In cycling I change my gears a lot. In archery changing gears is merely going from one discipline to another. For instance, going from indoor archery to outdoor archery. In this specific case it is going from shooting dots to 3D.
During 3D tournaments I gear down in yardage and equipment. I don’t have to make an 80-yard shot in 3D. But, I do need to make a 40-yard shot. Forty yards seems quaint after training at 80 yards. It isn’t quaint.
First off shooting a 3D animal is never a give me. Even a 20 yard shot can end up wasting a whole day of competition. The problem isn’t the distance, it is the target. Sure 20 yards is a breeze when you can see the X. A turkey hen is tough at twenty yards – you can’t see the X on a javelina at 40 yards. (X being the center 10 ring, you can forget the 12 rings)
Secondly, during 3D I shoot the same set-up I’d use hunting – no scope, a short stabilizer and pins. I just don’t enjoy 3D as much using long stabilizers and a scope. It feels a little like field archery only closer in some instances.
The third challenge I have is competing against much younger athletes. Their physical fitness isn’t the advantage they have it is their eyesight. The darker the view the less effective the light gathering is with nearly 65-year-old eyes. There’s simply nothing I can do about the decreased ability of my eyes to pick up light.
Still the Georgia State ASA Championship is just a few weeks away and it is time to concentrate on 3D. Thus far in 2019 I’ve only shot in two 3D events. In those I only averaged 9.5 points per target. That’s isn’t good enough to win an ASA State Championship. No, to win the average, against the folks that shoot 3D with a passion here in Georgia, I need to be averaging 10.4 points per target – and that might not cut it.
Yes, the younger 3D shooters in the hunter class here are tough. I’d do better against them if the only gears I needed to change were in fact on a bicycle.