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NFAA COMPTON MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT The NFAA awarded Erik Watts the Compton Medal of Honor at their Annual Directors’ Meeting in February. The following brief biography describes how Erik’s leadership during his thirty year career in archery had a dramatic impact on the growth and success of the Easton companies, the archery industry, and the NFAA. After completing his BA and MBA at UCLA Mr. Watts was drafted into the Army, was accepted into Officer Candidate School, and received a Military Intelligence commission. After leaving the Army he was a CPA with Peat, Marwick, & Mitchell, working with small businesses and entrepreneurs in their private business practice. Erik brought a financial business background and analytical approach to problem solving, strategic planning, and a low key management style to archery in 1979 when he was hired by Easton. Throughout his Easton career, Erik developed personal relationships with dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that allowed him to build extensive industry knowledge that he willingly shared with industry contacts and organizations to help them to develop more dynamic business plans and strategic vision. Mr. Watts’ archery career began when he was hired by Jas. D. Easton, Inc. (JDE) and served as Vice President of Finance from 1979-1993. He was promoted to lead several Easton operations, was President of Hoyt Archery Company from 1989-1995, President and COO of JDE from 19952009, and President of Easton Technical Products from 1998-2001. He served as CEO of Easton-Hoyt LLC from 2001 until his retirement in November 2009. Mr. Watts continues as a Director of JDE and its subsidiaries, Easton Technical Products, Inc., Hoyt Archery, Inc. and Delta Sports Products, LLC. Mr. Watts was first elected to the Archery Manufactur4 ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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ers’ Organization Board (AMO) in 1990, and as Board Chair was instrumental in helping Dick Lattimer (AMO President) and the AMO Board to develop and promote a broad industry growth strategy, during a difficult industry transition period, that resulted in the development of the AMO Industry Trade Show. Erik continued to serve on the Board until 2006, and helped shepherd Jay McAninch (current ATA President) and the new management team through the transition from AMO to the Archery Trade Association and developing ATA’s current industry growth strategy. As Board Chair Mr. Watts utilized his knowledge of the various archery industry business segments and devoted countless hours working with Mr. McAninch, Congress, and the ‘Joint Tax Policy Working Group’ to identify and correct inconsistencies in excise tax collection procedures that ultimately leveled the playing field among all archery manufacturers and importers. In 2002 Mr. Watts and Jay Barrs met with Wally Rueger (NFAA President) and Bruce Cull to propose that the NFAA assume ownership of the Las Vegas Archery Tournament and position this event as the foundation of an expanded NFAA indoor archery tournament series. His strategic vision, financial, and operating suggestions on how the NFAA would benefit from owning and managing the event were accepted by the Executive Committee and the State Directors. Acquiring the World Archery Festival and adopting a focused strategic vision proved to be an immediate success and the first step toward many very positive and dramatic changes in the NFAA. Watts and Barrs were each awarded the NFAA President’s Award in 2003 to recognize their contributions. Mr. Watts became a Trustee of the NFAA Foundation in 2004, and led the Board to develop a strategic plan that

incorporated new financial resources and individual donations to expand the original NFAA Scholarship Program. The culmination of this effort is the Easton FoundationNFAA Foundation Joint Scholarship Program that now provides $50,000 per year for student-archer scholarships. In 2007, when Mr. Watts learned of the plan to relocate the NFAA Corporate Headquarters from California to Yankton, South Dakota, he suggested that the NFAA expand the project’s scope for the new Headquarters building and become an Easton Foundation Regional Archery Center. The expanded facility was re-designed and after numerous meetings with state, county and city governments, several archery related organizations, and arranging financial grants from the Easton Foundation and others the center opened in 2008. Today, the NFAA/Easton Foundation Regional Archery Center consists of a 23,000 sq ft building with a 40 lane 25 meter indoor range, classrooms, training rooms, offices and a 4000 sq ft area for a future Museum. Outdoor facilities include an Olympic FITA training and tournament field, 4-28 target Field/3-D ranges a bowhunter range with treestands, multi-use soccer fields, trap shooting range, picnic area and a soon to be completed KOA 100 pad campground. The entire complex consists of almost 80 acres of land with a total budget of nearly $3 million dollars. At Mr. Watts’ suggestion, all net profits of the Regional Archery Center are contractually committed to fund the Joint Scholarship Program in perpetuity. To allow enough start-up time for the Regional Center to generate consistent profitable operations, in 2008 the Easton Foundation approved a $150,000 Grant to fund the ESDF/ NFAA Joint Scholarship Program for three years from 20092011. After his retirement from Easton in 2009, Mr. Watts con-

tinues to serve as Vice President and Board Member of the Easton Foundations with the objective to identify new Regional Archery Center locations, operating partners, and coordinating the construction of new Centers. A primary goal of The Easton Foundations is to promote the sport of archery and help it grow at the state, regional and national levels by focusing on developing and expanding competitive archery programs through grants to clubs, training programs, schools, colleges and organizations’ archery-related plans and projects. By encouraging the development of archery as a mainstream sport, with stronger archery training and coaching programs, these efforts will strengthen future Olympic and World Championship archery teams. Mr. Watts is without a doubt a worthy recipient of the Compton Medal of Honor. This award recognizes his countless hours of unselfish devotion, perseverance, and dedication to perpetuate the sport of archery, enhance the NFAA and the entire sport. Mr. Watts’ management style, work ethic, and personal qualities allowed him to make these contributions to the industry while also achieving his incredible career success with the Easton Companies. Mr. Watts is one of those few who truly do understand and demonstrate giving back to the sport they love. It is an honor to have Erik Watts join Fred Bear, Doug Easton, Jim Easton, Ben Pearson, Chuck Adams and the other previous nominees as a Compton Medal of Honor Recipient! Mr. Watts is a Life member of the NFAA, a member of the Pope & Young Club, Safari Club International, and is also a Director of the National Archery Association Foundation. He is an experienced bowhunter with 15 animals in the P&Y record book. Mr. Watts has been married to his lovely wife Linda for 38 years. They reside in Park City, Utah, and have two married children. ■ ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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Seven Days A SLIGHT BREEZE WHISTLED THROUGH MY BOWSTRING as I slowly made my way up the ridge that separated Sunset Canyon from the rest of the west side of the Sandias. My dad and I topped out on the ridge and looked over a smaller drainage that we simply called “The Bowl.” On the opposite side of The Bowl stood a small finger ridge that parted the main part of the canyon from this drainage. After about ten minutes, we topped out on this finger ridge. I glanced to my right and spotted two does staring holes through me at 35 yards away. Soon we realized that a group of a dozen does surrounded us, all whic h I could have killed pretty easily. After the years I’ve spent deer hunting, this seems to be how it works. For most of the deer hunts here in New Mexico, the bag limit is one fork-antlered deer or better. So many times I’ve been within easy rifle or bow range of does and spikes, but, of course, I can’t shoot them. I must admit that I wouldn’t pass on a doe if I could. I’ve also had plenty of opportunities on legal bucks, and even killed a nice buck with my rifle back in ‘06. Last year in ’08 on this same hunt, I had four shots on different bucks, but failed to close the deal on any of them. This year, I hoped, would be different. I had a much better bow setup that I had practiced with almost every single day since I got it. I had also been running, hiking, and lifting weights to give myself more of an advantage than last year.


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This was the first day of my nine-day, youth and bowonly deer season in late November, in a meat-hunter’s paradise, which just happened to be a 30 minute drive from my house. But unfortunately, we went home that night without even sighting a buck that day. The second day, we decided to hunt in Sunset Canyon again, but this time using a different approach. We walked up the bottom of the canyon to a point where we could see the entire south-facing ridge of the canyon. Here we would glass this ridge. I spotted some deer with my rangefinder, serving as binoculars, and a few minutes later confirmed one of them as a legal buck through our cheap-o fifty dollar spotting scope. For a stalk, I planned to go up a draw until I was even with the deer, and then move across the hillside within my effective range of 50 yards and under. My dad would stay in the sage-covered bottom of the canyon and use hand signals to tell me if the deer were moving or where he thinks I should move. Fortunately, the deer ended up not moving from the place we had spotted them. I managed to keep track of where they were while maneuvering around the big rocks and cactus that covered the hillside. During the stalk, one doe had me pinned down a number of times. I thought for sure she would blow my cover, but by not making eye concontinued on pg. 8 ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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tact and being motionless, the doe went back to her feeding. Half an hour later, I was at full draw on the small buck, standing broadside to me at 45 yards away. I centered the bubble in my level and settled the red 45-yard pin behind

short look at a buck that we had patterned over the course of the off-season. He is likely to exceed the P&Y minimum. But, we never managed to get within bow range of him. We walked all over the ski area through the deep snow, but

Our plan had WORKED and the deer were walking right at me across the slope. My HEART started BEATING FASTER. the buck’s shoulder. The arrow arched through the air toward the buck. In the heat of the moment, I couldn’t really tell if I had hit the deer or not, but what I could tell was that my shot seemed a little high. We looked for the deer as well as any blood, soon confirming I hadn’t closed the deal. That evening, we hiked up onto the ski slopes on the east side of the mountains up at 10,000 feet. We got a

never saw him again. The days started flying by. We tried several different places on the west side in the high desert foothills, as well as the east side in the subalpine spruce-fir forest, but we just couldn’t succeed on closing the deal on a buck. I got somewhat frustrated when I got within bow range of probably twenty does that I could have killed without a problem, but we struggled to find any bucks. It was the evening of the seventh straight day of hunting without any luck. We had hunted hard on the west side that morning. Now we were walking through the trees and snow toward the ski slopes. We had planned to do a little walk around the ski area and call it a day when legal shooting hours ended. We were on a trail that went south, crossing all the ski slopes. We were walking through the stretch of trees between the last two ski slopes when we spotted some deer moving through the trees in front of us. We moved back a little to a ski slope. We didn’t want to just chase the deer through the trees. I’ve done that numerous times before, and, of course, it’s never worked for me. To avoid doing this, we devised a plan with old redneck gun hunter origins. My dad was going to walk down a small clear cut that connected the slope we were on with another, and then circle back, hoping to push the deer out of the trees so I continued on pg. 38


