Your Archery Academy App

Your Archery Academy App

I’m seeking help with the design of the graphics for the sports version of the Your Academy app. This is my first attempt at the front page. do you have an idea that may work better to convey the message of personalized coaching for all sports.
any design used in the app will be given credit in the app and associated website.
the app will be free to download with free info pages by each coach and on board video and chat systems that will allow interaction between student and coach.

app-splash-page
Coaches/teachers using the app will have a small server fee $5USD per month after this fee the coach can choose to charge for their services or coach for free any fees charged will have 10% deducted from the fee charged by the coach/teacher this will go towards providing the app completely free for those who are less fortunate through charitable Not for profit organizations.
This link is to the first draft of the app flow design, there is a long way to go from here but we are started. https://www.dropbox.com/s/06fdbno2ojzwv80/SMFG2%20-%20Student-Coach%20-%2017%3A11%3A2015.mov?dl=0  simply download the file and it will play like a movie.

The Battle for Fort Van Lier 2012

The Battle for Fort Van Lier 2012

Well here we are getting ready for the 30 hour trip to Argentina for the 2012 IFAA World Field Archery Championships (WFAC) and I still can’t  get the Fort Van Lier shoot out of my mind it was just so exciting. With a truly international group of Pro-archers fighting against a course designed by people with a desire to really make it difficult, anything that could be done to make each shot more difficult than the last was done.

The list of traps for the unwary is endless, shooting from the inside of a boarded up concrete bunker to the bright sun lit target through a gap in the boards or through a tunnel running through the World War one fort. Both Male and female archers were faced with shots from the roof of the Fort down and back up again using a mixture of lighting and just steep angles to add a level of difficulty that is found in very few Archery ranges around the world.

The two first place takers Kristina Berger and Dietmar Trillus both won their respective divisions by 6 points each this is a large lead for such a hard fought competition among the best archers the world has to offer. I am not saying that the other archers did not do well this was a nail bitingly close competition that became even harder on day two as the weather started to heat up with blistering temperatures. Just competing in the Pro series against the highest standard of archers would be hard enough without these extremes of weather on a course designed to send a shiver down the spine of the most seasoned Pro.

For those who have not watched the Pro series shoots before you are in for a surprise and if you would like to look back in time a bit all the European Pro shoots are still on line simply by going to the events page. For those who are thinking of carving their name in history with a win at a European Professional Archery competition you will find all the information on their website at http://www.europroarchery.com .

When you go to the webpage with the video presentation of the shoot scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the map of the fort this will open in a new page. The map page has all the information you could want regarding the Range itself, the size of the target face, distance and shot angle to each target face so while you are watching the shooting you can have a quick look at the info for that target and its location on the map. While you are on the video page by simply clicking on the name of an archer you will find information like career highlights the equipment they use their score at all stages of the competition and career prize winnings in the European  Pro-archery series. In fact the more you look around on this site the more you can learn about the Pro series and those who compete in it.

Kristina Berger of Germany took out first place with her Total Winnings In the pro series: 1,500.00 EURO on her debut appearance at a European Pro shoot. Gladys Willems of Belgium in second place with her Total Winnings In the pro series: 6,626.07 EURO and Camilla Soemod of Denmark in third place with her Total Winnings In the pro series: 2,126.49 EURO.

Dietmar Trillus of Canada made his debut on the European Pro Archery tour at the 2011 Cartel Classic in Mullenborn, now on his 5th Pro shoot he has taken first place at Fort Van Lier with a Total Winnings In the pro series: 6,273.72 EURO, with Liam Grimwood of Great Britton in second place with a Total Winnings In the pro series: 12,784.47 EURO and Andre Grawinkel of Germany in third place with a Total Winnings In the pro series:7,174.53 EURO.

Well not all of us can compete in the Pro series but we can all sit back in our favourite arm chair and watch it all as it happens or go over those past Pro shoots to study how the top archers shoot. Now if you fancy your chances shooting against the best well just get out there and practice learn as much as you can then have a go at qualifying all you need to know in on the website.

 

Last and far from least I would like to thank our sponsors who help me to assist others in this wonderful sport, Vortex Optics, Ontarget2 Software for archers, Shibuya sights, Tru Ball releases, Trophy Taker rests, Twister Bowstrings they blow away the rest and The US and International Archer magazine for publishing my ramblings.

