Moose Whitmoyer is leaving the LAS Pro Shop

On March 18, Chad “Moose” Whitmoyer – one of Lancaster Archery Supply’s most recognized names and faces – will work his last day in the LAS Pro Shop.

Except for a two-year hiatus, Moose has been with LAS since May 1999. He will continue to have a professional relationship with LAS, but he will no longer occupy his familiar space at the east end of the Pro Shop counter at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, Pa.

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“I’m definitely going to miss the people – my coworkers,” said Moose, who is moving to Colorado to join his girlfriend, Hallie Groff, who has taken a job there with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

It’s a big change for Moose and a big change for LAS.

“Moose has developed an incredible following of local and national customers here at LAS, including many TV personalities, like the (Whitetail Freaks Don and Kandi) Kiskys and others,” said company president and founder, Rob Kaufhold, who hired Moose.

Customers within reach of the LAS Pro Shop are invited to stop by Thursday, March 16, and help us send Moose off to the western U.S. in style. We will have a drop-in, farewell reception from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., with refreshments served from 6-9 p.m.

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Though Moose will be leaving the LAS home, Kaufhold stressed Moose will not be gone from the LAS family or the business. His customers still will be able to reach out to him through LAS in Colorado. Details on how that will happen will be forthcoming, after Moose settles in to his new home in the woods.

“Moose has been a great asset, and represents our showroom in many ways to customers and fellow staff members alike,” Kaufhold said. “He’s become a very good friend to many of us, and he knows that we are there for him during this transition.”

Rob remembers Moose applying to work here after playing baseball at Penn State University and then competing in local 3D archery tournaments.

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Moose in 2000

“He applied here at LAS after college to work on both the phones and at the showroom, and as we grew, he became our leading showroom tech,” Rob said. “He has always wanted to be completely involved in archery. We hired him because I couldn’t say no to a guy that big!

“But seriously, he was obviously dedicated and passionate about helping his fellow archers to the best of his ability.”

Moose remembers well what it was like working at LAS when he was hired. The entire operation – offices, shop, warehouse, shooting range, etc. – was completely housed inside what is now the second floor of the Pro Shop building. There were no showroom employees, warehouse workers, customer service representatives.

“You worked at Lancaster Archery – period,” Moose said. “That meant you did everything.”

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Besides the physical changes to the LAS facilities, and tremendous leaps in technology – both in archery equipment and in the company’s infrastructure – one of the greatest transformations Moose has seen during his tenure is the growth of the LAS brand.

“We were this local shop that target people knew about in different parts of the country,” Moose said. “Now, we’re known all over the world. If you’re into archery anywhere, you know about Lancaster Archery Supply.”

And for many Pro Shop customers, Moose is the reason they come to Lancaster Archery.

“Moose is a great person that has put his best foot forward to insure the progress and success of the showroom continues,” said Pro Shop manager Chris Scott. “I especially think that Moose is one of those guys that every customer can relate to.

“I have seen Moose working with 5 year olds to 80 year olds with all different cultures and backgrounds.  I believe that Moose has never met a stranger.”

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We know Moose’s customers will miss him, just as we will.

“We are happy for Moose and look forward to seeing how this exciting opportunity works out for him and for LAS as he becomes an independent tech service contractor from out there in Colorado,” Kaufhold said. “The ability for our customers and our team to stay in touch with Moose is very important to us.”

Lancaster Archery Academy November Newsletter

Can you smell that Thanksgiving turkey yet?

Have you noticed Christmas decorations starting to pop up at the mall?

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Are you calling in sick, just so you can spend the day in a tree stand chasing rutting whitetails? (Nah! Who does that?)

It must be November.

Unofficially, November is the kick-off month to indoor archery season – one of our favorite times of the year at Lancaster Archery Academy.

We’ve got classes going, and a couple of tournaments planned. There’s a league shoot winding down. We don’t have details yet on the next one, but stay tuned. Registration will open for it in the near future.

