3D Archery Competition: A Newbie’s Perspective

I’m fairly new to hunting, so when someone that has more experience than me offers advice I’m all ears. I have a friend that has been a competitive archer for over 20 years. In the 5 years that I’ve known him, he has been persistent in inviting me to multiple 3D target shoots, but I have consistently declined his invite.

I was interested in going, but I felt that I needed to change my complete setup to shoot in a competition. I hunt using the hunting bow that I’ve had for a few years. Fortunately and maybe due to some luck, I’ve had the great experience at harvesting multiple animals with that bow. However, shooting competitively was one of those “things” that intimidated me more than anything.

Well, this past weekend I couldn’t say no any longer because the 3D shoot that I was invited to was in my own backyard. As I’ve heard others say, “Sometimes it’s nice to get out of your comfort zone.” Well, I did. The result was…I LOVED IT!

Yes, there were those shooters who had the bows with all the bells and whistles and probably cost more than my car. However, after a few targets and letting the nerves settle, I could see that they were there just shooting a bow like me. I didn’t take home any grand trophy, but that wasn’t the point. I had a great time meeting a lot of great people with the same level of passion that I have for bow hunting and, best of all, I was able to continue to improve my bow skills. I encourage anyone, regardless of what label is on your bow, to try a 3D archery shoot if you can. It was a blast.

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