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HOW IMPORTANT IS IT? UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NO “MAGIC” BOWS that will somehow improve your shooting. So if the magic isn’t in the bow itself, then it must be in the setup or tuning of the bow. That’s where the magic is, right? Let’s look at this. Most bowhunters and target archers think bow tuning is the most important part of accuracy. I once surveyed several shooters at our archery range. The question was, “What percentage of accuracy is bow tuning responsible for?” The range of answers I got was from 50% to 95%. This is no doubt attributable to the fact that in recent years there has been endless seminars, videos, books, and articles on the subject. And, from the time we first hit the practice range as novice archers, we are told by our fellow shooters that if your bow is not tuned properly, it is impossible to hit the target with any consistency. Therefore, in most archers’ minds, bow tuning is the most important ingredient in the formula for accuracy. Nothing could be further from the truth! In theory, bow tuning plays absolutely no role in accuracy. This is easily proven if you have access to a good shooting machine. Having experimented with shooting machines myself, I know that regardless of the tune of the bow, a shooting machine is capable of putting every arrow in the same hole, even when equipped with broadheads. This is assuming, of course, that all outside influences such as fletch clearance, wind, nock and broadhead alignment, etc. remain exactly the same. To double check my results, I called a professional archer friend of mine, who was known for his candor, years of experience, and experimentation with various shooting equipment. He assured me that he had tested a bow in a shooting machine at long distances and found no difference in the groups of the arrows whether the bow was tuned or un-tuned, as long as all the arrows were identical. He got a 2” group at 60 yards with a perfectly tuned bow and then took off four turns on the bottom limb bolt and repeated the experiment. The arrows came out wobbling and porpoising but still impacted into a 2” group (at a different place on the target). I know what some of you are thinking, that I must be anti-tuning. Not at all! I believe that bow tuning is an essential part of good archery and I’m for any book, tape, or article that shows us how. I’m no different than most diehard fanatics, afraid of not going far enough. We all have

spent endless hours paper-testing, rest-adjusting, powder-testing, nock-aligning, group-testing, re-fletching, tiller-tuning, spin-testing, center-shotting, cable-shortening, string-twisting, bolt-cranking, arrow straightening, broadhead-aligning, point-weighing, front-of-center balancing, module-swapping, bare shaft testing, eye-balling, and rollover-adjusting until our fingers bled and we were reduced to a cross-eyed, stuttering lump of protoplasm with the I.Q. of a cooked turnip. If the shooting machine experiment proves that bow tuning has no effect on accuracy from shot to shot, why then did we waste our time making so many adjustments? The answer is simple . . . we are human beings, not machines, and only humans need to tune a bow. To determine how significant tuning is to us, first we must define exactly what “bow tuning” is and what it is not. And what, besides tuning, influences the result of a shot and to what extent.

What is Bow Tuning? To me, tuning consists of different adjustments that we can make to one or more components of the bow and arrow combination in order to obtain the best possible result, given your individual shooting form. Tuning (mostly arrow and arrow rest tuning) simply tries to counteract the influence that a flaw in our execution has on the arrow’s impact. It’s important to note that the only reason for bow tuning is to improve our bad shots; our good shots all go where we aim anyway. And, as for our really bad shots . . . tuning won’t help much at all. continued on pg. 10


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BOW TUNING | How Important Is It What Bow Tuning Is Not The key here is to understand that in theory, tuning is not related to accuracy. Tuning is related only to bow performance and forgiveness . . . accuracy is related to consistent execution of form. In simple terms, this means that tuning had no effect on accuracy in the shooting machine tests because all things remained constant, shot to shot. Therefore, the more consistent you are in your form, the more accurate you will be. For instance, if you gave an un-tuned bow to a professional archer, his accuracy would be much greater than an intermediate archer shooting a professionally tuned bow. This leads us into the fundamental principle of competitive archery and that is, “you don’t have to do it right, you just have to do it the same way each time.” If you do it the same way each time, like a shooting machine, whether the bow is tuned or not, the arrows will go in the same hole (as long as the arrows are all exactly the same). Unless something is damaged, the bow can’t change from one shot to another, without operator assistance. If you can’t shoot 30 arrows with exactly the same form and execution, then the perfectly tuned


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• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 bow can’t save you. Therefore, The Paradox of Tuning — Tuning can only be relevant if you have consistent form; and if you have consistent form, tuning then becomes irrelevant! The secret is, if you duplicate each shot, so will the bow . . . tuned or un-tuned. Now, the only variable becomes the arrows and your mental program.

Importance of Tuning At Different Levels A friend of mine and well-known pro archer compares bow tuning to a professional car race. According to him, in an auto race, it’s 50% car and 50% driver. Likewise, he says, archery is 50% tune of the bow and the other 50% is the shooter. His theory is that if you put Mario Andretti in a car that goes 220 m.p.h. and a less experienced professional driver in a car that goes 225 m.p.h., sometimes the best car wins and sometimes the best driver wins. I disagree with this example, at least when it applies to nonprofessional archers. My argument is this; my friend is a professional archer and has reached what most would consider the peak of human capability in execution and form. Therefore, he and other pros can repeat the execution of the shot with extreme consistency time and time again . . . similar to the shooting machine. The only physical thing left is tuning — to try and counteract the relatively few, slightly bad executions they do make. Therefore, bow tuning can mean the difference between a score of 300 with 58 Xs and 300 with 59 Xs. Pros also release fewer bad shots than we do. (They do let down a lot, don’t they!) The few shots that “cut the line” may have been out by 1/64” if they hadn’t tuned the bow until it “forgave” those one or two, ever so slight, poor executions. Tuning could then be responsible for a victory on any given day. This could also make the difference between a wound or a clean kill while bowhunting, especially when it comes to reducing wind-planing. However, his theory about racing and archery assumes that the driver or the shooter can drive the car or shoot the bow to its maximum capacity. I think there is a flaw in this logic because very few people can do either one. Put Mario Andretti in the same 220 m.p.h. car and put an average driver (like you or me) in the faster 225 m.p.h. car. The average driver could not drive well enough to get anywhere near peak performance out of the car and would probably crash and burn on the first turn at 160 m.p.h. and Mario would win every time. Perfect tuning is wasted if the ability to use it is not there. Here’s another example: imagine playing golf with Tiger Woods. (Yeah, imagine that!) He uses a set of Kmart clubs and you use Tiger Woods’ personal clubs. A simplified conclusion can be drawn that the quality of the clubs doesn’t make much difference if you can’t play golf . . . and the tune of the bow doesn’t make much difference if you can’t shoot.

Tuning and Its Effect On The Average Shooter My point here is not that tuning is worthless, but that it’s not nearly as important as most of us think. Tuning is important only to the extent that we can push the equipment to its limits and that we can repeat the shot execution consistently. Remember what we said: You don’t have to do it correctly . . . you just have to do it the same way every time. Some types of tuning can compensate somewhat for slight flaws in shooting form. For example, if an archer has a tendency to torque the bow occasionally because of improper bow hand placement in the grip, bow tuning for him might be accomplished by changing the rest from a stiff side-pressure plate to maybe a springy rest or a lighter button-type rest. An arrow that would have been off-center by two inches at 20 yards would maybe now only be thrown off-center 11⁄2”, thus “cutting the line” and tightening groups. However, being human and not a machine, he will not torque the bow the same every time. Another archer may, for example, “heel the bow” (at the moment of release he pushes up on the bow handle with the heel of his bow hand to “help” a low shot). The result is usually high arrows. There again, the type of rest he uses could be critical. He might need to reduce the up and down spring pressure of his rest to soften the effect of the rest on the arrow, or raise the nocking point slightly to help those heeled shots clear the rest. This can help reduce the distance the arrow is thrown out of the group or off target by 1⁄2” or so at 20 yards. As you can see by these examples, the bow (actually, the arrow rest) can be tuned to “forgive” these slight flaws and therefore correct the impact point to some extent. However, at this level, most bad shots are much more complicated and erratic, moving the impact point sometimes 4 to 12 inches off target at 20 to 30 yards. This happens because the average shooter is much more likely to make random and/or multiple mistakes of different severity. For instance, plucking the string and dropping the bow arm at the same time, or punching the trigger on the release, grabbing the bow handle, and popping his head up to see where the arrow is going. It’s easy to understand that you can’t tune out these “6 inch boo-boos,” because they are too severe, too random, and have too many possible combinations.

What Else Influences The Shot and To What Extent? By now, it should be obvious that consistency in execution is much more important than tuning. This is not to say we shouldn’t set up our arrows/rest/nock/centershot combinations so everything is “in line,” especially in a hunting situation because of broadhead wind planing. We should continue to strive to achieve the best possible arrow flight and check to see that the wheels or cams roll over at about the same time. If you have confidence in your equipment, then you can better concentrate on your execution, especially for those of us who are easily distracted or who worry a lot (anal retentive analyticals).

