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First, if you shot at our place today CHECK FOR TICKS! I pulled 2 off right after I got home (one of the little buggers was trying to eat my left hand), and I know Clay had a BUNCH on him, because he called to tell me to double check myself as well.

Second, for the first time this year, we had a BEAUTIFUL day to shoot, so of course I’m sunburned and look like a cyclops from the back since I have a baseball cap sunburn on my head.

A big thanks to everyone who came out today!  As usual, if I’ve misspelled your name, it’s either because I couldn’t read your handwriting, or after scribbling down your name in my notebook to bring home, now I can’t read mine 🙂

Open Money
Mark Keese 210-6
Known 45
Clay Ledbetter 212-10
James Taylor 201-6
Niko DePofi 198-4
David Carney Jr. 192-1
Brian Presley 171-4
Hunter
Robert Nash 193-3
Trepe Jaworski 188-2
Kyle Cooper 186-4
Senior
Ezra “Spanka” 173-3
Fun Shooters
Conner Haney
Doug Cunningham
Austin Cunningham
Rudy Meedy
Logan Taylor
Ken Gary
Hunter Cunningham
David Cunningham
Lee Hulsey
Cindy Bell Hulsey
Brooke Hunsinger
McKenna Sarvis
David Carney Sr.
Sian Weekley
Bobby Weekley
Dennis Page
Jimmy Sturwold
James Grizzard
George Plemmons

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As always, here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar. 

Weekdays

Indoor – Governor’s Gun Club– Thursday night Indoor Shoot (Powder Springs, GA)

Indoor – Monroe’s Archery – Thursday Night Jackpot Shoot (Barnesville, GA)

 

Both Days

3D – NGC Gainesville (Gainesville, GA)  ***ASA Federation Georgia State Qualifier***

3D – Bucks2Beards (Old Fort, TN)

3D – Full Draw Archery (Alabama? No location listed – call David Hastyfor 706-463-2950) ***Tri State ASA Qualifier – Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee***

 

Saturday

3D – 323 Archery – (Douglaville, GA) (Yes, this is us!)

3D – Bowhunter’s Supply (Bowdon, GA)

3D – Buckeye’s Plantation (Social Circle, GA)  ***CANCELLED***

3D – Christian Bowhunters of Georgia (Covington, GA)

3D – Culpepper Outdoors (th0mpson, GA)

3D – Elbert County Archery Club (Elberton, GA)

GAA – ALC Summer Series Night Shoots (Loganville, GA)

 

Sunday

3D – Archery Connection (Phenix City, AL)

3D – Southern Bowhunters Association (no location listed)

 

If there isn’t a link, I didn’t find a post in the Georgia Outdoor News forum.

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Lee’s Obsession

As always here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar.

Well, this weekend is slim. Anorexic. Ghost-like.  The London, Kentucky Pro/Am is this weekend, and there are VERY few other items on the calendar or the forums.

Both Days

3D – Archery Shooters Association Pro/Am (London, KY)*

 

Saturday

900 Round – ALCHORNETS Summer Nightshoot series (Loganville, GA) (Web page for the event is HERE,  GON.COM forum post HERE)

3D – NGC River Bend Gun Club (Dawsonville, GA)

 

***UPDATE***

Sunday

3D – Bowdocs Archery added a shoot this Sunday, June 1st. (Old Fort, TN)

 

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* Yes, I know what the full name of the shoot is, but neither of those companies sponsor me….

I had a GREAT time shooting Sweetwater with Robert, Kyle and Justin*,  in fact, I had was having too much fun – on the Coyote target I didn’t adjust my sight, giving me my first 8 of the day.   I had a GOOD shoot, even though I ended up with my average, I picked up three twelves to make up for the three eights.  I did shoot one five though, despite having the yardage and making a good release, all I can think of was that the footing was off enough to affect the level on my setup, I have the weights on my stabilizers fine tuned to the point where I don’t have to look at the bubble in my sight very often, but if the footing is uneven, its possible that I was holding the bow off-level.  The shot ended up about 5″ to the right of the 10, just outside the 8 line.  Oh well, these things happen.

I still can’t find my camera, and once we started shooting, I didn’t even think to pull my phone out and take a few photographs, so the only photo I have is the one at the practice range (we didn’t practice, we wanted to get on the course before the kids did, I love seeing that many young archers at a range, but I wanted to get through the course in a decent amount of time, so getting out there BEFORE the kids was important), and I only snapped this photo because the bow is at least twenty years old, still in excellent condition, and obviously, the owner still loves it enough to shoot it.  I have no idea if the man in the photo is the person who was shooting the bow, he just happened to be there.

