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FEATURES December 2007 / January 2008

Vol. 27 • No. 6 © 2007 NFAA®

BOWHUNTERS SHOWCASE by Tim Atwood..........................................4

IN MEMORY OF STEVE GIBBS of Sure-Loc® Archery ..............................14

WATER DRAGONS & SUBMERSIBLES by Shawn Harding .....................................5

SUCCEED WITH OPTIMISM by Terry Wunderle ...................................16

NFAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS .................9

HOW THE PROS DO IT Holding Steady Part II by Bernie Pellerite ...................................18

FROM THE PRESIDENTS DESK by Bruce Cull ...........................................11

SECTIONAL NEWS ..................................23 VEGAS SHOOT Official Registration Forms......................12

ON OUR COVER:

SUCCEED WITH OPTIMISM by Terry Wunderle ...................................16

NFAA HEADQUARTERS REPORT ...........30 DWT: THE FINAL CHAPTER by John Dudley .......................................32 NOSTALGIA CORNER Just Reminiscing by Paul Davison .......................................38 “ASAP” After School Archery Program ................42

AND MUCH MORE!

Line judge and NFAA Mid-Atlantic Councilman, Mike LePera, eyes a close one at the Vegas Shoot. Photo courtesy of Paul Davison.

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by Shawn W. Harding

TOM CROW

Mathews Factory Pro-staff Umpqua, Oregon

SEPTEMBER 1, 2007 6x6 Roosevelt elk called into about 25 yds. in the Tioga Unit of western Oregon

Look for more exciting bowhunter photos in our next issue!

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Water Dragons and Submersibles I’VE RETURNED TO THE BOWFISHING FOLD over the past few years. I spent a little time shooting fish as a youth with a friend and his old Bear recurve but it wasn’t that often and never real productive. The past couple of years I have made up for lost time bowfishing a creek very close to my home. I get out on Saturdays—and some evenings after work— and set up on the bank above the mouth of a smaller creek that flows into the “Shunga.” I see gar, carp, buffalo and drum lurking where these two sources meet. After a spring rain, I can expect to shoot any of these species as they ambush bait or look for vegetation to forage in. “When the cotton flies the carp rise,” so

when I see the cottonwoods dropping seed, I head to the point I usually set up on, jutting out at this juncture. It has been a place of learning as much as shooters point. I believe my lack of success as a kid was simply because I didn’t think of bowfishing as a hunting activity. I never thought of where the fish would naturally congregate, and I never thought about the terrain below the waterline. Bowfishing has two types of participants, the ambush hunter and the stalker. You can probably look at how you bowhunt deer and know what your bowfishing preference is. Persons that don’t care to sit in a treestand will probably be found wading, stalking along the banks or moving from

one location to another in a boat. I’m a treestand hunter and I like to set up at known fish producing locations and patiently wait for the fish to move into my range. The convergence of two creeks— or a creek and river—always seems to have the right conditions to lure in the rough fish we’re allowed to shoot. Quiet coves with vegetation along the edges are likely locations to find carp feeding, and every spring my father and I catch drum in these same spots as we fish for crappie. Gar and drum work along the rocks looking for bait fish, bugs and crawdads. I was amazed to witness the gar spawn in a wind-blown reservoir in central Kansas. The rock piled jetcontinued on page 7

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tys, causeways and dam were lined with literally thousands of longnosed gar hoping to pass on their genes. I shot until I nearly collapsed from heat exhaustion that Saturday. Reservoir spillways or outlets are also great areas to find these fish. Moving water provides some challenges that bodies of water don’t, and in the Midwest, clear water is the exception and not the rule. The muddy and murky waters I hunt in require you to sight shoot or peer into the water and look for moving shadows. Gar surface, carp and buffalo feed and roll along the edges and occasionally a drum cruises the shallow and channels as they travel from one hole to another. During a stretch of calm days you might have two to three feet of visibility in olive green water, but you must also remember it allows the fish to see your movements as well. Look into channels that funnel fish from

one pool to another and places that provide access to vegetation beds when the water rises. Look at areas where bait fish are active and plentiful. In June of 2005, after a week of heavy rains, I set up along the intersection of creeks and not only shot several gar and a big common carp feeding along the edge, but I noticed a silver scaled submersible cruise to within a couple of yards of where I stood. I quickly drew and ar-

rowed my largest fish to date. This big buffalo was feeding in the rain-swollen creek and I was lucky enough to have been there when it swam by. I nearly traded my shoes for the fish, however, as I sank up to my shins retrieving it. After a successful day bowfishing, I find it very easy to make time to check out my favorite locations. As the rains tail off and the heat builds, some of my hot spots have to be abandoned due to low water levels. I relocate where the “Shunga” meets the Kansas River. Same good conditions, but steep banks favor the use of my Jon boat. I purchased the modest 10’ boat for a small sum from a friend in our local club who preferred paddling a canoe. I love the fact that it’s easy to transport and can function in the shallowest of water. With a trolling motor, battery, a few addons and accessories I have less than $400 invested in my continued on page 8

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Water Dragons and Submersibles—continued

NFAA® CALENDAR OF EVENTS TOURNAMENT ...............................DATES............................. VENUE —2007— Everglades Open ................................................ December 8-9 .............................. Homestead, FL —2008—

Southwest Indoor Sectional ..............................January 19-27 ......................... Various Locations Great Lakes Indoor Sectional ..............................February 2-3 ................................ Iron River, MI Midwest Indoor Sectional ..................................February 2-3 ............Sioux Falls and Kansas City NFAA Board of Directors Meeting ....................February 17-19 ..............................Las Vegas, NV World Archery Festival Vegas Shoot..................February 22-24 ..............................Las Vegas, NV Mid Atlantic Indoor Sectional.............................. March 1-2............................Multiple locations Northwest Indoor Sectional ................................ March 8-9............................Multiple locations Southeast Indoor Sectional ................................. March 7-9...............................Three Locations Southern Indoor Sectional .................................. March 8-9............................Multiple locations NFAA Indoor Nationals ..................................... March 15-16................................. Louisville, KY bowfishing boat. It’s not a glitter boat but it does work and I don’t need a trailer to haul it or an expensive motor to move it. After a couple of trips and a little experimenting, I’ve learned to “surf” the boat by shifting my weight as the trolling motor pushes me along. My first fish from the boat was a longnosed gar suspending itself a few inches under the waters surface as I floated past. It’s amazing to watch a heavy, white fiberglass arrow fly toward its target and then suddenly stop in mid-flight. The bright nock shakes and then fades into the cloudy water as the fish retreats. The gar will sometimes stack up in these areas with the slow, steady current. I’ve watched gar heading into the flow,

their grey backs highlighted by their white belly at dusk. They almost glow in the green water. I shot and reeled in several fish one evening as the conditions made the fish much easier to see and hit. I took a 53” water dragon that evening that pulled the line from my reel faster than I could retrieve it, so I landed the fish by pulling the line in by hand. I didn’t need polarized sunglasses that evening, but gloves definitely would have helped! As the summer passes and deer hunting is becoming more of a reality, I’ve spent some time writing down my thoughts. But my focus is quickly shifting from bowfishing to my deer season chores. I do realize, however, that I am close to a “Shunga Slam” with

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my collection of longnose gar, buffalo, drum and carp and I recently added a big grass carp to the list. I only need to find a Bighead carp and a Silver carp to complete it. You have to make every shot count on those big minnows—they are very spooky, so practicing is important. Last time I crossed the river, the water looked low and slow...think I’ll wrap this up and go for a ride!

New England Indoor Sectional .......................... March 28-30.............................Lunenburg, MA World Field Archery Champ 2008 .......................April 12-17 ......................................... Namibia Southeast 3-D Sectional ......................................April 12-13 ............................Myrtle Beach, SC Stanislawski Open/World Archery Festival ...........April 19-20 ...................................Hartford, CT Great Lakes 3-D Sectional ...................................April 26-27 ..................................... Rockton, IL NFAA Marked 3-D Championship ......................... May 2-4 .....................................Redding, CA Southwest Outdoor Sectional ............................. May17-18 .................................... Carefree, AZ Big Sky Open ...................................................... June 13-15 ....................... Grand Junction, CO Great Lakes Outdoor Sectional ............................ June 14-15 .................................Eau Claire, WI Southern Outdoor Sectional ............................... June 14-15 ................................................TBD Midwest Outdoor Sectional ................................ June 21-22 .................... Missouri & Minnesota New England Outdoor Sectional ......................... June 21-22 ..............................Lunenburg, MA

Shawn W. Harding is an Architect in Overland Park, Kansas. He is a member of BowTech’s hunting pro staff as well as a staff shooter for Trophy Taker arrow rests and sights. Shawn is a long time NFAA member who is an active participant in the Art Young bowhunting program.

Southeast Outdoor Sectional .............................. June 21-22 .................................. Clemson, SC Mid Atlantic Outdoor Sectional........................... June 28-29 ........................... Watkins Glen, NY NFAA Unmarked 3D Championship .....................July 19-20 .................................... Yankton, SD NFAA Outdoor National Championship ...............July 21-25 .................................... Yankton, SD Big Sky Open ........................................................ Nov 1-3 ................................... Mesquite, NV North American Field Archery Championships .... Dec 13-14 ............................... Homestead, FL Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008 9


NFAA® Council & Board of Directors NFAA® Council Officers President—Bruce Cull 2305 E. Hwy. 50 Yankton, SD 57078 605/665-8340 archery@iw.net Vice President—Brian Sheffler 7006 Beargrass Ct. Indianapolis, IN 46241 317/244-7585 lbs@indy.net

Greetings fellow archers: Hopefully those of you that are bowhunters have had a successful season. Be sure to send in your applications for the Art Young Big & Small Game Awards. For those of you that were fortunate enough to harvest a really big buck, don’t forget the Diamond Buck Award application. Speaking of bowhunting, Tim Atwood, who you all know has been the Bowhunting & Conservation Committee Chairman for the last 20 years, has stepped down from that position. Last year at our Directors Banquet, Tim said he would like to spend more time with his family and let someone new take the position. Tim worked long and hard on bowhunting issues throughout his tenure as chairman. I would like to thank Tim for all that he has done for the NFAA and bowhunting. It is now my pleasure to announce that Jesse Morehead will be assuming the position as Bowhunting & Conservation Chairman. Jesse is married to Ginger, and they will both be working together as a team to help promote the NFAA bowhunter program. Jesse and Ginger are no strangers to the NFAA, as they have been competitive professional members for years and have competed and won several local, state, sectional and national titles. Their bowhunting accomplishments are too numerous to mention in this space, but as you can see from their photos, they are definitely avid bowhunters. The Moorheads reside in Stafford, Kansas. There will be much more to come in future issues of Archery.