Peter Bourke  Archery Consultant for www.archeryfix.com

Back in the armchair

Back in the armchair

With a slight creek and groan from my faithful old arm chair as I settle in with the surround sound turned up and the first Pro Skins match to be shot at the new Dan Y Darren Pro archery range in Wales on the big screen (this has to be the life for any armchair archer). As this shoot was held to tryout the ranges for the Pro shoots who better to do the test than a couple of archers who are normally behind the scenes at the Pro shoots.

Of the four archers chosen to test out the ranges Alistair Whittingham would be the best known to the thousands who watch the Euro Pro shoots as it is Alistair,s commentary that we have come to recognise from the Pro shoot video feeds. Tapani Kalmaru, Alex Bridgman and Tim Keppie are the other three shooters competing for this purse. Tim Keppie is another member of the Pro shoot production team, he can also be seen showing his prowess on this most demanding of all courses with cut angles that would send your range finder into shock.

This is no course for the faint hearted with having to shoot at an uphill  target perched on the top of a mountain with the clouds streaming by behind as a backdrop being the easy shot. Then being asked to stand on the very verge of a sheer  cliff face while trying to settle your pin on that 80 yard extreme downhill target while a roaring cross wind threatens to blow the archers off the cliff to the rocks below would make that 13cm spot look almost impossible.

With 2000 pounds as prize money for the skins, it is enough to keep the four archers on their game as well as giving us a chance to see the possibilities for this style of archery. Just imagine the Doinker Welsh Masters shoot being held there next year with the excitement of dozens of archers shooting up and down these very impressive cliffs well you won’t have to long to weight as The Doinker Welsh Masters will be held here on the 14th and 15th of September 2013 so don’t miss it. Of course there is a lot more to be done to this range before it could hold such a major Pro tournament but it is doable, and the end result should give us some magnificent viewing.

 

 

This range naturally lends itself to video production allowing us to view this field archery spectacular from totally new angles without the interference of trees and undergrowth. With the ability to give the audience a side view of the shoot line we will be able to truly see the angle of shot as this is something that is difficult to grasp from the shooters position on the TV screen. The ten target course is set in and around an old limestone quarry in the Brecon National Park with another 48 acres of usable shoot range this will be one of the best and most trying ranges on earth when completed.

As the top archers of the world compete on a range that will truly challenge their skills I am sure we are about to see a massive change in the way pro archery is presented to the world.

Don’t forget that the videos of the Skins shoot are still online free to view at www.alternative2tv.com so have a look for yourself I am sure that you will love it unless vertigo is a problem, but then we are quite safe and comfortable in our armchairs looking at our new internet capable TV,s.

On to Miramar for the WFAC

For those of us getting ready for the World Field Archery Championships in October at Miramar Argentina it is all getting very close now and about time to pull out those sports psychology recordings and write down all your bow specs and spare sight tapes.  And get everything ready for the shoot of your life as this is Argentina the land of fine wines, Lomo (Beef), Tango and don’t forget the people of Argentina who will make you feel like an old friend.  Your evening meal starts at around 10 at night and can go on for hours so allow a little time to have a good time, you guys will just have to get used to getting many big hugs and the occasional kiss on the cheek as this is Argentina and the men will all give you a hug.

On a more serious note this is the 2012 WFAC (world Field Archery Championship) and as such at each WFAC the IFAA holds its biannual world Council meeting. This is where the delegates of the IFAA Nations decide on changes to the rules of shoot, IFAA constitution and everything to do with the IFAA is governed by this meeting, as such it is vitally important to all IFAA archers.

I implore all IFAA archers who love this your game to visit the IFAA web site at www.ifaa-archery.org to read through the proposed changes to our game as there are many proposed legislative changes that can totally change the way out game is run, scored, what we shoot at, what we shoot with and the divisions we will shoot in. remember this is basically a democratic organisation so you get to have your say through your IFAA nations representative.

We the members of the IFAA compete and love this unique and challenging style of archery, be it the Indoor round, Flint round, 3D, Bowhunter shoots, International round or the more commonly shot marked Field shoot. These are all competitions shot in the IFAA and unique to the IFAA, so I can see no benefit to us becoming a pale imitation of these other archery competitions, we are not inferior to these sports we are being asked to emulate, we are the International Field Archery Association. This is an internationally recognised organisation conducted under its unique rules not a pale imitation of others, just take a look at the number of member nations belonging to the IFAA, and this number is climbing every year. The design of targets and the way they are to be shot is integral to this game, demanding skill, concentration and a bit more thought as a simple mistake on a bunny can cost you dearly I know as I have made all those mistakes but then that is the IFAA game it is designed to trip you up and make you think.