It is my opinion that in most cases, execution or form is probably 80% to 90% responsible for whatever accuracy we experience at the beginning and intermediate levels. Bow tuning or matching our equipment and mental programming play relatively minor roles. At these levels, lack of “muscle memory” and target panic are mostly responsible for our hits and misses. Compare this to driving a car. We drive home from work through traffic, and somehow end up safely in our driveway without even remembering most of the trip, because we were daydreaming

TUNING is important only to the extent that we can PUSH the equipment to its limits. about one thing or another or engrossed in the song on the radio. Can you imagine what would happen if you daydreamed when you were learning to drive? Back then, every thought process was directed at keeping the car on the road and getting home safely. Similarly, a beginning or even an intermediate archer still has to consciously think about and control each step of the shot process from nocking the arrow to follow through. We are too busy mentally controlling each step to handle anything else. Because we have to think about and therefore try to control all of the different elements of the shot, we have a tendency to do a lot of them a little differently, in a different order, or in a different amount of time. It’s therefore my opinion, that very little subconscious mental programming is involved at the beginning and intermediate level. At this stage, when you miss, it’s almost always caused by a glitch in conscious execution or our inability to hold steadily and/or aim consistently. continued on pg. 39

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Greetings bowhunters!

by Tom E. Vollmer


It looks like there have been some incredible archery harvests this year. Congratulations to Susan Sandoz for her successful archery hunt this past January. To harvest a Mountain Lion is an enviable accomplishment; I sure wish I could do it, Good Job Susan! Likewise, congratulations go out to Roger Miller, Frank Toliver, Michael Spence,Gerald Combs,Tom Pucci, Gaylon Russel and George Zanoni, your Art Young patches should reach you soon. The rain is here and the mountains of snow are starting to slowly disappear. Turkey season is close at hand and I am anxious to see how the bird numbers are for this season. John and I are sticking with the notion of taking head shots and we are considering the large diameter guillotine heads this year; I’ll let you know how things work out. We have our blinds and decoys ready; I used a real turkey fan and wings stapled to the back of an old shell decoy last year and it worked great. I am not sure how well turkeys can swim, but they better learn fast with all the flooding we have here in South Dakota. I see on the news that you archers in the east and south are having some of the same issues, good luck. I am hoping the turkeys found some good scratching out there somewhere; I have not seen many of them. I had a local farmer tell me a big flock moved up into his feedlot near his house; no doubt they are well fed and plump. The severe cold and high snowfall amounts really put some stress on the wildlife around here. I saw some pretty large deer herds foraging in the snow covered fields, lucky for them (but not the farmers) there were quite a few fields that did not get harvested before winter hit. The pheasants took a big hit; my buddy has some great set aside acreage and we have found quite a few dead birds under the cedars. Their nostrils freeze up and they suffocate, it makes a great buffet for the coyotes but long faces for us bird hunters!! I have some good news and some interesting ideas for some bowhunting adventures. The good news is for Nebraska bowhunters, a huge congratulation goes out to the Nebraska Department of Game Fish and Parks for eliminating the 40 lb. draw weight restriction on archery hunting for the upcoming 2010 season. Modern compound bows and new arrow technologies have made that antiquated rule obsolete. I know of several young boys and girls that passed the bowhunting safety class and will be heading out to the field for their first archery hunting experience. I am sure some wives will join in on the fun now that they can use their lighter draw weight bows. If you are up for a great adventure in archery hunting I suggest you look into a trip to Alaska. There are lots of big game opportunities and plenty of areas to hunt. I can recommend a caribou hunt in unit 26, The Dalton Highway corridor. There is a five mile corridor on each side of the 400 mile long (Haul) road to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay that is restricted to foot traffic and archery hunting. I went there in 2004 on an unguided hunt and was fortunate to bag a nice bull caribou. The cost is not unreasonable and the best advice I can give is to plan ahead. My trip was planned a year in advanced and I found it valuable to get on a chat line to get accurate and timely information. The people in Alaska are great and I found everyone I met to be helpful and friendly. I will include more about the hunt in another article, but I can tell you that I will be going again. On the darker side, Southeast South Dakota has had a report of Bovine Tuberculosis this winter. TB is a contagious and deadly bacterial infection that can spread from domestic animals to wildlife. The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks are right on top of this recent outbreak and the suspect cattle have been quarantined. The GF&P have taken the appropriate steps to check on the local deer herd by selecting, at random, a number of animals to be tested for both Chronic Wasting Disease and TB. The South Dakota GF&P is doing a great job in keeping this problem contained and hopefully no wildlife will be adversely affected. If you want more information on TB and other contagious diseases that threaten wildlife checkout the web at this site: http:// /research/agnic/index.html. There is some good information available from other sources as well, and as hunters and wildlife managers we should all be concerned and informed! A final reminder for everyone in the upcoming archery seasons to be careful and use good judgment when hunting from an elevated stand. This past year saw an increase in hunting accidents in South Dakota from our 20 year average of 32 to 37. Two of these cases involved falls from tree stands. It is a good idea to use quality manufactured stands and to avoid old homemade stands, especially if they have been in a tree for a long time. If you insist on using your own fabricated design check it out before you climb in and always use a quality fall restraint device. Good luck and good hunting! ■


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About U.S. Collegiate Archery (USCA)

The mission of the USCA is to serve as the governing body for both recreational and elite archery competition in college. Its central purpose and role is to develop and maintain the resources and infrastructure that will support and grow college archery programs across the nation. The program is responsible for conducting the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships, and also responsible for selecting collegiate archery teams to represent the U.S. at international events. The vision of U.S. Collegiate Archery is to establish college archery as an integral part of the campus experience in as many colleges and universities as possible. The USCA works hard to ensure that beginning, intermediate and elite archers can enjoy the sport in college, and we strive to introduce archery to as many college students as possible. archery. We conduct the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC), Regional Championships in the North, South, East and West regions, and 3D USIAC, as well as sanctioning state, regional and other national events. This year, USCA has worked with the National Field Archery Association (NFAA), USA Archery (NAA), and the Archery Shooters’ Association (ASA) to offer USCA sanctioned national events. For specific information on USCA sanctioned events, visit We believe in honoring the accomplishments of college archers. The distinctive honors of Archery All-American and the separate All-Academic Archers are the best of US Collegiate Archery. We understand the challenges of being in college, and we know that competing in archery while you excel in school is a true achievement. The All-Americans are rewarded, through the generosity of our sponsors, for the hard work they’ve done as well as special honors. All-Academic Archery Team members are distinguished with awards identifying them as the top 25% in the Indoor competition and 3.0 or higher gpa’s. or university, or guidance on starting a club at your school, visit us online at: ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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Mental Management Seminar Class Options for Performance Under Pressure with LANNY BASSHAM In 1972, at the Munich Germany Olympic Games, Lanny Bassham failed in his attempt to win the Gold Medal in International Rifle Shooting. He had a mental failure resulting in his taking the Silver instead. Frustrated, Lanny wanted to take a course in controlling the mind under pressure. After looking for such a seminar and not finding satisfaction, Bassham began to interview Olympic Gold Medalists to discover what they were doing differently to win. What he discovered was truly remarkable. Bassham created a system of mental control he called Mental Management®. Within the next 6 years, Lanny Bassham dominated his sport, winning 22 world individual and team titles, setting 4 world records and winning the coveted Olympic Gold Medal in Montreal in 1976.For the past 32 years, Lanny has been teaching Mental Management® to Olympians, business owners, Fortune 500 Corporations and the elite of sport and business community. His clients include the PGA and PGA tour players, Miss America finalists, Miss USA winners, World and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, The United States Secret Service, The US Navy SEALS, The United States Army Marksmanship Unit, The US Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit and Olympic teams of USA, Canada, India, Japan, Republic of China, Korea and Australia. ■ Class options: ❐ Perform Under Pressure ❐ Training to Win ❐ Mastering Self-Image Change ❐ Goal-Getting ❐ Mental Management for Parents Perform Under Pressure—Mental Management Seminar If stress or pressure are a part of your business, sport, performance or daily life and you want to learn how you can use it to your advantage this is a great seminar for YOU! Learn: • Why Our Beliefs about Pressure are Myths • Why Giving it 110% Doesn’t Work • 6 Principles of Mental Management • 12 Strategies to Control Pressure • 3 Mental Processes that Control Performance • #1 Reason Why Skilled Performers Fail in Competition Training to Win Details: Training to Win focuses on building subconscious skills and maximizing your preparation for competition. Learn: • The Mastery Curve • Principles of Skill Acquisition • Training Principles • Four Phases of the Year • How to Train the Mind at the Same Time You Train the Body Self-Image Change—Mental Management Seminar Learn how to obtain the Self-Image of a Champion. If YOU are holding yourself back from achieving your goals and realizing your dreams this seminar is for YOU! 16 ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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Learn: • Why 95% of Winning is Accomplished by only 5% of the Participants • 3 Attitudes the Top 5% Possess that Keep Them on Top • 5 Principles of Mental Management • How the Reinforcement Phase Affects the Self-Image • How Self-Image Changes • How to Eliminate a Habit or Attitude Keeping You from Reaching your Goals • How to Use the Most Powerful Tool for Changing Self-Image Goal-Getting Details: Goal Getting introduces the Mental Management Goal Setting System and the focus is on how to get goals after they are properly set. Learn: • A system to make certain you are setting the correct goal for you at this time • How to properly plan your training • The difference between Life Purpose and Life Goals • How to properly evaluate your plan Mental Management for Parents: Learn: • How to Build Self-Image in Young Performers • The Mistakes Loving Parents Make when Dealing with Children • Difference Between Attainment and Accomplishment • Why Talent is Overrated • How a Parent can Make Coaches more Effective • and Much More!

National Archery in the Schools Program® 2010 U.S. National Tournament Louisville, Kentucky

May 7—8, 2010, Alaska sent a group of student archers more than 4,000 miles to Louisville, Kentucky to participate in the 2010 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) national tournament May 7 and 8. Thirty three

Teachers report improvements in students’ ability to concentrate, focus, and follow directions. NASP® students report that archery is fun and they look forward to going to school on ‘archery days’.

states were represented at the tournament. The event was the “largest archery tournament in the world.” Six thousand seven hundred eighty four students participated in the international style target event. Boys and girls from elementary, middle, and high school teams competed for team and individual awards. At the tournament’s conclusion, the top four boys and four girls competed for $14,000 in college tuition as 5,000 archers, coaches, parents, and fans cheered them on. The fourth through twelfth grade student archers shot the same bow and 30 arrows at identical targets from distances of 10 and 15 meters. The NASP® Genesis bows are shot without accessories such as sights, stabilizers or release aids. The top score possible is 300. NASP®’s world record is 298 points which is co-held by past champions, Kentucky’s Graham Cofield and Michigan’s Jessica Nystrom. The overall team championship in the elementary division went to Trigg County Elementary from Cadiz, Kentucky. Teams consist of 16 to 24 boys and girls and are required to be coed. The winner in the middle school Division was Ashville Middle School from Ashville, Alabama. The winning team in the High school division was Trigg County High from Cadiz, Kentucky. Kentucky leads the U.S. with 933 schools enrolled in NASP® serving more than 180,000 students in the 4th to 12th grades. NASP® started in 21 middle schools in Kentucky in 2002 and quickly grew to more than 120 schools within 13 months. Today, 46 states, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand have enrolled schools in NASP®. NASP® is taught in more than 7,350 schools nationwide to more than 1.5 million students annually.