NFAA® Office 31407 Outer I-10 Redlands, CA 92373 909/794-2133 800/811-2331 NFAArchery@aol.com Great Lakes Robert McCutcheon 23358 Virden Rd. Virden, IL 62690 217/965-5290 prairie1@royell.net Mid-Atlantic Mike LePera 34 Kentwood Road Succasunna, NJ 07876 973/584-0637 brtesite@optonline.net Midwest Ray Jones 704 West South Winterset, IA 50273 515/462-6788 IowaArchery@hotmail.com New England Kenneth Moore 730 Newman Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 508/761-5415 kmoore15@comcast.net Northwest Dennis Lundine 19605 Pribilof Loop Eagle River, AK 99577 907/696-1910 lundine5@aol.com Southeast Tim Austin 1710 SW 76th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32607 352/332-1969 Flarchery@bellsouth.net Southern Lee Gregory 112 Ridge Oak Drive Georgetown, TX 78628-7613 512/863-8296 lee@dlprint.com

At the most recent council meeting, it was decided to move our NFAA corporate headquarters to Yankton, South Dakota. There were offers received from other locations and a vote was unanimously approved to move to Yankton. The NFAA has been given incentives, including 40 acres of land, use of land for additional ranges, maintenance of ranges, renaming of the street by the new headquarters to “Archery Lane,” and forgiveness of utility assessments, just to mention some of them. In return, we will construct a headquarters/ museum of a minimum of 4,800 sq. ft., have four full time employees, and utilize the land we were given for a minimum of five years. This was an offer that was too good to pass up. There are several other aspects of this that are being finalized at the time of this writing. I will hopefully have much more good news to report in my next column. Please be sure to make your reservations early for the 3-Star Tour tournaments. Vegas is just around the corner, and last year the rooms sold out. This year’s tour will be prove to be bigger and better than ever! With more money added to the payouts and a new venue for the Stanislawski Open (Hartford, CT) and a new round, this year will be very exciting for everyone! I look forward to seeing you at one of the 3-Star Tour events. Have a happy and safe holiday season! Bruce Cull 10 Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008

Southwest Becky Pearson P.O. Box 308 St. David, AZ 85630 520/720-9532 beckysayre@hughes.net

NFAA® Board of Directors GREAT LAKES Judy McCutcheon Director - IL 23358 Virden Rd. Virden, IL 62690 217/652-5836 jlynnmac@royell.org Rocky Kline Director - IN 1108 N. Korby St. Kokomo, IN 46901 765/457-7086 rlkline@insightbb.com Bill Jones Director - MI 2049 Lake St. National City, MI 48748 989/469-3939

Earl Foster Director - MO 8709 Booth Kansas City, MO 64138 816/763-2699 Ed Christman Director - NE 3818 34th St. Columbus, NE 69601 402/563-3504 eChristman@neb.rr.com Marc Tebelius Director - ND 5292 8th Ave. North Grand Forks, ND 58203 701/792-3582 (home) 218/230-3258 (cell) tebelius@gra.midco.net

Dave Thewlis Director - OH 16423 Chamberlain Rd Grafton, OH 44044 440/926-2464 DThew69613@aol.com

Ron Lewon Director - SD 11 Front St. Bronson, IA 51007 lewon@netins.net

Joe Barbieur Director - WI 5238 Valley View Dr. Janesville, WI 53546 608/756-1473 caal@charter.net

NEW ENGLAND Volker Pense Director - AAE Carl-Ulrich-Strasse 2B 64297 Darmstadt, Germany 0615-653085 nfaadirector@aae-archery.org

MID ATLANTIC Ron West Director - MD 802 Painter Pl. Capitol Hts., MD 20743 202/584-8015 WestArrowsWest@aol.com John Pawlowski Director - PA 360 Madison St. Coatesville, PA 19320 610/384-5483 bpjp@ccis.net Douglas Joyce Director - NJ 30 Willow Ave. Somerset, NJ 08873 732/247-3892 jdjarcher@aol.com Dave Hryn Director - NY PO Box 341 West Seneca, NY 14224 716/481-4699 Archery1@localnet.com Jim Quarles Director - VA 7911 Cherokee Rd Richmond, VA 23225 804/272-6512 jim.quarles@vfaa.org Ron Lauhon Director - WV P.O. Box 9331 Huntington, WV 25704 304/529-3509 rlauhon2@juno.com MIDWEST Dean Conrad Director - IA 200 Mulberry St. Sumner, IA 50674 563/578-8534 abe_archery@yahoo.com John Doub Director - KS 1125 E. 59th St. Wichita, KS 67216 316/524-0963 archnutz@cox.net Bill Hakl Director - MN 5656 317th St. Stacy, MN 55079 651/462-1916 wehjkh@frontier.net

Gary Marrier Director - VT 1525 Gibou Rd. Montgomery Ctr., VT 05471 802/326-4797 bowdoctor@pivot.net Jim Lamoin Director - CT 138 Albrecht Rd. Torrington, CT 06790 860/489-9452 Dave Cousins Director - ME 354 River Rd. Standish, ME 04084 207/642-4530 Alvie Carpenter Director - MA 7 Central Peterborough, NH 03458 603/924-3941 alviec@earthlink.net Michael Wright Director - NH PO box 237 Marlboro, NH 03455 603/876-4249 barebownh@aol.com Bruce Mulneix Director - RI 6101 Post Rd. Trlr 73, N. Kingstown, RI 02852 401-885-5684 NORTHWEST Hubert Sims Director - ID PO Box 1713 Orofino, ID 83544 208/476-5377 hmsarchery@email.com Doug Tate Director - MT 3499 Blacktail Loop Rd. Butte, MT 5970d1 406/494-4393 DOUG.TATE@northwestern.com Scott Roadarmel Director - AK 4106 Harrison St. Anchorage, AK 99503 907/727-0483 sroadarmel@gci.net

LeRoy Dukes Director - OR P.O. Box 422 Fairview, OR 97024 503/201-4961

SOUTHWEST Frank Pearson Director - AZ P.O. Box 308. St. David, AZ 85630 520/647-7847 frank@frankpearson.com

T.C. Parker Director - WA P.O. Box 613 Hoquiam, WA 98550 360/533-4698 wa_nfaa@olynet.com

Tom Daley Director - CA 11271 Lakeshore South Auburn, CA 95602 650/722-2713 nfaadir@cbhsaa@org

Dan Kolb Director - WY 3571 Teton St. Casper, WY 82609 307/265-4418 bhfsldlk@hotmail.com

George Kong, Jr. Director - HI 1255 14th Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816-3838 808/734-5402

Oliver Austin Director - FL 1620 Yearling Trail Tallahassee, FL 32317 850/309-1918 oaustin@admin.fsu.edu

Robert Borges Director - NM 5332 River Ridge Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 505/890-4665 Archermn@netscape.com

Tom Boots Director - GA 6530 Robert Dr. Harlem, GA 30814-5360 706/556-3240 boots6530@charter.net Jerry Barr Director - KY 919 Manor Dr. Henderson, KY 42420 270/827-4570 barebow@henderson.net Mike Hindmarsh Director - NC 1687 Kildee Church Rd. Ramseur, NC 27316 919/742-5017 bowtie01@centernet.net

John Thayer Director - NV 7215 W. Tara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89117 702/222-9878 mdthayer@cox.net Judd Wathen Director - UT 309 E. 100 N Ephraim, UT 84627 435/283-3129 Wathen_1@msn.com

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

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

Midwest Sharon Henneman 9 Aspen Belton, MO 64012 (816) 679-3250

Clinton A. Berry, III Director - TN 1802 Porter Road Nashville, TN 37206 615/227-4211 caberry3@earthlink.net

Midatlantic Tom Coblentz 1 Ash Drive Knoxville, MD 21758 301/834-7154

SOUTHERN Wayne King Director - MS 107 Dana St. Brandon, MS 39042 601/825-9278

Northwest Carolyn Elder 2319 Pe Ell McDonald Rd. Chehalis, WA 98532 (360) 245-3261

Dick Andrews Director - AR 11 Tuxford Circle Bellavista, AR 72714 479/855-6066 andr-ds@cox.net Scott Bradford Director - LA 40340 Old Hickory Ave. Gonzales, LA 70737-6756 225/622-0838 NFAALADirector@aol.com

Monty Heishmann Director - TX 10149 Heritage Pkwy. West, TX 76691 254-826-5788 barebow@att.net

Pro Chairperson Diane Watson 11815 Lakewood Drive Hudson, FL 34669 (727) 856-6841 DianeN2Archery@aol.com Celebrity Chairman Ted Nugent Promotion Chairman Fred Eichler

Kenneth Buck Director - CO 1923 Shoshone Dr. Canon City, CO 81212 719/783-0767 KandSBuck@earthlink.net

SOUTHEAST Howard Beeson Director - AL 111 Eagle Circle Enterprise, AL 30824 334/347-4990

Robert Wood Director - OK 75377 S. 280 Rd Wagoner, OK 74467 918/485-6552 robertw@osaa.us

Committee Chairmen

Southern Troy Wesley 2306 57th St. Lubbock, TX 79412 (806) 797-0546 Southeast Diane Watson 11815 Lakewood Drive Hudson, FL 34669 (727) 856-6841 DianeN2Archery@aol.com Southwest Jonathan Pemberton 1652 N. 2100 W. Provo, UT 85604 (801) 323-3704

