Hoyt 2020 Alpha Series RX-4 and Axius Compound Bows Review

For 2020, Hoyt has introduced the Alpha Series compound bows, which include the carbon RX-4 and aluminum Axius models.

Watch here as Lancaster Archery Supply TechXpert P.J. Reilly runs through the features and technologies built into these 29.5-inch-long bows.

These are the shortest bows Hoyt has ever offered in their premium line. They are designed with the hardcore hunter in mind, who will use them in ground blinds, tree stands and in the deep backcountry.

Light and maneuverable are the calling cards of these bows.

Prime Black 9 2020 Compound Target Bow

Prime Archery for 2020 launched the Prime Black 9 compound bow, which is built mainly for target archers.

Watch Lancaster Archery Supply TechXpert Dustin Cimato as he walks through the features and technologies built into this 39-inch-long bow.

Arguably, the most noted feature of this bow is the Roto cam, which includes a rotating module for changing draw length. In the past, Prime bows employed draw-length-specific cams, which required changing the cams in order to change draw lengths.

With the Black 9, the draw length can be changed simply by rotating a module.

2020 Prime Archery Black Series Compound Bows Review

For 2020, Prime Archery has introduced its Black Series of compound bows, which has offerings for both bowhunters and target archers.

Watch here, as Lancaster Archery Supply TechXpert Dustin Cimato runs through the features and technologies offered in this series of bows, which includes models that measure 31 inches, 33 inches and 35 inches long.

Arguably the most noted feature of these bows is the rotating module for adjusting draw length. Previously, Prime bows were cam specific, which meant that to change draw lengths, the cam had to be changed.

With the Black Series bows, changing draw length is as simple as rotating a module.


2020 Elite Rezult Compound Target Bow Review

Ahead of the 2020 indoor target season, Elite Archery has introduced the Rezult compound target bow.

In this video, watch Lancaster Archery Supply’s P.J. Reilly interview Elite engineer Josh Sidebottom and Elite pro archer Nathan Brooks about the unique features and technologies offered in the Rezult.

The Rezult is a 38-inch-long bow, with the most significant feature being Elite’s all-new S.E.T. technology. With S.E.T. technology, an archer can adjust the limb pocket while tuning to achieve proper arrow launching.

To work in conjunction with this technology, Elite built a beefier, more stable cam and cable system to help reduce cam lean and increase consistency.

With the advancements built into this bow, it seems likely the Rezult will help some of Elite’s top archers climb up on podiums in 2020.

2020 Elite Kure Compound Bow Review

Elite Archery introduced the all-new Kure compound bow as its flagship hunting bow for 2020.

Lancaster Archery Supply’s P.J. Reilly talked to Elite engineer Josh Sidebottom and Elite pro archer Nathan Brooks about the technologies built into this new bow.

An all-new cam powers this bow, with beefier axles and a different configuration – both of which help to eliminate cam lean and provide for more stability at the end of the limb tips.

But the real advancement Elite brought to this bow is S.E.T. Technology. Brooks explains this system allows an archer to adjust the limb pocket while tuning, without needing a bow press.

2020 Lancaster Archery Classic Registration is Now Open

The time to register for the 2020 Lancaster Archery Classic is now!

Registration is open for the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament, scheduled for Jan. 23-26, 2020, at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa.

The Classic has been on a steady growth path each year, and this year is no exception. Yes, it promises to be even bigger than last year’s record-setting tournament, which drew over 1,700 archers.

This year’s Classic has a ton of new features, so let’s dive right in and take a look at the enhancements.

For starters, archers will compete for over $300,000 in cash and prizes, including over $160,000 in cash payouts, contingencies and over $20,000 in door prizes. The top prize will be a $20,000 payout to the Open Pro division champion.

The prize money includes a hefty increase in total payouts for the Recurve divisions. The $51,450 that will be awarded to Recurve archers could be the world’s largest recurve payout for an indoor archery tournament.

The bump in total Recurve payouts is largely due to the creation of the Women’s Barebow Recurve division. Archers have been asking for this division for a couple of years, and now, thanks to overwhelming support from the barebow community, it’s here.

The Women’s Barebow Recurve division will pay $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second, $500 for third and $250 for fourth. Just like in the Men’s Barebow division, the top three finishers in the Women’s Barebow competition also will receive custom Lancaster Archery Classic Barebow trophies – an additional award for the Classic’s most-watched competitors.

The 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Barebow Finals video on YouTube was viewed over 163,000 times between late January and the end of September. That’s over three times more views than any other division finals.

Winners in the Men’s Recurve and Men’s Barebow divisions will take home $8,000 each, which is up from $6,000 last year. The Women’s Recurve champ will win $4,000 – up from $3,000.

Other increased payouts for 2020 are as follows:

Men’s Recurve and Men’s Barebow: second place – $4,000; third place – $2,000; fourth place – $800; fifth through eighth place – $400; ninth through 16th place – $250.