I have been asked by other international IFAA archers to explain how some of these proposed changes would work if implemented, but for many of the changes I am at a loss to understand how they could work or why we need to make many of these proposed changes in the first place. As just one example our Bare Bow compound division will be impossible to shoot under the proposed changes in this I speak from experience having shot the Pan Pac Masters Games with a 60# compound bow without a Stabilizer under the FITA rules I won but it was not Pretty to see as the modern compound bow is designed to be shot with a stabiliser for balance and for many designs for shock absorbing.

Many thanks for the decision to post these proposed changes on the IFAA web site. However I believe they should be available for much longer prior to any decision being made as there is insufficient time for archers to be aware of their posting, then take in the information and make their feelings known to their National governing body prior to the vote.

Last and far from least I would like to thank our sponsors who help me to assist others in this wonderful sport, Vortex Optics, Ontarget2 Software for archers, Shibuya sights, Tru Ball releases, Trophy Taker rests, Twister Bowstrings and the US Archer magazine for publishing my ramblings.

Peter Bourke  Archery Consultant for www.archeryfix.com


USA 2012 Paralympic Team for Archery. Seven archers are now London-bound

USA 2012 Paralympic Team for Archery. Seven archers are now London-bound

 

Chula Vista, CA – USA Archery has selected the 2012 Paralympic Team for Archery. Seven archers are now London-bound, following a rigorous Trials process that included a double 70 meter ranking round and round robin match play.

 

Jeff Fabry (CA), who qualified his spot for London by virtue of his finish at the World Archery Para Championships, will be joined by Matt Stutzman (IA) and Dugan Denton (MT) in the Compound Men Open sport classification. Paralympians Jerry Shields (FL) in Compound Men W1, Eric Bennett (AZ) and Lee Ford (GA) in Standing Recurve, and Russell Wolfe (VA) in Recurve Men W2 will round out the U.S. Paralympic Team.

 

The Paralympic Team Trials saw tough competition between many archers with substantial international experience, including Chuck Lear (MO), Steve Bosson (UT), Natalie Wells (CA), Jonathan Mize (IN), Michael Lukow (TX), Aaron Cross (MN) and D’Arce Hess (CA).

 

The second nomination shoot of the Olympic Team Trials also concluded today, though the Olympic Team will not be decided until after the third nomination shoot, scheduled for June 1-3 in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

The second nomination shoot was a six-day event including practice, and featured a ranking round and fifteen round robin matches, followed by a cut to eight archers per gender. After the cut, archers shot an elimination round and seven additional round robin matches.

 

Following today’s round robins, there was some movement within the ranks, though point totals will triple at the next Trials event, making it difficult to predict who will ultimately prevail in the grueling Trials process.

 

For the men, Brady Ellison (AZ) leads the pack with 82 points, followed by Jake Kaminski (NY) with 72, Jacob Wukie (OH) with 58, Joe Fanchin (CA) with 53.25, Butch Johnson (CT) with 48.25, Dan Schuller (PA) with 42.25, Thomas Stanwood (MA) with 39.75 and Vic Wunderle (NC) with 38.75.

 

On the women’s side, Miranda Leek (IA) has garnered a solid point lead with 75.75; she is followed by Jennifer Nichols (WY) with 69, Khatuna Lorig (CA) with 66.5, Heather Koehl (WI) with 58.75, Kristin Braun (CA) with 51, Lori Cieslinski (MI) with 40, Mackenzie Brown (TX) with 36.5, and Holly Stover (MI) with 35.

 

The Paralympic Team Trials, along with the Olympic Team Trials, were hosted by Roadrunner Archery Club at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Next up for eight Olympic hopefuls, along with several of the country’s top compound archers, is the second stage of the World Cup, next week in Antalya, Turkey.

 

Click here to view complete results from both events.

 

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Women’s Excellence Program

First-ever Women’s Excellence Program

 

Chula Vista, CA – On the eve of the fifth International Olympic Committee World Conference on Women and Sport, USA Archery has released an update on its first-ever Women’s Excellence Program (WXP). Fittingly, the theme of the Conference was “Together Stronger: The Future of Sport,” and the women participating in the WXP are focused on exactly that. 

The first of three Women’s Excellence Program camps was held recently at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. The sixteen women who comprise the “Shadow Team” – the top sixteen women following the first U.S. Olympic Team Trials event – were invited to participate.