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In Memory

has mentored over the years. Born Charles Stephen Gibbs in 1948 in rural Wayne County, Illinois, Steve was an active youth, who had little interest in archery. He spent his time fishing, participating in track events and racing his motorcycle. Growing up with seven siblings and vying for the attention of his parents, Seva and Waldon Gibbs, nurtured his drive of competitiveness. Steve’s first exposure to archery in high school gym class did nothing to excite the teenager. It wasn’t until 1970, when he was an engineer at a Commonwealth Edison nuclear power plant in Rockford, Illinois, that he discovered his irrepressible enthusiasm for the sport. During the next decade, he STEVE GIBBS • 1948—2007 began competing nationwide on a professional level and enjoying ON NOVEMBER 18, 2007 the world of the solitude of bowhunting during archery lost one of its great pioneers, Steve Gibbs Fall months. All the while, he was taking existing of SURE-LOC® Archery Products. Surrounded archery equipment apart to its basic components by family and friends, including his wife Dianne and rebuilding arrow rests, sights, and bows to and daughter Stephanie West, he passed away enhance performance. at home in Holton, Indiana, after a valiant battle It was Steve’s self-professed perfectionism with cancer. Following the cancer diagnosis of that led him to invent a radically new angle-lock March 2007, Steve fought the disease with his mounting block and one piece detented extenusual tenacity—the perseverance which earned sion system in 1985 (or ‘86?). By 1988 he had him eight NFAA Championship bowls, an IBO completed and sold his first sight design to a World Champion title and allowed him to build a manufacturer. In 1992 the first SURE-LOC® sight world-renowned archery manufacturing business. debuted at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, He was the president of C.S. Gibbs Corporation, Spain, on the bow of U.S. Team member, Richard the parent company of SURE-LOC®, the premier “Butch” Johnson. That same year C.S. Gibbs Corsight and scope manufacturer. His innovations poration formed with Steve Gibbs as president. have revolutionized the bow sight market and his The following year he left his job at Commonpassion for the sport has enabled many archers wealth Edison and started selling his sights fullto achieve their personal goals. Steve’s spirit lives time. on across the globe in countless archers whom he Initial manufacturing headquarters were in 14 Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008

Steve and Dianne’s basement—with friends and family building sights on the pool table. Then the operation moved to the garage, complete with machining center and the company’s first employee. By 1995, Dianne had joined the growing business full-time and SURE-LOC® moved into an industrial park building in Beloit, Wisconsin. In 2000 Steve relocated the company to its present location in Versailles, Indiana. All the while, Steve continued to compete professionally, as well as attend archery trade shows and shoots, and he kept pursuing his dream of developing the perfect sights and archery accessories. In addition to his own National Championship titles and countless other shooting accolades, Steve’s sights have been awarded a patent for their revolutionary elevation/windage adjustment features and have won Inside Archery Best Buy Awards every year. Harnessing the expertise of other archery giants—Swarovski Optik® and Sims Vibration Laboratory—Steve and his company’s design team have successfully created the top-end SURE-LOC® Black Eagle scope. Over the years he also effectively turned his attention to detail towards the hunting market to create the precision Lethal Weapon® hunting sights; and his innovative X-Press bow press has revolutionized bow maintenance in shops everywhere. Steve’s award-winning SURE-LOC sights dominate at international, national and regional tournaments and can be seen on the bows of Olympic, NFAA, NAA, IBO, ASA and local champions worldwide. The entire men’s Olympic Gold winning team in Atlanta 1996 shot SURE-LOC® sights and individual medalists since then have preferred Steve’s innovative sights for their precision, dependability and durability. As a true champion of the future of archery, he always left time to mentor new talent. Often Steve could be seen at a shoot talking with a promising new archer, giving advice and adjusting equipment. Gibbs was a vocal supporter of the

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and believed strongly in the physical and mental benefits of archery. His SURE-LOC® trailer was always handy at various IBO and ASA shoots, so his shooters had access to quick repairs and last-minute purchases. He was a member of the National Field Archery Association, International Bowhunting Organization, Archery Trade Association and the Archery Shooters Association. Steve also gave of his time for his hometown Lions club and was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran church of Olean, Indiana. Under the leadership of Steve’s wife, Dianne Gibbs—who has been handling daily operations of the company for many years now—SURELOC® will continue on its path of providing high quality archery and bowhunting equipment. The corporation will strive to stay true to the legacy of perfectionism and the promise of excellence that symbolizes Steve Gibbs.

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by Terry Wunderle How could your archery career change if you knew that you would not fail? Most archers are capable of winning local, state, or national tournaments. The main obstacle inhibiting them from accomplishing this feat is their mental attitude. The most important piece of archery equipment you have is your brain, but in most cases it is the least used. Once an archer learns a quality, consistent form, ninety percent of the success comes from a positive mental approach with his or her shooting. How does an archer develop a positive attitude about ones ability to shoot? The key word in that question is the word “shoot.” I did not ask about the ability to win. Winning is the result of an archer performing with consistent form. The only thing that you can control is executing every shot exactly the same. During practice, can you shoot five, ten, sixty or a

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hundred shots with identical form? If not, make it your goal and practice until you achieve it. Once you have accomplished this objective, you will have a more positive attitude toward your ability to shoot. Look at this situation logically. Can you stand there and shoot sixty shots with the very same form? That should not be hard to accomplish. If you can do that, then you will have done the best at the tournament that you can achieve. Accomplishing sixty shots with identical form sounds like an easy thing to do, and it is. The problems arise when you start shooting a tournament and shift your objective to hitting an “X” or winning the tournament. This change in thinking makes it very difficult to duplicate your form. You will become overly-concerned about the aiming process, which in turn causes the form to break down. Firmly believe in your ability to duplicate the shot, trust your form, and shoot. Be optimistic about your ability as an archer. You, like everyone else, will face an occasional problem; but problems are not a difficulty until you lose sight of your goal. Some challenges are only a situation looking for a solution. Refocus on your objective of shooting each shot with the perfect form you have practiced. By staying positive, failures will only be viewed as temporary events in your journey. The only way you can fail is by not trying to achieve your purpose. Walt Disney was responsible for creating the Disney Dynasty. It was his dream and his goal. Even though he went bankrupt on four different occasions, he never lost sight of his dream. When you think about an upcoming tournament, carry an upbeat attitude. In your mind say, “I can stand there and shoot sixty shots with the same form.” If that is your goal and you do not change it, then you will perform the best that you are capable of doing that day. Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008 17


Coach’s Corner

by Bernie Pellerite ©2007

How the Pros Do It HOLDING STEADY PART II

M

ost advanced and

for four to seven seconds with-

that most people shake or can’t

pro shooters see

out getting much worse, and

hold their sight still is they are

a

picture

in the best examples, it usually

using muscles to try and hold

that is entirely different and

stays fairly steady day to day

it steady. To me, the words

is three to five times calmer

in practice or in tournaments.

“using muscles” and “holding

than yours . . . they see a very

By now, you are probably ask-

steady” in the same sentence is

slowly floating pin or dot that

ing yourself two questions . .

a contradiction in terms. Randy

seldom leaves the aiming area

. “What’s the secret, and how

Ulmer points out “. . . any time

(13⁄4” x-ring at 20 yards) or kill

come we haven’t heard more

we recruit muscle fiber, there

zone and, in some cases, nearly

about this?” The answer to

is tension, and tension causes

stops for two to three seconds.

the second question, I think, is

movement.” The more mus-

Ideally, most can hold it there

threefold. First, as I have said

cular involvement we have,

subject matter, Incorrect Draw

most archers. After muscling

age, something that your body

before, most pros (with a few

the more movement we get.

Length and Bad Form were

past the peak weight, they

can handle comfortably, all day!

notable exceptions) are bet-

At this point, it is important to

covered in the previous issue.

have all the wrong muscles

If, when you draw your bow,

ter shooters than teachers and

note that this muscular involve-

completely flexed by the time

you have to hold your bow any-

the rest of them see no advan-

ment, so prevalent in beginner

they get to full draw. They do

where but on the target, such

tage in educating the compe-

through semi-advanced levels,

The average shooter shoots

not, and cannot, effectively re-

as pulling into your chest, (see

tition. Second, good coaches

can be traced to four primary

ten to thirty pounds too much

lax those muscles at this point,

photo on next page), grunt, or

and teaching pro shops are

problems not present at the

draw weight at full draw, caus-

thus causing their sight pictures

change the expression on your

not easy to find. Third, most

top shooting levels:

ing them to have a shaky sight

to be extremely shaky.

face, you are pulling too much

sight

sports writers are usually much

“Skying” the bow and drawing across the chest to get to full draw is a sign that the archer is pulling too much weight.

DRAW WEIGHT

picture. In recent years, bows

Now that you understand

weight.

better writers than coaches or

1. Incorrect Draw Length

with high let-offs have claimed

about muscular involvement,

shooters and don’t know the

2. Bad Form

to change that somewhat, but

it should be easy to grasp why

MASS WEIGHT OF THE BOW

answers themselves. To answer

3. Too Much Draw Weight

because of their huge cam(s)

most people don’t have much

This brings us to another

the first question, we need to

4. Not Enough Bow Mass

and the fact that they stay

of a chance trying to hold a 60

weight problem—mass weight

at peak weight much longer

to 90 pound bow steady. Give

of the bow. Most of the top

through the draw cycle, they

yourself a chance to win! Crank

shooters have discovered that

have actually made it worse for

it down to a reasonable pound-

adding heavier stabilizers, front

look a little deeper into the

Weight

cause of the problem. In my opinion, the primary reason 18 Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008

Because of the length of this

continued on pg. 20

Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008 19


HOLDING STEADY PART II—continued

Practice lifting a jug of water to build up your muscles gradually.

or you will make things worse and

til the release happens. At this

shakier sight picture. This more

win! Crank your bow down to

find your bow shoulder aching,

level, your good days and your

rapid movement of the sight in-

a reasonable poundage and try

your elbow quivering, and your

bad days are also much closer

creases anxiety, frustration, and

adding mass weight gradually

sight wanting to “drop out the

to being the same. When you

panic in the shooter’s mind. This

to help steady your sight pic-

bottom.” Go slow! An inexpen-

haven’t shot for some time, or

moves the shooter’s concentra-

ture. You’ll find it’s less painful

sive way to build your muscles

are extremely tired, nervous, or

tion from the target (where it

and much more fun!

