What I learned as a spectator at an ASA tournament.

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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!







Accubow Archery Training Device Review

The dry fire is an essential training tool for firearms proficiency and until recently there was no way to truly replicate dry fire practice in archery.

Accubow has created the perfect dry fire archery training tool that not only strengthens your archery muscles, it improves your accuracy with the interactive laser sight. With no arrow or target to worry about you can focus on your form, grip, aim and your release with or without using the included D – Loop attachment.

Accubow Archery Training Device adjusts from 10-70 pounds with no set draw length making it perfect for every archer, beginner or professional, left or right handed, child or adult, compound or traditional archers.

The most common archery injuries are caused by drawing a bow incorrectly or with too high of draw weight. Avoid injury by strengthening your muscles and slowly increasing your draw weight with the instantly adjustable Accubow. The Accubow has no let off so you have to build your muscles in order to use it correctly and consistently. Building those muscles directly translate into being able to draw and hold your bow steady in order to aim true.

Draw weight doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t accurate. Accubow’s laser sight and level buble allow you to focus on form and build the stamina for when that big buck walks out or you are in a show down for first place at a 3D tournament.

The grip on the Accubow was designed around today’s popular bow grips. The Accubow’s vibration dampening system provides unlimited dry fire training anywhere.

The most important part of archery is consistency, with the Accubow you will train to use the correct draw, correct form and have a smooth controlled release and follow through.

The Accubow is for everyone, if you sell bows, teach archery, new or experienced in the sport – this training device is for you!

Thinking about getting into archery or buying a bow for someone? First get an Accubow, work on the fundamentals before flinging arrows and you’ll prevent bad habits from developing.

No matter your experience level with archery the Accubow Archery Training Device is a must have!

Accubow Archery Training Device has a carbon fiber finish and a red resistance band and has an MSRP of $149.99.

However for $10 more you can purchase the Rick Carone Signature Series Accubow and Accubow will donate $50 to Team Carone Foundation, a 501c3 Non Profit Organization benefiting cancer research, scholarships and Gifts of Love to Others Battling Cancer.

For more information visit teamcaronefoundation.org. When you purchase the Rick Carone Signature Series Accubow you will receive a purple custom marked R.C. wrist sling, purple Accubow resistance band and a limited edition Rick Carone autographed portrait.


Make sure to check out Accubow.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.





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Rating over 20 bows – ATA 2017

ATA 2017 was an incredible opportunity to shoot over 25 bows from 20+ brands in one place in 3 days. I would have loved to shoot more but unfortunately there are only so many that can accommodate my short draw (25.5) and max weight of 50lbs.

This rating system is my personal option based on my tastes and shooting style. There are bows I absolutely loved but there were things about them that were just not for me. All of the bows were fun to shoot but their balance, grip and ease of draw landed them with their final ratings. My rating system is 1-5, and based on first impressions with around 5 arrows each. Not all bows shot are listed.

I would be happy to own and shoot any of the 5 rated bows but the Elite Impression is the bow I enjoyed the most. The Impression was the first bow I shot at the show and set the standard for the rest of my range time. The close second was the New Breed Nemesis the Darton 700. The new Avail from Mathews tied for 3rd with the Hoyt Carbon Defiant.

My mission was to find and shoot any new women's bows. I was really happy when the guys at just about every shooting lane insisted that all bows are women's bows. By the end of the show I began to request “short draw bows” instead of “women's bows”. As someone that is used to being handed the pink bow as a reflex of a ignorant salesman, the attitude of the staff was incredibly refreshing. Everyone was very nice but the folks at Darton, Moxie and Elite went above and beyond, very friendly and informative. The guys at Darton were so nice and knowledgeable, everything you could ask for when looking at bows.

More in depth stats and opinions available soon on an upcoming blog post.

Elite – Impression – 5+

Bear – Prowess – 5

New Breed – Nemesis – 5

Obsession- Huntress – 4

Obsession Defcon M7Z – 4


Moxie – Angel – 5

Darton – 700 – 5

Darton Maverick II – 5

Matthews – Avail – 5

Xpedition Archery Excursion 6 – 4

PSE Phenom SD – 4+

PSE Carbon Air – 4+

Hoyt Carbon Defiant – 5

Hoyt Prevail – 4+

Bowtech Eva Skockey – 5

Prime Centergy – 4+

Tribe (Recurve) Halo ILF -4+

Martin Carbon Mist – 5

Velocity Outdoors Race – 4

Velocity Outdoors Retribution – 4

Gearhead T18 – 4+

Parker Bows Lightning – 4

AMS Juice – 5

Oneida Osprey – 5


2015 Maine Bear Season – Ladies’ Weeks Summery


Bear season flew by far too fast! I don't even know how to begin to sum up how great it was during those two weeks of ladies camp. It's like a blur of camouflage, incredible food, laughing till my face hurt, and spending time with old and new friends. Already looking forward to next year when we will have 3 weeks full of ladies hunting bear.

