What I learned as a spectator at an ASA tournament.

Photo courtesy of http://www.asaarchery.com

When I lived in New York I was part of a 3D Archery club. I found this club by searching on www.3dshoots.com – an incredible resource for finding 3D Archery clubs, there are thousands listed. The very easy to use search will help you find a local club to join.

I heard about ASA (Archery Shooters Association) tournaments but didn't look any further into them because I thought they were only for those far more talented than myself. I love archery but don't really see myself as talented enough to compete.

I decided to check out an ASA tournament after seeing Chris Brackett, the host of Fear No Evil on Outdoor Channel, dive into ASA tournaments feet first and learning while competing.

I've been a fan of Brackett's for several years, his trick shots on Arrow Affliction are the main reason I stayed with archery even after wanting to hang up my bow forever. This was before bow manufacturers recognized that there are archers out there with less than 26″ draw lengths that aren't children. My first bow was 2.5 inches shorter than my draw length and without being able to achieve consistent proper form my arrows were literally hit or miss. After seeing Brackett shoot an arrow through a washer barely larger than his arrow I knew that I had to keep trying. After getting a bow that fit me I was getting better and better and when ever I was feeling frustrated I would think about that washer and keep going.

When Brackett was on BowJunky Media's podcast he mentioned that there isn't a lot of spectators at the shoots even though they are allowed. He invited people in the area of the next shoot to come and watch him shoot. Since his next shoot was not far from my house I took him up on it and what I learned opened my eyes to a whole new world of archer.

Chris Brackett shooting at a black bear target.


I learned that anyone can join the ASA and shoot in the tournaments. There were people from all walks of life, every shape and size of bow and archer were shooting and having fun catching up with their fellow shooters.

I learned that if you bring your tiny every day umbrella it won't cut it and you may get some friendly teasing until they ask to borrow it.

I learned that everyone seemed to be very friendly and encouraging, it was like a huge family reunion but you could buy archery gear and shoot targets.

I learned that if its hot out you'll want lemonade and they will charge you a ridiculous amount for lemon flavored sugar water but you'll buy it because you're thirsty.

I learned that even some of the best in the world can miscalculate and miss.

I learned that bowhunters can and should compete to keep their skills sharp in the off season.

I learned that it is incredibly peaceful to be in the woods surrounded by archers and singing birds as the sunlight streams through the trees.

There are classes from novice to professional, known and unknown distance, ages 6 and up, and every bow brand out there including crossbows.

It is frustrating to without a bow around so many archers having a good time shooting. However, I still had a great time getting a glimpse into a world I would love to be a part of in the future. It has inspired me to seek out another 3D archery club in the South and get back into the fun shoots with possibly joining the ASA in the future.

I encourage anyone that shoots a bow or crossbow for target shoots or hunting to go to an ASA tournament to check it out. Bring a good pair of binoculars and bug spray.

You won't be disappointed!

From the ASA websiteIf you’ve never experienced the fun and excitement of a national tournament you need to be there. It is a true archery festival with the top archery manufacturers showing the newest and latest products, competition classes for the whole family, and a full schedule of archery opportunities. In addition to the two rounds of competition featuring McKenzie 3-D targets, other activities include McKenzie Speed Bags for warm-up, a 40 target 3-D practice range, Team Shoots with Pros and amateurs, the Known Distance Shoot, Lancaster Long Shot and the opportunity to meet, watch and learn from the greatest archers in the world. ASA offers everyone the chance to experience the fun of these professionally run events with competition ranges that are specifically designed to be spectator friendly, and competition classes that allow everyone from age six-to-over sixty to compete.

Among the amateur classes are the Bow Novice and Women’s Bowhunter classes that are specifically designed for novices and bowhunters to come out and try their hand. They shoot known distance, the maximum distance is 30 yards, and long stabilizers and movable sights and sights with magnification are not permitted. Anyone who has a passion for bowhunting needs to try their hand at an ASA event to help extend their season and hone their archery skills.