is to use a milk jug (see photo).

anxious about a shot or series of

should be) . . . to the pin or

Editor’s note: The preceding

One gallon of water weighs

shots, your sight picture always

dot, then back to the trigger or

article is an excerpt from Bernie’s

approximately eight pounds,

gets worse, regardless of which

fingers . . . then back to the tar-

book “Idiot Proof Archery.” This

so calculate how much water

aiming method you use. The

get . . . and then the conscious

best selling hardcover book has

to add to make the jug weigh

difference is that if your hold-

mind tells you, . . . “Hurry up!

over 300 pages and 350 photos

what your bow does . . . then

ing or aiming ability depends

I can’t hold it much longer! I’m

and diagrams. It is one of the

add one cup (1⁄2 pound). Prac-

entirely on muscular involve-

going to miss! Hit the trigger.

most comprehensive books ever

tice lifting and holding it 30-

ment, underdeveloped, tired,

SHOOT! . . . SHOOT! NOW!”

written on archery and the most

50 times per day. Add one cup

nervous, or adrenaline-charged

Sound familiar?

popular that’s available on the

once or twice a week until you

muscles will always cause a

market today.

have arrived at the total bow weight you want.

and/or rear, helps a great deal

ternal weight modular Control

in holding the bow steady. I’ve

Freak stabilizer system. Experts

THE MENTAL SIDE OF

picked up several of their bows

know that target pistols and ri-

HOLDING STEADY

at major shoots and while doing

fles with heavy frames and bull

All of the above changes

their videos. Most weigh two to

barrels hold much steadier than

along with good muscle tone

three times as much as the stan-

standard-issue weapons.

will add up to a much steadier

dard 3-4 lb. factory bow. When

A word of caution here: You

sight picture, but it evolves into

I was shooting competitively, I

can’t change from a four pound

something even more impor-

shot a nine or ten pound bow

bow to an eight pound bow

tant. This will calm your mind

for target and 3-D, and about

overnight (yes, you do need to

and give you confidence that

an eight pound hunting bow.

use some muscles . . . even with

you do not have to rush the

My sight picture became 25%

bone-to-bone form). You must

execution. There is no prob-

steadier, especially in the wind.

build up your muscles, your

lem then, with concentrating

That’s why I developed the first

endurance, and increase the

on the center of the target and

shooter-controlled variable in-

amount of mass weight slowly,

squeezing the back muscles un-

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SECTION & STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Edited by Paul Davison • stringwalker@att.net GREAT LAKES SECTION

MID-ATLANTIC SECTION

Bob McCutcheon, Councilman prairie1@royell.net

Sectional Tournament Info 2008 GREAT LAKES INDOOR SECTIONAL February 2-3, 2008 Host: Location:

Ojibway Archers Iron River High School, 701 Garfield Ave, Iron River, MI 49935 Directions: From Hwy US 2, turn at McDonalds onto Lay Ave. Jog right on Genesee St, then left on Lay Ave again which becomes Washington. School is straight ahead. Registration: Sheree Stebbins, PO Box 622, 500 W. 2nd St, Caspian, MI 49915. Tel: 906-265-3429. Deadline: January 19, 2008 Late Registration: At tournament site. Schedule: Saturday: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm; Sunday: 8:00 am and 12:00 noon. All times CST. Accommodations: AmericInn, Iron River, 906-265-9100. Lake Shore Motel, Iron River, 906-265-3611. Chicaugon Lake Inn, Iron River, 906-265-9244. Ski Brule Village & Pioneer Lodge, 906-265-4957. Lac O’Seasons Resort, 906265-4881, Cedar Inn, Crystal Falls, 906-875-6655 Miscellaneous Info: Ski Brule has all types of skiing and snowmobile activities. Snowmobile trail access is available throughout the area.

2008 GREAT LAKES OUTDOOR SECTIONAL June 14-15, 2008 Host: Location: Directions:

Registration: Late registration: Schedule: Accommodations (all off Exit 65):

Eau Claire Archers 2145 Murphy Lane, Eau Claire, WI 54703 From I-94, Exit 65, go north 0.3 miles to Short St, then left 1 mile to Ferry St, then left 0.2 miles to Crescent Ave. Turn right on go 4.4 miles to Murphy Lane, then left 0.4 miles to range. From I-94, Exit 59, go east on Rt. 312 to Rt. EE, then right (south) for 4 miles to Crescent Ave. Go right to Murphy Lane, then left to range. Michael Strassman, 2402 W Cameron St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. Tel: 715-834-9975. E-mail: mstrassman9975@charter.net. At the range Saturday, 9:00 am, 28 Field and 14 Animal. Sunday, 8:00 am, 28 Hunter Holiday Inn, campus area, 715-835-2211. The Plaza, 1-800-482-7829. Hampton Inn, 715-839-7100. Quality Inn, 715-834-6611.

Mike Le Pera, Councilman brtesite@optonline.net

Sectional Tournament Info 2008 MID-ATLANTIC INDOOR SECTIONAL This is a multiple-site tournament conducted on February 29-March 2, or March 1-2, 2008: Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule: Accommodations: Host: Location: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule: Additional Info:

Wa-Xo-Be Archers Major Road, South Brunswick, NJ Take US 1 south toward Princeton from New Brunswick to Major Rd. Go 1/3 mile. The entrance to the range is on the left. Douglas Joyce, 30 Willow Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873Tel: 732-247-3892 February 25, 2008 At the range. Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am both days. Second line on Sunday at 1:00 pm, if needed. Red Roof Inn, 208 New Rd. and US 1, South Brunswick, NJ, 732-821-8800. Wopena Archers 39 Harding Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011 Rima Campanelli, 3-52 31st Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410. Tel: 201-773-3284 February 22, 2008 February 29, 2008. Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 11:00 am and Sunday, 11:00 am. Arnie Mazzone, 973-365-2590, Tuesday and Thursday evenings only.

Host: Location: Directions:

Buckshorn Sportsmen Located off Hell Neck Road, near Salem, NJ. Turn off Rt 49 onto Rt 626 (Jericho Road). Go 5.5 miles top Hell Neck Rd. Turn Right at club sign and go 0.6 miles. Turn left at club sign go 1.1 miles to club Registration: Elmer McKishen, 1003 School Village, Seabrook, NJ 08302-4243. Tel: 856-451-6044 Deadline: February 23, 2008 Late Registration: February 26, Schedule: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Miscellaneous Info: Club phone, 856-935-0037. Dave Tarry, 856-9351545. Host: Location: Directions:

Prince William Archers Izaak Walton Dr., Brentsville, VA From I-95, Exit 152 at State Route 234, north toward Manassas, then left on 619 (Bristow Rd.), then left on Izaak Walton Dr. to club. From I-66, Exit 44 at 234 Bypass, south on State Route 28 past airport, then left on 619 (Bristow Rd.), right on Izaak Walton Dr. to club.

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Registration:

Jim Little, 13705 Santa Rosa Ct., Manassas, VA 20112. Tel: 703-791-3659. E-mail: jlittlejr@comcast.net Deadline: February 26, 2008 Late Registration: At clubhouse. up to one hour before shoot time.. Schedule: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm both days. Accommodations: Best Western, 703-368-7070. Holiday Inn, 703-3350000. Days Inn, 703-368-2800. Red Roof Inn, 703335-9333. Miscellaneous Info: Club has 18 lanes, plus separate area for spectators. Kitchen open both days. Host: Location: Directions:

Wythe Bowhunters Clubhouse on Dale Drive, Wytheville, VA From I-81, Exit 70: Turn onto US 52N and go about 7 miles. Turn left at Stoney Fork Tire Center on Dale Drive. Clubhouse is 0.1 mile from US 52. From I-77, Exit 47: Turn left on Rt 717 (Krenning Rd) and go 41⁄2 miles to US 52. Turn left on US 52S. Go one mile, turn right at Stoney Fork Tire Center on Dale Drive. Clubhouse is 0.1 mile from US 52 Registration: Stacy Pruitt, 821 Matney Flats Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382. Tel: 276-621-4212. E-Mail: wythebowhunter@yahoo.com. Deadline: February 22, 2008 Late Registration: At clubhouse day of shoot. Schedule: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm both days. Accommodations: Comfort Inn, 276-228-4488. Days Inn, 276-2285500. Hampton Inn, 276-228-6090. Ramada Inn, 276-228-6000 Miscellaneous Info: Go to www.visitwytheville.org for more accommodations. Wytheville is 7 miles from clubhouse and is loaded with accommodations and restaurants. For out-of-staters, we are 30 minutes from WV, 60 minutes from TN, and 45 minutes from NC. Host: Location: Directions:

Neil’s Archery 122 W Main St, Endicott, NY 13760 From intersection of I-81 and SR 17, go west on SR 17 toward Elmira. At Exit 67, go north to Endicott. Go 0.5 mile and take SR 17C (Main St) west. Range is about 1.5 miles on left. Registration: Neil Newkirk, Neil’s Archery, 122 W Main St, Endicott, NY 13760. Tel: 607-786-7535 Deadline: February 25, 2008 Late Registration: At range. Schedule: Friday: 6:00 pm. Saturday: 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Sunday: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Accommodations: Econo Lodge, 607-754-1533. Best Western Johnson City, 607-729-9194. Kings Inn, 607-754-8020. Miscellaneous Info: Restaurants within walking distance. Ample free parking. Host: Location Directions:

Midstate Archers PO Box 511, Sutton, WV 26601 (Rt 15 Airport Road) Off I-79, Exit 67 (Flatwoods, WV). Take Rt 4 south 1 mile, then left on Day Drive 1.2 miles, then left on Rt 15 (Airport Rd) south 0.4 miles. Range is on right. See www.midstatearchers.com for map. Registration: Becky Mayse, PO Box 356, Frametown, WV 26623. Tel: 304-364-4110. E-mail: vbcdmayse@citynet.net. Deadline: Received by February 15, 2008 Late Registration: At the door. Schedule: Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am and 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am. Accommodations: Days Inn, 304-765-5055, 1 mile from range. Miscellaneous Info: Food will be available. Seating/bleachers, lounge area with TV, VCR, DVD, entrance area for equipment (bow chase) storage, restrooms, practice range available all weekend available. Opening and closing times will be posted at the door and at club website. For further info, call 304-364-4110. Host: Location: Directions:

