Sunday, February 26, 2012

USRB Dirty Harry Indoor Shoot

Ok so I am dying to for hunting season to roll around and I think I have a  bad case of spring fever. This will be my second post about a 3-D archery shoot but this one is for the archery club that I am a member of and frankly I am just as excited to get some good shooting done.

The Upper Snake River Bowmen is holding their annual "Dirty Harry" Indoor 3-D Shoot. This is always a great way to get out of the spring fever funk and shoot some 3-D targets. The shoot will be held on Saturday March 3rd 2012 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Set up is at 6:00 am. The shoot is held at the Rexburg Indoor Arena at the Madison Fairgrounds.

The prices are very reasonable and are as follows:

Club Members: Adult $10, Youth $8 or Families $25
Non-Members: Adult $15, Youth $12 or Families $35

There will be breakfast and lunch available as well as raffle prizes. It is a great opportunity to come and get some great practice with some 3-D targets, pine trees, hunting blinds, and even a tree stand type of a shot. So if you are in the area or know of some people that live nearby it would be worth stopping by to enjoy some great food, fun, and shooting.

Dirty Harry shoot in 2009

Dirty Harry Shoot

The USRB Club is open to everyone and if you help set up and take down for any of the shoots, your name will be entered into a drawing at the annual banquet held in February for a brand new bow. It is possible to win because I won a few years ago! Come on out!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Upper Snake River Bowmen Banquet

So last weekend we had our annual banquet for our archery club, The Upper Snake River Bowmen. This is always a great event and fun to see all the success photos of others. It is fun to mingle and get the chance at winning some great prizes and help out the club.

This year was great because my sister-in-law harvested her first animal with her bow. Those that get their first bow harvest get recognition and a beanie. It was extra cool to be there and support her. She shot a whitetail doe with her bow earlier in the season. 

Sara's First Deer With a Bow

 The food was great! We were served prime rib, chicken, and some corn. This is always a blast to catch up with the club, see how everyone's season went, and of course have a great laugh. The raffles are always fun to put in for because they always have some awesome prizes. Plus the money they raise on the raffle prizes go to support the archery club.

Here are some photos of the food and a very small portion of the raffle prizes:

Prime Rib, Chicken, Corn
Deer Antler Handled Obsidian Knife
S4 Lock Down for your Binoculars
Carter Quickie Release
Martin Bow Set Up

One of the prizes that I have tried every year to get was a hand made youth recurve. I was fortunate enough to have my name drawn this year and I was pretty stoked. I took it home and surprised my son with it and instantly he was sneaking through the house hunting elk, deer, and bears.

My little hunting buddy.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bogus Challenge 3-D Archery Shoot

I love 3-D shoots. Especially ones of this caliber. Steve Speck of S&S Archery is putting together a 3-D Archery Shoot, or rather, a 3-D Archery Event that will definitely be a challenge and lots of fun for everyone. It is called The Bogus Challenge and will be held at the Bogus Basin Ski Resort in Boise, Idaho the weekend of June 23-24. The Bogus Challenge offers 5 different courses to shoot. Here is the description of two of the courses that I found on the website.

Pure Elevation Course:

This will be the main course and attraction for the shoot. Sponsored by Pure Elevation Productions the course will challenge the archer both physically and mentally. The course will have shots that in most situations would be unethical hunting shots. However I feel as archers we need to be constantly pushing ourselves to become better shots and this course will do that. There will be some long distance shots (around 70-80 yards) but there will also be shots designed so that the archer needs to know the flight of his arrow and what he/she can or cannot get away with. The course won’t be marked yardage but rangefinders will be allowed.

I want everyone to be able to shoot with their buddies during the shoot and have fun so instead of putting the competitors into flights everyone who wants to compete for the $1k prize will have to have their scores posted by 4 pm. The top 10 shooters will then go into a 5 target shoot off starting from zero with their score. If you are willing to lie about your actual score during the day you better be ready to be called out at the shoot off.

The winner of the Pure Elevation Course will take home $1,000.00!!!


Train to Hunt Course:
This course is brought to you by Dan Stanton and the Train-to-hunt crew. It will consist of 5 targets and will be a timed event designed to push the archer to his physical limits. While wearing a loaded down pack the archer will race through the course as fast as possible while still maintaining composure enough to accurately shoot his bow. A combination of your time and score will make up the final score.

With a $1000 prize to the winner of the Pure Elevation Challenge, elk calling and bow tuning seminars, raffles, prizes, who wouldn't want to attend! This is going to be an excellent shoot and I look forward to attending that's for sure. So be sure to check it out and mark your calendars.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bow America - Goose with my Bow

This is an excerpt from my article in BowAmerica e-Magazine.  To read more and other great articles, be sure to subscribe for FREE... Who doesn't enjoy a free subscription to a hunting magazine

Ever since I can remember our family has been going goose hunting on Thanksgiving here in Eastern Idaho. This year as we were making our plans we found out that my two brothers were not going to be able to go with us. My dad and I decided since we still had our late whitetail tags we would head out to our stands near our house to try and catch a glimpse of some whitetails instead. I grabbed my trusty traditional recurve and we took off in hopes of seeing "Da turdy point buck".

We climbed into our stands and began the day. As we sat in the cold December air, geese and ducks were flying over head. This continued for a couple of hours and I sent my dad a text message asking if he has seen any activity, because on my end it was pretty dead. He responded by saying that we should have gone goose hunting. Another hour passed by and just when I thought there was no hope, I heard some movement directly behind me. I got excited but had to contain my excitement as to not scare whatever is behind me. I slowly turned my head and heard the animal moving through the thick trees. As I listened and watched for it to make its appearance I caught a glimpse of what looked like antlers. My stomach dropped. It was getting closer and closer. Finally the trees were thin enough to make out the animal and, to my disappointment, I saw a young bull moose. I watched the young guy walk around and stand right underneath my tree stand.

By now my dad and I were getting hungry so we decided to make our way out of our stands. I had to try and get the attention of the moose and hope he would scamper off. So I started breaking off twigs from the tree and tossing them down hoping to get his attention. I started getting worried as I was running out of twigs so I slowly started lowering my pack from my stand and wiggling my pack in front of him. It took some coaxing but it worked and he finally left. I met up with my dad and as we were walking out we heard a bunch of geese in a nearby field. My dad told me a story about how he had snuck up on some geese and was able to bag one with his bow. To me this sounded like a challenge.

Finish reading in the current issue of BowAmerica.