 Dana Chatoo Everglades 839 SENIOR MALE TRADITIONAL C John Lackey Lee County 924 2 William Cisek Citrus 821 ADULT MALE TRADITIONAL C Erik Steinbring Everglades 893 2 Craig White Gator 725
MASTER SENIOR MALE BAREBOW C Marty Shelton Choctaw 1121 2 George Denilen Citrus 956 3 Bob Worrell Citrus 856 SENIOR MALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE LIMITED C Hermit Gann Gator 1127 SENIOR MALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE C Joe Melchiore Citrus 1298 2 Roy Peters Sarasota 1244 3 Pete Murphy Gator 1165 ADULT MALE BOWHUNTER FREESTYLE C Scott Davies Zephyrhills 1351 2 Jason Dorey Gold Coast 1322 3 James Pettitt Aripeka 1321 SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE LIMITED (R/L) C Larry Michael Sarasota 1168 2 Ralph Galatz Lee County 1068 ADULT MALE FREESTYLE LIMITED (R/L) C Guy Learn Gasparilla 1193 ADULT MALE FREESTYLE LIMITED C Jim Brown Daytona 1240 2 Ron Lucas Xterminators 1192 3 Andie Anderson Gator 1181 EXECUTIVE SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE C Bill McLendon Ft Caroline 757 MASTER SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE C Frank Gandy Ridge 1357 2 Wayne Carr Indian River 1336 3 Fred Stahl Lee County 1321 SENIOR MALE FREESTYLE C Kevin Bergenroth Gator 1358 2 Tom Borkowski Pro Flight 1338 3 Bob Stoorza Citrus 1336 ADULT MALE FREESTLE C Mitch Wright Gasparilla 1358 2 Scott McClure Central Fla BH 1356 3 David DiMascio Sebastian 1349 ADULT MALE FREESTLE - A1 1 Harley Napier Everglades 1316 ADULT MALE FREESTLE - A2 1 Eddie James Pro Flight 1218 ADULT MALE FREESTLE - B2 1 Oliver Austin Tri-State 1137 SENIOR PRO MALE FREESTYLE C Myers Parrish Ridge 1354 PRO MALE FREESTYLE C Tim Rogers Sarasota 1391
SOUTHERN SECTION Lee Gregory, Councilman email@example.com
Southern Section Directors Meeting At the Directors meeting held in conjunction with the Outdoor Sectional, Lee Gregory was re-elected to a second term as Councilman. It was also decided that we will have multiple sites for the 2007 Indoor Sectional. Next year’s Outdoor Sectional will be in Longview, Texas.
Southern Outdoor Sectional Results June 10-11, 2006 Trosper Archery Club, Oklahoma City, OK 28 Field + 14 Animal + 14 Hunter PL SHOOTER ST PMFS C Troy Wesley TX SPMFS C Rick Gilley OK 2 Thomas “Wayne” King AMFS C Mike Atwell OK 2 Steve Wingo OK 3 Ken Benjamin TX Robert Wood OK Ray Manfull KS SMFS C Lee Gregory TX 2 Freddy Hockett OK 3 Keith Ballard TX MSMFS C Dean Pridgen OK
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274 264 268 262 257
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2 Hollis Lankford TX 3 Earl Johnson TX AFFS C Jacki Taylor TX SFFS C Betty Johnson TX CMFS C Justin Morrison TX YFFS C Coral McMinn TX AMBB C Bill Bowen TX AMFSL C Bubba Bateman TX SMFSL C Ed McCorkle TX CMFSL C Montana Sanders PFFSL C Jennifer Gilley OK AMFSL(R/L) C Dale Cooley OK AFFSL(R/L) C Liz Adams TX YAMFSL(R/L) C Neil Cooley OK AMBHFS C Scott Bradford LA 2 Ricky St.Upery LA 3 Nathan Taylor TX Mark McMillan OK Ronnie Falgout LA Greg Gettys OK Mike Ewing OK SMBHFS C Lloyd Putter OK AFBHFS C Anaise Falgout LA 2 Ada Credeur LA 3 Gail Ewing LA Toni St. Upery LA SMBHFSL C Tim Coyle TX AMBHFSL C Scott Whiteford TX 2 Lorn Adams TX SMBB C Eddie McCrary TX
