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: Anthony Young

At the 2019 Winter Can Am Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., March 8-10, Anthony Young was about as amateur as you can get.

“This is the first serious tournament I’ve ever done,” said the 23-year-old from Lewistown, Pa.

Yet when the tournament ended, Young, who works as a CNC machine operator for an ultrasound company, took home the top prize in the Amateur Men’s Open Known 40 division.

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He finished the qualification rounds in second place with a 412 – four points behind leader Cody McDonald.

He then won one elimination match, which earned him a spot in the final shootdown.

No one was more surprised by that result than Young himself.

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An avid bowhunter, Young only started shooting an open-style target rig about two years ago. He said he’s “dabbled in spot shooting,” but his true passion is 3-D archery, since that helps him practice for bowhunting season.

“We got a good group of guys back home that I shoot with,” he said. “We just do the local 3-D shoots and stuff like that for fun.”

Young traveled to the Winter Can Am with some of those friends, who had shot the tournament before. A novice to the big-time tournament setting, Young said he set a simple goal for himself.

“I just wanted to come in here and shoot what I thought was a good score,” he said. “Apparently, it was pretty good.”

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Young said he wasn’t too pleased with his first-day score of a 202. But by the second day, he felt on track, shooting a 210.

The Winter Can Am shootdown format is nearly identical to a typical ASA pressure point shootdown. The top five finishers carry their qualification scores into the final, where they shoot up to six more arrows to determine the podium winners.

At the Winter Can Am, shootdown archers shot from elevated platforms, and they shot one at a time, rather than all at the same time, like a normal ASA competition.

Young said he definitely felt the pressure of being on the main stage.

“I’m telling you, I don’t think I’ve ever shook anywhere like that in my life,” he said. “It was crazy.”

Crazier than drawing down on a big buck?

“Not even close,” he said. “I was way more nervous.”

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Young shot pretty steady, scoring a couple of 12s through the shootdown. For the last arrow, he and McDonald were tied for the lead. McDonald shot an 8, and Young hit the 10.

So did Young get bitten by the tournament bug with a win in his first “serious tournament?”

“I definitely want to do this more,” he said. “I had such fun here. It was a long weekend, but I had a ball.”

2019 Prime Logic CT3

Prime Archery unveiled the Logic CT3 as one of its flagship hunting compound bows for 2019. In the video, LAS TechXpert P.J. Reilly runs through the features of the CT3.

The CT3 measures 33 inches long, with a 6.25-inch brace height and IBO speed rating of 335 feet per second. It features Prime parallel cam system and the “centergy” technology, which puts the top of the grip in the physical center of the bow. By doing this, the bow balances better and has perfectly level nock travel.

The riser features the Prime “swerve,” which features a bend in the lower part of the riser to match the bend in the upper part. These matching bends allow the riser to flex in a uniform fashion during a shot, which minimizes vibration.

2019 Obsession FX6, FX7, FXL and Lawless Compound Bows

Obsession Bows has unveiled the FX6, FX7, FXL and Lawless compound bows as flagships in its lineup of offerings for 2019. In this video, LAS TechXpert P.J. Reilly runs through the features of these four Obsession bows.

All of the bows features Obsession’s new OB Traxx cam, which offers improved speed and drawing comfort and a letoff of 90%.

The FX6 is 32.75 inches long, with a 6-inch brace height and IBO speed rating of 360 feet per second.

The FX7 is 32.75 inches long, with a 7-inch brace height and IBO speed rating of 350 feet per second.

The FXL is 34 inches long, with a 6.5-inch brace height and IBO speed rating of 350 feet per second.

The Lawless is 32.75 inches long, with a 5.125-inch brace height and IBO speed rating of 370 feet per second.

 

Five Great 2018 Hunting Bows for Under $700

We understand.

Not every bowhunter can afford to – or wants to – plunk down $1,000 for a new compound bow. It’s just not in the budget.

Fortunately, you don’t have to. Bow manufacturers are recognizing that the $1,000 plateau is just too high for some customers to climb, and so they are offering quality compounds for about a third or more less than that.

Rest assured, these are bows that will give bowhunters the performance they need to succeed in the field, whether they’re hunting deer, bears, elk or anything else.

Here are our five picks for killer bows under $700 in 2018.