Twelve archers attended the first camp, which was staffed by six coaches and a sport psychologist. Two personal coaches also attended to support their students. The program, which was developed to create a sense of unity for the U.S. women, was also designed to provide the means for the top women’s recurve athletes to work together to become an internationally dominant team.

“I learned that the U.S. Olympic Committee, as well as USA Archery, are one hundred percent behind the women,” commented Lori Cieslinski, a Shadow Team member who participated in the camp. “The experience was different from anything I have ever been through…it was nice to see how similar our goals are. That we all believe that we can do this, and that we will be supported to that end.”

The first camp – part of a three-camp series – focused on team building, communication and increasing competition experiences in a variety of situations. KiSik Lee, the U.S. National Head Coach, and International Team Staff were available to provide technical direction and help for the athletes involved.

“The first camp went extremely well, and it was incredible to see how the women came together,” noted Assistant Head Coach Guy Krueger. “I was especially impressed by the grit, determination and support they displayed during the team competition on the last day. The weather was just miserable, wet and rainy, and every team completed the task and supported each other in the process. It was a very inspirational day.”

Jennifer Nichols, a two time Olympian seeking her third Olympic team placement, echoed Cieslinski’s thoughts: “This camp was the best training program I have ever been a part of at the Olympic Training Center,” Nichols stated. “The USA women have needed focus, motivation and cohesion in the sense of teamwork for a long time…the culture of the U.S. women’s recurve is beginning to change positively and we are all ecstatic to be part of this transformation. We have all realized that together we are strong, and we can accomplish that which we never have before when we work as one.”

The second Women’s Excellence Program Camp is scheduled for March 17-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

 

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USAA Awards Highest Honor to James Madison University Coach Bob Ryder

USAA Awards Highest Honor to James Madison University Coach Bob Ryder

 

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Harrisonburg, VA – James Madison University archery coach Bob Ryder, one of the country’s most distinguished collegiate archery coaches, has been presented today with the Thompson Medal of Honor at the National Indoor Championships taking place at James Madison University.  Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO, was present for the award presentation, as well as several JMU archery team alums and members of Ryder’s family.The prestigious Thompson Medal of Honor was established by USA Archery (then known as the National Archery Association) in 1939 and is reserved for those who have “rendered outstanding and meritorious service to archery without expectation of award.” The Thompson Medal of Honor is considered to be one of the most cherished honors conferred by USA Archery.Ryder served on the former NAA Board of Governors from 1980-1986, and was vice president of the former NAA from 1981-1986. He was one of the parties responsible for the creation of U.S. Olympic Team Selection Procedures, as well as the creation of the U.S. Archery Team (USAT). Ryder was also instrumental in the development of the NAA Foundation, which manages the financial resources of USA Archery to ensure availability of funds for future archery development.

A national judge, certified Level 3 coach, and multi-time tournament director, Ryder has also participated in high level speaking and promotional efforts, providing outreach to media outlets such as ABC, CBS and NBC Sports, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Ryder has received the Coach of the Year and Margaret Klann Awards numerous times, and has served as the head coach of the JMU Archery Team since 1992, coaching many archers to National Championship and World Championship teams and medals.

“In addition to the impressive history of his contributions, as well as is personal archery achievements, Bob is recognized by all who have been associated with him for his consummate dedication and tireless support of this organization,” noted Christine McCartney, who nominated Ryder for the award. “I met Bob in 1982 while serving (on) the NAA Board of Governors and have always regarded him not only as a thoughtful visionary and hard worker but a gentleman of high integrity and an exceptional caretaker of fair play both on and off the field.”

Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery explained that there is not a more deserving individual: “Bob is one of those few people you meet and have the pleasure to be around who truly cares about others long before he cares about himself. Archery has been so blessed to have him involved in our sport. If you have been in this sport long enough, you have been touched in some way by the work of Bob Ryder and I personally thank him for all the tireless effort on behalf of us all.”

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Looking to travel?

Looking to travel?

 

 

 

As Published in the US and International Archer and Archery Action Magazines March 2012

Well I we have a tournament or two just around the corner for you be it as a competitor, spectator or an armchair tourist doing your traveling on the net. To kick off we have the European Pro Archery series. This will be starting with the Doinker Welsh Masters 21st to 22nd of April to be held at Canada Lake, near Cardiff, this event will be pitting the best Professional archers the world has to offer against those up and coming archers looking to de-thrown the masters.