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SOUTHWESTERN SECTION Jerry Miller, Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwestern Outdoor Sectional Results June 24-25, 2006 Las Vegas Archers, Las Vegas, NV 28 Field + 14 Animal + 28 Hunter PL SHOOTER FLD ANL HTR TOTAL PMFS C Steve Wagner 541 285 545 1371 PFFS C Becky Pearson 530 284 535 1349 2 Sue Berfield 504 281 508 1293 SPMFS C Ben Rodgers 533 285 533 1351 2 Frank Pearson 534 284 532 1350 3 Rodger Weaton 528 286 523 1337 AMFS C Charles Roof 541 286 535 1362 2 Chris Fesmile 531 283 527 1341 3 Brian Marchello 530 281 522 1333 Stan LaPointe III 527 284 518 1329 Gary Sheldon 529 281 514 1324 Jerry Marley 481 282 500 1263 Ryan Johnson 485 279 491 1255 AFFS C Beckie Shepherd 503 280 495 1278 SMFS C Don Snipes 535 287 535 1357 2 Carl Hix 529 285 531 1345 3 Pat Peters 512 285 520 1317 Richard Orth 517 281 510 1308 42 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
Gary Beck 505 Frank Roof 501 Stanley LaPointe Jr. 495 Fred Kober 493 MSMFS C Paul Washburn 513 2 Frank Gamble 473 3 Keith Flint 459 AMFSL C K.D. Buck 480 2 Leonard Anderson 468 SMFSL C Ken Buck 448 AMBHFS C Tom Wagner 521 2 Ray Shepherd 527 3 Kirk Toth 519 Brian Johnson 506 Scott Walter 456 Bruce Bean 435 Michael Claborn 289 AFBHFS C Julie Wagner 492 2 Kimberly Terry 455 3 Jessica Johnson 442 SMBHFS C David Antonovich 505 2 John Thayer 516 3 Ronnie Yurong 468 Kenneth Koshimizu 472 AMBHFSL C Robert Arthur 457 2 Gary Buck 450 AMBB C Tom Daley 477 2 Ron St.Clair 456 3 Bob Borges 384 SMBB C Johnnie Hoeft 372 BB Master Sr. Male C Fred Lonsbery 442 AFFSL(R/L) C Lynn Walter 409 SMFSL(R/L) C Dave Aprea 435
284 282 275 269
518 510 507 496
1307 1293 1277 1258
281 274 264
518 502 485
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by Paul Davison
N a t i o n a l To u r n a m e n t M e m o r a b i l i a
ong before the price of gasoline dictated where and how we took our annual family vacation, first priority for us dedicated field shooters was to attend the weeklong Outdoor Nationals. This was especially true in 1976. It was America’s Bicentennial, and after the big July 4th celebrations, we were in a good mood to “See the USA.” The Auroraland Archers certainly did everything possible to make us want to attend the 1976 Outdoor — two “pre-tournament” tournaments, several planned day-trips for the non-shooters, World Pro Team Championships, and catered picnics and barbeques. This sales job paid off. With 1266 shooters, the 1976 Outdoor was the second biggest ever. In those days, it was also the tradition for the tournament host to give each registered shooter a goodies pack full of visitor propaganda,
Del Huberty’s jacket with first 25 National Outdoor patches is now in the NFAA Museum
discount coupons, and tournament paraphernalia ... most cherished of which was the tournament commemorative shoulder patch. This practice is no longer observed, but it was really a big deal ever since the first National Outdoor in 1946. Tears were shed in 1970 at the 25th National Outdoor, also at Aurora, when Del Huberty of Wisconsin donated his prized “patch jacket” to the NFAA. This jacket (see photo) not only had several of Visit Del’s club and association �������������������� patches sewn on, but every single Official adjunct to NFAA’s commemorative �������������������� patch from the � NFAA History and historyfirst 25 National related articles published in ������� magazine O u t d o o r � Recent NFAA/WAF tournament tournaments. write-ups and photo galleries � Lists of all National Outdoor Thirty-six years (from 1946) and National later, Del’s jacket Indoor (from 1980) Champions � NFAA Barebow Fraternity news remains in the and membership roster NFAA Museum. � Field and 3-D Range Design I’ve attended Guidelines � Every ��������� ������ 23 Outdoor article published in ������� Nationals since � Recently-published general interest articles by Paul 1969, but Davison in ������� patches were issued at only “NFAA and WAF news for all archers” 17 of these.