1. Hoyt PowerMax, $599

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Here’s a 31-inch bow that features a 6 ¾-inch brace height and an IBO speed rating of 328 feet per second (FPS). It offers draw length options of 24-30 inches on the standard model and 26.5-31 inches on the long draw version. Maximum weight options stretch from 40-70 pounds in 10-pound increments.

The PowerMax has split limbs mounted on a TEC-Lite riser that’s designed to carry vibration away from the grip, so it’s comfortable to shoot. The PowerMax Cam & ½ system is smooth to draw, but produces plenty of speed.

Fuse strings, Limb Shox and the Stealth Shot string shot help this bow be whisper quiet.

2. Quest Thrive, $649.95

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A division of G5 Outdoors, which makes Prime bows, Quest took some of the best features Prime uses in its top-end target and hunting bows, and built them into this bow. The riser is 82X aluminum, making it one of the stiffest on the market. That translates to rigidity in the draw cycle and minimal vibration at the shot. It’s also got the Flexis AR cable roller guide, which allows for smooth drawing and adjustability to get fletching clearance and fix horizontal tuning problems.

The bow measures 33 ¾ inches, has a 7-inch brace height and is rated to 330 fps. Draw lengths are 26-31 inches, with all the draw length mods included in the box. Max draw weights are 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

3. Obsession Turmoil RZ, $699.99

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This is one of the fastest mid-price bows on the market, with an IBO speed rating of 350 fps. Obsession built this 30-inch bow with a 6 ½-inch brace height, and powered it with the big Hybrid RZ cams.

The cams feature rotating mods, so draw lengths can be adjusted in ½-inch increments from 24.5-26 inches or 26.5-30 inches. Max draw weights are 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds.

A cool feature of this bow is the anti-torque cable rod, which reduces cam lean and cable-induced torque.

4. Elite Enlist, $699.99

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Elite’s legendary shootability at an affordable price. No question those are the main calling cards of this bow. The draw cycle is smooth as butter, and the valley at the back end is very deep. When you reach full draw, you’ll think you can hold the string back all day. And when you release that string, the shot is virtually vibration free.

This is a 33 1/2-inch bow, with a 6 7/8-inch brace height, and an IBO speed rating of 325 fps. The high-performance cam is mod-based, offering draw lengths in half-inch increments from 27-30 inches. Max draw weights are offered at 60 and 70 pounds.

5. PSE Drive X, $499.99

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PSE got into the value-priced, performance bows back in 2013, with the Drive. For 2018, PSE redesigned the riser of its popular Drive bow to create the Drive X. The new riser is more stable than its predecessor.

The Drive X is a 30-inch bow, with a 7-inch brace height and an IBO speed rating of 332 fps. Draw length options are 25-31 inches, and changes can be made to the draw length via rotating mods. May draw weight options are 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

Weighing in at just 3.7 pounds, the Drive X is a bow that’s value priced, stable to shoot, light to carry, fast and accurate. That’s everything a bowhunter could ask for.

 

Four Products that make arrow pulling easier

As winter turns to spring, and the weather starts getting nice, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor archery games – 3D, field archery, 50 meters for compounds, 70 meters for recurves, etc. And while it can be a problem on some indoor ranges, difficulty in removing arrows from targets and target butts really seems prevalent in the outdoor games.

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The foam, compressed cardboard and/or bales that catch arrows outside often don’t want to give them up without a fight. Changing weather conditions, construction for durability and other factors combine forces to make them really arrow grabbers. But don’t worry, there are some products out there that can make arrow removal easier.

ARROW PULLER – Every archer shooting arrows into targets should have an arrow puller. These inexpensive rubber devices wrap around the shaft and give you a better grip as you pull your arrow out of a target. Your bare hand can easily slip on an arrow shaft as you try to remove an arrow – especially if it’s cold or your hands are sweaty. With an arrow puller, you can get a good grip on it, while it is firmly holding on to your arrow.

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In the event you stick an arrow in a target, and there just seems to be no chance of budging it by hand, Hamskea makes a device called the AroJack that is designed for just this situation. It grips the arrow, while employing a lever that pushes on the target while pulling back on the shaft. It’s a great tool for removing those arrows that sail a bit wide of the target, and stick into wooden frames.

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ARROW LUBE – Several companies make special lubrications that you can rub on about the last quarter of your shafts at the point end. This will make it much easier to pull your arrows out of targets, and will protect the shafts from getting coated with target material.