If none of these events suits you, and you’re just looking to get in some practice ends, come on in and shoot with us on our range. When the competition starts, you’ll be glad you did.

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience Archery, and Intermediate Archery courses. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for information on any of the activities listed below.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES: Nov. 12, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Nov. 21, 5-6 p.m.; Dec. 7, 5-6 p.m.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – YOUTH CLASS: Nov. 10 and Dec. 29, 5-6 p.m.; for kids age 6-16.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Nov. 12, 10-11 a.m.; Nov. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSES

LEVEL 2: Jan. 13-14.

LEVEL 3Feb. 10-12.

SPECIAL EVENTS

25-METER MADNESS TOURNAMENT:  Dec. 4, Indoor Star FITA, 60 arrows at 25 meters. This is the Academy’s first indoor 25-meter tournament. Details and registration info here.

WINTER WARM-UP TOURNAMENT: Dec. 17-18. This is the third-annual Winter Warm-Up. Archers will shoot a standard Star FITA round of 60 arrows at 18 meters. Register here.

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

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JOAD archers from Lancaster shoot the lights out at Outdoor Nationals

Nineteen young archers from the Lancaster JOAD Team and Lancaster Academy JOAD Club competed in the Outdoor Nationals tournament in Alabama last week and brought home a truckload of hardware – 13 medals in all, including two Grand Champions.

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The fine showing from the Lancaster archers is a testament to their dedication and hard work, and to the support they receive from their coaches and families.

The JOAD – Junior Olympic Archery Development – program is geared toward training young archers in the sport of target archery. Only recurve archers currently can compete in the Olympics, but JOAD includes compound archers as well.

Casey Kaufhold – daughter of Lancaster Archery Supply president Rob Kaufhold, and company CEO Carole Kaufhold – led the way among the Lancaster archers with four medals – all of them gold. She was the top finisher after the two qualifying rounds in the Female Bowman Recurve division. Both her first-day score of 696, and her combined two-day score of 1384 unofficially are the new national records for that class.

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Casey Kaufhold atop one of the many podiums she climbed at Outdoor Nationals.

In the elimination round, Casey once again emerged at the top of the pack to take home the U.S. Open gold medal.

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Casey Kaufhold with a solid 10, which won her one-arrow shootoff.

Her three-archer team captured gold in the team round of competition, which, in turn, vaulted her to the Grand National Champion’s title, which is awarded to the top archer in the qualification, elimination and team rounds combined.

TJ Strychalski, who works part time as a bow technician in the LAS Pro Shop, also won the Grand National Champion’s award in the Male Cadet Compound division. TJ started off qualifications shooting an unofficial new national record of 704 – a record he then broke the next day with a 708. TJ’s combined total easily won him the gold medal.

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TJ Strychalski’s 708 on the second day of qualifications broke his record from the previous day by 4 points.

In the elimination round, TJ defeated all the archers he faced to claim gold there, and just one more 10 would have earned him a world record. TJ’s team didn’t win a medal, but TJ shot well enough to claim the Grand National Championship.

Other medals earned by Lancaster JOAD archers are as follows:

Sara Sherman: Gold medal in the Clout Round in the Female Junior Compound Division.

Tyler Heritage: Silver medal in the Team Round and bronze medal in the Elimination Round in the Male Cub Compound division.

Julia Lizik: Bronze medal in the Team Round in the Female Cub Compound division.

Zena Ross: Bronze medal in the Team Round in the Female Cadet Compound division.

Katie Collier: Bronze medal in the Team Round in the Female Bowman Compound division.

Several of the local JOAD archers also claimed Olympian Pins, which are earned by shooting high scores.

Olympic Archery Explained: The Clicker

If you watch archery at the Olympics on TV this summer, you’re going to notice the clicker.

Camera angles for archery competitions are usually the same, and so what you’ll see in closeup shots of archers drawing their bows is the arrow sitting on a rest through the draw cycle. There will be a thin blade of metal or carbon attached to the very end of the riser, above the rest.