Women’s Recurve: second place – $2,000; third place – $1,000; fourth place – $500; fifth through eighth place – $250.

All other payouts from the 2019 Classic will remain the same for 2020.

New for the 2020 Classic, there will be “Missed-Cut Payout Flights.” Here’s how those will work. All of these awards will be paid in Lancaster Archery Supply gift cards, and they will be paid based on scores and rankings at the end of the qualification rounds. Archers scoring below the cutoffs for their respective divisions, which would have enabled them to advance to the elimination rounds, will be put into flights for these Missed-Cut awards. The top three archers in each flight will receive gift cards.

The flighted payouts will be as follows:

Open Pro: for places 65-67 – $350.

Women’s Pro and Masters Pro: for places 17-19 – $250.

Men’s Open: for places 65-67 – $150; 96-98 – $100; for places 128-130, 160-162 and 192-194 – $75.

Men’s Barebow: for places 65-67 – $150; for places 96-98 – $100; for places 128-130 and 160-162 – $75.

For Masters Open, Women’s Open, Youth Open, Bowhunter and Men’s Recurve: for places 33-35 – $150; for places 65-67 – $75.

For the six other divisions with cuts to 16th place: places 17-19 – $150.

Speaking of the cuts to 16, the 2020 Classic marks the first time no division will cut to less than 16. While there had been some divisions in the past that only sent eight archers to elimination rounds, for the 2020 tournament, division cuts will be 16, 32 or 64 archers.

The past two Lancaster Archery Classics have included a special tournament-within-the-tournament, so to speak, for youth archers. It was a special, one-day competition for kids under 21. That afforded the opportunity to experience a world-class tournament, but for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time commitment.

For 2020, that competition is being expanded to include collegiate archers. The Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament will feature the following divisions: Bowman, for ages 12 and under; Cub, for ages 13 and 14; Cadet, for ages 15-17; Junior, for ages 18-20; and Collegiate, for college students with the proper eligibility.

The Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament will consist of a 60-arrow round shot from the standard 18 meters at 40cm target faces. There will be no elimination rounds, with trophies going to each division’s first-place finisher, and medals being awarded to the top three archers in each division. Each age class will feature separate competition divisions for Open, Recurve and Barebow archers in both male and female classes.

The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Archers who compete in this competition can also shoot in the Classic, if they want. To accommodate the new Collegiate division, space for the Trophy Tournament has been expanded to allow for 540 competitors.

And speaking of tournament expansions, to accommodate the Classic’s growing competition base, a new qualification line is being added for the 2020 event. In addition to the three Friday lines, which begin at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., archers also can choose to shoot in a 4 p.m. line on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Adding that extra line now allows the Classic to accommodate 1,930 archers in 2020, plus 540 for the Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament. With extra archers expected to compete, of course, the practice facility has ben expanded as well. While there were 90 practice lanes available on site this year, there will 136 lanes available in 2020.

Aside from these new features added to the 2020 Classic, archers can still count on one of the best competition formats for indoor archery. This is not a tournament that requires perfection. All you have to do is shoot well enough in the 60-arrow qualifying round to make the cut to advance to eliminations. In that part of the competition, you’ll shoot a 12-arrow, head-to-head match against another qualifier. Win, and you advance.

If you can win enough matches to make it past the finals cut-off for your division, you can shoot your way to victory. Let’s say you finish the qualification round and elimination matches ranked eighth in your division. And let’s say that division takes the top eight archers for the finals shoot ups.

As the No. 8 archer, you would start the finals by shooting a head-to-head match against the No. 7 archer. The winner of that match takes on the No. 6 archer. This process continues until someone shoots a match against the No. 1 archer for the division championship title, lots of cash and a well-deserved place in LAS Classic history. So in a division that advances 64 archers to elimination matches, it is entirely possible for the archer that shot the 64th best qualification score to win his or her division.

As always, archers can count on the usual, world-renowned, top-shelf Classic experience at the 2020 event. You’ll be treated like royalty from the moment you walk through the front doors of Spooky Nook. The entire LAS crew on site is there to serve you.

We’ve got an on-site practice facility, which will be available for an additional fee of $15, if purchased before the event, or $20 on site. (There is free practice on Saturday for archers competing in the Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament.) Or, you can practice for free at the LAS Pro Shop, which is 15 minutes away from Spooky Nook. A shuttle will ferry people from Spooky Nook to the Pro Shop regularly during the tournament.

When you’re shooting your qualification round, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with the best archers in the world. Archers and archery fans can meet a selection of the top pros and Olympians for photos and autographs during a “meet and greet” event scheduled for Saturday. Our sponsoring equipment manufacturers will have over 40 booths set up to show you the latest and greatest target archery gear.

Sign up now by clicking here. We hope to see you at Spooky Nook in January!

Hoyt 2020 Recurve Overview with Olympian MacKenzie Brown

U.S. Olympic archer MacKenzie Brown and Lancaster Archery Supply recurve archery specialist John Wert run through the new recurve offerings from Hoyt for 2020.