Charleroi Archery Club 193 Fremont Road, Charleroi, PA 15022 From I-70, take Charleroi exit and make a left. Follow that road to 5th Street and make a left. Follow that road up over the hill past the power station and through the “S” curve. The club is on the left side. Registration: Patrick Sinal, Charleroi Archery, 193 Fremont Road, Charleroi, PA 15022. Tel: 724-366-3596. 24 Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008

Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule: Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Late Registration: Schedule: Accommodations: Additional Info:

E-mail: psinal@hotmail.com None At the range. Saturday: 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm York & Adams Archers 413 Country Club Rd, Abbottstown, PA 17301 From York follow US 30 west to Abbottstown. Turn left onto Country Club Rd on the east side of town. Club is approximately 11⁄2 miles back on left. Robert Wertz, 336 Third St, Hanover, PA 17331. Tel: 717 451-7408. E-mail: bulldogs4bean@aol.com. At club Friday: 7:00 pm: Saturday: 9:00 am, 12:30 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am, 12:30 pm. Hampton Inn, 717-633-1117. Super 8, 717-6308888. Holiday Inn Express, 717-637-1228 Scott Kearney, 717-792-2027.

Host: Location: Directions:

Walton Park Bowhunters A & A Supply, 207 S Main St, Amherst, VA 24521 US 29 Business to town of Amherst. A & A Supply is located at stop light on Main St. Registration: Kendall Woody, 194 Arrowhead Dr, Madison Heights, VA 24572. Tel: 434-929-0223 or 434-238-4519 Deadline: February 23, 2008 Late Registration: A & A Supply Schedule: Saturday: 7:00 am, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Sunday: 7:00 am, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Accommodations: Ramada Inn (20 minutes), 434-847-7500. Holiday Inn Select (20 minutes), 434-528-2500. Courtyard by Marriot (20 minutes), 434-846-7900. Thomas Motor Lodge (15 minutes), 434-845-2121 Miscellaneous Info: Snacks and drinks will be available at A & A Supply. Fast food and restaurants are located within 1 mile of A & A Supply. A & A Supply phone number is 434946-7668 Host: Location:

Double T Archery Club Doc’s Archery, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 Directions: Take the New York State Thruway (I-90) toward Buffalo to the Youngman Expwy (I-290) to Niagara Falls Blvd (US 62) north toward Niagara Falls for 4.7 miles to 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, second floor. Registration: Mark Irlbacher, 611 Walck Rd, N.Tonawanda, NY 14120. Tel: 716-693-2703 or 716-695-6586 E-mail: docsarchery@worldnet.att.net Late Registration: At the range Accommodations: Sleep Inn, 75 Innkeepers Lane, Amherst, NY, 716691-6510. Ellicott Park Court Motel, 2270 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY, 716-693-6412. Blue Falls Motel, 2142 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY, 716-695-0433. Hayat Motel, 1182 Niagara Falls Blvd, N.Tonawanda, NY, 716-694-0360. Amton Motel, 1970 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY, 716-6927260. Miscellaneous Info: Doc’s Archery is located approximately 8 miles south of the honeymoon capital of the world — Niagara Falls. Lots of sightseeing and shopping nearby, as well as gambling casinos on both sides of the border in Niagara Falls, NY, and Canada Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule: Friday: Accommodations: Host: Location: Directions:

Wildwood Sports Center 5740 Fikes Road, Elbridge, NY 13060 Route 5 east from Elbridge, turn left on Fikes Rd, and go approximately 1.5 miles. Wildwood will be on the right. Follow dirt road for 1⁄4 mile to shooting range. Wildwood Sports Center, PO Box 544, Elbridge, NY 13060. Tel: 315-689-1066. E-mail: bob@wildwoodsc.com None At range 7:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Best Western, 315-834-6623. Holiday Inn Auburn, 315-253-4531. Days Inn Weedsport, 315-834-6198. Mayberry Archers 2549 Mayberry Rd, Westminster, MD 21158 Follow MD Rt. #140 west from Westminster ap-

proximately 6 miles to Mayberry Rd. Turn right at Mayberry Rd. Go 1.1 miles to clubhouse on right on top of hill. Registration: Sandy Rowe, 817 Otterdale Mill Rd, Taneytown, MD 21787. Tel: 410-775-7013. E-mail: dansanrowe@yahoo.com Deadline: February 24, 2008 Late Registration: At the range (space permitting) Schedule: Friday: 7:15 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am, 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm, only if needed Accommodations: Days Inn, 410-857-0500. Comfort Inn, 410-8571900. Boston Inn, 410-848-9095 Miscellaneous Info: Please include phone number in registration in case your shooting time preference is filled. Plenty of food available on Saturday and Sunday. No crossbows are allowed. Host: Location: Directions:

Smith Point Sports 215 East Main St, Patchouge, NY 11772 From LIE, Take Exit 64south (Route 112) to Montauk Hwy. Make right turn onto Montauk Hwy and go two blocks. On the right side is a Carvel store. Our entrance is behind the Carvel. Smith Point Sports, 215 East Main St, Patchouge, NY 11772. Tel: 631-289-3399. E-mail: bowhunt122348@aol.com. Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm.

Registration: Schedule:

State News

NEW YORK

Dave Hryn, Director archery1@localnet.com 2008 Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Sectional by Dave Hryn On behalf of the membership and the Board of Directors of New York Field Archers & Bowhunters (NYFAB), I would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to competitors and their families to attend the June 28 & 29, 2008, Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Sectional Tournament. Even though the Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Tournament is over 6 months away, it is not too early to make hotel reservations. Motel rooms in the Watkins Glen area will become scarce during the summer months due to the many nearby tourist attractions; Watkins State Park, Watkins Glen International Race Track, Corning Museum of Glass and numerous wineries. The “unofficial” tournament headquarters for NFAA National, Sectional and State events is the Seneca Lodge www.senecalodge.com. Be advised that the Seneca Lodge (607-535-2014) is closed for lodging during the winter months but they accept room reservations by mail. Competitors desiring to reserve rooms at the Seneca Lodge should send a letter to: P. O. Box 272, Watkins Glen, N.Y., 14891 with their contact information (name, address, phone and credit card number) after January 1, 2008. Rooms will be reserved on a “first come, first served” basis, and Seneca Lodge personnel will contact the competitors to confirm their reservation. The 2007 rate for a cabin was $40 a night and for motel rooms $67 a night. Other nearby accommodations include: Budget Inn (607-535-4800), Glen Motor Inn (607-535-2706), Glen Way Motel (607-535-4258), and the Villager Motel (607-535-7159). For further information about the Watkins Glen area visit the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce at www.schuylerny.com or the Schuyler County Lodging & Tourism Association at www.watkinsglenlodging.com.

VIRGINIA

Jim Quarles, Director jim.quarles@vfaa.org

Virginia Field Archery Association 2008 State Championships Feb 16-17

VFAA Indoor Championship. Two NFAA Indoor 300 Rounds.

Prince William Archers, Manassas. A&A Supply, Amherst. Wythe Bowhunters, Wytheville.

May 10-11

VFAA Open Outdoor Championship. 28 Field + 28 Hunter

Wythe Bowhunters, Wytheville

Jun 28-29

VFAA Animal Target Championship. Four rounds of 28 NFAA Animal Targets

Prince William Archers, Manassas

Aug 8-9

VFAA State Outdoor Championship. 28 Field + 28 Hunter

Walton Park Bowhunters, Madison Heights

The VFAA State Championships are open to any NFAA or NAA member from anywhere or any state to compete for awards. Non NFAA or NAA members may shoot as guests, but there are no awards. New for 2008 is the triple crown awards that will be presented to archers winning three of the four state championships in the same division and style, including out of state archers. The Animal Target Championship tournament is 112 targets of NFAA Animals with the bonus spot. This is less than a month before the Nationals, and is a good opportunity to practice on animal targets.

Other club tournaments of interest. More in next issue. Dec 16

Indoor: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wythe Bowhunters

Jan 13

Indoor: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wythe Bowhunters

Jan 19

Indoor: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wythe Bowhunters

Feb 3

Indoor: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wythe Bowhunters

Feb 9

Indoor: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wythe Bowhunters

Apr 6

Field-pin: 9:00 to 10:30

Walton Park Bowhunters

May 8

Hunter-pin: 9:00 to 10:30

Walton Park Bowhunters

Jun 8

Field-pin: 9:00 to 10:30

Walton Park Bowhunters

Aug 9

Field or Hunter-trophy: shotgun

Walton Park Bowhunters

MIDWESTERN SECTION

Ray Jones, Councilman iowaarchery@hotmail.com Sectional Tournament Info 2008 MIDWESTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL

This tournament is conducted at two sites on February 1 (practice), 2 & 3, 2008: Host: Location: Directions:

Registration:

Independence Bowhunters Levo Building, 700 NW Argosy Pkwy at Snowden Rd, Riverside, MO (KC vicinity) I-29 Exit 3B to I-635 south to Exit 11A, then US 69/ MO 9 to Riverside exit. Turn right on Riverway Blvd, then right on NW Tullison Rd. Turn left on NW Argosy Pkwy and look for signs. Millie Foster, 8709 Booth, Kansas City, MO 64138. Tel: 816-763-2699.