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Develop the Power of Focus by Terry Wunderle

SPECIALTY ARCHERY Improves Feather Lite Stabilizers Specialty Archery has redesigned the company’s popular Feather Lite stabilizer lineup to include a machined aluminum base with an integral quick disconnect attachment system. With just a 1/2 turn, the stabilizer can now be easily removed from the bow, allowing the bow to be readily stored in a bow case. The company began shipping the new style to its world-wide network of retailers in April of 2010. The earlier version of the Feather Lite stabilizers used a molded base and they could be combined with an optional quick disconnect. The new Feather Lites are both sleeker and stronger. The Feather Lite stabilizers are built using three high modulus carbon rods that make them both light and stiff. The 6 inch model weighs just 4.8 ounces, the 8 inch is 5 ounces, and the 10 inch is 6.1 ounces. Each size has been designed to let the archer place the weight exactly where it is needed to achieve perfect balance. The weights

are held in a vibration-dampening Navcom slider made by Sims, the vibration experts. The 6 inch and 8 inch models come with an additional .72 ounce weight and the 10 inch model comes with an additional 1.44 ounce weight. Weights are interchangeable between the different models. Feather Lite hunting stabilizers are available in black or these popular camouflage patterns: Lost Camo from Mathews, Realtree Hardwoods, Hardwoods Green or AP Repeat. Target stabilizers are available in lengths of 12 inches, 24 inches and 35 inches and are available in black only. Find the 2010 Feather Lite Stabilizers from Specialty Archery at your local archery pro shop or see them online at You can also call the Spencer, Iowa firm at (712) 5805762 for more information or to request a catalog. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Standard Time M-F. To contact the firm by mail, use P.O. Box 877, Spencer, IA 51301.


not, I suggest that if you raise your level of concentration,

was an 80-yard walk-up. The stake for the first target was

you will also raise your score. Hold your attention on the

very close to the registration and concession stand. Yes,

task in front of you, which is to shoot each shot with the

it was located where the whole crowd could watch the

best form that you are capable of achieving.

archers start the tournament and the crowd was watch-

How do you develop the power of focus? First, you

The most IMPORTANT piece of archery equipment—and probably the least used—is the BRAIN. ing. This target had all the makings for a real nerve-tester.

have to force yourself to become totally involved in the

There was a brisk crosswind, as a young man went to the

happenings of the moment, which is the execution of a

stake for his first shot. He drew the bow and immediately released the arrow when his hand hit the anchor. The ar-

continued on pg. 20

row soared over the target and the young man sheepishly retreated from the stake. He walked over to me and said, “I don’t know who shot my arrow. I don’t remember doing it.” “Were your thoughts on the crowd instead of the shot?” I inquired. He replied, “You know they were.” We have all been there. It is when we lose our focus and it feels like a stranger is shooting our bow. The same thing happens, but in a milder form when you fail to maintain back-pressure during a shot or perhaps when you jerk your head up to see where your arrow is going to hit. When something like this happens, we usually ask ourselves, “Why did I do that?” The answer is simple. You let your concentration stray from the task that you were trying to perform. If someone offered you $100 if you could hold a penny

Close-up of Quick Disconnect

one foot above a coffee cup and drop the penny into it sixty times in a row, would you concentrate really hard on what you were doing? In comparison, do you focus that much during each of the shots at a target tournament? If


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perfect shot. You cannot think in the past, such as the bad

chery, it would be discipline. You have to discipline your-

shot you had on the last target; nor can you think in the

self and control your thought process. Mental imagery is

future, such as how the score on this target will affect your

a good way to practice effective concentration. Visualize

winning. You must think in terms of the present moment

and sense each step in shooting an arrow. As visualization

and become completely involved in your shot sequence.

and concentration become more vivid, take it to the next

Focus starts before you draw your bow. You must re-

level. Do it in front of your favorite TV program or per-

lax and focus your vision and concentration on the ex-

haps when you are in a room filled with people. As you

act spot you want your arrow to strike. Next, force your

become more efficient at controlling your thinking, you

mind to become a meaningful part of the shot process.

will discover there is nothing in the room except you and

Remember, all you are doing is identically repeating the

your focused thoughts. Developing this mindset will help

same form that you have done thousands of times on the

raise your level of performance the next time you shoot

practice range. If you place a more significant value on a

before a crowd.

tournament shot such as, “I have to hit the spot to win,”

Practice and believe in your visualizations and then

then your muscles will tighten and you will be unable to

your actions in tournament will make them reality. The

“clone” the form you use on the practice range.

most important piece of archery equipment and probably

It is easy to get lost in thought and reflect on ideas that are not part of the task in front of you. When your mind

the least used is our brain. Strive to make it a big part of your archery game.

was one word that best describes mastering the skill of ar-

June 18, 19, & 20 • 2010


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20 1 0 Fo r ma t: • Qualification Round: Double – 72 arrow Rounds, (Total =144 arrows at 70m for Adults and Juniors, or 60m for Cadets) • Only archers shooting 70m are eligible for Team Rounds and Individual Elimination Round. Junior ranking will be combined with the Adult ranking for individual elimination or team rounds. • Ranking for the Individual Elimination and Mixed and National Team Rounds will be based on the total Qualification Round. Ranking for the Open Team Round will be based on the first 72 arrows. •The Elimination Round will be utilizing the Set System per FITA April 1, 2010 rules. • Cadets are not eligible for the team or individual elimination rounds.

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800 Archery Lane USA T R a nki n g E v e nt: 2010 South Dakota Cup is a USAT Ranking Tournament

20 1 0 R ul es : • USAA and FITA rules, including dress codes. All archers must wear appropriate footwear including sport shoes covering the foot. ������ ���� �� ��������� ���� ���� ����� ������� ��� ��� ����������� • ������ ����� ��������������� �� ������ ����� ��� ���� ����� ����� �� ��� ����������� ��� ��������� ��������� ����� ����� �� ��������� �� ��� ���������� ���������


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W a i v e r : All archers must sign a liability and photo waiver prior to participating in tournament activities. Archers under 18 years of age must also have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver.

strays, stop and bring it back to the moment. If there



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Only those archers designated by their country in the Team Meeting may compete in any of the national team rounds. Only those categories with two or more teams will be contested. A country may enter one team each in Men Recurve, Men Compound, Women Recurve and Women Compound National Team Rounds. A country may enter one Mixed Team each for Recurve and Compound.

O pe n T e am s: South Dakota Cup Open Team Round is included in the registration. Deadline to register an open team is 10:45am on Friday, August 13th. Open Team Competition will be held on Friday afternoon, August 13th. Teams may be arranged at the field by open competitors. Co a c he s d u ri n g P ra cti c e a n d Q u alifi ca ti o n: Personal coaches are not allowed in the archer’s area during qualification scoring. Personal coaches must stay behind the spectator line during scoring. Personal c oaches are allowed up to the waiting line during practice. Credentialed National Team Coaches are allowed up to the waiting line during scoring. Co a c he s ( d u ri n g Eli mi na ti o n R o u n d s): Personal coaches and Credentialed National Team Coaches are allowed up to the waiting line during practice and during scoring. Seating is reserved for the archers. No more than one coach per archer may be at the waiting line during elimination matches. Sh a de a n d S e ati n g: • Shade canopies and seating or bleachers will be provided for the archers and spectators A w a r d s : Awards will be given to the finalists of the elimination round. No qualification awards. G r ou n d T r a ns p o rt ati o n O pti o n s: • Rental Car (all terminals have shuttle service to/from the Rental Car Facilities) • Van transportation from Airport to/from Hotel must be reserved with ESDF staff. (space is limited) • Hotel is located within walking distance to/from Venue. Of fici al H ot el: • Best Western Kelly Inn, 1607 E. Hwy 50, Yankton, SD 57078 Phone 605-665-2906 • Room Block pricing ends July 17th, 2010. There are a limited number of rooms at the special pricing. Food on Sit e: Food concession available each day at ESDF Archery Center.

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Membership is required in NFAA or USA Archery or for non-USA participants, a FITA Member Organization.

OFFICIAL CATEGORIES: (Please check one category) A registered list will be maintained on the website. Recurve Men

Recurve Women

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A i r p o r t : SUX Sioux City Regional Ariport – 73 miles to Host Hotel and Venue FSD Sioux Falls Airport – 95 miles to Host Hotel and Venue OMA Omaha International Airport – 160 miles to Host Hotel and Venue

I am a registered CAP Collegiate division archer: YES NO College / University Name: ____________________________ (Qualification scores will be sorted and posted for the Collegiate Division and also included in the main categories) (Sorry no awards)

D r u g T e s t i n g : Any archer may be subject to unannounced drug testing. Refusal to test may lead to disqualification. Request information from USADA or, if you have questions.

I am a Paralympian: YES NO Class:____________________ (Qualification scores will be sorted and posted for the Paralympian Classes and also included in the main categories) (Sorry no awards). I remain on the shooting line: YES NO

Other info to help us organize: _______________________________________________________________________________

Schedule: Tentative depending on total number of archers, weather, and other unforeseen factors.

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August 12, Thursday Noon-5PM: Unofficial Practice August 13, Friday Noon-5PM: Official Practice and Equipment Check-In August 14, Saturday: Single 70-meter Round, 72 arrows total • 7AM-7:45AM: Official Practice, 8:00 AM Scoring: Men's Recurve, Women's Compound • Noon-12:45PM: Official Practice, 1:00 PM Scoring: Men's Compound, Women's Recurve • 5PM: Team Round (One Practice End and then scoring will begin) • 7PM: Barbeque Dinner ESDF Center (tentative) August 15, Sunday: Olympic Rounds • 7AM-7:30AM: Official Practice Rest of times determined by number of archers • 1PM: (Approx) Awards Presentations

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I have read the summary of new rules and realize there are new rules affecting timing changes, age changes, scoring changes for the elimination rounds and a new deadline for turning in scorecards and that any mistakes on my scorecards can lead to a zero being recorded or a disqualification. My signature below acknowledges that I have been informed that there are new rules governing this tournament.


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I UNDERSTAND DANGERS may be caused by my own actions, or inaction’s, the actions or inaction’s of others participating in the Activity, and the condition. I understand the nature of ��� �������� ����� ������� ����������� �� ��� �� activities and acknowledge my experience and capabilities and believe I am qualified to participate in such Activity. I further acknowledge that I am aware that the activity will be conducted in facilities open to the public during the Activity. I further agree and warrant that if, at any time, I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the Activity.