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Nostalgia Corner CONTINUED Possibly it’s because shoulder patches are no longer fashionable, but it’s more likely a matter of economics. Another National Outdoor perk no longer given away is the post-tournament Tournament Summary Booklet. The booklet contained the complete tally of tournament scores, as well as a list of all record holders for the Field, Hunter and Animal rounds, plus 5-day Aggregate scoring records. It was produced by the NFAA and mailed to each attendee (one per family) a few weeks after the tournament. The cover of the 1976 booklet is shown herein. Note the embedded image of the tournament patch. This booklet was 48 pages thick, and, no doubt, a significant expense item for the NFAA. Today, the complete results are inserted in this magazine, as well as on NFAA’s website. I miss the commemorative tournament patch
Cover of 1976 Tournament Booklet, showing image of commemorative patch
and summary booklet; but, alas, they’re only memories now.
In the beginning, kids have to have fun; don’t make archery out too be too much work! I have seen the interest of some kids squelched completely by folks
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who pushed kids as hard as they pushed themselves, it doesn’t work very well. Exposure to the sport should be designed to be fun. You can have a great
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time showing kids the dos and don’ts of archery while teaching in the backyard.
Whether you choose a family vacation, a romantic get away, father & son hunt, or good times with your hunting buddies, this is the perfect hunt adventure for all. The Y.O. Ranch accommodates the hunting experience of your choice. 800-343-HUNT www.tednugent.com 44 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
Make it family fun, kids love to win things, kids love to shoot fun targets, and most of all, kids love to pop balloons. Backyard balloon fun with friends, [L to R] Alexis Mattie, Averie Hurtig, Brianna Ortega.
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YMCA winners in the 8-to-10-year-old class. [L to R] Walter Mills, Brendan Lopez, Alfred Mills, and behind, Coach Tim Atwood.
Be a goodwill ambassador for the sport of archery and keep it fun while they’re young. Take a kid shooting! If you have a photo. Contact Tim Atwood at: email@example.com or 3175 Racine Dr. Riverside CA. 92503/ phone: 951-354-9968
1. ATWOOD’S ABILITY LAW The ability of an archer to shoot a great score is inversely proportional to the number of archery pins and knickknacks he or she has on their hat. 2. ATWOOD’S LAW OF ARCHERY BUREAUCRACY Every archery club’s by-laws has an allotted number of positions to be ﬁlled by idiots. 3. ATWOOD’S RULE OF OPTIMISM There’s a 50% chance of a bulls eye; either you make one or you don’t. 4. ATWOOD’S LAW OF TRAD BOW MAKING • Measure with a micrometer. • Mark with Chalk. • Cut with an ax.
Chandler J. Anglin, 8 years old, with First Harvest (Marino Ram). Candler went bowhunting with grandpa Anglin who is an NFAA grandmaster. 46 Archery Magazine August/September 2006
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The NFAA Foundation committee is delighted to be able to provide scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each. The committee wishes each of these scholarship award winners the very best in the pursuit of their educational dreams. You also can apply for a scholarship to help with your education. 2007 applications must be
submitted December 31, 2006 to be reviewed by next year’s committee at the NFAA annual meeting. Applications will be in the upcoming issues of Archery Magazine. Also you can get applications online at www.ﬁeldarchery.com or call NFAA Headquarter at 800-811-2331 to have one mailed to you.