Week one everyone saw bear, 4 of us harvested bear. So incredible proud of Cindy and Jennifer for getting their first bears! Cindy shot her bear right through the heart! You could see the perfect X of the broadhead. Everyone from week one is coming back next year.


Week 2 Lauren shot a bear and Katy passed on a small bear. Tena and Louwanna conquered their fears of sitting alone in the bear woods for the first time and are coming back next year, in fact all of week two is coming back!


My bear was my first bow bear and while I made a bad shot, we gave all our effort to track her down and recover her. Many lessons learned including how incredibly tough these animals are, no matter the size. She was very skinny and probably wouldn't have made it through the the winter.



I want to thank LockDown Outdoors for the koozies for the ladies goody bags and Boarmasters for the great products that drew the bears straight in!


Amy's bear had a massive head and an incredible secret revealed at the taxidermist! Stay tuned for that story!


Hopefully you can join me and the ladies next season in bear camp at Pleasant River Guide Service!



Alien Nitro by Martin Archery

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Introduced for 2014 the Alien Nitro is truly out of this world!

With an incredibly light 3.5 pounds, axle to axle of 32” and its sleek design makes the Alien a perfect hunting bow for both women and men. Accommodating draw lengths between 25.5” and 30.5”, the Alien’s smooth draw and forgiving 7” brace height combined with the adjustable 80% let off creates a fast 335fps IBO. The parallel limbs are offered in peak draw weights of 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

Martin’s vibration escape system components work together to make the Alien one of the quietest bows in the world. The shock suppressor and the string silencers decrease noise and vibration but Martin doesn’t stop there. Embedded in the riser are 3 of Martin’s exclusive Vibration Escape Modules (V.E.M.) with suspended steel stabilizing weights and the Integrated V.E.M. Arrow Shelf combine good looks and function by absorbing shock and decreasing vibration.

The lean riser is artistically crafted with details that are woven together so subtly that what looks simple from a distance is incredibly intricate close up. The alien themed details include ovals that bring to mind UFOs, alien eyes and even the Alien logo etched into the wood centered in the comfortable and solid grip. Along with the decorative details there is a seemingly small detail that makes a huge difference for a shooter, there are 3 holes for sight installation. The flexibility that this feature allows is a major innovation for optimum sight placement.

The Alien Nitro is available in camo, carbon, red, and white and has an MSRP of $934.99

Martin Archery Bows are Proudly Made in the USA by a company with an over 60 year history and dedication to quality and customer service.


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Woodland Buck by Rinehart Targets

Shooting at a flat target is great for improving accuracy and dialing in your sight but there is no better way to prepare for a hunt than using a 3D target of the actual animal you are going to be hunting. Knowing the anatomy of the game animal being pursued is critical in assisting the hunter in making a quick clean kill.

For deer hunters, the Woodland Buck by Rinehart is a great 3D target for practice and perfecting each shot. The Woodland Buck’s features allows for an archer to shoot and review how accurate the shot placement is. Knowing where to place your shot in the simulated vitals on the Woodland Buck and practicing for perfect shot placement allows you to be confident when the moment of truth arrives in the stand.

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The Woodland Buck’s body is completely molded from strong Solid FX Foam™ with no fillers ensuring archers receive the best value for the price point.

The Woodland Buck is double-sided with the left side featuring visible outlines of the heart, lung, liver, intestines, as well as the shoulder and leg bones. The right side features the visible outlines of the shoulder, legs and intestines with a 3D cut out of the heart, lung, liver for higher details and visibility aiding in precise accuracy of the vitals.

Left side with outlines of vitals, guts and shoulder bones.

The target body is completely molded from strong Solid FX Foam™ with no fillers, ensuring archers receive the best value for the price point. The target’s vitals feature Rinehart’s exclusive patented replaceable locking insert, made of Solid Rinehart “Self Healing” foam. This self-healing foam is the same material that is in the Rinehart targets that were selected in 2012 by the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) to be used exclusively as the target provider for IBO National and World Events.

Right side with cut out vital area for easy viewing at greater distances.

The self healing vital core is approved for field tips, fixed and expandable broadheads on carbon, aluminum and wood arrows shot from traditional bows, compound bows and even crossbows. Pulling the arrows is extremely easy; according to the manufacturer archers will not need any lubricants, gimmicks or pullers. The foam will heal itself within 10 seconds; ready to be shot again over and over. Not only will the replaceable core feature allow archers to save money but it will allow the target to last for years to come.Even hits to the main body seem to have “self-healing” properties. I have hit my target outside of the vital area and the hole is hardly noticeable.

The Woodland Buck is designed to simulate the body structure of a 100lb mature 8-point buck. The antlers and head are removable for easy storage and portability. Included with the buck are two metal stakes for easy set up and stabilization of your target. Weighing approximately 16 pounds, moving the target out for practice is very easy.  

The Woodland Buck has a MSRP of $179.99 and the replaceable insert is $51.99. The products are available at select Rinehart dealers and online stores. To find a dealer near you visit www.rinehart3d.com/distributors/finder.aspx. For more information on all of Rinehart’s targets please visit www.rinehart3d.com

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