I FULLY UNDERSTAND that: (a) ��� �������� ����� ������� ����������� �� ��� �� activities involve risks and dangers of SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY, PARALYSIS AND DEATH (“Risks”); (b) These Risks in which the Activity takes place or THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE “RELEASEES” NAMED BELOW; (c) There may be other risks and social and economic losses either not known to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES, COSTS, AND DAMAGES incurred as a result of my participation in the Activity.


I HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, COVENANT NOT TO SUE, AND AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS ��� �������� ����� ������� ����������� �� ��� ��, their respective administrators, directors, agents, officers, volunteers, and employees, their respective administrators, directors, agents, officers, volunteers, and the tournament organizers and volunteers, other participants, any sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises on which the Activity takes place (each considered one of the “Releasees” herein) from all liability, claims, demands, losses, or damages on account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the “Releasees” or otherwise, including negligent rescue operations and further agree that if, despite this release, I, or anyone on my behalf makes a claim against any of the Releasees named above, � ���� ���������� ���� ��� ���� �������� ���� �� ��� ��������� ���� ��� ���������� ��������� �������� ����� ���� ���������� ������ �� ���� ��� ��� ����� �� ��� ������ �� ��� ���� ������


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There are many federations and clubs around the world that are happy to find the DANAGE TIMER Controller is free programmable. FITA has changed some of the sequences and added new ones e.g. the new SET SYSTEM. Anyone who knows the DANAGE CONTROLLER knows that changing the sequences can be done in a few minutes if not seconds – and the CONTROLLER is ready for the new FITA SET SYSTEM: 3 arrows end – 10 sec. RED – 120 sec. GREEN and 30 sec. for YELLOW. Another new function is the MIXED TEAM FINAL ALTERNATE – also just a matter of seconds programming the controller and the sequence will be ready for the tournament. All changes will be stored and ready for the next tournament – no power back-up or battery is needed. The DANAGE Timer System

was developed in 2004 and has now been sold to more than 20 countries around the world. The TIMER System has been used at many m a j o r tournaments including the European Championships in Torino and the World A r chery F e s tival in Las Vegas. There have been many different target butts used, including some where there have been bouncers or pass-throughs – situations where the DOS will have to react quickly and correctly. There have also been many good ideas of how this should or could be handled by the DOS. Talking to DOS’s in the

UK, Italy, Germany and Denmark forms the background for a new-add on software package in the TIMER Controller. The DOS has just to press the Time 1 Arrow key on the TIMER Controller – that is all. The TIME 1 Arrow function for the make-up arrow(s) will be ready and the sequence can be completed without disturbing the oncoming detail. The new software has important extra facilities. If the DOS makes a mistake and presses the TIME 1 Arrow Key in error, he or she can just press the key once more and the function will be disabled. It is also possible to cancel the function after the sequence has been activated—but not yet started; the DOS can just exit the Time 1 Arrow function and allow the oncoming detail to continue. For further information about the DANAGE TIMER Controller, see – or ask Delta Sports Products, LLC, tel. (800) 708 0673, www. ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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SECTION & STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Edited by NFAA Headquarters Complete Results of the Indoor Sectional Tournaments are available on line at

GREAT LAKES SECTION Bob McCutcheon, Councilman

2010 GREAT LAKES OUTDOOR SECTIONAL June 19-20 • Beloit, Wisconsin

Hosting Club: Beloit Field Archers, Inc Range Location: 9243 Cleophas Road Beloit, Wisconsin 53511 Directions to Range: Exit I90 (exit 185) unto Hwy 81 west through Beloit, continue for about 6 miles west to County Hwy “H”. Turn right (north) and go 2 miles to 2nd stop sign (Cleophas Road). Turn left and go 3/4 mile to the club on the left. Send Registration to: Karl Nelson (608-362-0650), 1764 Sun Valley Drive, Beloit, WI 53511 Motels: Comfort Inn ...............608-362-2666 Econo Lodge ..............608-364-4000 Fairfield Inn ................608-365-2200 Holiday Inn Express ....608-365-6000 Super 8 Motel ............608-365-8680


MID-ATLANTIC SECTION Mike LePera, Councilman

2010 MID-ATLANTIC OUTDOOR SECTIONAL June 19-20 • Waldorf, Maryland

Hosting Club: Eutaw Forrest Archers, Inc. Range Location: 3550 Elsa Ave, Waldorf, MD 20603 Directions to Range: Rt. 301 South to Waldorf to Rt. 228 West. Turn right on Rt 228 west approximately 6.4 miles and turn left onto Rt. 229. Go approximately 3.3 miles and turn right onto Elsa Ave. Go .6 miles to dirt road, club on right. Send Registration to: Kelly Hickey, 2330 Ashford Lane, Waldorf, MD 20603 Phone 301-638-7443 Pre-Registration Deadline: June 4, 2010 Late Registration: At clubhouse, June 19, 2010 Schedule: June 19, Saturday 28 Hunter and 14 Animal. June 20, Sunday 28 Field Round. Motels: Comfort Suites, 11765 Business Park Dr. Waldorf, 301-932-4400; Best Western, 301-934-4900; Motel 26 ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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8, 3550 Crain Hwy., Waldorf 301-932-8957; Super 8, 9400 Chesapeake St. LaPlata, 301-934-3405; Econolodge, Rt. 301 at Acton Lane, Waldorf, 301843-8100; Courtyard Marriott, 3145 Crain Hwy., Waldorf 301-885-3333 Campgrounds: Cedarville State Forest, Brandywine, MD Additional Contact: Ken Thompson 301-843-2093

MIDWEST SECTION Ray Jones, Councilman



Ken Moore, Councilman

2010 New England Outdoor Sectional June 26 – 27, 2010 Hosting Club: Lunenburg Sportsman Club Range Location: Reservoir Rd Lunenburg, MA Directions to Range: From Route 2 in Massachusetts: Take exit 35, to Route 70 heading North (Lunenburg Rd), turn right onto Leominster Shirley Rd., turn left onto Reservoir Rd., Follow Reservoir Rd. to find club on left. Send Registration to: Ruby Shannon, 96 Lake Front, Apt. A, Lunenburg, MA 01462 • Phone 978-345-0479 • Make checks payable to NESFAA SCHEDULE: Saturday Schedule: 28 Field and 14 Animal, by assigned course. Start from 8:00am until noon. Shoot all 28 Field, then shoot 14 Animal beginning on target #1 of same course and with same group. Animal targets are to go up at 2:00pm. Sunday Schedule: Pick up scorecards at 8:00am. General assembly at 8:30am. Then shoot 28 Hunter by assigned target with shotgun start at 9:00am. Awards 4:00pm approximately. Motels: 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 Drive, Fitchburg, MA, 978 342-7100 Campgrounds: Camping available at club. Misc. Info.: Make checks payable to NESFAA

Tim Austin, Councilman

2010 SOUTHEAST SECTIONAL HOSTS Southeast Sectional Marked 3-D Three 20 target rounds with similar format to 2009 - Two ranges on Saturday and Range one from Saturday re-shot on Sunday - Lower offset 12 rings will be used. The 14 ring will NOT be in play. Four small, Four large, and 12 medium targets will be used on each range with appropriate distances duplicated at all sites. 19-20 June — North Carolina — Archery Barn, Franklin NC 10-11 July — Kentucky — Chickasaw Archers, Shepherdsville KY 10-11 July — Florida — Gator Bowmen, Gainesville FL 10-11 July — Florida — Ft Lauderdale Archers, Ft Lauderdale FL

SOUTHERN SECTION Lee Gregory, Councilman

2010 Southern Outdoor Sectional June 12-13, 2010

Hosting Club: Huaco Bowmen Range Location: Waco, Texas Send Registration to: Steve Coleman, 909 LCR 120, Mount Calm, TX 76673 Phone 254-723-4018 Additional contact: Lee Gregory 512-863-8296

2010 MIDWEST OUTDOOR SECTIONAL June 26-27, 2010 Host: Location: Directions: Registration:

Late Registration: Schedule: Accommodations:


Host: Location: Registration: Late Registration: Schedule: Accommodations:


NFAA/ESDF Archery Center, Yankton, SD 800 Archery Lane, Yankton SD 57078 1 Block south of Hwy 50 East, Yankton NFAA Archery Center, 800 Archery Lane, Yankton, SD 57078 Phone 605-260-9279 At tournament site Saturday 28 Field, Sunday 14 Hunter & 14 Animal Best Western Kelley Inn, within walking distance, 605-665-2906 Days Inn, 2410 Broadway, Yankton 605-665-8717 Holiday Inn Express 605-665-3177 Colonial Inn 605-665-3647 Midway Gulch Campground, 605-668-9574 Missouri River KOA—Check for availability, 605-2609279 Waverly Archers 18th Ave. SE, Waverly, IA Karol Swank, 403 Main Street Box 31, Reasnor, IA 50232 • Phone 641-793-2293 For registration form, see or this magazine. At tournament site. Pre-registration is suggested and appreciated. Saturday 28 Field, Sunday 14 Hunter & 14 Animal Super 8 Waverly 319-352-0888 Comfort Inn, 404 29th Ave, SW Waverly 319-3520399 Days Inn, 5826 University, Cedar Falls 319-266-1222 Black Haws Cty Conservation, 2410 W. Lone Rd. Cedar Falls 319-266-6813 George Wyth Memorial State Park, 2659 Wyth Rd., Waterloo 319-232-5505 Cedar Bend Park, Waverly 319-352-4037



Bob Borges, Councilman

Dan Kolb, Councilman

2010 Northwest Outdoor Sectional June 19-20, 2010

Hosting Club: Silver Arrow Bowmen Range Location: 20409 Hickox Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 Directions to Range: From Northbound I-5: take Exit 224, turn right on Old Highway 99, turn left on Cedardale Road; right on Hickox Road. Range is on left at end of road. From Southbound I-5, take Exit 225 left to Cedardale Road, turn right on Cedardale Road; left on Hickox Road. Range is on left at end of Hickox Road. Send Registration to: Silver Arrow Bowmen, PO Box 2056, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 Phone 360/757-0985 or 360/757-4141 Pre-Registration Deadline: 6/7/2010 Late Registration Location: At the shoot Schedule: 9am Shotgun Start both days Motels: There are several major motels in the Mount Vernon, WA area Campgrounds: KOA in Burlington, WA Miscellaneous Info: Additional Contacts: 360/708-4611, 360/708-1188, 333-5364