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The compressed cardboard butts commonly found on field archery courses are notorious for leaving cardboard residue on untreated arrow shafts. This residue can add a fair amount of weight to your shafts, so you’ve got to scrape it off every time you remove an arrow. Treat your shafts with some arrow lube, and you can minimize that problem – if not eliminate it altogether.

With arrow lube, you’ve got to reapply it fairly regularly during the course of a shooting round, because the material will rub off as the arrows are shot into, and pulled out of, the targets.

ARROW TREATMENTS – Along the same line as arrow lubes are arrow treatments. This is a longer-lasting arrow coating designed to ease arrow removal from targets. Dyna-Tek makes a pair of products called Dyna-Slick and Dyna-Slick Shield. Dyna-Slick Shield is a clear coating that you put on the bottom third of your arrow, and then allow it to harden and cure. Once it’s properly cured, arrow removal should be easy for hundreds of shots.

If you start to see signs of the Dyna-Slick Shield coating beginning to wear off, you can refresh it with Dyna-Slick. This material is wiped on to restore the coating.

For those archers concerned about arrow weight, Dyna-Tek estimates its coating adds no more than 1 grain in weight per treated shaft.

BULGED POINTS – Some manufacturers offer points that are bulged so that at least part of the point is fatter than the arrow shaft. The bulge cuts a path into the target that’s larger than the shaft, so the target material won’t grip the arrow as tightly.

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What You Need to Know About the 2018 ASA Tour

With the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Pro/Am in Foley, Ala., set for Feb. 22-25, the 2018 outdoor 3-D season is official underway.

Funny, it seems like The Vegas Shoot and Lancaster Archery Classic just ended.

But it is time to think about foam. To think about shooting animal targets placed at odd distances in varying light conditions. To think about shooting in nasty weather. To think about strategizing.

Should I go for the 12? Or shoot a safe 10?

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The ASA saw tremendous growth last year, and is poised for even more in 2018, according to association president Mike Tyrell. Across all seven tournaments last year, the ASA events averaged about 1,800 participants, with several tournaments hosting over 2,000.

“It was definitely a big year for us,” Tyrell said of 2017.

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Never heard of the ASA?

It’s an organization based in Georgia that has hosted tens of thousands of professional and amateur archers from all over the U.S., in national and state-level competitions, since 1993.

The ASA has federation chapters in 37 states, with over 9,000 members and 330 clubs. The state-level and national Pro/Am tournaments feature a standardized set of competition rules, professionally set-up ranges, high standards for safety, dress and conduct and some of the largest payouts in competitive 3-D archery.

ASA 3-D archery features competitive rounds shooting at lifelike, three-dimensional, foam animal targets with printed scoring rings. The scoring system consists of 14, 12, 10, 8, 5 or 0 points.

 

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Zero points are awarded for a miss. A hit anywhere on the body, outside all other scoring rings, earns five points. A hit inside the largest scoring vitals ring, but outside smaller ones, equals eight points. A hit inside the 5-inch circle is worth 10 points. A hit inside one of the two smaller, diagonally-placed circles inside the 10-ring is worth 12 points. (The upper ring only scores 12 points if the archer announces he or she intends to shoot at that ring.) The 14-point ring, located in the upper rear area of the 8 ring, is used only as a bonus ring during shoot-offs.

Perhaps the change to the ASA tour this year that could result in the biggest influx of new shooters is the reclassification of Men’s Known 50 and Women’s Known 45 as “semi-pro” classes. (In the “known” classes, the distances from the shooting line to the targets are published by ASA, and archers can use rangefinders to verify those distances. The 50 and 45 designations denote maximum shooting distances of 50 and 45 yards.)

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Rangefinders are legal in ASA’s known-distance divisions.

According to Tyrell, these classes would allow archers who shoot in pro classes at NFAA or World Archery events, or at the Lancaster Archery Classic, to compete in ASA events without having to shoot against the top pros or the bona fide amateurs.

“It gives the spot pros the chance to learn the game – how and where to aim, when to be aggressive, etc. – without being tossed into the deep end of the pool, but also without competing against the pure amateurs, over whom they’d have a decided advantage,” Tyrell said.

Expanding the known-distance classes has been ASA’s key to growth in recent years, according to Tyrell. More archers seem inclined to compete if they don’t have to judge target distance for themselves.

“If you look at our unknown classes, we’d have less than 1,000 archers without the known classes,” he said.