The blade extends down and over the outside of the arrow shaft as the bow is drawn. The archer will come nearly to full draw, and this blade will sit against the very end of the point. As the archer aims, he or she will slowly increase the draw until the point slides past the blade, allowing it to snap back against a metal plate or rod.

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At that same instant, the archer will release the arrow. If you listen closely, you will actually hear two sounds at the shot. There will be a click, as the blade snaps back against the riser, and then the twang of the bowstring being released.

That click is caused – not surprisingly – by the clicker.

What is it for?

Well, unlike compound bows, recurve bows really don’t come to a point in the draw cycle where they can’t be drawn any farther. The limbs just keep on flexing, where a compound bow eventually reaches a point where the string can’t be pulled any farther. That’s called the “wall.”

As you can imagine, if an archer shooting an Olympic recurve bow were to draw the bow 27 inches one time, 28 inches the next time and then 26.5 inches the third, the arrows would most likely hit a 70-meter target in three different spots.

To get consistent arrow grouping from a recurve bow, the bow must be drawn and released at the same draw length every time.

A clicker allows that to happen.

When an archer loads the bow, he or she will pull the clicker to the outside of the arrow. Incidentally, all of the arrows an individual archer shoots will be the same length. Every archer’s draw length is unique, and so that length varies from archer to archer. Each archer will have arrows that are correctly cut to that person’s draw length.

When the bow is drawn, the archer knows to release the string as soon as the arrow is pulled all the way through the clicker, and it snaps against the clicker plate.

A clicker plate is a flat piece of metal or a round rod stick out from the riser, away from the archer. It serves as the surface the blade smacks against to produce the “click” sound.

In the Olympics, you can pretty much count on seeing every archer using a clicker. That’s how critical it is for maintaining consistency.

Lancaster Archery Academy June Newsletter

Busy, busy, busy!

That’s what we plan to be at the Academy in June and July. There will be no shortage of archery classes, camps and events. So come on out and get in on the fun!

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ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience Archery, and Intermediate Archery courses, as well as a class in our Introduction to Competitive Archery course. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for information on any of the activities listed below.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES: June 22, 5-6 p.m.; June 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; June 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; July 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – YOUTH CLASS: July 7, 5-6 p.m.; for kids age 6-16.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: June 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; June 25, 10-11 a.m.; July 11, 5-6 p.m.

INTRO TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: June 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

SUMMER CAMPS

EXPLORE ARCHERY DAY CAMP: Ages 7-17; June 13-16, June 27-30 and July 11-14, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY CAMP: All ages; July 29-31, all day Friday and Saturday and most of the Sunday.

INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSES

LEVEL 3 NTS: June 3-5.

LEVEL 2: June 17-18.

LEVEL 1: June 24.

S3DA BASIC: July 2.

TOURNAMENTS

SUMMER SOLSTICE: June 11; Outdoor FITA 720 round, plus Olympic-style eliminations. Register online here.

SPECIAL EVENTS

ROD JENKINS AND JIMMY BLACKMON BAREBOW CLINIC: July 9-10. Details and registration info here.

GRIV COMPOUND CLINIC: Sept. 23-25; second class offered because first one filled so fast. Learn compound archery from world-renowned George Ryals IV, aka “GRIV.” Register here.

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

Lancaster Archery Academy April Newsletter

April is a busy month for everyone.

Spring is upon us, and there’s plenty of cleanup work inside and outside the house. So how about injecting a little archery to break up the monotony? After all, all work and no play makes everyone dull.

Here’s what the Lancaster Archery Academy has cooking through April and beyond.

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ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience Archery, and Intermediate Archery courses, as well as a class in our Introduction to Competitive Archery course. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for any information.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES: April 4, 5-6 p.m.; April 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; May 4, 5-6 p.m.; May 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – YOUTH CLASS: May 26, 5-6 p.m.; for kids age 6-16.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: April 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; April 30, 10-11 a.m.; May 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; May 16, 5-6 p.m.