I would like to invite all of you to the Outdoor Sectional in Beautiful Colorado Springs, it will be on the US Air Force Academy and if you have never been there it is a site to behold. The base is part of American history and you should not miss this one. The results from the indoor will be on the NFAA web site and look under results. I look forward to seeing all of you in Colorado. —Bob Borges, SW Councilman

2010 Southwest Outdoor Sectional June 26-27, 2010 Hosting Club: Location: Directions: Send registration to: Pre-Registration Deadline: Late registration: Schedule: Motels:


Academy Archers Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs From I-25 Exit 156B follow signs to North gate Sheri Stine-Trujillo, 7723 Raritan St. Denver, CO 80221. (303) 503 9998 June 15, 2010 At the range 25 June 4:00pm to 6:00 pm and 26 June 6:30 to 7:30 Sat 28 field and 14 animal - Sun 28 Hunter. Shooting starts both days at 8:00am Best Western Academy Hotel ......... 719/598 5770 Embassy Suites Hotel ..................... 719/599 9100 Colorado Springs Marriott ............. 719/260 1800 Days Inn......................................... 719/471 0990 Goldfield Campground 719/471 0495, Garden of the Gods 719 475 9450

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Camping at the Air Force Academy in only allowed for current/retired military personnel; you will need to show ID (driver license) to enter the academy, when asked at the guard house let them know that you are there for the archery tournament

NFAA OUTDOOR NATIONAL 28 July – 1 August 2010 DARRINGTON, WA The whole town of Darrington, Washington is getting an early start preparing to host the 2010 Outdoor Nationals this July. In preparation for your visit to the Pacific Northwest, we would like to introduce you to the Darrington “Family of Archers” and our community. We have (5) full 28-target field ranges. One has been designed with disabled access so everyone can experience a full 28-target challenge. We first hosted the Nationals in 1982 which required a full commitment from the town because our archery club only had (7) members. Since then, it has been our pleasure to host this event on numerous occasions. Now we are prepared for the task with a town’s population of 1,500 and 15 members in our club. Realistically, what makes this event successful is the total involvement from other archery clubs and shops in Washington. We assign 14 target

sections to area clubs that designate a range captain and maintain their section. The area high school allows us to use their football field for the Pro-Am, grounds for camping and lets us use the gymnasium showers. Local residence’s have rooms, houses and RV Parking available to rent for the week. A number of family activities will be available from river rafting to fly fishing. The Northwest Bluegrass Music Festival is an event not to miss and is held the weekend prior to the Nationals. Discount shopping malls and a gambling casino are not far down the road. More information is available at Put the 2010 Outdoor Nationals on your calendar for this upcoming year, and come and enjoy a week this summer with us. For specific information please contact: Candy Vincent:


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In this series of articles I’m going to give you some tips on how to pick out and assemble your new hunting rig, from bow to broadheads and everything in between. After we have our new hunting bow and all the accessories picked out. I’m going to show you how to set everything up from box to treestand. In fact, the example hunting bow that we setup will be my personal primary bow for the 2010 hunting season and will accompany me on my annual trip to West Central Illinois in pursuit of my next trophy whitetail. Fee

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HOW TO BUY YOUR NEW BOW The first thing you need to figure out is where to purchase your new bow. These days there are so many ways to go about getting your bow, but I favor going to a pro shop. One of the best ways to find a pro shop is ask your friends that shoot what shop they use and if they are happy with their service. Attend a local shoot and ask around; there are plenty of shooters that can put you on the right path. After you have a few leads, breakout your old bow and head over to the shop. Most pro shops have an indoor range so pay for a half hour of range time, shoot your old bow and pay attention to see how well the staff waits on their customers. If all looks good strike up a conversation with the staff, ask a few questions and get a feel for them as you talk about some new bows. In the past I have had people come into the shop with

an off brand bow that they mail ordered. Although there is nothing wrong with these bows most of the time, the cost savings you had when you purchased this bow is quickly lost, when you take it into a local pro shop to have it setup. They will charge you a premium price because you didn’t buy the bow there. Online trading or buying a used bow over the internet can be risky. You can get a bow that has problems such as a bent riser or twisted limb. I find that the best use of the internet is to go onto the bow manufacturer’s website and look up a pro shop that is closest to you. If the pro shop is on a manufactures web site there is a good chance they have the training necessary to help you. Finding a great pro shop with skilled technicians can really make life a lot easier and make you a more successful bowhunter. THINGS YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT When picking out a bow you need to know your draw length, and what poundage will work for you so that you’re not straining or making wild movements to pull the bow back while game is within range. Other things to consider are whether you are shooting with a release or fingers, from the ground or a treestand and what kind of game you are after. If you decide to go with a pro shop you need to tell them all of this so they can get the right bow for you. continued on page 32 ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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PICK OUT & SET UP HUNTING BOW One last thing you need to think about is what else you are going to shoot with this bow like 3-D, field or indoor target. In my teens I shot everything with my hunting bow. I believe this made me a better shot when I walked out in the frosty woods of Pennsylvania the first day in October, because I shot all winter in indoor leagues, and all summers shooting 3-D’s and Field shoots with the same bow I hunted with. PICKING OUT THE BOW Friends ask me all the time what bow manufacture makes the best bow? I tell them all the major bow companies make great products. One of the benefits when you choose a larger bow company is they have a great selection of different models to choose from. Keep in mind the model that works for your buddy might not work so good for you, that’s why there are so many models to choose from. When you’re at a pro shop ask to shoot some of the bows that you are looking at. This is a great way to get an idea of what bow is going to fit you the best. There is a good chance that the bow you had in mind might not be the bow you end up buying. Just because it looks cool doesn’t always mean it’s going feel the best in your hand or shoot the best groups. Your price range will be one of the biggest factors in what bow will be right for you. The price of bows will vary a great deal depending on what model you choose. If you pick out the newest top of the line bow you will pay a premium price for the new technology. If you choose an economy model bow you might not be a happy with the


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• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 quality of the product. I tell most of my friends to look in the sales catalog for the top of the line bow, if it is out of your price range, turn the page and the next bow you will see is what I refer to as the work horse in the lineup. What I mean by work horse is, this bow will most likely out sell the top of the line bow because it has a cheaper price tag, but normally will have some or most of the same technology that the top of the line bows have. One of the biggest factors that affect how a bow feels is the cam system that is on the bow. Bow manufactures have many cam options. There is a one cam option where the bottom cam is active and the top cam is an idler wheel, there is a two cam option where both cams are equally active, and the last cam option is a cam & 1⁄2 or hybrid cam system in which the top cam is slaved to the bottom cam. Please keep in mind if you pick the fastest bow on the market it probably won’t be the smoothest bow to pull, especially in cold temperatures with heavy clothing on. Some manufactures offer different limb options that can also affect price. You will find bows with flat glass limbs that are normally used on lower end bows. You will find other bows that offer laminated limbs, a technology usually reserved for pricier bows. You will also find limbs offered in different lengths to accommodate different axle to axle lengths. In the last few years I have watched most manufactures put their bows on a diet and lighten up the mass weight, with many bows now less than four pounds. This makes it easier to carry your bow around the woods. For the most part the lightest bows will have a lot of machined openings in the riser. If you hunt out of a treestand or an enclosed ground blind you might want to look at the shorter axle to axle lengths. I prefer a bow with an axle to axle of no less than 30” and no more than 36”. This way I can still have the maneuverability in my tree stand, and I don’t have to worry that I’m going to hit my bottom cam on the treestand. The same things can be said for the top cam hitting the top of your ground blind. Either way hitting your cam is going to result in a guaranteed miss and possibly a very expensive repair. You hear a lot about brace height these days; it’s listed in every sales catalog. I’m surprised when I talk to hunters and they sight this as a selling point but really don’t have a clue what it means. Brace height is measured from the throat of the grip to the center of the string while the bow is at rest. In general terms, shorter brace height bows will be faster but may be less accurate; the higher brace height

bows will be a little slower but may be more accurate. Where I hunt (more to the north) cold weather plays a role in this decision for me. I have to wear heavy clothing and smaller brace height bows hit my sleeve even with an arm guard. Extremely low (under 6”) brace height bows they will hit my bare wrist right where my watch sits. I like a bow with a brace height around 7” so that I get a good measure of accuracy and speed. The last factor I want to mention might be the biggest down fall of most bowhunters I encountered when I worked in the pro shop. They would come into the shop and basically have one thing on their mind, “speed”. The only thing they wanted to do was jump in front of a chronograph to see how fast their light-spined arrow would go. It didn’t matter if the bow couldn’t hold a group the size of a trash can lid at 20 yards as long as it was fast. What I’m basically telling you is don’t fall into this trap of “speed is everything”. You can afford to give up a few feet per second to gain a ton of accuracy. I like my bow setup to consistently hit the Vegas 10 ring (half dollar size) at 30 yards.

AUTHOR’S NOTE Thanks to Lancaster Archery and Dale Foulk for the photo opportunities and assistance.