If you are in the spectator class, you can either be there in person to watch the action and take in the majesty of the Welsh countryside and enjoy everything Wales has to offer or sit back in a comfortable lounge chair at home as I have done and watch live event Coverage on www.pro-archery.com . I found that the camera work was excellent as you are able to see the finest detail in the shot right down to the impact of the shaft as the split screen gives you that extra dimension. As well as the split screen you have the live score board that you simply click on to see the archers shoot history.

Then a little later in the year you have the Cartel Classic at Mullenborn Germany this is the 2nd Pro shoot for 2012 on the 16th and 17th of June at the Mullenborn sports club. This too is broadcast live and free on the net.

 

Since spending a day shooting there last November this has become one of our favourite places to shoot; the country side is magnificent with plenty of affordable accommodation in the adjacent villages, excellent shopping and local restaurants. The ranges at the Mullenborn Club are a dream to shoot with some very challenging shots  both up and down hill so don’t forget to bring your good hiking shoes. Lighting is something that can add another layer of difficulty to a shot, I found this to be the case on the third shot of the 80 yard walk up set as a medium grade uphill target behind the clubhouse. For this shot we were standing in the gloom of the forest with a shimmer of light playing across my lens at least that is my excuse for dropping that point on the 60 Yard.

The country is a little steep in places but not an extreme range, for those who have shot at the magnificent ranges of Mount Tiger in the New Zealand north island you will find these a bit easier but just as challenging and equally as beautiful . The club members we met made us feel like we had walked onto our own home ranges they were just so helpful and friendly but it is like that no matter where you go to shoot the world over isn’t it?

Mullenborn is well worth going to just for the local scenery and don’t forget to visit some of the Magnificent castles the district has to offer while you are there. So you will have plenty to do be it shooting or hitting the tourist trail for those in the support crew/non shooting partners.  To book a day or a week of shooting just visit their web site at www.susc-muellenborn.de or their Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/susc.muellenborn and book your shoot time.

Round Three of the Pro series is at Fort Van Lier Belgium on the 18th and 19th of August this will be a nail biter as this year’s line-up looks like being even stronger than last years. This is another one of those shoots I have on my to do list after watching last year’s Tournament with extreme shots from the bottom of pits shooting into the sun at over 40 degrees then to a target that is shot from the bright light through a dark stone tunnel to a brightly lit target at the other end. For this course the Range Master truly has designed a layout that has tested the best archers the world has to offer.

 

 

 

The Pro rankings as of the start of 2012 are as follows:

GENTS RANKINGS

1 Dave Cousins

9000.00 EURO

2 Liam Grimwood

3929.78 EURO

3 Chris White

3480.87 EURO

LADIES RANKINGS

1 Ivana Buden

3343.00 EURO

2 Gladys Willems

2014.50 EURO

3 Camilla Soemod

857.50 EURO

Not enough personal action for you?

Then why not go for a quick trip to Argentina and join us for the 2012 IFAA World Field Archery Championships (WFAC) at Miramar Argentina from the 28th of October to the 3rd of November, this is a competition everyone is eligible to enter you just have to enter and pay your fees no qualifying scores for IFAA Competitions. Now if you don’t know what to expect this is how it goes, try to get there a day or so earlier to settle in and say hi to old friends, register and do a little practice. Then day one is the opening ceremony followed by drinks and something to eat, knowing the Argentinians it will be a real treat with floor shows and lots to remember just don’t drink too much as tomorrow is the shooting.

Day 1 of the competition begins with 28 marked distance Field or Hunter targets out to 80 Yards maximum then the same for the second day only this time if you shot field on day 1 you will shoot hunter on day 2 or visa versa. Then day 3 will be 28 marked distance animal targets maximum 60 Yards this will be an easy day with an early finish.

 

Days 4 and 5 will be Hunter and Field Targets again every evening you should check your scores and your next day’s group if it has been made up, do this as you will be peer grouped this means you will be shooting with the archers closest to your score in your style of archery for the next day and each day after that.

Day 6 will be the Presentations and Banquet this is a lavish affair with all the trimmings of a magnificent 3 course meal accompanied by the best of local wines and entertainment that is Uniquely Argentinian.

The venue for the shoot is at Miramar this beautiful area of coastal dune lands and lightly timbered forests 498klm 5 hours drive south of Buenos Aires. Many members of the Argentinian Archery association will be working on the ranges starting from February through to the2012 WFAC.

Friends of ours Roberto Flores and his family among many others will be staying at Miramar for February devoting their annual work holidays to creating a world class set of field archery ranges just for you to shoot on.
After a day shooting by the sea at Miramar you will find all the city life just 40 Klm away at mar del plata the second largest city of the Buenos Aires Province and largest beachside resort in Argentina.

