On Facebook at local group posted that in a few weeks they will be offering an ASA State 3D Championship Qualifier. I’d nearly tossed in the towel on 3D for 2020 before I read the post.
After learning there would be no easy access qualifier for my area I canned 3D other than shooting on my range for fun. Instead, I grabbed my target bow and began practice shooting dots at longer yardages.
The recent addition of the nearby qualifier had me pulling out my 3D hunting style rig for practice.
I’d shot well last weekend in a local 3D event and expected to pick up where I’d left off. That didn’t exactly pan out.
In the morning I refreshed my memory with the 3D bow and shot paper focusing on yardage from 40 to 50 yards. In the afternoon I went out to shoot faux animals at 40 yards then 35 yards.
The average yardage was 38.2. If the 40-yard practices and the 35 yards practice shots had been equal the yardage would have been 37.5 for those of you wondering about the 38.2 yardage. The actual yardage for the long shots was 40.3 and the short shots were 35.
Longer distances with pins are tough. Using a scope 40 yards isn’t a bother. Using a scope I’ve had to make 100-yard shots. In 3D using a hunter division rig 40 yards is the maximum distance in that class.
That’s probably a good thing considering how I performed at 40 yards today. My average arrow score was 6.2 at 40 yards. At five yards closer the average was 10 with one 12 and one 8.
Last week’s tournament had an average distance of 33.2 yards. I ended up with four 8s and seven 12s. The rest were 10s. I do remember a couple of shots being long. The last target, a wolf, was at 40 yards. I also recall a turkey at 35 yards. Overall, it was a fair course.
The problem is when I shoot 8s and 5s. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that is every archer’s problem. Shooting 12s and 10s isn’t a problem. Today was a mess with 5s (all at 40 or 41 yards). The single 8 at 35 yards landed in a javelina.
Hitting a 3D target well on close shots isn’t hard. Still, you have to make the shot. Getting comfortable at longer yardages is mandatory to finish well.