National Field Archery Foundation 2006 Scholarship Winners
Katie Deyerle, East Helena, MT- Katie will be attending Carroll College in Fall 2006. She will be majoring in Political Science/International Relations.
Tiffany Reeves, Helena, Mt- Tiffany will be attending Helena College of Technology Fall of 2006. She will be majoring in Biology/Genetics.
Julie Petty, Clio, IA Julies will be attending Iowa State University in Fall 2006. She will major in Interior Design.
Alden G Harris, Auburn, CA. Alden is currently attending Texas A & M. He is in the Physics program with honors.
Dustin Heeg, Marshﬁeld, WI- Dustin will be attending the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. His major is Computer Science.
Anthony Schmidt, LaCrosse, WI- Anthony will be attending Fox Valley Technical College with a major in Natural Resources.
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A T E D I T O R I A L b y Te d N u g e n t
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often wonder if the depth of my outdoor passion and sincerity is tangibly projected in my writings to an actual level anywhere near matching the outrageous intensity of my own feelings. A s I sit with my BloodBrothers in various SpiritCamps around the world, hammering away on my poor, abused laptop computer, the sheer joy, energy and giddiness of my hunting Toby, Ted & lifestyle verily ﬂames from my soul onto the keypad. From primal campﬁres in the untamed wilds of Africa, glowing snow capped peaks of Alaska, the pungent, earthy aromas of my sacred Michigan swampgrounds to the mysticism of a beautiful prickly-pear-scaped South Texas adobe hacienda, my thirst for freedom, rugged individualism and true independence in nature powerfully drives my very being. God tells me to be myself, and I am a hunter. To function thoughtfully in His perfect tooth, fang and claw creation as the rea-
soning predator that He designed me to be is as soulfully satisfying as anything in life can be. I am drunk on His perfection. Pouring a cup of hot coffee and hanging with my two sons Toby and Rocco is always a supremely happy thing for me, no matter the circumstances or geography. But this morning, words cannot describe
the incredible fulﬁlling electricity in the air as the Sims family ﬁshing trawler rocks gently on the placid cove in the Prince of Wales archipelago. The 58-foot Eldorado will be our home for approximately a week again this spring to celebrate nature at her best and pure BloodBrother camaraderie at its ﬁn-
est. I do believe heaven on earth is attainable if one pays attention to priorities and details. We happen to be sitting smack dab in the middle of it. On this ﬁne day, the Nugent boys glow and we thank God with all our hearts and souls. I love my sons with everything I have. Toby is a scrapping, athletic, 29-year-old handsome young man. He has always been there with me when the call of the wild beckons us into the rituals of our sacred fall predatorship. Rocco is ﬁfteen now, and almost a spitting image of his older brother. Both of my sons are hard workers and polite young men. From as early as three years of age they showed a genuine fascination with all things wild and shooting. Of course being my sons, they were surrounded with stunning wild ground and constant wildlife from birth as I made it a primary quality of life
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decision to be sure we lived in great wildlife habitat. Not only does such a peaceful setting save their old man’s rock-nroll soul, but there is no doubt it is the best environment to raise children in, and like their sisters Sasha and Starr, their overall social, human and spirit radars are at optimum working order because of it. Rocco and Toby are both expert marksmen with ﬁrearms and archery tackle. They always try their best at everything they do, and from the age of four on, they could put BBs into bulls-eyes quite handily. This cultivated and dedicated hand-eye coordination also makes them killer basketball players and shooters as well, something they both like to abuse their rather inept, non-athletic father at whenever possible. They have both bagged an impressive array of big game around the world with me, but most importantly, have always been a beneﬁcial asset to camp life and made me proud no matter where we go or how harsh the conditions may be. They are real men. Spring in Alaska can be either beautiful, or a sheer, cold snotfest. On this trip we were getting mostly the latter. But no matter, for we were eating the best fresh crab and shrimp on God’s good green earth daily and were surrounded by soul cleansing beauty