If you can make this trip into a tour of Argentina, there is just so much to see. After the World Indoor in 2009 we travel down through Patagonia to El Calafate nestled on the banks of Lake Argentino in the Los Glaciares National Park. Then back through Argentina to one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Iguaçu Falls. This was a trip we will remember always as we will also keep close the friends we have made in Argentina.

Now for a quick look further into the future!

The 2013 IFAA World Bowhunter Championships at Die Oog South Africa this will be a Bowhunter Championships not to be missed. This will not be a gentle course set in your suburban parklands this is the country of big game hunts and safari, the Die Oog is the African Bush with big game in it natural environment. I can assure you the competition will be run properly and you will be looked after very well by the members of the SANIFAA- South African Archery.

During the 2011 IFAA World Indoor in south Africa there was nothing that did not go to plan and we were treated to a wonderful tournament from start to finish. I can assure you the 2013 WBHC will be the same from the opening ceremony to the closing Banquet. You will be able to book hunting trips be it with gun, bow or camera for after the shoot, I will have more information on this and other news on my site www.archeryfix and in future articles as we get closer to the shoot. So keep the 7th of June to the 15th June 2013 clear for the trip of a lifetime.

Now a little closer to home!

As many would know my site Archeryfix has been a place to go for basic tuning and shooting tips, it was set up a few years ago to assist my students around the world to excel in this wonderful sport. Well it has just had a makeover, in fact much of it is totally changed it is now a free to use and to submit archery news, History,  Tournament dates and info website. There is a Tournament gallery section where you can post a photo of your latest shoot, a Bowhunters Gallery where you can post a photo of that big buck, Featured articles pages where you can submit a story about a hunt or competition along with photos or just some information that will help your fellow archers.

The news pages and scrolling headlines are for you and your associations to send in items of archery related news. This site has been setup so I can give a little back to the sport that has given so much to me and my family and friends. You will notice advertising banners on the site, these are so the site can eventually be self-supporting to this end those businesses that support Archeryfix will be able to also post information about their services and products from time to time.

So please take the time to visit www.archeryfix.com for your Archery Fix.

Last and far from least I would like to thank our sponsors who help me to assist others in this wonderful sport, Vortex Optics, Ontarget2 Software for archers, Shibuya sights, Tru Ball releases, Trophy Taker rests, Twister Bowstrings, The US and International Archer Archery and Action magazine for publishing my ramblings.

Peter Bourke

Archery Consultant for www.archeryfix.com

 

 

 

My First Hunting Trip

My First Hunting Trip

By Jack Farnham

 

Hi I’m Jack Farnham aged 10 years old and live in Bundaberg Queensland, Australia. My Dad told me that he would take me hunting in the September school holidays (2011) with my friend Blake and his dad who we shoot field archery with at our local archery club. I was so excited that I would be going on my first hunt and the holidays couldn’t come faster enough.

Day 1 arrived and we were off to Bonus Downs Property south of Mitchell, Queensland. It took about 9 hours to get there but I was so excited when we arrived. We put our stuff into the shearing shed quarters  and got dressed to go down to the nearby dam to have a look around before it got dark. We saw some pigs coming in but I guess they saw us and took off.

The next morning we were up early and away to find some goats in a nearby paddock. Dad and I went together in one direction and Blake went with his dad in another. It wasn’t long when we came across some goats.  We started the stalk with me in front and my dad behind with the video camera. I came within 16 meters of a young Billy and let go my first arrow, hitting it in the back quarter. It ran off and laid down under some trees where I stalked up to about 10 meters and let go my second arrow, a perfect heart shot, he wasn’t going nowhere. I was so excited and thrilled- this was my first kill. Dad was just as excited as me and congratulated me on my first goat kill.

 

 

I was shooting Barebow with my Mission Menace set at 30lbs and using ST Epic Jnr Carbon Arrows tipped with Wasp 4 Blade Broad heads.

Not long after that, Dad also shot a young Billy.

After taking some photos we headed on back to the homestead as it was very hot. Late in the afternoon we went back to the dam to try and get a pig but no luck getting one.

The next day as it was so hot we decided to go down to the dam to see what was around, but there was only nannies and kids coming in for a drink but no pigs which I was after. We all ended up with one goat each and it was the best couple of days hunting with my Dad. I can’t wait until this year’s hunt.