INTRO TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: April 30, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

TOURNAMENTS

SPRING FORWARD: April 16-17; USA Archery, STAR FITA 600 round. Online registration now open here.

SPECIAL EVENTS

DICK TONE CLINIC: April 20-22; learn target archery form from one of the best coaches in the world. Register here.

GRIV COMPOUND CLINIC: Sept. 23-25; second class offered because first one filled so fast. Learn compound archery from world-renowned George Ryals IV, aka “GRIV.” Register here.

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George Ryals IV, “GRIV”

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

George Ryals IV, aka “GRIV,” will lead instruction on winning compound archery at Lancaster Archery Academy

George Ryals IV, aka “GRIV,” is coming to Lancaster Archery Academy April 22-24 and Sept. 23-25 to share his nationally-recognized, winning ways in compound target archery.

(*Note: the April class is full, and so registration is closed for that event*)

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Besides competing as a pro archer and working in the industry for 25 years, GRIV has coached countless national champions, Vegas Shoot winners and other athletes who compete at the highest level of compound archery.

At Lancaster Archery Academy, GRIV plans to work with experienced compound archers looking to push their skills to the next level. After a meet-and-greet event April 22 and Sept. 23, GRIV will spend two full days covering a variety of topics across the spectrum of competitive, compound archery.

He’ll explain the relationship between form, stability and shot execution. He’ll teach how to find the perfect draw length for maximum stability.

GRIV also plans to delve into subjects like choosing the right release, setting up stabilizers, equipment tuning and developing and mastering a mental game.

What’s mentioned here is just the tip of the iceberg. This is an all-encompassing seminar you don’t want to miss. Space is limited, though, so sign up now.

For registration information, click here.

Lancaster Archery Academy is located in the same facility as Lancaster Archery Supply, 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA.

Levi Morgan, Jesse Broadwater, Kailey Johnston among winners at 2016 Hoyt Pro/Am ASA event

The 2016 3D season kicked off last weekend with the ASA’s Hoyt Pro/Am in Foley, Ala. The course was packed all weekend long, with nearly 2,000 archers registered to compete. In the end, the tops of the pro-class leader boards featured many familiar names.

Levi Morgan – the 2015 ASA Shooter of the Year and IBO World Champion – crushed the Open Pro field with a score of 492, winning the class by 14 points. Tommy Gomez came in second, with Chance Beaubouef trailing him by just two points to take third.

The Open Pro class historically has been considered the pinnacle division at ASA events, but that appears to be changing. While that class featured 53 competitors, the Known 50 division had 112 registered archers – including a few very recognizable spot-target pros.

World-class spot archer Jesse Broadwater took the Known 50 class crown, followed by Michael Braden in second and Michael Fryfogle in third. Longtime Open Pro class competitor, Tim Gillingham, who has been very vocal about his preference for known-distance tournaments, shot in the Known 50 division at Foley. He finished 55th.

The Women’s Pro podium featured three of the best in the 3D game, with Kailey Johnston taking the top spot, followed by Sharon Carpenter in second and 2015 ASA Shooter of the Year Cara Kelly in third. Just four points separated those three women.

In the Senior Pro class, Allen Connor was tops, posting a total score of 484, He was followed in second place by Tony Tazza, and Art Brown took third.

Next up on the ASA circuit is the Easton Southwest Shootout, March 31-April 3, in Paris, Texas. Before that, however, IBO opens its outdoor season with the Winter National, March 11-13, in Park City, Kentucky.

Lancaster Archery Supply Hosting Indoor National Championships Feb. 27-29

Lancaster Archery Supply is one of 13 sites across the country hosting USA Archery’s 2016 National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships.

Hundreds of archers – mostly from the Northeast – will converge on Lancaster Archery’s professional, indoor shooting facilities at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 27-29, to compete in the two events.

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The National Indoor Championships is open to kids and adults of all ages, while the JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) tournament is open only to archers age 20 and under who are part of a certified JOAD program. Lancaster Archery Supply is home to the Lancaster JOAD program.