Check them out at www.asaarchery.com and don't forget to use the search at www.3dshoots.com to find a local club. Now get out there and shoot!







The Shield Archery Backstop by B.U.P. Sports

Photo Credit: B.U.P. Sports

Photo Credit: B.U.P. Sports

One of the hardest parts about archery for many archers is keeping yourself from focusing on “NOT” missing, when we should be focusing on where we want the arrow to hit.

The Shield Archery Backstop by B.U.P. Sports allows you to focus on hitting your target without having to worry about missing the target and losing an arrow. The Shield is beneficial for both seasoned archers and those just beginning to get into the sport.

Use The Shield to utilize those smaller targets on the corners with confidence. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes

Use The Shield to utilize those smaller targets on the corners with confidence. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes

From teaching beginners to testing how far you can shoot, The Shield can help you from losing your valuable arrows. The other benefit of The Shield is that you can use the corners of your targets which were previously unused because missing meant losing an arrow or wasted valuable time searching for that arrow. The Shield will not only extend the life of your target, it will save you time and money from missed targets and lost arrows.

With The Shield behind your targets you can focus on building your confidence and skill for when the moment of truth happens in the field. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes

With The Shield behind your targets you can focus on building your confidence and skill for when the moment of truth happens in the field. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes



Although The Shield is tough enough to stop an arrow, it is gentle on arrows and allows for easy removal. The manufacturer recommends placing The Shield at least the length of your arrow away from any walls, fences, etc., as the arrow can go through the backstop about half way. The diameter of the practice tip should be no greater than that of the arrow.

The Shield stops all types of arrows with field tips, tested to 370 feet per second (narrow shaft carbon tested). It is not made to be used with broad heads or crossbows; however you can special order a crossbow backstop.The Shield is made of multi-layered recycled plastic fibers positioned in such a way that they stop the arrows energy much like a bullet proof vest. This is covered with industrial felt with fabric web loops around the perimeter. The Shield does not include a stand but can be easily set up by hanging or leaning against your target.

My arrow did not go through The Shield. 30 yards with 52 lbs draw weight. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes

My arrow did not go through The Shield. 30 yards with 52 lbs draw weight. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes

The Shield is lightweight and durable; weighing approximately 1 1/2 pounds per square ft. I can easily carry the 3’x4′ size with one hand to bring it inside when I am finished shooting. The manufacturer recommends storing The Shield indoors when not in use.

The Shield is extremely easy to set up; you can either hang it or lean it up against your target. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes

The Shield is extremely easy to set up; you can either hang it or lean it up against your target. Photo Credit: Michelle Harmes

The Shield is available in sizes from 3’x4’ to up to 6’X14’ and have a MSRP from $89.95 to $789.95. Available in black, camo and black with “Huntin is Good” stencil. Visit www.bupsports.com  to read more about this product and to see the variety of sizes offered.

Although The Shield will stop your arrows it is not a substitute for safety. Always be sure of what is beyond your target and never fire an arrow in the direction of a person, pet or personal property.



Photo Credit: B.U.P. Sports

Photo Credit: B.U.P. Sports

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Rinehart Field Target

I’ve had my eye on this target for a while and finally found it in a store. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t too large or two small.

The target is a good size with good weight behind it. It is very fun to shoot and when you shoot it it will spin with the energy of the shot so you have many different points of aim with little worry of robin hooding an arrow.This is also great if there is more than one shooter. The target can be placed at a known distance or tossed for distance estimation practice.


When shot at a slight angle, the target spins on grass and allows for multiple shots.

Even if your hunting area is marked at distance, animals rarely pick the exact distance so it good to practice. The target is black with bright green targets that are highly visible even in low light.


Even after many, many shots the target seals up and is really for more hits.

Rinehart Field Target has self healing material that makes it extremely durable.

You can find the rineheart target at select stores or a online hunting retailer for $34.99

For more information go to http://www.rinehart3-d.com

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