The latest lineup from Hoyt includes the Xceed Grand Prix riser, which is a great choice for Olympic archers, but includes special features aimed directly at competitive barebow archers.

The Xceed features a new limb alignment system and string tension technology, which Brown and Wert discuss in detail. And it also is designed in concert with a unique weight system that barebow archers will love.

The Formula Xi riser also features the new limb alignment system and string tension technology, but is built for Formula limbs.

The Formula Carbon Integra and Grand Prix Carbon Integra limbs are designed as a high-performing limb that’s sold at a more affordable price than other limbs of this caliber.

How to Shoot the 101-Yard Bigfoot Target in Redding, Calif.

Every year, the Straight Arrow Bowhunters in Redding, Calif., host the Western Classic Trail Shoot and NFAA Marked 3D Championship.

And one of the iconic targets featured at this combined event is a custom-built Bigfoot, which is shot from a distance of 101 yards.

In this video, we talked to professional archers Christine Harrelson and Chris Bee to get some tips on how to attack the Bigfoot target.

EXPLAINED: World Archery 3D Championship Classes

The World Archery 3D Championships features competition in four classes, each with separate divisions for men and women.

In this video, we explain the basic rules that separate the Barebow, Compound, Instinctive and Longbow classes. These classes exist within other organizations, but the World Archery rules for each are unique.

World Archery’s 3D Championships are held every other year in different parts of the world. A competition round features 24 3D animal targets, which archers must shoot two arrows at per round.

Amateur Corner: Tom Stanwood

Tom Stanwood is a busy man these days. But he still finds time to reach for his dream.


He’s a new dad, with his wife, Valerie, giving birth to twin boys – Graham and Niall – in 2018.

He’s an attorney, working as a civil litigator on long-term commercial leases.

And he’s training as hard as he ever has with his recurve bow in hopes of making the U.S. Olympic team that will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“I think everyone in this game dreams of the Olympics, right?” said Stanwood, of Massachusetts. “I mean, that’s the biggest stage.”

At 40 years of age, Stanwood is many years older than most of the U.S. archers he competes with and against.

But he has proven that he can hang with the best of them.

Stanwood recently won the silver medal in Men’s Recurve at the 2019 Arizona Cup, losing the gold medal match to – who else – Brady Ellison.


2019 Arizona Cup Men’s Recurve podium from left to right, Tom Stanwood, silver; Brady Ellison, gold; Seth McWherter, bronze.

That silver medal was placed around his neck just two days after he qualified along with Ellison and teenager Jack Williams for the USA Archery Team that will compete at the Pan Am Games and World Archery Championships, both later this summer.

“It feels like my training is definitely on an upward trajectory,” Stanwood said.

In his youth, Stanwood competed with a compound bow, shooting with a clicker and his fingers. Then “life happened,” he said, and he “didn’t shoot an arrow for 15 years.”

While attending law school in 2009, he picked up an Olympic recurve at a friend’s urging, and he quickly found out that form of archery suited him.

“I was able to put in the time, and I had pretty good success fairly quickly,” Stanwood said.


He qualified for his first U.S. team a year later to compete in the 2010 Pan American Championships.

“That motivated me to keep going,” he said.

Stanwood fell short of qualifying for the national team that traveled to London for the 2012 Olympics, and then he didn’t shoot much in 2013 and 2014.

“Big mistake,” he said. “When I came back, there were a lot of new faces, and everyone was much better prepared than I was.”

Stanwood made it to the final eight qualifiers for the team that competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016, but, again, he was cut.

And since then, he’s been working hard on his archery game. He qualified for the 2017 World Championship team and he competed in every outdoor USAT tournament last year.


“Truthfully, I was in a kind of a slump the past two years,” Stanwood said. “It’s something I don’t fully understand why it happened or how, but it was something I’d never experienced before.”

At The Vegas Shoot this year, Stanwood said he “felt something awaken in my shooting that reminded me of what it was like when I was shooting really well.”

He spent a productive week in March training with U.S. Coach Kisik Lee, which Stanwood said solidified his form and propelled him to his stellar shooting at the World team trials and the Arizona Cup.

Stanwood’s accomplishments in archery so far are evidence that commitment and hard work can pay off.

He has no coach, although he said he lives near and often calls on legendary Olympic archer Butch Johnson for advice; regularly seeks training assistance from Coach Lee; and picks Ellison’s brain when it comes to equipment issues.


He works full time, although he said he’s very fortunate that his “boss thinks archery is super cool and is incredibly supportive of my archery adventures.”

And he’s a father of twins, although he credits his wife for carrying the lion’s share of the parenting role so he can pursue his Olympic dream.

“I’m really, really lucky in a lot of ways, and I’m very thankful for everyone who is helping me” train and compete, he said. “I learned my lesson from the Rio trials, and I plan to work hard at it going into (the Tokyo Olympic team trials) this summer.”