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Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule:

February 1, 2008 At tournament site Friday: 5:00 to 7:00 pm practice. Saturday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday: To be announced. Scores will be flighted and coordinated at both Midwestern Section sites on Saturday after the last round of shooting. Accommodations: Super 8 (15 yds from range), 816-505-2888; America’s Best Value Inn (10 min. away), 816-4216000; Best Western (15 min. away), 816-459-7222; American Inn (15 min. away), 816-471-3451. Miscellaneous Info: Earl Foster’s cell for Friday, Feb 1: 816-520-3601. Millie’s cell: 816-853-8604. Host: Location: Directions:

Minnehaha Archers, Inc. North Harvestore Rd, Sioux Falls, SD I-29 to SR 38 (Exit 83) on northwest side of Sioux Falls; then west on SR 38 to North Harvestore Rd (first road); then north on North Harvestore to range, which is third building on right. Or, if coming in on I-90, exit south on I-29 to Exit 83 then west on SR 38, and follow directions as above. Registration: Jackie Meisenheimer, 48088 259th St, Brandon, SD 57005. Tel: 605-582-7179. E-mail: justablu@aol. com. For registration form, see www.fieldarchery.com or this magazine. Please request shooting time on registration form. Deadline: February 1, 2008 Late Registration: At tournament site. Pre-registration is suggested and appreciated. Schedule: Friday: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm practice. Saturday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am, and 2:00 pm. Sunday: To be announced. Scores will be flighted and coordinated at both Midwestern Section sites on Saturday after the last round of shooting. Accommodations: Day’s Inn, 605-331-5959 (full continental breakfast, waffles, etc.) Comfort Inn, 605-331- 4490 (pool, hot tub, continental breakfast). Super 8, 605-339-9212 (continental breakfast). Miscellaneous Info: These motels are located on North Cliff Ave east of the archery range on SR 38 (approximately 2 miles). When calling for reservations, please state you are in Sioux Falls for the Midwestern Sectional Archery Tournament.

NEW ENGLAND SECTION Ken Moore, Councilman kmoore15@comcast.net

Sectional Tournament Info 2008 NEW ENGLAND INDOOR SECTIONAL March 28-30, 2008 Host: Location: Directions:

Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule: Accommodations:

Campgrounds:

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. Ruby Shannon, 96 Lakefront, Lunenburg, MA 01462. Tel: 978-345-0479. Make checks payable to NESFAA, and please include your phone number. None; however a reservation is suggested to ensure a desired line. None Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Sunday: 8:30 am and 11:30 am Super 8 Motel, 482 N Main, Leominster, MA, 978537-2800. 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, call Ruby Shannon for confirmation and availability at 978-345-0479

NORTHWESTERN SECTION

Dennis Lundine, Councilman lundine5@aol.com Sectional Tournament Info 2008 NORTHWESTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL This is a multiple-site tournament. Contact your State NFAA Director for sites not listed here. March 8-9, 2008 Host: Location: Directions:

Olympic Archery 2726-B Blacklake Blvd SW, Tumwater WA From I-5, take Exit 104 (US Hwy 101) west. Go to second exit (Blacklake Blvd), turn left, go south, toward Black Lake. Range is 2 miles on the left, behind black and yellow espresso stand. Registration: Olympic Archery, 2726-B Blacklake Blvd SW, Olympia WA 98512 Deadline: March 1, 2008 Late Registration: At range by 9:00 am, March 8th Late registration fee of $15 will apply. Schedule: Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am, 12 noon, 3:00 pm. Sunday: 9:00 am, 12 noon and 3:00 pm, if necessary. Please list preferred line times on pre-registration form. Accommodations: Comfort Inn of Tumwater, 1620 74th Ave. SW, Tumwater, 360-352-0691; Guesthouse Inn & Suites, 1600 74th Ave. SW Tumwater, 360-943-5040; Red Lion Olympia Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, 360-9434000 Additional Contact: Jamie VanBlaricom, 360-786-8315, extremearcher@aol.com or www.olyarchery.com

State News

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WASHINGTON

Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule:

T. C. Parker, Director wa_nfaa@olynet.com Washington State Archery Association News by Linda Parker, WSAA President Coweeman Middle School in Kelso, WA, hosted a training session for prospective archery instructors on 12 October 2007. Leading the course were one of the school’s teachers, a local archery club member, and the WSAA President. Fourteen individuals completed the Basic Archery Instructor certification course – NASP curriculum. These included 11 school teachers from five different schools, two WSAA archers, and our state’s Lieutenant Governor, who is also a bowhunter. Washington has over 30 schools involved in NASP for the 2007-2008 school year. As recruitment opportunity for new schools, we will have a booth at the upcoming PE teachers’ conference. We have scheduled our third NASP State Championship, which will be held centrally in Wenatchee, WA, on 12 April 2008.

Lee Gregory, Councilman lee@dlprint.com

Sectional Tournament Info 2008 SOUTHERN INDOOR SECTIONAL This is a multiple-site tournament conducted on March 8-9, 2008: Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule:

Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule:

Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule:

SOUTHERN SECTION

Archers’ Den 614 W. Main St. Whitesboro, TX. Hwy. 82 to Hwy. 56 to range Ron Hilliard, 903-564-3260 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting

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times will be determined at range Saturday

Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration: Schedule: Host: Location: Directions: Registration: Deadline: Late Registration:

Double G Archery 4185 E. Hwy. 29 Georgetown, TX. 78626 From I-35 take Hwy 29 East, 4.5 miles. Shop is on left side just after curve in road. Paul Godsey Tel: 512 868-5530 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday Clyde’s Archery 5564 Ayers St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 Padre Island Dr. to Ayers St., then turn south for two blocks Clyde Miller, Tel: 361-855-3116 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday Arlington Bowhunting World 6700 Poly Webb Rd., Arlington, Texas 76016 Exit 445 I 20 on Green Oaks Blvd and north to Pleasant Ridge. Turn left and go to end of road. Turn right on Poly Webb for three blocks. Ken Witt, Tel: 817-478-5990 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday Wood-n-Feather Archery 20015 Waller Tomball Rd. (FM 2920), Suite #3, Tomball, Texas 77377 100 yards west of the FM2920 and Mueschke Rd. intersection Mike Kneale, Tel: 281-357-5969 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday Osage Tulsa Archers Bartlesville, Ok 74003 From US 75, take Adams Rd. (US60) west to SR 123, then 1/8 mile on US 60. Range is Armory Building on North side of road. Albert Nitz Tel: 918-336-0898 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday, shooting times will be determined at range Saturday Red River Bowmen Ratcliff Road, Shreveport, LA Exit I-20 at Monkhouse Dr. to Jefferson-Paige Rd. Range is located at end of Ratcliff Rd Emma Brown, Tel: 318-949-4200 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday Bayou Bowmen Archery 4900 Lewis St., New Iberia, LA From US 90, take Lewis St./Port exit, and go south two miles past boat landing to third building Ricky St. Upery, Tel: 337-364-0561 March 3, 2008 At range Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday Waldo’s Sports Center 1145 98 Bypass, Columbia, MS 39429 US 98 in middle of town Donald Rials. Tel: 601-736-9455 March 3, 2008 At range

Schedule:

Saturday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday shooting times will be determined at range Saturday.

SOUTHEASTERN SECTION Tim Austin, Councilman flarchery@earthlink.net

Sectional Tournament Info 2008 SOUTHEASTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL This tournament is conducted at three sites on March 7-9 or 8-9, 2008: Host: Location: Directions:

Chickasaw Archery Club Pitts Point Road, Shepherdsville, KT 40165 Exit #117 I-65 (10 miles south of Louisville), then west on SR 44 about 4 miles. Left on Pitts Point Road 0.09 mile to range on left. Registration: Glen Baxter, 301 Whitley Road, Louisville, KY 40272 Tel: 502-361-9987. Deadline: February 29, 2008. Late Registration: At range. Late registration fees of $15 will apply Schedule: Friday: 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am, 12 noon, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. Sunday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Accommodations: Motel 6, 800-486-8356. Days Inn, 800-329-7666. Super 8, 800-800-8000 Campgrounds: KOA, 800-562-1880. Grandma’s RV Camping, 502543-7023 Miscellaneous Info: Range has 18 lanes (36 shooters per session) Additional Contact: www.chickasawarchery.com. Frank Mosser, cell: 502-693-4362 or fmoss3@aol.com. Glen Baxter, cell: 502-262-6738. All times are EST. Host: Tri-State Archers VENUE TO BE CHANGED—SEE NEXT ISSUE Location: Tully Gym on FSU campus, Tallahassee, FL Directions: To motel from 1-10: Take 1-10 to Tallahassee Exit 196. Go south on Capital Circle 11⁄4 miles to US 90 (Tennessee St). Take a left heading east 21⁄2 miles until you see Collegiate Village Inn on right. To tournament site from motel: Head east on US 90 (Tennessee St) and take the first right onto Ocala Rd. Go 1/4 mile on Ocala to Pensacola St. Take a left on Pensacola and head east 1⁄2 mile to Stadium Drive (Stadium is toward the right and you can’t go straight). Turn left one block, and turn right on Spirit Way. Take Spirit Way to the stop sign. Tully Gym is straight ahead with parking on your right (Tully Gym is next to tennis courts). Registration: Tim Austin, 1710 S W 76th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607. Tel: 352-332-1969 or 352-332-1914. E-mail: flarchery@earthlink.net Deadline: By mail: Must be postmarked by February 28, 2008. By phone through March 7. $2.00 surcharge for advanced phoned-in registrations paid at shoot. Late Registration: At Tully Gym. Late fees apply. Schedule: Saturday: 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sunday: 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Accommodations: Collegiate Village Inn, 2121 West Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Tel: 850-576-6121. There’s a reduced rate if mention, ”Archery Tournament” when requesting a room. Other motels include: Days Inn North, I-10 and US 27 N, 850-385-0136. University Motel, 691 W Tennessee St., 800-578-7878. Holiday Inn Select, 316 W Tennessee St., 850-222-9555. Miscellaneous Info: Target crossbows will be allowed. The FAA NAA Indoor will be held on Friday 7:00 pm and Saturday 5:00 pm (shooting a double line is allowed). Other contacts: Host club contact: Oliver Austin, 1620 Yearling Trail, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Tel: 850-309-1918. Weekdays: 850-644-0289. E-mail: oaustin@admin.fsu. edu. Host: Location: Directions:

Black Rock Archery Club 330 Scotts Creek Rd, Silva, NC We are approximately 40miles west of Asheville Airport. Take I-40 west to Exit 27,.then take US 19/23/74 to Exit 85. Go approximately 1⁄4 mile, and you will see Harris Regional Hospital on right. Turn