everyday. And of course on a working ﬁshing boat in Alaskan waters, good Captain Mike Sims had assembled a crew of absolute ass kickers to keep things smooth, safe, interesting and always fun. We all chipped in to hold our own and carry our share of the workload, and my boys were showing their mettle in grand Michiganiac style. We made a good crew. Protected from the ﬁckle winds of the Paciﬁc Ocean by our barrier of scattered islands, we were moored on a relatively calm body of water with a view to die for. Eternal landscapes of towering cedars and ﬁr trees blanketed every piece of ground in sight. Graphic, twisted driftwood and jambles of rock artwork highlighted the winding, jagged shoreline. Eagles and assorted birds were always in sight and the occa-
sional killer whale put on a show that mesmerized us all. A trio of Canadian geese and some seals became our companions right up next to the boat. This is the life I was meant to live. In this stimulating environment, sipping coffee or juice and just simply doing various chores together put us at ultimate ease, which really opens up a family to communicate better and dig a little deeper than usual in every day life. Plus, if the Nugents have anything going for us, it is surely a wonderful and often unruly sense of humor, and the gungho laughter seemed to never end. Rocco couldn’t get away from school the year before, so Toby and I came here and both bowkilled terriﬁc trophy black bears. Being Rocco’s ﬁrst boat bearhunt, we guided him to continued on page 62
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BY TED NUGENT
The Beast Lives
If I were any more alive, I’d
surely implode. The sneak attack of that mesmerizing magiclight of predawn glowage crystallized my entire wild world with a sparkling shimmer and shine. Just behind us, huge wild turkeys began to ﬂap out of the tall oaks, winging to ground for their morning ritual. The shrill “eek, eek, eeking”� of mile-high snowgeese ricocheted off the stratosphere of high cloud cover to the north as honking Canada’s traded over the deep, dark blue lake to my south. I heard faint whistling as wood ducks maneuvered the winding rivercourse nearby. Harsh, throaty, resonate croaking of migrating sandhill cranes punched the gentle morning air, just as a loud, double cackle from a raucous ringneck pheasant blasted the swampland haze. A woodpecker hammered wood nearby and a big, ﬂuffed up fox squirrel scampered beneath us in the deep blanket of fallen leaves, sounding like a mufﬂed popcorn maker.
I could see the hint of ﬁery orange sunrays behind me to
the east through the eternal forest maze. And then the welcome pitter patter of a deer moved in and my heart kicked into a nerve wracking overdrive. The small yearling stepped briskly along the lower ridge out of the marshgrass, pausing every few yards for a nibble here and a groom there. Crows scolded something. The large ﬂock of turkeys now yelped and purred and putted and gobbled like a Mardi Gras of feathered partiers just behind me. A hoot owl cut loose yonder and the little deer strolled on directly under my ladderstand. I’m telling you, it was moving. How anybody could not want to be a part of and intentionally pursue this sensual, soulful erector set of the wild I will never know.
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My goosebumps had goosebumps. I wanted to chime in with celebratory crowing of my own, but I instead simply sat perfectly still and soaked it all in. I was on ﬁre. This is bowhunting. This is life.
Amidst this cacophony of the SpiritWild rush-hour jam session, I
able hands-on, of that I am certain. And even though we bowhunters rarely actually kill game on most of our hunts, it is indeed the mental and spiritual commitment to try to take a precious life for all the right reasons that ignite the inner primal scream like no other force known to man. Fatherhood is an enormously power-
self for the 56th season of my American Dream, overlooking a Michigan swamp ridgeline, allthings alive, ultra alive in me. Vidcam Ace, Jenny Olsen, shared this sacred earthly upheaval with me, and we were as tuned in as a being could be tuned in. We ate it up. This parade of natural wonder just kept on keeping on all morning long. It was beautiful.
Then I saw a quicker than usual spurt of activity way off to the southwest.
PHOTO HERE counted my blessings. Only in America can ”we the people” own the land and harvest our own renewable resources from the Good Mother Earth. Ya gotta crave freedom and liberty. With my sensual radar redlining out of control, I could only wonder what my fellow humans, the nonhunters, could possibly do in order to experience this astounding high.