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* I’m 75% certain our new friend’s name is Justin – however, I am TERRIBLE with names, but gear, I can remember. He was shooting a HeliM, with Injexion or Axis arrows, all white Blazer fletching, white knock, wrist strap release, with a camouflage Easton hip quiver, a paracord bow sling and quiver belt that he made himself.    Believe it or not, this is exactly how I met one of my oldest friends – in the late 1980’s, I shot with him at an archery shoot in Ohio, and continued to shoot with him for almost a year before I knew what his name was.  He was shooting a metallic red Oregon Valiant Crusader bow with custom alpine images on the limbs, 2013 XX75 arrows, with one white and two red 3″ feathers, red nocks and a Scott caliper release.  Yes, 25 years later I can remember Kerry’s equipment, it just took me a year to remember his name… 😉

Well, I’ve finally had all I can stand of target panic: 1 out of 8 targets still sucks.  Last year it got so bad it was every other target, this year I’ve managed to move away from that, but still, I lost 21 points at RBO’s Big 40 shoot to shots I anticipated and flinched on, including one arrow that pretty much missed the entire planet.*  I haven’t shot back tension since, oh, 1996-98, and back then it was a big release, with a fat rope to put around the string (this is somewhat pre-string loop – I know, I know, for a lot of you, dinosaurs roamed the earth back then…), and I had NOBODY to teach me how to use it, nor were there a lot of online sources at that time, so I ended up having score sheets that looked like this:

  1. Hoyt made these bows around 1997? 98? Click to go to the current Hoyt bows.

    Hoyt made these bows around 1997? 98? Click to go to the current Hoyt bows.

    10

  2. 10
  3. 10
  4. 10
  5. 0
  6. 10
  7. 10
  8. 0
  9. 10
  10. 0

You get the picture – I was shooting a Hoyt Deviator at the time, and while it was an outstanding bow, it was about as forgiving as the IRS.   With a 32″ draw length, shooting 3L-28 ACC’s at approximately 60 pounds (and that’s off the top of my head – they may have been 3-49’s) I was pushing 325 FPS shooting IBO when breaking 300 was magical.  Of course, with that setup, I either hit EXACTLY what I wanted, or never saw the arrow again.  I’ve never seen ANYTHING bury itself  in loam or turf like an ACC doing 325 FPS.

I went to the shop today and purchased a T.R.U.  Ball Inside Out.  (Not the “X,” this must be last year’s model…) I know all of the drills I’m supposed to do to beat target panic, blank-bale, 3-5 yard etc, but I just CANNOT bring myself to shoot twice the length of my stabilizer, so I’m starting the practice at 12 yards, and so far, I’m learning how to get my **** together with this release.   I know Bernie Pellerite always says that a lot of competition archers are actually fishermen in training, but I already have enough expensive hobbies, and I KNOW I suck at fishing, so I’ll stick with archery and bowhunting, thank you very much.

The X model seems to come with a rubber piece on the finger grip.

The X model seems to come with a rubber piece on the finger grip.

That being said, I am still up in the air over leaving the cam where it is, with the warning click in place, or turning it so the release just fires without a warning click.  Out of thirty shots this evening, I still punched two of them as soon as I heard the click, and one shot I managed to pull through the click completely.  (That one hit what I was aiming at, but come on, I’m at 12 yards. I can probably hit the spot THROWING the arrow this close.)

I am hopeful that this will refine my form and my aim: it wasn’t until I started shooting Known 45 that I ran into target panic, really, but then again, now I have to AIM, not just ‘pull back, put the pin in the middle and slap the trigger.’

I’ll keep trying, because as always, my goal is to be better this week than I was last week, and that goal is always within reach.  (Except for cleaning out the garage.)

 

* I think it was target 32 – a 42 yard shot on a standard, medium deer target – the kill was very chewed up, I couldn’t make out the rings with my binoculars, let alone through the scope on my sight. I lined the shot up, looked through the peep sight, and clenched the bow and release so hard I missed the target entirely. Not only the target, but the thousand or so BIG trees behind the target.  I looked at John and he said “I didn’t even hear it hit anything.”  I shrugged and said “Apparently, I missed the entire planet that time…

Well, I shot better than I have been – I was even at the half, and even at target 32 I was only 8 points down, then I had a few moments of *durHEE!* and ended up 23 down, but I had a great time, and improved my shot sequence.  Here are the photos, including one of myself from Melinda: I have to say, if you’ve never tried to SHOOT a competition and take photos of it at the same time, you really don’t have a good idea of how hard it is to find more than ‘the folks I’m shooting with, their equipment, the group in front of us, the group behind us and a little dog too’ to photograph really is.

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…nothing better than being able to step out the back door and practice for an hour during lunch. That’s my Hips X2 Big Game target with a Birchwood Casey vegas face tacked onto it. 

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The furthest shot I can get, 30 yards from my back door. (Unless I lock up the dogs and cats and use the living room, with the doors open. Freaks the wife out though)

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I had planned on writing a brief explanation of the origins of Cupid and Cupid’s bow.  I love history, mythology, and all the factors over the centuries that combined to create our current cultural icons.  (i.e. Krampus, St. Nicholas, Eros, Yuletide, etc.)

But… honestly, the material regarding Cupid was… boring.  Very boring.  And I had decided to focus on Cupid rather than Saint Valentine because CUPID USES A BOW! (Read the title of the blog… middle word is….)

So, I was at something of a loss for a decent St. Valentine’s Day post, until I saw this…

Saint Valentine’s Day is this Friday, February 14th – and we’ve set up our first shoot of the year for Saturday the 15th!

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Well, my new rig shoots 7″ right with the sight adjusted as far as it can go (I found out after I got home that I can rotate the sight block 180′ and take care of that), but I still had a good day at Riverbottom Outdoors.  Everything was 8’s and 10’s (I usually manage to flinch or drop my arm at least once for a 5, not today, that makes it a win in my book), and I had a great time with good people.  My daughter had the camera today, so after editing out a few blurry or redundant shots, here’s the gallery.