This is the first year Lancaster Archery Supply is hosting the two national championships.

Archers shooting at Lancaster Archery this weekend will be competing against archers shooting simultaneously at venues in Ohio and California, plus archers who already logged scores the previous two weekends, and others scheduled to shoot at a total of five locations over the next two weekends.

Each archer in both tournaments must shoot two rounds of 60 arrows each over the course of the three days. A perfect score is a 600.

Archers will compete in a variety of divisions based upon their age and equipment. Both recurve and compound bows will be shot in the tournament.

National champions in each division will be those with the highest scores.

Although the thousands of archers participating in the two national indoor championships will be spread across the country, they can follow everyone’s scores through the Rcherz scoring system. Rcherz hosts an electronic scoring system for archery, and the organization’s website will have live results of the two championships throughout the tournaments.

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“We are honored that the Lancaster Archery Academy was asked to be one of the 2016 hosting venues for the National Indoor Championships,” said Lancaster Archery Supply President Robert Kaufhold. “Our staff has worked hard to develop this facility into a national venue and that work has been realized with this opportunity to host a USA Archery event.”

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers across the U.S. and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy ‑ a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.

Wrist and finger slings: Do I need one?

Take a close look at an Olympic recurve archer, and you’ll likely notice a piece of cord tethering the forefinger to the thumb, around the back of the bow at the grip.

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You might see the same thing on the hand of a compound archer, although you’re more likely to spot a cord attached to the bow that encircles the archer’s wrist.

The first is a finger sling; the second is a wrist sling. The purpose of both is to keep the bow from hitting the ground after a shot.

Do you need a sling? Some folks will say, “Yes,” others will say, “No.” Let’s talk about what they do, and then you can decide what’s right for you.

Recurve bows deliver more forward motion and hand shock than compounds, with a noticeable jump forward at the release of the bowstring. Traditional archers tend to wrap their fingers around their bows, so you don’t see many of them using finger or wrist slings, although they could benefit from them.

Olympic recurve archers, however, are going to have their bow hand positioned with knuckles at a 45-degree angle, and with an open grip and relaxed fingers that don’t hold the riser. A finger sling will catch the bow when it leaps forward at the shot, which eliminates the need for the archer to try to catch it with his or her hand. This allows the archer to relax the bow hand, eliminating bow torque and inconsistencies in the shot.

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Finger slings shouldn’t pin the bow tight against your hand. That’s just another form of torque. Finger slings should allow the bow to move forward toward the target. Some archers like a sling that allows the bow to move forward a little, while others wear slings that allow the bow to totally leave their hand. It’s all a matter of personal preference.

As we already mentioned, compound bows built in recent years don’t jump like recurves. So there are some compound archers who don’t use any kind of sling. Even with a relaxed, open grip, they’re not worried about dropping the bow.

Some will use a finger sling for the same reason as recurve archers. Many more are likely to have wrist slings.

A wrist sling should be loose around the archer’s wrist. You don’t want it tight, so it pulls your wrist in any direction. It’s simply there for safety. If the bow gets out of your hand, it won’t fall to the ground.

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Sling that ties wrist and thumb together around the grip

If bowhunters have a sling it’s almost always going to be an open, bow-mounted wrist sling. They can get a hand underneath it quickly when they pick up the bow to shoot, rather than have to fumble with a finger sling.

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Also, if you’re hunting with broadhead-tipped arrows and you trip, you might want to be able to put some distance between you and your bow as you fall. With an open wrist sling, you can easily toss the bow to the side. That move might be impossible to pull off with a finger sling or a more confining style of wrist sling.

And if you hunt from a tree stand, you really ought to think about a wrist sling, because you’re always going to be pointing your bow hand down when you shoot. Besides the potential for the bow to jump out of your hand, you’ve also got gravity threatening to carry it past your grip. And a fall from 20 feet would hurt your bow way more than a fall from 5 or 6 feet, so the insurance of a wrist sling really makes sense up in a tree.