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right on Hospital Rd. Go to the bottom of the hill which is approximately 1⁄4 mile. You’ll see sign for Jackson County Community Service Building. Take road on left at sign and just before the bridge. Go to far end of the HUGE brick building. Alternatively, take US 441 north to Sylva, NC. Go right onto US19/23/74 to exit 85, and follow directions as above Registration: Mark A. Jones, P.O. Box 243, Balsam, NC 28707. Tel: 828-456-3521. E-mail: ncvolhunteredinstrctor@earthl ink.net Deadline: Postmarked by February 27, 2008 Late Registration: Late fees will be accessed after deadline, and at the range. Friday 4:00-6:00 pm and Saturday 7:00-8:00 am. Schedule: Friday: 7:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, both days. Motels/Hotels: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Cherokee, 828-497-7777. Best Western River Escape Inn & Suites, Dillsboro, 1-800-937-8376. Comfort Inn, Sylva, 1-800-6543315. University Inn, Cullowhee, 1-877-293-5442. Economy Inn, Sylva, 1-828-586-2419. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Dillsboro, 1-800-465-4329. Balsam Mountain Inn, Balsam, 1-800-224-9498. Ramada Limited, Maggie Valley, 1-800-305-6703. Other listings at www.mountainlovers.com. Campgrounds: Cherokee KOA, 828-497-9711. Moonshine Creek Campground & Cabins, Balsam, 828-586-6666 Miscellaneous Info: Western North Carolina is a great place to visit. Bring the entire family, and enjoy the area. There’re whitewater adventures, Blue Ridge Parkway, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, trout fishing, mountain lakes, Joyce Kilmer National Forrest, horse back riding, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and Elk in Cataloochee Park. The archery club is nestled in a large warehouse in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We have 19 lanes, 34 inches wide. Seven lanes are 30 yards, and the other 12 are 20 yards. Also, there is plenty of room for guests to set and enjoy the shoot. The facility has lots of room for parking. Add’l Contacts: Mike Poteet, 828-226-1337, and Roger Ammons, 828-586-6937.

SOUTHWESTERN SECTION

Becky Pearson, Councilwoman beckysayre@hughes.net Sectional Tournament Info 2008 SOUTHWESTERN INDOOR SECTIONAL

The Southwestern Indoor Sectional will be a mail-in tournament. Shooting will take place from January 19 through Jan. 27, 2008. The locations will be set by the States, so contact your State Director for specific dates and locations. • The shoot will consist of one 450 round on the official Vegas face (threespot or single spot) following NFAA rules. • A time limit of 2-1/2 minutes for each three arrow end will be used. • Only NFAA members may compete in the tournament. Sign up at the shoot or bring your membership card for proof of membership. • Pros must have a current pro card and pay an additional $50.00 for the pro purse. • The trophies and pro purse will come from NFAA headquarters after all scores are tabulated and winners determined. Ties will be broken with “X” counts. If there is still a tie, the archer missing with first “X” will lose the tie. Awards will be based on NFAA flight system, determined by the number of participants in each class and division. Awards will be mailed to the host club or lanes. • Fees for the tournament are $77 for pros, including the pro purse. Individual fees are $27 ($9 to host club, plus $1 for targets, and $17 to NFAA for administration and awards). • Use registration form published in the Archery magazine, on the NFAA website www.fieldarchery.com, or from your State Association or host club. Here are the locations at the time of the editorial deadline: Arizona: 1. Straight N Arrow, 1329 N 29th Ave, #16 Phoenix, AZ 85009. Jan 26, 2008. Tel: 620-233-2697.

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Hawaii: Contact State NFAA Director, George Kong, Jr., Tel: 808-739-9292 California: 1. Archery Only Pro Shop, 37300 Cedar Blvd. #C, Newark 94560. Tel: 510-795-0460 2. Cherry Valley Bowhunters, 9757 Kehl Canyon Rd., Cherry Valley 92223. Tel: 951-845-4847. 3. Farm Supply Co, 1079 El Camino Real, Arroyo Grande 93420. Tel: 805-489-5514 4. Hi Tech Archery, 1012 W. Commonwealth, Fullerton 92833. Tel: 714-449-9744. 5. Performance Archery, 8390 Miramar Place, Suite C, San Diego 92121. Tel: 530-273-7031 6. Predator Archery, 7350 Monterey St., Gilroy 95201. E-mail predator@garlic.com 7. Santa Cruz Archers, 2665 Church Ave, San Martin 95046. E-mail llrwadams@msn.com 8. TLC Archery, 655 Bobcat Springs Rd., Buellton 93427. Tel: 805-6880280 9. Wilderness Archery, 4870 Pacific St, Rocklin 95677. Tel: 916-6308700 10. Willow Creek Archery, 525 N. Andreasen Dr. Suite M, Escondido 92029. Tel: 760-432-0605 New Mexico: 1. San Juan Archers, Farmington. Tel: 505-801-1280 2. The Archery Shoppe, 2900 Carlise Blvd, Albuquerque, Gina Chavez. Tel: 505-878-9768. 3. Organ Mountain Bowmen, Las Cruses, Art Corella. Tel: 505-5274529 Nevada: 1. Pacific Archery, Las Vegas, Jan 22 at 6:30 pm, and Jan 27 at 9:00 am. For Information contact John Thayer at 702-222-9878 2. Walker River Club House, Yerington, Jan 26 at 1:00 pm, and Jan 27 at 10:00 am. For Information contact Lucy Rechel at 775-463-4924 Colorado: 1. Black Canyon Archers at Red Rock Archery, C1/2 Road, Palisade, CO 81525. E-mail: sowellorchards@yahoo.com 2. Rocky Mtn. Bowstrings, Bill Rucker, PO Box 504, Meeker, CO 81641. Tel: 970-878-4300. E-mail: rockybows@nctelecom.net 3. Ski and Bow Rack, Sally Delange, PO Box 730, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Tel: 970-264-2370. E-mail: info@skiandbowrack.com 4. Bear Creek Archery, John D. Tidwell, 3340 S Knox Ct, Englewood, CO 80110. Tel: 303 781-8733 5. Academy Archers at Archery Hut, 895 Ford St. Bob Rogers, 7320 Nuggett Ct, Colorado Springs, CO 80911. Tel: 719 392-5671 6. Bow Depot, Lynn Walter, 2031 A 1st Ave 696, Greeley, CO 80631. Tel: 970-396-2020. E-mail: scottacs@aol.com 7. Canon Arrow Co., Bob Steers, 309 Main St, Canon City, CO 81212. Tel: 719-276-3221 8. Front Range Archers at Tanglewood Archery, Glen Schultz, 123 Baylor Dr, Longmont, CO, 80503. Tel: 303-772-5114

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NFAA, you should let your State Director know your opinion on the items that will be discussed and decided in February. Space does not allow for a complete list of all items. All proposed agenda items can be viewed at www.fieldarchery.com. Select NFAA organization, then “documents.” Please remember to register early for the Vegas Shoot, the NFAA Indoor Nationals, and the Stanislawski Open in its new location in Hartford, CT. Forms are in this issue or go to the website to register on line.

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By John Dudley

WHEN THE DICE ARE ROLLING YOUR WAY YOU NEED TO GO WITH IT.

anyone I have been around. Earl is the man that first invited me to come out and hunt

After the ten-minute hunt in Wisconsin that ended in my biggest deer ever, I wasn’t

with him. He and his family are all well rounded in trapping, hunting, cleaning and

about to stop. The final chapter of the 2006 hunting season was this long-await-

cooking wild game. I would describe Earl as one of the “good ole boys.” I can always

ed Iowa tag that I had a good feeling about. I have always enjoyed hunting Iowa,

count on a good laugh, lots of good food and good hunting.

even though it tends to be hit or miss for me. I think there are definitely places in

Before I get into how this year’s hunt went, let me first take you back in time two

Iowa that, according to records, have larger percentages of Boone and Crockett class

years for my last experience on this hunt. Earl, like I said, is a “good ole boy” and

whitetails than where I hunt. I have a good place, though, that has above-average

good ole boys tend to have an “if it’s not broke then don’t fix it” mentality. He is

class deer, but more importantly to me, very caring and heartfelt people. I normally

this way with his tree stands. I started my hunt there in 2004 in an old API tree stand

stay with the Taylor family and they are probably the best at showing hospitality than

that was very loud and uncomfortable. I usually try to sit for the entire day if the continued on page 34

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conditions are right, and to go out with high

stand and I figured that I must have gotten

and fully postured and completely ready to and of course Earl made me tell them the en-

expectations and end up resetting a stand

in the wrong stand. So I made my way over

ram his 150” rack through whatever it was tire decoy story from 2004. I was well beat

is a little frustrating. To make a really long there and again set my decoy and got ready

in front of him fumbling around. Since the

and got my gear all ready before heading to

story short, I had about 4 days into resetting to climb. Not that it should have been a sur-

decoy was in between my knee and my bow

bed. That next morning I packed my bag for

nearly every stand I sat. I am very paranoid prise, but that stand had no pegs for getting

I could only manage to pull back about half the day and went to a good stand location.

about noises when I’m in a stand, and to

way and at this point could only look down It was a beautiful morning and right at first

to it. I couldn’t believe it; at that point just

have stands that are making a racket is intol- wanted to get back to my truck. I literally

my arrow and shoot instinctively. The arrow light I heard footsteps coming my way.

erable. Earl is most deaf, and when he hunts

flew fine and smacked the buck; luckily for

I was thinking could this be really hap-

me he didn’t kill me but instead jumped to

pening? Within the first minutes of light

the side and fell over dead! THIS IS NO LIE.

again it was appearing that I would have

This is the God’s honest truth of my last hunt

another shot. I got my Hoyt in hand and

in Iowa (see photo of his 22” inside spread

put a little tension on the string as I wait-

stomped up to my decoy and ripped it out of

I guess I can’t always have a 150 JUST WALK UP to me on the ground and say ‘shoot me here.’ he just listens to the football game with a

the ground and started off across an alfalfa

radio. He would never even notice how noisy field. the stands really are. To make matters worse,

150 class buck). So with that said, and with ed for the tracks to step closer so I could the luck I already had going, I thought this

see what creature was coming up the ridge.

year’s hunt would be good.