In recent years, ASA has seen many archers, who previously only competed in spot tournaments, turn out at its events to shoot on the known-distance classes. Some of the higher-profile archers to do just that include U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison, two-time Vegas Shoot champ Jesse Broadwater and former World Archery No. 1 compound archer Stephan Hansen of Denmark.

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Tyrell believes the known classes are directly responsible for the participation explosion in ASA’s senior divisions. Those are for archers age 50 and older.

“These are the people who really have the time and the money to travel around to our events, and since we’ve made it so they don’t have to judge distance, they’re coming out to shoot in bigger and bigger numbers,” he said.

Additionally, Tyrell credited S3DA for leading more archers of all ages to ASA. S3DA is a national organization that follows ASA rules, and which helps kids get into 3-D archery competitions.

“So now we have all these kids wanting to come to our events, and their parents are getting into it too, rather than just coming to watch,” he said. “They want to shoot with their kids.”

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Pro archer Christine Harrelson prepares to draw her bow.

Also new for 2018 is the reintroduction of the strutting turkey to the lineup selection, and the return of the Russian boar. Turkeys were historically tricky targets for archers to judge and shoot, and for ASA range officials to maintain. Tyrell said McKenzie has improved the target to include a replacement core, so a single target can be kept in use for a longer period.

The Russian boar was used briefly a few years ago, but was phased out. Now it’s being returned. The standard wild boar, and all other targets used in 2017, will remain in the target lineup.

All of the event sites that hosted ASA tournaments in 2017 will be revisited this year – Foley, Ala., Phenix City, Ala., Paris, Texas, Augusta, Ga., London, Ky., Metropolis, Ill., and Cullman, Ala. Tyrell said significant improvements have been made to the London venue to make it safer and more enjoyable for competitors.

Archers last year complained about the site, after extensive tree cutting and rain-rutted roads made the footing tricky and the courses an eyesore.

“We feel very good we’ve created a more productive environment for everyone to come to,” Tyrell said.

Here’s a link to the 2018 ASA Tour Guide, which has all the locations, rules and information you’ll need to get in on the action this year.

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PODCAST: Erin McGladdery, 2017 IBO National Triple Crown Champion

Erin McGladdery.

Remember that name. You’ll probably be hearing it quite a bit in the world of professional 3-D archery going forward.

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As a rookie pro in 2017, McGladdery, who hails from rural Saskatchewan, Canada, shot on the ASA and IBO circuits, and managed to take the coveted IBO National Triple Crown Championship title. She also finished third at the IBO World Championships and at the lucrative Organization for Professional Archery (OPA) tournament.

That’s a great year for any pro archer, let alone a rookie.

It’s not a surprising accomplishment, however, when you hear how McGladdery got to this point in her brief archery career. She’s got one of those great back stories that illustrate how sports can bring out the best in those willing to sacrifice to achieve.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • What McGladdery does for full-time work. (We’re pretty sure no other pro archer has this job.)
  • The career and business McGladdery gave up before taking up competitive archery.
  • How she ended up shooting for Bowtech.
  • What McGladdery thinks about known distance versus unknown in 3-D archery.
  • How she dealt with nerves in pressure-packed tournaments this season.
  • What she’s weighing as she contemplates her future as a professional archer.

“At the end of the day, I just want to get better at shooting.”

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Lancaster Archery Academy Holds S3DA Basic Instructor Course

Lancaster Archery Academy on Dec. 10 is hosting a Basic Instructor Course for coaches and educators interested in participating in the Scholastic 3D Archery program.

The popularity of 3D archery is exploding across the country, thanks to weekend club shoots and the annual tournament circuits organized by Archery Shooters Association (ASA) and the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO).

S3DA is a national organization aimed at helping young people get involved in – and be successful at – 3D archery, target archery and bowhunting. S3DA provides an environment in which archers can grow and develop as individuals and as teams within the sport of archery.

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The Basic Instructor Course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the S3DA program, the equipment used, range set up, basic archery form, safety in teaching the first shot and more. Participants also will learn how to build an after-school program or team in their area, and they will be able to work directly with the PA State S3DA Coordinator, Dan Schuller.

After finishing the course, a participant is considered to be S3DA certified. That certification is required by S3DA for a person to be an instructor in the program.

The Dec. 10 course will run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lancaster Archery Academy, 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602. Participants must be 18 or older and they must be members of S3DA. Participants can join S3DA during the course. Fee for the course is $80.

To register, or receive more information, click here.