PICKING OUT OUR BOW The bow that I have picked for the 2010 hunting season is the Hoyt Maxxis 31. The primary game I hunt is the whitetail deer and this bow has everything I want in a hunting rig for whitetail deer and more. With an MSRP of $929.00 this bow is a top shelf hunting bow but doesn’t top the thousand dollar mark. On a side note, the other bow I was considering was the Turbo Hawk because of the $599.00 price tag; it’s also a great shooting bow at a great price. The Maxxis 31 has a shorter axle to axle that gives me the more maneuverability in my tree stand. I also like the shock dampening ARC limb technology that makes this bow have zero hand shock when shot. The in-line roller guard makes the bow even quieter. With the mass weight at a very light 3.9 pounds, this bow will make it easy to lug around when I have to walk a 1⁄2 mile out of my way to get to my tree stand so I don’t chase deer out of the fields in the early morning. The 7” brace height will make this bow a very accurate shooting bow. Next issue I will set up the Maxxis with sight, rest, stabilizer, and quiver. We will also pick out our arrows and I will show you how to properly use an arrow chart. ■


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Easton Foundations National Field Archery Association Foundation





Deadline for 2011 scholarship applications to be received at the NFAAF Office in Yankton is December 31, 2010. The winners will be announced at the World Archery Festival Vegas Shoot, February 2011. The NFAA Scholarship Committee will review and rank the applications, place each applicant into the appropriate category and present their suggestions to the Joint Scholarship Approval Committee for their approval. The Joint Scholarship Approval Committee, consisting of two Directors of the National Field Archery Association Foundation and two Directors of the Easton Foundations, will make a joint decision on winners and the final amounts for each scholarship. The NFAA National Office will notify all applicants if their application was denied or approved, and the amount of the scholarship. If approved, it will also describe the procedure for the scholarship payment. For all scholarships greater than $500, the recipient will receive an Archery Activity Report form that must be completed and sent to the NFAA National Office twice a year, showing their archery activities during the year.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS The maximum amount of all scholarships for the first three years will be $50,000 per year. The goal is to provide 50% of the scholarships to recurve archers and 50% to compound archers. A secondary goal will be to split the scholarships equally between men & women. • Applicants must be a member of the NFAA or the NAA/USA Archery. • Applicants that are not graduating from high school in the current year (JOAD, NASP, junior high, or high school freshman/sophomore archers) may apply. ■ For this group, any approved scholarships will be held by the Foundation until the student notifies the Foundation they are graduating from high school, and the name of the qualified school they plan to attend. • High school applicants must be applying to be full time students at a two or four year college/university or a technical training college (these are considered qualified schools). ■ Applicant must maintain a 2.0 GPA minimum on a 4.0 scale in the current year. • College applicants must be full time students at either a two or four year college or university. 34 ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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Applicant must maintain a 2.5 GPA minimum on a 4.0 scale in the current year. Scholarship recipients must compete in archery during the entire academic year. Olympic, PanAm, or World Team members that have graduated from college may apply for training grants. ■

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SCHOLARSHIP LEVELS 1. JOAD, NASP, Junior High, High School, Junior College or Trade College Students: Eligible for $500 scholarships. 2. College Freshmen, Sophomore, or Juniors: Scholarship amounts will vary between $500-2,500 based on the archer’s accomplishments, future competition plans, and the following: a. Applicant is attending college, participates in the college archery club program, and is shooting competitively. b. Applicant is attending a college that does not have an archery club program, but the student is shooting competitively on their own. i. If the student starts a new archery club program at their school, this will be a major factor to receive a scholarship the next year. ii. Students that are more successful starting archery clubs will be considered for greater scholarship amounts. 3. If the Applicant has made the current Olympic, PanAm, or Other International Team through the USA Archery selection process: Scholarship amounts will vary between $2,500-5,000 based on the archer’s accomplishments and future competition plans. a. The Joint Scholarship Approval Committee may approve a ‘training grant’ for Olympic, PanAm, or World Team members that have graduated from college, and allow them to use the grant to pay for training, and competition travel expenses without needing to be spent on the archer’s education. (Though this situation is expected to be rare, it will allow top US archers to apply for financial support.) 4. The Joint Scholarship Approval Committee has the discretion to create a larger scholarship for an extraordinary applicant (up to $20,000) depending on special continued on page 39

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Please type or print and submit application to: NFAA Headquarters, 800 Archery Lane, Yankton, SD 57078 (Completed applications must be received by the NFAA Office no later than December 31, 2010.) Last Name __________________ First Name _________________ MI __ Birth Date ____________________ 1. Male _______ Female _______ (optional response) 2. Address: ________________________________ City ____________________ State ___ Zip _______ 3. Phone: ____________________________ E-Mail: ________________________________________ 4. Social Security Number: ______-_____-_______ Age or Date of Birth: _______________________ 5. Are you a current member of the NFAA ____________or USA Archery/ NAA __________ . a. When did you first join NFAA _______________ USA Archery/NAA ____________ b. Other archery organization membership___________________________________ b. Other archery organization membership _________________________________ . 6. Do you compete with a compound ___________ or recurve ___________ bow. Applicants that are not currently enrolled in a college or university, complete Section 7-8. College/university students please complete Section 9. All applicants are to complete Sections 10-16 and sign the application. APPLICANTS THAT ARE NOT IN COLLEGE, PLEASE COMPLETE SECTIONS 7 & 8, AND SECTIONS 10-16. 7. Name of the school you are currently enrolled in: ____________________________ a. ( Is this a High School _____ Middle School _____ Primary School _____) b. Date of planned high school graduation: ___________________ c. If you have already graduated, date of graduation: ________________ i. Class rank at graduation (numerical position/total in class):____/____ (Please attach a school letter or copy of graduation ranking to confirm.) ii. High school GPA: _____________ (Please attach a copy of transcript showing GPA.) 8. If you are in high school, what college do you expect to attend?_______________________ College City and State: __________________________________________________________ a. Have you been accepted to this institution? _________ b. List the year and month studies are expected to start ________________ c. Major you intend to pursue _______________________________ d. Does this college have an archery club? _______________ i. If not, are you interested in starting a college archery club? __________ APPLICANTS THAT ARE IN COLLEGE, PLEASE COMPLETE SECTION 9 AND SECTIONS 10-16. 9. Name of college/university you attend: _______________________ City ____________ State _____ i. College hours completed: ______ Quarter or Semester Hours? ______ ii. Cumulative College GPA (4.0 scale) __________ (Please attach a copy of transcript showing GPA.) ARCHERY MAGAZINE


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iii. Does this college have an archery club? ___________ iv. Do you participate and compete with the school archery club? ________ 10. Tell us about your archery experience. a. What was your USAT ranking at the end of the prior year __________. i. What is your current USAT ranking _________ As of what date ________ . b. Have you been a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center ________ . i. Have you trained at the OTC? ______ When _______________ c. Have you been a member of the US Olympic, PanAm or other International Team? What year (or years)? __________________________________________________ d. Were you a JOAD Olympian or Junior World Team Member? What year(s) _____ i. Did you compete at the JOAD National Championships? What year(s) ______ e. Did you participate at the USIAC in the prior year? ______What was your score and what place did you finish? i. Year______ (Score) _______ (Place)_____ ii. Year______ (Score) _______ (Place) _____ iii. Year ______ (Score) _______ (Place) _____ f. Did you participate in the NAA or NFAA Sectional Tournaments in the prior year? i. Sectional ______________ Score ________ Place _______ NAA _____ NFAA _____ ii. Sectional_______________ Score ________ Place _______ NAA _____ NFAA _____ iii. Sectional _______________ Score _______ Place _______ NAA _____ NFAA _____ g. Did you participate in the NFAA Indoor, Outdoor, or 3-D Nationals in the prior year? i. Indoor _________ Division __________________ Score ______ Place _____ ii. Outdoor _______ Division __________________ Score _______ Place _____ iii. 3-D _________ Division __________________ Score _______ Place _____ h. Did you participate in the World Archery Festival 3-Star Tour in the prior year? i. Vegas Shoot Division __________________ Score _______ Place _____ ii. Indoor National Division __________________ Score _______ Place _____ iii. Stanislawski Open Division __________________ Score _______ Place_____ 11. Have you applied for any other archery scholarships? _______ a. Describe the archery scholarship that you have applied for, indicate the amount requested, and the amount of any scholarship that has been approved. _____________________________________________________________________ 12. Have you previously received a scholarship from Easton Foundations or the NFAAF? a. Date __________ Amount _________ b. Date __________ Amount _________ 13. Extra curricular activities (non-archery clubs and organizations you belong to, use reverse side if necessary). ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 14. What are your hobbies & interests besides archery. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 15. What are you goals in archery. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 16. Other comments: ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ❐ I confirm that all information submitted on this Scholarship Application Form is correct to the best of my knowledge. Applicant Signature:______________________________________________ Date: __________________ (All applicants must sign the application) Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________________________ Date:__________________ (Parent or guardian must sign for all applicants under the age of 18.) INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 36 ARCHERY MAGAZINE

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NFAA® Council & Board of Directors NFAA® Council

NFAA® Board of Directors

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

GREAT LAKES Judy McCutcheon Director - IL 23358 Virden Rd. Virden, IL 62690 217/652-5836

Vice President—Brian Sheffler 7006 Beargrass Ct. Indianapolis, IN 46241 317/244-7585 NFAA® Office 800 Archery Lane Yankton, SD 57078 605/260-9279 605/260-9280 fax

Rocky Kline Director - IN 1108 N. Korby St. Kokomo, IN 46901 765/457-7086 Bill Jones Director - MI 2049 Lake St. National City, MI 48748 989/469-3939

Bill Hakl Director - MN 5656 317th St. Stacy, MN 55079 651/462-1916 Jamie Jennings Director - MO 1416 E. University St. Springfield, MO 65804 417/689-2023 Ed Christman Director - NE 3818 34th St. Columbus, NE 69601 402/563-3504

Great Lakes Robert McCutcheon 23358 Virden Rd. Virden, IL 62690 217/827-2831

Norm Newman Director - OH 103 Silver Gate Kenton, OH 43326 419/673-0021

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

Mid-Atlantic Mike LePera 34 Kentwood Road Succasunna, NJ 07876 973/584-0637

Mike Strassman Director - WI 2402 W. Camerson Eau Claire, WI 54703 715/834-9975

Reginald “Shorty” Faber Director - SD P.O. Box 66 Carthage, SD 57349 605/772-4468

Midwest Ray Jones 704 West South Winterset, IA 50273 515/462-6788

MID ATLANTIC Ron West Director - MD 802 Painter Pl. Capitol Hts., MD 20743 301/336-7961

NEW ENGLAND Gary Marrier Director - VT 1525 Gibou Rd. Montgomery Ctr., VT 05471 802/326-4797

New England Kenneth Moore 730 Newman Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 508/761-5415

John Pawlowski Director - PA 360 Madison St. Coatesville, PA 19320 610/384-5483

Jim Lamoin Director - CT 138 Albrecht Rd. Torrington, CT 06790 860/489-9452

Northwest Dan Kolb 9106 Cactus Lane N. Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 480/895-8559