Some say they feel the Great Spirit on ﬁre when they go on
nature hikes or climb a mountain. I don’t think so. It’s not the same thing. The powerful and deep spiritual and psychological connection as an actual participant in this dynamo of tooth, fang and claw is not available as a spectator. It is only avail-
ful sense of belonging to our children, of that I’m sure. And even though we take our paternal role with all we have, mind, body and soul, there is no way we can ever know motherhood. Conceiving, carrying, nurturing in the womb, delivering and breastfeeding of our beloved children is a force known only to mothers. It is a unique oneness that is the ultimate “hands-on”. Spectators will never know. Believe it.
And so it was, during that
photosynthesis explosion of November that is thicker than an Ozzy accent, when the planets align and the spirit begins to throb, that I found my-
Through my forest I could see a distant patch of green foodplot above the dark timberline, as tawny hoofed projectiles darted in and out of visibility. My binoculars revealed three whitetail does scampering amongst the big trees, with a fourth deer bringing up the rear. Number four has white bone on his head and I turned to Jenny with headlight eyes and intensely whispered, “BUCK!”� Showtime!
The three big does were
running right to us on one of the main trails, closing the
distance fast. As they paused nearly beneath us, the handsome buck appeared in the blanket of rusty fall leaves on a trail slightly above. The does looked back then took off due east at a trot, keeping the buck’s attention right where it oughtta be. My predator spirit worked in unison with this tooth, fang and claw ballet, and as he sauntered into the 20 yard zone, my bowstring found the corner of my mouth, and the arrow zipped across no-man’s land, disappearing square into the golden triangle of his shoulder with a welcome THWACK! He cut hard left and ran hellbent for backstraps into the tangle down below, vanishing into the thicket of autumn olive and stunted pines which I had planted over the years.
Jenny’s camera smoothly swung to my smiling face as I sighed the sigh of a very happy bowhunter. Leaning against the gnarly oakbark, I verily glowed with joy and satisfaction of a job well done. My dedication to hardcore yearcontinued on page 56
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long practice with my bow had once again paid off with the ultimate prize. Our celebration and recovery of the magniﬁcent beast on tape was of souls and spirit on ﬁre. He was a dandy seven point Michigan butterball backstrapper buck with a perfect X clean through his vitals for the quickest death possible in the wild. The Stinger tipped 500 grain GoldTip projectile had done its job
again, and the morning was the essence of life itself. The chores of gutting, dragging, cleaning, photographing and hanging were labors of love, and the ultimate party ritual of the Nugent family deercamp.
More geese and cranes sang the soundtrack songs of
our stirring fall harvest music all around us throughout the day, and plans were already in motion for another chapter for the afternoon hunt. Our
Thanksgiving party never ends when we are so directly connected to the grand celebration of hands-on conservation, and I felt some songs coming on strong, deep inside myself. Maybe the wildlife would let me join their band. For more Nugent hunting stories, order the reissue of Ted’s original book, Bloodtrails IIThe Truth About Hunting at www.tednugent.com or 800343-4868.