Much to my disappointment it was a coyote.

I arrived into the area that I would be hunt- I was in limbo because I wanted to shoot

I went about fifty yards and while mum-

ing right at dark and made a loop around the

him but thought that it would stink up the

the deer hunting was slow and I was really bling angrily to myself I saw a buck come

section to see if anything was visible. I didn’t

whole area if I made that racket. I let him

frustrated one afternoon. I asked Earl if there

out of the wood line, making his way

see anything out in the fields so I headed out walk by and then sat down and enjoyed the

was anywhere I could go that had a stand

straight to me. I noticed that it was a mon-

towards Earl’s house. No hunters were back

that would be comfortable enough to sit and

ster buck, and at first didn’t believe it was

yet, but when I went in I was greeted by the my stand faced into the sun and the wind

easy to get into. Earl told me to go up to the really happening. I thought maybe in all my

smell Dee Dee’s cooking (Earl’s wife). I took was also in my face. I sat there for about 12

North place and sit a stand that he said was

frustration I had started to imagine things.

off my shoes and went into the kitchen. Dee hours until dark and never saw a single deer!

so easy a girl had hunted it earlier and shot a He must have thought I was another buck

Dee was there and she said that Earl had just Hindsight is 20/20, and if I knew then what

deer from it. Ok, sounded good to me; it was

walking across the field and wanted to pro-

left because Randy (his brother) had called

I knew now, I would have helped the pheas-

hot and I was frustrated and very late get- tect his area. I set the decoy on the ground

because he just killed a big buck. We caught

ant population and taken the coyote. That

ting out. I went out and took my decoy. I set

and leaned it on my knee while fumbling

up on other things for awhile and soon Earl

night I was very sore and very wind burned.

it into the ground and put on all my clothes around in my pack for a release aid and try-

and Randy came in with the nice 145” buck

The temperatures that day hit nearly 80 de-

and got ready to climb up. I made my way up ing to load an arrow. By now the buck was

he had shot. Earl had shot a buck nearly grees. The weather was calling for a big cold

his tree pegs (which were definitely not the within 40 yards and I tried pulling my bow

identical a few days before, that so there was

most conveniently placed) and grabbed hold

from behind the decoy (like you do when

plenty of bone hanging around the garage ing temperatures, complete with freezing

of the stand. As I started to pull my way up

you are decoying antelope). However, since

to get a guy’s blood pumping. Within a few

rain and snow. That next morning it was just

the seat ripped off in my hand! I was think- my decoy was against my knee and not in

minutes, the other hunters—Dave and John,

that, FREEZING! The winds were well over

ing, “that’s it!—I’m done dealing with this!”

the ground, I managed to push the decoy

from Quaker Boy game calls—came in and

30 mph the next morning. I got all bundled

and made my way down the tree and pulled

straight away and it fell flat to the ground. I

heard the story of Randy’s buck. It was a nice

up and moved to a new spot.

the stakes on the decoy. As I was about to then picked the decoy back up and lifted my

evening and a much needed American home

leave I noticed another stand in a tree about bow over the decoy and pulled back again.

cooked meal for me since I hadn’t had one than the first. Right at first light I rattled my

50 yards away. It was a much nicer looking

in nearly five weeks. We all told a few stories,

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At this point the buck was within 20 yards

sunrise. It was a very sunny and windy day;

front to move in overnight, bringing freez-

The second morning was so much better

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That put me into a nap and I woke on the trix XL I was shooting was so quiet he never couch quite a bit later that what I wanted.

could place the sound. The buck reacted and

The wind had changed again that eve- hopped about another 25 yards and looked ning and was now from the southeast. It

back. I grabbed my Nikons again and took

had warmed up some and I didn’t have to

a look. I couldn’t see any proof of impact

wear nearly the amount of clothes as I did so I loaded another arrow and took a shot. in the morning. As I was approaching the

The buck reacted again and I saw my arrow

field edge, I noticed a deer inside the woods flip up into the air. The buck went running, about 50 yards directly under my stand. It

not appearing to be hurt at all. I was really

was a doe, and she heard me but didn’t know upset with myself and remember thinking, what I was, so she just moved off deeper into

“how could you miss that buck that close?”

the timber and I crouched low to the ground

Actually, I was more then upset; I was em-

and let her move off at her own pace. After

barrassed to not capitalize on this opportu-

things settled, I snuck into my stand and got

nity. Well, I got my Nikons on him again and

situated. It was another neat afternoon be- watched him fall to the ground within about cause I got to see a bald eagle fly around and

10 seconds of the second shot. My emotions

also listen to the turkeys yelping and put- went from being upset to being extremely

horns together and within seconds a nice

of the day. That evening was also produc-

130” buck came charging in. He got about tive in the last minutes of daylight. I big 1080 yards away and slowed down to look for point came into the field and was pushing the noise he heard. As I was watching him I

does all around me. They didn’t quit moving

noticed he kept looking to my right as well for a minute. He went from one to the other as at me. I looked that way and then saw checking to see if any were receptive. That about a 150” buck across the field tending

night Dave shot a really nice 8-pointer that

a doe. I let the smaller buck move off and came right into his decoy. So once again tried several things to get the attention of

my blood was pumping to fill this tag. That

the bigger buck. He had a doe and wouldn’t next day was even colder and had snow on respond. In the process thought I saw about the ground. There were a few smaller bucks eight bucks that morning. The wind wasn’t

moving that day, but nothing as nice as the

good for these stands and deer smelled me.

day before. The fourth morning I saw a nice

So I got down and went back to the house to buck again, but he, too, was on a doe and get Randy and some new stands to hang in wouldn’t respond to calling or my decoy I the right places. We found a few spots that had put out on the point I was sitting. I froze were obvious travel areas and put stands in solid on the stand that morning and at about the areas I saw the deer moving that morn- lunchtime I headed to the house, luckily finding. I climbed into one and sat there the rest 36 Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008

ing a big, fresh pot of chili waiting for me.

ting because of the eagle swooping around.

excited. I didn’t understand what had hap-

I kept looking up this oak flat to see if I could

pened, but at that point he was down, so I

catch a glimpse of one of the turkeys, and was fine with it. suddenly noticed a deer. It was the one I had

I was almost reckless coming out of my

seen earlier and she was now moving back tree stand. (I want to take this opportunity out to the bean field to eat. I stood up and to remind you to be safe and smart about turned around so I could watch her and then climbing down after taking a trophy. It is too noticed another deer behind her. I picked my

easy to do something dumb and get hurt.)

Nikons up and got them focused. This was a I made my way to my first arrow and pulled nice, wide buck that I knew was a shooter

it from the ground. There was good sign

and there was no doubt he was not think- on that arrow and I was well pleased to see ing about anything but the rut. I grabbed that I hadn’t missed. Then I went in the dimy bow with one hand and got ready for rection of the second shot and soon came the shot. The buck was moving to my right

across blood on the ground where he stood

and the other deer to my left. I was trying

and also found the back half of the second

to eyeball both and make sure I could draw arrow. It, too, had really good sign on it and without scaring one or the other. I came to

obviously went in. It was immediately broke

full draw and followed the buck from 30 when the buck jumped and took off running. yards straight to me until he turned broad- Then I made my way to my buck and grabbed side and looked into the field. I took the shot ahold of his horns. It was a much better buck and saw my arrow flying low. This new Vec-

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by Paul Davison

Just Reminiscing

trapped in Drawbridge Motor Inn, too, and my 1970 Ford Torino had no snow tires. To top it off, I blew-out my muffler, and I literally roared all the way back to Columbus. It was very embarrassing. It was a good meeting, though, and a good start to the tenth year of my 40-year NFAA career.

DWT: The Final Chapter—continued from pg. 37 than I thought: Really long main beams and another huge spread. I got called Randy and told him to come out with the truck and camera. Randy is a professional photographer, and he helped me get some great shots of my trophy. I was excited to get home and show everyone. Not to mention there is a tradition at the Taylor house that when you shoot something, you get to eat from a big, red plate that says “I’m Special.” It was another awesome meal. I told the story, and later we all

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with Kentucky, of the 1978 annual Board of Directors meeting in Ft. Mitchell, KY, just across the river from Cincinnati. The convention facilities at the Drawbridge Motor Inn were perfect. The only problem was that the Directors were essentially held captive in the motel for all four meeting days. Just one week earlier, Ohio, as well as the surrounding states, experienced the worst blizzard in history! There must have been a good ten inches of frozen snow in the Drawbridge parking lot, and since the cars there couldn’t be moved, no one could plow the lot clean. I barely made it from Columbus to Cincinnati on February 1st. Southwestern Ohio is fairly flat, and although there were snow fences along I-71, the drifts were sufficiently high to cover several 18wheelers, still abandoned after six days. The entrance ramps to the rest areas were blocked huge piles of plowed snow. Some of the Directors were itching to visit the bars and clubs in Newport, KY, otherwise known as Sin City, but I couldn’t accommodate them. I was

got into an assembly line and processed the deer that had been taken that week. This hunt wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for deer hunts; it was pretty much textbook. I guess I can’t always have a 150 just walk up to me on the ground and say “shoot me here.” This was one of my best years ever. I hunted about 4 weeks and took five animals. I had some new camo with the Realtree Max 1, which worked awesome everywhere from Wisconsin to Idaho. I had a new Hoyt bow which also worked great and put the arrows where they needed to be. I had new Wac Em’ broadheads that did the number on every species I was after. It was a great year and I hope that everyone can someday have a year where everything just seems to go right. I want to thank everyone that helped me throughout this hunting season. Every hunt has a host and my host showed such hospitality. My first indoor target tournament is in Holland in two weeks. I guess I’ll have to focus now on getting better with my bow and honing in my archery skills. I wish you all well this next season and hope to see you all in the woods in 2008. DTW tour is officially closed. Good Hunting, John Dudley Archery Magazine December 2007 / January 2008 39


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