Douglas Joyce Director - NJ 30 Willow Ave. Somerset, NJ 08873 732/247-3892

Southeast Tim Austin 1710 SW 76th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32607 352/332-1969

Dave Hryn Director - NY PO Box 341 West Seneca, NY 14224 716/481-4699

Southern Lee Gregory 112 Ridge Oak Drive Georgetown, TX 78628-7613 512/863-8296

Jim Quarles Director - VA 7911 Cherokee Rd Richmond, VA 23225 804/272-6512

Southwest Bob Borges 5332 River Ridge Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 505/890-4665

Steve Tincher Director - WV 214 Seneca Valley Estates Charleston, WV 25320 304/984-0090 MIDWEST Norm Swank Director - IA 403 Main Street P.O. Box 31 Reasnor, IA 50232 563/578-8534 John Doub Director - KS 1125 E. 59th St. Wichita, KS 67216 316/524-0963

Pam Gallant Director - ME 26 Windsor Place Poland, ME 04230 207/988-2793 Paul Lewkowicz Director - MA 3 Davis Road Southborough, MA 01772 Michael Wright Director - NH PO box 237 Marlboro, NH 03455 603/876-4249 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 Doug Tate Director - MT 3499 Blacktail Loop Rd. Butte, MT 5970d1 406/494-4393 Harry Bates Director - AK PO Box 875074 Wasilla, AK 99687 907/373-7731

LeRoy Dukes Director - OR P.O. Box 422 Fairview, OR 97024 503/201-4961 Paul LaRue Director - WA 12613 SE 21st Place Kent, WA 98031 253/350-9749 Ted Walton Director - WY 3807 I80 Service Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82009 307/635-7514 SOUTHEAST Howard Beeson Director - AL 111 Eagle Circle Enterprise, AL 30824 334/347-4990 Oliver Austin Director - FL 1620 Yearling Trail Tallahassee, FL 32317 850/309-1918 Tom Boots Director - GA 6530 Robert Dr. Harlem, GA 30814-5360 706/556-3240 Glen Baxter Director - KY 9301 Whitley Rd. Louisville, KY 40272 502-262-6738 Chris Wilson Director - NC 114 Water Filter Plant Rd. Morganton, NC 28655 828/403-1795 S. Dale Smith Director - SC 149 Low Road Six Mile, SC 29682 864/868-9422 Clinton A. Berry, III Director - TN 1802 Porter Road Nashville, TN 37206 615/227-4211 SOUTHERN Garry Randall Director - MS 5301 Baron Rd. Summit, MS 39666 601/249-2988 Dick Andrews Director - AR 11 Tuxford Circle Bellavista, AR 72714 479/855-6066 Scott Bradford Director - LA 40340 Old Hickory Ave. Gonzales, LA 70737-6756 225/622-0838 David Blockcolski Director - OK 202 S. Orphan St. Pryor, OK 74361 918/825-3149 Steve Coleman Director - TX 909 LCR 120 Mount Calm, TX 76673 254/993-2900

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

Committee Chairmen Pro Chairperson Diane Watson 11815 Lakewood Drive Hudson, FL 34669 727/389-3264

Tom Daley Director - CA 12916 Austin Forest Circle Auburn, CA 95602 650/722-2713 nfaadir@cbhsaa@org

Certified Instructor Committee M.J. Rogers 800 Archery Lane Yankton, SD 57078 605/260-9279

Sheri Stine-Trujillo Director - CO 7723 Raritan Street Denver, CO 80221 303/427-4430

Bowhunting Chairman Tom Vollmer 800 Archery Lane Yankton, SD 57078-4174 605-260-9279

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


Carl Jamison Director - NM 6763 Forest Hills Dr. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505/857-0815


John Thayer Director - NV 7215 W. Tara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89117 702/222-9878


Judd Wathen Director - UT 675 N. 460 E Ephraim, UT 84627 435/283-3129




Professional Representatives


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


New England Chris Deston 74 Springbrook Dr. Glastonbury, CT 06033 860/673-8594


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


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


Southern Troy Wesley 2306 57th St. Lubbock, TX 79412 806/797-0546


Southeast Diane Watson 11815 Lakewood Drive Hudson, FL 34669 727/856-6841


Southwest Jonathan Pemberton 1652 N. 2100 W. Provo, UT 85604 801/323-3704





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continued from pg. 8 could get a better look at them. My dad started walking down the clear cut while I backed up into the edge of the trees on the north side of the slope. The light was fading. There was no sound except for the deep, lonely whistle of the cold breeze blowing down the ski slope. The ski-lift chairs gently rocked back and forth as they hung from their cables. I looked to my right and saw the smaller mountains to the east where my house was, a few thousand feet below where I stood at over ten-thousand feet. It was an eerie silence. After a few minutes, snow crunched on the slope, and instinctively I looked up from toying around with my release. Our plan had worked and the deer were walking right at me across the slope, well within 100 yards. My heart started beating faster. There were seven or eight deer, one of them being a nice forky buck. He chased a couple of his does around as they got closer and closer. Soon, they stopped. After a moment, the does trotted back toward the trees on the south edge of the slope. The buck still stood in the middle of the slope, quartering toward me. I ranged him at 45 yards while he looked away. After what seemed like an eternity, he turned broadside and started walking after


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continued from pg. 34 his does. At this point I was very excited and shaking some, so I tried to think of the deer as my broadhead target back at the house. I drew my bow and whistled. He stopped on a dime and stared through me. I centered the bubble in my level and tucked my 45-pin right behind his shoulder. Right before I pulled the trigger on my release, I told God to guide my arrow. And that’s exactly what he did. The arrow zipped through the air like a beam of light. Although I couldn’t see the impact because it was getting dark, I heard a solid ‘thwack!’ The buck ran off into the woods. My dad and I met up in the middle of the slope. He was at the edge of the trees and had seen it all happen. We found where the buck was standing when I had hit him. We also found plenty of blood on the slope in between where the deer had been hit and when he entered the trees, which assured us that the arrow had connected with the buck where I’d wanted it to. We somehow managed to wait for an hour before we started on the blood trail. By this time, it was dark. We had a bit of trouble here and there with tracking the buck, (especially with just one flashlight) and eventually decided to just back out and come back the next morning. I’m glad we decided to do this, because the next morning, we had my mom and little brother out to help. My dad had also called my grandpa that night. My grandpa is very experienced in blood tracking and said that we would find my buck that morning. He was right. After no more than 100 yards from where we left off on the blood trail, we found the buck lying dead on the edge of a smaller ski slope. My dad and I were thrilled. For the entire time I’ve been hunting in my life, my biggest dream was to kill a mulie buck with my bow on the ski slopes of the Sandias. Of course, though, I was sure that wouldn’t happen any time soon, if at all. Well, I had just fulfilled that dream. I green-scored my forky buck at 56 7/8 net P&Y, so no, he’s definitely not a record-book animal, but I don’t care a bit. I think it’s impressive enough that I even killed anything. All that really matters in bowhunting is the thrill of bowhunting. He was also my first big-game animal taken with a bow, so I was too excited to care. What I and many other people thought was almost impossible, if not completely impossible, turned out to be very possible. The odds were stacked against me. Killing a mule deer with a bow is hard enough for full-grown men, and was twelve, a week from being thirteen! Why was it possible, then? It was possible because I worked hard and didn’t give up. And, more importantly, I trusted that God would get me there. Now, I’ve got even more bowhunting goals to reach because I know I can do it. So as long as you keep at it and never give up, I believe anyone can accomplish any bowhunting goal they can think of. That’s just something that every bowhunter should always remember. ■

circumstances and the Applicant’s accomplishments. RANKING SELECTION CRITERIA The following criteria will be used by the NFAA Scholarship Committee to assign the applications to the appropriate scholarship level and to rank the applicants. 1.

2. 3. 4.

The applicant’s prior year end USAT Ranking, and their current year ranking at the time the application was submitted. a. Senior Mens’ & Senior Womens’ Recurve or Compound b. Junior Boys’ & Junior Girls’ Recurve or Compound Is (was) the applicant a Resident Athlete at the Olympic Training Center. Is (was) applicant a member of the US Olympic, Pan Am or other International Team? Is (was) the applicant a JOAD Olympian or Junior World Team member? a. Did applicant compete at the JOAD National



continued from pg. 12 Bottom line In my opinion, too many archers spend hours and hours “tuning” their bows and reading about tuning . . . and talking about tuning . . . and worrying about tuning. Some of it is helpful, but most isn’t, except for your head. If you feel that it helps, then do it! The purpose of tuning is to make adjustments in your bow/arrow setup to make your setup more forgiving of less-than-perfect shots. It’s also my opinion that 90% of tuning has nothing to do with the bow. It’s as simple as this: produce a perfect set of matched arrows and then improve their relationship with the arrow rest. ■

Championships? Did the applicant participate at the USIAC in the prior year? 6. Did the applicant participate in the NAA or NFAA Sectional Tournaments in the prior year? 7. Did the applicant participate in the NFAA Indoor, Outdoor, or 3-D Nationals in the prior year? 8. Did the applicant participate in the World Archery Festival’s 3-Star Tour in the prior year? 9. Did the applicant participate in the NASP National Championship? 10. The applicant’s GPA, college entrance scores, and community support activities, are important Ranking Selection Criteria, and will be considered after evaluating the applicant’s archery experience and capability to improve/enhance future US Archery Teams. 5.

The Joint Scholarship Approval Committee will make the final determination of which students will receive scholarships and the amount of each scholarship. ■



continued from pg. 17 Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education and was instrumental in the formation and promotion of archery in the schools in Kentucky. As has been the case in every NASP® National Tournament Morrell Manufacturing provided the target butts and paper faces for this year’s tournament. In fact, Morrell provided an extra 80 targets this year so an additional 2,080 students could participate in the event. Along with Mathews Archery, Easton Technical Products, The Block, National Wild turkey Federation, Archery Trade Association and others. Morrell has been one of the most consistent supporters of NASP®. The National Field Archery Association once again provided equipment and their resident coach, MJ Rogers was on hand to provided invaluable support to the event by providing assistance with the indoor archery range. ■


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