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Turkey Hunters Spend Millions on Conservation Wild turkeys hit a multi-million dollar jackpot —more than $200 million—and didn’t even have to buy a lottery ticket. Thanks to volunteers and partners across North America, the National Wild Turkey Federation has hit another milestone: $202 million NWTF and cooperator dollars raised and spent on habitat and outreach projects beneﬁting the wild turkey. “Because of the blood, sweat and tears of our volunteers and partners, we were able to reach this landmark number,” said Rob Keck, CEO of the NWTF. “Without the help of wildlife agencies, volunteers and sponsors, none of this would be possible and we will continue to work for our hunting tradition, and the conservation of the wild turkey.” The Hunting Heritage Super Fund supports the NWTF’s conservation and education programs. Established in 1983, the Super Fund pools money raised at banquets, donated by corporate sponsors and is given to beneﬁt wildlife conservation. The restoration of the wild turkey is a perfect example of Super Fund dollars at work. In cooperation with state agencies, the NWTF was able to help accelerate the restoration of the wild turkey. When the NWTF was founded in 1973, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Today, there are nearly 7 million wild turkeys and almost 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, more than $202 million has been spent on over 31,000 projects including: • • • • • •
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• Equipment • Outdoor education for women • Education for youth in the outdoors through events • More than $1.4 million given in scholarships to graduating high school seniors • More than 2 million youth reached in the classroom through Wild About Turkey education boxes introducing—or reintroducing—people with disabilities to the outdoors With a membership base of 525,000, the NWTF is one of the largest single-species hunting and conservation organizations in the nation. Chapters are found in 50 states and 12 foreign countries. For more information, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org. About the NWTF: In 1973 when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF’s many volunteers and partners, today there are 7 million wild turkeys and almost 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, more than $202 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on over 31,000 projects beneﬁting wild turkeys throughout North America. The NWTF is a nonproﬁt organization with nearly 525,000 members in 50 states and 12 foreign countries. It supports scientiﬁc wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport. For more information on the National Wild Turkey Federation, call (803) 637-3106, check out our Web site at www.nwtf.org or e-mail questions to nwtf@nwtf. net
Uncle Ted, I hunt a ﬁfty acre piece of land near Nacogdoches, Texas that’s surrounded by thousands of acres that are completely unhunted. Because of this, I consistently have big bucks (150+) on my trail camera every year. But they always pass through my property around two or three in the morning. Is there anything I can do to possibly change these bucks patterns? You are a ﬁne American, and I thank you for everything you do for sportsmen across the country. —James Vardeman, Texas
Well James, the ﬁrst thing we need to do is get ol Uncle Ted down there ASAP to ascertain the potential for your sacred deergrounds! Sounds like you have a dream piece of deer paradise there, sir. Fifty acres will not allow you any meaningful control over the deer movement to speak of, but the potential on such a low pressured area is unlimited in my humble venison-addicted opinion. The trick is to maximize your hunting time during the rut and get very aggressive with calling, rattling and the use of scents. Do not underestimate the potential of automatic corn feeders, my friend. After all, we are hardcore Texans, are we not? With all the killer attractants and supplements on the market these days, you could turn the tide down there. I’d immediately set up a Texas Hunter Product auto feeder with 50-50 corn and Record Rack protein pellets to
go off every day of the year at sunrise and two hours before sunset. I would also keep a few Record Rack deerblocks going all year and put out a bucket of granulated Lucky Buck as well. Use your head to be sure to set up and approach your stand without allowing the deer to know you are around. Then hang on and wait for the buck of your dreams. Let me know how it goes. Good luck, BloodBrothers. —Ted & family
Ted, I have a question about your string set up. I noticed on a couple of your TV shows that the serving below your nock point appears to have some additional material built up on it. It also looks like you attach your release well below the nocking point of the arrow on the string. I assume that this is done to accommodate your style of instinctive shooting with a compound and release. My question is this...what are the set up measurements on your string? I am curious because I am an instinctive shooter myself. I currently shoot both longbows and recurves, but I also enjoy shooting compounds. If you could give me the run down on how to set up with your style and maybe some tips, I’d appreciate it. Thanks. —Bryon Miller
I am more than pleased to share my adventurous archery style with as many people as I possibly can Byron, as I am quite sure many others will get an increased kick out of this natural hand-eye shooting Archery Magazine August/September 2006 57
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Now you’re talking, Erik. Bowhunting surely elevates the reasoning predator spirit and radar to new heights. You can’t go wrong with any bow designed by Master Bowhunter Hall of Famer Chuck Adams. His Reﬂex line by Hoyt are state of the art pieces of archery art, for sure. As I am sure Chuck would agree, be sure you try every model and variation you can as archery, especially bowhunting, has everything to do with feel. The mystical ﬂight of the arrow is hardcore heart and soul personal touch, my friend. There is no shortage of sport in ﬁrearms marksmanship, but bowhunting does kick it up a few notches, and I am conﬁdent you will revel in its spirit. Go slow, practice smart and diligently, keep it simple and say many prayers for the wildthings, and I assure you that you will fall in love with bowhunting. Goodluck, BloodBrothers. —Ted
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